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Arkansas hires Larabee as softball coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Mike Larabee has been hired as Arkansas' new softball coach.

Larabee recently finished his fifth season as Wright State's coach. He took his team to the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2008.

Larabee said Arkansas has "all the ingredients for a nationally competitive program."

Jamie Pinkerton, Arkansas' previous coach, resigned in May after going 130-179 in his five seasons with the Razorbacks. Arkansas went 27-29 last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Larabee is a 2-time U.S. national team pool coach. He becomes the third person to coach the Arkansas program, which was launched in 1997.

Arkansas hires head football trainer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Matt Summers has been hired as Arkansas' head football trainer.

Summers was a senior athletic trainer at Kentucky in 2008-09. He had previously been an assistant trainer for the San Diego Chargers.

Summers also worked at Louisville from 2003-06 under coach Bobby Petrino, who is now the coach at Arkansas.

"The health, safety and well being of our student-athletes is the primary responsibility of our department and our athletic trainers are essential to that commitment," Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said. "Matt Summers' experience in the NFL and intercollegiate athletics has prepared him for this important position with our football program."

Ridings eagles 11th in Travelers 1st round

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Tag Ridings had the shot of the day at the Travelers Championship, hitting a hole-in-one on the 154-yard 11th hole.

The 34-year-old Oklahoma City native and former Arkansas Razorback used a 9-iron off the tee for the eagle.

It was the fifth ace on that hole, and the 11th hole-in-one in an opening round of the Connecticut tournament.

Ridings, who lives in Roanoke, Texas, shot a 6-under-par 64 Thursday, a shot off the tournament's leaders midway through the opening round.

Gay runs 100 meters in 9.75 seconds in first and only race of nationals

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Former Razorback Tyson Gay has run the preliminary round of the 100-meter dash at the U.S. championships in a wind-aided time of 9.75 seconds.

Gay, planning to only run one heat, got a slow start out of the blocks in Thursday's race, but accelerated past the finish line to win the heat by .23 seconds.

The time was .02 seconds faster than the American record he set here at Hayward Field last year, but because Gay had strong wind behind him, the time will not go down as a record.

Gay, who automatically qualifies for the world championships because of the title he won there in 2007, has said he did not plan on running in Friday's semifinals, or in the 200, where he also has an automatic bid.

SEC claims 5th national title of 2008-09 with LSU baseball win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - LSU's baseball national championship was the fifth title for Southeastern Conference teams during the school year.

That matches the previous year's total.

The Tigers wrapped up the title with a win over Texas on Wednesday night.

The SEC had either the national champion or the runner-up in half of the league's 20 sports.

League teams won titles in football, men's swimming and diving, women's indoor track and field, gymnastics and baseball.

A statistical survey based on NCAA championships and rankings placed the SEC first among conferences in its men's sports and second in women's sports.

Joyous LSU fans welcome champs home to Baton Rouge; title flag raised at stadium

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU fans have given their national champion Tigers a raucous welcome home.

Thousands wore purple & gold at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge on Thursday to thank LSU for winning the 2009 College World Series. They gave standing ovations to each player, plus head coach Paul Mainieri.

The fans roared as a flag was raised at the centerfield wall proclaiming the Tigers the 2009 national champs. The flag joins five others commemorating national title teams in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000.

In the final game of the 3-game series, LSU beat Texas 11-4 on Wednesday to take that title.

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