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Smith on SEC coaches' 1st team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Running back Michael Smith is Arkansas' only representative on the pre-season All-Southeastern Conference first team selected by league coaches.

The league announced the picks Thursday. Smith rushed for 1,072 yards last season.

Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams is on the second team, along with defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard. Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus is on the third team.

Petrus was ineligible early last season and ended up redshirting.

Holtz leads class being enshrined in Hall of Fame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former Arkansas coach Lou Holtz is again prowling the sidelines at Notre Dame.

The long-time Fighting Irish coach is in South Bend, Indiana, to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame along with 20 other former players and coaches.

While in South Bend, Holtz also is coaching some former players to prepare to travel to Japan for an exhibition football game. They will practice tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.

Holtz says being enshrined is the culmination of a lifetime of work. He is the only man to lead six universities to bowl games.

Others being enshrined include former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, Oklahoma State tailback Thurman Thomas and Ohio State coach John Cooper.

Rangers feel ready to contend in AL West

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - An impressive first half of the season is behind them; now, the Texas Rangers learn whether they have the makings of a championship contender.

The Rangers haven't been to the playoffs in 10 years. They finished second in the AL West last season, the first time they weren't third or fourth since 1999. But their losing record trailed the Los Angeles Angels by 21 games. Texas had the highest-scoring offense in the majors, along with the worst pitching staff.

Things are different now. Even with two rookies in the starting rotation, the Rangers are relying on their pitching this time.

The Rangers went into the All-Star break trailing the AL West-leading Angels by only 1 1/2 games.

Cowboys QB Romo does endorsement video spoof

DALLAS (AP) - Tony Romo would love to be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback like Peyton Manning. Romo might be after some of Manning's thespian accomplishments, too.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is starring in an online video spoof, endorsing a few tongue-in-cheek items. It smacks of Manning being the tongue-in-cheek pitchman for many products, which earned him a guest-host gig on "Saturday Night Live."

In Romo's video, he says you might not have realized he endorses some "50,000" products - including gasoline that tastes like chocolate and vice versa. The only real product he pitches is athletic apparel maker Starter, the video's sponsor.

Top-seeded Taylor makes Publinx quarterfinals

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Top-seeded Nick Taylor reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links with a pair of impressive wins.

Taylor, a Canadian who plays at Washington, beat Brett Munson of Louisville, Ky., 8 and 6 in the second round Thursday and then topped Todd Obergoenner of Cape Girardeau, Mo., 6 and 5 later in the day.

Taylor, who was the low amateur at the U.S. Open last month, finished the second match by holing out from a bunker on the 13th.

He'll face South Carolina sophomore Wesley Bryan on Friday.

Others advancing included Oklahoma assistant golf coach Phil Bryan, Eddie Olson of UNLV, Brandon Cook of Nebraska and Sam Lyons, from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

New-look Americans win home debut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jenae Leles made up for costly back-to-back errors with a three-run homer and the U.S. beat the Netherlands 7-2 Thursday night in its first game on American soil since losing the gold-medal game of the Beijing Olympics.

Leles misplayed consecutive ground balls at third base to allow the Dutch to tie the score at 2 in the top of the third inning, but redeemed herself in the bottom of the inning.

She hit an 0-2 pitch from reliever Rebecca Soumeru to left-center field to give the Americans the lead for good and later added an RBI double.

Jennie Finch (1-0) struck out her first five batters in four scoreless innings of relief. She struck out 11 of the 13 batters overall and was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

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