• Back injury could end Parnevik’s career

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Jesper Parnevik said today he will likely have to quit golf because of a broken vertebrae in his lower back.
    Parnevik, a 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet that doctors said he needs to have joint fusion surgery, “which means I can’t play anymore.”
    The paper reported today that Parnevik had emergency back surgery on Monday that would keep him from playing for at least a month. The 44-year-old Swedish golfer said a more advanced operation that could risk his career “seems inevitable.”

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  • Penguin Run doubles up

    The Penguin Run, an annual road race benefiting Special Olympics, is scheduled for Feb. 27 and it has an addition.
    Along with the 5-kilometer course that’s been used in the past, an additional 5K has been added for those interested, race organizer Jessica Fagan announced. The 5K-10K event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Kennedy Park on the White River. The finish line is also at Kennedy Park.

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  • Frosh phenoms lead Kentucky again

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — After a historic night of scoring and rebounding for John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, but most of the discussion after the game was about what Kentucky’s two freshman phenoms did wrong in yet another easy victory for the third-ranked Wildcats.
    Wall totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double and Cousins got his seventh straight — best by a Kentucky player in 37 years — as the Wildcats outmuscled Alabama 66-55 on Tuesday night.

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  • NASCAR economics improve, but going still slow

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With the NASCAR season revving up at Daytona International Speedway this week, companies still have a chance to associate themselves with the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    And they can do so at the relative bargain-bin prices found in NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide series.

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  • Izard County Cougars whip Missourians

    BROCKWELL — Trenton Hatman and Preston Harmon combined for 40 points to help the Izard County Cougars past Missouri’s Dora Falcons 56-37 in nonconference action here Friday night.
    Hatman provided a game-high 26 points. Harmon added five assists to his 14 points. Teammate Ryan Walker led the rebounding chart with nine.
    Jimmy Sexton scored 13 points for the Falcons.
    This game result was inadvertently omitted from Monday’s “Area basketball” roundup.

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  • Piper K.K. Hodges wins league award

    Lyon College forward K.K. Hodges has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.
    Hodges, a 6-foot junior forward from Wynne, averaged 20.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and three steals a game for the week. She recorded 33 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the Pipers 69-59 road-win over conference foe Blue Mountain on Feb. 1.  Hodges added a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in a 57-55 overtime loss at TranSouth member Cumberland on Thursday.

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  • ‘Sports calendar’ changes again

    Weather-related road conditions shortened the area’s junior and senior high basketball schedule again. By press time, only the Izard County-at-Salem games were still on for today and those senior high contests are tentative.
    Izard County Coach Matt Orf said a decision on those games would not be made until around noon.
    Among the games called off — West Helena-at-Batesville, DeWitt-at-Southside, Walnut Ridge-at-Melbourne, Cave City-at-Mountain View, Cedar Ridge-at-White County Central and Crowley’s Ridge Academy-at-Hillcrest — three have been rescheduled.

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  • Scots baseball team begins new era 0-2

    ARKADELPHIA — The Coach Tony Roepcke era didn’t start well as the Lyon Scots suffered a season-opening, doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Henderson State Reddies here Sunday.
    Henderson State won the nonconference twinbill 12-3 and 8-6.
    The games were not on the original schedule, but were slated due to Lyon losing five games to the weather last week.
    “Obviously, getting on the field was a big plus,” Roepcke said. “Henderson has a very good club. They hit the ball really well, maybe the best hitting club they’ve had in a while. And they pitched really well, too.”

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  • Lyon softball set to begin Wednesday with 15 newcomers

    Lyon College softball Coach Jason Miner was busy during the offseason and he’s added 15 new faces to his squad.
    Only two players from last year’s team are back. They are pitchers Tenequa Martin and Faith Richmond. That duo’s experience in the circle could go a long way for the Pipers, Miner said.

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  • NFL now facing big questions

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A memorable season capped by a super title game with a record TV audience has NFL executives and fans beaming.
    The smiles might soon disappear.
    Pro football is headed into the great unknown. Barring a quick — and totally unexpected — agreement with the players’ union on a new contract, 2010 will have no salary cap. After that, perhaps a work stoppage, something NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith puts at “14” on a scale of 1 to 10.

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  • No. 1 Jayhawks stifle sinking Longhorns

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kansas gave Texas a lesson in not only what it takes to get to No. 1, but how to stay there.
    It started with a big early run and a rally-killing finish as the top-ranked Jayhawks beat No. 14 Texas 80-68 on Monday night, easily handling a team that a few weeks ago was supposed to challenge them for the Big 12 title.

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  • Fortson showing Hogs can win with his street smart basketball

    FAYETTEVILLE — Duke plays cerebrally. Arkansas just plays street ball.
    That was the national typecast of Nolan Richardson’s Razorbacks until they outplayed Duke to win the 1994 national championship.
    National writer Mitch Albom’s smug TV observation, “The smart team will win, and the smart team is Duke” didn’t seem so smart.
    Especially with Duke outsmarted.
    Luring the Blue Devils too long into a too-fast tempo, Arkansas outsmarted the Dukies in addition to outplaying them even as both teams gallantly battled tooth and nail to the buzzer.

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