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Arkansas linebacker dismissed after DUI arrest

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas linebacker Khiry Battle has been dismissed from the team after being arrested during the weekend on a charge of driving under the influence.

Coach Bobby Petrino announced Battle's dismissal Monday, saying only that he'd violated team rules.

The 20-year-old Battle was arrested early Sunday on a charge of misdemeanor DUI. Police say Battle failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath alcohol test, leading to a charge of violating the state's implied consent law. On May 6, Battle was arrested after an incident in which a background check revealed he had an arrest warrant for failure to appear for a careless driving ticket.

Battle played in 10 games last season as a freshman and made five tackles.

Pelphrey happy for Beverley but looking to future

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas coach John Pelphrey says he's "excited" for Patrick Beverley after the former Razorback was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft last week.

Beverley, who played two seasons for the Razorbacks, said recently that someone wrote a paper for him while he was at Arkansas. He also made comments that implicated teammates but later backed off those statements.

On Monday, Pelphrey showed no animosity toward Beverley, who was suspended from the Razorbacks last August and left to play for a Ukrainian team.

Beverley was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Miami Heat acquired him in a trade.

Arkansas struggled after Beverley's departure, winning only two Southeastern Conference games last season. The Razorbacks return all five starters next season.

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