Another 60-day duck season likely, expert says
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state Game and Fish Commission has been told that duck counts show more waterfowl in the central United States and Canada than were present last year, meaning another 60-day duck season is likely for Arkansas.
Doyle Shook is wildlife chief for the agency and says habitat conditions for breeding waterfowl improved in much of the U.S. and Canada in 2009.
Shook says the Canadian prairie ponds have increased by 17% since 2008 and the total duck abundance is estimated at about 42 million, which is also an increase.
Shook says the federal regulatory option for the Mississippi Flyway most likely will be the liberal package. The result is a 60-day season with a daily bag limit of 6 birds.
NCAA committee wants composite-barrel bats tossed
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - College baseball is getting ready to crack down on composite-barrel bats.
The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee has proposed an indefinite moratorium on the bats after anecdotal evidence and research conducted at the Division I national tournament indicated many of the bats didn't comply with NCAA standards.
The NCAA requires a bat's so-called "exit speed" to be no greater than that of its wooden counterpart, lest it become a safety hazard for infielders and pitchers.
The exit speed is how fast the ball comes off the bat. Some 20 of the 25 bats tested exceeded NCAA limitations.
Texas' Andruw Jones trying to prove he's not done
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Andruw Jones hit as many home runs in one game for the Texas Rangers this season as he did all last season as a high-priced bust for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The number was three.
It was a flashback to a player who as a 19-year-old rookie for Atlanta hit two home runs in his first World Series game in 1996. He then hit at least 25 home runs in 10 straight seasons.
After hitting only .158 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 75 games during an injury-plagued season with the Dodgers, Jones is a part-time player in Texas trying to prove he's not done.
His batting average has dipped to .227 with a 2 for 27 slump since the three-homer outburst July 8, but that is still drastically better than last year in Los Angeles.
Records shed light on Cuban-Nelson dispute
DALLAS (AP) - The feud between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former coach Don Nelson stretches back nearly seven years and has some $7 million at stake. But just how ugly and dysfunctional their relationship has been is only now being revealed.
Previously secret testimony and e-mail is now coming to light.
There's testimony from Cuban in which he acknowledges withholding consulting fees from Nelson because he believed the former coach had "badmouthed" the team during the NBA finals and should be made to "beg" for the money.
Nelson recalls being so disgusted with Cuban that he signed a contract to stay on as coach only after friends "got me drunk."
The proceedings stem from a contract dispute over whether Nelson, now the coach of the Golden State Warriors, should be paid millions in salary he deferred while coaching the Mavericks from 1997 to 2005.
Tulsa pursuing game at Notre Dame
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Athletic director Bubba Cunningham's pursuit of more exposure for a rising Tulsa program has led him back to his alma mater, where he's trying to put together a contract for the Golden Hurricane's first ever game against Notre Dame.
Cunningham says he has met with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to discuss some openings on the Irish schedule for next year, but no deal is in place yet.
Tulsa went 11-3 last season to set a school record for wins and has worked to set up games against high-profile opponents in recent years.
The Golden Hurricane are set to face Oklahoma State and Oklahoma in the next few years and will start a home & home series against Boise State this fall.