Arkansas places 55 on SEC honor roll

Arkansas places 55 on SEC honor roll

FAYETTEVILLE ó A total of 55 University of Arkansas student-athletes were named to the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday.

The 55 Razorbacks were among 608 student-athletes in the conference to be recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Womenís track and field led Arkansas with 13 student-athletes included on the list while soccer added 10, swimming and diving had six and softball had five honorees. Menís tennis, baseball, womenís basketball and football recorded three each. Gymnastics had two representatives, and menís golf, womenís golf, womenís tennis and volleyball each had one.

Some majors featured by the 55 student-athletes include education & health promotions, business, engineering, recreation & sports management and agriculture, food and life sciences.

Griffin to miss Olympics with knee injury

LOS ANGELES ó Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin will not participate in the 2012 London Olympics after sustaining a knee injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage on Wednesday.

Griffin was absent from Team USAís exhibition game against the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas Thursday night after leaving the team for an MRI and further evaluation.

Team USA has called up New Orleans Hornets big man Anthony Davis to replace Griffin.

Seauís brain tissue to be studied

SAN DIEGO ó The San Diego County medical examinerís office has released preserved brain tissue of Junior Seau to the National Institutes of Health in an effort to determine if damage from his professional football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide.

The tissue was released at the request of his family.

The 43-year old former NFL linebacker shot himself in the chest in May, less than 2 Ĺ years after ending his Pro Bowl career.

Matteson leads John Deere Classic by three

SILVIS, Ill. ó Troy Matteson carded a bogey-free round with 10 birdies to claim a three-stroke lead after the first day of the John Deere Classic.

A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Matteson birdied five holes on the front and back at TPC Deere Run, making birdie on three of his first four holes.

Ricky Barnes is in sole second place after firing 67 with a crowd following at 6-under, including Steve Stricker K.J. Choi and Robert Garrigus.

Saudi Arabia sends women to London

LONDON ó Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympic Games for the first time, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday, ending a ban by the kingdom where women arenít allowed to drive.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will compete in judo at the London Games and Sarah Attar will run the 800 meters. The athletes, who were invited by the IOC, were submitted by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee before the July 9 deadline, the IOC said. The Saudis had previously sent all-male teams.