• Cardinals blow sweep, lose 4-3 to Dodgers

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals missed a chance at a 3-game sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The consolation prize was refusing to let Clayton Kershaw beat them at home. “I think we hung in there against one of the best pitchers …

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    Golf STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Mark Rypien beat out Jeremy Roenick and Annika Sorenstam to win the weather-delayed American Century Celebrity Golf Championship on Sunday. Rypien took the title for the first time since winning the inaugural event in 1990. Lightning storms delayed play for …

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  • Local dentist to throw out first pitch for Cardinals

    Dr. Bill Beller, a longtime leader in Batesville’s youth baseball program, will get to be a kid again Saturday afternoon. That’s when the 72-year-old Batesville dentist is scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers play in …

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  • Obscure South African, Woods among contenders behind McIlroy; Mickelson stays alive at Hoylake

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — George Coetzee wasn’t planning much of a celebration for his 28th birthday. He did give himself a pretty nice gift — a 3-under-par 69 at the British Open. The obscure South African, who this year claimed his first career win on …

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  • Tides’ motivation changes; media opinion remains same

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama receiver Amari Cooper has been through offseasons filled with talk of repeat national championships, and now he’s endured one that began with sour memories not celebratory confetti showers. Cooper has no doubt which is more motivating. “The losses,” he said …

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  • MLB returns after All-Star party

    Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory. Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and …

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  • SEC players leave lobbying to others

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform — not that they’re complaining. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has even said the Big Five conferences could break away from the …

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  • Three state running backs named to Walker watch list

    Three Arkansas collegiate running backs have been named to the watch list for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. Arkansas Razorback’s Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, and Arkansas State’s Michael Gordon are preseason candidates for the award named after 3-time All-American running back Doak Walker of …

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    Golf SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic, shooting a 9-under-par 62 for a 4-stroke lead in the opening round. U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 73, 2008 Marathon winner Paula Creamer was at …

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  • Smash finishes 2nd in world baseball event

    Arkansas Smash, a 13-year-old baseball team with several circulation-area athletes, finished second to another Arkansas squad last weekend in the Global World Series in Joplin, Missouri. The team posted a 7-2 record in the United States Specialty Sports Association event. After going 4-0 in pool …

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  • Lyon College women’s golf team wins academic award

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lyon College women’s golf team was one of 79 squads in the sport honored this week when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 1,290 athletic programs have been named 2013-14 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The Scots squad, made up …

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  • Son of McEnroe, O’Neal arrested on drug charge

    NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal has been charged with drug possession. Authorities say Kevin McEnroe and another man were arrested Tuesday night during “a narcotics transaction” in New York’s East Village. McEnroe didn’t enter …

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