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Troy Aikman, Texas?

Joe Montana has three Super Bowl MVP trophies and a town named after him. Troy Aikman has one MVP award, but he too has a town named after him.

The Troy City Council voted Monday to call the city Troy Aikman during the season. Troy is a central Texas town of 1,394.

"Maybe this will help put us on the map a little bit," Mayor Tom Vanderveer said. "Maybe we can get Troy to come down and sign autographs."

Troy - a community boasting an antique shop, a barber shop, a cafe and a high school football team with a losing record - is overlooked by most travelers because it's between Waco and Austin.

"I'd be extremely honored to have them do something like that for me," Aikman said.

Mecklenburg to sit out preseason

GREELEY, Colo. - Denver linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, sidelined most of training camp, will not play in the Broncos' four preseason games while he allows an inner-ear injury to heal.

An ear specialist told Mecklenburg he risks permanent hearing loss in his right ear if he injures a membrane. By sitting out six weeks, however, he should reduce that risk as bones in his inner ear realign themselves correctly.

Graf withdraws from tourney

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Steffi Graf, complaining of dizziness, withdrew from doubles after beating Karine Quentrec 6-3, 6-2 in the $375,000 Mazda Classic. The top-ranked woman attributed her dizziness to "blocked jaw," which arose over a week ago and causes feeling similar to a toothache.

Ellis is new Baylor A.D.

WACO, Texas - Dick Ellis was hired as athletic director at Baylor University, succeeding Grant Teaff, who resigned effective Aug. 31 to become executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.

Ellis, 48, will move from associate athletic director into his new position Sept. 1.


Highland senior selected to team

Jacob Croft, who will be a senior at Highland High next year, has been selected to play for the Western Region U.S. Olympic Development Soccer Team. He will leave Thursday for England, where he will be one of 18 players on the Under-17 team representing 14 Western states.