NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Sun Belt Conference is entering an historic season for the 18-year-old league. The winners of two new geographically-aligned five-team divisions will meet for the Sun Belt's first title game. Recent Sun Belt powers Appalachian State and Arkansas State are preseason favorites in their respective divisions. Expectations are also high at Troy and Louisiana-Monroe. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson says the new setup raises the stakes of conference games.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Grambling State's Broderick Fobbs welcomes his new coaching peers in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and any new ideas they bring with them. Half the league's 10 programs have new leaders going into this season, though most of them have been around for a while as assistants.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Texas teen Cole Hammer and Norway's Viktor Hovland advanced at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Amateur to set up a semifinal match. Devon Bling and Isaiah Salinda will meet in an all-California match in the other semifinal.
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