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Rain-shortened Ark. St. fund-raiser draws 71 teams

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe was among the golfers who helped raise money for the Arkansas State Red Wolf Club and the school's golf teams this weekend, but he and the other golfers got to play only a single round Sunday after Saturday's first round was rained out.

The Arkansas State University Golf Classic finished up late Sunday evening, with a record 71 teams, divided into 10 flights, on the Hot Springs Country Club course.

Scores and revenue for the tournament are to be announced on Monday.

The Red Wolf Club helps provide scholarships for more than 325 students participating in 16 varsity sports programs.

Beebe is an ASU alumnus and was the tournament's honorary chairman. Democratic state Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro served as honorary co-chairman.

3 walks in 9th help NW Ark. beat Springfield 5-4

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals snapped a 3-game losing streak Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the Springfield Cardinals.

The Naturals were helped by three walks that loaded the bases and set the stage for a walk-off win when Vance Wilson hit an RBI fielder's choice with one out in the ninth inning.

With the Cardinals leading 4-1, Springfield reliever Francisco Samuel issued three straight walks to start off the ninth inning, to Marc Maddox, Jeff Howell, and Josh Johnson. Samuel was pulled off the mound and replaced by Chuckie Fick, who got the inning's first out by striking out Jose Duarte.

But a single, a passed ball and a fielder's choice scored three runs, and Wilson then sent David Lough home with a ball chopped toward third base.

US basketball team with Ricketts in world final

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas says women's basketball standout Ceira Ricketts has helped put the U.S. team in the final game of the FIBA U19 World Championships.

Ricketts will be a sophomore this fall. She scored 4 points off the bench and got two steals in an 88-75 win over France in a quarterfinal game. In a semifinal game that ended as an 82-51 defeat of Canada, Ricketts scored 4 points again, grabbed three rebounds and was credited with three steals.

The U.S. team plays Spain in the championship game.

Saltalamacchia, Feldman lead Rangers past Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh, Scott Feldman bounced back from his worst start of the season with seven strong innings, and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday night.

With the score tied, Nelson Cruz led off the seventh with a single off reliever Jack White (2-2). One out later, Saltalamacchia belted White's first pitch off the foul pole in right field for his ninth homer of the season.

Feldman (10-4) gave up two runs and five hits with four strikeouts and two walks, extending his career-best win total and assuming the team lead in victories. The Rangers won for the 11th time in 14 games.

Rangers put Kinsler on DL, activate Francisco

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers have placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Kinsler missed five straight starts and said before Sunday's game that the injury hadn't improved, but hadn't gotten worse either. Then, 10 minutes before the game's first pitch against the Seattle Mariners, the team announced that Kinsler was headed to the DL retroactive to July 29.

The Rangers also activated reliever Frank Francisco from the 15-day DL before the game against Seattle. Francisco is recovering from the flu and a mild case of pneumonia, and manager Ron Washington said the right-hander won't reclaim his role as Texas' closer right away.

Jerry Jones as fired up as ever for 21st season

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - More than 20 years after buying the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones remains as firmly in charge as the day he arrived.

Speaking Sunday at the annual "state of the Dallas Cowboys" news conference, Jones was as fired up as ever for the 21st season.

He settled in next to coach Wade Phillips.

Although Dallas hasn't won a playoff game since 1996, Jones hopes this year's club can bring him his fourth Super Bowl title.

His emotional attachment to this year's team is nothing compared to his financial commitment: about $100 million in cash, his most ever. That's on top of the $1.15 billion spent on the new stadium.

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