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Messenger Sports Briefs for July 12

Messenger Sports Briefs for July 12

UT Martin baseball
adds another arm

UT Martin head baseball coach Bubba Cates has added a new arm to his team’s arsenal.
Cates announced recently he has signed 6-5, 220-pound right-handed pitcher Jarrell Rodgers from St. John’s River Community College, a member of the Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region VIII.
Rodgers, from Mac-Clenny, Fla., prepped at Baker County High School.
This past season at St. John’s, Rodgers pitched 81 innings and was among the Florida Community College Athletic Association’s strikeout leaders (49).
Rodgers helped lead St. John’s to a 14-10 MFC record and a 28-22 overall worksheet.
Rodgers earned All-MFC honors.
He was named to the All-MFC second team.
At the prep level, Rodgers was also a two-time all-state selection.

Wizards’ debuts made
by Wall, Lester Hudson

LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Wall has scored 24 points and handed out eight assists in his pro debut for the Washington Wizards during a Las Vegas Summer League game.
The NBA draft’s first pick scored 15 of his points in the second half of the Wizards’ 84-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Washington was playing its first of five games.
Wall’s first basket as a pro occurred with 4:30 left in the opening quarter, when he hit a jumper while backpedaling near the free-throw line.
UT Martin product Lester Hudson, who was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies recently, also made his Wizards’ debut in the game, logging over eight minutes and scoring seven points.
Hudson was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Hudson, who led the Skyhawks to their only regular season Ohio Valley Conference title, was released by the Celtics around midseason and picked up by Memphis.
In 25 career NBA outings, Hudson has averaged 2.3 points per contest.

Union Citian Roney
records ace in Troy

Randy Roney of Union City recored a hole-in-one at Wynridge Greens in Troy on Friday.
Long’s ace came on the 100-yard seventh hole with the local golfer using a 58 degree sand wedge.
Witnesses to the feat were Steve Smith and Doug Cunningham.

Georgia mentor Richt
suspends charged duo

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Mark Richt has suspended two players the day after their arrests on alcohol-related charges.
Sophomore tailback Dontavius Jackson was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and other motor vehicle offenses early Saturday morning. Richt says Jackson, a backup, has been suspended for a minimum of six games.
Sophomore split end Tavarres King, a returning starter, was charged with underaged possession of alcohol and has been suspended for at least one game by Richt.
Richt says he is disappointed in the players’ decision-making and that each will “pay a stiff price.”
Each player has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.