This Hour: Latest Arkansas sports:

Ark. coach says more work needed on running ball

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino says the Razorback offense needs to work on establishing its running game.

Petrino commented yesterday after the team worked out during the afternoon.

Petrino said that, for a team to be able to have an effective passing offense, they need to be able to run the ball, too, to keep opponents wondering what will come next. He said he thinks quarterbacks will be able to throw effectively to receivers, but the team needs to get a lot better running the ball.

Old Fashioned favored in Arkansas Derby

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Old Fashioned has been made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Arkansas Derby, a final prep race before the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Old Fashioned lost for the first time last month in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, beaten by 57-1 long shot Win Willy. Old Fashioned is among the top Kentucky Derby contenders, and is trained by Larry Jones.

A field of 10 3-year-olds has been entered for Saturday's 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby. Old Fashioned will leave from the No. 8 post.

The field from the rail out is: Captain Cherokee (20-1), Papa Clem (6-1), Flat Out (10-1), Poltergeist (20-1), Ziegfeld (12-1), Flying Private (6-1), Summer Bird (30-1), Old Fashioned (9-5), Win Willy (7-2) and Danger to Society (6-1).

Water over road to WMA in SE Ark. forces closure

GILLETT, Ark. (AP) - State hunting officials say rising water on the lower Arkansas River has led to closure of a road leading to a wildlife management area on Big Island. Big Island is a remote lowland area between the White and Arkansas rivers in southeast Arkansas.

The state Game and Fish Commission said in a news release yesterday that water has begun crossing the road and is 5 inches deep in some places.

The agency said the reading yesterday at Lock 1 on the Arkansas River was 143.7 feet, with the Army Corps (KOR) of Engineers projecting a slow rise to 144.2 feet at Lock 1 by April 11. The release said the road should reopen when the water has fallen below 143.5 feet at Lock 1.

The agency said the turkey season remains open in the Trusten Holder Wildlife Management Area served by the closed road. The release said hunters trying to reach the WMA by boat should use extreme caution and be on the lookout for unusually swift currents and floating debris.

Foley, Strong headline UCA Hall class

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas-Little Rock women's basketball coach Joe Foley and Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Central Arkansas.

Foley earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 1979, and Strong graduated in 1982 after competing in football and track.

They are part of a 10-person class that will be honored at an induction banquet Oct. 3.

The rest of the class includes: Former Central Arkansas basketball player Zack Burks; Sallie Dalton, who coached multiple sports at the school; former Central Arkansas football and track and field athlete Dick Hendrickson; James Morgan, a 3-year letterman in football and track; former women's basketball player Sandra Reed; former football player Nakita Robertson; former sports information director Jim Schneider; and former football player Steve Strange Jr.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.