Associated Press - August 10, 2010 3:34 AM ET
Mallett, Razorbacks eyeing next big step
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas came within 10 minutes of shaking up the Southeastern Conference last season before losing a fourth-quarter lead against top-ranked Florida.
Perhaps the Hogs were merely a year away.
Tight end D.J. Williams says the team feels it can "compete with everybody."
There will be no tempering of expectations at Arkansas now. The Razorbacks fully believe they can challenge for their first SEC title. Although they're still underdogs in a division that includes defending champion Alabama, the Hogs expect to field 1 of the nation's most dynamic offenses thanks to quarterback Ryan Mallett.
He threw for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns a season ago, and from the moment he announced he was passing up the NFL draft to stay in school, the Razorbacks have been wondering if this might be their year.
2 UTEP football players suspended
SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - A pair of Texas-El Paso football players, including a projected defensive starter, will miss the start of the season after violating team rules.
Coach Mike Price on Monday said Travaun Nixon, who is listed as a starting corner, will miss the opener. Backup receiver Marlon McClure will miss UTEP's first two games.
UTEP opens Sept. 4 at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Miners on Sept. 10 visit Houston.
Both players violated team rules, but Price did not say exactly what led to the suspensions. The two players are continuing to practice with the team during preseason camp in Socorro, N.M., about 190 miles north of the UTEP campus.
Pippen to be introduced by Jordan at Hall ceremony
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Fittingly, Scottie Pippen will have Michael Jordan by his side again when he goes into the Hall of Fame.
Pippen will be presented by his former Chicago Bulls teammate when he is inducted Friday night. Each inductee is presented by a current Hall of Famer. Jordan was enshrined last year.
Pippen will be inducted twice Friday. The former Central Arkansas star and Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles, were part of the Dream Team that highlights the class along with Karl Malone and the 1960 U.S. Olympic team.
Malone will be presented by former Knicks center Willis Reed.
Cowboys TE Phillips out for season with torn ACL
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The season is already over for Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips.
Tests on Monday confirm that Phillips tore the ACL in his right knee during the Cowboys' preseason opener. He had four catches for 60 yards in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night against Cincinnati.
Phillips was the No. 3 tight end as a rookie last season behind Pro Bowl starter Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett. The Cowboys were hoping to expand his role this season.
Kevin Brock replaced Phillips and then he left the game with a sprained left ankle. Undrafted rookie free agent tight end Scott Sicko sustained a concussion in the game.
Bennett didn't play Sunday night to rest the sprained ankle that forced him to miss the first week of camp.
Jimmy Johnson to be contestant on 'Survivor'
NEW YORK (AP) - Former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant on the reality television show "Survivor" this season.
CBS announced Monday the 67-year-old Johnson will be 1 of 20 castaways sent to Nicaragua. The premiere will air Sept. 15.
Johnson will be part of a team of 10 contestants over the age of 40 who will compete against a group aged 30 and under.
Johnson won a college national championship at the University of Miami, then won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. He also coached the Miami Dolphins. Johnson is now an NFL commentator for Fox.
Chicagoland Speedway to open NASCAR's 2011 Chase
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR will open the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway.
Officials from the speedway and NASCAR were making the announcement Monday in Chicago.
New Hampshire International Speedway had opened the Chase since its 2004 inception. The shift to Chicago is part of a scheduling shuffle that NASCAR is piecing together for 2011.
NASCAR received several schedule requests from the two biggest track operators in the industry, and the sanctioning body is using the opportunity to make significant changes for 2011.
By opening its 10-race title series in Chicago, NASCAR will be racing in the second largest media market of tracks on its Sprint Cup tour.