WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals knew they needed to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg, and they did.
They needed the San Diego State star because of his pitching talent, his 100 mph fastballs and knee-buckling breaking balls. They needed him to ramp up the remaking of a last-place team on pace for a second consecutive 100-loss season. And they needed him to create a good vibe around a team that’s suffered sagging attendance at a new stadium and all manner of bad publicity.
STUTTGART — John and Cecilia Vinson won the Stuttgart Country Club Couples Tournament here over the weekend.
The husband-and-wife team from Batesville trimmed Jeff and Shelly Benton of Cabot by one stroke. The Vinsons followed up Saturday’s 65 with a 67 on Sunday. The Bentons shot 67-66.
Batesville and Southside won golf matches at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Monday.
The Pioneers won, defeating the Southerners and the Clinton Yellowjackets in a triangular. The Lady Southerners won a dual match with the Lady Pioneers.
Garth Branstetter led the Pioneers with a medalist-winning 4-over-par 76. Shayne Vanbenshoten (87) and Laman Fountain (92) finished the team scoring, totaling 255.
The Southerners’ 265 was made up of Clayton House’s 85, Adam Martin’s 88 and Matt Anderson’s 92.
DRASCO — Izard County won team titles here Monday as their high school players posted five of the top six scores at Tannenbaum Golf Course.
Lady Cougar Kiley Mettler shot a 9-hole score of 6-over-par 42 for medalist honors. Teammates Rachel Harmon (44) and Kristen Doty (53) followed, accounting for their 139 team total.
The Salem Lady Greyhounds finished 36 strokes back. Abby Blevins led Salem with a 55.
LOCUST GROVE — It was a nightmare in victory lane Saturday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Jimmy “The Newport Nightmare” Owens (Newport, Tenn.) held off teammate and 3-time Comp Cams Topless 100 champion Scott Bloomquist to win his second crown jewel race of the season.
Ironically, the first was at The Dream at Eldora Speedway in Ohio two months ago. Owens got $100,000 for that win. He’ll cash a $40,000 check for the Topless 100 victory.
CONWAY — Randi Condley scored two goals as the University of Central Arkansas Bears shut out the Lyon College Pipers 3-0 here Saturday in a soccer exhibition match.
Brittney Waren added a goal and an assist for UCA.
The Pipers, under new Coach Tyson John, are scheduled to face Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia in another preseason event Wednesday before opening the regular season at home on Aug. 28 against Central Baptist College.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles edged the Cave City Cavemen in a golf match here Thursday.
Derek Wooten shot a 51 for nine holes as the Eagles won by two strokes (166-168). Younger brother Dylan Wooten added a 56. Billy Brannon and Trevor Morgan added 59s. One was scratched to make the team score.
Cave City’s Alex Cossey won medalist honors with a 45. He was followed by teammates Tyler Boot (58) and Kendall Cherry (65).
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick is back in the NFL. When he finally gets in a game, it might be at a new position.
Looking to add a new dimension to their offense, the Philadelphia Eagles gave Vick a one-year deal with an option for a second year.
Vick wasn’t brought in to compete with 5-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb for a starting job, but the two could end up on the field together.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home swept Batesville in dual golf matches Thursday at Big Creek Golf and Country Club.
Mountain Home won the boys match 316-373, but Garth Branstetter shined for the Pioneers. Branstetter sank five birdies and finished with a 1-under-par 71. That was three strokes better than the Bombers’ Seth Sullivan.
Batesville’s team score was completed by Shayne Vanbenschoten’s 84, Laman Fountain’s 102 and Spencer Barnes’ 116.
Registration for the Kiwanis Youth Football League is continuing this month, announced Lyndal Waits.
Boys and girls entering grades 3 through 6 can register each Saturday in August, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Game Day Sports, 1280 North St. Louis Street.
The entry fee is $70 and the child needs to be present for measurements. Helmet and shoulder pads will be issued at the registration. All entry forms are available at http://www.batesvillekiwanis.org/football.htm.
Trey Winemiller shot a 49 for nine holes and led the Newport Greyhounds to a triangular high school golf victory Wednesday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
Derek Bright and Matt Hardin added 55s to give the Greyhounds a team total of 159.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves finished 14 strokes back. Southside’s junior varsity team finished another seven strokes back.
Here are Cedar Ridge and Southside’s scores:
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — So much for all that talk about mighty and monstrous Hazeltine National.
Paul Goydos, Robert Allenby, Camilo Villegas, Dustin Johnson were the early leaders at the PGA Championship this morning at 3-under-par, with Tiger Woods a stroke behind. Defending champion Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Tom Lehman were part of the pack at 1 under.