Wreck puts NASCAR champ in backup car for Daytona 500

February 11, 2010 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson’s quest for a fifth straight NASCAR championship will begin in a backup car.Johnson was involved in the latest wreck at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, doing enough damage that crew chief Chad Knaus decided to scrap the primary car for Sunday’s season-opening race.“I was just riding along and thought everything was fine, and the next thing you know, I was in the middle of it,” Johnson said.

Hogs enjoy rare fast start, blowout win in SEC

February 11, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas brought a 4-game winning streak into its Wednesday night game against LSU, but the suddenly hot Razorbacks didn’t cruise to any of those victories.The Hogs had to rally back from deficits in each win during the streak, including double-digit deficits in the first three. Arkansas started considerably better Wednesday night, however, and led from start to finish during an 87-52 victory in Bud Walton Arena.

Batesville-Forrest City games reshuffled

February 10, 2010 School officials had to shuffle the Forrest City-at-Batesville senior and junior high basketball games again.Batesville Athletic Director Dave King announced this morning that the senior high games will now be played Thursday evening. The girls will lead off with a 5:30 tip off in Pioneer Gym. The junior games have been set for Friday in Pioneer, again with the varsity girls leading off at 5:30.

Scots go cold in exhibition at Lamar

February 10, 2010 BEAUMONT, Texas — A 13-0 head start helped the Lamar Cardinals cruise by the Lyon Scots 75-46 in an exhibition contest here Tuesday night.Lyon’s first basket took four minutes to manufacture. With 9:38 remaining in the first half, the Scots trailed 26-13. They didn’t score again for 11 minutes and 13 seconds. Lamar led 40-13 at halftime.The rims inside Montagne Center weren’t loose for the Scots. The visitors hit only 13 percent of their shots from the field in the first half and only 26 percent for the game (17 of 65).

Back injury could end Parnevik’s career

February 10, 2010 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Jesper Parnevik said today he will likely have to quit golf because of a broken vertebrae in his lower back.Parnevik, a 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet that doctors said he needs to have joint fusion surgery, “which means I can’t play anymore.”The paper reported today that Parnevik had emergency back surgery on Monday that would keep him from playing for at least a month. The 44-year-old Swedish golfer said a more advanced operation that could risk his career “seems inevitable.”

Penguin Run doubles up

February 10, 2010 The Penguin Run, an annual road race benefiting Special Olympics, is scheduled for Feb. 27 and it has an addition.Along with the 5-kilometer course that’s been used in the past, an additional 5K has been added for those interested, race organizer Jessica Fagan announced. The 5K-10K event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Kennedy Park on the White River. The finish line is also at Kennedy Park.

Frosh phenoms lead Kentucky again

February 10, 2010 LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — After a historic night of scoring and rebounding for John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, but most of the discussion after the game was about what Kentucky’s two freshman phenoms did wrong in yet another easy victory for the third-ranked Wildcats.Wall totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double and Cousins got his seventh straight — best by a Kentucky player in 37 years — as the Wildcats outmuscled Alabama 66-55 on Tuesday night.

NASCAR economics improve, but going still slow

February 10, 2010 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With the NASCAR season revving up at Daytona International Speedway this week, companies still have a chance to associate themselves with the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.And they can do so at the relative bargain-bin prices found in NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide series.

Izard County Cougars whip Missourians

February 9, 2010 BROCKWELL — Trenton Hatman and Preston Harmon combined for 40 points to help the Izard County Cougars past Missouri’s Dora Falcons 56-37 in nonconference action here Friday night.Hatman provided a game-high 26 points. Harmon added five assists to his 14 points. Teammate Ryan Walker led the rebounding chart with nine.Jimmy Sexton scored 13 points for the Falcons.This game result was inadvertently omitted from Monday’s “Area basketball” roundup.

Piper K.K. Hodges wins league award

February 9, 2010 Lyon College forward K.K. Hodges has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.Hodges, a 6-foot junior forward from Wynne, averaged 20.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and three steals a game for the week. She recorded 33 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the Pipers 69-59 road-win over conference foe Blue Mountain on Feb. 1.  Hodges added a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in a 57-55 overtime loss at TranSouth member Cumberland on Thursday.