• Play ball! MLB heats up with full slate of openers

    After a brutal winter of arctic blasts and blustery snowstorms, baseball is ready to heat up today with its first full slate of games this season. David Ortiz and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox begin their title defense in Baltimore against home run …

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  • Baseball Briefs

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back. The move, made before Sunday’s game at San Diego, is …

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  • Four former champs line up for 22nd Pioneer Classic

    Four will try for another and nine will try for a first next week in the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic title. The small-school division of the annual high school baseball tournament is scheduled to end on Thursday, but the first pitch is set for …

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  • Mustangs postponed, Southerners fall in Xtra Innings Classic

    JONESBORO — Weather dampened the Midland Mustangs opener and the Southside Southerners lost Thursday in the Xtra Innings Classic at Jonesboro. The 3-3 Mustangs led the Pocahontas Redskins 3-0 in the bottom of the third innning before the game was postponed due to rain and …

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  • Tuckerman’s Gilbert selected to Hall of Fame

    TUCKERMAN (AP) — Long-time former Tuckerman High School baseball and basketball Coach Morgan Gilbert has been elected into the National High School Hall of Fame. Gilbert is currently the only coach in the nation to win 1,000 games in both high school baseball and basketball. …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30, 2014.

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  • Women of SEC show depth in tourney

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is flexing its muscles in the women’s NCAA tournament. This is the first year the SEC has sent at least five teams to the Sweet 16 since six of its schools got there in 1997, with Tennessee winning …

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  • Sherman, Rice can’t help Stanford

    Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, we plumb Richard Sherman’s psyche, debunk Peyton Manning’s talismanic quality, examine Mitch McConnell’s phobia and go channel-surfing with John Calipari. Without further ado: Celebrity alum(s) of the day …

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  • Manziel wows Bush, executives at pro day

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Johnny Manziel’s NFL pro day had a former president, lots of swag, a Drake soundtrack and even some football, too. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 75 officials from 30 teams on the Texas A&M campus Thursday. He also …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Pro basketball HOUSTON (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA record for futility with their 26th straight loss, falling 120-98 to a Houston Rockets team led by James Harden’s triple-double. Philadelphia matched the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst skid and can set …

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  • Baseball Briefs

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to pay Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his …

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  • Lyon newcomers, veterans win conference hoop honors

    Newcomers and veterans on Lyon College basketball teams were recognized among the American Midwest Conference’s best when the league’s postseason honors were announced. The newcomers are sophomore transfer Carina Jackson of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Ashala Watson of Magnolia via Carl Albert Junior College. They …

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