• Dark cloud looms over Final Four

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The tournament that began with the lure of a billion-dollar bracket will end at a billion-dollar stadium outside of Dallas. Big as March Madness and the Final Four have become, they’re not big enough to blot out the storm clouds on …

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  • Finale in Dallas looks dreamy to ’Cats

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kentucky Coach John Calipari might as well have built a pipeline to Texas during the recruiting season, or at least found a nice place to rent somewhere between Dallas and Houston. As the Wildcats prepare to play Wisconsin in the Final …

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  • Gophers nip Mustangs for NIT championship

    NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Pitino held his 3-year-old daughter in his arms as his Minnesota team cut down the net at Madison Square Garden. “Richard, get up there!” yelled his famous father, Rick, the Hall of Fame coach at Louisville. First, the kid had …

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  • UConn’s Napier eyes another title shot

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shabazz Napier can shoot, drive and dish, hit big shots, pick off passes, carry a team down the stretch of a game and a season. Sounds an awful lot like another recent Connecticut star: Kemba Walker. Playing with the poise and …

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  • Cardinals beat Reds after long delay

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too. The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 …

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  • Nationals honor Navy Yard victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will use opening day to honor people affected by the shooting at the nearby Washington Navy Yard, where a gunman killed 12 people in September. Four survivors of the shooting will help throw out the first pitch today. Danielle …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Golf HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Phil Mickelson was among the leaders after shooting a bogey-free 4-under par 68 in his opening round of the Houston Open, showing no effects of the muscle pull that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Texas Open. The five-time …

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  • Lady Pioneer senior recognized

    Sydney Staggs is the only Batesville High basketball player to receive all-district honors. The senior guard was named to the 5A-East All-District team after helping the Lady Pioneers to a 4-22 record.

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  • State champ, defender on hand for another ‘Classic’

    The large-school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic includes the defending champion, a state champion and two newcomers. The Jonesboro Golden Hurricane, a regular in the annual event, won the Class 6A State Tournament title last year by edging the Greenwood Bulldogs 5-4. …

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  • Bulldogs, Red Hawks to battle for FCB Pioneer Classic crown

    The Midland Mustangs led 8-5 going into the sixth inning of their semifinal game with the Bald Knob Bulldogs Wednesday in the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic, but couldn’t hold on as time expired and the Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a 9-8 victory …

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  • Scots club WBC Lady Eagles

    WALNUT RIDGE — Lyon College freshman catcher Haley Huffstuttler smashed a pair of doubles, driving in four runs and scoring another Wednesday afternoon to help the Scots to an impressive 9-4 victory over Williams Baptist at Lady Eagle Field. The victory was Lyon’s third straight …

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  • Well-known, new faces populate all-state basketball roster

    Familiar faces are joined by a host of new ones as 12 players from Guard area high school basketball teams were named to Arkansas Activities Association all-state squads. Returning for their final encores are Concord’s Jacob Roark, Cedar Ridge’s Spencer Reaves and Cole Crabtree, Melbourne’s …

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