Youngblood leaving Razorbacks
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' Jim Youngblood is leaving the football program.
Youngblood, a standout quarterback in high school, was most recently listed as a tight end on the team's roster. Coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement that Youngblood has always done a great job for the team, and the Razorbacks wish him well.
Youngblood's father told Stephens Media that Youngblood will transfer and wants the chance to play quarterback.
Ark halts tilapia stocking, cites cost
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The state Game and Fish Commission says it has become too expensive to stock two northeast Arkansas lakes with tilapia.
The agency had planned to stock Lake Hogue and Mallard Lake this year with the fish. Lake Hogue has been stocked with tilapia since 2001.
The tilapia were stocked as food for bass but have since become a target for fishermen.
The commission says stocking tilapia that weigh between one-half and three-quarters of a pound would cost between $1.75 and $2.32 each. Bass fingerlings cost about a nickel apiece and stocking catfish costs about 80 cents per pound.
Tilapia prices rose after many of the fish died during the harsh winter. Demand is rising for tilapia as a food fish, driving up the price.
Tilapia stocking will resume next year if the price comes down.
Attendance drops slightly in college basketball
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA says Division I men's basketball teams drew more than 27 million fans last season, the fourth-highest total in history but a slight decrease over the previous season.
The top five teams were Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, Tennessee and North Carolina. Either Kentucky or Syracuse has finished No. 1 in home attendance for the last 34 seasons.
With 334 teams playing 5,251 games, both records, Division I schools had a total attendance of 27,539,459 - down 227,652, or 133 per game, from 2008-09.
The Big Ten led the nation in attendance for the 34th straight year, averaging 12,591 per game.
When numbers from Division II and III are included, more than 32 million fans attended an NCAA basketball game last season, also No. 4 all-time.
Rangers get 5 HRs in rout of A's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Derek Holland struck out seven in six shutout innings of his first major league start of the season, Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero hit consecutive homers, and the Texas Rangers routed the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Wednesday night.
Holland (1-0) allowed five hits and walked one while throwing 103 pitches. The left-hander was recalled from AAA Oklahoma City earlier Wednesday to take the rotation spot of Matt Harrison, who went on the 15-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.
Michael Young, Max Ramirez and Hamilton all homered and each had three hits to help the Rangers take over sole possession of first in the AL West after beginning the night tied with the A's.
Rookie Justin Smoak also connected as the Rangers had a season-high five homers and 17 hits.
Wilson goes from Texas bullpen to reliable starter
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - C.J. Wilson has pitched at least six innings every start and is among the best in the American League with a 1.51 ERA.
Wilson (3-1) has become the most reliable starter for the Texas Rangers, making the most of his long-desired chance to be in the rotation again.
The left-hander says he is "just really filling out the job description" of a starter and that there is nothing "mystical" about his transition.
As a rookie five years ago, Wilson was 0-5 with a 12.05 ERA in six starts. Texas then made him a reliever, and he was a closer or primary setup man until this spring.
He makes his seventh start of the season Thursday in the finale of a 3-game series against AL West foe Oakland.
Cowboys' Romo expects Free, others to protect him
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo isn't worrying about life without 5-time Pro Bowl left tackle Flozell Adams protecting his blind side.
Romo says he has to trust the people around him. He says he's preparing for next season thinking that with Doug Free, newly acquired Alex Barron and other linemen, the Cowboys should be able to keep doing what they've done in the past and even grow offensively.
Dallas cut Adams last month.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that he's "no longer concerned about the offensive line at all." Barron was traded from St. Louis, and unrestricted free agent Montrae Holland was signed to a 2-year contract.
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