Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas on Arkansas slate
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Louisville, Oklahoma and Texas are all on Arkansas' basketball schedule this coming season.
The Razorbacks released the non-conference portion of the schedule Monday. The Hogs will play Louisville in St. Louis on Nov. 17. Arkansas coach John Pelphrey played for Louisville's Rick Pitino when Pitino coached Kentucky.
On Dec. 2, the Razorbacks play at Oklahoma, and they'll host Texas on Jan. 5. Arkansas beat the Sooners and Longhorns last season before stumbling through Southeastern Conference play and missing the post-season.
Arkansas will play Baylor in North Little Rock on Dec. 30.
Ferguson feeling good after battles with cancer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Razorback Joe Ferguson walks around these days without a hint of illness. In fact, the former Buffalo Bills quarterback looks strong enough to step out of the field and start throwing passes again.
Ferguson is recovering well after health problems that included bouts with lymphoma and leukemia in recent years, and he was in Little Rock on Monday for a celebrity golf event.
Ferguson says his blood count is good, and he's trying to eat well and exercise. He and his wife live in northwest Arkansas, not far from where he played college football for the Razorbacks.
Plan for Ray Winder includes zoo, UAMS
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal for the future of Little Rock's Ray Winder Field would divide the parcel so the state's only medical school and the Little Rock Zoo could use the space to expand.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola called a news conference Monday to discuss the proposal, which is to go before the city board.
The 77-year-old stadium was closed when the Arkansas Travelers moved to North Little Rock in 2007. Since then, there has been debate about what to do with the site.
Earlier, there was an effort to keep the ballpark as a recreational facility, but that proposal was withdrawn.
The city and state each own about 3 1/2 acres of the land in question.
Hunter, Cruz lift Rangers over Tigers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rookie Tommy Hunter pitched a career-high seven innings, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young homered, and the Texas Rangers finally beat the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Monday night.
The Rangers had lost the first six meetings with the Tigers this season to drop to 3-14 against them over the last three years before Hunter (3-1) pitched Texas to its seventh victory in eight games.
Hunter allowed one run and five hits in his sixth major league start. C.J. Wilson pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances, finishing it off in a light rain.
Southern Hills preparing for US Amateur
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Despite losing the sponsor for its annual LPGA event, Tulsa is moving on with preparations to host another top-tier golf tournament.
Southern Hills general manager Nick Sidorakis said Monday that enough volunteers have been lined up to work at the U.S. Amateur next month, but only after they were offered the chance to play the course.
Southern Hills hosted the U.S. Open and PGA Championship earlier this decade and will continue Tulsa's run of high-level golf tournaments with the amateur event.
For the first time since 2000, the LPGA is not coming to town this year after title sponsor SemGroup declared bankruptcy. SemGroup had sponsored the tour stop the past two years.
The U.S. Amateur will begin Aug. 24.
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