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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas defensive linemen Briston Guidry and Armon Watts sack Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur during a game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville. - Photo by Ben Goff

University of Arkansas defensive lineman Briston Guidry announced via social media Tuesday that he is following the advice of doctors and retiring from football.

Guidry, a former four-star signee from Rummel High School in Kenner, La., came to the Razorbacks needing knee surgery and has undergone a series of surgeries in his brief career, leading to his decision to hang up his cleats.

"I always knew that football doesn't last forever, but I never knew that I would be walking away so soon," Guidry wrote. "In my last couple of years, I've been battling through 7 knee surgeries ... after being told by the doctors that it would not be in my best interest to try to play on my knee again, I had to make a decision that would impact my life and my son's life."

Guidry also wrote, "I will forever be a Razorback. And I appreciate every fan that's been with me since day one."

Guidry played in 19 games and posted 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 6 tackles for loss. He had a knack for big plays, recovering fumbles for touchdowns in games against Mississippi State in 2017 and against Eastern Illinois in the 2018 season opener.

Guidry signed with Arkansas over scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Louisville, Miami, Penn State and others.

-- Tom Murphy

Ex-Hog Richardson to CFL

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League announced Tuesday they had signed former University of Arkansas defensive back Kevin Richardson.

Richardson, a former walk-on from Jacksonville who became a starter and team captain, racked up 125 tackles, 4 interceptions and 8 pass breakups during his five-year career. The 5-11, 180-pounder had a key 22 yard-fumble return touchdown in the Razorbacks' 38-37 victory at Ole Miss in 2017.

-- Tom Murphy

UA hires new recruiting director

The University of Arkansas has hired Joshua Thompson away from Louisiana-Lafayette to be the new director of recruiting for football, according to a source.

He replaces Larry McDonald, who was hired in early March from Texas A&M, only to return to College Station about a month later.

Thompson, who earned a bachelor and masters degree at Texas A&M, was the director of recruiting and football logistics for the Ragin' Cajuns under coach Billy Napier.

-- Richard Davenport

WOMEN'S GOLF

Arkansas Tech in 14th place at NCAA

Arkansas Tech University is in 14th place after the first round of the NCAA Division II National Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Golden Suns shot a 321 in the first round. Cal State San Marcos leads with a 299. Barry (Fla.) is second with a 304, and Southwestern Oklahoma State is third with a 305.

Individually, Pia Nunbhakdi is tied for ninth with a 74.

Henderson State's Luisa Gartmann is tied for 84th after shooting an 86 in the first round.

Stroke play continues today and ends Thursday. The top eight teams will advance to match play. The individual champion will be determined at the end of stroke play.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

SAU'S season comes to an end

Southern Arkansas University's season ended Tuesday at the NCAA Central Region with a 4-0 defeat to the host school Central Oklahoma.

In doubles competition, Paola Landin and Isabella Dunlap of Central Oklahoma defeated Joanna Nowakowska and Angela Vargas of Southern Arkansas 6-3. Central Oklahoma's Adel-Byanu Abidullina and Nikki Boyar defeated Simone Simas and Aurora Novati 6-1.

In singles competition, Central Oklahoma's Nikki Boyar defeated Lena Milosevic, Southern Arkansas, 6-3, 6-1. Dunlap defeated Aurora Novati of Southern Arkansas , 6-1, 6-2

BASEBALL

Comeback keeps Lyon's season alive

Lyon College (39-21) overcame a 10-0 deficit to beat Baker (Kan.) (26-27) 18-12 in an elimination game at the NAIA Williamsburg Bracket in Williamsburg, Ky.

The Scots scored four in the fifth and three in the sixth to close the deficit to 10-7. After Baker scored two in the bottom of the sixth to lead 12-7, Lyon added four in the seventh to close to 12-11 before tying the game in the eighth on an RBI single by Tanner Seibel. Lyon broke the game open with a six runs in the ninth inning.

Seibel led the Scots by going 4 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Lyon had 17 hits, four of which were for extra bases, including a pinch-hit home run by Cameron Hockle.

Michael Jorgenson (1-0) pitched a scoreless 3 1/3 innings to get the victory.

UALR's Fidel receives Sun Belt honor

University of Arkansas at Little Rock junior Chandler Fidel earned the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week award Tuesday.

Fidel tied a career-high in strikeouts with 12 and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in the Trojans' 4-3 victory over Texas State on Friday at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.

The Trojans left-hander is 5-4 with a 3.86 ERA this season.

UAPB's Kreutzer earns SWAC honor

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball first baseman Nick Kreutzer was named to the SWAC's all-conference second team on Tuesday.

Kreutzer led the Golden Lions in batting average (.348), home runs (11) and RBI (51). He had at least one hit in 36 of 48 games this season, and led the team with 15 multihit games and 15 multi-RBI games.

Sports on 05/15/2019

Print Headline: Razorbacks defensive lineman leaving football for medical reasons

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