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Arkansas hires KSU's Smith as receivers coach

Arkansas hires KSU's Smith as receivers coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has announced former Kansas State assistant coach Michael Smith is the new wide receivers coach for the Razorbacks.

Smith, who spent the last three seasons in the same position for the Wildcats, replaces George McDonald, who resigned from Arkansas earlier this week to become the offensive coordinator at Syracuse.

Smith, who also played at Kansas State, spent the first 11 seasons of his coaching career with the Wildcats. He later spent a season at Rice and two seasons at Arizona before returning to Kansas State in 2009.

The hire follows Bielema's hiring of Barry Lunney Jr. as tight ends coach earlier this week and completes his coaching staff with the Razorbacks.

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Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Ahead of Game 2 of the 2019 World Series, Houston native and Team USA gymnast Simone Biles threw out the first pitch in a way only she could.

Some celebrities struggle to throw their pitch past the plate, but Biles landed an impressive backflip twist (in jeans, might I add) before throwing her pitch.

Biles previously threw a first pitch at another Astros game on July 4, 2016, wowing Minute Maid Park with an aerial before throwing to former Astros pitcher Scott Feldman and asking him to sign the baseball for her.

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David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

Arguably the greatest designated hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, David Ortiz has seen his share of greats. As a FOX Sports baseball analyst on-site for the World Series, Big Papi made time to hang out with Juan Soto, the young Nationals legend.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a phenom (noun) is defined as "a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer." See: Juan Soto, rocking 180 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and .937 OPS in just two years of playing Major League ball.

The kid can't even drink champagne yet (turns 21 on October 25) but Papi says Soto has "been bless[ed] with something that a lot [of] athletes don’t have," a good head on his shoulders and responsible parents. 

Ortiz also notes Soto's remarkable maturity, saying "he is only 20 year old and play the game and have the personality of a 30 year old person." 

We know we're watching history in the making with Juan Soto in Washington, but we could also be witnessing the start of a beautiful baseball friendship. Ortiz could serve as a close mentor to Soto; both hail from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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