• Braun accepts 65-game suspension

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Braun stood on a spring training field and proclaimed he was innocent of using banned testosterone. “I would bet my life,” he said back then, “that this substance never entered my body at any point.” Seventeen months later, he accepted …

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  • Andrews, Harber to exchange vows

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Barry Andrews of North Little Rock has announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of his daughter, Jessica Elizabeth Andrews, to Zachery Ethan Harber, son of Doug Harber of Ash Flat and Middie Raines of Horseshoe Bend. The bride-elect is also the …

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  • Lance Lynn trying to channel emotions

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals want Lance Lynn to gain better control of more than just his pitch assortment. They’re trying to help him channel his emotions, too. The right-hander has been a big success, making the All-Star team his first year …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Pro baseball CHICAGO (AP) — With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of Detroit’s 7-3 win over Chicago, Miguel Cabrera was replaced at third base by Don Kelly. The 2012 AL MVP, who appeared to be holding his left side as he …

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  • Big fears

    Humans are complicated. We have physical fears, like being afraid of fire ants or going bungee jumping. We may over exaggerate these fears, but they’re based on a semi logical understanding of risks. But then there are our emotional fears; this is where logic leaves …

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  • Trial nothing but soap opera

    In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial. But politically motivated prosecutors in Florida turned a local tragedy into a race crime, and then the media turned a murder trial into a primetime soap opera. The trial accusing George …

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  • Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dead at 69

    NEW YORK — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died. Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori …

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  • Allen Wright

    GARLAND, Texas — Allen Babcock Wright, 86, died June 27, 2013, in Garland, Texas. Born March 17, 1927, in Batesville, he was the son of Paul and Margaret Wright. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and former owner of Paul Wright’s Men’s Store in Batesville. …

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  • Gene Pectol

    NEWARK — Clemons Eugene “Gene” Pectol, 88, of Newark died Saturday, July 20, 2013. Born June 24, 1925, in Independ-ence County, he was the son of Robert Clemons and Anna May Keller Pectol. He was retired from the Arkansas State Highway Department and had worked …

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  • Robert T. Allen – Paid Obituary

    Mr. Robert T. Allen, 52, of Newport died Thursday, July 18, 2013. He was born March 9, 1961, in Little Rock, the son of James B. and Gwendolyn (Green) Allen. Mr. Allen was of the Baptist faith and will always be remembered for his love …

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  • Eunice “Brownie” Brewer – Paid Obituary

    Eunice “Brownie” Brewer, age 95, of Sidney died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at a Batesville hospital. She was born November 12, 1917, at Sidney, Arkansas, to Stephen and Josie Stroud Cole. She was a homemaker, a retired school teacher, having taught 42 years primarily at …

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  • Mickelson missing peculiar link in Grand Slam

    GULLANE, Scotland — Phil Mickelson described his feelings toward links golf as a “hate-love” relationship, meaning he once dreaded coming over to the British Open for a brand of golf played only once a year. Now he loves it. He felt that way even before …

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