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.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl hoped his players would start strong against Arkansas after upsetting Kentucky.
Instead, it took a technical foul on Pearl to fire up the 16th-ranked Volunteers and their fans in an 80-73 win over Arkansas on Wednesday night.
“I was pleased to win the game, but I was hoping to build on how we played Saturday — and we did not,” Pearl said. “We didn’t play basketball like you need to play basketball in March.”
ALMA — Trailing 41-37 early in the fourth quarter, the Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals struck back, regained the lead and won going away here Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals defeated the Batesville Lady Pioneers 55-48 in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament for high school basketball. The Lady Cardinals, champions of the Southwest District, improved to 16-11 and advanced to the quarterfinals. They are scheduled to play the Monticello-Greenwood winner at 4 Friday afternoon.
The Lady Pioneers, fourth seeds out of the East, finished with a record of 15-12.
LYNN — The first big surprise of the state high school basketball tournaments didn’t take long to happen and it was provided by a host.
The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles stunned the previously-unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Bradley Bears here Tuesday afternoon in the first boys’ game of the day. The final score was 61-47.
Maybe James Jackson should wear his shorts backward all the time.
Despite the wardrobe malfunction, the Lyon College senior sparked an impressive performance for the Scots in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Jackson, playing in his final home game, collected 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals as the Scots rolled to a 120-82 win over the Blue Mountain Toppers.
The same teams met Saturday at the same venue and the Scots snuck out a 99-93 win.
What was the difference Tuesday?
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Southside Lady Southerners and Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets finished in a 1-1 tie in a soccer match here Tuesday.
Alex Burroughs scored for Southside on a penalty kick in the second half.
“We had 12 shots on goal and Alex had about half of those,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “Adrianna Jeffery (goal tender) had 16 saves.
“This is the same team that beat us 4-0 about a week ago,” Weaver added. “We’re getting in better shape and improving.”
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their softball season with an 11-9 loss to the Heber Springs Lady Panthers here Tuesday afternoon.
Southside led 4-0 midway through the third inning, but the home team responded with a 3-run third and a 4-run fourth to go ahead 7-4. Southside regained the lead with a 5-run sixth. Heber Springs answered with another 4-run inning in the sixth to set the final score.
Southside was credited with five hits and committed five errors. Heber Springs collected eight hits and erred three times.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fifth-year seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku made their final home game at Syracuse one to remember, combining for 35 points and the Orange beat St. John’s 85-66 on Tuesday night in their first game in two decades as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Syracuse (28-2, 15-2 Big East) moved into the top spot on Monday. It was the first time the Orange were there since a six-week stint in 1989-90.
McCRORY — The Southside Southerners held of the defending Class 2A state champions here Tuesday afternoon.
Southside won the nonconference baseball game 6-4.
The Southerners sent three home in the first inning then added solo runs in the second, fifth and seventh.
The Jaguars scored two runs each in the third and fourth.
Dalton Littleton led Southside’s offense with a 2-for-3 performance, including a double. Teammates Jake Henderson and Chris Vaughn also doubled.
Blue Mountain Toppers (1-31) at Lyon Scots (6-22), Becknell Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
The Scots and Toppers split their regular season meetings with the home team winning each. The most recent was Saturday when Lyon snuck out a 99-93 victory to snap an 11-game losing streak.
Tonight’s game is a wild-card contest for the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament. The winner will face top-seeded Union (23-7) on Thursday in Jackson, Tenn.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss the first tournament of the year, secretary Colin Patterson said.
The tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.
BETHESDA — The Lock 2 Bass Club is attempting a revival.
“This is an effort to get the Lock 2 Bass Club going again,” Eugene Dowell, former reporter for the club, said of a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bethesda fire station.
Kenny Lawrence is behind the new effort, and his number is (870) 612-5323.
The membership fee is $10, the entry fee per tournament is $10 and the big bass fee per tournament is $10.
“I told him (Lawrence) I would be the reporter again, if he can get it going again,” Dowell said.