Arkansas Softball lands slugger from Transfer Portal

Arkansas Softball lands Duke’s leading batter from last season, which will help rebuild a depleted roster heading into 2023.

The leading batter from one of the ACC’s top programs becomes the newest member of the “Bogle Bombers”

Kristina Foreman, a graduate transfer from Duke, has committed to Arkansas the program announced Saturday.

“She is a proven competitor that has performed and produced at an elite level through her time at Duke,” says head coach [autotag]Courtney Diefel[/autotag] in a press release. “She brings a great deal of experience and power to our already dynamic lineup. On top of that, she is an incredibly impressive student and leader, and there is no doubt she will make an immediate impact on our program.”

Foreman will look to build on the Razorbacks program record in 2022, where they hit 109 home runs. They have lost most of that production due to graduation, however. Power bats such as [autotag]Danielle Gibson[/autotag], [autotag]Linnie Malkin[/autotag], [autotag]Hannah McEwen[/autotag], [autotag]Taylor Ellsworth[/autotag], and [autotag]KB Sides[/autotag] have since left the program. However, Foreman will fit in with those returning, such as [autotag]Hannah Gammill[/autotag] and[autotag] Kacie Hoffman[/autotag].

Foreman led the Blue Devils in average (.368) and RBI (56) in 48 starts primarily at second base. She earned a spot on the ACC Tournament team, as well as second-team All-ACC honors. She was a part of the first team in program history to earn a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2022.’

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Arkansas track and cross country teams earn national Program of the Year

The Arkansas women’s track and cross country teams were honored as the best in the country this season.

Track and field has been the most dominant sport at the University of Arkansas for a couple of decades now.

And 2022 was no different.

The Arkansas women’s cross country and track-and-field teams earned the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award on Tuesday. The three seasons – cross country, indoor track and outdoor track combined to give Arkansas 18 points, the lowest score in the country.

The points were based off finishes. Cross country was eighth, indoors was fourth and outdoors was sixth. Last year’s winners, Brigham Young, finished second when the Hogs were second.

“Now, finally, we get a chance to be on top of the run,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter said.

Arkansas had finished second three times and third four times. This is their first win. Oregon has won the award 10 times, while the Razorbacks join the Cougars as the only other winners since the award was established in 2009.

Harter announced his earlier in the year, though it won’t take effect until after next year’s outdoor season.

“I’ve been at this business a long time, and this is a very special moment in my own personal career. But especially for the University of Arkansas,” Harter said.

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Arkansas gets a track-and-field national champion

Ayden Owens-Delerme captured the decathlon national championship on Thursday.

Arkansas junior Ayden Owens-Delerme is an NCAA champion.

Owens-Delerme tied the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships record with 8,457 points to capture the decathlon crown. The title is the first in Arkansas history for the event.

Owens-Delerme also won the heptathlon at the indoor championships in the winter.

A native of Pittsburgh and a transfer from Michigan, Owens-Delerme ran a 4-minute, 29.54-second 1,500 meters to capture the win over Texas’ Leo Neugebauer, who finished second with 8,362 points.

Owens-Delerme captured the title on the strength of his a personal-best in the discus throw and in running the 110-meter hurdles in 13.93 seconds.

The Championships continue Friday beginning at 3 p.m. CT with the Women’s Hep 100-meter hurdles. The trophy ceremony begins at 10:30 CT.

Arkansas to partner with Topps in NIL trading card deal

Arkansas fans can soon collect trading cards of their favorite Razorbacks thanks to this new NIL deal with Topps and Fanatics.

Trading card fans rejoice, you will soon be able to add cards of top collegiate student-athletes to your collection.

Fanatics collectibles and Topps trading cards announced Thursday that a comprehensive agreement is in place to produce trading cards of football and basketball student-athletes beginning this fall, in an effort for athletes to earn profit through name, image, and likeness.

Flagship, the University of Arkansas’ program to aid student-athletes in finding NIL deals, also announced Thursday that Razorback student-athletes will have the opportunity to receive compensation by allowing their name, image, and likeness to be used on a trading card. One Razorback men’s basketball player, [autotag]Nick Smith Jr.[/autotag], has already signed a partnership with the company.

In a statement, Fanatics says that the trading cards will feature official university trademarks with NIL rights from both current athletes and former players, and student-athletes will receive payment based on popularity of card sales.

“Both the schools and athletes benefit through rights fees and royalties paid on the sale of collegiate cards. Higher profile universities and student-athletes command larger rights fees driven by demand from collectors.”

Several of College Football’s top players have already signed an NIL agreement with Topps, including Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, and USC quarterback Caleb Williams.

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Team led by Arkansas graduate set to purchase Denver Broncos

Rob Walton, part of the Walton-Penner group, has agreed to purchase the NFL franchise for $4.65 billion.

An Arkansas graduate and the heir to the fortune of the world’s largest retailer has agreed to buy the Denver Broncos.

