Newman's men will play in the NCAA Division II regional at Duncan, Okla., next week. The at-large bid is the first for the university's athletic department since becoming a Division II member in 2008-09.
* Former Independent golfer Callie Kemmer tied for fourth in the Ivy League championships last weekend, earning the Yale sophomore All-Ivy League honors with the finish.
Former Kansas State tight end Jeron Mastrud has signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 6-foot-6, 253-pounder was a first-team All-Big 12 selection and a captain as a K-State senior in 2009, catching 21 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. Mastrud will join former K-State teammate Josh Freeman, who is Tampa Bay's starting quarterback.
* Former Washburn linebacker and MIAA defensive player of the year Zach Watkins has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Watkins, the all-time leading tackler in Washburn history, led the MIAA with 111 tackles last season and was also a four-year standout on special teams, including as a long snapper.
* The Denver Broncos have signed 30-year-old free agent linebacker Akin Ayodele.
Ayodele, a Coffeyville Community College product, is one of three starting linebackers in the NFL who has played in every game since 2002. He played for Miami (2008-2009), Dallas (2006-07) and Jacksonville (2002-05) after being drafted by the Jaguars out of Purdue.
Last year, Ayodele (pronounced AY-Dell) started 15 games for the Dolphins and tallied 70 tackles, 60 of them solo, to go along with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He has started at least 11 games in each of his eight seasons.
David Krejci had two goals and one assist to lead Boston to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on and put the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for Boston, which will play either Philadelphia or Pittsburgh in the second round.... Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the first period for eighth-seeded Montreal, which stayed alive with a 4-1 victory over Washington and forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Mixed martial arts star Tito Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the home he shares with his longtime partner, former adult film actress Jenna Jameson, at Huntington Beach, Calif.
Police Lt. Mike Reynolds said Ortiz, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, was taken to the Huntington Beach jail and was released after posting $25,000 bail.
Reynolds said police can't make an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence unless there's a "visible injury," and the unnamed victim's injuries met that standard. Reynolds wouldn't elaborate , saying only that Ortiz and the victim have been "extremely cooperative."
The 35-year-old Ortiz is among the most decorated and popular fighters in MMA history. He was the UFC's light heavyweight champion from 2000 to 2003 during the formative years of the sport's dominant promotion, making five title defenses before losing his belt to Randy Couture.