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Opportunity missed on Derby

LITTLE ROCK — Bound for Vegas and a long-planned, big get-together, former Arkansas linebacker David Bazzel squirreled away $100 to place on the nose of American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby.

Golf seeding proves meaningless

LITTLE ROCK — No. 8 North Carolina State over No. 1 Villanova in the NCAA Tournament, matter of fact. No. 7 Michigan State over No. 2 Virginia and No. 7 Wichita State over No. 2 Kansas, child’s play.

Portis makes right decision

LITTLE ROCK — Razorback basketball fans surprised by Bobby Portis’ decision to enter the NBA Draft were under the influence of a dream for 2016 and probably put too much stock in heartfelt and emotional remarks made last month by the sophomore.

Oaklawn crowd grows

LITTLE ROCK — For a first-timer at Churchill Downs, the Friday before the Kentucky Derby was routine with plenty of time to meander around the barns, retreat to the pressbox to file some copy, grab some lunch and spend the rest of the day playing the races.

Black boxes in baseball

LITTLE ROCK — Other than speeding up baseball, the pitch clock could be employed in other ways when the Arkansas Travelers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals open their home seasons on April 16.