The first two rounds of the NCAA tournament are supposed to give us enough upsets and feel-good stories to tide us over until next season.
The second weekend, the round of 16 and the regional finals, are supposed to be the time the teams from the power conferences remind us why the schools from those leagues dominate the Top 25 all season and fill the upper seed lines in the tournament bracket.
Not this weekend. One of those pesky “mid-major” teams is in each of the regionals.
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots finished the Trevecca Nazarene Spring Invitational in last place, but Scot Seth Johnson made a move on day two and finished 29th overall in the individual standings at Old Hickory Golf Course.
Johnson was in 35th place after a first day score of 12-over-par on the par-71 course, but rallied to shoot a 75. Lambuth’s Aaron Ingalls was the individual champion with a 143 in the field of 49 golfers.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia chiropractor was arrested on drug charges Tuesday after a co-defendant accused him of supplying steroids to members of two Washington-area professional sports teams.
One of the two teams, the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, acknowledged Tuesday that some of their players had received “routine chiropractic services” from the suspect but denied that any players received steroids.
The Lyon Scots extended their winning streak to eight with a doubleheader sweep of the Harding Bisons Tuesday at Scots Field.
Lyon overcame a 4-3 deficit in the first game to win 12-6 and was down 4-2 in the nightcap before pulling out a 9-4 decision over the NCAA Division II program.
BROCKWELL — The Flippin Lady Bobcats edged the Izard County Lady Cougars 4-3 and then the Viola Lady Longhorns blanked the Lady Cougars 5-0 in nonconference games here Tuesday.
Against Flippin, Lady Cougars Kristen Doty and Harmony Herron provided two hits apiece. Viola’s shutout included a 2-hitter.
LEPANTO — Chris Maddox hit six for six and pitched the win in both games as East Poinsett County swept Cedar Ridge in nonconference action here Tuesday.
The Warriors won 7-6 and 17-6.
Maddox got the win in the opener with one inning of scoreless relief. He pitched three hitless innings in the nightcap.
Walnut Ridge 10,
WALNUT RIDGE — Tyler Dickson struck out 10 and gave up only two hits while shutting out the Bearkatz in the 2A-2 District contest.
The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles got an early jump on the 5A-East District with a doubleheader sweep of the Batesville Lady Pioneers, winning 5-1 and 5-2 Tuesday at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
The rest of the 5A-East teams are scheduled to begin district play next week or the last week in March.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Abi Olajuwon got a bit overshadowed during her senior day celebration as her Oklahoma teammates showed off their 3-point shooting skills.
Given a second chance to shine in what will truly be her final game at the Lloyd Noble Center, she took advantage of an even bigger stage.
Olajuwon totaled 19 points and 11 rebounds and third-seeded Oklahoma made the most of a sloppy first half on both ends to beat the University of Arkansas-Little Rock 60-44 Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The record book is pretty clear when it comes to Bristol Motor Speedway: Kurt Busch is good at the bullring, Jimmie Johnson is not.
So of course Busch had Sunday’s race circled as a place to make up ground on Johnson, the four-time defending NASCAR champion.
And Johnson, most likely, figured his annual Bristol frustrations would continue.
Both were wrong.
Johnson grabbed his first career win Sunday at Bristol with a masterful final 10 laps, denying Busch a victory in a race he had dominated.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. blamed his profanity-laced rant at Bristol Motor Speedway on frustration from a a speeding penalty.
And being mad in the car, he figured, is a good thing.
“You’re going to have days where you get a little hot on the radio and I haven’t really been hot on the radio in a long, long time,” Earnhardt said today during a test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“And we ain’t run worth a (crap) in a while, either. There ain’t been no reason to bitch and complain when you’re running like (crap).”
The Batesville Bassmasters have changed the starting time for Saturday’s bass tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, said secretary Colin Patterson.
The change to Daylight Savings Time has caused it to still be dark at the original starting time of 6 a.m., so the tournament will begin “at safe light,” he said.
It will end at 3 p.m. as originally scheduled unless the group agrees at the launch site to extend the time by the same amount that the start is delayed, he said.
The tournament, out of Hill Creek Ramp, is the club’s second of the year.