Arkansas Sports

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Univ. of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas baseball team has been selected as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The 64-team field was announced live on ESPNU Monday. The 20th-ranked Razorbacks will face No. 3 seed Oral Roberts Friday during the Stillwater Regional. Arkansas enters the tournament with a 35-22 record. The team has won 20 of its last 27 games, including going 7-0-1 over its final eight SEC regular season series.

American Pharoah has won the Preakness in a driving rain, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.

With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah will bring a six-race winning streak into the Belmont, which will be run on June 6 in New York. That includes an win just as impressive in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

Former Arkansas Traveler broadcaster Phil Elson with his daughter under the last piece of Ray Winder Field still standing.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A fixture of the Arkansas baseball world, Bill Valentine, passed away Sunday at the age of 82. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports from the now-demolished Ray Winder Field.

Boxer Jermain Taylor has pleaded not guilty to accusations he pointed a gun at a man's head and threatened to shoot three small children in Little Rock, Arkansas.

But local media outlets report a judge revoked his bond Tuesday afternoon in a separate case from August involving a firearm and issued a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors say the boxer's arrest this week is evidence he violated the terms of his release.

Online records of the Pulaski County jail show Taylor hasn't turned himself in yet to authorities.

J.R. Carroll at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

J.R. Carroll, one of two agents in Arkansas representing NFL players, said Monday the prospect of college athletes receiving better compensation has never been better. Speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service Carroll, also a professor in sports law at the University of Arkansas, said after a whirlwind year of court rulings the path has been laid for stipends for student-athletes but not professional-level salaries.

A symbolic coin-toss by Mayor Mark Stodola will mark the opening of the Natural Steps Sports Complex in West Little Rock Saturday.

The city’s $1.1 million dollar investment reflects the growing popularity of soccer and lacrosse.

Jermain Taylor
Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Boxer Jermain Taylor is free on a $25,000 bond after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin.

Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday. District Judge Wayne Gruber also granted a defense request for Taylor to travel out of state to train and compete in a bout against Sam Soliman in October.

The Texarkana mayor says he will manage a golf course rather than seek re-election.

Mayor Wayne Smith said Monday at City Hall that he would have run for a second term if he hadn't gotten the golf job. He announced he has taken a job as operational manager of the New Haven Golf Course.

He was elected mayor in 2010. His last day is Dec. 31. Smith says he's a golfer and called the new job "an ideal situation." He says he'd like to get his golf game into single digits.

Smith says former State Rep. David Haak's decision to run for mayor didn't influence his decision.

The University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have reached an agreement to play each other in men's basketball in each of the next five seasons.

The schools announced the agreement Wednesday.

The teams will play each other at Little Rock during the 2014-2015 season, then twice a year in Conway and Little Rock over the next four seasons.

ASU Red Wolves Win GoDaddy Bowl

Jan 6, 2014
flickr / Jimmy Emerson

Arkansas State won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter.

It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile. A13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining helped lift the red wolves of Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl last night. 

Arkansas State lost coach Bryan Harsin to Boise State in December. He's the latest in a string of three ASU coaches, who have left the program for a more high-profile job.