Basketball in town tonight!

January 24, 2012 Wynne Lady Yellowjackets (0-4, 5A-East District; 1-14 overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-4, 2-13), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.One of the Lady Pioneers’ two victories came over this 5A-East District foe back in December — a 55-24 decision in the Searcy Bank Classic event. Since then, the Lady ’Jackets have collected their one win. It came against Class 3A Riverview. Wynne Coach Karen Sanders said Alex Meredith, a senior guard, has played well of late.  

Razorbacks will need another big man to step up against Tigers on Wednesday

January 24, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE — Two minutes into the Saturday’s game, the Arkansas Razorbacks suddenly were compelled to go forward without forward Marvell Waithe.This time they know in advance they likely won’t have their springy senior for Wednesday night’s SEC game against Auburn at Walton Arena.Rewarded for his fine play off the bench with his first start, Waithe strained a calf muscle two minutes into Arkansas’ 66-64 victory over No. 19  Michigan last Saturday at Walton.

Torpedoes place first in Searcy swim sprints

January 24, 2012 SEARCY — Led by 6-time winner Seth Bailey, the Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won the boys title and finished third overall in the Searcy Sharks Sprint Invitational Swim Meet here Saturday.Bailey, an 11-year-old competitor, won the 50-yard freestyle race in a time of 29.05 seconds. His other victories and times in the 11- to 12-year-old division were: 50-yard backstroke, 36.31; 100 freestyle, 1:04.38; 50 breast stroke, 41.63; 50 butterfly, 36.54; and 100 individual medley, 1:19.25.

Izard County teams move up in tourney

January 24, 2012 BROCKWELL —  The Melbourne junior boys defeated Rural Special 47-36 here Monday night in the Izard County Invitational Tournament.Tied at 7 after the first quarter, the Junior Bearkatz led 23-11 and 33-23 the next two breaks. Bryce Hutchins led the winners with 16 points. Kenny Haney added 12.The Izard County junior girls overwhelmed Rural Special 49-19, leading 12-2, 25-4, and 39-14 at quarter breaks.Ashton Ford led the Lady Cougars with 12 points, and Lauren Jones added nine.

Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport sells out twice

January 24, 2012 SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — With a month to go, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo is a double sellout.The free expo in the Shreveport Convention Center will feature nearly 160 booths ranging from the unusual, such as Redneck Remedy and Fishouflage, to bigger ticket items by Nitro boats, Yamaha motors and Toyota trucks. There’ll be interactive booths for youngsters and booths that only hardcore outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy.

3 days of public events set for Paterno

January 24, 2012 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — For decades they cheered him, now it’s time for Penn State students and alumni to mourn Joe Paterno.Three days of public events will begin today as Penn Staters from State College and beyond say goodbye to the man who led the Nittany Lions to 409 wins over 46 years.The 85-year-old Paterno died of lung cancer on Sunday. He learned of his diagnosis in November just days after he was fired in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Writer agrees: Paterno deserved better ending

January 24, 2012 Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.“After 61 years,” Sue Paterno said to the man who had just fired her husband, “he deserved better.”

Lady Wildats rally, start sweep of Scots

January 23, 2012 McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Bethel Lady Wildcats rallied from 12 points down to collect a 72-69, TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball victory over the Lyon College Scots here Saturday.A rally wasn't involved in the nightcap, but the Bethel men also took a hard-fought 3-point victory, winning 74-71.

4th-ranked Lady Mustangs clip 3rd-ranked Lady Rebs

January 23, 2012 PLEASANT PLAINS — Two top-5 Class 1A high school basketball teams switched places this weekend.The Midland Lady Mustangs, previously ranked fourth in the state by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, edged the Sacred Heart Lady Rebels 71-68 in a non-conference game at Midland High on Friday.Sunday, the Lady Mustangs and Lady Rebels replaced each other in the rankings.

Family, football meant everything to Joe Paterno

January 23, 2012 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Other than family, football was everything to Joe Paterno. It was his lifeblood. It kept him pumped.Life could not be the same without it.“Right now, I’m not the coach. And I’ve got to get used to that,” Paterno said after the Penn State Board of Trustees fired him at the height of a child sex abuse scandal.Before he could, he ran out of time.