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Arkansas hires ex-Florida standout as assistant

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Florida standout Brett Nelson has been hired as an assistant coach for the Arkansas basketball team.

Razorbacks head coach John Pelphrey announced Thursday that Nelson has a "tremendous basketball IQ" and will help players understand what it takes to win Southeastern Conference championships and compete on a national level.

For the past three years, Nelson worked as an assistant coach at Marshall University before moving to the University of Central Florida in late March with former Marshall head coach Donnie Jones.

Last season, Marshall finished with a 24-10 overall record and earned its first postseason berth in 22 years.

As a player, Nelson helped lead Florida to four NCAA tournament appearances, a national championship game appearance, two SEC overall championships and three Eastern Division titles.

UALR adds Indiana guard to recruiting class

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas-Little Rock's women's basketball recruiting class now has a sixth member.

UALR coach Joe Foley says the Trojans have signed 5-foot-9 guard-forward Taylor Ford from Indianapolis, Ind. As a high school junior, Ford averaged 25.2 points per game.

She will join an incoming class that includes 6-foot-1 center Asiah Scribner of Lonoke; 6-foot center Whitney Gaston-Loyd of Shreveport, La.; 6-foot-2 center Hannah Fohne of Walker, La.; 6-foot guard Karisma Tyson of Memphis, Tenn.; and 5-foot-6 guard Nia Gregory of Collierville, Tenn.

The Trojans reached the NCAA tournament for the first time this past season and advanced to the second round.

Hogs lose at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Arkansas baseball team has opened its final series of the regular season with a loss at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores (40-13, 16-10 SEC) won 4-3 Thursday night to hand the Razorbacks (38-16, 16-12 SEC) their fifth straight loss.

Vanderbilt took an early lead when Aaron Westlake hit a two-run homer in the first inning. The Hogs responded by driving in three runs in the second, but Vandy grabbed the win by scoring in the fourth and seventh innings.

Arkansas starter Drew Smyly tossed five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He also had six strikeouts and a walk in the no-decision.

Cruz leads Rangers past Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nelson Cruz had a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his first career four-hit game, and the Texas Rangers ran their winning streak to four games with a 13-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Rangers starter Scott Feldman (2-4) had the benefit of early run support to win for the first time since April 11 despite allowing a career-high 12 hits over six innings.

Feldman gave up four runs, struck out five and walked one as AL West leader Texas won for the 10th time in 14 games to move four games ahead of Oakland in the division.

Matt Treanor added a three-run homer in a five-run eighth and David Murphy had 3 of Texas' season-high 20 hits to help the Rangers equal their highest scoring output of the season.

Washington says he should have demanded review

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rangers manager Ron Washington says he should have been more forceful Wednesday night when the umpiring crew declined to check a replay after a drive by Josh Hamilton appeared to be a home run but was ruled a double.

Hamilton led off the fourth inning with a shot that television replays showed cleared the 14-foot fence in left and bounced back into play.

Second base umpire Doug Eddings signaled the ball hit the top of the wall and wasn't a homer. Hamilton stopped at second with a double. A home run would have tied the game at 2.

When Washington came out to argue, Eddings insisted that he got the call right. Washington didn't specifically ask for a replay, returning to the dugout convinced that Hamilton deserved a double.

Cowboys' Romo a step closer to playing US Open

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a step closer to competing in the U.S. Open golf tournament.

Romo was among seven golfers who moved on to the sectional round following a round at The Honors Club of Dallas. Romo shot a 2-under 69, which put him in a four-man playoff for three spots.

Romo advances to a 36-hole qualifier June 7 at The Woodlands. If he's among the top finishers there, he would have a spot in the season's second major tournament June 17-20 at Pebble Beach.

Last week, Romo advanced to the Monday qualifier for the Byron Nelson Championship but had to drop out because it conflicted with a Cowboys workout. The first round of the Byron Nelson was Thursday.

There's no Cowboys conflict June 7.

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