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Razorback coach takes on USA team for Israel games

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The American team at the Maccabiah Games beginning Monday in Israel will be led by Arkansas swimming coach Jeff Poppell.

"I feel very excited and honored to have the opportunity," Poppell said. "This will be an unbelievable experience for all involved. I appreciate the total support that the University of Arkansas is giving me to help realize this dream."

Poppell represented the United States Open Swimming team in a previous staging of Maccabiah Games, bringing home a gold, silver and two bronze medals. This year's edition will be held Monday through July 23.

In his third season at Arkansas, Poppell led the 2008-09 Razorbacks to a program-high 10 dual wins and a fifth-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Cornerback for Ark. St. arrested after being shot

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A starting cornerback for the Arkansas State football team is in police custody, recovering from a gunshot wound to his midsection after a man said he shot an intruder trying to break into an apartment.

ASU athletic officials declined to comment on the arrest of Paul Stephens, 22, except to say that "appropriate action" would be taken as more information becomes available.

Stephens was arrested early Saturday morning. A police report said he was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The report said Antonio Williams told police he shot an intruder trying to break into Williams' apartment.

ASU sports information director Jerry Scott said Stephens, a senior, was listed as 1 of ASU's starting cornerbacks at the end of spring practice. A transfer from Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, Stephens was credited with 10 tackles and one interception last season.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

Molder finishes Deere Classic in tie for 30th

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Bryce Molder of Conway, Ark., didn't fare as well on the PGA tour this weekend as he did last week.

Molder, a college-golf standout at Georgia Tech, fired a 71 Sunday in the PGA's John Deere Classic to finish with a four-round total of 275, 9 under par. His total was 11 strokes off the pace set by tournament winner Steve Stricker. it put Molder in a tie with three other golfers for 30th.

The previous weekend, Molder finished fourth in the PGA's AT&T National, just five strokes behind winner Tiger Woods.

For his performance in the Deere Classic, Molder will take home a check for $27,305.

Ex-Razorback Lewis 13 strokes back in Women's Open

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Former Razorback golfer Stacy Lewis finished 13 strokes off the pace in the U.S. Women's Open.

Lewis shot her best round of the tournament Sunday, a 70 on the par 71 Saucon Valley Country Club's Old Course. But that wasn't enough to bring her near winner Eun Hee Ji, the only player to shoot par 284 over the four days of the tournament.

Lewis was 13 strokes behind Ji at 297, putting her in a tie for 47th place. Her share of the $3.25 million purse was $13,481.

Shelton helps Mariners beat Rangers 5-3

SEATTLE (AP) - Pinch-hitter Chris Shelton and Rob Johnson hit consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the seventh inning, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

All-Star Ichiro Suzuki had two hits and drove in a run for the Mariners, raising his batting average to .362 and extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Hank Blalock and Nelson Cruz homered for the Rangers. Cruz will participate in the home run derby Monday night in St. Louis.

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