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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Naturals lose two games; Travelers lose one

(AP) - Northwest Arkansas lost both games against Midland yesterday. Midland bested the Naturals 1-0 in the makeup of the previous night's rain-out. It took Midland 13 innings to beat Northwest Arkansas 6-1 in the second game. The Arkansas Travelers also lost to Frisco 3-0.

Northwest Arkansas plays Tulsa tonight at 7:05 p.m.

ARKANSAS ST-GUEST COACH

Calif. man wins bid to coach in ASU spring game

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A California man submitted the winning bid of $11,700 in an eBay auction to win the chance to coach one of the teams in Arkansas State's spring football game.

Nick Bhardwaj will give the pregame and halftime talks to his team and will be allowed to determine whether to punt on fourth downs or go for the first down. He'll also be allowed to make play-calling decisions.

The 25-year-old Bhardwaj is CEO and co-founder of a gaming studio based in San Francisco and says he is a huge sports fan. He said he has followed ASU in recent years and has become familiar with the history of the program.

The ASU spring game is Friday starting at 7 p.m.

GAC-SOFTBALL PLAYERS

GAC names conference softball players of the week

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Great American Conference has selected Northwestern Oklahoma State's Lindsay Thorstenson and Arkansas-Monticello's Katie Slaughter as the conference softball Player and Pitcher of the Weeks.

Thorstenson hit .652 with four home runs in one game and six home runs during four weekend games. She went 9-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Slaughter went 3-0 last week with two shutouts in UAM's series with Southern Nazarene and gave up just one run in 23 innings during the week.

JONESBORO WORLD SERIES

Cal Ripken World Series coming to Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series and Jonesboro city officials have finalized plans for Jonesboro to host the 2015 series.

Babe Ruth League Commissioner Robert Faherty Jr. and Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken North Arkansas District Commissioner Gary Hoyt signed a contract Monday to bring nine regional winning teams and an all-star team from Jonesboro to play in the World Series at Joe Mack Campbell Park in August 2015.

Jonesboro's Advertising and Promotion Commission provided the tournament guarantee fee of $45,000 that is to be used for costs associated with the World Series such as travel and lodging expenses for each team.

The World Series will bring about 130 players and their families to Jonesboro - potentially thousands of people that city officials say will provide a boost to the city's economy.

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