Arkansas places two on football scholarship
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday defensive end Jake Hall and fullback Tyler Colquitt have been placed on scholarship beginning in the second summer session.
“Jake and Tyler are both in-state players who bring energy and passion to our team,” Bielema said. “They are two of the most versatile players in the state who were very well-coached and who have shown great work-ethic. We think they are really going to develop into something special here.”
Hall, out of Springdale Har-Ber High School, was a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 6 prospect in Arkansas by ESPN. He was ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the state and the No. 35 strong side defensive end in the country by 247Sports.com. In 2013, he helped lead Har-Ber to the quarterfinal round of the 7A state playoffs and an 8-4 record by making 67 tackles, including 3 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
Colquitt played linebacker and running back under head coach Kevin Kelley at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock where he was named an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette all-Arkansas selection in 2013. This past season, he recorded 74 unassisted tackles, 29 assisted tackles, three sacks and two interceptions and rushed 38 times for 374 yards (9.47 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns.
Arkansas opens its season Aug. 30 at Auburn. The season opener will begin at 3 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network.
Vandy captures first CWS championship
OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt is celebrating a men’s team national championship for the first time in school history.
John Norwood smacked the tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth inning and the Commodores beat Virginia, 3-2, in the deciding Game 3 Wednesday night at the College World Series.
Norwood, a junior from Seton Hall Prep, belted a 1-0 offering from Nick Howard over the wall in left field with one out.
Adam Ravenelle then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth. A wild celebration ensued at the mound after Ravenelle struck out Daniel Pinero to end the game.
Prior to Wednesday, Vanderbilt’s only team national title for came in women’s bowling in 2007. Vanderbilt’s 2003 men’s tennis team made it to the NCAA championship before losing.
Woods 3-over in first round at Quicken Loans National
BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods returned to competitive action for the first time since undergoing back surgery in March and overcame a rocky start with three birdies over his final six holes Thursday at the Quicken Loans National.
Woods’ 3-over 74 has him sitting in a tie for 83rd place.
Greg Chalmers carded a 5-under 66 to claim a 1-stroke lead after the opening round.
Chalmers is seeking his first career win on the PGA Tour.
Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson shot matching 4-under 67s on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club to share second place, while defending champion Bill Haas carded a 3-under 68 to sit in a tie for fourth with three other players.
Haas is joined by Patrick Reed, Eric Compton and Tyrone Van Aswegen.
Nadal, Federer, Wawrinka move on at Wimbledon
LONDON — Two-time champion Rafael Nadal, seven-time titlist Roger Federer and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka posted second-round victories Thursday at Wimbledon.
The second-seeded world No. 1 superstar Nadal exacted some revenge by coming back to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4 on the famed Centre Court. Rosol shocked Nadal in the second round here two years ago, and Nadal was a first-round loser against Belgian Steve Darcis in the opening round last year.
“I never play for revenge. Every match is a different match. My goal is not to beat Rosol but to play as well as I can in the tournament,” Nadal said.
The fourth-seeded former world No. 1 great Federer eased past Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 under the roof on Centre Court. Rain forced the closure of the roof during the second set.
The fifth-seeded Swiss star Wawrinka moved on by striking 56 winners and holding off Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Wawrinka will meet Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin on Saturday.
Serena, Sharapova reach third round at All England Club
LONDON — Five-time champion Serena Williams and one-time titlist Maria Sharapova were a pair of easy second-round winners Thursday at Wimbledon.
The world No. 1 superstar Williams stomped helpless South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 49 minutes on the No. 1 Court at the venerable All England Club.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion and reigning U.S. Open titlist is now 72-9 lifetime at Wimbledon, including seven trips into the final.
The 32-year-old’s third-round opponent on the famed grass Saturday will be 25th-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who got past Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
The fifth-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova has now won her last nine Grand Slam matches after blasting Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-1 in an hour, also on the No. 1 Court. The Russian star is fresh off her French Open title three weeks ago.
Up next for the five-time major champion Sharapova will be upstart American Alison Riske.