• Tiger Woods says he let family down

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods said he let his family down with transgressions he regrets “with all of my heart,” and that he will deal with his personal life behind closed doors.
    His statement today follows a cover story in Us Weekly magazine that reports a Los Angeles cocktail waitress claims she had a 31-month affair with the world’s No. 1 golfer.

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  • Eight Lyon College players selected as Scholar Athletes

    In an announcement from the NAIA office, eight Lyon College athletes were named to the 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete team for their efforts in the classroom and on the field of play.
    The Lyon athletes honored with a Scholar Athlete selection are: soccer players Daniel Young, Gabriel LeBlanc and Gueorgui Tchamkoriyski (men) and Sara Merker and Erica Cox (women); and cross country runners Monica Fuller and Anelisa Wood (women) and Michael McQueen (men).

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  • Cougars avoid Becknell breakdown

    A field goal by Will Cobb and a pair of free throws by Taylor Evans in the final 33 seconds led the No. 19 Columbia College Cougars to a 69-65 win over the Lyon College Scots on Tuesday at Becknell Gymnasium.
    Lyon (2-6) has lost four straight and six of its last seven games. Columbia, the defending NAIA national runner-up, improves to 4-7 and snaps a 3-game losing streak.

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  • Cave City sweeps Marshall in district contests

    CAVE CITY — Cave City swept its visitors decisively here Tuesday night in a trio of 3A 1-East District basketball games.
    The Junior Cavemen started the action with a 33-22 win over the Marshall Junior Bobcats. The Cavewomen followed with a 61-21 shellacking of the Lady Bobcats, and the Cavemen wrapped up the sweep with a 57-39 victory over the Bobcats.
    Seth Foreman scored 22 points and dealt out five assists to help the Cavemen even their overall mark at 4-4. They are 2-0 in the district. Teammate Zac Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds.

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  • Grandchild of locals signs with UA

    Ashley Martindale, a star softball player at Benton, recently signed a letter of intent to play softball for the University of Arkansas.
    Martindale, a senior, is the granddaughter of Norma and Lynn Melton of Batesville.
    During her junior season, she helped the Lady Panthers to a runner-up finish to Lake Hamilton in the Class 6A State Tournament. She was named to all-state and all-district teams while leading the team in batting (.452) and stolen bases. Martindale was also named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas team.

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  • Local Bassmasters to meet

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank to start planning for the 2010 tournament season, secretary Colin Patterson said.
    Jim Starzy has agreed to accept the office of president and Patterson will stay on as secretary. Other positions, including that of tournament director, remain open.
    “We’ll have to have a tournament director,” Patterson said, adding that during the meeting “we’ll start setting up a tournament schedule.”

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Columbia Cougars (3-7) at Lyon Scots (2-5), Becknell Gymnasium, 7
    The Scots lost at home for the first time this season when the Central Baptist Mustangs collected a 99-76 decision Nov. 24. They’ll try to get back on the winning track tonight against a struggling Cougar squad. Columbia (Mo.) advanced to the national championship game last season and is ranked No. 19, but that ranking came before the 3-7 start. The first regular-season poll is due Saturday.
    Chad Thompson (jersey number 23) leads Columbia with an average of 14 points per game.

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  • Batesville, Blytheville split district openers

    Batesville and Blytheville split 5A-East District junior high basketball openers Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
    The Junior Lady Pioneers won 31-11. They led 8-0, 15-6 and 26-8 at the quarter breaks.
    “We held them scoreless in the first quarter,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We started eighth-grader Hambrick, who played really well. Our defense got us off to a good start and we were able to keep control from there.”
    Tess Hurley and Hambrick scored six points each.

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  • Lady Hurricane holds off BHS girls

    SEARCY — The Jonesboro Lady Hurricane held off two Batesville Lady Pioneer charges to take a 50-41, high school basketball victory in the Searcy Bank Classic here Monday.
    Jonesboro led 17-11, 29-18 and 37-25 at the quarter breaks.
    “Early on, we just gave them too many second scoring opportunities because we’re not aggressive enough on the boards,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “We also had too many unforced turnovers.”
    The Lady Pioneers committed 16 turnovers for the game.

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  • Mustangs oust ’Dogs at last second

    BRADFORD — The Midland Mustangs edged the Quitman Bulldogs 69-68 in overtime here Monday night in the first round of the White County Invitational Tournament.
    It was 59-59 at the end of regulation and Midland led 67-65 with 20 seconds to play in the overtime period. Jarod Perry blocked a Quitman player’s shot, and after a scramble for a loose ball, Quitman’s Mike Bettis hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game to give the Bulldogs a 1-point edge with four seconds to play.

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  • Pipers recover after first loss

    SPRINGDALE — After suffering their first loss of the season Saturday, the Lyon Pipers added one to the win column here Monday night with a 64-48 win against the Ecclesia Lady Royals in nonconference basketball action.
    Despite the 16-point win, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said she wasn’t as happy as she’d hoped.

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  • Tiger announces he won’t play in own tourney due to injuries

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Tiger Woods Foundation board met as it does every year at Sherwood Country Club. Merchandise was on sale just outside the clubhouse, with large photos of Woods hanging from brick walls.
    Everything was in place at his year-end tournament — except for him.
    Facing public scrutiny over a car crash that sent him to the hospital and raised questions, speculation and innuendo about how it happened, Woods withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge on Monday, citing injuries. His news conference for this afternoon was canceled.

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