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UAM, OBU have 2 players each on All-GSC Team

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas-Monticello and Ouachita Baptist have each landed two football players on the pre-season All-Gulf South Conference Team, while players at four other Arkansas schools were similarly honored.

At UAM, quarterback Scott Buisson and tackle Tripp Boatner were named to the All-GSC offensive team.

At OBU, running back K.J. Johnson was named to the offensive All-GSC team, while lineman Jerry McNeil was named All-GSC on the defensive side.

Other players at Arkansas schools named to the offensive All-GSC team were wide receiver Kurt Adams of Harding and center Torrence Wright of Arkansas Tech.

Defensive lineman Ryan Terry of Southern Arkansas was also named All-GFC.

The only special teams player from an Arkansas school named All-GSC was Michael Buse of Henderson State.

6 Ark. schools have players on All-Gulf South team

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Volleyball players from six Arkansas schools in the Gulf South Conference have been named to the league's pre-season all-conference team.

As announced by the conference office in Hoover, Ala., the team includes two Arkansas Tech players, Brennae Benda and Sarah Von Lienen.

Other players at Arkansas schools named to the All-Gulf South Conference team were Nicole Ferguson of Arkansas-Monticello, Manuela Nesheva of Harding, Bethany Wright of Henderson State, Libby Merritt of Ouachita Baptist and Maggie Ross of Southern Arkansas.

UALR golfer Whittle qualifies for US Amateur

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas-Little Rock golfer Brian Whittle has qualified for the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship by firing a five-under-par 139 total for two rounds at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Whittle was 1 of 3 players to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Stephen F. Austin assistant takes Arkansas Tech post

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Doug Karleskint has been hired to take Kurt Young's place as an assistant to Arkansas Tech head coach Mark Downey.

Karleskint spent the past two seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Stephen F. Austin.

Downey says getting Karleskint was "a steal."

Young recently resigned to take a job as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky.

In his two seasons with the Lumberjacks, Karleskint helped SFA to a 50-14 record and the back-to-back regular season Southland Conference championships.

Ark.'s Templin tops personal best in 800 meters

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Arkansas swimmer Alison Templin topped her previous personal best time in the 800-meter freestyle by 5 seconds at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships, finishing 13th in 8:52.04.

Templin, who will swim the 1500-meter free on Saturday, is representing the Razorback Aquatic Club at the U.S. Open.

Razorbacks Leah Pierce and Erin Neumann both swam in the 200-meter breaststroke event on Tuesday. Pierce, a member of the Columbia Swim Club, touched in with a time of 2:34.10 in 18th place and Neumann, representing the Parkway Swim Club, placed 27th in a time of 2:35.89.

Neumann and Pierce will each swim the 100-meter breast on Friday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Club.

Arkansas adds track and field assistant

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Travis Geopfert has been hired as an assistant track and field coach at Arkansas.

Geopfert will be the Razorbacks' assistant for jumps, throws and multi-events.

Geopfert spent six years at Northern Iowa. He became the Panthers' track and field and cross country head coach last year after Chris Bucknam left to take over the men's program at Arkansas. Now, Bucknam and Geopfert will work together again.

Kennedy leads A's past Rangers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Adam Kennedy hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Scott Hairston, Kurt Suzuki and Chad Pennington also homered for the A's, who won their third straight over the Rangers. Rajai Davis added two hits.

David Murphy hit a pair of homers for the Rangers, who have lost 4 of their last five games.

Craig Breslow (5-5) pitched an inning in relief of A's emergency starter Chad Reineke to record the win. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Vicente Padilla (8-6) allowed six runs on seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Rangers purchase German's contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of infielder Esteban German from AAA Sacramento and optioned infielder Joaquin Arias to Oklahoma City.

To make room on the 40-man roster for German, the Rangers designated right-hander John Bannister for assignment.

The 31 year-old German, available for Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, is awaiting his first major league action since Sept. 28, 2008, while with Kansas City. Released by the Royals on March 8, German signed with the Chicago Cubs only to be released again April 3. He signed a minor league contract with Texas on April 9 and will be in his second tour with the Rangers, as he appeared in five games with the club in 2005.

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