Green cleared to play immediately for Hogs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas running back Broderick Green will not have to sit out a season after transferring from Southern California.
The Arkansas athletic department confirmed Thursday that the NCAA has cleared Green to play. When Green said in November he was leaving USC, he said it was to be with his ailing grandmother in Little Rock. Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said the school worked with Green's family to request a waiver "based on his personal circumstances" and that the NCAA granted it.
Green red-shirted at USC in 2007 and played six games last season. He rushed for 168 yards on 32 carries.
Green has three years of eligibility with the Razorbacks and should add immediate depth to a backfield that relied heavily on 5-foot-7 Michael Smith last year.
ASU-Troy game moved to afternoon
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State's Sept. 26 home game against Troy has been moved from 6 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate television.
The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and Comcast Sports Southeast. Last season, Arkansas State lost to Troy 35-9 in a game that decided who represented the Sun Belt Conference in the New Orleans Bowl.
Wie expected at NW Arkansas tournament
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Michelle Wie is expected to compete at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship this September.
The tournament announced Thursday that Wie and fellow rookie Stacy Lewis would be part of the field in the tournament, presented by John Q. Hammons. The event is Sept. 11-13.
Lewis, a college star at the University of Arkansas, is playing in this tournament for the third straight year. She was the first-round leader in 2007 when the rest of the event was called off because of bad weather.
The tournament is at Pinnacle Country Club.
Holland shuts down Mariners in Texas' 7-1 victory
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Derek Holland took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Michael Young hit 2 of Texas' five home runs, leading the Rangers over the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Thursday night.
Holland (4-6) retired 24 of his first 25 batters and struck out 10. The only hits he allowed were Jack Hannahan's broken-bat single with two outs in the fifth and Franklin Gutierrez's two-out single in the ninth on the rookie left-hander's 118th and final pitch.
Warner Madrigal gave up an RBI single to Jose Lopez and walked Mike Sweeney to load the bases before Chris Shelton flied out to end it.
Texas matched a season high for homers, three off starter Garrett Olson (3-5). Hank Blalock, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Marlon Byrd also connected.
Rangers' Padilla set to return after swine flu
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla is on track to make his first start in two weeks after being sidelined by the swine flu.
Padilla was scratched from Tuesday night's game because he was still weak from his illness. He's scheduled to pitch Friday night against Seattle.
Manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Padilla is feeling strong enough to return to the mound. The right-hander last pitched July 17.
After being scratched from his scheduled start July 22 against Boston due to flulike symptoms, lab reports indicated Padilla had H1NI influenza A. He is thought to be the first athlete in U.S. major pro sports to be diagnosed with swine flu.
Weary from spotlight, Romo glad to be playing
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Going into his fourth season as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo knows all about the spotlight that comes with it. He soaked up plenty of rewards for two seasons.
But for the last nine months he's become a punching bag, getting bashed for things real and perceived.
The downward spiral began in December with a 1-3 flop of a finish that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs. The last game was a 44-6 stinker in Philadelphia filled with sloppy mistakes.
Afterward, Romo said something about losing a football game not being the end of the world. The blogosphere and talk radio were all over him, and they've hardly let up.
He was accused of masterminding T.O.'s release, paying more attention to golf than football, and getting out of shape.
Romo's new reputation was summed up pretty well at a training camp kickoff party Monday night. The majority gave him a nice ovation, but it was followed by a round of booing.
Mavs sign big man Drew Gooden
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have signed big man Drew Gooden, expecting him to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and play alongside him at center.
The deal, agreed to late last week, was announced Thursday.
Gooden is joining his seventh team, having also played for Memphis, Orlando, Cleveland, Chicago, Sacramento and San Antonio. Over his career, he averages 12 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
"We are very pleased to add Drew to our front line for the upcoming season," team president Donnie Nelson said. "Drew is a veteran player with NBA finals experience that is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. He will provide valuable minutes at both the center and power forward positions with his tenacity in the paint, rebounding and ability to knock down shots."