‘Every game counts’ — until it doesn’t

January 11, 2012 The same people who said LSU was the best team in college football all season had to concede that Alabama was the far better team Monday night.So who’s really No. 1?That depends on whether you buy into the Bowl Championship Series’ version of a national title. Remember that after you strip away the pseudo-science, fuzzy math and constant tweaks, the BCS champion is still decided by a poll of coaches — and a prearranged one at that.

Hogs aim to take success on SEC road

January 11, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE — Mike Anderson knows how difficult life can be on the road in the Southeastern Conference, even in his first season back at Arkansas.The Razorbacks’ coach remembers all too well the struggles Arkansas faced away from home in the SEC, even when the program was one of the best in the country.Anderson just hopes the youthful Razorbacks (12-3, 1-0 SEC) can keep their calm as they prepare for their conference opener at Mississippi (10-5, 0-1) tonight.

Southerners, Cavemen advance at Kell tournament in Swifton

January 10, 2012 SWIFTON — Two Guard-circulation area basketball teams moved up here Monday in the Kell Classic Tournament in Swifton.The Southside Southerners, the runners-up to Bay here last year, defeated the Tuckerman Bulldogs 65-49 in an opener, and the Cave City Cavemen held off the Izard County Cougars 51-42 in a quarterfinal.In the other contest involving an area school, the Weiner Lady Cardinals downed the Cave City Cavewomen 41-34.

Lyon women shoot straight in 42-point win

January 10, 2012 The last non-conference basketball game of the season went great for one Lyon College team, and not so great for another.Hitting 66 percent of their shots from the field, the Scot women jumped to a big early lead and won 99-57 over the Philander Smith Lady Panthers in Becknell Gymnasium Monday night.In the nightcap, the visitors from Little Rock had the hot hand and won 96-71.

Batesville juniors bounce back in Wynne

January 10, 2012 WYNNE — Batesville’s juniors bounced back from a rough outing on the road last week and won at Wynne in 5A-East District basketball games here Monday.The Junior Lady Pioneers won 34-15. They led 8-2, 16-4 and 32-10 at the quarter breaks.“We had nine players score and our defense was better than it has been in a while,” Coach Tim Palmer said. “Kate Sanders has played well in the post for us the last two games.”

Anderson’s son arrested for DWI

January 10, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The son of University of Arkansas men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson has been arrested again on suspicion of drunken driving.Michael Anderson, 26, is a video coordinator for the Razorbacks. He was pulled over by Fayetteville police at 3:43 a.m. Sunday, hours after Arkansas’ win over Mississippi State.A police report says Anderson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10, above the 0.08 limit for driving. Police say he was randomly braking and had “horrible” balance during a test.

Report: Dyer transferring to Arkansas State

January 10, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Michael Dyer is following Gus Malzahn back home, joining his former offensive coordinator at Arkansas State.A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night that the former Auburn tailback is transferring to Arkansas State to become a member of the Red Wolves.The person confirmed the move on condition of anonymity because Arkansas State has not announced it

Razorback wins SEC frosh award

January 10, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Razorback B.J. Young has been named Southeastern Conference freshman player of the week for a 2-game stretch in which he averaged 20.5 points.The league announced the award on Monday, taking note of Young’s 24-point performance in Saturday’s victory over Mississippi State. He made 10 of 13 attempts and had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.Young’s 24-point night was third-highest in school history for a freshman playing in his first SEC game.On the season, Young is averaging 14.8 points per game.

Tide finishes No. 1 8th time; Razorbacks tabbed fifth

January 10, 2012 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alabama split the games and swept the titles.The Crimson Tide was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football, after winning a rematch with LSU in the BCS championship on Monday night.Alabama’s 21-0 victory easily offset the Tigers’ 9-6 win on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and gave it the top spot in the AP ranking to go along with the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Alabama beats down LSU with defense

January 10, 2012 NEW ORLEANS — As required, Alabama’s players whooped it up amid the confetti and fireworks, yet there was something muted about this championship celebration.Turns out, these guys knew the ending to the sequel before they even got to the Big Easy.For two months, the Crimson Tide stewed over its first meeting with top-ranked LSU. By the time the team touched down in New Orleans, there was little doubt in anyone’s mind about the outcome. Not just win, but dominate.Boy, did they ever.