UAPB raises $1.34 million for baseball complex
PINE BLUFF, Ark., (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has raised $1.34 million so far in the first phase of its effort to build a $9 million baseball complex.
The donations include $500,000 from Pine Bluff native and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter.
The complex will be named for Hunter.
Construction on the first phase includes a baseball field that's expected to be ready in time for the spring baseball season.
The overall project includes an indoor training facility, a baseball field and stadium and a softball field that can also be used for Little League baseball tournaments.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com
Saving time, money, Sun Belt meets media online
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A handful of technical glitches presented only brief interruptions during the first fully online media days to be hosted by a Division I college football conference.
With the country in recession, the Sun Belt Conference sought to save money for member schools and attract more media coverage with the new video conferencing format for its annual pre-season meetings with reporters.
In past seasons, the conference invited coaches, selected players and the media to meet in a downtown New Orleans Hotel.
The new format presented minor problems with audio and video cutting out periodically, but coaches said they didn't mind because staying on campus provided them more time to prepare for training camp.
Rangers hit 3 HRs off Smoltz to beat Red Sox
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - David Murphy and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered on consecutive pitches in the same inning Michael Young led off with a long ball, and the Texas Rangers beat the suddenly slumping Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Monday night.
The Red Sox have lost three straight, the latest loss allowing the New York Yankees to tie them for the AL East lead.
Kevin Millwood (9-7) left trailing 2-1 after six innings. But the Rangers hit three homers off John Smoltz (1-3) in the bottom of the inning.
Smoltz, making only his fifth start since shoulder surgery last summer, hadn't allowed a home run in 25 innings this season until Young's leadoff homer tied the game 2-2.
Murphy added a two-run shot and Saltalamacchia homered on the next pitch.
Rangers put closer Francisco on DL again
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are again without closer Frank Francisco.
Francisco, who has already been on the disabled list twice for injuries, was put on the 15-day DL Monday because he is unavailable to pitch due to a mild case of pneumonia.
Right-hander Willie Eyre is being recalled from AAA Oklahoma City and was expected to be in the bullpen for Monday night's game against Boston.
Francisco last pitched July 10, before the All-Star break. The DL move is retroactive to July 11, meaning the right-hander will be eligible to be reinstated Sunday.
The Rangers said Francisco, who wasn't in the clubhouse, was home resting and taking medication. The pitcher started feeling ill Saturday.
WR Holley wins reality show, job on Dallas Cowboys
DALLAS (AP) - Receiver Jesse Holley is joining the Dallas Cowboys, courtesy of Michael Irvin.
Holley was revealed Monday night as the winner of "4th and Long," the reality show on the Spike network organized and hosted by Irvin. Holley's prize is the 80th spot on the Cowboys' training-camp roster and a standard rookie contract.
Holley outlasted five other receivers and six defensive backs. It might've helped that he's a lot like Irvin - tall and flamboyant, with a big smile and lots of charisma.
Holley won a national championship as a backup point guard on North Carolina's 2005 college basketball team, then gave up basketball to concentrate on football. He spent several weeks on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad in 2007 but hasn't had another shot at the NFL until now.