NEW YORK (AP) — The memories of a thrilling NBA season might have to last for a while.
There’s no telling when basketball will be back.
The NBA locked out its players early Friday when its collective bargaining agreement expired, becoming the second major pro sport shut down by labor strife.
The players and owners remained far apart on just about every major issue, from salaries to the salary cap, revenues to revenue sharing.
LOCUST GROVE — Along with points racing in four classes, the Batesville Motor Speedway will host the First Community Bank-sponsored Freedom Blast Fireworks Show here Friday night.
The street stock racers will take the night off, but drivers will battle for points in the track’s other regular divisions, front-wheel drive, IMCA modifieds, factory stocks and NeSmith Crate late models.
Gates to the grandstands are to open at 6. Racing is to start at 8. The fireworks show will be during intermission.
Batesville Citizens Bank ended the regular season on the upswing Wednesday by taking a 14-4, run-ruled decision over the Newport Taylor Made Ambulance in a Junior American Legion Zone 2 baseball game at the North Complex.
The Bankers finished the regular season with a zone record of 12-8 and an overall mark of 15-10. They will take on the Newport Junior squad at 6 Friday night in the Zone 2 Tournament in Newport’s George Kell Park. The winner is scheduled to face Trumann at 6 Saturday night. The loser will not play again until Sunday afternoon at 1.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Tony Newberry and Jayde Robertson won the titles Sunday at Speedy’s drag strip.
Spicer finished in front of Don Holcomb and Nikki Rutherford in the street division. Don Stitcher finished second to Newberry in the foot-brake class. David Blagg placed third.
Robertson won the junior division title.
The Batesville Rockers, an 8-and-under softball team, recently won the Sheridan Shootout championship.
Falling into the losers’ bracket, the Rockers had to play six games to win the title. They defeated Hazen in the last two contests, winning the rubber game 18-6. The last game began around 11:30 p.m. and ended after midnight.
Led by a familiar-looking pitcher, Trumann handed Batesville Citizens Bank its second Zone 2 Junior American Legion loss in six days.
Nathan Maxwell scattered five hits, struck out seven and walked none while pitching a complete game and a 3-1 victory at the North Complex on Tuesday night.
“He’s a pretty good one,” Batesville Coach Aaron Thornton said. “That’s the second time we’ve faced him in a week. He fills up the zone, keeps you off balance and throws his off-speed stuff for strikes — all the things you need to do to win at this level.”
In their usual style, the Batesville Crushers won the Cal Ripken District 3 11-year-old Tournament championship Tuesday night at Fitzhugh Park.
Down 2-0 through four innings, the Crushers took the lead with a 3-run fifth inning, added a run in the top of the sixth and held off scoring threats by the Mountain Home Bombers in the fifth and sixth innings.
The 4-2 victory improved the Crushers’ record to 10-2. They will play in the North Arkansas State Tournament in Harrison beginning July 8.
An in-state basketball player and Texas diamondman recently signed with Lyon College.
Christopher Liddell, a 6-foot point guard, averaged 7.5 points, five rebounds and six assists during his senior season at Pine Bluff Dollarway.
The baseball signee is Nathan Gutierrez, who won all-conference honors for his Lewisville, Texas, squad.
Liddell won Arkansas Scholar honors, is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and was the editor of his school newspaper.
NEWPORT — It was a low-cost shot with a very high return.
Playing in the Newport Country Club’s Annual Couples Golf Tournament last weekend, Batesville’s Eddie Brock scored a hole-in-one on the sixth hole. The prize was a GMC Terrain SUV.
The 180-yard ace happened with “a 5-wood that me and Harry Crossett put together 20 to 25 years ago. We built it for maybe 15 dollars,” Brock remembered, laughing.
The golf ball he used was a Noodle — not one of the more-expensive types.
The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen broke through for a Zone 2 American Legion baseball victory Monday night at the North Complex.
The Highwaymen scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed en route to a 4-1 victory over the Blytheville Century 21 McWaters Casons.
The Casons bounced back to win the nightcap 6-3.
Scoring early was the key, Batesville Coach Gary Sevier said.
“We scored early, and we haven’t been able to do that in zone games recently,” he said.
The Batesville Crushers had their usual slow start, but they still made short work of the Mountain Home Bombers in the first round of the Cal Ripken District 3 Tournament for 11-year-olds at Fitzhugh Park on Monday night.
After trailing 2-1, the Crushers won 13-3 in a run-rule shortened four innings.
“Honestly, that’s kind of typical for this team,” Coach Brad Mace said. “They don’t seem to worry about getting behind, and once we get the bats going they hit well.”
Fitzhugh Park will a happening place this week as local Cal Ripken League baseball teams host two tournaments.
The District 3 Tournament for 11-year-olds is scheduled to start tonight as Mountain Home takes on Heber Springs at 6. The loser is slated to face Batesville in the 3-team, double-elimination event at 7:30. Tuesday night, an elimination game is set for 6, pitting the losers from Monday’s games, and the championship game will follow. If necessary, the rubber game will be played Thursday night at 7:30.