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ASU hires director of operations for football

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Jason Gregory has been hired as director of operations for Arkansas State football.

Gregory was director of football operations at Northern Arizona last season. He was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State in 2007.

Gregory started his coaching career as an assistant at Barton High School under Frank McClellan, Arkansas' winningest high school coach.

Naturals pitcher Dan Cortes arrested

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -Pitcher Dan Cortes of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals has been arrested.

Police took Cortes to the Washington County Jail early Wednesday morning after he was allegedly caught urinating on a fence near a bar on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The 22-year-old Cortes is charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He's free on $655 bond.

Cortes is regarded as a top prospect. His record is 5-6 with a 4.00 ERA. Last season he was recognized as the Kansas City Royals' top minor league pitcher, posting a 10-4 record with the Naturals and a 3.78 ERA.

Naturals manager Brian Poldberg says any discipline will have to come through the Royals front office. The Naturals play in Springdale and are a Class AA affiliate of the Royals.

Alabama pitcher transfers to Harding

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Harding University has signed a pitcher who will transfer from Alabama so he can join his brother on the Bison team.

Harding announced Thursday that 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander Patrick Nappi will join his brother Jason at the Searcy campus next season.

Nappi has one season of eligibility left. He redshirted in Alabama in 2008 and did not play for the Crimson Tide in the season that just ended. Prior to Alabama, Nappi played two seasons at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. As a sophomore he made 27 relief appearances and posted a 4-2 record with three saves and a 2.58 ERA.

Patrick Nappi's brother Jason transferred from Mississippi State earlier in the summer.

Little Rock Marathon set for March 7

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The 2010 Little Rock Marathon is set for March 7.

Organizers say discounted registration is available until Nov. 1.

The course will take runners over the Arkansas River and back and is set up to accommodate a half marathon, a 3.1-mile race and children's events.

Participants can register online or with a mail-in registration form. Registration closes Feb. 26, though late entries will be accepted if there is space.

The race is known for its tremendous medals given to finishers of the full marathon.

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