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UAM picked 4th by coaches, highest of Ark schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - None of the six Arkansas schools in the Gulf South Conference is picked by league coaches to finish higher than fourth in the upcoming football season.

Coaches voted Arkansas-Monticello to finish fourth, behind top-ranked Delta State, No. 2 North Alabama and Valdosta State.

After UAM comes Arkansas Tech in fifth place, Henderson State at No. 6, Ouachita Baptist at seventh, West Alabama at No. 8, Harding at ninth, Southern Arkansas at 10th, and West Georgia trailing in the last spot.

In the coaches' poll, teams received 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for a second-place vote, and so on. A coach was not allowed to vote for his own squad.

Ex-Ark. Monticello player signed by Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLLE, Fla. (AP) - Former Arkansas-Monticello wide receiver Clarence Denmark has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, UAM said Tuesday.

Denmark was signed as a rookie free agent and is currently participating in the Jaguar's pre-season training camp.

A native of Jacksonville, Denmark played the last two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello after transferring from Troy University. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Denmark finished with 54 receptions for 987 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008 along with 27 kickoff returns for 544 yards.

Council agrees to plan for Ray Winder Field

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Little Rock City Council has unanimously approved a previously announced plan for Ray Winder Field.

The city will sell the stadium to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A zoo will get three acres from the War Memorial Stadium Commission for expansion.

The 77-year-old stadium has been vacant since the Arkansas Travelers left for Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock three years ago.

City officials still have to negotiate a price with UAMS, which had bid $1.1 million for the property earlier. The UAMS bid mentioned a research facility or child care center for the property but did not commit to specifics.

The zoo expects to update its master plan to show how its portion of the property can be used.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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