FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas has announced kickoff times for three non-conference games for the 2011 season.
The season opener on Sept. 3 in Fayetteville against Missouri State will start at 6 p.m.
The Sept. 10 game against New Mexico at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium will also kickoff at 6 p.m. That game is to be televised on ESPNU.
On Sept. 17, the Troy game at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville is to start at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by CSS.
JONESBORO — The Sun Belt Conference announced Monday that the Arkansas State-Western Kentucky football game scheduled for Oct. 1 will be televised by the Sun Belt Network. Kickoff time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Ryan Mallett’s replacement as Arkansas’ starting quarterback will have no shortage of playmakers at his disposal.
There’s Knile Davis, a 1,300-yard rusher. And Greg Childs, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, Cobi Hamilton are one of the nation’s best receiving corps.
The quarterback — whether it’s Tyler Wilson or Brandon Mitchell — will have the luxury of at least five go-to guys, not just one, for defenses to focus on.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Northwest Arkansas pitchers combined to no-hit the Arkansas Travelers and the Naturals turned a triple play in a 1-0 win.
Northwest Arkansas’ Will Smith went seven innings for the win. Kelvin Herrera threw two perfect innings for the save in Tuesday night’s game in North Little Rock.
Smith walked two to start the sixth before Arkansas’ Alberto Rosario grounded into a third to second to first triple play.
The no-hitter and triple play are both the first in Northwest Arkansas’ three-year history.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes defeated swim clubs from Heber Springs and Pocahontas to take top honors at Saturday’s meet here.
Winning 36 of the 80 events, the Torpedoes combined to score a total of 547 points from the female and male divisions. Pocahontas finished second with 350 total points, and the host team took last place with 331.
LOCUST GROVE — Driver Gary Sallas was competing in the second heat of the front-wheel drive race at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night when his car became engulfed in flames.
Sallas was attempting to maneuver around a car driven by fellow racer Ronnie Jones just before the explosion occurred, said wife Misty Sallas.
“His car went up against the wall, and that caused his fuel tank to rupture,” she said. “Sparks from his car rubbing up against the wall ignited the fumes causing a huge explosion. He looked like a big ball of fire when I saw him get out of the car.”
MARION — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen ended their American Legion baseball season with an 8-5 loss to Searcy Crain Automotive in the Zone 2 Tournament Monday.
Coach Sean Coker said his starting pitcher performed well despite some miscues from the Highwaymen defense.
“Joey Barnett threw a really great game for us, but we made some errors behind him,” Coker said. “Those mistakes cost us the game because we were not able to overcome them.”
The Atlas offense showed promise early, but the Highwaymen were unable to take advantage.
SOUTHSIDE — Head Coach Kenny Simpson has announced plans to begin a youth football program at Southside for boys in grades third through sixth.
Four teams, one for each grade level, will be created, and they will compete against other teams of the same age. The program is open to any boy regardless of which school they attend.
MARION — Batesville’s AAA Legion team, the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen, is now 1-1 at the Zone 2 Tournament play after Sunday’s action.
The Highwaymen shutout Paragould Seven-Up by a final score of 6-0 with an impressive showing by their starting pitcher. Tanner Ring finished the entire 9-inning contest holding opposing batters to four hits while allowing no walks and striking out eight.
Batesville Coach Sean Coker was pleased with Ring ignoring pain during a gritty performance on the mound.
LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway racers Ronnie Jeffery and Greg Waugh currently share first place in this week’s IMCA modified standings at Batesville Motor Speedway after Friday night’s racing.
Feature race-winning drivers were Roger Witt (NeSmith crate late models), Shawn Walsh (IMCA modified), Garrett Skaggs (factory stock), Brad Helms (street stock) and Tony Brooks (front-wheel drive).
Listed by division, here are the top three finishers in heat races and, where it applies, the top 10 in feature races.
NeSmith late models
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has 14 players on the Southeastern Conference’s preseason coach’s All-SEC team, the most of any conference school.
The Razorbacks have three players on the first team, five on the second and six on the third.
Senior receivers Greg Childs and Joe Adams, along with senior defensive end Jake Bequette were first-team selections. Adams was named to the first team as an all-purpose player for his return abilities, and he was selected to the second-team offense.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Peyton Hillis has been dragging cars and all-terrain vehicles around the streets back home in Arkansas to stay in shape during the NFL lockout.
On Saturday, the Browns’ bulldozing back planned to pull a fire truck across a football field.
“Yeah, I’m going to give it a try,” Hillis said Friday night. “We’re going to have a good time doing it.”
Hillis is ready for some football.