UAM football benefit set for Saturday

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello football program is set to host the second annual Tommy Barnes Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Monticello Country Club.

There is a limited amount of spots still open for the event. The cost is $300 for a four-person team.

There will also be a silent auction, featuring several items autographed by well-known individuals within collegiate and professional sports. Those items are listed below as well as the minimum bid required.

The final part of the auction will get underway at 1 p.m. at the Monticello Country Club. To make a bid or for more information about registering for the tournament, contact head football coach Hud Jackson at 870-460-1317 or by email at

• LSU football helmet signed by head coach Les Miles — Minimum bid $400

• Authentic UAM game ball signed by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton — Minimum bid $450

• UAM football helmet signed by Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and Waren native Jarius Wright — Minimum bid $50

• Arkansas Razorbacks commemorative football signed by Bret Bielema — Minimum bid $150

• Houston Texans football signed by J.J. Watt — Minimum bid $100

• UAM football letterman jacket — Minimum bid $50

• UAM football letterman blanket — Minimum bid $50

• Hat signed by pro golfers Chris DiMarco and David Duval — Minimum bid $75

• Game worn jersey of New Orleans Saints Pierson Prioleau — Minimum bid $50


UAPB announces football season-ticket prices

Arkansas-Pine Bluff has announced that season tickets for its home football games are now on sale. Renewals for previous season ticketholders can be made through June 15. After that date, all remaining seats will go on sale to the general public.

The UAPB football schedule will feature a five-game home slate, starting with the home opener on Sept. 6 against Concordia College. Two weeks later, the Golden Lions will welcome Jackson State to town on Sept. 27, followed by home dates in November against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 1), Prairie View A&M (Nov. 8, homecoming) and Alabama A&M (Nov. 22).

Season tickets for UAPB’s home games this season will range from $90 to $220 in reserved sections, depending on location. Additionally, general admission season tickets will cost $70 for adults and $45 for children.

New for the Lion’s Den this year will be a requirement for patrons to make a $300 donation to the Athletics Scholarship Fund for the right to purchase seats in this enclosed structure, which features a complimentary full buffet meal and parking. The Lion’s Den VIP package at $800 per seat (plus the scholarship donation) will include a VIP parking space right in front of the stadium. The Lion’s Den $700 package (plus the scholarship donation) will include a parking space at the J. Thomas May Fieldhouse.

For more information on becoming a UAPB football season ticketholder, contact the UAPB Ticket Office at 870-575-8601.


Kaymer shoots 63, grabs early Players lead

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — Martin Kaymer fired a course-record tying 9-under 63 on Thursday to claim a 2-stroke lead after the opening round of the Players Championship.

His 63 included a course-record 29 on the front nine. Kaymer, who is a 10-time winner on the European Tour, earned his lone victory on the PGA Tour at the 2010 PGA Championship.

"Ballstriking-wise, that’s one of the best rounds I’ve ever played," said Kaymer.

Russell Henley carded a 7-under 65 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to sit alone in second place, while Sang-Moon Bae shot a 6-under 66 to own sole possession of third.

Sergio Garcia, the 2008 Players champion, and defending U.S. Open winner Justin Rose highlighted a group of eight players tied for fourth at 5-under 67. They were joined by Lee Westwood, Jordan Spieth, Scott Stallings, Brian Stuard, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Gary Woodland.

Yankees to retire Torre’s No. 6

BRONX, N.Y. — The New York Yankees will retire the uniform number of former manager Joe Torre, who will enter the Hall of Fame this summer.

Torre’s No. 6 will become the 17th number retired by the Yankees during a ceremony on Aug. 23. He was elected to the Hall of Fame, mainly on the strength of his 12 years as Yankees manager.

During Torre’s tenure from 1996 through 2007, the Yankees reached the playoffs each year and earned four World Series titles with two other American League pennants. He compiled a record of 1,173-767, his win total trailing only Joe McCarthy’s team record 1,460 over 16 seasons.

The Yankees also announced that Hall of Fame pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage, first baseman Tino Martinez and outfielder Paul O’Neill will be honored with plaques in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium this year, while outfielder Bernie Williams will be honored in 2015.


Serena, Sharapova advance to Madrid QFs

MADRID, Spain — Reigning two-time champion Serena Williams, Australian Open titlist Li Na and former No. 1 star Maria Sharapova were among Thursday’s third-round winners at the $4.2 million Madrid Open, a clay court French Open tune-up.

The current world No. 1 superstar Williams cooled off last week’s Portugal Open champion and 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, 6-2, 6-3, while the second-ranked Li overcame a toe problem to come from behind and best 16th- seeded American Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Magic Box.

Meanwhile, the eighth-seeded Sharapova dismissed former U.S. Open champion and former French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-3 to setup a quarterfinal showdown with Li.

In men’s action, three-time champion Rafael Nadal was an easy third-round winner, while former titlist Andy Murray was an upset victim Thursday at the $5 million Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event.

The world No. 1 superstar Nadal handled Finnish fellow left-hander Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4 on the red clay at the Magic Box.

Colombian qualifier and clay court specialist Santiago Giraldo recorded his first top-10 win in 20 tries by knocking out the seventh-seeded, error-prone Murray in easy 6-3, 6-2 fashion.