• 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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  • Basketball in town tonight

    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.

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  • Cave City resets basketball games

    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.

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  • Mary Reesor wins Ms. Hollywood Bowl

    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.

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  • Morgan, Engleman join coach on East All-Star roster

    Cave City Coach Jon Bradley is joined by two of his players on the East All-Star football roster, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Bradley, who got the nod Wednesday, is an assistant coach for the June 25 showdown in Fayetteville.
    Tyler Engleman and Thamail Morgan are the Cavemen who earned the invitation to the 55th edition of the event.

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  • Scots set to begin new era with Roepcke at helm

    The Lyon College baseball program will begin a new era Tuesday afternoon when it visits Point Lookout, Mo., for a season-opening doubleheader with College of the Ozarks.
    It will be the first game as head coach for Tony Roepcke. The former Scot and assistant coach took the reins when the only coach the program has known, Kirk Kelley, resigned his position for the top spot at Oklahoma Wesleyan.

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  • All clear? States paying more attention to diagnosis, treatment of head injuries

    At least a half-dozen states are considering measures that would toughen restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries, inspired by individual cases and the attention the issue has received in the NFL.
    Washington state led the way last year, passing what is considered the nation’s strongest return-to-play statute. Athletes under 18 who show concussion symptoms can’t take the field again without a licensed health care provider’s written approval. Several other states, including California and Pennsylvania, have similar bills pending.

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