• Women’s national basketball champions find little fanfare back home at UConn

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A crowd greeted the champs at the airport and another waited inside the home arena of a University of Connecticut women’s basketball team that hasn’t lost a game in more than two years.
    But this was no delirious victory rally — 90 percent of the seats were empty.
    UConn officials estimated about 1,000 fans were inside Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday to celebrate with the Huskies a day after UConn defeated Stanford for its 78th straight win and back-to-back national championships.

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  • With Master ceremonials done, all eyes return to Tiger

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Two old rivals swatted ceremonial tee shots this morning to begin the Masters, where all the focus was on a 4-time winner trying to rebuild his life.
    Tiger Woods was playing for the first time since a Thanksgiving night car wreck led to revelations of numerous extramarital affairs.
    Officials at Augusta National insisted that no one player — not even the world’s best embroiled in scandal — would overshadow their tournament. For a few moments, at least, that was the case as Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer at the first tee.

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  • Scots split with Bisons

    SEARCY — Lyon College third baseman Aaron Thornton drove in three runs and first baseman Kody Pinson drove in two to help the Scots pull off a 9-5 victory over the Harding University Bisons in game one of a doubleheader split on Tuesday at Jerry Moore Field.
    The Scots (21-11) lost game two 7-6, when Harding’s Paul Anzalone hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. Harding finishes the doubleheader at 20-19 overall.

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  • Pioneers win big in opener, go quietly in nightcap

    It was a good day to win big at home in the opener of a 5A-East District high school baseball doubleheader.
    Well, maybe not.
    At the Batesville North Complex, the Batesville Pioneers defeated the Wynne Yellowjackets 10-0 in a run-ruled five innings. The Yellowjackets took the nightcap 7-1.
    In Paragould, the Greene County Tech Eagles mashed the Blytheville Chickasaws 16-2 in the opener and then lost 11-6 in an 11-inning marathon.
    The other district games saw Nettleton sweep in Forrest City, 3-0 and 23-8, and Paragould do the same in West Helena, 22-1 and 18-1.

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  • CBC moves to 34-0 with sweep of Lyon

    The Lyon College Pipers watched as the Central Baptist Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 4-3 victory and keep their unbeaten streak alive in game two of a sweep on Tuesday at House Field.
    The Pipers (11-15) lost game one by a score of 9-1 in six innings. Central Baptist has not lost in 34 outings this season and is 3-0 in 1-run contests.

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  • CBC moves to 34-0 with sweep of Lyon

    The Lyon College Pipers watched as the Central Baptist Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 4-3 victory and keep their unbeaten streak alive in game two of a sweep on Tuesday at House Field.
    The Pipers (11-15) lost game one by a score of 9-1 in six innings. Central Baptist has not lost in 34 outings this season and is 3-0 in 1-run contests.

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  • Lady Pioneers split with state champs

    WYNNE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers split with the defending Class 5A state champions in a 5A-East District softball doubleheader here Tuesday.
    The Lady Pioneers took the opener 7-3. The Lady Yellowjackets bounced back to win the nightcap 4-2.
    With the split in Wynne and two Greene County Tech wins in Blytheville, the Tech Lady Eagles stand alone atop the district standings with a 6-0 mark. They are 10-2 overall.
    Wynne (6-1, 10-5) fell to second. Batesville is fifth at 3-3 and 8-9.

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  • Cavemen sweep ’Cats

    FLIPPIN — The Cave City Cavemen collected a sweep over the Flippin Bobcats in a nonconference doubleheader here Tuesday.
    Cave City won the opener 10-9 and took the nightcap 17-5 in five innings.
    Dalton Carpenter started game one and Tyler Booth collected the win with two and one third innings of relief. Booth allowed just one hit in that span.
    Taylor Milligan, Booth, and William Boyd were credited with two hits each. Dalton Bell drilled a 3-run homer.
    In game two, Jacob Odom earned the win.

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  • BHS kickers split with visitors

    Batesville and Conway Christian split nonconference high school soccer matches in Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday.
    The Lady Pioneers won 2-1. The Conway Christian Eagles won 3-2.
    Kali Foreman scored both goals for the Lady Pioneers. Her unassisted winner came with 16 minutes, 44 seconds to play. Samantha Goodwin assisted Foreman’s first half score.
    Batesville outshot the visitors 25-11. Lady Pioneer goalie Yesenia Gutierrez recorded nine saves.

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  • Lady Southerners win first in soccer

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Southside held tough in the first half and then used the wind to its advantage in the second half to defeat Mountain View in a girls Class 4A-2 soccer match here Tuesday.
    Mountain View scored a goal with two minutes left in the first period with the wind at its back.
    Southside answered in the second half with a pair of left-footed goals from sophomore Alex Burroughs.

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  • Southside earns key 4A-2 victory

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners held on for a 4-2 win over the Heber Springs Lady Panthers in a 4A-2 District softball game here Tuesday.
    Southside led 4-0 after four innings. Heber Springs got one back in the fifth and another in the seventh.
    Tandra McPherson led off Southside’s half of the of the second inning with a triple. She scored on a 2-out wild pitch.
    In the third, Haley Mourer reached on a error and scored on a single by Krysta Beeler.

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  • Batesville thinclads sweep

    HEBER SPRINGS — The Batesville Junior Pioneers and Junior Lady Pioneers swept the track and field meet championships here Monday.
    Batesville’s girls dominated, totaling 141.5 points and finishing 43.5 points ahead of second-place Bald Knob. Southside finished third with 71 points as Ashylynne King won the high-point award.
    The Junior Pioneers edged their hosts, the Heber Spring Junior Panthers by 10 points (137.5-127.5). Eighteen teams competed in the event.

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