• ASU hires offensive coordinator

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has named Clay Helton as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
    Helton replaces Doug Ruse, who was fired after the Red Wolves finished with a disappointing 4-8 record this season.
    Helton has spent the past three years as the University of Memphis’ assistant head coach and offensive quarterbacks coach. He joined the Memphis staff in 2000 as the running backs coach.
    Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts says Helton is “innovative, fast paced and designs ways to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers.”

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  • Mena Bearcats hand Pioneers sixth straight basketball loss

    HARRISON — The Mena Bearcats handed the Batesville Pioneers their sixth straight high school basketball loss here Monday in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic.
    Randy Peters and Logan McCourtney scored 18 points apiece to lead the Bearcats to a 64-54 victory. Daniel Wood added 15 points.
    Hunter Gallant scored 21 points for the 1-7 Pioneers. Conor Lawrence added 17.
    Mena led 30-23 at halftime.
    No other details were available at press time.

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  • Pirates win, lose at home in Greers Ferry tourney

    CONCORD — The results were mixed for the hosts of the Greers Fery Lake Classic here Monday night.
    In first-round action, the Concord Pirates defeated the Shirley Blue Devils 76-49 and the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Pirates, but a score and details were not available by press time.
    Other scores were: boys — Rose Bud 60, Quitman 42; Mount Vernon-Enola 67, Greers Fery 48; Nemo Vista 48, Pangburn 44; girls — Rose Bud 48, Shirley 19; Nemo Vista 52, MV-Enola 28; and Pangburn 61, Quitman 58.

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  • Cavewomen earn fourth straight NEA final berth

    JONESBORO — The defending Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament champions will get a chance to repeat.
    The Cave City Cavewomen defeated the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs 58-40 in a semifinal contest here Monday afternoon. It is the fourth straight trip to the championship game for the Cavewomen. The sting of losses to East Poinsett County in 2006 and 2007 was remedied with a win over Rivercrest in last year’s title game. 

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  • Meyer’s health issues brings stress into focus

    Early in Houston Nutt’s 28-year coaching career, he stayed at the office until the wee hours, rarely pulling himself away from a busy schedule.
    These days the Mississippi coach makes a point of taking a break and requires his assistants to get a physical before every season.
    “I try to leave the building for 45 minutes during the day,” the 52-year-old Nutt said in a telephone interview. “I either go home and see my wife or get some fresh air and grab a sandwich. I don’t stay up there ’til 1 o’clock (in the morning) anymore like in my younger days.

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  • College World Series appearance highlights year in Arkansas sports

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Amazing sports moments are often hard to see coming, and that was certainly true in Arkansas this year.
    After struggling mightily down the stretch in the regular season, the Arkansas baseball team captivated the state by advancing all the way to the College World Series, then beating Virginia in a stirring elimination game. The Razorbacks tied that game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it in the 12th to keep their improbable run alive for a little longer.

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  • Alan Wright recognized by state newspaper

    Cave City senior Alan Wright was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas football team in Sunday’s edition.
    The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman was credited with 87 pancake blocks, 38 knockdown blocks and didn’t allow a sack.
    He recently committed to Arkansas State and has been invited to play in the Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star Classic game in Fayetteville next summer.

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  • Martin named Sportsman of Year

    Mark Martin was announced the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sportsman of the Year in Saturday’s edition of the state newspaper.
    Members of the Democrat-Gazette sports staff were asked to list up to three names on their ballots for the award. Martin appeared on 14 of the 15 ballots received, three more than Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, another Batesville-born standout.

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  • Cavewomen advance to NEA semifinals

    JONESBORO — Only one Guard-circulation team is alive in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament after play resumed Saturday.
    The Cave City Cavewomen advanced to the semifinals after knocking out the Riverside Lady Rebels 53-36.
    The odd quarters provided the lift for the Cavewomen. They outscored Riverside 12-3 in the first quarter and 16-4 in the third. The Cavewomen led 27-12 at halftime. The 43-16 advantage at the end of three was Cave City’s largest lead.
    Cheyenne Childers led Cave City with 18 points. Megan Goza was Riverside’s pacesetter with 20 points and nine rebounds.

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  • Cowboys earn ticket to playoffs with win

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Wade Phillips’ pregame speech lasted all of one sentence.
    “Wade said one thing and he said it real quick: ‘This game’s about the world championship,”’ Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said. “And that’s all he said and walked out.”

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  • Cavewomen shine in NEA Tournament debut

    JONESBORO — The top-seeded Cave City Cavewomen made their debut Wednesday night in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament.
    The Cavewomen eliminated the 16th-seeded Maynard Lady Tigers 59-27 and used two basketball courts to do it. In the early rounds, the girls games are played on an auxiliary court upstairs at the Convocation Center. During halftime, rain began leaking onto the court. With a quick remedy not available, the teams were forced to wait for the boys game on the main court to conclude.

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  • Razorbacks win in OT, deal Bears’ first defeat

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Missouri State answered Rotnei Clarke’s first attempt at a game-winning shot for Arkansas, but the Bears had no response Tuesday night for another last-chance basket by Clarke.
    Clarke drained a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in overtime and then nailed two free throws to seal Arkansas’ 66-62 victory.
    Clarke had put the Razorbacks up 59-57 on a 12-footer with 4.7 seconds left in regulation, but Missouri State forced overtime on Caleb Patterson’s layup at the buzzer.

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