Digest for 08-02-12


COMMUNITY

Razorback fans can pledge allegiance to school

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas is participating in the inaugural “Pledge Your Allegiance for College Colors Day” spirit competition and is asking for fan support to help win the prestigious College Colors Day Spirit Cup and $10,000 toward the general scholarship fund.

Fans can participate by visiting www.espn.com/collegecolorsday. All registrants are entered to win weekly $50 gift cards from ESPN Shop and one of two grand prizes, including a $500 college shopping spree at ESPN Shop.

LOCAL

Childs blogs about training camp

MANKATO, Minn. — Former Warren and Arkansas wide receiver Greg Childs is writing a blog on the Minnesota Vikings’ website about his first training camp with the team.

“So far the practices have been tough,” Childs said in his first blog. “There are a lot of good players up here in the NFL, but I love the competition and know that I have a lot of work ahead of me. I’m looking to represent my family and all my fans the best way I can, and that’s by always playing hard and never giving up.”

Childs’ complete blog can be found under News, then Blogs on www.vikings.com.

STATE

Arkansas to play two v’ball games on TV

FAYETTEVILLE — The Southeastern Conference volleyball television schedule was released Wednesday, and Arkansas will play two matches on the tube.

The Razorbacks will host Kentucky in a Nov. 11 meeting to air at noon on SportSouth and visit LSU for an 8 p.m. Nov. 21 match on ESPNU.

NATIONAL

Wisconsin running back Ball sustains injuries in attack

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist from last season, suffered a concussion and facial injuries in an attack by five men early Wednesday, ESPN.com reported.

The website reported Ball was attacked around 2:15 a.m. and spent 2 hours in the hospital before he was released. It was unknown whether Ball would be able to practice Monday when preseason camp begins.

According to a statement from the university, Madison police are investigating the incident as an “unprovoked assault.”

“My concern right now is for Montee’s health and well-being,” coach Bret Bielema said in the statement. “Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”

Roethlisberger has torn rotator cuff

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a “little torn rotator cuff” in his right arm, but he does not seem to be worried about the injury, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The arm was injured in a Nov. 6 loss to Baltimore, but Roethlisberger said it feels strong and the injury shouldn’t hamper any of his throws, according to the article.

Meanwhile Roethlisberger has been speaking with wide receiver Mike Wallace, who holding out of training camp. A one-year, $2.742 million contract remains on the table, the Post-Gazette reported.

Reports: Mayweather to be released Friday

LAS VEGAS — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be released from a local jail having served only two of a three-month sentence for domestic violence, according to multiple reports.

The 43-0 Mayweather was found guilty in December of felony battery and pleaded no contest to two counts of harassment in a 2010 attack against ex-girlfriend Josie Harris. His jail term was delayed so he could fight Miguel Cotto on May 5, which Mayweather won.