Youngblood eyeing return to QB at UCA
CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - Jim Youngblood says he's eager to try to play right away at Central Arkansas - and at quarterback.
Youngblood is transferring from Arkansas to play for the Bears, who are in the Football Championship Subdivision. That means Youngblood won't have to sit out a year before being eligible.
Youngblood said Thursday that Central Arkansas was the first school to offer him a scholarship when he was recruited. Youngblood was a standout prep quarterback at Camden Fairview but was recently listed as a tight end on Arkansas' roster.
He is hoping to return to his old position.
Racetracks warily embrace slots, video gambling
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - More and more states are adding slot machines and other forms of gambling to horse and dog tracks.
While horsemen welcome the extra revenue in the form of bigger purses, there are questions about whether the so-called racinos are a reliable business model. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas says he worries that casinos will someday overshadow the racing.
The American Gaming Association says consumer spending at racetrack casinos increased 5% in 2009 to $6.4 billion despite the recession. But that doesn't mean more people are betting on the races: According to The Jockey Club, the total pari-mutuel handle on U.S. Thoroughbred races in 2009 dropped 9.8% to $12.3 billion.
Drillers top Travelers 7-6
(AP) - Tulsa has edged Arkansas 7-6 in 12 innings of Texas League play.
The Drillers opened an 8-game road trip with the win Thursday night. They had a season-best 18 hits, including four from Scott Beerer and a solo home run by Jason Van Kooten.
Arkansas took a 6-4 lead on a hit by Clay Fuller but couldn't hold on.
Cory Riordan allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings for Tulsa. Alberto Alburquerque got the win with two scoreless innings.
The series continues Friday night.
Guerrero single gives Rangers 2-1 win over A's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero delivered an RBI single in the 12th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Thursday in a game in which one balk became a base hit and another led to the ejection of the Texas catcher.
Guerrero was 0 for 5 before lining a shot deep into the left-center gap off Oakland closer Andrew Bailey (0-1) to drive home Michael Young. Texas (20-15) took 2 of the three in the series matching the AL West's top teams to build a 2-game division lead.
Elvis Andrus led off the 12th with his fourth hit, but was then caught stealing. Young drew a walk and Josh Hamilton had a single before Guerrero's winning hit.
Dustin Nippert (2-3), the loser in the 13-inning series opener Tuesday, worked around a leadoff single in the 12th.
Selig defends baseball's minority hiring
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is ignoring calls to move next year's All-Star game from Phoenix because of Arizona's new immigration law.
He responded to such demands Thursday by defending baseball's record on minority hiring. Selig was speaking at an owners' meeting and said baseball has "done very well" in this regard.
He cited praise baseball had received from sports sociologist Richard Lapchick and an award the commissioner was given by the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Selig also said he was concerned the proposed sale of the Texas Rangers has not been completed.
Matt Jones lead Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -Matt Jones eagled the par-5 14th hole and finished with a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Texas Open.
Jones also had four birdies on the back nine on the Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, the tournament's new site after 15 years at La Cantera.
Paul Stankowski opened with a 67, and J.B. Holmes, Matt Weibring, Charley Hoffman and Steve Lowery had 68s.
Ernie Els, a 2-time winner this year, had a 72. He was 3 under on the final five holes, making a tap-in eagle on 14 after a 293-yard second shot. Els' playing partner, Vijay Singh, left several putts just short, but finished with a birdie for a 73.
Zach Johnson, the 2-time defending champion, made a 7 on the par-3 13th and finished with an 8-over 80.