LITTLE ROCK — New to Arkansas fans, angst about the identity of the starting quarterback has been a constant for the Florida faithful for years.
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LITTLE ROCK — Confident that trainer Todd Pletcher would put Destin on a conventional path to the Kentucky Derby, two win tickets were purchased on the Tampa Bay Derby winner — one as a personal investment, the other as a thank-you to a friend for gathering and sharing Triple Crown mementoes.
LITTLE ROCK — Used accurately when describing Arkansas State’s no-huddle offense, the phrase “more conventional” requires context.
LITTLE ROCK — Uttered by now ex-Little Rock coach Chris Beard, the two words that sealed the deal have nothing to do with basketball.
LITTLE ROCK — Based on four days of results, members of the NCAA Selection Committee are a bit wiser than the folks who wager enough to move the Las Vegas betting lines.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas gymnastics team saved face for a grandfather who led astray a 13-year-old in the world of college basketball. Athletes from Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky helped.
LITTLE ROCK — Handicapping the chances of Ralis in the $900,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park, there is no middle ground — either trust trainer Doug O’Neill or toss the California shipper.
LITTLE ROCK — Watching the Little Rock Trojans for the first time, the list of likes begins with poise.
LITTLE ROCK — Sometimes, the in-home version of a movie includes an alternative ending. Sometimes, there is only word of an unseen option.
LITTLE ROCK — Apparently, some folks with disposable income have come to realize that J.T. Barrett has one more year to play quarterback for Ohio State.
LITTLE ROCK — More than one SEC team that ended the regular season with a loss will do some winning this week in Nashville.
LITTLE ROCK — Vulnerable incumbents. Term limits. Recycled candidates. Eager first-timers. Spin doctors. An enthusiastic endorsement. And one entrenched candidate.
LITTLE ROCK — Struck perfectly, the 10-foot birdie putt defied gravity and the young man preparing for the U.S. Open qualifying at The Country Club of Little Rock was incredulous. Second try, same result — the ball meandered uphill.
LITTLE ROCK — Hidden in plain sight in a composite of the way-too-early football projections are the Auburn and Clemson of 2016.
LITTLE ROCK — Whether Kansas extends its home winning streak to 41 or Texas Tech continues its impressive form reversal in Lawrence, Kansas, the Little Rock Trojans will benefit.
LITTLE ROCK — Earned on the course or awarded by the captain, Phil Mickelson’s spot on the Ryder Cup team is a must if the U.S. is to beat Europe for the second time since the turn of the century.
LITTLE ROCK — Reconnaissance work completed by his lesser runners, trainer Bob Baffert now knows he will have to send his first string to Arkansas to resume his enormously successful run in Oaklawn Park’s series for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.
LITTLE ROCK — Chasing a horse from Arkansas to Kentucky before giving up at the mutuel windows, a lesson in commitment was learned when the animal won a race in New York at a big price.
LITTLE ROCK — Six weeks into SEC basketball, silliness ended and sanity returned.
LITTLE ROCK — Race results and reputations convinced the Churchill Downs oddsmaker that three runners in the $500,000 Southwest at Oaklawn Park belong among the top 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
LITTLE ROCK — A diehard Aggie, the Poolsville winner is fiscally irresponsible, but honest, and still clings to athletic accomplishments from 35 years ago.
LITTLE ROCK — Sitting on go, the rumor mill about Alabama football recruiting was shut down by the ultimate closer.
LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas teams with markedly different records are in the same predicament.
LITTLE ROCK — Quarterback Peyton Manning is to Super Bowl 50 as actor Robert De Niro is to the award-winning movie “Silver Linings Playbook.”
LITTLE ROCK — Mood music for a look at Arkansas’ recruiting class is the familiar refrain from the “Cheers” sitcom: “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”
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