• Sports Calendar

    Wednesday
    American Legion baseball: Rivercrest at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.

    Thursday 
    American Legion baseball: George Kell Wooden Bat Classic in Newport — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Paragould, 8 p.m.

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  • Highwaymen come home, hit their way past Kell Motormen

    Back home, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen were a hit.
    After a long road trip, Batesville’s 3A American Legion baseball team came home and rolled out 14 hits in a 14-6 victory over Newport George Kell Motors.
    The previous and only other time the Highwaymen were at home was the June 1 season-opening doubleheader against the defending state champion Jonesboro Ricemen. They split that doubleheader, falling 10-2 in the opener, the game that counted in the Zone 2 standings, before eking out a 6-5 decision in the nightcap.

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  • Tigers headed to zoo after mauling Razorbacks

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — LSU is within a win of the College World Series finals, and Louis Coleman is pumped.
    “We get to go to the zoo,” the Tigers’ star pitcher said with a big smile after a 9-1 victory over Arkansas on Monday night.
    A visit to the renowned Omaha zoo, across the street from Rosenblatt Stadium, is only part of the reward the Tigers earned for winning.
    No. 3-seeded LSU (53-16) gets three days off while Virginia (49-14-1) and Arkansas (40-23) play an elimination game Wednesday to see which team meets the Tigers in the Bracket 1 final.

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  • Roberts selected for All-Arkansas team

    Southside Lady Southerner Lunden Roberts was selected for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas softball team.
    Roberts, a senior and an all-state selection in basketball and softball, hit .494 with three home runs while driving in 38 runs and scoring 30. Roberts has signed a letter of intent to attend Western Illinois University and play basketball for the Westerwinds.
    Kelsey Armstrong, a senior from Lake Hamilton, was named Player of the Year.

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  • Lyon Briefs

    Mens soccer
    Tyler Sarracino, a 5-10 forward from Desha, has committed to play for Coach Brett Parker’s Scots.
    Sarracino was named to the all-state team this year and was a 2-time all-conference player for Southside.
    Sarracino recorded 15 goals and nine assists, both team highs, to lead the Southerners to an 8-8 record. They qualified for the postseason and lost in the first round to the Little Rock Lutheran Lions.

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  • Express KOs Highwaymen in tourney

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Little Rock Continental Express, winner of the Junior American Legion State Tournament last July in Batesville, is still winning.
    Friday, the Expressmen eliminated the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 9-7, in the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic. Almost 11 months ago, they defeated Batesville’s Junior Legion team before defeating Jonesboro Fat City, the tournament favorite, in the title game.

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  • Releford sends MMA star to mat in second round

    Pat Smith has built an impressive resumé inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) octagon, but he didn’t last long from a boxing stance Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
    Kendrick Releford, an up-and-comer from Fort Worth, Texas, knocked out Smith in the second round of the Night of Future Champs main event.
    Releford and Smith pounded on each other early, but Releford was able to back Smith into his corner then delivered a heavy left to the head before finishing off with a quick combo.

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  • Martin nurses crippled car to Victory Lane

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Mark Martin was just trying to finish. He ended up in Victory Lane.
    With the laps winding down in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Martin and most of the other drivers in the LifeLock 400 were simply hoping to conserve enough gas to get to the end of the 200-lap event.
    “I always, always come up short in those gas things,” Martin said. “I’m probably about two and 25 in these things.”
    It wasn’t an easy day for the 50-year-old driver.

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  • Hogs thrash Titans in CWS

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No team came into the NCAA baseball tournament struggling any more than Arkansas.
    Right now, no team seems better.
    With Andy Wilkins homering and driving in five runs, Arkansas started off the College World Series with a 10-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
    The Razorbacks reached a double-digit run total for the fourth time in six games. Nine of their runs scored with two outs.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Today
    American Legion baseball: Mountain Home Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Little Rock Express, Twin Lakes Park, 5 p.m.
    Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8

    Saturday
    Golf: Callaway Handicap Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk (Melbourne), schedule TBA
    Boxing: “Night of Future Champs” at National Guard armory, doors open at 6:30 p.m., first fight, 7:30

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  • Highwaymen win tourney opener

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated Marshfield, Mo., 9-4 in a first-round game of the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic here Thursday afternoon.
    No other details were available at press time on Batesville’s victory in the annual American Legion baseball tournament.
    The Highwaymen are scheduled to play Little Rock Express in Twin Lakes Park at 5 p.m. today.

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  • Different style of warrior slated to battle at armory

    The National Guard Armory is home for many fighters, but on Saturday night it will host a different type of warrior.
    The Night of Future Champs boxing event will feature an 8-bout card with former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith squaring off against up-and-comer Kendrick Releford in the 8-round main event.
    Smith’s boxing career has put him up against some of the best in the business, including a recent victory against Butterbean.
    In the octagon, Smith has grappled with well-known stars such as Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie.

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