Hogs, everyone else looking for big-play man on road

February 7, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE — Identifying Arkansas’ big-play man on the road seemed to dominate Monday’s Razorback basketball press conference.The Razorbacks, 16-7 overall and 4-4 in the SEC, are 16-0 at Walton Arena and 0-7 away from it and currently between SEC road games.Arkansas lost 71-65 to the LSU Tigers Saturday in Baton Rouge, La. Wednesday night, the Hogs visit the Georgia Bulldogs (10-12, 1-7) in Athens, Ga.Tip-off is 7 p.m. and airs on the SEC-TV network.

No. 1 Baylor clobbers Oklahoma, moves to 24-0

February 7, 2012 WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 27 points with eight rebounds and eight blocked shots to help top-ranked Baylor remain undefeated with another lopsided victory over Oklahoma, 81-54, on Monday night.Even with Oklahoma determined to make things difficult on Griner, surrounding her with pink jerseys, Baylor’s 6-foot-8 junior phenom just kept making free throws. She set a career high making all 13 of her attempts.Baylor (24-0, 11-0 Big 12) stretched its home winning streak to 36, this win coming only 11 days after they beat the Sooners 89-58 in Norman.

No. 4 Missouri moves atop Big 12

February 7, 2012 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored 25 points, Ricardo Ratliffe added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 4 Missouri moved into first place in the Big 12 by edging Oklahoma 71-68 on Monday night.Oklahoma (13-10, 3-8) had the ball with a chance to tie with five seconds left. Romero Osby was fouled with 2.5 seconds left and missed both free throws, and Steven Pledger missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer when the offensive rebound was tapped back to him.

Day later, talk about Giants repeating begins

February 7, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS  — Tom Coughlin is coming back. Eli Manning is only getting better. And the vast majority of the New York Giants’ starting lineup is under contract.Can anybody say repeat?A day after their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots, a weary team of partied-out players packed their bags and returned to the team’s headquarters at the Meadowlands and prepared for a parade up the Canyon of Heroes in New York City today.

Pirates rally past second-ranked Rebels

February 6, 2012 CONCORD — Sophomore Jacob Roark delivered again here Friday night.Along with 41 points — his third straight 40-point performance — he scored back-to-back 4-point plays to spark the Concord Pirates past the Sacred Heart Rebels, 86-77, in a meeting between the state’s second- and third-ranked high school teams in Class 1A boys basketball.Trailing 56-52 after a 15-0 third-quarter run by the Rebels, Roark hit a 3-point shot, was fouled and hit the resulting free throw for a 61-57 Concord lead with six minutes and 52 seconds to play.

Paragould sweeps BHS in league basketball pair

February 6, 2012 PARAGOULD — The 5A-East District-leading Paragould Lady Rams made short work of the Batesville Lady Pioneers here Friday night, and the Rams won with a fourth-quarter rally in the high school basketball nightcap.The Lady Rams jumped out to a 14-4 first quarter, led 31-10 at halftime and won 56-27 as Savannah Walker scored 12 points and Rachel Dicus and Carson Gill tossed in 11 points apiece. Four Lady Rams totaled eight 3-pointers. Gill led the way with three.It was the Paragould defense that did the most damage, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.

Eli matches ‘elite’ with 2nd Super title

February 6, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elite and Eli. One and the same.And now there are two Super Bowl championships and two MVPs to prove it.Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl — in older brother Peyton’s house, at that.“This isn’t about one person,” Manning insisted. “This is about a team coming together.”

Lyon women keep pace; men fall

February 6, 2012 The Lyon College women broke away from the visitors from Mayfield, Ky., in the last 10 minutes of play in Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon, defeating the Mid-Continent Cougars 77-55 and keeping pace in the TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball race, and the Cougars disappointed an upset-minded Scots with a 77-74 overtime decision in men’s action.

Scot 9 open with 3 wins

February 6, 2012 BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — After a long rain delay, the Lyon College Scots got their baseball season off to a fast start and swept a 3-game set from the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles here this weekend.“We waited to let the rain get through, and then we started play at about 8:15 and changed it from a 9-inning to 7-inning game,” Lyon Coach Tony Roepecke said.Sparked by a 7-run third inning, the Scots won 11-1 on Friday. Michael Armentors and Henry Castaigne each hit 2-run singles in the big inning. Chris Kennedy added a 1-run single.

S. Carolina snaps string against No. 8 Lady Vols

February 3, 2012  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Markeshia Grant scored 27 points and South Carolina beat No. 8 Tennessee 64-60 on Thursday night for its first win over the Lady Volunteers since 1980.The Gamecocks (18-5, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) were down 60-55, when Ashley Bruner hit a layup with 3:18 to play. The basket launched a 9-0 run for South Carolina to close out the game, and Ieasia Walker hit the go-ahead layup with 2:15 to play.Lady Vols (16-6, 7-2) missed five shots during the run and wouldn’t score again.