• Weather delays Batesville Motor Speedway

    LOCUST GROVE — The running of the third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special has been moved to Sept. 2 at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    The Rockhard and other BMS points races were postponed due to inclement weather Friday night, according to speedway owner Mooney Starr.
    Activities for the 19th annual Comp Cams Topless 100 are set to begin on Thursday

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  • Report: Davis out for season

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas says starting running back Knile Davis is expected to miss the season with an ankle injury.
    The university said in a news release this morning that Davis suffered the injury during practice Thursday. Details of the injury were not disclosed.
    Davis was injured early in the scrimmage portion of Thursday’s practice and was carted off the field.
    Davis led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards rushing last season He averaged 147 yards per game during the final seven games of the season.

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  • Littlejohn wins at Newport strip

    NEWPORT — Ed Littlejohn won first place in open drag racing at Speedy’s Dragstrip here Sunday.
    Ross Williams finished second behind and Steve Simpson was third.

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  • Officials looking into cause of player’s death

    GURDON (AP) — An Arkansas high school student died after collapsing during football practice and officials were trying to determine whether heat was a factor.
    The student was 15-year-old Montel Williams, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound sophomore at Gurdon High School in southwest Arkansas, Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson said.

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  • Rockhard Special set for Friday at Locust Grove

    LOCUST GROVE — The third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special is scheudled to be run at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday.
    Tony Brooks won the first two Rockhard Specials. The Rockhard winner will receive a $500 prize.
    Racers will also vie for points in the the factory stock, IMCA modified and street stock categories. NeSmith Crate late models will take the night off.
    Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8. General admission is $5 per person and kids 11 and under are admitted free of charge.

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  • Bass tournament defenders don’t sound hopeful

    Bill Wooten and Bobby Hubbard will try to defend the White River Bass Classic title, but don’t expect much out of the team from Newport, its senior member said.
    “I’ve fished the river quite a bit recently, but the water is really messed up down this way,” Wooten said.
    Specifically, he was referring to the Augusta area where he and his grandson caught 21.28 pounds, and $1,000-worth, of largemouth bass about this time last year. Their 5-fish limit included a 5.57-pounder, caught by Hubbard, that won the additional big bass prize.

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  • Hydration, concussion meeting set in Cave City Thursday 6 p.m.

    CAVE CITY — Parents of Cave City junior and senior high athletes can attend a meeting Thursday night to discuss proper hydration and warning signs of concussions, announced Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
    The meeting, which is part of the school’s open house, is scheduled to begin at 6 in the high school cafeteria.

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  • Gurdon football player dies

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A 15-year-old high school football player has died after collapsing during practice.
    KLRT-TV reported that Montel Williams of Gurdon High School collapsed on the field during a practice Tuesday night and died a short time later.
    Gurdon Superintendent Allen Blackwell tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the team was in a full-pads practice for more than an hour when the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m.

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  • Local swimmers help Arkansas team to 3rd place in AAU Junior Olympics

    NEW ORLEANS — Seth Bailey, Kyle Baker, Louis Sonnier and Anthony Sonnier won medals at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics here last week, helping the Southwind Swim Team to a third-place finish in the team totals.
    Those four and fellow Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes Katie Allen, Logan Qualls and Thomas Sonnier teamed with other swimmers from the Southwind Conference (Jonesboro, Wynne, Mountain View, Greene County, Pocahontas) for 1,578 points.

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  • Local youth places 4th in national motocross

    HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Kyler Keeney, a ninth grader at Southside Junior High, recorded a top-5 finish in one division of the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch here last week.
    Competing in the 85cc class for drivers in ages 9-14, Kenney placed fourth after finishing third, fourth and sixth in a series of races in the division. Hunter Hankle won the division.
    Of the 290 to reach the final awards stand, he was the only driver from Arkansas, according to his father, Elton Keeney.

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  • Adams makes Hornung list

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Razorback is among 50 players nationwide named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award.
    Receiver Joe Adams is on the list released Monday by the Louisville Sports Commission.
    The commission sponsors the award given to the player chosen as the most versatile college football player in the nation.
    Hornung is a Louisville native who played running back, quarterback, defensive back and handled kicking duties at Notre Dame and won the 1956 Heisman Trophy and is now a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

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  • Physicals offered for youth football

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s youth football program, for kids in grades 4 through 6, will provide free physicals on Friday from 4-6 p.m. in conference room B at White River Medical Center, according to Brad Berry.
    Medical Forms will be provided and all players must have a physical before practice starts.
    Call (870) 613-1949 for more information.

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