Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles was given permission to talk with Kent State's basketball coach, Stan Heath, about replacing Nolan Richardson as the Razorbacks' coach.
Heath, 36, just finished his first year at Kent State, guiding the 10th-seeded Golden Flashes to the final of the South Regional of the NCAA tournament.
Two local men's basketball players were voted to the all-ECAC Division II first team by the head coaches.
West Chester's Ramzee Stanton, a junior forward from Coatesville, was named after finishing second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in scoring with 19.7 points a game and in rebounds with 11.0 per game.
Philadelphia University's Jim Reeves, a senior forward from Father Judge, was chosen after averaging 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds. Reeves was earlier voted player of the year in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Philadelphia University's Adrienne Reese, a senior guard from Wilson High in Berks County, was voted to the second team in the women's balloting.
A pair of classmates from the Class of 2000 at Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken were honored this week by the Atlantic Ten Conference.
St. Joseph's Lindsey McNamara was named the conference's player of the week in softball, and Xavier's Miles Maillet its men's golfer of the week.
George Washington's Heidi Mayer was named the Atlantic Ten's rookie of the week in women's lacrosse. Mayer is a freshman from Haverford High.
St. Joseph's Marc Maccario was named the conference's performer of the week in men's track and field. Maccario is a senior from Sterling High in Camden County.
The Hawks' Eric Chekemian, a freshman from Washington Township High in Gloucester County, was chosen as the rookie of the week in men's track.
Temple's Danira Penic was named the conference's performer of the week in women's tennis.
Arcadia's Cindi Lukemski, a Council Rock graduate, was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference's player of the week in softball.
Alvernia's Stacey Arnosky, a Pottstown graduate, was chosen as its player of the week in women's lacrosse.
Elsewhere: Alvernia named Laura Witman head coach in women's soccer.
Vince Carter, a guard and forward for the Toronto Raptors, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and should be healthy by the start of next season, the team said.
Andre Agassi beat Thomas Johnasson, 7-5, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Venus Williams became the first semifinalist by rallying past Elena Dementieva, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
An exercise rider died after being thrown from a horse and hitting her head at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Sheri Garcia, 37, of Lancaster, Pa., was pronounced dead about 8:20 a.m. at Sinai Hospital, a Baltimore police spokeswoman said.