• Hodges, Fincham reach pinnacle at Blue Mountain

    BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. — K.K. Hodges scored a season-high 33 points and Suzanne Fincham added a career-high 20 points to push the Lyon College Pipers to a 69-59 overtime victory over the Blue Mountain Toppers on Monday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference matchup.
    Lyon (14-7, 4-4) outscored Blue Mountain (8-14, 1-7) 15-5 in overtime, thanks in part to seven points from Hodges in the extra frame. The overtime game was the Pipers’ third this season. Lyon is 2-1 in those three games. Blue Mountain has lost four straight and eight of its last 10 games.

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  • Benefit chili dinner slated Friday for Southside softball, volleyball

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside Schools and Modern Woodmen of America are sponsoring a chili supper for the benefit of the school’s softball and volleyball programs, according to a news release from the school.
    The dinner is set for Friday, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., in the Middle School Cafeteria. The meal costs $6 and consists of chili, crackers, cheese and a dessert. The meal can be carried out and deliveries will be available.
    Proceeds will be matched by Modern Woodmen up to $500.

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  • Weather freezes sports calendar

    Wintry weather and bad roads were the only winners in the Guard-circulation area over the weekend and that’s the case again today with only one exception.
    The Lyon basketball teams were scheduled to depart Batesville around noon today en route to Blue Mountain, Miss. The TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader is set to begin with the women at 6 p.m. The men will follow at 8. The meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
    Other basketball changes are:
    Wynne juniors at Batesville — postponed, reschedule date undetermined;

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  • Razorbacks muscle past Rebs in Mississippi

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — After winning two games in the Southeastern Conference last season, Arkansas is suddenly 3-3 and has notched back-to-back wins over Western Division-leading teams.
    All is right in the Razorbacks world? Not so fast, coach John Pelphrey said, after his team muscled past No. 18 Mississippi 80-73 on Sunday.
    “This is six games, not 16,” Pelphrey said as he stepped in front of a feel-good question aimed at one of his players. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

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  • Cincy star leads North to victory

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mardy Gilyard once worked four jobs to stay in school after losing his scholarship.
    The former Cincinnati star turned in an awfully strong audition for a much more lucrative career in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, racking up 103 yards receiving and catching a 32-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the North race to a 31-13 victory over the South.
    “All my hard work just kind of came into one game,” an exuberant Gilyard said. “I’m truly blessed. I worked my butt off and I played my butt off. I’ve been through so much in my career.”

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  • AFC edges NFC in ‘game’ of pass, catch, run

    MIAMI (AP) — Peyton Manning and Drew Brees watched from the sideline, awaiting a bigger stage in another week. The Pro Bowl had plenty of offense without them.
    In its new role as a warmup to the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl nearly overheated the scoreboard, with the AFC outscoring the NFC 41-34 Sunday night.
    Now comes the main attraction. Pro Bowl players from the two Super Bowl teams attended the all-star game as spectators, and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints were to arrive Monday in South Florida.

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  • Federer, Williams win Australian Open titles

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer felt awkward for a moment, celebrating his 16th Grand Slam title while Andy Murray cried for Britain.
    Federer timed his run to perfection at the season’s first major, beating fifth-seeded Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) in the Sunday night final to collect his fourth Australian Open title.
    A year ago, Federer was sobbing after a 5-set loss to Rafael Nadal at Melbourne Park. He’d missed a chance to equal Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams, compounding an emotional few weeks.

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  • Mustangs nip T-wolves in two OTs; schedule wiped out by wintry weather

    NEWARK — The Midland Mustangs edged the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 66-64 in double overtime here Thursday in a 2A-2 District high school basketball contest.
    The regulation score was 49-all. Midland’s Jarod Perry hit a last-second 3-pointer to send game into overtime. After one overtime, it was 56-all.
    “Derek Tharp fouled out in the fourth quarter and Ben Lytle fouled out in the first overtime,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “Thomas Puentez came up big for us on defense, especially in the second half and overtime periods. He also scored 10 points.

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  • Lions run away from Scots 85-59

    The Freed-Hardeman Lions ran away from the Lyon Scots 85-59 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference contest Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The Scots hung with the Lions for the first eight minutes, trailing 17-15 with 12 minutes to go in the first half. Then they went cold. Freed-Hardeman used a 12-0 run to set the tone for what was to come. The Lions led 42-31 at halftime.
    During the Lions’ 12-0 surge, the Scots turned the ball over four times and missed four shots.

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  • Piper rally short-circuited by late turnovers

    Five turnovers in five straight possessions turned the Lyon Pipers’ 3-point deficit into an out-of-reach loss to the No. 15 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    Freed-Hardeman won the TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game 73-66.
    Lyon (13-7, 3-4) trailed 61-58 with 4:36 to play. On their next five possessions, this is what happened:
    •Lyon’s Ashley Waller had the ball stolen by Jana Cross, who missed a shot on the ensuing possession;

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  • Federer dominates Frenchman on way to 22nd Grand Slam final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer is through to his 22nd Grand Slam final after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in a near-flawless display today at the Australian Open.
    Federer, seeking his fourth Australian title, hopes to reverse his tear-filled exit from last year’s final when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal, the left-handed Spaniard’s first hard-court title.

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  • Fortson drives Hogs by Mississippi State Bulldogs

    FAYETTEVILLE — At times, this looked like a pickup game. There weren’t many people in the crowd, and there wasn’t much flow on offense.
    Arkansas’ best play was for Courtney Fortson to put his head down and drive through the whole Mississippi State defense — and on this night, there wasn’t a thing the Bulldogs could do to stop it.
    Fortson scored a career-high 35 points, carrying Arkansas through the second half as the Razorbacks rallied for a 67-62 win Thursday night. Fortson scored 33 points in the second half alone, as many as the entire Mississippi State team.

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