Hogs enjoying give-take with new DC

December 22, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas junior Ross Rasner, a hybrid outside linebacker/safety, says he is more involved in this Jan. 6  Cotton Bowl game plan against the Kansas State Wildcats at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium than any game plan before it.Paul Haynes, hired away from Ohio State earlier this month to replace departed defensive coordinator Willy Robinson, wants players feeding back the hands that coach them.

NFL labor chief gets $1M bonus

December 22, 2011 NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the payout says the NFL Players Association has given executive director DeMaurice Smith a $1 million bonus.The bonus was paid solely at the discretion of the union, the person says on condition of anonymity because the payment was not announced. Smith was hired in March 2009 to replace the late Gene Upshaw.The Sports Business Daily originally reported the amount of the bonus.

Packers’ aim shifts to Bears, gaining home-field advantage

December 22, 2011 GREEN BAY, Wis. — Now that it’s gone, Green Bay Packers players admit they are disappointed they aren’t in position to pull off a perfect season.And they don’t seem to put much stock in the theory that a well-timed loss can help a good team focus going into the playoffs.Still, there’s home-field advantage at stake — and, ultimately, a Super Bowl left to shoot for — giving the Packers plenty to play for going into their game Sunday night against NFC North rival Chicago at Lambeau Field.

Pachall throws Frogs by Bulldogs

December 22, 2011 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Louisiana Tech nearly knocked off No. 16 TCU in a matchup of conference champions.Casey Pachall and the Horned Frogs rebounded, though, in time to head from the Mountain West to the Big 12 Conference on an eight-game winning streak.Pachall highlighted a record-setting game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift TCU to a 31-24 victory over Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night.

Wade, Young lift Hogs by E. Kentucky

December 21, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Mike Anderson won’t complain about wins, but the Arkansas coach is ready to see improved shooting from the Razorbacks.Mardracus Wade led a balanced attack with 13 points and BJ Young added 12 to lift Arkansas (7-3) to a 71-57 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday night. The Razorbacks shot just 32 percent, but they connected on 29 of 35 free throws.The performance at the line was a stark contrast to Arkansas’ last outing, a 62-55 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday. The Razorbacks hit just 11 of 23 free throws in that game.

Kolter hired to direct softball team

December 21, 2011 Kristen Kolter has been named the head softball coach for the Lyon College women’s softball team, announced Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins.Kolter was hired this fall as Lyon’s sports information director and as an assistant softball coach. She replaces Jason Miner, who resigned as head softball coach in October after three seasons. The Scots’ record during his time was 58-80. They were 22-36 in TranSouth Athletic Conference games.

Southside girls win with ‘D’

December 21, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners won with defense here Tuesday night, thumping the Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds 56-35.“We did not shoot the ball well at all from the field or the (free throw) line,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said. “We were 18 by 35 from the free-throw line and just 17 by 56 from the floor, but we played extremely hard defensively.”And the Lady Southerners remained unbeaten in 4A-2 District play. They are 3-0 against district foes and 9-2 overall.The Lady Southerners led 8-4, 26-13 and 41-24 at the quarter breaks.

Free-throw numbers cost BHS girls again

December 21, 2011 Freebies cost the Batesville Lady Pioneers again.The Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane hit 21 of 29 free throws to the Lady Pioneers’ five of 12 in Pioneer Gymnasium Tuesday night as the visitors won 49-28 in a non-conference high school basketball game.

Basketball in town tonight!

December 20, 2011 Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane (4-4) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (2-7), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.Shala David, a senior forward, returns from the Jonesboro team that posted a 17-11 record and qualified for the Class 6A State Tournament last season, said third-year Coach Jodi Davis. One of those losses was a 53-48 decision to the Lady Pioneers in a season-opener for the Lady ’Cane. Along with David, Morgan Malugen and Chayla Johnson have helped Jonesboro to a .500 start.