• Report: Memphis to vacate Final Four season

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis will be forced to vacate the record 38 victories from its Final Four season of 2007-08, according to a report by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
    The newspaper, citing a source close to the situation, said on its Web site Wednesday night that the NCAA will release findings of its investigation into violations committed by the program today.
    The NCAA investigated whether someone took the SAT exam for a player on that Final Four team. Memphis was notified of potential violations in January and met with the NCAA in June.

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  • ICYAA swimmer wins Jr. Olympics gold, silver

    Jake Deskin, a sophomore at Batesville High, recently won gold and silver medals at the Amateur Athletics Union Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa.
    The 15-year-old teamed with Southwind Arkansas teammates Corey Scott, Dillon Davis and A.J. Stutts to win the 200-meter freestyle relay. The foursome also won silver medals in the 400- and 200-meter medley relays and the 400-meter freestyle relay.
    Deskin also won a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly, considered to be one of the toughest events for younger swimmers.

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  • Former Pioneer added to UofA football roster

    Former Batesville High Pioneer Price Holmes has been added to the Arkansas Razorback football roster.
    An all-state selection for the Pioneers last fall, and a 2-time all-district choice, Holmes walked on in Fayetteville and was officially added to the 105-member roster this week, according to Zack Higbee, a member of the University of Arkansas Media Relations Department.
    Walk-ons who make the team roster usually dress out for home games, but that is determined on a game-by-game basis, Higbee said.

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  • Bowling league set to begin Aug. 27

    The Thursday Morning Ladies League is scheduled to begin the season Aug. 27 at Hollywood Bowl, announced Beverly Sellers.
    Play is set to begin at 9:30 and go until noon.
    Anyone interested in joining should call Sellers at 834-1537.

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  • Speedy’s drag race results announced

    NEWPORT —  Edward Littlejohn and Nikki Rutherford were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
    Littlejohn won the street division and Rutherford took the top spot in the foot brake division. Rutherford was also second to Littlejohn with Gary Spicer third.
    Joe Williams and Jerry Huber finished second and third, respectively, in the foot brake division.
    A week prior on the same strip, Spicer edged Littlejohn in the street division while David Bell beat Don Stitcher down the line in the foot brake division.

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  • Southerners clobber Panthers; S-side tourney set for Friday

    DRASCO — The Southside Southerners defeated the Greenbrier Panthers by 36 strokes at Tannenbaum Golf Club here Tuesday.
    Clayton House led the winners with a 7-over-par 79. Adding to the Southerners’ 339 were: Matt Anderson, 83; Adam Martin, 86; and Chris Vaughn, 91.
    Not counting in the team total were: Dalton Littleton, 96; Chris Martin, 105; Trey Sisk, 112; Tyler Devers, 117; and Robert Hendricks, 118.
    Greenbrier’s team score was accumulated from: Jon Mark Rowden, 85; Austin Anderson, 95; Ryan Short, 97; and Tyler Buckman, 98.

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  • Pioneers place 2nd in district threesome

    PARAGOULD — Garth Branstetter shot a medal-winning even-par 70 here Tuesday at the Paragould Country Club, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Batesville Pioneers from finishing any better than second in a high school triangular golf match with 5A-East District members Paragould and Greene County Tech.
    Playing on their home course and the site of the district tournament, the Paragould Rams won with a team total of 308. The Pioneers finished 16 strokes back. The Eagles placed another 19 strokes back.

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  • Top baseball draft pick, Nats set signing record

    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.

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  • Vinson couple win golf title

    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.

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  • BHS, Southside golfers win at Eagle Mountain

    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.

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  • Izard County players take 5 of 6 top spots in golf match

    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.

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  • 17th Topless 100 turns into ‘Nightmare’ event

    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.

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