DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Over the closing weeks of last season, Steve Addington had been led to believe he would be Tony Stewart’s crew chief in 2012.
Then Stewart won at Martinsville and again at Texas to give him four wins in eight races. The Sprint Cup championship was firmly in his reach, and it sure didn’t seem like there were any reasons for Stewart to make changes to his organization.
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is playing its best basketball of the season and is poised to close out the regular season on a run.
Five of the Volunteers’ last six games are against teams whose records in the Southeastern Conference are the same as theirs or worse.
“I look at the SEC standings all the time because that’s most important for us and where we’re going,” coach Cuonzo Martin said. “As a coach, as long as you’re making progress then things eventually fall in place.”
WYNNE — The Wynne Yellowjackets turned things around on the Batesville Pioneers here Tuesday night.
The Pioneer basketball teams swept the ’Jackets in Batesville back on Jan. 24. This time, the Lady Yellowjackets won 36-30 in overtime and the Yellowjackets hammered the Pioneers by a 67-31 count.
The Lady Pioneers and Lady ’Jackets shared the bottom rung in the 5A-East District standings, and the Yellowjackets switched places at the bottom (see standings and scores below).
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Melbourne Bearkatz defeated the Marshall Bobcats 78-68 Tuesday night, advancing to the quarterfinals.
The Bearkatz led 25-15, 45-31 and 59-53 at the quarter breaks. Cody Goodman and Kyler McLaughlin led the Bearkatz, each scoring 16 points. Levi Cooper added 10.
Melbourne is scheduled to play Flippin tonight at 5:30.
The Lady Bearkatz walloped the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers 55-27. The Lady Bearkatz led 21-4, 34-14, and 46-21 at the quarter breaks.
Stacee Hargett led the Lady Bearkatz with 19 points. Lindsey Wetzel added 11.
The first of two registration days for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association summer baseball, softball and tee-ball programs is set for Sunday, according to a news release.
Registration on Sunday and Feb. 26 will be held in the First Community Bank George Ryder Community Room from 1-3 p.m.
Registration forms after March 3 will be put on a waiting list. The registration fees are $65 for one child, $125 for two siblings of the same household and $170 for three of the same household.
The fee for girls tee-ball players ages 3 to 4 is $35.
Lyon College recently announced the signings of Michael Chrisman, Nicholas Juncos and Victoria King to national letters of intent to attend Lyon and play soccer.
Chrisman played for a New Albany High School team in New Albany, Ins., that won a sectional championship in 2008. Chrisman assisted on the winning goal in the championship game. He also played for a club team that won the Derby City Cup title in Louisville, Ky., in 2010, and an Anderson University team in 2010 that won 13 games in a row. Anderson University is in Anderson, Ind.
The TranSouth Athletic Conference softball coaches say the Lyon College Scots will hold their position in the standings.
Kristen Kolter, the Scots’ new coach, thinks they will do better.
“I look at our team and I don’t see a sixth-place team,” Kolter said. “They’re just numbers, I know, but I believe when you have a new head coach mixed in with a young team you can get overlooked. I truly believe we’re better than that.”
NORMAN (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Bria Hartley added 20 and No. 2 Connecticut beat Oklahoma 73-55 on Monday night for its 12th straight victory.
The Huskies (24-2) never trailed on their way to moving to 10-0 all-time in the series, which is becoming an annual tradition around Valentine’s Day.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson contributed 10 points apiece, and Connecticut built a commanding lead in the first 7 minutes before withstanding a series of rallies by Oklahoma (16-8).
LOUISVILLE (AP) — C.J. Fair scored 13 points and No. 2 Syracuse scored the final six points of the game to beat No. 19 Louisville 52-51 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals.
Syracuse (26-1, 13-1 Big East) held the Cardinals (20-6, 8-5) without a point over the final 3½ minutes and Fair hit the go-ahead layup with 2:11 left.
Fab Melo scored 11 points and the best shooting team in the Big East overcame a 34.4 percent effort, including 1 of 15 from 3-point range, to win for the sixth straight time since losing at Notre Dame.
HARRISBURG (AP) — A judge rejected requests by prosecutors that jurors be brought in from outside the State College area to hear the child sex-abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Judge John Cleland on Monday also denied prosecutors’ requests that Sandusky remain indoors while on home confinement before his trial and ruled that Sandusky can have supervised contact with most of his grandchildren, saying there was no evidence that the children’s parents wouldn’t be able to keep them safe.
FAYETTEVILLE — It seems maybe Dave Van Horn and Dave Jorn just can’t bring themselves to demote Barrett Astin to SEC starter.
The Arkansas Razorbacks sophomore right-hander from Forrest City deserves a starting spot in the SEC weekend after being a fascinating freshman season in 2011.
Though not a regular starter nor a regular closer, Astin was Arkansas’ MVP (most valuable pitcher) after returning junior 2012 Preseason All-American D.J. Baxendale.
All high school basketball district tournament games involving Guard-circulation teams and scheduled for Monday were postponed one day and will be played today, meaning that those games set for today will now be played Wednesday.
Tournament schedules for Thursday have not been changed. The only other changes relate to game times for the 1A 2-North District Tournament games in Calico Rock on Wednesday, and they are detailed in the “Sports calendar” below.
Also lost to weather conditions was the Lyon College-at Henderson State baseball game today