CCS athletes named to all-star teams

Three Conway Christian athletes have been selected to participate in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star games in June in Conway, one in two sports.

Tanner Stevenson will play in both the football and baseball games.

Brandon Helms has also been selected for baseball.

Allison Lea was chosen for the soccer all-star game.

Travs to hold youth clinic

The Arkansas Travelers’ annual three day baseball clinic for youngsters is set for June 17 -19. 

Children, ages 7-12 are eligible for the three-day clinic on baseball fundamentals at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Instruction will be by Travelers manager Tim Bogar and many of the Travs players. 

Registration fee is $100 per child. The clinic will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day and includes a hot dog and soft drink. Youngsters must supply their own baseball equipment with the exception of baseballs.

Parents can sign up their child for the Travelers Youth Camp by downloading the registration form on the Travs website and returning it either by mail or email at People can call 501-664-1555 for further information.

Avalanche hire Patrick Roy as coach

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are rounding up the old crew to restore the downtrodden franchise.

First, Joe Sakic was given more responsibility in the front office.

And now Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is rejoining the Avs as head coach.

Colorado reached an agreement in principle Thursday with Roy to lead the team and also serve as vice president of hockey operations.

Roy will join forces with Sakic, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations. The Avalanche won two Stanley Cup titles with the duo on the ice and the organization is hoping they can help turn around a struggling franchise.

Pull this off and it just might be Roy’s biggest save yet.

The Avs finished a year they’d rather forget, winding up last in the Western Conference and sitting out of the playoffs for a third straight season. The dismal season led to the dismissal of coach Joe Sacco late last month.

However, the team does have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

They also have one of the winningest goalies of all time, a fiery competitor during his playing days who will bring that sort of intensity to the bench.

The 47-year-old Roy becomes the sixth coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history; the team began as the Quebec Nordiques and moved to Denver before the 1995-96 season. The Avs captured the first of two Stanley Cup titles that season, with Roy in net.

James, Bryant voted to All-NBA first team

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.

James received all 119 votes for the first team from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Joining the league’s MVP and Bryant on the first team Thursday were Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, San Antonio center Tim Duncan and Clippers guard Chris Paul.

Bryant tied Utah Hall of Famer Karl Malone with his 11th first-team nod.

NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony led the second team, joined by guards Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker, center Marc Gasol and forward Blake Griffin.

The third team was Houston’s James Harden, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Lakers center Dwight Howard and forwards Paul George of Indiana and David Lee of Golden State.