Digest for 03-18-14


STATE

Time change for UA baseball

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has moved the start time of tonight’s baseball game against Grambling State because of the basketball team’s first-round game in the National Invitation Tournament.

The Razorbacks (9-7) will begin their two-game series against the Tigers at 5:05 p.m. The first game of the series was originally scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m.

Tonight’s game begins a six-game homestand for Arkansas, which went 2-5 during its seven-game road trip to play in the California Baseball Classic and its Southeastern Conference opener at Florida. The Razorbacks struggled to score runs, but snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-3 win at Florida on Sunday.

Arkansas will play Grambling State today and Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. The Razorbacks open a three-game series against Alabama on Friday at 6:35 p.m

OBU fourth in NCAA D-II wrestling

ARKADELPHIA — In just its fourth year of competition, the Ouachita Baptist Tigers wrestling program sent five qualifiers to the NCAA Division II Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, and finished fourth in the nation. All five Tigers earned All-America honors during the tournament and Head Coach Kevin Ward was named the NCAA D-II Coach of the Year.

Five wrestlers qualifying for the national tournament and earning All-America honors are program records for Ouachita. The Tigers now have 10 All-America wrestlers in program history, including two national runners-up. Their performance in Cleveland caps a series of program firsts this season, including the team’s winning regular-season dual record.

Arkansas wins series finale

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Arkansas baseball team defeated Florida Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 final at McKethan Stadium.

Junior Jacob Stone (3-0) earned his third win of the season after he pitched three shutout innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit. Junior Chris Oliver made the start and allowed one unearned run over two innings. Junior Michael Gunn picked up his second save of 2014 by pitching the final three innings and allowing just one hit with no runs and one strikeout.

Junior Brian Anderson led the Razorbacks (9-7, 1-2 SEC) with three RBI collected with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a two-RBI double in the second.

The Razorbacks return home for a six-game stretch at Baum Stadium beginning today against Grambling State at 5:05 p.m. Arkansas and Grambling State play again Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. before Alabama comes to Fayetteville for Baum Stadium’s first SEC series.

REGIONAL

Cowboys ink QB Weeden

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Weeden reportedly received a two-year deal for the league minimum.

Monday’s news comes less than a week after Weeden was released by the Browns, who selected him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Weeden went just 5-15 in 20 starts with the Browns and completed only 52.8 percent of his passes in 2013.

The 30-year-old Oklahoma State product completed 438-of-784 passes for 5,116 yards with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions during his brief stint with the Browns.

NATIONAL

Pats make Revis signing official

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots officially signed cornerback Darrelle Revis on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Revis will reportedly get $12 million in 2014, and the team has a $20 million option for 2015.

The Patriots and Revis reached an agreement hours after he was released by Tampa Bay last week.

Revis, a five-time Pro Bowler long seen as one of the best corners in the NFL, was with the Buccaneers less than a year after being acquired from the New York Jets in a trade last April.

The Bucs saved $16 million in salary cap space by cutting Revis loose and the Patriots replaced a key piece in their secondary after shutdown corner Aqib Talib signed with Denver as a free agent.

Revis made a successful return from a torn ACL last season, starting all 16 games and registering 50 tackles and two interceptions.