MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, and then rehabilitation to get his left knee back into driving shape as soon as possible.
What better way to prepare than to begin rehabilitating his sagging season first?
The NASCAR star may have done just that in his home state Monday, rallying from ninth place after giving up the lead on a late trip to pit road and almost recklessly bull-rushing his way through the field in a pair of stirring 2-lap sprints at Martinsville Speedway.
CONWAY — The Lyon Pipers returned to the diamond for the first time in almost two weeks here Monday and it wasn’t a happy return.
The unbeaten Central Baptist Lady Mustangs (30-0) collected a nonconference doubleheader sweep. CBC won 7-2 and 8-2. Central Baptist has won its last eight games by a combined score of 80-6.
Lyon (11-13) was in action for the first time since March 17 when it split a conference-opening doubleheader with Cumberland.
The Batesville USBC Women’s Bowling Association recently held its 50th Annual City Tournament and Donna Brinkley, Joan Pitts, Gerrie Webb and Cheryl Lewis were members of the winning team.
That foursome combined for a 2,570 series, 30 pins better than the team of Bonnie Johnson-Shara Reinheardt-Debbie Cannon-Tammy Burrow.
Third place went to Janet Howard-Brinkley-Mary Ressor-Beverly Sellers with a 2,535, one pin better than Yvonne Satterwhite-Sue Billings-Cheryl VanWinkle-Sellers.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Four Razorbacks hit home runs on Sunday as Arkansas beat Alabama 10-5 to complete a 3-game sweep at Baum Stadium.
Collin Kuhn, Zack Cox, Andy Wilkins and Brett Eibner each homered for Arkansas (18-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).
Alabama (16-6, 2-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, which included a Ross Wilson 3-run homer.
TJ Forrest (4-0) came out of the bullpen to earn the win. Adam Scott (0-1) took the loss.
Peyton Taylor won the Mid-America Modified Championship feature Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
For the second weekend in a row, Mother Nature took Saturday’s feature. Severe thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Saturday’s racing action.
On Friday, Taylor won in dominating fashion. Tyson Franks, last year’s points champion at BMS, was second.
Ronnie Jeffrey, Shawn Kilgore and Randy Weaver completed the top five.
Taylor led the majority of the 40-lap main event and earned a $2,000 payday when he took the checkers.
COVINGTON, Tenn. — The Batesville Pioneers won two of three high school baseball games in the Best of West Classic here over the weekend and their coach said it was mostly about better defense.
“I’m hoping we’ve turned the corner, defensively,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We played three games over the weekend against three quality opponents and committed just two errors.”
They committed one error Friday night in a 9-6 loss to Houston, Tenn.
The Lyon College Scots won two of three in a TranSouth Athletic Conference-opening weekend with Martin Methodist at Scots Field.
The teams split Friday’s doubleheader with the Scots taking the opener 3-0. The RedHawks responded with an 11-5 decision in the nightcap. Saturday’s 9-inning game was a wild affair with the Scots coming back from huge deficits to win 20-19.
It was a good start for favorites and Guard-circulation area teams in the small-school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday.
Of the four area teams who played, three won. Cave City blistered Bradford 21-0 in four innings, Midland blanked Mountain View 10-0 in six innings, and Southside thrashed Riverview 8-1. The loser was Cedar Ridge, who got edged by West Side Greers Ferry 6-4.
The defending champions didn’t return, but one of the winningest teams in the small-school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic did and it is a contender again in the annual event at the Batesville North Complex.
“Coach Bise told me we’ve won it twice and been runners-up a bunch of times,” Heber Springs Coach Darren Gowen said, referring to Jeff Bise, the Panthers’ longtime head coach who now assists Gowen.
How many times the runners-up?
FAYETTEVILLE — Even in a season as long as college baseball’s February-June marathon, a particular game or two can haunt for awhile.
Arkansas suffered one of those clammy nightmares last Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., versus reigning national and SEC champion LSU.
Following Friday night’s 6-3 triumph, the Razorbacks Saturday lost a 5-1 lead with LSU’s 7-run seventh and and lost the game 8-7.
Obviously affected, the Razorbacks never were in Sunday’s game they lost 5-1.
Only hours after FIU running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death on the school’s Miami campus, the university president said in a video message that officials “will not rest” until his attacker is found.
“Our hearts are heavy,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said this morning.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Butler became the latest mid-major team to knock off a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
Willie Veasley scored five of his 13 points during an 11-0 run down the stretch, and the Bulldogs rallied to upset No. 1 seed Syracuse 63-59 on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals for their 23rd straight victory.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) fought through Syracuse’s vaunted zone defense and kept the Orange (30-5) from getting their fast break going most of the night.