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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Naturals, Travelers win

(AP) - In the Texas League yesterday, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals topped Tulsa 5-1. Arkansas beat Springfield 6-4.

The Naturals play Tulsa again tonight at 7:05 p.m. Springfield and Arkansas play at 7:10 p.m.

SOUTHERN NAZARENE-DIVISION II

SNU recommended for Division II membership

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) - The NCAA Division II membership committee has recommended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany be approved as a member of NCAA Division II.

The recommendation is the second of three steps for the university to be admitted into NCAA Division II. The third step is a final decision by the division's management council during a meeting scheduled later this month. The committee's decision is expected July 22.

Southern Nazarene has competed during the past two years in the Great American Conference that includes colleges and universities in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Full Division II membership would allow SNU to take part in postseason play in both the conference and the NCAA.

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST-NCAA

Oklahoma Baptist moves closer to NCAA Division II

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee is a step closer to becoming a member of NCAA Division II.

The Division II membership committee has recommended OBU's membership application - which will be reviewed by the NCAA Division II management council during meetings set for July 21 and 22.

OBU begins a process of becoming a full NCAA member as a part of the Great American Conference that includes colleges and universities in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The process takes a minimum of three years to complete.

Oklahoma Baptist will compete during the coming season in the NAIA as a part of the Sooner Athletic Conference.

SEC MEDIA DAYS

NCAA, QBs shift among topics at SEC media days

(AP) - There's plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference.

The league opens its annual media days on Monday with radical change in the college athletic model appearing imminent and the SEC Network soon to take the airwaves. A fourth day has been added to the event in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, and the SEC has issued about 1,100 media credentials.

Florida State ended the SEC's seven-year run of national titles by beating Auburn in January. Six of the league's teams will have new starting quarterbacks with the exodus of star power at the position including Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron and Georgia's Aaron Murray.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive opens SEC media days then Auburn's Gus Malzahn will take the podium.

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