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Arkansas gets help from Vegas

LITTLE ROCK — Despite an NCAA about-face that closed an avenue for a student-athlete’s transfer, a Nevada-Las Vegas offensive lineman is at Arkansas because of the UA’s aggressive pursuit of the young man.

A look at the U.S. Open pairings

LITTLE ROCK — Easy to spot, the U.S. Open pairings with a clear-cut connection beg the question whether somebody with a sense of humor and a penchant for the occasional inside joke cobbled together some of the other threesomes.

An early estimate of football favorites

LITTLE ROCK — An early line on the favorites to make the College Football Playoff is an overly enthusiastic compliment to Florida State and a blanket condemnation of teams in the ACC, plus Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Florida.

Nine game schedule up for discussion

LITTLE ROCK — Demand for more quality games, launch of the SEC Network, an emphasis on strength of schedule in the new College Football Playoff and a promise by Mike Slive don’t necessarily add up to a nine-game conference schedule in the SEC.