Top baseball draft pick, Nats set signing record

August 18, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals knew they needed to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg, and they did.They needed the San Diego State star because of his pitching talent, his 100 mph fastballs and knee-buckling breaking balls. They needed him to ramp up the remaking of a last-place team on pace for a second consecutive 100-loss season. And they needed him to create a good vibe around a team that’s suffered sagging attendance at a new stadium and all manner of bad publicity.

Vinson couple win golf title

August 18, 2009 STUTTGART — John and Cecilia Vinson won the Stuttgart Country Club Couples Tournament here over the weekend.The husband-and-wife team from Batesville trimmed Jeff and Shelly Benton of Cabot by one stroke. The Vinsons followed up Saturday’s 65 with a 67 on Sunday. The Bentons shot 67-66.

BHS, Southside golfers win at Eagle Mountain

August 18, 2009 Batesville and Southside won golf matches at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Monday.The Pioneers won, defeating the Southerners and the Clinton Yellowjackets in a triangular. The Lady Southerners won a dual match with the Lady Pioneers.Garth Branstetter led the Pioneers with a medalist-winning 4-over-par 76. Shayne Vanbenshoten (87) and Laman Fountain (92) finished the team scoring, totaling 255.The Southerners’ 265 was made up of Clayton House’s 85, Adam Martin’s 88 and Matt Anderson’s 92.

Izard County players take 5 of 6 top spots in golf match

August 18, 2009 DRASCO — Izard County won team titles here Monday as their high school players posted five of the top six scores at Tannenbaum Golf Course.Lady Cougar Kiley Mettler shot a 9-hole score of 6-over-par 42 for medalist honors. Teammates Rachel Harmon (44) and Kristen Doty (53) followed, accounting for their 139 team total.The Salem Lady Greyhounds finished 36 strokes back. Abby Blevins led Salem with a 55.

17th Topless 100 turns into ‘Nightmare’ event

August 17, 2009 LOCUST GROVE — It was a nightmare in victory lane Saturday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.Jimmy “The Newport Nightmare” Owens (Newport, Tenn.) held off teammate and 3-time Comp Cams Topless 100 champion Scott Bloomquist to win his second crown jewel race of the season.Ironically, the first was at The Dream at Eldora Speedway in Ohio two months ago. Owens got $100,000 for that win. He’ll cash a $40,000 check for the Topless 100 victory.

Bears blank Pipers in preseason soccer

August 17, 2009 CONWAY — Randi Condley scored two goals as the University of Central Arkansas Bears shut out the Lyon College Pipers 3-0 here Saturday in a soccer exhibition match.Brittney Waren added a goal and an assist for UCA.The Pipers, under new Coach Tyson John, are scheduled to face Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia in another preseason event Wednesday before opening the regular season at home on Aug. 28 against Central Baptist College.

Hillcrest Eagles win golf match

August 17, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles edged the Cave City Cavemen in a golf match here Thursday.Derek Wooten shot a 51 for nine holes as the Eagles won by two strokes (166-168). Younger brother Dylan Wooten added a 56. Billy Brannon and Trevor Morgan added 59s. One was scratched to make the team score.Cave City’s Alex Cossey won medalist honors with a 45. He was followed by teammates Tyler Boot (58) and Kendall Cherry (65).

Eagles gamble on disgraced Michael Vick

August 14, 2009 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick is back in the NFL. When he finally gets in a game, it might be at a new position.Looking to add a new dimension to their offense, the Philadelphia Eagles gave Vick a one-year deal with an option for a second year. Vick wasn’t brought in to compete with 5-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb for a starting job, but the two could end up on the field together.

BHS golfers fall in Mtn. Home

August 14, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home swept Batesville in dual golf matches Thursday at Big Creek Golf and Country Club.Mountain Home won the boys match 316-373, but Garth Branstetter shined for the Pioneers. Branstetter sank five birdies and finished with a 1-under-par 71. That was three strokes better than the Bombers’ Seth Sullivan.Batesville’s team score was completed by Shayne Vanbenschoten’s 84, Laman Fountain’s 102 and Spencer Barnes’ 116.

Registration for grade-school gridders continues

August 14, 2009 Registration for the Kiwanis Youth Football League is continuing this month, announced Lyndal Waits.Boys and girls entering grades 3 through 6 can register each Saturday in August, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Game Day Sports, 1280 North St. Louis Street.The entry fee is $70 and the child needs to be present for measurements. Helmet and shoulder pads will be issued at the registration. All entry forms are available at