Slumping MSU faces No. 1 Wildcats

February 21, 2012 STARKVILLE (AP) — Mississippi State’s once-promising season has been derailed by a surprising three-game losing streak.Now conversations about a deep run in the NCAA Tournament have suddenly turned into a debate if the Bulldogs (19-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) can make the tournament at all.And things don’t get any easier when No. 1 Kentucky (26-1, 12-0) comes to town tonight, bringing its 18-game winning streak and multiple NBA prospects to Humphrey Coliseum.“I’ve seen a lot of Kentucky teams and this may be as good as I’ve seen,” coach Rick Stansbury said.

New rules bring excitement to Daytona

February 21, 2012 DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway.He probably shouldn’t have been in position to race with the leaders. Yet there he was, bearing down on the finish line with a shot at winning Saturday night’s exhibition Budweiser Shootout, and with a slingshot pass on the outside of defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, Busch pulled off a miraculous win in the first event of 2012.Not too shabby of a start to the season.

Four area basketball teams win league tourney crowns

February 20, 2012 HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners closed out the first quarter with an 11-2 run and the Heber Springs Lady Panthers never quite recovered here Saturday night in the championship game of the 4A-2 District Tournament..The Lady Southerners, co-runnersup with the Marianna Lady Trojans in the regular season, defeated the  regular-season champions, the Lady Panthers, 39-31.

Lyon turns North for new conference

February 20, 2012 The Lyon College Scots are saying goodbye to the East and hello to the North.In a news release Friday afternoon, the school announced it is leaving the TranSouth Athletic Conference and joining the American Midwest Conference.Lyon has been affiliated with the TranSouth, an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference made up largely of Tennessee schools, the past 14 seasons.

Lyon women get back on track with long shots, tough defense

February 20, 2012 With some clutch long-range shooting and some up-close and personal defense, the Lyon College Scots snapped a 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball losing streak in Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.“We got the job done defensively and got big stops consistently,” Scot Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said after the 57-47 win over the Bethel Wildcats. “We got a lot of big shots from a number of people, but our ability to guard them for 40 minutes allowed us to get the win.”

Scots, Fighting Saints split 1-run games

February 20, 2012 The Lyon College Scots and Saint Francis Fighting Saints each scored a 1-run baseball victory at Scots Field Sunday afternoon.After Lyon took the opener 4-3 and the Saints won the nightcap 3-2, Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke said, “After games like that we’re excited about getting back out there and strapping it on again.”Lyon and the team from Joliet, Ill., were scheduled to play a second doubleheader beginning at 10 this morning.

Scot softball team goes 1-2-1 in opening-weekend tourney

February 20, 2012 The Lyon College Scots got off to a 1-2-1 start this weekend in the Lyon College Invitational Softball Tournament.After William Woods and Williams Baptist defeated the Scots 9-1 and 12-1, respectively, on Friday, the Scots bounced back to defeat Hannibal-LaGrange 5-4 on Saturday morning and the game with Benedictine was called due to darkness Saturday with the score tied at 2 after seven innings.

Lady Pioneers stand up to pressure, down Tech

February 20, 2012 The Batesville Lady Pioneers broke through against pressure in more ways than one Friday night in a high school basketball game in Pioneer Gym.While defeating the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles 43-37, one of the 5A-East District’s big guns, they also shot holes in the Lady Eagles’ full-court pressure defense.

Basketball in town tonight!

February 17, 2012 Greene County Tech Lady Eagles (8-3, 5A-East District; 21-4, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (1-10, 3-19), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.The Lady Eagles are likely to be in a foul mood tonight. They absorbed their second loss in a row Tuesday night when the Paragould Lady Rams, their crosstown rivals, won 48-42, dropping the Lady Eagles to third in the district standings. They lost this time last week by 16 (48-32) at Beebe. When the Lady Pioneers visited Tech back on Jan. 27, the Lady Eagles won 63-25 as they hit nine of 11 3-point shots in the first half.

Lyon baseball games delayed

February 17, 2012 The Lyon College-Saint Francis baseball doubleheader set for Saturday has been moved to Monday, Lyon College Coach Tony Roepcke said.The team from Joliet, Ill., and Lyon are set to play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sunday. Saturday’s games have been moved to Monday and the first pitch is set for 10 a.m.“Their athletic director called and asked since there is a chance of rain on Saturday if we could move those games,” Roepcke said. “They’re coming a long way, so they wanted to avoid the possible rain-out.”