Digest for 06-01-14


STATE

UA men qualify five on day two of prelims

FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 4 Arkansas men’s track and field team qualified five individuals while the No. 8 Razorbacks women’s track and field team added four more national qualifiers on day two of the NCAA West Preliminary.

Noah Kittelson and Ken LeGassey will represent the Razorbacks in high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, along with Patrick Rono and Tomas Squella in the 800-meter. In the final event of the night, Stanley Kebenei won his heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase to earn his place in Eugene, Ore.

The quintet join Thursday’s qualifiers in Andrew Irwin (pole vault), Raymond Higgs (long jump) and Anthony May (long jump).

In women’s action, Tamara Myers (triple jump), Taylor Ellis-Watson (400m), Grace Heymsfield (3KSC) and Jessica Kamilos (3KSC) will represent Arkansas at the outdoor championships. Heading into the final day of competition, the Arkansas women’s team has qualified nine individuals in 10 events.

Arkansas picks up UNLV transfer for football

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas wrapped up spring practice last month with question marks about starting spots at left guard and center.

The Razorbacks added an intriguing candidate at one of those positions Saturday.

Cameron Jefferson, who was a three-year starter at UNLV, has decided to transfer to Arkansas and is immediately eligible for the 2014 season. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman is expected to compete for a starting job at left guard in August.

“We’re thrilled to add Cameron Jefferson to the Razorback football program,” Bielema said in a statement. “As we continue to build our recruiting classes over the next few years, we will add players who fit academically, athletically and socially.

“He comes from a football family with his father playing in the NFL and he worked his way into becoming an anchor for the line at UNLV. We look forward to seeing the impact he will have at Arkansas.”

Arkansas auditioned several players at left guard during spring practice. Mitch Smothers, Luke Charpentier, Cordale Boyd and Grady Ollison all spending time with the first-team offense. Charpentier worked with the starters during the Red-White game, while Bielema said Ollison was the leader entering the summer.

Jefferson is a former basketball player who didn’t begin a football career until his junior season at Desert Oasis High in Las Vegas. He played three different positions at UNLV and started his final 33 games. Most of those starts came at left guard.

Jefferson’s father, William, played college football at Maryland and spent time in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts.

REGIONAL

Taveras homers in debut as Cards blank Giants

ST. LOUIS — Oscar Taveras homered in his MLB debut, Michael Wacha tossed six scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Saturday.

Taveras went 1-for-3 for the Cardinals, who had lost the first two contests of this four-game series. The left-handed hitting 21-year-old started in right field and batted sixth.

Rated by Baseball America as the club’s top prospect each of the past two years, Taveras became the first Cardinals player to homer in his first MLB game since Steven Hill on Aug. 15, 2010.

Wacha (4-3) improved to 4-0 at home this season after giving up three hits and striking out seven.

Yusmeiro Petit (3-3) allowed one run on two hits with five strikeouts over six innings for the Giants, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Petit started in place of the injured Matt Cain, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Saturday’s game featured two separate rain delays totaling one hour, 38 minutes.