QB Mitchell decides on North Carolina State
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell says he is transferring to North Carolina State to play his final season.
Mitchell was granted his release from the Razorbacks earlier this month, following a spring competition for the starting position that ended with the senior listed as the second-team quarterback to sophomore Brandon Allen.
The 6-foot-4, 239-pound Mitchell is on track to earn his degree this summer and will use the NCAA graduate-transfer exception to play immediately for the Wolfpack next season.
He visited several schools over the last two weeks before settling on North Carolina State, which was 7-6 last season.
Mitchell served as Tyler Wilson's backup two seasons ago, finishing 22 of 32 passing for 271 yards in limited action. He moved to receiver last summer in order to receiver more playing time.
Vanderbilt, LSU headline expanded SEC tournament
(AP) - Vanderbilt and LSU are the favorites to win this week's Southeastern Conference tournament after mowing through regular-season play with uncommon ease.
The real intrigue, however, is the new single-elimination format in the opening round of the tournament.
Instead of the usual double-elimination format, the league's coaches say the sudden-death round was done because of scheduling and the expansion of the tournament field from 10 to 12 teams.
The top four seeds receive a bye to the second round, where double-elimination play begins.
Several teams with borderline NCAA tournament hopes will play crucial games during the opening knockout round, including Auburn and Texas A&M.
Play begins Tuesday morning at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
No. 1 seed Vanderbilt set an SEC record with 26 league wins this season.
Marquis wins 5th straight, Padres beat Cards 4-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jason Marquis combined with four relievers on a four-hitter to win his fifth straight start and Will Venable homered to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 win against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Marquis (6-2) has won five straight starts for the first time since 2007 with the Chicago Cubs. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in six innings while striking out three and walking four.
Chris Denorfia went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Padres, who have won three straight and 5 of 7. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Venable homered into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck atop the right-field fence leading off the seventh, his seventh. It came on the second pitch from Mitchell Boggs, who just returned from a demotion to AAA Memphis.
Smith, Colon lead Athletics past Rangers 9-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Colon, who turns 40 on Friday, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. It was the first win for Colon (4-2) since April 23 at Boston.
Coco Crisp got three hits, and had the first of 3 straight Oakland doubles in a four-run fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. He scored when Yoenis Cespedes hit a line drive just over Adrian Beltre's head with the third baseman playing in, and Cespedes came home on Brandon Moss' line drive to the wall in right.
Josh Lindblom (0-1) lost in his 2013 debut and first major league start.
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