Outdoor track championships brought more than $2M to Fayetteville, officials say
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas says the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held earlier this month in Fayetteville was an economic boon for area businesses.
The school says that more than 5,000 athletes, coaches, officials, fans and members of the media were in town for the championships.
Officials estimate the economic impact of the event is at least $2.25 million.
LSU's Mitchell, Jones looking to pull football-baseball national championship feat
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - LSU outfielder Jared Mitchell and pitcher Chad Jones entered last night's best-of-3 College World Series finals against Texas with a shot at a national championship and a piece of LSU history.
Both were members of the team that won the 2008 BCS national championship against Ohio State, and now they have a chance to be the first LSU athletes to capture football and baseball rings.
Jones played in all 13 LSU football games last season at safety. He had one interception and returned eight punts, averaging 11.9 per return. Mitchell, a wide receiver, grabbed nine passes for 106 yards in 12 games.
Mitchell entered Monday's game 4 for 10 with two RBIs. Jones pitched one-third of an inning in the Tigers' opening 9-5 win over Virginia, facing two batters.
Mitchell is 1 of 6 Tigers drafted earlier this month. He was taken in the first round by the Chicago White Sox.
Mitchell is often asked which sport he prefers, and his answer never changes.
Fans feel the heat during Monday's CWS championship game
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Rosenblatt Stadium's first-aid station was as busy as the lemonade stands during Monday night's game.
Trabal said there were too many fans to count seeking treatment. The majority suffered from dehydration, with the game-time temperature at 93 degrees and a heat index of 107.
Trabal was encouraging fans to drink plenty fluids and eat.
LSU fan Jason Fontenot was making his second trip to concession stand for water in the fourth inning. Fontenot, from Lafayette, Louisiana, said he and his dad were seated in the right-field bleachers more than 90 minutes before the first pitch.
He says he's from the South and used to this type of weather.