UAM Fan Day set for Aug.23

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello is partnering with Ryburn Automotive Superstore and Commercial Bank to host the second annual UAM Athletics Fan Day from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

The event will take on the lot at Ryburn Automotive on Highway 425 South in Monticello.

Coaches and student-athletes from all of UAM’s intercollegiate athletics teams, as well as cheerleaders and the Boll Weevil mascot will participate in the event, which is free and open to the public.

Fans are encouraged to stop by the dealership to visit with representatives of the UAM department of athletics about the upcoming seasons. Photo opportunities will be available, as well as free food and drinks. There will also be giveaways and games for all attendees.

The event will be broadcast live on the UAM Sports Radio Network at KHBM-FM93.7 in Monticello and online at Coaches and players will take the air in 15-minute segments throughout the event to discuss their respective teams and upcoming season.


Hunter, Tigers end slide with win over Pirates

DETROIT — Victor Martinez went 3 for 4 with three RBI as the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Nick Castellanos tripled and homered to go along with his two RBI and Alex Avila also hit a home run for Detroit, which snapped a four-game skid that included losses in Pittsburgh on Monday and Tuesday. Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Buck Farmer made his major-league debut for the Tigers and allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Blaine Hardy (2-1) picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief.

Pirates starter Vance Worley (5-2) took the loss after giving up five runs — three earned — on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.


Rangers’ Darvish lands on DL

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers with right elbow inflammation.

Darvish was roughed up by the Astros last Saturday, throwing 113 pitches in four innings and allowing six runs — five earned — and nine hits.

Darvish, who finished second in the AL Cy Young voting last season, is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts this year.

Robbie Ross Jr. is expected to take Darvish’s place in the rotation and start Thursday’s game against the Rays.

Carpenter, Cardinals down Marlins

MIAMI — Matt Carpenter had three hits and scored twice and Justin Masterson pitched a gem as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, 5-2, to avoid getting swept by the franchise for the first time since 1995.

Masterson (2-1) was dominant in his third start for the Cards since coming over in a trade from the Indians. The veteran righty allowed just three hits over seven efficient innings.

Masterson had allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in eight innings over his first two starts with his new club.

Matt Adams drove in a pair of runs and Masterson had his first career RBI for the Cards, who salvaged the third and final game of this series. The Marlins haven’t swept the Cardinals at home since July 28-30, 1995.

Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi (6-7) took the loss after surrendering all four runs — two earned — on eight hits over six innings of work.


Woods says he can’t play in Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods has told U.S. captain Tom Watson not to consider him for the Ryder Cup.

Woods said on his website Wednesday that he’s been told by doctors the muscles in his back "need to be rehabilitated and healed" and that he should not play or practice golf.

He said he plans to return to competition in December at his World Challenge event in Orlando, Florida.

Watson had not ruled out taking Woods as one of his captain’s picks for next month’s matches in Scotland.

LeBron to make Miami return on Christmas

NEW YORK — The NBA unveiled its full regular-season schedule on Wednesday night.

An extended All-Star break for the first time in league history was announced, but there will be plenty of intriguing matchups before the February showcase.

LeBron James returns to Miami on Christmas Day as his Cavaliers take on the Heat in one of five holiday games. James, of course, won two titles with the Heat before bolting back to Cleveland this offseason.

The Spurs will unveil their fifth championship banner on Oct. 28 against the Mavericks, one of three Opening Night games with the other two being Magic-Hornets and Rockets-Lakers.

The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden on February 15, with teams getting six days off for the break instead of the usual four.

The regular season ends on April 15, and the playoffs will start three days later.

Orioles 3B Machado heads to DL

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained ligament in his right knee.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, a day after Machado was hurt in the third inning of Monday night’s game against the Yankees on a broken-bat swing.

His injury was diagnosed following an MRI on Tuesday.

Machado was an All-Star last year but missed the last week of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee. He made his season debut this year on May 1.

In additional roster transactions Wednesday, the O’s selected the contract of infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk and transferred catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list.

Notre Dame QB Golson to start vs. Rice

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is still days away from knowing what his first-team offense might look like when the Irish open their season on Aug. 30, but he has made at least one decision.

"Everett Golson will be our starter against Rice," Kelly said after practice on Wednesday.

Golson returns to his role as starting quarterback for the Irish two years after leading them to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama as a redshirt freshman.

He was suspended for the fall semester last year, missing the entire season, and was readmitted to Notre Dame in December.

Kelly said his decision to start Golson against Rice was made using everything he has seen from the quarterback since January, and not before.

Golson earned the nod over sophomore Malik Zaire based on his understanding of the offense and his ability to lead, Kelly said.

Coyotes, casino enter into arena-naming agreement

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes announced on Wednesday that the club and Gila River Casinos have agreed to a nine-year partnership agreement which includes exclusive naming rights to their hockey venue.

The new business pact is pending Glendale City Council approval, which is set to take place on Sept. 9.

The Coyotes, who played in downtown Phoenix upon their arrival from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season, moved into their current arena in December of 2003. It has been known as Arena since 2006.