• Accuser feared Roethlisberger’s temper

    MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. (AP) — There was Ben Roethlisberger, asking a girl what her drink tastes like, doling out high-fives, posing and punching his first in the air, flashing a huge grin for the camera.
    Then, about 12 hours later, there was the 20-year-old college student he had partied with, calmly telling police how the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback followed her into a nightclub bathroom, ignored her repeated protests that “I really don’t think this is OK,” and sexually assaulted her.

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  • Ramirez’s HR helps Dodgers sweep Cardinals

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Broxton got another save, this one with the help of a fortuitous bounce on the warning track and the short fences at Dodger Stadium.
    Albert Pujols had to hold up at third on a 2-out ground-rule double by Yadier Molina, and Broxton retired Randy Winn on a grounder to preserve a 4-3 victory for Los Angeles over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Molina’s opposite-field drive to right-center fell just out of the reach of Gold Glove center fielder Matt Kemp, who lunged for the ball before it hopped over the 8-foot wall.

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  • ’Hawks return to Chicago with hockey’s Holy Grail

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Stanley Cup returned to Chicago for the first time in 49 years early this morning and its arrival along with the Blackhawks at O’Hare International Airport warranted a water cannon salute.
    The Blackhawks ended the NHL’s longest championship drought Wednesday night in Philadelphia with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flyers in Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals. The team last won the trophy in 1961 by defeating Detroit, also in six games.

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  • UCLA returns to top in college softball

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Langenfeld wasn’t about to let a blistered pinkie stop her from leading UCLA to its 11th NCAA softball title.
    After overcoming an arm injury and a tweaked hamstring, using super glue to patch together the injured finger on her pitching hand was a no-brainer.
    Langenfeld homered for the third time in two games and led UCLA to its first title in six years with a 15-9 victory over Arizona on Tuesday night.

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  • Jonesboro Swamp Cats hit their way by Doctors

    The Jonesboro Fat City Swamp Cats showed they can hit while taking a 16-10, Zone 2 Junior American Legion baseball victory over the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors at the North Complex on Tuesday.
    It revealed something else, too, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
    “To their credit, they are a good hitting team,” he said. “Our pitchers, however, in the early to middle innings game fell behind, and that makes them even better hitters. With a 2-0 pitch, they’re sitting on a fastball. We can’t fall behind like that against a team like Jonesboro.”

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  • Fishing derby slated at Mirror Lake. No one needs fishing license this weekend

    SYLAMORE — The Sylamore Ranger District will host its annual fishing derby, a free event for children 4-12, on Saturday at Mirror Lake, district wildlife biologist Kathryn Furr said.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the accessible parking area on the north end of the lake.
    “Children must be registered to be entered into the prize raffle,” Furr said. “They also must be accompanied by a responsible adult.”
    Mirror Lake will be closed from noon Thursday through noon Saturday in order to set up for the derby and complete it, Furr said.

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  • ‘Sandlot Summary’ policies

    The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot Summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
    The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.

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  • S-side recognizes top athletes

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Athletic Awards Banquet was held recently and Sami Hallowell and Michael Smith were the top award winners.
    Hallowell was named Miss Southerner and Smith won the Mr. Southerner honor. The Mr. and Miss Southerner awards are voted on by students and a committee of coaches and administrators. The number of sports played, character, attitude and dedication to the advancement of the athletic program as a student athlete is the criteria used for the selection process.

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  • Cedar Ridge’s Coach Gould resigns, takes job at Ozarka

    NEWARK — Cedar Ridge Coach Stephen Gould has resigned his position as head basketball coach to pursue a career at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
    Gould, who lives in Melbourne, said the 90 miles of driving to and from Newark every day was tough and would be even more demanding soon.
    “We’ve got a baby coming and I want to get closer to home,” Gould said. “During the basketball season, it was after midnight several times before I got home.”
    Melbourne High School has a coaching vacancy and Gould said he thought about applying.

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  • Pitcher leads Hogs to decisive victory; next up are No. 1 Sun Devils in Arizona

    FAYETTEVILLE — With both pitching staffs running on fumes, this had the makings of a slugfest — until University of Arkansas’ TJ Forrest took the mound.
    Forrest pitched into the sixth inning on two days of rest, and the Razorbacks beat the Washington State Cougars 7-2 Monday night for the championship of the Fayetteville Regional.
    The 49-14 Hogs advanced to a super regional at top-seeded Arizona State, which will begin Saturday.
    “It all started with TJ on the mound,” Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said. “We got off to a good start, we had the lead and it was our night.”

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  • Legion teams win three of four

    The Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors hit their way past the Northeast Arkansas Cyclones for a Junior American Legion season-opening baseball victory at the North Complex on Friday.
    Twice, Ryan Coles belted 2-out, game-tying, 2-run home runs, then Luke Tate ripped a go-ahead, 2-out, 2-run triple in the fourth inning and the Doctors didn’t trail again.
    The final score in the opener was 12-6. That one gave the Doctors a 1-0 record in Zone 2. They also rallied to win the 5-inning nightcap 7-6, which doesn’t count in the zone.

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  • ICYAA Torpedoes swim to one team title at home meet

    The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won one team title in a triangular swim meet here Saturday at the Batesville North Complex pool.
    The boys team downed the Mountain Home Hurricanes. The Stone County boys placed third.
    Mountain Home took the girls team title, followed by ICYAA and Stone County.
    Listed below are the Torpedoes who finished in the top eight (times are listed with winners):
    Males
    6-and-under

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