JONESBORO — Guard-circulation area high school basketball teams went 1-3 over the weekend and Monday in the Division I brackets of the NEA Tournament.
The win was provided by the third-seeded Izard County Cougars on Friday night when they knocked off the 14th-seeded Armorel Tigers 68-46 in a first-round contest.
Batesville Pioneer football underclassmen received statewide recognition over the weekend.
Jordan Childress, a junior tailback, was named to the Associated Press Super Team while Joey Rodriguez, an inside linebacker, was named to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore Team.
Childress, who was one of three selected as an all-purpose player, gained 2,252 yards and scored 28 touchdowns at the tailback position as the Pioneers won their second straight 5A-East District title and reached the state championship game while posting an 11-3 record this fall.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dwayne Evans had 18 points and nine rebounds as Saint Louis beat Arkansas State 70-46 on Thursday for its fifth straight victory.
Brian Conklin added 12 points for the Billikens (11-1), who shot 54 percent from the field, hit 9 of 21 3-pointers and held a 43-18 advantage on points in the paint.
Saint Louis turned the ball over just eight times.
Trey Finn had 12 points, all in the second half, and Malcoln Kirkland added 10 for Arkansas State (6-7). The Red Wolves struggled with their shooting, hitting just 34 percent from the field.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A study by Forbes Magazine ranks the University of Arkansas eighth and the University of Oklahoma 10th among the nation’s most valuable college football teams.
The report released Thursday estimates the Razorbacks’ program to be valued at $89 million, and Oklahoma’s value at $87 million.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Rickey Scott turned a family pep talk into production.
Scott scored a career-high 18 points and BJ Young added 16 on Thursday night as the Razorbacks pulled away late for a 77-63 win over Louisiana Tech.
Two games after being replaced in the starting lineup, Scott showed the explosiveness and athleticism Arkansas coach Mike Anderson had been looking for from the sophomore. Scott was eight of 16 from the floor, including a pair of thundering first-half dunks, in eclipsing his previous career high of 12 points set against Oklahoma on Dec. 10.
HEBER SPRINGS — Maumelle swept Batesville in Heber Springs Junior High Holiday Tournament basketball games here Thursday.
After trailing early, the Junior Hornets took charge and won the title game going away. The final score was 42-24.
The Junior Pioneers led 11-8 after one quarter of play. The Junior Hornets led 23-14 at halftime and 29-18 after three quarters.
“There was a lid on our basket in the second quarter,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “We got a lot of good looks, but couldn’t get the shots to fall.
JONESBORO — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves thumped Cross County 72-49 in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament Boys Division I Thursday night to remain undefeated on the season.
Clayton Butler led the winners with 24 points while Cole Crabtree scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the winners. Luke Henderson added 11 points.
“Our record is 16-0,” Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
The Timberwolves’ next game will be at 6 p.m. versus the Hillcrest/Ridgefield Christian winner. Those two teams clash at 4:30 this afternoon.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Batesville Junior Pioneers and Junior Lady Pioneers went opposite directions here Wednesday night.
The boys defeated Cabot North 40-30 in the Heber Springs Junior High Holiday Tournament. The girls from Cabot North downed the Batesville girls 35-20.
The Junior Pioneers led 11-1 after one quarter of play and never trailed. They led 23-8 at halftime and 27-20 after three quarters.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas junior Ross Rasner, a hybrid outside linebacker/safety, says he is more involved in this Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl game plan against the Kansas State Wildcats at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium than any game plan before it.
Paul Haynes, hired away from Ohio State earlier this month to replace departed defensive coordinator Willy Robinson, wants players feeding back the hands that coach them.
NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the payout says the NFL Players Association has given executive director DeMaurice Smith a $1 million bonus.
The bonus was paid solely at the discretion of the union, the person says on condition of anonymity because the payment was not announced. Smith was hired in March 2009 to replace the late Gene Upshaw.
The Sports Business Daily originally reported the amount of the bonus.