Waddell named senior associate AD
FAYETTEVILLE — Michael Waddell has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Strategic Communications at Arkansas.
Waddell will join the athletic department’s senior leadership team and oversee the department’s external areas including marketing, licensing, media relations, public relations, ticket operations and RazorVision.
He will also be the department’s liaison with the new SEC Network leading the program’s strategic engagement with the new television channel and digital platform.
Arkansas falls to Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. — The Arkansas softball team fell to the Oklahoma Sooners, 14-1, in five innings on Sunday.
Starter Kimmy Beasley allowed one earned on two hits in 2 2/3 innings. The Sooners scored nine unearned runs in the game and the Razorbacks left seven runners on base.
Devon Wallace notched two of the three hits for the Razorbacks on the day and belted a solo-homerun in the fourth inning. She finished her sophomore season with an SEC-record 79 walks.
Stephanie Canfield finished her freshman year as the program’s all-time single-season batting average leader with a .381 mark.
The Razorbacks finished the season with a 36-20 record.
Seasoned Spurs bury Grizzlies in Game 1
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker tallied 20 points with nine assists and the Spurs connected on 14 3-pointers in a 105-83 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Kawhi Leonard and Matt Bonner each canned four shots from beyond the arc as the Spurs set a franchise record for the most 3-point makes in a playoff game. Leonard finished with 18 points, while Bonner poured in 12 off the bench.
The Spurs, making their eighth appearance in a conference final in the last 15 years, led nearly the entire game while holding Memphis’ postseason leading scorer, Zach Randolph, to just two points on 1 of 8 shooting.
Cabrera’s 3 HRs not enoguh
ARLINGTON, Texas — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth off Derek Holland, then went deep again in the eighth against Tannger Scheppers.
However, Texas would spoil the second three-homer game of Cabrera’s career with an 11-8 victory on Sunday night.
Cabrera, the 2012 AL Triple Crown winner and this year’s leader in average and RBIs, went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs and has 11 homers, one off the AL lead. Still, the Tigers lost three of four this weekend to the Rangers.
Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished 1 for 5 with a run scored. He has a batting average of .310 this season.
Bae wins Byron Nelson title
IRIVNG, Texas — Sang-Moon Bae managed a 1-under 69 in windy conditions to top Keegan Bradley and win the Byron Nelson Championship.
Bae finished his first PGA Tour Title at 13-under-par 267.
Bradley, the 2011 winner, stumbled to a 2-over 72 to finish two back at minus-11. Charl Schwartzel closed with a 2-under 68 to grab third place at 10-under par 270.
Justin Bolli took fourth at the TPC Four Seasons Resort after firing a 5-under 65 in the final round. He finished at minus-9.