Sunbean big favorite at Legends Classic

Sunbean is a heavy favorite for Saturday’s Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas.

The $100,000 Classic is the featured race in a 12-race event. The 4-year-old son of Brahms, Sunbean goes off at a 1-2 favorite, where he will face just four other horses.

Sunbean won four straight Louisiana Bred Stake races before finishing third in the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap at the Fairgrounds in its most recent start.

Xavier’s Rolland misses mark in 100

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Devinn Rolland did not qualify Friday in her preliminary heat of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

Rolland ran the 100 meters in 12.18 seconds to rank 16th out of 32 competitors. The slowest qualifying time to reach the final was 11.89. Rolland’s best time this season was 11.66, which ranked fourth in the NAIA entering the meet.

Rolland, who competed in four events at nationals, was fourth in the long jump Thursday and was All-America in that event for the second time in three years.

Xavier’s final competitor in the three-day meet will be senior Angelica Alexander, who will high jump at 2 p.m. Saturday. Alexander’s best jump is 1.68 meters (5 feet, 6 inches), accomplished twice this season. Alexander is tied for 13th in the NAIA entering the meet.

LSU Eunice players named All-Americans

A pair of freshmen LSU Eunice softball players were named to NJCAA First Team All-Americans following their play this season.

Freshmen Raven Cole and Destin Vicknair become the eighth and ninth All-Americans in the Lady Bengals’ nine-year history, and gives the program two All-Americans for the fourth consecutive season. Each player helped contribute to LSU Eunice’s 64-3 season at the plate and in the circle as they played vital roles in winning the program’s second consecutive national championship, and third title overall, last weekend.

ULM softball coach announces retirement

MONROE — With more wins than any other coach in the history of ULM athletics, Rosemary Holloway-Hill announced her retirement on Friday after 30 years at the helm of the softball program.

Holloway-Hill finished with 749 victories as head softball coach, and 74 of her student-athletes were named to All-Conference teams.

Hundreds turn out for ex-football player

MANKATO, Minn. — Hundreds of people have turned out for a benefit for a former Minnesota State, Mankato, football player critically injured in a downtown assault.

The family of Isaac Kolstad also used the Thursday event to thank the community for its support.

The Free Press of Mankato reports a YouCaring.com site set up for the family has raised more than $46,000. The benefit was set up by Fastnel, Kolstad’s employer.

Kolstad’s younger brother, Abe Kolsad, says his brother’s condition remains “very critical.”

Prosecutors have charged 20-year-old former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson, of Mankato, and 21-year-old Trevor Shelley, of St. Peter, with assault. Shelley is accused of punching Kolstad and knocking him to the ground May 11 during an altercation in downtown Mankato’s entertainment district as bars were closing. Nelson then allegedly kicked Kolstad in the head.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.