Softball picks up home series with Pitt State

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team has found a replacement for this weekend’s cancelled Great American Conference series against Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Cotton Blossoms will now host Pittsburg State in a four-game non-conference series this Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.

The two squads will play double-headers each day at Blossoms Field – Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon. The Cotton Blossoms enter the series with a 14-6 overall record, while Pitt State is just 2-2.

Ole Miss Sweeps UAPB

OXFORD, Miss. — The Ole Miss softball team (12-8) allowed just three hits and scored 20 runs in two games as the Rebels earned a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-10) on Wednesday, defeating the Lady Lions 4-0 in game one, and 16-0 in game two.

The Lady Lions are scheduled to play in the Central Baptist Tournament at Conway on Friday and Saturday. Their opponent has yet to be determined. They will return home on March 19 to face Central Baptist College in a double-header.


49ers to trade Smith to Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have reached a deal to acquire San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith. The move can’t become official until March 12, when the league’s new year begins.

The Chiefs will give up a second-round pick this year and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.

The 49ers drafted Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2011, after the arrival of coach Jim Harbaugh, that Smith was able to shake the label of draft bust. Smith was 19-5-1 with only 10 interceptions since 2011, and helped the 49ers to the NFC championship game in 2012. But Colin Kaepernick’s emergence after Smith was sidelined with a concussion Nov. 11 led to Harbaugh’s controversial decision to stick with Kaepernick even after Smith was ready to return.

Four arrested Alabama players dismissed

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Four freshmen from Alabama’s BCS national championship team have been dismissed from the program after their arrests stemming from a pair of recent robberies on campus.

Defensive lineman D.J. Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, cornerback Eddie Williams and redshirt freshman running back Brent Calloway are all no longer with the team.

Pettway, Hayes and Williams are facing second-degree robbery charges, while Williams and Calloway are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. The robbery charges were filed following an assault of two students, one of which had his backpack stolen that contained a laptop computer, earlier this month. The other had his wallet taken.

The four dismissed players were non-starters on the 2012 Crimson Tide squad which captured its second consecutive national title after January’s 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game held in Miami.

Pettway had eight tackles and 2.5 sacks while appearing in 13 games as a redshirt freshman last season, with Hayes recording 14 tackles in 13 contests as a true freshman. Calloway, also a redshirt freshman, had 10 carries totaling 63 yards over 13 games.