• Earnhardt downplays rant

    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).”

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  • Bass tourney start delayed

    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.

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  • Lyon 8th in golf opener

    OLD HICKORY, Tenn. — Lyon College shot a first-round 343 Monday and sits in eighth place after the first round of the Trevecca Nazarene Invitational at Old Hickory Golf Club.
    The Scots were 21 strokes behind seventh-place Union University and 40 strokes behind first-round leader Bethel University.
    Seth Johnson led Lyon in individual play and is in 35th. Johnson carded a first day score of 12-over-par on the par 71, 6,617-yard course. He is 11 shots behind first-round leader Guy Nardo of Cumberland University.

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  • Pujols sits; Holliday returns

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — While Matt Holliday returned for the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols was out of the lineup again.
    Pujols was scratched from Monday’s 13-8 victory over the Boston Red Sox with back tightness. The 3-time National League MVP got an anti-inflammatory shot and is expected to be out of action for the next couple of days.
    “He received an MRI today and then an injection to put him over the hump, make him feel better,” St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak said. “He’s day to day. We’ll see how he feels on Wednesday.”
    The Cardinals are off today.

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  • Hillcrest wins with 3-run seventh

    MAMMOTH SPRING — Trevor Morgan’s 2-run single provided the winning margin here Monday as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles downed the Mammoth Spring Bears 5-2 in 1A 2-East high school baseball action.
    With the score tied at 2, Zach Doyle walked with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Dylan Wooten’s single pushed Doyle to third. After Wooten stole second, Morgan delivered the winner.
    Wooten hit two for three. Doyle singled, walked twice and scored three runs. Derek Wooten drove in two runs and pitched a 2-hitter. The senior right-hander struck out 17 and walked two.

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  • Lady Volunteers break away from Flyers

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and added 10 rebounds to help No. 1-seeded Tennessee beat eighth-seeded Dayton 92-64 in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament on Monday night.
    Tennessee (32-2) will make its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals, this time playing 350 miles from home in Memphis.
    The Lady Vols have been absent from the round of 16 only once in the tournament’s 29-year history. They lost to 71-55 to Ball State in the opening round last season.

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  • UA head coach talks ‘D’ as spring practice nears

    FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks’ offensive head coach is ready to talk defense.
    Bobby Petrino, the  offensive play-caller, knows last year’s defense generally was shy of the stoutness required in the SEC, but improved over 2008 and some of that strength showed in the Razorbacks’ Liberty Bowl victory over East Carolina.

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  • Searcy blanks Batesville in run-ruled softball tilt

    SEARCY — The Searcy Lady Lions shut out the Batesville Lady Pioneers here Friday, winning this nonconference softball contest 10-0 in five innings.
    Searcy pitcher Amber Rollins gave up just one hit in five innings while striking out 10, walking one and hitting one batter.
    Alex Davidson provided Batesville’s one hit — a triple in the second inning. Davidson was thrown out at home plate.
    For Searcy, Nila Navarro and Emily Ford each hit a triple and a double.
    Batesville pitcher Angela Woods gave up 13 hits and two walks.

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  • Pioneers go 3-1, fall in title game at Mtn. Home

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Pioneers lost in the championship game of the CenturyLink Classic here Saturday, but they won three games and may have found some more players over the weekend.
    “I feel better about the team,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “Offensively and on the mound, we had some bright spots.”
    The Kickapoo Chiefs of Springfield, Mo., defeated the Pioneers 6-2 in a championship game that was stopped after six innings on the tournament’s 2-hour time limit for games.

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  • Trumann wins Orange Crush title

    On their first visit to Batesville, the Trumann Lady Wildcats found just the right formula for an Orange Crush Classic championship.
    They finished off the day with an 8-2 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs in the rain at the Batesville Recreation Complex. The game was stopped after five innings by the 80-minute time limit.
    To reach the title game, the Lady Wildcats defeated the Rivercrest Lady Colts 11-0 in three innings, the South Side Bee Branch Lady Hornets 11-6 and the Rose Bud Lady Ramblers 9-6 in eight innings.

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  • UALR stuns Georgia Tech in NCAA tourney

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kim Sitzmann scored a season-high 21 points and Arkansas-Little Rock won its NCAA tournament debut, stunning Georgia Tech.
    Arkansas-Little Rock (27-6) was so unsure of making the 64-team tournament field that it didn’t hold a formal viewing party last Monday. The Trojans, who had a 21-game winning streak snapped in the Sun Belt Conference tournament title game, received one of the last at-large bids.
    Brigitte Ardossi scored 26 points for Georgia Tech (23-10), which fell to 2-6 all-time in NCAA tournament play.

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  • Cotter edges Cedar Ridge

    NEWARK — The Cotter Lady Warriors edged the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 7-6 in a Class 2A-2 softball game here Friday.
    Danielle Stephenson led Cotter’s offense and was also the winning pitcher. She slapped two doubles and scored a run. Teammates Kayla Boyce and Rachel Hall each added a double and two singles.
    Cedar Ridge’s statistical information was not provided by press time.
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    Softball games for today involving Cave City and Hillcrest were called off due to wet field conditions in Tuckerman. Tuckerman was scheduled to host the two for a 3-game set.

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