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Rangers beat Lee, Indians in opener

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Last year's Cy Young Award winner in the American League, Benton native Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians, hasn't gotten off to a very good start this season.

Lee was on the mound yesterday when the Indians took on the Texas Rangers in their season opener.

He lasted five innings, allowing seven runs and 10 hits by the Rangers on the way to their 9-1 victory over the Indians.

Lee was 22-3 with an AL-leading 2.54 ERA last season, when the left-hander never gave up more than six runs in a game.

Razorbacks ranked No. 1 in one poll, No. 12 in another

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas is ranked No. 1 in the country by Collegiate Baseball for the first time - and will host a rare 1 vs. 2 matchup against Arizona State this week.

The Razorbacks (22-6) begin a 2-game series with the second-ranked Sun Devils (23-5) tonight.

The Collegiate Baseball poll provides rankings of teams as voted by coaches, sports writers and sports information directors. The Razorbacks were ranked No. 12 by Baseball America - Arizona State is No. 1 in that ranking.

SAU golfer leads Magnolia tourney; HSU, Tech atop team standings

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - The first round of the Mulerider Invitational has ended with a Mulerider atop the individual standings.

Southern Arkansas golfer Peyton Mitchell shot an even-par 72 yesterday at the Magnolia Country Club. His team finished the first round in fourth place, behind Henderson State in the lead, Ouachita (WASH'-uh-taw) Baptist in second and Harding in third.

Arkansas Tech's Golden Suns are leading in women's competition. Tech's Kyla McIsaac is in first place after a first-round 83, 11 over par.

Trojan women finish fifth at Oklahoma tourney

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Arkansas-Little Rock senior Sara Wikstrom has finished in third place among individual golfers in the University of Oklahoma's Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

At the start of yesterday's final round at Norman, Oklahoma, Wikstrom was in a tie for first place, but her third-round 80 dropped her two places.

Wikstrom's team from UALR finished the final in fifth place. Baylor won the team championship.

Not a single player broke par during the 54-hole tournament.

UAM finishes crossover play with a flourish, beating West Alabama 10-2

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The Arkansas-Monticello softball team concluded its competition in the 2009 Gulf South Conference Crossover Tournament with a 10-2 run-rule victory over West Alabama on Monday.

The crossover tournament at Decatur, Alabama, has pitted teams of the Gulf South Conference's East Division against those in the West Division, whom they don't otherwise play.

UAM's Cotton Blossoms (27-6, 6-4 GSC) scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the team enough runs for the eight-run rule to take effect, forcing the completion of the game after the fifth inning.

In the fourth, Lindsey Randall started the scoring with a two-run homer to center field. That was followed later with a two-RBI single to right field by Becca Tipton. Randa Perry followed with another two-RBI single to right.

Bucknam says he's signed a jumper and a runner

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas track and field coach Chris Bucknam says he's signed a jumper and a runner to the Razorback team.

Bucknam announced yesterday that Raymond Higgs and Cameron Efurd would join the squad next fall.

Bucknam said Higgs is an outstanding high jumper, and also has potential to perform well in the long jump and the triple jump. Higgs is a native of Freeport, Bahamas, and currently attends Athens Christian School in Athens, Ga.

Efurd is a Rogers native currently enrolled in Rogers High School. Competing in the middle distance and distance events, he holds personal bests of 1:56 in the 800 meters, 4:14.6 in the 1,600 meters, 9:18 in 3,200 meters and 15:20 in the cross-country 5K.

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