Sports shorts: Cats receive more help at safety for upcoming season

2013-07-13T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Cats receive more help at safety for upcoming seasonStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Less than four weeks before fall practice begins, the Arizona Wildcats are still adding pieces to their roster.

The UA received a commitment from junior college safety Tellas Jones on Friday. Jones redshirted last season at Fort Scott Junior College in Kansas. He played prep football at Miami's Booker T. Washington High School.

Jones will be eligible to play this year and will add depth to the safety position. Earlier this week, UA safety Vince Miles, who played in all 13 games last season and had 28 tackles, voluntarily left the team with a medical issue.

Rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com, Tellas received late interest from Kentucky, Kansas State, Baylor and others before pledging to the UA. Jones was thought to be a 2014 recruit but is eligible to play this season, and the UA had a scholarship available.

The UA received another pledge in June from Jarvis McCall, a Seffner, Fla., cornerback and former South Florida commit who was ineligible in 2012.

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Auto racing

Keselowski takes pole at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski's first pole of the season might give his season the boost he needs to become a contender. He turned a lap of 135.922 mph on Friday to set a track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

With eight races left until the 12-driver Chase field is set, Keselowski is winless and sitting in 13th place in the Sprint Cup standings. Points leader Jimmie Johnson's car failed inspection, and he'll start 43rd in Sunday's race.

• Dario Franchitti, fresh off his first podium finish of the year, carried that momentum into Toronto with a pole-winning run for today's race at Exhibition Place.

Miscellaneous

LSU's top RB Hill pleads guilty to battery

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU running back Jeremy Hill stayed out of jail after the Tigers' top rusher from last season pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with a late-April fight outside a bar.

Hill, who was already on probation during his most recent arrest, received a six-month suspended sentence and two years of probation. Coach Les Miles said Hill remains suspended pending a likely August sentencing hearing.

• Jets rookie offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, one of the few Palestinian-Americans to play in the NFL, is defending himself against accusations by a website, FrontPage Magazine, that he is a "Muslim extremist." ... Dallas released fullback Lawrence Vickers as the Cowboys place more emphasis on their two-tight end offense.

• In the NHL, Bruins star Patrice Bergeron signed an eight-year, $52 million contract extension. … Chicago re-signed forward Marcus Kruger to a two-year contract.

• In Oklahoma City, Jessica Moore threw a one-hit shutout, Lauren Gibson hit a two-run single during a four-run third inning and the United States beat Australia 4-0 in the World Cup of Softball to improve to 2-0.

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