JACKSON, Tenn. — The No. 10 Union Bulldogs utilized an aggressive presence in the paint to turn a 6-point halftime lead into a 93-56 rout over the Lyon Scots here Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Union (24-7), the tournament’s top seed, controlled the boards by a 55-26 margin, which in turn led to a 20-4 margin in second-chance points. Union advances to face Cumberland. Lyon finished 7-23.
The Scots were led by Quinn Cooper with 12 points and Andy Lee with 11, but the team shot a dismal 32 percent from the floor.
LYNN — The fourth time was the charm here as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles finally got by the Mammoth Spring Bears.
Mammoth Spring won the three previous meetings this season. Hillcrest’s lone loss at home this season was to Mammoth Spring.
They needed double overtime to settle the nightcap in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A State Tournament here Thursday. Hillcrest, the tournament host, won 42-35.
SOUTHSIDE — The Newport Greyhounds pounded four home runs as they defeated the Southside Southerners 12-8 in a nonconference baseball game here Thursday.
The homers came off the bats of Matthew Duvall, Ryan McGaughey, Devante Neal and Aaron Newman.
Three of those round trippers came in the first inning as the Greyhounds charged out to a 5-0 lead.
Southside battled back and it was a 1-run game going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Southside loaded the bases with no outs, but failed to cash in.
SOUTHSIDE —The Southside Lady Southerners won and lost here Thursday as they hosted the Beebe Lady Badgers and Salem Lady Greyhounds for nonconference softball games.
Beebe won 10-7 in the opener.
Southside’s Chelsea Harmon recorded two hits, including a triple and RBI. Teammate Tandra McPherson was credited with two hits. Haley Mourer took loss.
Southside improved to 1-2 win an 8-7 win over Salem in the nightcap.
Krysta Beeler earned two hits and was the winning pitcher. In the circle, she struck out four, walked two, hit two and allowed five hits.
The Batesville Pioneers shot down the Mountain Home Bombers with another last at-bat in a high school baseball opener Thursday at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
In four meetings over the last three seasons, the Pioneers are 4-0 against the Bombers and three of those were won on the Pioneers’ last time at the plate.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — At 47, Vijay Singh isn’t ready to say his days as a dominant player are over.
Not even close.
Anyone in the gym at PGA National at 5 a.m. Thursday morning can attest to that.
There was Singh, three hours before his round, working out for about 60 minutes, no longer held back by knee and back pain that wrecked his 2009 season. He feels fit and strong again, both in the gym and on the course, where his Honda Classic opened with a 3-under-par 67 on a difficult, windy day.
NEW YORK — Into the great unknown.
The NFL has begun the final season of its contract with the players union by eliminating the salary cap. Free agency started today with no ceiling on spending for teams, and no floor, either.
Predictions on how free agency without a salary cap will turn out are pointless. Will teams go on wild spending sprees? Will some operate on the cheap because there is no payroll minimum? Will players who became unrestricted this year find lots of bidders or few?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers’ basketball team was eliminated from the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament here Wednesday night when the No. 19 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans collected a 65-55 victory in the first round.
Lyon led 41-40 with 9:42 to go when the Trojans went on a 15-6, game-deciding run. The Pipers were scoreless for more than three minutes during that span with three turnovers, two blocked shots, a missed shot and a pair of missed free throws.
LYNN — The Mammoth Spring Bears nearly doubled the Mount Vernon-Enola Warhawks in points scored in the fourth quarter while rallying for a first-round Class 1A State Tournament high school basketball victory here Wednesday night.
Down 33-31 after three quarters of play, the second-seeded Bears scored 20 points to the ’Hawks 11 in the final stanza, including a 12-0 run, and won going away, 51-44. Mount Vernon-Enola was also a second seed.
The team from Faulkner County, the 1A state runners-up last spring, finished with a record of 29-9.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches will benefit from the golf tournament set for April 2 at Tannenbaum Golf Club in Drasco, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
The TranSouth Athletic Conference announced its 2010 womens basketball awards on Wednesday and Lyon College’s K.K. Hodges and Suzanne Fincham were among the honorees selected by the league’s nine coaches.
Hodges, a 6-foot junior forward from Wynne, was selected first-team All-TranSouth Conference and Fincham, a 6-foot freshman post from Royal, earned an All-TranSouth Conference All-Freshman team honor.
NEW YORK (AP) — Omir Santos tried on his new batting gloves, said to slow the impact of a harmful fastball down to the mere annoyance of a junkball, and voiced excitement.
“I think it’s going to help,” the New York Mets catcher said. “It sounds like it’s going to work.”
The latest high-tech protective product in a sport that’s slow to accept innovation, the batting gloves are manufactured by the startup company XProTeX, which hired former All-Star Reggie Smith to go around spring training trying to persuade big leaguers to switch.