Digest for 05-09-13


STATE

Arkansas-TCU now set for 2016, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas and Texas Christian will play their home-and-home football series in 2016 and 2017.

TCU announced the latest dates for the series, which was previously set for 2015 and 2016, in a press release this week. The Horned Frogs will host the Razorbacks in Ft. Worth in 2016 and play Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2017.

The nonconference series will be the first for the programs since 1991, when Arkansas and TCU were members of the Southwest Conference. Arkansas also remains in talks with another former SWC member — Texas Tech — about a home-and-home series for 2014 and 2015. That series has not been finalized.

The road trip to Ft. Worth would give the Razorbacks two games in the Dallas Metroplex in 2016. The annual Arkansas-Texas A&M game is scheduled to return to Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium in 2014.

It’s also another attractive nonconference opponent for Arkansas’ upcoming football schedules. The Razorbacks have agreed to play Michigan in 2018 and 2019. Arkansas and Texas are scheduled to play in Fayetteville in 2021.

Women’s golf opens NCAA East Regional play

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas women’s golf team opens play in the NCAA East Regional in Auburn, Ala., today. The three-day tournament will determine which eight teams advance to participate in the NCAA Championships later this month.

The Razorbacks secured the East Regional’s No. 2 seed and will join top-seed Alabama as headliners in the 24-team field. Seven other ranked teams also are in the event. The list includes: No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 North Carolina State, No. 12 Virginia, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Tulane, No. 23 Texas and No. 26 Notre Dame.

“I’m not a rankings person at all,” Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said about the Razorbacks’ position. “My objective is to prepare our team the very best that they can be prepared for what they’re going to see at Auburn.”

Estes-Taylor believes Arkansas will enjoy success with a playing five of Emily Tubert, Emma Lavy, Victoria Vela, Regina Plasencia and Gabriela Lopez. Tubert, Lavy and Vela all have experience on Auburn’s course and in NCAA Regionals.

Arkansas is competing in an NCAA Regional for the 12th time and is making its 11th straight appearance. The Razorbacks have advanced five times, including appearances in the NCAA Championships the past two seasons.

“Our team motto this year is, ‘This year is a journey,’” Estes-Taylor said. “We feel like this is just the next step in our journey to get to where we need to be at the end of May in Athens, Ga., (for the NCAA Championships).

“We look at it as another opportunity to compete and be at our very best and be prepared to give ourselves an opportunity to win a regional championship.”

NATIONAL

Happ ‘doing well’ following incident

St. Petersburg, Fla — Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was released from a hospital Wednesday after suffering a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear when he was struck by a line drive during Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jays said the left-hander was responsive and doing well in an earlier statement.

Happ was floored when Desmond Jennings hit a scorcher up the middle. The ball hit the side of Happ’s face and ricocheted up the right-field line.

Once play was halted, medical staff tended to Happ before removing him from the field on a stretcher.