NEW ORLEANS — Mardi Gras falls on a Sunday this year.
The city of the Saints is filling up with ex-New Orleanians and others ahead of the Super Bowl, many looking to cast off a legacy of football futility and natural disaster — others just looking to party down in one of the world’s greatest party towns.
“We’re gearing up for Sunday just like Mardi Gras day,” said Earl Bernhardt, a bar owner in the French Quarter. “We’re staffing just like we do for Mardi Gras, and if the Saints win, we won’t close at all. We’ll stay open as long as people are standing.”
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank to begin setting up a 2010 tournament schedule, secretary Colin Patterson said.
“What we’d like to do is get as many people as we can to bring as much information as they can find on the Internet or wherever as to tournament schedules” of other clubs or organizations in order to set up a schedule with as few conflicts as possible, Patterson said.
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. — The Blue Mountain Toppers earned their first win of the season and just the third in their 3-year existence here Monday night.
The 90-81 victory snapped a 34-game losing streak and it came at the expense of the Lyon Scots. The Toppers are 1-23 overall and 1-7 in the TranSouth Athletic Conference. The Scots have the same mark in the conference and are 5-15 overall.
Josh McCalmon led the Toppers with 23 points while teammate Renell Collins added 20. Lakendrick McCullum was all over the glass with 19 rebounds to go with 14 points.
The “Sports calendar” took another hit today from the weather and road conditions, but at least it wasn’t a complete wipeout.
Forrest City-at-Batesville, Timbo-at-Concord and Rural Special-at-Izard County high school and junior high basketball games were called off, and only the games at Concord have been rescheduled. They were moved to Friday.
Keith Cornett, boys coach and athletic director at Concord, also announced that the Greers Ferry West Side-at-Concord games have been moved to Saturday
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. — K.K. Hodges scored a season-high 33 points and Suzanne Fincham added a career-high 20 points to push the Lyon College Pipers to a 69-59 overtime victory over the Blue Mountain Toppers on Monday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference matchup.
Lyon (14-7, 4-4) outscored Blue Mountain (8-14, 1-7) 15-5 in overtime, thanks in part to seven points from Hodges in the extra frame. The overtime game was the Pipers’ third this season. Lyon is 2-1 in those three games. Blue Mountain has lost four straight and eight of its last 10 games.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside Schools and Modern Woodmen of America are sponsoring a chili supper for the benefit of the school’s softball and volleyball programs, according to a news release from the school.
The dinner is set for Friday, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., in the Middle School Cafeteria. The meal costs $6 and consists of chili, crackers, cheese and a dessert. The meal can be carried out and deliveries will be available.
Proceeds will be matched by Modern Woodmen up to $500.
Wintry weather and bad roads were the only winners in the Guard-circulation area over the weekend and that’s the case again today with only one exception.
The Lyon basketball teams were scheduled to depart Batesville around noon today en route to Blue Mountain, Miss. The TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader is set to begin with the women at 6 p.m. The men will follow at 8. The meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Other basketball changes are:
Wynne juniors at Batesville — postponed, reschedule date undetermined;
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — After winning two games in the Southeastern Conference last season, Arkansas is suddenly 3-3 and has notched back-to-back wins over Western Division-leading teams.
All is right in the Razorbacks world? Not so fast, coach John Pelphrey said, after his team muscled past No. 18 Mississippi 80-73 on Sunday.
“This is six games, not 16,” Pelphrey said as he stepped in front of a feel-good question aimed at one of his players. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mardy Gilyard once worked four jobs to stay in school after losing his scholarship.
The former Cincinnati star turned in an awfully strong audition for a much more lucrative career in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, racking up 103 yards receiving and catching a 32-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the North race to a 31-13 victory over the South.
“All my hard work just kind of came into one game,” an exuberant Gilyard said. “I’m truly blessed. I worked my butt off and I played my butt off. I’ve been through so much in my career.”
MIAMI (AP) — Peyton Manning and Drew Brees watched from the sideline, awaiting a bigger stage in another week. The Pro Bowl had plenty of offense without them.
In its new role as a warmup to the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl nearly overheated the scoreboard, with the AFC outscoring the NFC 41-34 Sunday night.
Now comes the main attraction. Pro Bowl players from the two Super Bowl teams attended the all-star game as spectators, and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints were to arrive Monday in South Florida.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer felt awkward for a moment, celebrating his 16th Grand Slam title while Andy Murray cried for Britain.
Federer timed his run to perfection at the season’s first major, beating fifth-seeded Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) in the Sunday night final to collect his fourth Australian Open title.
A year ago, Federer was sobbing after a 5-set loss to Rafael Nadal at Melbourne Park. He’d missed a chance to equal Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams, compounding an emotional few weeks.
NEWARK — The Midland Mustangs edged the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 66-64 in double overtime here Thursday in a 2A-2 District high school basketball contest.
The regulation score was 49-all. Midland’s Jarod Perry hit a last-second 3-pointer to send game into overtime. After one overtime, it was 56-all.
“Derek Tharp fouled out in the fourth quarter and Ben Lytle fouled out in the first overtime,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “Thomas Puentez came up big for us on defense, especially in the second half and overtime periods. He also scored 10 points.