Oklahoma's Gresham named to Mackey Award list
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham has been named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to college football's top tight end.
Gresham was a finalist for the award last season along with Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew and Missouri's Chase Coffman, who was named the winner.
Gresham set a school record with 14 touchdown catches last season and needs only five more to tie the career record at Oklahoma.
Others on the list of 30 pre-season candidates for the award released Wednesday by the Nassau County Sports Commission included BYU's Dennis Pitta and Arkansas' D.J. Williams, who were semifinalists last year, and third-team All-America pick Rob Gronkowski of Arizona.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
Arkansas St.-Virginia Tech set for 2011
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State will play Virginia Tech in football in 2011.
The Hokies will host the Red Wolves on Sept. 17, Arkansas State announced Wednesday. Red Wolves athletic director Dean Lee said the school signed a $1 million contract to play Virginia Tech.
The teams last played in 2002, when the Hokies beat Arkansas State 63-7 in Steve Roberts' first game as ASU's coach.
UCA places 9 on All-Southland first team
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Defensive end Larry Hart is 1 of 9 Central Arkansas players on the pre-season All-Southland Conference first team.
The league announced the selections Wednesday. Hart, the league's defensive player of the year in 2008, was joined on the first team by teammates Nick Cowger (FB), Lane Freiwald (OL), Will Merritt (OL), Taylor Scott (DL), James Lancaster (LB), Derrick Boyd (DB), Pieri Feazell (DB) and Anthony Gambles (DB). No other school had as many players on the first team.
Central Arkansas finished atop the conference standings last season, although the Bears weren't eligible to win the league championship because they were in only their third season in Division I. They're picked fourth this season in the conference's pre-season coaches' poll.
AP source: Phillies get Lee from Indians
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Looking for a top starter to bolster their so-so rotation, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Indians.
The defending World Series champions are sending Cleveland four minor league prospects for Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco, a baseball official familiar with the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Lee is a former Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher.
The deal is pending medical reviews. Those reviews could take a while because 3 of the players the Indians are getting from Philadelphia have dealt with recent injuries.
Granderson, Tigers beat up Rangers 13-5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run and connected again in the second inning, and Justin Verlander equaled a career high by striking out 13 as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 13-5 Wednesday night.
The Tigers scored in each of the first seven innings and matched a season high with 19 hits.
Miguel Cabrera, who had four hits and four RBIs, and Marcus Thames also homered for Detroit. Andruw Jones homered twice for Texas.
Verlander (12-5) tied for the major league lead in wins. He boosted his AL-leading strikeout total to 172 while pitching seven innings.
Rangers recall Arias, option Mathis
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers recalled infielder Joaquin Arias from AAA Oklahoma City and optioned right-hander Doug Mathis to the same club prior to Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.
The Rangers needed Arias as a backup with starting second baseman Ian Kinsler out of the starting lineup due to a strained left hamstring.
Kinsler said the injury isn't serious and he expects to be back on the field soon. Omar Vizquel, the club's only reserve infielder until Arias was recalled, got the start at second base Wednesday night.