David Price is the biggest name being thrown around leading up to the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31. Of the few teams vying for the Tampa Bay ace, the St. Louis Cardinals look to be the front-runner right now.
For the past two seasons Price has been the center of conversation when it comes to trades and the Cardinals have been the leading candidate both times. With plenty of prospect potential to land the 28-year-old Cy Young winner, St. Louis might want to jump at the chance a second time around.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ Technically, the Bryant Everett Black Sox didnâ€™t go undefeated in the Junior American Legion State Tournament. Needing to beat the Sheridan Yellowjackets just once, opposed to Sheridan having to beat Bryant twice, the Black Sox routed Sheridan 10-5 in the first state championship game of the night. But, Sheridan lobbied for the first game to be a Bryant forfeit because of an ineligible player. The game was forfeited by Bryant, but Sheridan may have preferred the first loss to what was ahead for the Yellowjackets the second game.
BAUXITE â€” With the 2014 high school football season quickly approaching, the Bauxite Miners now have to find a new head coach. Shane Clancy, Minersâ€™ coach for last four seasons, announced Tuesday to the team and district that he would be leaving to coach Bethel Middle School in Bryant once the Bryant School Board approves the change next week.
â€śI am going to miss Bauxite and the people I worked with,â€ť Clancy said. â€śI am thankful for the opportunity that I had to work here and provide for my family.â€ť
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ In the semifinals of the Junior American Legion State Tournament between the Bryant Everett Black Sox and Sheridan, the two teams went into extra innings tied 1-1. Everett cemented its spot in the state championship game today as Bryant scored three runs in the top of the eighth and Beaux Bonvillain, who relieved in the third inning, shut Sheridan down for the 4-1 win. Bryant also defeated Paragould 4-0 in the second game of the day on Jake Eastâ€™s shutout and will play Sheridan today at 5 p.m. in the final.
Elvis is not the only â€śKingâ€ť to leave the building. When Lebron James departed Cleveland in 2010, the city was in uproar. Jerseys were burned. Billboards were taken down and disrespecting letters were written.
James decided to take his talents to South Beach and partner with Dwayne Wade in hopes of championship. Three straight finals and two titles later and the â€śKingâ€ť has returned to the city he once called home â€“ Cleveland.
BENTON â€“ Despite walking 10 Little Rock Vipers on Wednesday night, the Benton McClendonâ€™s came away with a 9-2 victory at Bernard Holland Park in American Legion action. The game was originally supposed to be played at Gary Hogan Field (UALR) in Little Rock, but the site changed and the start time moved from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
SHERIDAN â€“ In their last matchup in mid-June, the Benton Panther legion high school team jumped on the Bryant Everett Black Sox with an 8-run fourth inning in an 11-1 Benton victory. On Saturday in the first round of the Zone Tournament in Sheridan, Everett turned the tables on the Panthers with the Black Sox shutting them out 10-0.
Panther Alex Graves stymied Everett in the teamsâ€™ previous match, but the Black Sox got to Graves with two runs in the first, two in the third and four in the bottom of the fifth inning to take an 8-0 lead.
ARLINGTON, Tenn. â€“ Austin Kelly gave up an unearned run in a complete-game finals win and the Bryant Everett Black Sox needed just three hits for a 2-1 championship game win over the St. Louis Gamers in the Arlington, Tenn. American Legion Tournament.
Everett defeated Elite Sports Academy 4-3 in the semifinal and took down Arkansas Express 4-2 in the quarters.
CABOT â€“ Down 1-0 after four innings, the Benton McClendonâ€™s put on a power surge in the top of the fifth scoring four runs and holding on to a 4-3 victory over Cabot Centennial Bank in Cabot on Monday night.
BENTON â€” The Benton Lady Panther softball team has been on Cloud 9 for the past month after winning the 6A State Championship. Despite taking the top spot on the diamond, the awards have continued into the offseason as well.
Tuesday during the All-Star Game in Conway, Head Coach Heidi Cox was named the 2013-14 Arkansas High School Coaches Association Outstanding Coach of the Year, adding to an already marvelous season.