[autotag]Rob Walton[/autotag], a 1966 graduate of the University of Arkansas and the son of the late Sam Walton, the founder of Wal Mart, heads a group that has purchased the Denver Broncos for $4.65 billion dollars, which is the highest that anyone has paid for a professional sports franchise. reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Following the purchase, Walton released a statement regarding the purchase of the NFL franchise:

We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos! Carrie, Greg and I are inspired by the opportunity to steward this great organization in a vibrant community full of opportunity and passionate fans.

Having lived and worked in Colorado, we’ve always admired the Broncos. Our enthusiasm has only grown as we’ve learned more about the team, staff and Broncos Country over the last few months.

We are excited to announce that Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, has agreed to join our ownership group. Beyond her role at Ariel, Mellody is an influential leader in corporate and civic organizations across the nation.

Mellody currently serves as Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. We know she will bring her strategic acumen and leadership perspective to our team.

Thank you to Joe Ellis and the staff of the Broncos for the first-class manner in which they have conducted this sale process. In addition, we thank Hogan Lovells for their guidance and support in this effort.

We look forward to earning the confidence and support of the NFL as we take the next step in this process. When the necessary approval procedures are met, our family is excited to share more with Broncos fans, the organization and the community.

According to Broncos Wire, the sale is subject to NFL approval, which could arrive within the next few weeks. Walton will become the team’s new majority owner with Greg and Carrie Penner serving as minority owners.

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Arkansas Softball to open 2023 season in the Sunshine State

Arkansas will open next season by playing College Softball’s best teams in Florida.

The Arkansas Razorbacks softball program set the bar high for themselves in 2022, by winning the SEC regular season as well as the Tournament crown before closing their season in the Super Regionals.

The Razorbacks proved that they can handle the strong competition of College Softball’s elite teams. Because of that, they will open the 2023 season in Clearwater, Fla. at the 4th annual TaxAct Clearwater Invitational presented by Evoshield.

The Invitational will feature 16 teams, half of the field competed in the 2022 Super Regionals, while three of those programs went on to play in the Women’s College World Series. Joining Arkansas will be Alabama, Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Texas A&M, UCF, UCLA and Virginia Tech.

The tournament is one of the most prestigious in-season tournaments. Not only does it feature top programs in a pristine location, but it partners with ESPN in an effort to give each competing program exposure by broadcasting every game on the ESPN family of networks.

The TaxAct Clearwater Invitational is set to take place February 16-19 in Clearwater, Fla. A full tournament schedule and ticket information will be released in the fall.

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Five Razorbacks sign NIL deals with restaurant franchise

Five Razorback athletes over four sports have signed with Fayetteville-based Slim Chickens to serve as ambassadors to the franchise

A fast-casual restaurant based in Fayetteville is launching a “Student-Athlete Council”. What better way to launch it than to bring in five Arkansas Razorbacks to serve as spokespeople?

Slim Chickens, a restaurant chain that specializes in chicken fingers, wings, and salads among other items, is partnering with five Arkansas student-athletes in an effort to launch a council dedicated to promoting the chain through community projects, campus events, and charitable events. 

Football’s [autotag]Bumper Pool[/autotag], Women’s Basketball’s [autotag]MaKayla Daniels[/autotag], Gymnast [autotag]Jensen Scalzo[/autotag], as well as [autotag]Ayden Owens[/autotag], and [autotag]Britton Wilson[/autotag] of Track and Field have been named to the Student-Athlete Council, Slim Chickens has announced.

Slim Chickens CMO Chris Allison is excited about the opportunity to work with these Razorbacks.

“There’s nothing quite like Arkansas sports, except maybe Slim Chickens, and we know this partnership is going to be a lot of fun,” said CMO Chris Allison. “This is a talented and hardworking group of young adults, and we can’t wait for them to be ambassadors for Slim Chickens. We’re looking forward to some great events over the coming months.”

Pool, who has been named Council chairman, says that it was an easy decision to partner with the local franchise.

“The answer was a no-brainer for me when the council was presented. I am excited to be a part of a renowned Arkansas brand,” said Pool. “This is a new and different way to be involved in the Fayetteville community, and I can’t wait to make Slimthusiasts out of more students at Arkansas.”

Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a focus on fresh, delicious food with a southern flair in a fast-casual setting. The franchise has 165 locations in 29 states, as well as locations in the United Kingdom.

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Bo Nickal issues warning to every MMA middleweight after pro debut

Bo Nickal issues a warning to every middleweight in the MMA world after his pro debut.

Penn State wrestling icon [autotag]Bo Nickal[/autotag] had as impressive a debut in the world of MMA as he could have asked for. Nickal wasted no time in knocking out his first opponent in an MMA ring, thus living up to the hype the former Division 1 national champion had coming into the world of mixed martial arts. And after his first match, Nickal put the rest of the MMA world on notice with a stern warning.

