U. of Ark. to award new trophy named after fan
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas will award a new prize to 1 of its teams - a trophy named after a long-time Razorbacks fan.
The school announced Tuesday that the Lee Spencer Cup will be given out annually to the team that "earns distinction in the classroom, in athletic competition, in personal development and in the community." Teams will earn points "for commitment, character and integrity in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership and personal development, service, team spirit and Razorback excellence."
The late Lee Spencer was a long-time fan of the Razorbacks and a member of the Razorback Foundation.
2 Sooners, 1 Cowboy on Outland watch list
DALLAS (AP) - Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and offensive tackle Trent Williams join Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung on the watch list for the Outland Trophy.
The Football Writers Association of America on Tuesday revealed its list of 44 players who are early candidates for the award given to the nation's top interior lineman.
Oklahoma was 1 of only six schools to place two players on the list.
The other teammates included were Alabama's Terrence Cody and Mike Johnson, Florida's Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, Georgia's Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens, Texas' Adam Ulatoski and Chris Hall and Southern Cal's Kristofer O'Dowd and Jeff Byers.
Arkansas' Malcolm Sheppard also made the list.
Royals claim RHP Bannister from Rangers
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have acquired right-hander John Bannister from the Texas Rangers on a waiver claim.
The Royals got the 25-year-old pitcher Tuesday. He will be optioned to AA Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday and added to their 40-man roster.
Bannister had been pitching at AA Frisco. He was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Aug. 4 when Texas purchased the contract of infielder Esteban German from AAA Oklahoma City.
Bannister pitched at Oklahoma City and Frisco this season, going 3-3 overall with a 5.96 ERA in 38 relief appearances.
Laffey leads Indians past Rangers 5-0
CLEVELAND (AP) - Aaron Laffey pitched effectively into the seventh inning to remain undefeated at home, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 Tuesday night.
Laffey (6-3) allowed six hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings. He did not allow an earned run for the third time in four starts since July 24. In his previous outing, the left-hander gave up an unearned run in a career-high eight innings. He is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five home starts this season.
Dustin Nippert (3-1) struck a career-high 10 over six innings for Texas. It was a dominating performance except for a third inning in which Cleveland's first five batters all scored.
Colts LT Ugoh loses starting job
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Indianapolis left tackle Tony Ugoh is committed to regaining his starting job this pre-season.
Colts coach Jim Caldwell has replaced the former Razorback with Charlie Johnson, and Johnson is expected to start Friday's pre-season opener at home against Minnesota.
Caldwell said he told Ugoh of the decision before organized team activities, and Ugoh didn't improve enough during the off-season to change Caldwell's mind.
Ugoh started 23 regular season games over the last two seasons, all at left tackle. Johnson started 12 games at right tackle and four games at left tackle.
Johnson was recovering from a torn pectoral muscle. When he returned Monday, he was on the first unit.