Men’s basketball league to begin Jan. 5

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Men’s Basketball League will begin play on Jan. 5.

A coaches’ meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Chester Hynes Community Center. A follow-up coaches’ meeting may be held Dec. 29. A representative from each team must attend.

Anyone not part of a team who would like to play is asked to call Melissa McHan at 536-0920 to be entered in a draft. The cost is $40 per player, and each team must have eight players.

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation office accepts cash, check and credit cards. Fees can be paid over the phone with a credit card.


Blossoms hold off A&M-Kingsville

MONTICELLO — Senior Raija McWright waited until there were 15 seconds remaining in regulation to attempt her only shot of the game, but made it count with a layup to give the Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball team its final lead in a 61-58 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Thursday night at home.

The Blossoms finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field (22-for-54), 37 percent on three-pointers (7-for-19) and 63 percent on foul shots (10-for-16). The Javelinas shot 34 percent from the field (23-for-68), 24 percent on three-pointers (6-for-25) and 75 percent on foul shots (6-for-8).

UAM sophomore Nikki Mullen Mullen led all scorers with 19 points on a 7-for-14 shooting performance, including 5-for-8 from three-point range. The Green Forest native also added six rebounds and three assists to her final totals. Sophomore Jordan Goforth and Tamia Grady each finished with 16 points. Goforth and junior Brandae Carroll led UAM with eight rebounds each. Carroll also tallied eight points and collected four blocked shots in the win.

UAM closes out the calendar year on Saturday at home against Crowley’s Ridge College. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.


Murray scores 48 as Texas Southern tops Temple

PHILADELPHIA — Aaric Murray returned to his hometown and scored a career-high 48 points Wednesday as defending SWAC regular-season champion Texas Southern dodged Temple with a 90-89 victory at the Liacouras Center.

The 48 points are the most scored by a Division I player this season. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky had the previous high with 43.

Murray, a transfer from La Salle, connected on 20 of 28 field goal attempts.

Madarious Gibbs hit two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining to give the Tigers (4-7) the lead. A putback by Temple’s Dalton Pepper was determined to come after the final buzzer.


Bryant likely out 6 weeks

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the next six weeks after being diagnosed with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

The injury comes just six games into Bryant’s return from a torn Achilles he suffered on April 12 against Golden State.

"You hate it for Kobe," Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said. "He’s worked so hard to get back."

The 15-time All-Star posted averages of 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game over his six games this season.

The Lakers are currently 12-13 and will host Minnesota on Friday night.

Report: UW coach under investigation

SEATTLE — Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi is being investigated for potential violations of NCAA rules after he allegedly paid for tutoring and online classes for a recruit, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Washington and USC are looking into the violations, according to the LA Times.

Lupoi is in his second year as the Huskies’ defensive line coach. The allegations involve former defensive line recruit Andrew Basham.

Chris Peterson was named Washington’s new head coach earlier this month after Steve Sarkisian left the Huskies for the head job at USC.

— Staff and wire reports