• NFL toughens stand against domestic violence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year …

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  • Stewart to return from seclusion today

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will return to a NASCAR track today. His return to racing from a 3-week hiatus isn’t so simple. Stewart will emerge from seclusion today at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since his car struck and killed a …

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  • Williams rolls as four seeded women fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. And, yes, even a 17-time major champion …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Pro football CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon can’t run a deep pass route into Canada and play. The Cleveland Browns’ suspended star wide receiver wanted to play in the Canadian Football League during his indefinite suspension, but CFL rules prohibit him from doing so. Gordon, …

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  • Cedar Ridge, Southside, Batesville to round up preseason scrimmages

    Tonight and Friday, the final preseason football scrimmages involving circulation-area schools are scheduled. And then the real deal will begin next Thursday night. On tap tonight in Newark, Cedar Ridge’s junior and senior high teams will host their counterparts from Salem and Palestine-Wheatley. The junior …

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  • Racing action returns to Locust Grove Friday with Isle of Capri points battles

    LOCUST GROVE — After a 2-week break, the Isle of Capri points series is slated to resume Friday at the Batesville Motor Speedway as all five classes battle for the top spots with only two more nights of points races remaining. Aaron Carr has an …

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  • Sign-up for fall swim program set for today, Sept. 4 at Lyon pool

    Tonight and Sept. 4, from 4:30-6:30, new and returning swimmers for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes can register for the fall program at the Lyon College pool, according to a news release. The cost is $100 for one child and $75 each for …

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  • Greenbrier boys wins 4-team match at Tannenbaum Golf Club in Drasco

    DRASCO — The Greenbrier Panthers won and the Batesville Pioneers finished last in a 4-team high school golf match at Tannenbaum Golf Club on Tuesday. Led by Brandon Webb’s 9-hole score of 36, the Panthers won with a 167. The Morrilton Devil Dogs finished six …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding areas for Thursday, August 28 – Saturday, August 30, 2014.

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  • Relationship corrected

    Batesville High School football players with the same last name were incorrectly identified as being related in the “Football 2014” special section in today’s edition. Pioneer senior Michael Robinson is not related to junior Chris Robinson and sophomore Kylan Robinson, who are brothers.

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  • ASU to stay home vs. Missouri in 2015; alumni donates $5M to stadium upgrade

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri football team won’t be playing an “away” game in St. Louis in 2015 after all. The St. Louis Sports Commission had asked Arkansas State University to move its home game in the second week of September 2015 to the …

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  • NFL sites jumping to front of college schedules

    Look beyond campus for the big games this weekend as college football’s season-opening extravaganza features four marquee matchups in NFL stadiums. No. 1 Florida State begins defense of its national championship against Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the billion dollar home of …

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