• Dirt racing’s big names getting set for big show at BMS

    LOCUST GROVE — Mr. Smooth, The Dirtrax Dominator, The Batesville Bullet, Iceman, T-Mac and more are expected to battle for $40,000 in the 17th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 this weekend at the Batesville Motor Speedway.

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  • Ramirez, Kemp slug Giants

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Manny Ramirez shrugged off his big night and quickly turned his attention elsewhere: Tim Lincecum.
    The Dodgers slugger plopped down in a chair to watch film of the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, who pitches today for the San Francisco Giants. Manny has Los Angeles back on track and looking for a sweep of the archrivals — and the Dodgers will have to find a way to deal with Lincecum to do so.

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  • Crash at Glen brings up safety questions

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon said Tuesday he will be ready to race this weekend, even though the 4-time NASCAR champion has a stiff back from his spectacular accident at Watkins Glen.
    Gordon, who has been bothered by an aching back for more than a year, went head-on into a steel barrier during Monday’s road course race. The impact aggravated his back, but he should be able to handle this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

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  • Big pep rally set for Aug. 21

    The Batesville School Community Wide Pep Rally is scheduled for Aug. 21 at Pioneer Stadium, announced Kim Russell.
    The annual rally will start at 7 p.m. Athletes for the fall sports season will be introduced and the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club will begin selling Pioneer football T-shirts.

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  • Panthers nip Southerners in golf

    The Heber Springs Panthers edged the Southside Southerners in a dual golf match here Tuesday, winning by five strokes.
    Tanner Rockwell led the Panthers with an 8-over-par 80. Southerners Clayton House and Adam Martin also shot 80s.
    Denton Kilgore added an 86 and Jackson Thomas an 87 to account for Heber Springs’ team score.
    Matt Anderson’s 98 completed Southside’s team scoring. Not counting were Chris Vaughn’s 103.

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  • Topless practice set for Thursday

    LOCUST GROVE — Some of the biggest names in Super Late Model dirt track racing are expected to make their annual stop at the Batesville Motor Speedway this week for the Comp Cams Topless 100.
    The action begins Thursday night with an open practice session. That is set for 7 p.m. and will conclude at 9:30. On Friday, time trials and qualifying races are scheduled while the modifieds run a support show. Saturday, it’s last chance qualifiers and the 100-lap, $40,000-to-win main event. Again, modifieds will also run.

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  • Friends of Pioneers set to meet Aug. 18

    The Batesville High School Friends of the Pioneers will meet for the first time this school year on Aug. 18 at the Batesville High Pioneer Fieldhouse, President Jeff Angel said.
    The meeting was originally scheduled for tonight.

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  • Siloam Springs second baseman signs with Lyon

    Lauren Mills, a second baseman from Gentry, has signed to play softball with Lyon College, according to a news release from Lyon.
    Mills was a 4-year letter winner, a 4-year starter, a 3-time all-conference player and an all-state performer at Siloam Springs High School.
    Mills hit .400 her senior season and recorded a fielding percentage of .982.

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  • Southside girl helps team to world title

    Southside’s Alexus Lawellin helped the Arkansas Heat win its third straight World Series fast-pitch softball championship recently.
    The Paragould-based team recently defeated the Pittsburgh Lady Roadrunners 9-1 in the title game of the 11-and-under USSSA World Series in Columbus, Ind. The Arkansas Heat also won the 9-and-under and 10-and-under titles.

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  • Southside sweeps Salem in golf

    Led by Adam Martin and Maggie Carlile, Southside swept Salem in a dual match at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Monday.
    Martin shot a 2-over-par 38 in the 9-hole competition. The Southerners won by 36 strokes (123-159).
    Joining Martin in the team scoring were Clayton House (41) and Matt Anderson (44). Scores that didn’t count were: Dalton Littleton (50), Chris Vaughn (57), Robert Hendricks (57) and Tyler Devers (59).
    Carlile shot a 43 and the Lady Southerners won by 18 strokes (168-186). K-Leigh Richardson (59) and Sydney Bullard (66) rounded out the team total.

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  • Stewart wins Watkins Glen for Cup-record 5th time

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Seneca Lodge sits nestled in the hills overlooking this Finger Lakes village, and it’s sort of a shrine to open-wheel racing. Its walls are covered with photos of all the open-wheel winners in Watkins Glen International’s storied history, from Jim Clark to Graham Hill to Jackie Stewart.
    They might want to make some room for a former open-wheel guy who now races in NASCAR — because Tony Stewart is king of them all.

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  • Derby results announced

    Bailey Spinks, Falena Riley and Matthew Hardin led the way at the White River Kiwanis Fishing Derby at Row Lake Saturday morning.
    Spinks caught the biggest fish among the contestants aged 0 to 4. Riley won the 5-8 age category. Hardin landed the biggest fish in the 9-12 division.
    Rounding out the top three, including ties, in each division were:
    0-4 — Beau Baxter, Daniel Latus; 5-8 — Galen Garth, Allie Riley, Ethan Newcomb, Clint Lawrence; 9-12 — Colton Young and Nathan Hardin.

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