LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Sports agents in Arkansas who give cash or other financial benefits to student athletes to entice them to sign a contract could face up to six years in jail and $250,000 in fines under legislation approved Tuesday by a legislative panel.
The House Judiciary Committee recommended passage of the new restrictions aimed at preventing scandals involving college athletes that have hit other schools in recent years. The proposal, backed by the athletic directors of the University of Arkansas and University of Central Arkansas, now heads to the House for a vote.
All junior high district tournament basketball games scheduled for tonight involving area teams have been postponed again due to the weather and road conditions.
By press time, only one of those had announced a tentative schedule.
The 1A 2-North District Tournament will try to play the games that were scheduled for tonight on Thursday and play the semifinals and finals on Saturday, Calico Rock Coach Jeff Whiteaker said.
NEWPORT — The Southside Southerners earned a key Class 4A-2 District victory here Tuesday night when they held off the Newport Greyhounds 61-47.
Southside remains in third in the conference race, but second place Stuttgart lost in Cave City Tuesday and the Ricebirds are the only remaining 4A-2 team Southside must face. That meeting is scheduled for Friday night at Southside. The Southerners must win that game by eight or more to secure the second seed for the conference tournament. Stuttgart beat Southside by seven in the previous meeting.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bradley Gay scored 21 points and Texas-Arlington pulled away in the second half to beat Central Arkansas 93-70 Monday.
Jordan Reves added 15 points and Bo Ingram provided 12 for the Mavericks (11-10, 5-3 Southland), who shot 66.7 percent.
Imad Qahwash led the Bears (5-17, 1-8) with 19 points and Mike Pouncy added 17.
Trailing 50-49 after Central Arkansas’ Duane Claiborne hit a 3-poiner with 15:33 to play, Texas-Arlington pulled ahead for good with a 12-3 run then added on to its lead in the final minutes.
The 3A 1-East District Tournament for junior high basketball teams at Yellville will be delayed until Friday, according to Melbourne school officials.
Six games are set for Friday, four for Saturday and the championship games are set for Monday at Yellville-Summit High School.
Regular-season games set for today, including the Melbourne-at-Valley Springs games, will help settle the seedings and matchups.
The Forrest City-at-Batesville junior high games, originally set for Monday night, have not been rescheduled.
LONOKE — Improving weather and roads got them going in the right direction, and Cave City’s teams did the rest with a key sweep on the road in 4A-2 District high school basketball Monday night.
The decision to make the trip south wasn’t made until late Monday morning. The games were originally scheduled for last Friday.
Many area basketball games were lost over the weekend to the weather and little had been rescheduled by press time this morning.
At press time, school officials were waiting for later today to decide if the the 4A-2 District games Southside-at-Marianna and Cave City-at-Lonoke will be played this evening.
The Melbourne-at-Valley Springs contests have been moved to Tuesday with a 4 p.m. start for the junior boys game.
The Batesville-at-Forrest City junior high games set for tonight have also been postponed. No rescheduled date has been set.
Given the choice, Batesville High might skip out on Saturday games from here on.
One day after their scheduled games on Friday night were called off due to weather and road conditions, Paragould swept Batesville in a pair of 5A-East District high school basketball games in Pioneer Gym, and both were particularly disappointing.
In the opener, a much sharper and more aggressive group of Lady Rams whipped the Lady Pioneers 44-22. It was not what anyone expected in a game between district co-leaders.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots baseball team finally found someone to play.
After winter weather kept former Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley’s Oklahoma Wesleyan squad from making the trip to Batesville over the weekend, Coach Tony Roepcke scrambled to find a replacement.
He did so with a doubleheader against Lambuth on Sunday and opened the season with a pair of wins.
“We had some very good pitching performances,” Roepcke said after the 13-1, 2-1 victories.
WALNUT RIDGE — Hillcrest got turned away in two Lawrence County Tournament championship games over the weekend.
The Hoxie Junior Mustangs defeated the Junior Screamin’ Eagles 48-37 on Friday as Slade Sullens fired in 11 points.
Colman Evans scored 26 points for Hillcrest, which fell to 15-4.
On Saturday, the Black Rock Zebras downed the Screamin’ Eagles 58-47 as Joe Paul Carey and Tyler Newell scored 14 points apiece.
Zach Doyle scored 17 points and Dylan Wooten added 13 for Hillcrest (13-14).
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The Mid-Continent Lady Cougars did something Saturday afternoon they hadn’t done since Feb. 1, 2010. They won a basketball game.
The Lady Cougars’ first win in 33 games came after they rallied back from a 16-point deficit to claim a 64-59 TranSouth Athletic Conference victory over the Lyon Scots.
It is the second straight loss for Lyon and each loss was to a team it dominated earlier this season. On Jan. 8, the Scots defeated Mid-Continent 63-36. They lost 60-48 Thursday night to Cumberland, a team they beat 63-44 on Jan. 6.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Bass Club’s first meeting of 2011 will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the old Gray’s Hospital located at 477 East Main St. in Batesville, said tournament director Ron Watkins.
Those attending may use either the front or side entrances, as both will be unlocked, he said.
During the meeting, the tournament schedule for the year will be set and other club business discussed.