ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Batesville native Charlie Strong is making good on his pledge to turn around the Louisville Cardinals.
A lot sooner than some people expected, too.
Justin Burke threw for two touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi 31-28 in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and finish its first winning record in four years.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski gave a quick wave to the Cameron Crazies and a few claps as he walked off the floor and headed to the locker room.
The Hall of Fame coach treated it like any other Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only notable difference? The message on the scoreboard above that read “Coach K On the Move” while noting his latest milestone victory.
Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon 98-72 on Monday night, moving Krzyzewski into a tie for second place with Dean Smith on the all-time wins list.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University basketball player Daniel Bryant has been dismissed from the team after being charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
The Jonesboro Sun reported Bryant was dismissed from the team Monday after being arrested last Thursday for allegedly kicking in the door of his girlfriend’s apartment and assaulting her.
ASU Coach John Brady released a statement saying efforts have been made to help Bryant make better choices in his daily life and that those efforts did not succeed.
JONESBORO (AP) — Brandon Peterson scored 19 points and Martavius Adams added 18 as Arkansas State pulled away from Savannah State in the second half for a 68-55 victory Monday night.
The Red Wolves (4-7) shot just 38.8 percent but made up for it with 29 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points. The Tigers earned only 21 rebounds overall.
Preston Blackmon scored 19 points to lead Savannah State (1-13), which has lost 13 straight.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee said the Razorbacks have begun working on their game plan for the contest against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
After Monday’s practice session inside the Walker Pavilion, McGee said the workout featured elements of the game plan for the matchup between No. 8 Arkansas (10-2) and the No. 6 Buckeyes (11-1).
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Nolan Richardson was running the “40 minutes of hell” style of basketball when Gus Malzahn first felt the need for speed as a high school coach in Arkansas.
If it worked for 40 minutes, then why not 60? And if your players can’t outrun opposing teams, No. 1 Auburn’s offensive coordinator figured, out-hurry them. Skip the huddle, keep moving and let it fly — like Richardson’s Razorbacks hoops teams that were competing for national titles in the mid-1990s.
Stars & Stripes recently won a team title and four of their athletes won all-around championships at the Arkansas Pepsi Challenge gymnastics meet in Hot Springs.
Led by 14-year-old Sarah Doty and Darrby Richardson, 11, the local gymnastic center won the Level 4 team championship. Doty won the all-around title in her age division by winning the vault, finishing second in the floor exercise, third on the uneven bars and fourth on the balance beam.
VIOLA — Izard County’s Trenton Hatman beat the buzzer and the Cougars beat the Viola Longhorns 48-46 in a Class 1A 2-North District game here Friday night.
Hatman’s 15-footer from the right elbow as the horn sounded capped Izard County’s comeback after the squad trailed 30-20 at halftime. The shot was set up by Ryan Walker, who stole a lob attempt with eight seconds to play and then passed to Hatman, who dribbled through three Longhorn defenders and raced down the court for the winner.
Batesville Pioneers Matthew Showalter and Jordan Childress were recently recognized by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with postseason high school football awards.
In Sunday’s edition of the state newspaper, Showalter, a senior safety-wide receiver and kicking game specialist for the Pioneers, was named to the All-Arkansas team’s defensive squad. Childress was named to the Super Sophomore team’s offensive unit as a running back.
VILONIA — Vilonia sent Batesville’s varsity high school basketball teams home for the holidays on a sour note.
In nonconference contests Friday night, the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Pioneers 43-35 and the Eagles thrashed the Pioneers 47-27.
Maggie Brewer scored 15 points and Catherine Puckett added 13 for Vilonia, The Lady Eagles improved to 11-1 on Saturday with a victory in a tournament in Greenbrier.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 6-5. They will not play again until next year when they host the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins on Jan. 3.
VERSAILLES, Ky. — Mack Miller, a Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who at 71 had his only Kentucky Derby winner in Sea Hero, has died. He was 89.
Miller was working for Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stable in 1993 when Sea Hero overcame 12-1 odds to win the Derby. He was fifth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont.
Mellon was 85 at the time, and when he closed his stable in North America in 1995, Miller retired.
FAYETTEVILLE — Now that he’s secure for seven Arkansas years, Bobby Petrino wants his Razorbacks staff secure at least through next year.
After Thursday’s closed practice preparing the 10-2 BCS eighth-ranked Razorbacks for their Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl date in New Orleans with BCS sixth-ranked 11-1 Big Ten tri-champion Ohio State, Petrino met with Arkansas media for the first time since signing his $3.56-million per year 7-year contract. The pact includes an $18 million buyout both ways if Petrino opts to leave or the University of Arkansas should opt to terminate his services.