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Central Arkansas football ranked in preseason polls

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The University of Central Arkansas Bears are ranked in a handful of preseason football polls.

The Bears, who finished 10-2 last season, are ranked Number 11 by The Sporting News.

UCA finished in first place in the Southland Conference but was ineligible for postseason play because it was still transitioning into the league.

The Bears opened their season September 11th against the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Home play opens September 26th against Glenville State.

Assistant to take over UAPB women's basketball

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Cary Shelton has been hired as Arkansas-Pine Bluff's women's basketball coach.

Shelton will take over next month. He has previously been an assistant for the men's and women's basketball teams at UAPB.

"We're very excited to be able bring in a coach of the caliber of coach Shelton," athletic director Skip Perkins said. "We believe he will be able to take the women's basketball program to new and improved heights."

3 Dallas Cowboys sign heavy metal record deal

DALLAS (AP) - NFL offensive linemen bang heads all the time. A trio of Dallas Cowboys linemen are now professional head-bangers, too.

Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo and Cory Procter have signed a recording contract as part of a heavy metal band called Free Reign. Their debut album for Australia's Riot Entertainment will be released this fall.

Considering all three players weigh over 300 pounds, it only makes sense they are being referred to as "heavier than metal."

"Free Reign is a band with massive potential," Riot owner John Howarth said in a news release Tuesday. "There has been an enormous buzz surrounding them since they appeared on the scene a few months ago. Free Reign has already been flooded with endorsements. Their marketing potential is limitless. These guys are already huge sports stars, but they have shown they have the talent to diversify."

Guitarist Justin Chapman is the fourth member of the group. Their final gig of the offseason is Saturday at the House of Blues in Dallas.

Riot also has signed the group Fozzy, which includes professional wrestler Chris Jericho.

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