Former Arkansas player charged with second-degree murder

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Police said former Arkansas football player Josh Melton was arrested on a second-degree murder charge.

Fayetteville police said Melton was arrested Wednesday after Melton and a friend spent Tuesday night drinking. Authorities said Melton told police that he and his friend got into a confrontation after the friend vomited in Melton’s living room.

A police report said Melton punched the victim several times.

The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was pronounced dead by emergency responders.

The report said Melton was cooperative and concerned and said he didn’t intend to cause his friend’s death.

Melton, who played briefly in the AF2, was an offensive lineman for the Razorbacks from 1999 to 2002. He’s being held in the Washington County jail, and court records don’t list an attorney.

Louisville, AU in ’15 opener

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville will open the 2015 season against former national champion Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.

Cardinals Athletic Director Tom Jurich said in a release Thursday he was “thrilled” to be invited to the annual game at the Georgia Dome that usually features top teams and awards the Old Leather Helmet trophy to the winner.

The game will be only the second meeting between the schools and first since Auburn beat Louisville 16-3 in Birmingham, Ala., in 1974.

Louisville, led by junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, will open the 2013 season Sunday against Ohio ranked No. 9, its highest preseason ranking ever.

Auburn won the BCS championship in 2011.

The Tigers open their season Saturday against Washington State with new coach Gus Malzahn trying to return Auburn to respectability after finishing 3-9 last year.

Wilkes wins Stanford’s center job

STANFORD, Calif. — Khalil Wilkes was walking off the field following Stanford’s practice Thursday morning when offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren tapped him on the shoulder to deliver the news he had worked so hard to hear.

Wilkes won the starting center job.

The fifth-year senior beat out Conor McFadden in the closest competition in training camp. Wilkes started all 14 games last season at left guard — which second-team All-American David Yankey is taking over — and will now anchor one of the best offensive lines in the country when No. 4 Stanford opens the season against San Jose State on Sept. 7.

The only other position battles also have been settled. Stanford coach David Shaw said James Vaughters will start at outside linebacker and Wayne Lyons will play cornerback opposite Alex Carter.