Ridgway VB qualifies for state

LITTLE ROCK — The Ridgway High School volleyball team qualified for next week’s state tournament by defeating Cornerstone Christian Friday morning at Southwest Christian Academy in the first game of the district tournament.

Ridgway swept the contest, winning 25-20, 25-13 and 27-25.

Lynde Moore had eight aces, Allison Carpenter had 11 kills and Peyton Aulds had seven kills.

The Lady Eagles were swept by Columbia Christian (8-25, 17-25, 13-25) in the second game to end their district tournament run.

Ridgway will play next Friday at Columbia Christian in Magnolia in the first round of the state tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Lady Eagles will play the No. 1 seed from the district tournament.


Pelicans pick up option on Davis

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have picked up the fourth-year option on the contract of forward Anthony Davis.

The first overall pick in the 2012 draft, Davis has averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 131 games over his first two seasons.

Davis, who helped lead the United States to a gold medal in the FIBA World Cup this summer, earned his first All-Star selection last season.


Oladipo sidelined due to facial fracture

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s been a rough month for Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo.

The second-year pro has not played in the preseason because of a sprained left MCL and on Thursday suffered a facial fracture in practice that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

Oladipo was hurt after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill. He will undergo a corrective surgical procedure on Saturday.

The Indiana product was a First Team All-Rookie selection last season after averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 80 games. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting, behind Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams.

Orlando opens its 2014-15 season on Tuesday at New Orleans.

Lions list WR Johnson as questionable

BAGSHOT, England — Calvin Johnson’s status for Sunday’s game in London remains up in the air as the star Detroit Lions wide receiver continues to battle a high ankle sprain.

The Lions listed Johnson as questionable on Friday’s injury report and view him as a game-time decision to play against Atlanta, according to the team’s official website.

Johnson has missed the last two games because of the injury and was limited in practice all week.

The 5-2 Lions will take on the 2-5 Falcons at Wembley Stadium in a game that’s scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Central.

Boston’s Chara out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

BOSTON — Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be sidelined for the next 4 to 6 weeks because of a torn left knee ligament.

Chara was hurt during the first period of Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders while delivering a hit to John Tavares.

Tests revealed a torn posterior cruciate ligament. Surgery will not be required, for now.

"It’s obviously a blow," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on Friday. "He’s one of the premier defensemen in the league, but I’d rather have it 4 to 6 weeks than 4 to 6 months."

Chara has two goals and an assist through nine games this season, his ninth with the Bruins. The 37-year-old captain has been durable throughout his tenure in Boston, missing no more than five games in any of his previous eight seasons.