Arkansas roller coaster ride to end in Omaha
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas baseball left Fayetteville yesterday for the College World Series.
The Razorbacks open the double-elimination event against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. That will be the first game of the College World Series, so the Hogs won't have to sit around waiting to play. Arkansas advanced through its super regional with two victories over Florida State.
This is Arkansas' first College World Series appearance since 2004.
The Razorbacks' season has been a roller coaster. They were ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball in April but struggled down the stretch, finishing 14-15 in Southeastern Conference play during the regular season.
They've bounced back with five straight wins in the NCAA tournament.
Stevens starts pursuit of 3 NCAA titles
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Sarah Stevens qualified for the finals in the hammer throw and shot put, beginning her pursuit of 3 titles at the NCAA track and field championships in Fayetteville.
Stevens, who will also compete in the discus, needed only one toss to qualify in the shot put. The Arizona State senior used three attempts in the hammer throw earlier in the day but had no problem reaching the finals.
Stevens is the defending national champion in the discus, and she won the 2007 indoor title in the shot put.
Daly eager for 1st PGA event since his suspension
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - John Daly's latest step at another career revival comes today in the opening round of the St. Jude Classic. It's his first tournament back since a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour. He's here on a sponsor's exemption in a place he considers home and where fans eagerly watch, ready to call the hogs for the Arkansas native at any time.
This tournament needs Daly and all the attention he brings in a year that has featured as much suspense as the troubled golfer himself.
Title sponsor Stanford Financial was dropped in March with its assets frozen in a federal investigation. That left an event heading into its 52nd year named only for its charity, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tournament officials scrambled for money even as FedEx, whose headquarters overlooks part of the Southwind course, increased its support.
Late last week, the purse was cut $500,000 to $5.6 million, the first time that's happened on tour this year. The winner will take home a little less but still a $1 million check in a move players learned about only an hour before the commitment deadline last Friday.
ASU works to limit printing costs
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State is changing over its media guides to electronic format.
The school will save about $35,000 in printing costs in the coming school year by using compact disks and flash drives for its media guides. A small number will still be printed, but those will be used for recruiting. The decision affects all 16 of ASU's sports.
Athletic director Dean Lee says much larger schools are making similar changes, such as Ohio State and Michigan.
ASU's athletic budget is nearly flat from last year at $10.9 million. Lee says ASU is better off than most Sun Belt Conference schools. Lee says no personnel or scholarship cuts are planned.
Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com