• Lady Southerners earn first win

    SOUTHSIDE —The Southside Lady Southerners won and lost here Thursday as they hosted the Beebe Lady Badgers and Salem Lady Greyhounds for nonconference softball games.
    Beebe won 10-7 in the opener.
    Southside’s Chelsea Harmon recorded two hits, including a triple and RBI. Teammate Tandra McPherson was credited with two hits. Haley Mourer took loss.
    Southside improved to 1-2 win an 8-7 win over Salem in the nightcap.
    Krysta Beeler earned two hits and was the winning pitcher. In the circle, she struck out four, walked two, hit two and allowed five hits.

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  • Pioneers rally by baseball Bombers again

    The Batesville Pioneers shot down the Mountain Home Bombers with another last at-bat in a high school baseball opener Thursday at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
    In four meetings over the last three seasons, the Pioneers are 4-0 against the Bombers and three of those were won on the Pioneers’ last time at the plate.

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  • Singh not looking 47 at Honda Classic

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — At 47, Vijay Singh isn’t ready to say his days as a dominant player are over.
    Not even close.
    Anyone in the gym at PGA National at 5 a.m. Thursday morning can attest to that.
    There was Singh, three hours before his round, working out for about 60 minutes, no longer held back by knee and back pain that wrecked his 2009 season. He feels fit and strong again, both in the gym and on the course, where his Honda Classic opened with a 3-under-par 67 on a difficult, windy day.

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  • Questions abound as free agency for NFL kicks off

    NEW YORK — Into the great unknown.
    The NFL has begun the final season of its contract with the players union by eliminating the salary cap. Free agency started today with no ceiling on spending for teams, and no floor, either.
    Predictions on how free agency without a salary cap will turn out are pointless. Will teams go on wild spending sprees? Will some operate on the cheap because there is no payroll minimum? Will players who became unrestricted this year find lots of bidders or few?

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  • Trojans eliminate Pipers from conference tourney

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers’ basketball team was eliminated from the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament here Wednesday night when the No. 19 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans collected a 65-55 victory in the first round.
    Lyon led 41-40 with 9:42 to go when the Trojans went on a 15-6, game-deciding run. The Pipers were scoreless for more than three minutes during that span with three turnovers, two blocked shots, a missed shot and a pair of missed free throws.

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  • Bears shoot by ’Hawks in last quarter of Class 1A State Tournament contest

    LYNN — The Mammoth Spring Bears nearly doubled the Mount Vernon-Enola Warhawks in points scored in the fourth quarter while rallying for a first-round Class 1A State Tournament high school basketball victory here Wednesday night.
    Down 33-31 after three quarters of play, the second-seeded Bears scored 20 points to the ’Hawks 11 in the final stanza, including a 12-0 run, and won going away, 51-44. Mount Vernon-Enola was also a second seed.
    The team from Faulkner County, the 1A state runners-up last spring, finished with a record of 29-9.

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  • Golf tourney benefitting youth set for April 2 at Tannenbaum

    HEBER SPRINGS — The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches will benefit from the golf tournament set for April 2 at Tannenbaum Golf Club in Drasco, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

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  • TranSouth recognizes 4 Lyon hoops players

    The TranSouth Athletic Conference announced its 2010 womens basketball awards on Wednesday and Lyon College’s K.K. Hodges and Suzanne Fincham were among the honorees selected by the league’s nine coaches.
    Hodges, a 6-foot junior forward from Wynne, was selected first-team All-TranSouth Conference and Fincham, a 6-foot freshman post from Royal, earned an All-TranSouth Conference All-Freshman team honor.

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  • New batting gloves promise to protect hands — for a price

    NEW YORK (AP) — Omir Santos tried on his new batting gloves, said to slow the impact of a harmful fastball down to the mere annoyance of a junkball, and voiced excitement.
    “I think it’s going to help,” the New York Mets catcher said. “It sounds like it’s going to work.”
    The latest high-tech protective product in a sport that’s slow to accept innovation, the batting gloves are manufactured by the startup company XProTeX, which hired former All-Star Reggie Smith to go around spring training trying to persuade big leaguers to switch.

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  • Scots split with Lions, get ready for road trip

    Zac Wallace and Corey Ford drove in two runs apiece to spark the Lyon College Scots to a 10-1 victory over the Clarke College Lions in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader split at Scots Field Wednesday afternoon.
    Lyon (8-5) lost the second game 12-0 in five innings, but has won six of its last eight games. Clarke (7-3) has won five of its last seven.
    Wallace finished the opener with a 2-run double and Ford picked up a 2-run single and scored twice. Third baseman Aaron Thornton slapped two hits and drove in a run with a fourth-inning double.

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  • Martin shines in Piper victories

    Tenequa Martin earned five hits and drove in six runs during the Lyon College Pipers’ doubleheader sweep of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Lady Golden Lions on Wednesday at House Field.
    “‘T’ played a heck of a game, both games. She had several RBI,” Lyon Coach Jason Miner said.
    The Pipers (8-6) won game one 7-5 and took game two 6-3. UAPB hasn’t won a game in eight tries this season and is 1-3 against the Pipers in their last four meetings.

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  • Nicklaus predicts Woods will return for Masters

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Jack Nicklaus is going to appear at next month’s Masters. He thinks Tiger Woods will, too.
    Nicklaus said Wednesday that “it would surprise me” if Woods did not return to competitive golf in time for the Masters, a tournament the embattled world No. 1 has won four times in his career.
    “I suspect he’ll play something before Augusta,” Nicklaus said behind the 18th green at PGA National, where the Honda Classic opens on Thursday. “Your guess is as good as mine. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t play something before Augusta.”

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