• Nadal, Williams seeded at top of Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As expected, No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have been made the top seeds at the Australian Open which begins on Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the No. 2-seeded man, followed by David Ferrer, Wimbledon champion …

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  • Sports Briefs

    College football NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher was thrilled with the way Jameis Winston ran the 2-minute drill to win the BCS national championship. That wasn’t the case leading up to the big game. Fisher says he kicked the Heisman …

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  • Lyon College hires wrestling coach

    Kevin Carter, a former all-American, a 19-year wrestling coach and mentor of 11 state champions, along with 26 high school and college all-Americans, has been named the first men and women’s wrestling coach at Lyon College, according to Lyon Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins. Lyon …

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  • Melbourne games called off due to road conditions

    MELBOURNE — Home basketball games for Melbourne junior and senior high teams set for Monday night and tonight were victims of weather and road conditions, announced Tim Massey, Melbourne coach and athletic director. The non-conference games with Cotter, set for Monday night, will not be …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Tuesday, January 7 – Saturday, January 11, 2014.

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  • ’Noles stop Tigers, SEC’s run of titles

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a regular season filled with blowout victories and easy fourth quarters, Jameis Winston and Florida State showed they could close like champions, too. No. 2 Auburn wobbled the top-ranked Seminoles by jumping out to an 18-point lead in the first …

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  • Strong talks toughness, winning championships to Texas Longhorn fans

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charlie Strong talked about being tough and winning championships. That is exactly what Texas fans wanted to hear from their new football coach. There’s little doubt the Batesville High and University of Central Arkansas graduate can deliver the first. The second …

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  • Former NASCAR driver faces more legal trouble

    NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has been convicted on charges of possession of stolen goods and drug paraphernalia. Mayfield was convicted Monday in Catawba County Court. He’s been placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months. He also was ordered to pay …

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  • Sports Briefs

    College football PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Florida State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference’s record streak of seven national championships. The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in …

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  • Semis set for Hillcrest junior tourney

    LYNN — Four Guard-circulation area teams advanced to semifinals of the Screamin’ Eagles Junior High Invitational Tournament with victories Monday, and a host team fell out of contention. The Cedar Ridge Junior Lady Timberwolves defeated the Hillcrest Junior Lady Screamin’ Eagles 38-30 as Emma McBride …

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  • Former Pioneer Charlie Strong hired by University of Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charlie Strong left a Louisville program that had to punch its way into the national spotlight for the Texas Longhorns, who live smack in the middle of that spotlight. However, for all the Longhorns’ wealth, swagger, political intrigue and championship expectations, …

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  • Vilonia whips BHS in non-league finales

    The non-conference high school basketball finales in Pioneer Gym Friday night were doubly disappointing for the hosts. In the opener, the Vilonia Lady Eagles broke away from the Batesville Lady Pioneers in the last three minutes of the third quarter and cruised away with 54-36 …

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