Duke destroys unranked Va. Tech

February 3, 2012 BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Austin Rivers scored 18 points, Ryan Kelly added 15, and No. 7 Duke used a late first-half run to open a double-digit lead it never relinquished in a 75-60 victory against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.Kelly had seven points in the 13-2 spurt that helped the Blue Devils (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pull away.Rivers hit a 3-pointer, and Kelly scored the last five in a 10-0 burst in the second half when Duke extended its lead to 62-40 with 11:19 remaining.Seth Curry added 11 points, and Mason Plumlee provided 10 for Duke.

Green Co. Tech sweeps BJHS in Paragould

February 3, 2012 PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high games here Thursday.After trailing 14-2 and 16-11 after the first two quarter breaks, the Junior Golden Eagles rallied for a 45-35 victory. The score was tied at 28 after three quarters of play.“We got the opening tip and Nate Easley hit a 3, and then we kind of baffled them with our defense for through the firsrt quarter,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “Offensively, we did a great job working the basketball inside and getting it to Justin.”

Timberwolves remain undefeated, 29-0

February 3, 2012 BAY — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves remained undefeated, improving to 29-0 Thursday night with a 58-47 decision over the Bay Yellowjackets in a non-district contest.The T-wolves led 16-8, 30-21, and 44-36 at the quarter breaks.Cole Crabtree led Cedar Ridge with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Spencer Reaves added 12 points. Clayton Butler provided 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Scot cagers swept in Lebanon, Tenn.

February 3, 2012 LEBANON, Tenn. — The easternmost TranSouth Athletic Conference trip was not kind to the Scots.The Cumberland Lady Bulldogs held off the Lyon Scot women for a 61-53 victory, and the Bulldogs pulled away late for a 73-58 win over the Scot men.Before heading back home from the school that’s about a half hour east of Nashville, the team had to wait on a doctor’s report on Devonte Young, a freshman who was hospitalized after developing breathing difficulty in the second half.

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.