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.
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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.
LITTLE ROCK — The SEC is on a fast track to expand the number of basketball teams that are prominent on the national scene.
LITTLE ROCK — A revised betting line on the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament speaks to the value of underclassmen who decided to turn pro and the perceived impact of incoming players.
LITTLE ROCK — Created to avoid the PGA Tour’s version of “one-and-done,” there is a twist to the WGC-Cadillac Match Play championship next week.
LITTLE ROCK — Five days apart, the cool and class of 21-year-old Jordan Spieth were confirmed.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — On the racetrack and at the betting windows, American Pharoah’s dominance of the Arkansas Derby is a perfect pinnacle to the most true-to-form series of Kentucky Derby prep races in memory.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Racing Commission’s approval of Oaklawn Park’s racing dates is the cue to check the dates of The Masters in the year ahead.
LITTLE ROCK — A few days before the end of college basketball and the beginning of major league baseball, ESPN spent some time hyping the competition for a spot in the NBA playoffs.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — One of the numbers that explains Wisconsin’s presence in the Final Four comes from a man revered by basketball junkies while the other is inexplicable.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Preparing to watch NCAA basketball Thursday night is a four-step process:
LITTLE ROCK — Simmering on the back burner for weeks, the future of Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls is now a rolling boil.
LITTLE ROCK — Head on a swivel, a cartoon cat named Tom listened to both a halo-wearing angel on one shoulder and a pitchfork-toting devil on the other. Trying to decide if American Pharoah is the Kentucky Derby winner or a paper tiger that must be in front from the get-go, I know the feeling.
LITTLE ROCK — Kentucky’s unprecedented favoritism to win the NCAA Tournament is reflected in creative wagers offered to those who want to make a big-picture bet on the Wildcats but are not interested in the miniscule odds available on Kentucky to win the whole kit and kaboodle.
LITTLE ROCK — Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket, a trendy, history-based tactic is to select some 12 seeds over some fives.
LITTLE ROCK — Forgotten facts and the words of coach Bret Bielema altered a column advancing spring football practice.
LITTLE ROCK — At the craps table, there are five ways to make six. In Nashville, only one combination is a certain six for the SEC — Texas A&M, Ole Miss, LSU and Georgia advancing in the conference tournament, plus locks Kentucky and Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK — Bored by a girls high school basketball tournament, a sportswriter on one of his first out-of-office assignments turned away from the “action” and borrowed a friend’s transistor radio to listen to the supposedly questionable lyrics on a hit record by The Kingsmen.
LITTLE ROCK — Regarding Kentucky vs. Arkansas, the plea is guilty to violating a self-imposed ban on reading too much into a single 40-minute contest.
LITTLE ROCK — Two or three times a football season, a not-so-subtle phrase identifies Arkansas as a deserving underdog, something like, “The Razorbacks need help to win.”
LITTLE ROCK — Word from the West Coast confirming a racetrack happening in Arkansas upstaged a second consecutive impressive victory by a colt based at Oaklawn Park.
LITTLE ROCK — A wide receiver from Camden is eligible to alter a long-held attitude that junior college transfers will disappoint far more often than they will make a contribution that is both immediate and game-changing.