Five former Arizona State football players, four of whom went unselected in this past weekend’s NFL draft, have signed free-agent contracts.
Defensive lineman Michael Marquardt signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, offensive lineman Brandon Rodd with the Oakland Raiders and receivers Rudy Burgess and Tyrice Thompson with the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.
Burgess will be reunited with ASU teammate Mike Pollak, an offensive lineman picked by the Colts in the second round on Saturday.
Also, safety Zach Catanese, who completed his ASU eligibility after the 2006 season, signed with the New York Jets.
• The Phoenix Coyotes signed left wing Brett MacLean, a second-round pick last summer, to an entry-level contract on Monday and assigned him to San Antonio of the American Hockey League. MacLean, 19, played in 61 games for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League this season and led the league with 61 goals and was second with 119 points.
• The Arizona State men shot 5-over 715 on the first day of the Pac-10 championships being played at Fairfax, Calif. Stanford leads with a 3-under 707 after the first two rounds.
Individually for the Sun Devils, Jesper Kennegard is at 2-under 140 and tied for eighth following the first two rounds.
The 72-hole 2008 Pac-10 Men’s Golf Championships continue through Wednesday at the Meadow Club, a par-71, 6,686-yard layout.
• The fourth-ranked Arizona State women’s team earned a bid to the 2008 NCAA West Regional hosted by Sacramento State University. ASU, the second seed in the West region, will compete May 8-10 at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Lincoln, Calif.
The regional tournaments are conducted as the preliminary round for the NCAA championship competition held in Albuquerque, N.M. Eight teams and two individuals will advance to the championship from each regional.