Arkansas picked 4th in West by media
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas is picked to finish fourth in the SEC West by league media.
The poll was released Friday, and the Razorbacks were picked behind Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss in the division. Arkansas also placed three players on the All-Southeastern Conference team. Running back Michael Smith and tight end D.J. Williams were on the first team, and defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard was on the second team.
Defending national champion Florida was picked to win the conference.
Ark.-Monticello boasts new indoor facility
MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas-Monticello is moving into a new indoor practice facility.
The venue, near the north end zone of the football stadium, houses offices for each of the school's five full-time football coaches, as well as the baseball coach. It also includes a 40-yard football field.
The facility's grand opening ceremony is Sept. 12.
Cowboys have no plans for Vick
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Even if Michael Vick is available, Jerry Jones says the Dallas Cowboys have no plans to sign the suspended quarterback.
The Cowboys owner has repeatedly said since Vick was released by the Atlanta Falcons last year that his team won't sign Vick.
Vick was freed from federal custody this week for dogfighting charges and is awaiting word from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about if and when he will be reinstated.
Responding to a question Friday about Vick, Jones said his stance hasn't changed.
"It hasn't," Jones said, emphasizing that by repeating that phrase twice more in a matter of seconds.
Astros beat Santana, Mets
HOUSTON (AP) - Mike Hampton hit a two-run homer off Johan Santana and the Houston Astros beat the Mets 5-4 on Friday night, handing the New York ace a rare loss after the All-Star break.
Chris Coste had a two-run double for the Astros, who've won 7 of the last nine meetings with the Mets at Minute Maid Park.
Santana (11-8) went 8-0 in 15 second-half starts last season and beat Atlanta on Saturday, his first start after the break. He allowed 12 hits on Friday, matching a career high, in 6 2-3 innings and lost for the third time in five starts.
Hampton (6-7) struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings, guiding the Astros to their 10th win in 13 games. Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 15 chances.
Feldman pitches eight scoreless in Rangers 2-0 win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Scott Feldman outpitched Zack Greinke with eight scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to five games with a 2-0 victory over the slumping Kansas City Royals on Friday night
The illness-depleted Rangers learned before the game that pitcher Vicente Padilla has swine flu and didn't put up much of a fight, managing four hits. They didn't need more the way Feldman (9-3) was pitching.
The right-hander pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time, allowing four hits for his career-high ninth win. Marlon Byrd homered in the fourth inning and Hank Blalock hit a run-scoring single in the eighth.
Rangers RHP Padilla tests positive for swine flu
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texas Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla has tested positive for swine flu, though his symptoms are subsiding and he's expected to make his next start.
Padilla was scratched from his start Wednesday against Boston due to flulike symptoms, and lab reports Friday indicated he had H1N1 Type A influenza.
Several Rangers players have been hit with the flu this week, causing the team to delay its flight to Kansas City from Thursday to Friday morning in order to provide additional recovery time. Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was scratched from Friday night's game due to the flu.
Padilla has responded well to medication and threw a bullpen session in Kansas City on Friday. He's expected to start Tuesday against Detroit.
Pregnancy test for Nowitzki's jailed ex-girlfriend
DALLAS (AP) - The jailed ex-girlfriend of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki must undergo a pregnancy test.
A judge Friday ordered the test and said results will determine whether DNA testing is necessary as Nowitzki seeks sole custody of the child Cristal Taylor claims to be carrying.
The Dallas Morning News reports family court Associate Judge Randall Grubbs said the first testing must be done, and "the other one may be moot."
Grubbs sealed the proceedings.
Taylor was arrested May 6 at Nowitzki's home in Dallas on a 2006 theft of services charge in Jefferson County involving dental work.
Taylor remained jailed Friday in St. Charles, Mo., on $25,000 cash bail, for probation violation in a forgery case.
Attorney Scott Renick of Beaumont said he only represents Taylor on the criminal matter and declined comment.
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