LOCUST GROVE — After a 3-week break, racing returns to the Batesville Motor Speedway with the third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special here Friday.
The winning driver will be paid $500 and second place will receive $250. Driver Tony Brooks won the first two Rockhard Specials.
Racers will also compete for points in the four other divisions.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Concord Pirates shot a 481 and won the Cougar Classic here Wednesday by 32 strokes over the Pocahontas Redskins.
Concord was tied with Pocahontas at 242 after the first day of the 2-day tournament.
Pirates Ryan Cornelison, Cameron Reesor and Luke Cornett combined to shoot a 239 at The Course on Turkey Mountain to separate themselves from the Redskins.
Teams from the 5A-East District and Paragould led the way Tuesday at the first Citizens Bank-Pioneer Invitational Tournament.
The Greene County Tech Eagles won the boys team title with a 338, finishing seven strokes ahead of the Beebe Badgers, 5A-East fellows. The Paragould Rams, another 5A-Easterner, rounded out the top three in the boys team division, finishing 14 strokes behind their crosstown rivals.
The Paragould Lady Rams dominated while winning the girls team title. They finished 35 strokes in front of the Heber Springs Lady Panthers.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer and Joe Williams won Sunday at Speedy’s Drag Strip.
Spicer finished first in the street division and was followed by Ed Littlejohn (second) and Jerry Roberson (third).
Williams crossed the finish line in the fastest time in the footbrake division. Ryan Clark finished second and Shawn Shellenbarger was third.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The Arkansas men’s basketball team will take on Michigan in the second game of the season.
Officials said Friday the Jan. 21 game at Bud Walton Arena will be the sixth time the two teams have met over the years, with the last meeting coming in the Chase National Invitation Tournament Finals in New York in 1997. Michigan won that game 77-62 and has a 3-2 advantage in the series.
The Arkansas-Michigan game is the front end of a home-and-home series with the Wolverines. The teams will meet in Ann Arbor during the 2012-2013 season.
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are changing tactics.
Instead of just re-signing their own players, they’ve now added a new player: former first-round pick Jamaal Anderson.
Agent Joel Segal confirmed the deal Monday night, but would not disclose terms of the contract. Anderson was cut by Atlanta on Saturday in a cost-cutting move, and Segal said he is expected to report today to Indy’s training camp site.
Other teams had expressed interest in Anderson.
MELBOURNE — A meeting to discuss proper hydration for Melbourne junior and senior high football prospects is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 at the high school field, announced Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey.
As required by the Arkansas Activities Associations, coaches will inform parents and guardians how to prepare their children for football practices.
The number of fishermen was small again, but the fish were plenty big enough.
Four-year-old Ashley Matthews caught a 4-pound catfish, as did Koby Rich during the White River Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday morning. Matthews won a trophy and a fishing pole for catching the biggest fish among children in the 0-4 age category. Rich did the same for 9- to 12-year olds.
Matthews and Rich were among the 30 children registered. Last year, the annual event drew 29 registrants.
The top three finishers by age groups are:
A crew from Bogalusa, La., claimed the prestigious Doug Sumner Memorial National Traveling Trophy at the 45th annual National Invitational White River Canoe Race here Saturday afternoon.
Crew members Paul Dauterive, Colby Spears, Roo Breland and Joshua Treadway combined to win the 3-day, 120-mile race with a time of 11 hours, 49 minutes and 33 seconds. Bogalusa 313 crews have won the trophy two of the last three years.
Kyler Kenney got his cast off just in time — not that he hasn’t kept right on training for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, which is scheduled to begin Monday at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Kenney, a 14-year-old ninth grader from Southside, broke his right arm during a crash while racing in Pine Bluff six weeks ago, got his cast off Thursday morning and he and family members headed east this morning.
PARAGOULD — Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes Jake Deskin, Seth Bailey and Kyle Baker each won events here last week in the Southwind Conference Meet.
Swimming in a 15- to 18-year-old division, Deskin, 17, won the 100-yard backstroke event. Bailey, 11, won the 11- to 12-year-old 100-yard freestyle race. Baker, 14, won the 13-14 50-yard freestyle race.
The Jonesboro Jets won the team title, finishing 99 points in front of the Mountain Home Hurricanes. The Torpedoes finished sixth.
The Izard County Cougars hope to repeat as Class 1A state golf champs, and returning many of their key players should help them reach their goal.
Coach David Harmon expects seniors Preston Harmon, Uriah Mead and Zack Logan to repeat last season’s performance.
“We have got the nucleus of our team back, and they gained a great deal of playing experience last year,” Coach Harmon said.