MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Auburn will investigate claims by four former football players, who told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” they received thousands of dollars while being recruited by or playing for the Tigers.
Stanley McClover, Troy Reddick, Chaz Ramsey and Raven Gray told HBO for an episode that aired Wednesday night that they received cash payments — in book bags, envelopes and even handshakes. Ramsey played at Auburn most recently, in the 2007 season.
Coach Gene Chizik dismissed the report as “pure garbage.”
Josh Matthews and Jason Matthews won the first Batesville Bassmasters tournament of the year with a 10.24-pound stringer of fish, including a 3.24-pound largemouth, which was the biggest bass of the day, vice president Micah Beard reported.
Dennis Scoggin and Brian Johnson teamed to win second place with 5.29 pounds and Charles Kibbe and Norman Terrell placed third with 4.64 pounds.
Twenty boats were in the tournament.
“The bite was tough, as only 24 bass came to the scales. No 5-fish limits were weighed,” Beard said.
Athan Dockery, a Batesville High School sophomore, earned top honors in a football camp over spring break.
Dockery won the Most Valuable Player Award for wide receivers at the National Underclassmen Combine in Searcy. Along with the award came an invitation to participate in the “Ultimate 100” camp on the University of Georgia campus this summer.
The camp in Searcy was one of many held across the country by the National Underclassmen Combine organization.
Kristen Doty recently joined a growing list of Izard County High School students to sign a letter of intent to play golf in college.
Doty signed to play with the Central Baptist Lady Mustangs in Conway. Former teammates Kiley Mettler (Seminole State in Florida) and Rachel Harmon (Henderson State in Arkadelphia) signed over the past two years.
Lyon College basketball senior K.K. Hodges closed her distinguished career being named a 2011 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Honorable Mention, according to a news release from the college.
This is the third such honor. The Wynne native received a second-team honor in 2010 and a honorable mention in 2009. She was also named to the All-TranSouth Athletic Conference first team earlier this month, an honor Hodges has picked up on three occasions (2009-11). In her freshman season, she was selected to the conference’s second team.
Prospects for Batesville American Legion baseball can register Sunday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce building, announced Legion board member Mike Dailey.
The sign-up is scheduled from 1-3. Prospects must be entering their sophomore year in high school or 16 years old.
For now, little looks sure about the Guard’s “Sports calendar.”
Rain washed out every scheduled sporting event for Tuesday except Batesville High School soccer, and today’s schedule looks iffy at best.
The Nettleton-at-Batesville baseball and softball doubleheaders have been tentatively rescheduled for today, but both BHS coaches said this morning that the wet conditions and overcast sky would make it difficult to get the fields ready.
On a cold, wet and miserable day, the Batesville High School soccer teams collected, for them, heart-warming victories.
In 5A-East Conference openers Monday at Pioneer Stadium, the Batesville Lady Pioneers edged the Nettleton Lady Raiders 1-0 and the Pioneers battled by the Raiders 5-4 in the second session of an overtime shootout.
After a scoreless first half, Lady Pioneer senior Erin Richards followed up her stopped penalty kick and kicked it into the net with 15 minutes, 2 seconds to play.
The Salem Greyhounds added two more runs Monday to what they scored Saturday, and they made all the difference.
The two runs put the Greyhounds up 9-3, and they won this first-round First Community Bank Pioneer Classic contest with the McCrory Jaguars 9-8 at the Batesville North Complex.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Academics Plus each collected a victory in 4A-3 Conference soccer openers here Monday on Stewart Field.
The Lady Southerners won 2-0 as Alex Burroughs scored two unassisted goals and goalie Adrianna Jeffery chalked up 23 saves.
The Lady Southerners totaled 16 shots on goal as they improved to 4-3-1 overall.
The Falcons won 2-1 in overtime. The score was 1-1 at the end or regulation.
Chaz Zumwalt scored Southside’s goal. Southerner goalie Cody McGaha recorded 11 saves. The Southerners were credited with 22 shots.
CALICO ROCK — The Izard County Lady Cougars used a late surge to turn a 2-2 tie into an 11-2 victory in a nonconference softball game here Monday.
Izard County scored a run in the top of the first inning. Calico Rock jumped ahead with a 2-run fourth and then the visitors knotted it with a run in the fifth.
The Lady Cougars (6-2) unloaded for four runs in the sixth and finished it off with five in the seventh.
TOKYO — If Japan has a field of dreams, it’s a well-groomed patch of grass and dirt called Koshien.
Twice a year, high school baseball teams compete at the field outside Kobe in nationally televised tournaments that rivet the country. Last week, at the start of the spring tournament, a teen stood on a podium in front of home plate and made a speech watched by millions, with a dignity and conviction some Japanese find lacking in their leaders as the nation confronts its earthquake and tsunami calamity.