Saban: It's not all about the sacks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 3 Alabama's imposing defensive front is gearing up for its biggest test.
The Crimson Tide hosts Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett and the nation's No. 2 offense on Saturday in its Southeastern Conference opener.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says getting pressure with a four-man rush will be a big key in containing the Razorbacks' high-powered passing game. The Tide is tied for the SEC lead with 10 sacks; Arkansas has allowed only a pair of sacks in two games.
The 'Bama offense also got some welcome news Monday. Receiver Julio Jones and tailback Roy Upchurch returned to practice after missing the North Texas game with leg injuries.
UCA pair wins Southland honors
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Central Arkansas quarterback Robbie Park was named Southland Conference offensive player of the week, and teammate James Lancaster earned defensive honors.
The Bears beat Western Kentucky 28-7 Saturday. Central Arkansas is in the Football Championship Subdivision, and Western Kentucky is in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Park went 18 of 21 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Lancaster, a linebacker, had six tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass.
Fulmer entertains at Arkansas luncheon
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Phillip Fulmer is impressed with Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.
The former Tennessee coach told the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday that Mallett might have transferred from Michigan to the Volunteers if Fulmer had "hired the staff at Michigan."
Fulmer said looking back, that might not have been such a bad idea. Mallett, who transferred to the Razorbacks when Michigan coach Lloyd Carr retired, threw for 408 yards in a loss to Georgia last weekend.
Fulmer was forced out at Tennessee last year.
Fulmer drew a laugh when talking about Mallett, and he also entertained the crowd when he casually mentioned that Mississippi's D.T. Shackelford and South Carolina's Jarvis Giles - two promising young players - had committed to Tennessee before Fulmer was let go.
Murphy leads Rangers to 10-3 win over A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David Murphy had three hits and drove in two runs to help the Texas Rangers hang on to their slim playoff hopes, beating the Oakland Athletics 10-3 on Monday night.
Julio Borbon and Chris Davis both drove in two runs as the Rangers won for the second time in eight games. They moved within seven games of the Boston Red Sox, who lost 12-9 to Kansas City, in the AL wild card.
Kevin Millwood (11-10) did not allow an earned run in seven innings. He gave up a run and three hits, walking one and striking out two. Millwood completed enough innings to guarantee himself a $12 million contract next season.
Matt Carson hit a home run for the A's, who had their season-high 7-game winning streak end.
Already a big letdown for Cowboys
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James already finds himself in an all-too familiar spot: standing at his locker the day after a loss trying to explain what's going wrong.
Two games into the season, James says the Cowboys are already in an adverse situation.
The Cowboys (1-1) had four turnovers and lost their inaugural game in Cowboys Stadium 33-31 to the New York Giants, who made a field goal on the last play. Dallas has the NFL's only defense that hasn't yet forced a turnover or had a sack.
James said Monday that Cowboys just have to bounce back, "pick ourselves up."
Next is another prime-time game to show off the new stadium, next Monday night against Carolina (0-2).
New Mav Marion, Kidd glad to be teammates again
DALLAS (AP) - Shawn Marion is hoping Jason Kidd can turn him into an All-Star again.
Kidd was the point guard who helped break Marion into the league with Phoenix in 1999-2000. They spent two years together, then Kidd moved on while Marion blossomed into a 4-time All-Star with the Suns.
Now they are reunited with the Dallas Mavericks. They were together as Mavs for the first time Monday at a news conference and will hit the practice floor together soon in preparation for the start of training camp next week.
Kidd said he's looking forward to having Marion snatch rebounds and then get out on the fast break.