• UA coach says college baseball needs harder ball

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn has reservations about the new baseball the college game plans to use beginning in 2015. Speaking at the Razorbacks’ media day on Friday, Van Horn said the new ball — which features flatter seams — …

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  • Wildcats upset No. 7 Jayhawks

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State’s Will Spradling remembers beating Kansas back in 2011, how the students flooded out of the stands in Bramlage Coliseum and joined in a merry celebration at midcourt. He ought to remember Monday night just as vividly. The senior guard …

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  • German woman defends super-combined skiing gold

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Different American, same result for Maria Hoefl-Riesch — another Olympic gold in the super-combined. Just as she did four years ago at the Vancouver Games, Hoefl-Riesch found herself trailing an American after the downhill leg before using her slalom skills to …

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  • Olympic committee lifts ban on India

    SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee has lifted India’s suspension in time for the flag to fly at the Sochi Winter Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the reinstatement “takes immediate effect” and Indian athletes, who were competing independently under the Olympic flag, can …

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  • Sports Briefs

    College basketball STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford announced the suspension …

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  • Pioneers’ Bell signs with Arkansas Tech

    The recent signing of Batesville Pioneer senior Bret Bell to a national letter of intent to attend Arkansas Tech and play football for the Wonder Boys was an easy call for both. “We’ve known Bret for a long time,” said Coach Kyle Shipp, Tech’s recruiting …

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  • Eagles dominate Lawrence tourney

    BLACK ROCK —  The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles won the Lawrence County Tournament for the second straight year this weekend, dominating the Black Rock Zebras in the semifinals and the Walnut Ridge Bobcats in the finals. On Friday, the Eagles walloped the Zebras 63-43 as Colman …

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  • Top 25 teams hold form vs. Scots

    For now, the American Midwest Conference’s National nationally-ranked Top 25 basketball teams still have the edge on the Scots. In the opener Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium, the Scot women led most of the minutes, but failed to hold off the 14th-ranked Columbia Lady Cougars. …

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  • Harding edges Lyon in baseball doubleheader

    Outhitting NCAA Division II opponent Harding University in both games of Sunday’s baseball twinbill at Jerry Moore Field wasn’t enough for the Lyon College Scots as they dropped a pair of heartbreakers, 1-0 and 3-2. Lyon (1-4) will try to snap its 3-game losing skid …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Monday, February 10 – Sunday, February 16, 2014.

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  • Arkansas edges Vanderbilt for first road win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Qualls made the game-winning dunk in Arkansas’ earlier upset over Kentucky, and he hit the 3-pointer Saturday that lifted the Razorbacks to their first road victory of the season. Qualls sank the 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining as Arkansas (15-8, …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Pro football Missouri All-American Michael Sam came out to the nation on Sunday night and could become the NFL’s first openly gay player. In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were released Sunday, Sam said he came out to all his …

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