Hewitt, injury KOs Roddick

January 19, 2012 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Roddick’s bid to win another Grand Slam singles title nearly a decade after his first hit a roadblock this morning when a hamstring injury forced him out of the Australian Open.The former No. 1, whose lone major singles win came at the 2003 U.S. Open, was trailing Lleyton Hewitt 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 when he called the trainer to his courtside chair. He then walked over to Hewitt and shook the Australian player’s hand.Roddick had fallen to the court in the second set, but played despite being in obvious pain from the leg injury.

Unbeaten Baylor women win 18th

January 19, 2012 LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 21 points to lead No. 1 Baylor over Texas Tech 72-64 on Wednesday.Texas Tech cut the lead to 69-63 when Monique Smalls stole the ball from Odyssey Sims in the backcourt and made a layup with 1:12 remaining.But Griner, who hit seven of 16 shots from the field and blocked eight shots, hit a short jumper from the left side to put the Lady Bears back up by eight 71-63 and seal the win.Baylor worked the ball inside to the 6-foot-8 Griner, who was able to pass the ball out or work her way in for easy layups.

Cornhuskers stun No. 11 Hoosiers

January 19, 2012 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jorge Brian Diaz made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Nebraska the lead, Indiana couldn’t score on its last possession, and the struggling Cornhuskers upset No. 11 Indiana 70-69 on Wednesday night for the Hoosiers’ third straight loss.Indiana (15-3, 3-4) squandered a 13-point, second-half lead as Nebraska (10-8, 2-5) posted its biggest victory as a new member of the Big Ten.

Report: Trustees say Paterno fired for failing to report alleged abuse

January 19, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) — Penn State’s trustees agonized over the future of legendary football Coach Joe Paterno but ultimately decided to fire the Hall of Famer in part over what they said was his failure to go to authorities with a report of alleged sexual assault of a child by an assistant coach nearly a decade ago, according to a report published this morning in The New York Times.

Southside clips Cave City with no time remaining

January 18, 2012 SOUTHSIDE – Kevin Jackson scored 18 points here Tuesday night, including two with no time on the clock to lift the Southside Southerners to a 44-42 victory in 4A-2 District high school basketball action.The advantages were small from start to finish. The score was tied at 14 after one quarter of play and 21-all at halftime. Cave City led 37-36 after three quarters.The largest lead went to the Cavemen, but it didn’t last long. They led by six with three minutes to play. The Southerners scored the last eight points.

Tickets available for UA baseball at Travs’ field

January 18, 2012 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks will play a game at the home of the Arkansas Travelers for the third consecutive year.Officials announced Monday that tickets for the Louisiana Tech-Arkansas baseball game can be purchased beginning at 6 p.m. today at Travs.com, and phone sales commence the following day.Last season, a large crowd was on hand when the Razorbacks beat Memphis 7-2 at Dickey-Stephens Park.Ticket prices for box seats are $18 and reserved seats are $15. General admission tickets are $12.

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.