Regional Digest: Mountain Lions CB signs with NFL team

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C

Mountain Lions cornerback Lionel Smith was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad Wednesday.

Smith, the first United Football League player to sign with an NFL team this season, signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M this year. He signed with the Mountain Lions in September after being cut by the Cowboys.

Although Smith didn't start Friday in the Mountain Lions' season opener, he had one tackle and broke up a pass in the 24-20 loss to Omaha.

The Mountain Lions' next game is Friday against the Virginia Destroyers in Virginia Beach, Va. The 4 p.m. game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network.

Their next home game is at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Las Vegas at Raley Field.

– Bee Sports staff

Reynolds wins twice in Natomas tennis tourney

Bobby Reynolds picked up singles and doubles victories in the $100,000 RelyAid Natomas Challenger at the Natomas Racquet Club, the tournament reported.

Reynolds beat Adam El Mihdawy in second-round singles 6-3, 6-1 and teamed with South Africa's Izak Van Der Merwe to defeat Jeff Dadamo and Bradley Klahn 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 tiebreak in a doubles quarterfinal match.

In today's action, former world No. 4 James Blake faces South African Rik de Voest.

Local boxing prospects to appear on Saturday card

Three Sacramento boxing prospects – featherweight Guy Robb (7-1), super bantamweight John Abella (2-0) and light middleweight John Ferrari (0-1) – will appear in preliminary bouts on Saturday's 7 p.m. card at Memorial Auditorium.

The weigh-in for all fighters, open to the public, will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the neighboring Purgatory Restaurant & Lounge , 1616 J St.

– Jim Jenkins, Special to The Bee

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