Johnson likes sound of working at UofA

January 18, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Taver Johnson didn’t need to hear much of Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes’ sales pitch before deciding to become the Razorbacks’ new linebackers coach.“Come on, let’s go,” Haynes told Johnson. “We can do this.”The excitement he heard in Haynes’ words was more than enough for Johnson, who spent the past five seasons at Ohio State. He was introduced at Arkansas on Tuesday, promising to bring a high-energy and emotional approach to a program that has won 21 games the last two seasons.

Dyer signs with Arkansas State

January 18, 2012 JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has announced the signing of former Auburn running back Michael Dyer.A source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press last week that Dyer would join the Red Wolves.Dyer was the first Auburn running back to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but Voach Gene Chizik suspended him indefinitely before the Chik-fil-A Bowl for violating unspecified team rules.

Wildcat freshman runs over Hogs

January 18, 2012 LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Arkansas wanted to run with No. 2 Kentucky. The Razorbacks could never run away from Anthony Davis.The freshman forward scored a career-high 27 points and blocked seven shots to set a school season record in No. 2 Kentucky’s 86-63 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.“Their size was a big problem for us tonight, especially with Anthony Davis,” Razorbacks Coach Mike Anderson said. “He is a difference maker. No matter how we tried to mount an attack, I thought they did a good job answering.”

Beebe cagers blast BHS

January 18, 2012 BEEBE — The trip to White County was a rough one on Batesville’s basketball teams.The Beebe Lady Badgers and Badgers took a pair of 32-point victories in 5A-East District contests from their counterparts from Independence County, with the girls winning 67-35 and the boys taking a 64-32 decision.The home teams started fast. The Lady Badgers led 20-7 after one quarter of play. The Badgers led 19-5.

Hogs hope to lose road kill image at Kentucky tonight

January 17, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE — Mike Anderson was on the bench the last time Arkansas won at Kentucky.That was 1994, when the first-year Razorbacks coach was an assistant under then coach Nolan Richardson. Arkansas went on to win the national championship that season, but it hasn’t won in Rupp Arena since — a losing streak that reached eight games with a 101-70 loss against the Wildcats two years ago.

’Hawks clip high-flying Baylor

January 17, 2012 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The last time Baylor coach Scott Drew brought a team into Allen Fieldhouse, he led them off the court and into a tunnel after his players had been introduced.The reason was the noise: It can get so loud in Kansas’ venerable gymnasium, especially during the video montage before the Jayhawks are announced, that it’s almost impossible to hear.He didn’t pull them off the court Monday night.Then the Jayhawks made it look like the Bears never showed up at all.

Midland Mustangs pull win out of hat at WCC

January 17, 2012 JUDSONIA — The Midland Mustangs edged White County Central 60-59 here Monday as four Mustangs scored in double figures.Logan Smith, a 5-foot-9 senior, led the way with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Skyler Furrow, a 6-3 junior, scored 15, while Kyle Martin and Braydon Emerson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.White County led 14-9, 35-21 and 43-40 at the quarter breaks.“We never led until right at the end,” said girls Coach Brandon Gates, who gave the report. “We were pretty far behind until right there at the end.”

15 missed free throws cost Pioneers in Blytheville

January 16, 2012 BLYTHEVILLE — The Batesville Pioneers missed 15 free throws here Friday night and it cost them a high school basketball victory against one of the 5A-East District’s big guys, said Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow.The Blytheville Chickasaws, on the other hand, made 15 of 19 free throws while pulling out a 53-51 district victory.“Missed free throws sunk us last night,” Morrow said Saturday. “We had the right game plan, executed it and did a lot of things right, but we fell short with missed free throws.”

Cave City juniors win tourney titles

January 16, 2012 LYNN — Cave City swept Cedar Ridge and the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles Junior High Tournament championships here Saturday.The Junior Cavemen edged the Junior Timberwolves 29-25.“Jacob Patterson hit a shot in the lane with 25 seconds to go to give us our first lead,” Cave City Coach Jimmy Hodges said. “Laramie Hall finished it up by hitting three of four free throws.”Patterson and Hall also shared the scoring lead for the winners with nine points apiece. Colby Robinson added eight points.The Junior Cavemen improved to 7-4.

Scot women tough out big win

January 16, 2012 In the end, the Lyon College Scots proved to be just a little tougher.That, and an 82-77 victory over the Martin Methodist RedHawks, are what the Lyon women’s basketball team took away from Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.“In the first half, Martin came out so strong against us,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “To get down and then come back like that, we showed a lot of toughness.”The RedHawks led 22-10 near the midway point of the first half.