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Arkansas offers students "access pass" for sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - University of Arkansas students can now purchase an "access pass" for admission to every home sporting event. The pass costs $65.

In the past, students were required to purchase separate tickets for football and men's basketball. The school said Wednesday the access pass will save students $50 off what they would have had to pay last season for the same events.

The school says only 9,500 access passes will be sold.

Ark. Activities Assn. passes 18 proposals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Activities Association has passed 18 proposals at a meeting of its governing body.

Each proposal was approved Wednesday with overwhelming support, including one handbook addition aimed at clarifying language on changing domiciles or residences.

Last season, the Class 3A football playoffs were delayed briefly because of an eligibility dispute involving Lamar High School.

Carpenter and Pujols slow down Astros

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Chris Carpenter slowed the Houston bats in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-4 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night.

Pujols connected on a 3-2 pitch from J.A. Happ and put it over the left-field wall in the second inning for his 27th home run of the season and 393rd of his career. He has homered in 3 of his last four games and moved into a tie with Cincinnati's Joey Votto for the NL lead in home runs.

Pujols had three hits and knocked Happ out of the game with his homer. Happ, in his second start for Houston since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 29, gave up six hits and seven earned runs in one inning.

Carpenter (12-3) allowed just two runs on four hits over 7 1-3 innings in improving to 9-2 at Busch Stadium this season.

Nolan Ryan group wins Texas Rangers auction

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan has won the high-stakes bidding war for the team.

Officials in federal bankruptcy court in Fort Worth, Texas, announced early Thursday that the group led by Ryan and Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg had made the best bid for the team. They staved off a fierce challenge from a group led by billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

The news prompted cheers and a standing ovation in the courtroom 10 hours after the auction began.

The Greenberg-Ryan group's final offer included $385 million in cash.

Murphy, Young power Rangers over M's

SEATTLE (AP) - David Murphy watched an intentional walk immediately ahead of him, then hit a go-ahead, three-run home run, and Michael Young hit his first grand slam in three years as the first-place Texas Rangers beat the lowly Seattle Mariners 11-6 on Wednesday night.

Texas took the lead with five runs in the fifth before Young's first slam since Sept. 16, 2007.

It came off Garrett Olson in the seventh and capped a weird day in which the Rangers remained eight games ahead of Oakland in the AL West while their franchise was being auctioned for sale in a courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas.

Owusu-Ansah practices with Cowboys for 1st time

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are finally getting to see fourth-round pick Akwasi Owusu-Ansah on the field.

Owusu-Ansah is practicing with the Cowboys for the first time since being drafted in April. The rookie cornerback-kick returner suited up for Wednesday's lone practice.

Owusu-Ansah missed all offseason workouts because of shoulder surgery before the draft. He missed the start of training camp, when the Cowboys said he was also dealing with a hamstring issue.

In special team drills at the start of practice, Owusu-Ansah moved swiftly while returning kickoffs.

Rookie linebacker Sean Lee, the second-round pick, is also back after missing more than a week with a strained quadriceps.

From non-tackle to Pro Bowl for Cowboys' Jenkins

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins' progression over the last two years can be summed up in one simple sentence from his coach.

Wade Phillips says Jenkins "went from a guy that didn't tackle anybody against the Giants to in the Pro Bowl."

That's quite a jump for the cornerback who clearly avoided contact two years ago when a Giants receiver was headed to the end zone late in a loss. That play got noticed maybe more than the interception Jenkins returned for a score earlier the same game.

Last season, Jenkins led the Cowboys with five interceptions and 23 pass breakups and made it to the Pro Bowl.

Jenkins says he's not surprised by his breakout season, and that he just played the way he knows how to play.

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