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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
No. 15 Freed-Hardeman (15-4 overall; 3-3 TranSouth) at Lyon Pipers (13-6; 3-3), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Lions were ranked sixth last week, but three straight conference losses resulted in the 9-spot drop. Since the skid, Freed-Hardeman defeated Mid-Continent 109-48 and followed it with a 94-66 decision over Blue Mountain on Monday.
Jana Cross (jersey number 41) leads a quartet of Lady Lions who score in double figures. She averages 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City-at-Mountain View junior and senior high basketball games set for tonight have been rescheduled for Feb. 9, Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler said.
The games were moved due to the forecast of inclement weather tonight.
Fowler also said if the predicted ice and snow arrive and Cave City is out of school Friday, the home games with Bergman will be rescheduled for Feb. 4.
Mary Reesor defeated Tonya Coldwell 193-190 Saturday to win the Ms. Hollywood Bowl at the lanes of the same name.
Reesor topped a field of 30 in the annual Batesville USBC Women’s Bowling Association event.
The top five qualifiers were Reesor (664), Sue Billings (658), Coldwell (645), Tabby Billings (636) and Beverly Sellers (627).
The other scores in the stair-step final were: Tabby Billings 182, Sellers 155; Coldwell 167, Tabby Billings 143; and Coldwell 172, Sue Billings 165.