“Every single middleweight on the planet, I don’t care what organization you’re in, UFC, Bellator, PFL – doesn’t matter, I’m coming for all y’all,” Nickal said during his post-fight interview according to MMA Junkie.

Nickal is one of the best college wrestlers to ever step into the world of MMA, and his debut match showed he was more than ready for the next step in his career with polished striking expected of some of the top fighters in MMA. Nickal’s wrestling intuition wasn’t necessarily needed in his first match, but his skills on the mat have many eager to see what he will bring to the MMA ring as he continues on with his career.

Nickal knows what his role is in the transition from the world of college wrestling to MMA, and it’s not one he is backing away from. In Nickal’s mind, college wrestlers are going to be the future of MMA.

“I’m trying to hold it down for all my wrestlers out there,” Nickal said after his pro debut. “I love y’all, and wrestling’s taking over for sure.”

Nickal isn’t alone in his transition from wrestling for Penn State to MMA, of course. [autotag]Phil Davis[/autotag], a two-time Big Ten champion and a Division 1 silver medalist in 2006 and gold medalist in 2008, has an established fighter since 2009. And the eyes are already on the future of [autotag]Roman Bravo-Young[/autotag], who is coming back to Penn State for another year of wrestling but already has the MMA world thinking about his future in the sport.

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Five Razorbacks earn All-American Honors, tied for national lead

Even though the season is over, Arkansas Softball is still finding ways to break records.

The season may be over, but the best season in Arkansas Softball history keeps getting better.

Prior to the opening game of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association released their All-Americans from the 2022 season on Wednesday, with five players from Arkansas making the list.

With five selections, Arkansas ties Oklahoma for the most athletes to be named All-American.

First baseman [autotag]Danielle Gibson[/autotag], third baseman [autotag]Hannah Gammill[/autotag], center fielder [autotag]KB Sides[/autotag], and utility player [autotag]Linnie Malkin[/autotag] grabbed first-team honors, while pitcher [autotag]Chenise Delce[/autotag] was named second-team All-American.

Gibson earned her second All-American honor after a record-breaking season. During her senior season, Gibson set school records in batting average (.445), hits (81), RBI (70), and total bases (155).

Sides’ lone season in Fayetteville was memorable, as she hit 13 home runs for the Razorbacks. In three seasons at Alabama prior to making the move to Arkansas, she hit three total home runs. Other career-bests for Sides include hits (70), total bases (121), doubles (12), triples (3), RBI (42), stolen bases (28), and walks (45).

Malkin lead the team in home runs with 22. During the meeting with Ole Miss during the SEC Tournament, Malkin became the program’s all-time leader in home runs with 48. According to the press release from Arkansas athletics, Malkin sits at second in the SEC in slugging percentage (.870) and RBI (68).

The final member of the first-team is Hannah Gammill. Gammill was 4th on the team in average with .374, and in RBI with 49. She was also one of five Razorbacks to reach double-digits in home runs. She led the team in on-base percentage with .513, which is fifth-highest in program history.

Chenise Delce, a transfer from Tulsa, was the anchor to Arkansas’ pitching staff. Delce posted a 19-3 record with a 2.12 ERA, 188 strikeouts, and 35 walks in 151.2 innings pitched.

According to the press release from Arkansas athletics, prior to the five selections from this year’s team, only five prior Razorbacks had been named All-Americans: [autotag]Braxton Burnside[/autotag] (2021, First Team), [autotag]Mary Haff[/autotag] (2021, First Team), Danielle Gibson (2021, Second Team), [autotag]Autumn Storms[/autotag] (2019, Second Team) and [autotag]Miranda Dixon[/autotag] (2010, Third Team).

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Arkansas Gymnastics adds three-time All-American to roster

Norah Flatley, a three-time All-American at UCLA, will be spending her final eligible season in Fayetteville.

Arkansas Gymnastics Head Coach [autotag]Jordyn Wieber[/autotag] knows what it takes to get to the top of the gymnastics world. Now, as a head coach, she is using recruiting to get the Arkansas gym team to that point.

[autotag]Norah Flatley[/autotag], a three-time All-American at UCLA and a member of the U.S. National Team, has announced that she will spend her super-senior season in Fayetteville, competing for the University of Arkansas.

“I could not be more thrilled that Norah has chosen Arkansas for the upcoming season, to continue her academic and athletic career. Norah brings so much to the table, including her performance quality, difficulty, and experience,” head coach Jordyn Wieber said in a press release. “She has already had incredible success and I have no doubt she will bring her competitive spirit and leadership to this program.”

Flatley, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, comes to Arkansas after earning a spot on the 2022 first-team for balance beam, and second-team all-around honors. She posted her highest career scores in vault, balance beam, floor, and all-around during her senior season in Westwood, which led her to being named “Comeback Gymnast of the Year” by College Gym News.

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