Ark., Okla. schools to apply for new D-II league
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma will apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference.
Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, East Central University, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State announced their intentions Tuesday. The Arkansas schools are currently in the Gulf South Conference, and the Oklahoma schools are in the Lone Star.
The schools say they are trying to limit travel costs and plan to submit a conference strategic plan, conference constitution and conference bylaws to the NCAA by Dec. 1.
Athletic schedules for the 2010-11 season will not be affected.
The loss of the Arkansas schools would drop the GSC to five football programs.
Travs split doubleheader; Naturals lose in 10
(AP) - The Arkansas Travelers have split a doubleheader at home with Frisco in Texas League action.
The Travelers (33-55) tried to keep the first game close Tuesday night. They took the lead on a two-run double from Julio Perez in the sixth inning and held on to win 6-5.
The RoughRiders (52-35) dominated the second game and won 10-0. Arkansas starter Will Smith took that loss. He gave up five runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings.
Elsewhere in the league, Corpus Christi edged Northwest Arkansas 5-4 in 10 innings. The Hooks (38-50) broke the tie with Koby Clemens' 10th-inning single. The Naturals are now 55-33 overall.
All Texas League teams are idle Wednesday.
McCann comes up big, NL finally wins All-Star game
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - One key swing by Brian McCann pulled the National League out of the All-Star shadows.
McCann's three-run double in the seventh inning provided the NL all the offense it needed to capture its first Midsummer Classic since 1996 with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
In a year of dominant pitching, young starters David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez set the tone - and got even more help from the tricky shadows. Nearly the entire field at Angel Stadium was bathed in odd patterns of sunlight for a twilight first pitch, creating more awkward swings and misses than usual in baseball's annual talent show.
The National League earns home-field advantage in this year's World Series.
Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero, the AL designated hitter batting fifth, was cheered by his former crowd when he came out in a Texas uniform.
Mavs sign first-round pick, reserve center
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, whose rights they bought from the Memphis Grizzlies on draft day.
The Mavericks also announced Tuesday they've signed free-agent center Ian Mahinmi.
Terms weren't disclosed.
The Grizzlies drafted the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Jones out of South Florida with the 25th overall pick. The guard from Lake Wales, Fla., led the Bulls in scoring each of his three seasons and was the nation's only college player to average at least 21 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Mahinmi was San Antonio's first-round draft pick and 28th overall in 2005. The 6-11, 230-pound Frenchman played in 26 games last season, averaging 3.9 points and two rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game, shooting .636 from the field.
OSU has 7 home games on nonconference hoops schedule
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State's nonconference basketball schedule will include seven home games, a trip to California for a tournament and a game at Gonzaga.
Parts of the schedule announced Tuesday already were known. The Cowboys will play DePaul in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., on Thanksgiving Day and could play Virginia Tech or UNLV in later rounds.
OSU's marquee nonconference home game will be against Stanford on Dec. 21. The Cowboys will open the season with home games against Houston Baptist on Nov. 13, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 17 and Nicholls State on Nov. 21.
OSU will host Central Arkansas on Dec. 1, Missouri State on Dec. 11 and Texas-San Antonio on Jan. 3.