SYRACUSE, (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored a career-high 35 points, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points and eight rebounds, and third-ranked Connecticut pulled away from Syracuse in the second half en route to 95-54 victory on Wednesday night.
Connecticut (18-2, 7-1 Big East) won its sixth straight overall and beat Syracuse (13-8, 2-5) for the 21st straight time.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal this morning, playing with the intensity they dispay in a Grand Slam final.
Though the stars who have met in eight Grand Slam finals were on the same side of the draw for the first time at a major since 2005, they played as if the title were at stake.
BROCKWELL — Four teams qualified for the Izard County Invitational Tournament championship round here Wednesday.
In the first of four semifinals, the Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz held off a third-quarter surge by the tournament hosts, the Izard County Junior Lady Cougars, to seal a 39-36 victory.
The Junior Lady Bearkatz were led by Shelby Byram’s 13 points. Kelly Cooper added 11 points for the 17-2 Junior Lady Bearkatz.
The Junior Cougars defeated the Junior Bearkatz 45-22 after jumping to a 25-6 first-quarter lead.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home Junior Lady Bombers defeated the Batesville Junior High Lady Pioneers 35-23 in the Mountain Home tournament Wednesday evening.
“Overall, this was the best game we have played all year. The girls played phenomenal defense,” Junior Lady Pioneer Assistant Coach Sean Coker said. “Really, the only difference between them and us was that their shots were falling and ours were not.”
Eighth-grader Madison Stave led the 6-11 Junior Lady Pioneers with 10 points.
ASH FLAT — First National Banking Co. of Ash Flat, established as the Bank of Ash Flat in 1912, is celebrating its centennial throughout this year, said Deborah Fry, vice president of sales and marketing.
“FNBC has planned a year of centennial celebration activities including a ‘Big Reveal’ in February; 2012 is going to be a huge year for FNBC,” Fry said. “We have some fun and exciting activities planned for the community every month of the year. We will announce these plans with some other surprises at the ‘Big Reveal’ on February 24th.
Adam Curtwright of Batesville will represent the city at the annual United Cerebral Palsy telethon, which will air from 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday on KAIT-8 TV in Jonesboro.
“Being a resident of Batesville, I have personally seen the direct impact that UCP has had on our community. The Community School in Batesville is just one of the many great facilities that receives direct funding from this campaign,” said Curtwright, who works for Liberty Bank of Batesville.
Local authorities are looking for a Bald Knob man named in an arrest warrant for trying to forge a check written on the account of a local woman.
Scott Clark notified local authorities Jan. 9, that someone he didn’t know had tried to forge a check on his mother, Mary Nelson, who is in a local nursing home, according to a court affidavit.
Clark said he was advised by the bank that 30-year-old Joshua Reagan, whom he doesn’t know, was trying to cash a check on his mother’s account for $1,800.
Independence County Habitat for Humanity will be taking applications from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 in Independence Hall Room 104 on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville located at 2005 White Drive in Batesville.
This will be the fourth family to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Independence County. Construction for the third home is to begin soon.
MOOREFIELD — The Moorefield Town Council has called a special town meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss the town’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, according to Recorder/Treasurer Paul D. Barrett.
The meeting will be held in the Moorefield Town Hall, located at 55 Moore Ave.
The Batesville Fire Department saved some $10 million in property last year, Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn told the city council Tuesday night.
Gleghorn said in his year-end report that the fire department made 438 runs last year (compared with 336 in 2010, 286 in 2009 and 260 in 2008), 50 home safety inspections, 66 building inspections, public relations/fire prevention education with more than 1,000 children and other citizens, attended 41 public events and conducted 40 station tours. It also put in more than 2,000 man hours for 2011.
Several capital projects are being planned at the Batesville School District over the next several years, but only one was on the table for the school board’s approval Monday night.
The board approved the district’s six-year master plan and agreed to move forward with applying for 2013-15 partnership funding with the Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation to replace the junior high school roof estimated to span 80,000 square feet and cost $350,000.