• Local gymnasts win team title, 10 all-around championships

    Batesville Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Academy athletes won a team title and collected 10 all-around titles at the River City Classic meet in Little Rock last month.

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  • Utah sends Brewer to Memphis for future first-round selection

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz traded shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, former University of Arkansas Razorback, to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first-round draft pick.
    The trade completed just before the deadline Thursday afternoon should open up some room in a position where the Jazz are well-stocked and reduce the club’s luxury tax burden. But it is costing the Jazz’s first-round pick in the 2006 draft who has started every game this season and averaged 9.5 points.

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  • U.S. breaks drought in men’s figure skating

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — On a day when Lindsey Vonn crashed and Canada’s pride-and-joy hockey team nearly went down, Evan Lysacek stood up strong.
    In the biggest event of his life, Lysacek — the reigning world champion in men’s figure skating — didn’t try the most daring routine, but he hit nearly every move he picked. He knew it, too, repeatedly screaming “Yes!” as his music faded.
    “It was definitely my best, and that’s what I came here to do,” Lysacek said.

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  • Pioneers miss opportunities early, late in loss to Cougars

    Turnovers, offensive rebounds and missed free throws, in that order, did in the Batesville Pioneers Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym.
    The West Helena Cougars ordered up the first two, getting the lead, then the Pioneers delivered on the last, eliminating any chance of a rally.
    With that, the Cougars took a 57-46 high school basketball victory over the Pioneers in 5A-East District action.

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  • Lady Pioneers close in on state tourney berth

    Two in a row and wanting more.
    That’s the thinking of the Batesville Lady Pioneers as they rush toward the finish line in the 5A-East District basketball race.
    Wednesday night, they followed up a 13-point victory in Wynne with a 40-22 walloping of the West Helena Cougarettes.
    Now, with three games to go in the regular season, all against district foes, the Lady Pioneers need one more win to clinch a berth in the Class 5A State Tournament, which is set for Alma on March 2-6.

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  • Ryan Mallett’s recovery will take 3 to 4 months

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is expected to miss spring practice after sustaining a broken bone in his left foot.
    Officials said Mallett’s injury occurred during conditioning drills Wednesday morning. He is expected to fully recover in three to four months.
    Mallett completed 225 of 403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns during the 2009 season, when the Razorbacks went 8-5. He led the Southeastern Conference in total offense (276.5) and passing yards per game (278.8).

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  • Powell nets 26 as Hogs cruise

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas responded to its only loss in the last 25 days by getting back into the win column.
    Freshman Marshawn Powell scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as the Razorbacks defeated South Carolina 92-79 on Wednesday night. Courtney Fortson added 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
    Fortson decided before the game to issue a challenge to Powell, who had scored only 19 points over Arkansas’ last two games.
    “Courtney told me I was due for a 20-point game,” Powell said. “He said it a couple times.

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  • Cavaliers get Jamison from Wizards

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has a new All-Star sidekick.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison from Washington on Wednesday night, the forward they hope will fit in between James and Shaquille O’Neal on a championship front line.
    Jamison was the centerpiece of a 3-team deal that also sent Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Washington received Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year’s draft from Cleveland.

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  • Halftime pep talk motivates Volunteers

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bruce Pearl asked his Tennessee players at halftime if they were enjoying playing together. He didn’t give them a chance to answer.
    “I answered the question before they had the chance,” Pearl said, “and that was, ‘Hopefully not, because we did not do anything as a team to enjoy the basketball.’”
    No. 20 Tennessee bounced back from that lackluster first-half play with the help of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Wayne Chism to beat Georgia 69-60 on Wednesday night.

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  • T-wolves oust Warriors in OT

    IMBODEN — Josh Limbaugh drilled a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to send the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves and Cotter Warriors to overtime in the first round of the Class 2A-2 District Tournament here Wednesday night.
    The Timberwolves dominated the overtime period and won 62-54. It was tied at 50 at the end of regulation.
    The game was decided at the free-throw line. Cedar Ridge netted eight of eight in the extra period and held Cotter to jut one field goal.

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  • Tiger sets tightly-controlled appearance Friday

    MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods will speak publicly Friday for the first time since his bizarre, Thanksgiving night car accident, beginning what his agent called “the process of making amends” for the sex scandal that sent him into hiding for three months.

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  • U.S. scores best day ever in Winter Olympics

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The U.S. Olympic team came into the day with high expectations and surpassed those lofty goals, marking their best day ever in Winter Games history with six medals — half of them gold.
    The six medals were the most in one day by the U.S. at a Winter Olympics, topping the five earned Feb. 20, 2002, in Salt Lake City.
    The big names justified the hype, and then some: Lindsey, Shani and Shaun won in convincing fashion. And their less-heralded counterparts were just as impressive.

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