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UCA inks 3 coaches to new contracts

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque has signed a new 5-year contract, and the school's two basketball coaches have also signed deals.

Athletic director Brad Teague announced the agreements Wednesday. Corliss Williamson, the recently hired men's basketball coach, signed a 3-year deal. Women's basketball coach Matt Daniel received a 5-year contract.

Teague said Williamson's deal was shorter because he's just starting out at the school, while the other two are "successful returning coaches."

The school did not announce the terms of the deals.

AT&T sponsoring field at War Memorial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - AT&T has agreed to sponsor the field at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.

The War Memorial Stadium Commission announced the deal Wednesday. The field will be known as AT&T Field for at least five years, while the stadium will keep its name. War Memorial will host two Arkansas Razorbacks games this coming season and is the annual host of state high school championship games.

Financial details about the sponsorship were not disclosed.

Arkansas St. to open at Illinois in 2011

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State will open its 2011 football season at Illinois.

Athletic director Dean Lee announced Wednesday that the game will be played Sept. 3 of that year. It will be the third meeting between the teams. Illinois beat Arkansas State 59-7 in 2002 and 41-3 in 1999.

Arkansas State will receive an $850,000 guarantee for playing the game. The Red Wolves have announced two other nonconference games for that season - at home against Memphis and at Virginia Tech.

Realignment not just a Division I issue

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - There's another potential shake-up looming in college athletics, this one at the Division II level.

The Gulf South Conference - home of some of Division II's top football programs - could lose all 6 of its Arkansas schools, which are exploring the possibility of forming a new league with some colleges in Oklahoma currently in the Lone Star Conference.

GSC commissioner Nate Salant says travel costs have become an obstacle for schools in his 14-team league, which stretches from Georgia to western Arkansas. No final decision has been made.

With colleges trying to control costs in a down economy, leagues may not be able to afford travel-heavy schedules.

Giants announce deal with 5th-round pick Petrus

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants have agreed to terms with fifth-round draft pick Mitch Petrus of Arkansas.

The Giants announced the deal with the guard on Wednesday.

A walk-on in college, Petrus played fullback, both guard positions, tight end and was on the kick coverage unit in his four seasons with the Razorbacks. He was academically ineligible for the 2008 season. He was the only offensive player taken by New York in the draft.

Texas streak at 10 after 10-run win over Pirates

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Michael Young had three hits and drove in four runs playing only half the game and the Texas Rangers extended the majors' longest winning streak this season to 10 in a row with a 13-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

It's only the second time Texas has won at least 10 consecutive games. The team record of 14 in a row came in 1991.

Pittsburgh has lost 20 of its last 25 games overall, including 13 consecutive road losses.

Rookie reliever Alexi Ogando (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings and has won in all 3 of his major league appearances.

Young had the first of 5 consecutive singles for Texas that chased Pirates starter Paul Maholm (4-6) without recording an out in the second.

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