• ‘Celebration of Razorback’ set for July 21

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas is holding a “Celebration of the Razorback” on July 21 at the Walton Arts Center.
    The school’s live mascot, Tusk, will be on hand in downtown Fayetteville along with representatives from Arkansas’ teams and spirit squad members. Bobby Petrino, head football coach, UofA Athletic Director Jeff Long and Frank Broyles, former athletic director, are expected to attend.

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  • Benefit golf tourney for Bryant Express scheduled at Cypress Creek on Monday

    CABOT — A 4-man scramble golf tournament benefitting Bryant Express is set for Monday at Cypress Creek Golf Course, according to a news release from Jeff Hardcastle.
    Three former high school athletes from Guard-circulation area high schools — Batesville’s Kandace (Goforth) Hardcastle, Southside’s Angie Tackett and Sulphur Rock’s Gayla (Gillmore) Mealer — play for the nationally-known women’s slow-pitch softball team.
    The Bryant Express Golf Tournament is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The entry fees are $65 per player or $260 per team.

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  • BHS graduate wins world taekwondo title

    Matthew Davis, a 2007 Batesville High graduate, recently won and placed second in the Songahm Taekwondo World Championship — Top Ten Competitions in Little Rock.
    Competing in the Men’s Special Abilities Black Belt, 17- to 29-year-old Division, Davis won the creative weapons championship, placed second in two different traditional forms competitions, and finished third in two different traditional weapons events.
    Davis, 20, is a first degree black belt and lives in Cabot.

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  • Senator sics Justice on Bowl Championship Series

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate college football’s Bowl Championship Series for what he views as violations of antitrust laws.
    Hatch made the comment after conducting a standing-room-only hearing in the Senate subcommittee with antitrust oversight, where he serves as the top Republican.

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  • Fixing BCS may take act of Congress

    There’s only so much our nation’s politicians can do in their limited time in Washington, D.C., and only so many issues they can tackle.
    A national health care plan promises to be a big topic this summer, and there will likely be a vote on a new Supreme Court nominee. There are two wars to monitor, and bills to be passed to keep the economy afloat.
    And, of course, there’s the Bowl Championship Series to fix.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Wednesday
    American Legion baseball: Harrison at Batesville Atlas Asphalt, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.

    Thursday
    American Legion baseball: Batesville Atlas Asphalt at Jonesboro, doubleheader, 5 p.m.

    Friday
    Auto racing: USCS Sprint Cars and Modifieds at Batesville Speedway (Locust Grove), gates open at 5:30 p.m., racing starts at 8

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  • Jones ‘graduates’ from drug court

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Former Arkansas Razorback quarterback Matt Jones has completed his stint in drug court.
    Jones was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of cocaine possession, and as part of a plea agreement was ordered to participate in NFL-sponsored substance-abuse counseling and undergo random drug testing through the end of the football season.
    The Jacksonville Jaguars released Jones in March after he failed a drug and alcohol test. Jones said at the time he’d had beers while golfing with friends.

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  • Former stars of local teams help Express win Pepsi title

    The Bryant Express, with the help of some former local stars, won the Pepsi Softball Classic in Sherwood.
    Gayla (Gillmore) Mealer, Kandace (Goforth) Hardcastle and Angie Tackett play for the Express, a longtime power in women’s slow-pitch softball.
    This past weekend, the Express defeated Stage II out of St. Louis 13-4 in the championship game of one of the state’s biggest softball events. Stage II is the defending Class B USSSA national champions.
    Mealer won the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.

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  • Texas duo transfers to Lyon

    North Lake College standouts Catherine Carter and Kelsie Christian have transferred to Lyon College to play volleyball for the Pipers, according to a news release from Lyon.
    Carter, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter/setter from White Settlement, Texas, recorded 171 kills, 278 digs, 772 assists and 49 blocks as a sophomore for the college in Irving, Texas. She was also named to both the all-conference and all-region teams in 2008.

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  • Eight players added to Scots soccer roster

    The Lyon College Scots soccer team has signed eight players from four states, according to a news release from the college.
    One signee won’t have to travel far. Schuyler Van Emburg, a 6-foot-1 forward, was an all-conference player at Southside High School this year.
    Franky Lefevre, a 5-7 midfielder/defender from Hot Springs, was a 2-time all-conference player at Lakeside High School. His team made the state quarterfinals in his sophomore year and the semifinals in his junior season.
    Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are the other states represented.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Today
    Free physicals for Batesville Junior and Senior High School athletes at White River Medical Center’s Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging, junior high, 5:30, senior high, 6:45

    Tuesday
    Golf: Junior Golf Clinic at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 8:30 a.m.

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  • Haigwood records no-decision in NLR

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Midland High graduate Daniel Haigwood got a no-decision here Thursday night when the Midland RockHounds defeated the Arkansas Travelers in Dickey-Stephens Park.
    Haigwood started and Midland led 4-1 when he was relieved in the bottom of the sixth inning after walking two batters and hitting one. The three runners scored against reliever Jon Hunton, tying the score.
    The RockHounds won it with a 5-run ninth.
    Haigwood allowed five hits and four earned runs while striking out two and walking two in five innings.

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