MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz delivered here Thursday night.
The Lady ’Katz completed a sweep of 2A-2 District opponents with a 63-45 shellacking of the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats. The Lady ’Katz finished 12-0 in the district. Their overall mark improved to 23-6.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kobe Bryant missed the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game before the All-Star break with a sore left ankle.
Bryant was on the active roster Wednesday night at Utah, but did not dress and was not with the Lakers on the bench. It was the third straight game the Lakers were without Bryant, who said this week he wasn’t sure if he would be healthy enough to play in the All-Star game on Sunday.
Bryant originally sprained his ankle on Jan. 29 in Philadelphia and aggravated it last week.
The White River Roadrunners will continue plans for the WRR Race Series at their monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Citizen Bank Annex, according to a news release from Joe Pool.
Members of the local running club will also review minutes from January and a financial statement, and review the Arkansas Grand Prix schedule and the races club members have participated in and their plans to participate in future races.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 7. As always, club members and guests are invited to arrive at the annex at 6 for a run.
SOUTHSIDE — Junior high district tournaments for area basketball teams finally got started Wednesday night, and the host teams got off to a good start in the 4A-2 District event.
In the tourney opener, the Junior Lady Southerners edged the Lonoke Junior Lady Jackrabbits 24-19. Jordan Shane led the winners with six points. The Junior Lady Southerners improved to 16-4.
ARKADELPHIA — The Lyon Pipers softball team began the season with a doubleheader split here Wednesday.
Helen Zyjewski came up big on offense and Faith Richmond pitched a gem in the circle to lead the Pipers to a 2-0 victory over the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers in the first game.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Jim Boeheim wiped his brow, tired but happy that his Syracuse Orange won another close game against Connecticut.
The struggling Huskies rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit to tie the game at 65 with 2:33 left Wednesday night, only to watch Wes Johnson and Kris Joseph sink six straight free throws in the final 34 seconds to send No. 2 Syracuse to a 72-67 victory.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson’s quest for a fifth straight NASCAR championship will begin in a backup car.
Johnson was involved in the latest wreck at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, doing enough damage that crew chief Chad Knaus decided to scrap the primary car for Sunday’s season-opening race.
“I was just riding along and thought everything was fine, and the next thing you know, I was in the middle of it,” Johnson said.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas brought a 4-game winning streak into its Wednesday night game against LSU, but the suddenly hot Razorbacks didn’t cruise to any of those victories.
The Hogs had to rally back from deficits in each win during the streak, including double-digit deficits in the first three. Arkansas started considerably better Wednesday night, however, and led from start to finish during an 87-52 victory in Bud Walton Arena.
School officials had to shuffle the Forrest City-at-Batesville senior and junior high basketball games again.
Batesville Athletic Director Dave King announced this morning that the senior high games will now be played Thursday evening. The girls will lead off with a 5:30 tip off in Pioneer Gym. The junior games have been set for Friday in Pioneer, again with the varsity girls leading off at 5:30.
BEAUMONT, Texas — A 13-0 head start helped the Lamar Cardinals cruise by the Lyon Scots 75-46 in an exhibition contest here Tuesday night.
Lyon’s first basket took four minutes to manufacture. With 9:38 remaining in the first half, the Scots trailed 26-13. They didn’t score again for 11 minutes and 13 seconds. Lamar led 40-13 at halftime.
The rims inside Montagne Center weren’t loose for the Scots. The visitors hit only 13 percent of their shots from the field in the first half and only 26 percent for the game (17 of 65).
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Jesper Parnevik said today he will likely have to quit golf because of a broken vertebrae in his lower back.
Parnevik, a 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet that doctors said he needs to have joint fusion surgery, “which means I can’t play anymore.”
The paper reported today that Parnevik had emergency back surgery on Monday that would keep him from playing for at least a month. The 44-year-old Swedish golfer said a more advanced operation that could risk his career “seems inevitable.”