INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts started this season with one goal: winning another Super Bowl.
Now they are a victory away from a championship and headed back to the site of their previous one.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Sean Payton still hadn’t gone home yet when the New Orleans Saints returned to work the day after the biggest win in franchise history.
Drained after an emotional overtime triumph that set off celebrations all across the city, Payton joined family and friends for dinner downtown and then relaxed in a hotel.
CENTER RIDGE — The Concord Pirates improved to 22-5 with a 65-61 nonconference win over the Nemo Vista Red Hawks here Friday night.
Chase Thomas unloaded for 27 points to pace the winners. Teammates Tim Fuller and Derek Burnett added 16 and 12, respectively.
Nemo Vista won the senior girls game 59-27, dropping the Lady Pirates to 11-12. Casey Gorecke scored 15 points in a losing effort.
Concord’s junior girls (18-5) were 44-20 winners behind Kayla Richardson’s 14 points.
MELBOURNE — It was a first for one Izard County Invitational Tournament champion and decisive for another.
With their first invitation to the annual event, the top-seeded Cave City Cavewomen held off the second-seeded Calico Rock Lady Pirates 39-34 here Saturday night.
A little later, the top-seeded Melbourne Bearkatz defended their title by dominating the third-seeded Cavemen, 57-31.
The Nettleton Raiders hit eight of 10 free throws in the final 69 seconds for a 44-38 decision and left Pioneer Gym Friday night with their first district victory of the season.
The Pioneers are still looking for their first district win — and their first win since November. The Pioneers are 0-4 in the district, 1-15 overall and losers of 14 in a row.
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Bethel Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field and held the Lyon Scots to just 35 percent in a 69-55 TranSouth Athletic Conference victory here Saturday.
Bethel (10-10, 2-4) scored on 27 of 54 attempts from field-goal range and was led by Andre Crudup, who scored a game-high 19 points on eight of 13 field goals. Lyon (5-13, 1-5) lost its second straight conference game and scored on just 19 of 55 shots from the floor. That includes just one 3-pointer in 13 attempts.
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers outgunned the No. 19 Bethel Wildcats in overtime to notch a 75-70 victory on Saturday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference thriller.
Lyon (13-6, 3-3) led 36-33 at halftime, but had to hold off the Wildcats (12-7, 3-3) down the regulation stretch to force an extra frame. Once in OT, Lyon took over and outscored Bethel, 11-6, in the period.
The Nettleton Lady Raiders scored just five points in the fourth quarter, but they were enough to hold up for a 44-42, 5A-East District high school basketball win Friday night over the Lady Pioneers in Pioneer Gym.
Senior guard Staci Ho hit a 3-point shot with five minutes, 55 seconds to play for a 42-37 Nettleton advantage. Five minutes and 41 seconds later, senior center Erica Sharp banked in the winner from short range on the left side.
An 8-minute scoreless drought doomed the Lyon Pipers Thursday night as they fell 56-48 to the No. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans.
Ashley Waller scored on a put-back to tie the score at 39 with 10:09 remaining in the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest. The Pipers didn’t score again until Lauren Ramsey converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:56 to go. That made it 48-42 in favor of Trevecca.
After a turnover by the Trojans, Lyon had a chance to close the gap even more, but missed a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer.
The Lyon College Scots gave the No. 11 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans a scare Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium before succumbing 75-69.
Lyon led the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest 33-25 at halftime and increased that advantage to as many as 14 (55-41) with 11:40 remaining in the game.
The Trojans (13-5, 5-1) whittled away and knotted it at 62 with five minutes to go. Neither team scored until the 2:38 mark when Michael France tickled the twine from behind the line to spark an 11-2 run. France hit a 2-pointer to cap the surge with 28 ticks left.
The Batesville Motor Speedway will host its annual awards banquet Saturday night at the University of Arkansas Community College dining facility and the event is open to the public.
The top 10 drivers from each class will be recognized and rewarded for their performances during the 2009 season. In addition, track owner and promoter Mooney Starr is expected to announce changes for the upcoming season.
The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available until 5 this evening at Mark Martin Ford in Southside.
The Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame has reorganized and is asking for help from the community as it prepares for an induction ceremony, John Ellis said.
Ellis is joined on the new committee by Gary Anderson, Joe Biard, Ernestine Boyce, Bobby Hill, Elbert Lindsey, Stan Reed, Stuart Smith and Rodney Stroud.
The committee is tentatively planning an induction ceremony for sometime this summer. Seventeen induction ceremonies have been held since the hall was started in 1987. The hall numbers 65.