Super Bowl participants talk lots but provide few memorable quotes

February 3, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS — We already know why they play the game.The real question is why they still talk about it all week, since the last time a player or coach said anything memorable during the run-up to the Super Bowl was 1999. That’s when Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan and Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe had this exchange:“Shannon looks like a horse,” Buchanan fired first, quickly warming to the task. “I’ll tell you, that’s an ugly dude. You can’t tell me he doesn’t look like Mr. Ed.”

Unlike Patriots, NFL slow to embrace ‘Moneyball’

February 3, 2012 WASHINGTON — It’s advice that sounds like heresy on the gridiron: Go for it on fourth down. Try more onside kicks. Running backs don’t matter much.But to stats geeks, this is the gospel from the spreadsheets.The number-savvy economists, statisticians and refugees from Wall Street who revolutionized much of baseball in a way celebrated in the book and movie “Moneyball” are aiming their calculators at football.

Spoonhour, 72, coaching legend, dies

February 2, 2012 Charlie Spoonhour won big wherever he went, and left ‘em all smiling.The popular, homespun coach who put Missouri State on the map with five NCAA tournament appearances and led Saint Louis to three more, died Wednesday after a 2-year battle with a lung disease. He was 72.“Charlie was one of a kind,” Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin said. “He was magnetic, charismatic. Just an unforgettable character.”

BJHS basketball teams win on road

February 2, 2012 WYNNE — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers seventh-grade girls defeated their basketball counterparts 36-16 here Tuesday.Hayley Cormican led the winners with 13 points. Kate Stroud added 11.In games played Saturday in Mountain View, the local seventh-graders defeated the home team 35-10 and the eighth-grade girls won 34-2. Cormican scored 14 for the younger team. Summer Strecker and Haley Cole scored eight points apiece for the winning eighth-graders.This report was inadvertently omitted from Wednesday’s edition.

ASU recruits reflect Malzahn roots

February 2, 2012 JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University announced the signings of 27 high school and junior college players.The class is the first under new Red Wolves Coach Gus Malzahn. ASU went 10-3 and won the Sun Belt Conference last season.Malzahn, an Arkansas native, relied heavily on his roots, particularly with a pair of transfers — running back Michael Dyer and offensive lineman Travis Bodenstein. Dyer transferred from Auburn, where Malzahn was the offensive coordinator, while Bodenstein left Kansas for the Red Wolves.

Local gymnasts win 3 team titles

February 2, 2012 JONESBORO — Led by six all-around champions, three Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Center teams won All-Stars Classic titles here Saturday.

Lyon Baseball Schedule

February 2, 2012 February 3 — at Oklahoma Wesleyan 4 — at Oklahoma Wesleyan, doubleheadeer 7 — Evangel, doubleheader11 — Hillsdale Baptist, doubleheader12 — Hillsdale Baptist14 — at Henderson State18 — Saint Francis, doubleheader19 — Saint Francis, doubleheader21 — Williams Baptist, doubleheader24 — Hannibal-LaGrange25 — Hannibal-LaGrange, doubleheaderMarch 2 — Bethel 3 — Bethel, doubleheader 5 — vs. Spring Hill in Mobile 6 — vs. Spring Hill in Mobile

Scot 9 starting with improved speed, chemistry

February 2, 2012 Lyon College baseball Coach Tony Roepcke wouldn’t give the particulars of what is written on the back of the Scots’ practice jerseys, but it does reflect a revived commitment, he said.“I asked the guys to not reveal the words, but, yes, it’s like a team motto, we hope it’s motivational and it is about our players taking ownership and being responsible for this team,” Roepcke said of the letters O.W.N.E.R.

Treadway wins in Tunica; Ward to fight for WBA title

February 1, 2012 TUNICA, Miss. — In only her sixth professional boxing match, Batesville’s Kristen “TNT” Treadway defeated veteran Savanna Hill in “Fights at the Fitz” here Saturday night, according to a news release from Brandon Foster.Treadway’s record is 5-0 with one draw after being awarded a unanimous decision over Hill in a 6-rounder. Hill has fought 19 professional matches.The match was one of five in the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino. Kamil Laszcyk won the featured match, defeating Samuel Sanchez in another 6-round unanimous decision.

Pirate Jacob Roark scores back-to-back 40s

February 1, 2012 VIOLA — Jacob Roark scored his second straight 40-point effort as the Concord Pirates defeated the Viola Longhorns 89-81 in a non-conference meeting.Roark hit for 40 points, five days after scoring 41 in a victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles.Ryan Cornelison added 21 points and Ethan Hebert provided 11 for the winners.Austin Gardner led Viola with 26 points.The Lady Longhorns defeated the Lady Pirates 63-49. Molly Jefferson scored 15 points in the loss.A score and details for the junior boys game were not available at press time.