LITTLE ROCK — Hoped for in Liverpool, the gut check of Rory McIlroy occurred in Louisville.
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LITTLE ROCK — Criss crossing conference championship odds with a preseason poll in a search for the Michigan State of 2014, three teams appeared on the radar.
LITTLE ROCK — Firmly established as a proving ground for 3-year-old thoroughbreds, the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park will be even more attractive to horsemen in 2015 for 150,000 reasons.
LITTLE ROCK — Written prior to the final round of the PGA Tour event, the lead said, “… naming either of America’s most well known golfers to the U.S. Ryder Cup team is indefensible.”
LITTLE ROCK — Although Brandon Allen’s 2013 statistics were so-so at best, the only way to drum up a quarterback controversy at Arkansas is to apply a conspiracy theory to a blurb about A.J. Derby.
LITTLE ROCK — Inspired by the SEC’s announcement that all 14 schools will play football on the conference’s new network during the first four weeks of the season, the exercise in long-range planning was to identify the must-see game of the week while dealing with some self-imposed parameters.
LITTLE ROCK — This notion that participation in a bowl game one year guarantees a team will be a force to reckon with the following year is poppycock.
LITTLE ROCK — Decades ago, when mutuel windows at Oaklawn Park were denomination-specific and the color of a ticket corresponded to a particular wager, a couple of guys with limited resources heard about a doctor from Little Rock who was in the know.
LITTLE ROCK — Not on par with the “Drive,” or the “Miracle on Markham,” but Rory McIlroy’s response halfway through the final round of the British Open will stand for his defining moment until he crafts something better.
LITTLE ROCK — If Tim Brando is correct about the four teams in the College Football Playoff, perfection or parity or patience will be a factor.
LITTLE ROCK — No. 16 in the first round is the answer to a trivia question from the British Open.
LITTLE ROCK — The day is near, said the brilliant inventor/businessman, when bars of gold will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron or blocks of steel.
LITTLE ROCK — Starved for fresh college football morsels, fans could O.D. on the expanded SEC Media Days event that begins Monday in Hoover, Ala. To help ease into the four-day glut of quotes from coaches and players, a 15-point countdown:
LITTLE ROCK — Based on the over-under for total wins in the Eastern Division of the SEC, Arkansas, Auburn, and Texas A&M have the most difficult league schedules in the West.
LITTLE ROCK — Doing his part, the 10-year-old Shih Tzu ate a few minutes earlier than usual and completed his neighborhood tour which freed his owner/walker to hightail it for the golf course.
LITTLE ROCK — A diminished commodity in the NFL, running backs will be front and center in the SEC this year for two reasons.
LITTLE ROCK —Preparing a deposit slip for Arkansas State University football, athletics director Terry Mohajir can choose bucks or buzz, check or chatter.
LITTLE ROCK — In the World Cup, Brazil might just be Louisville of 2013 or UConn of 2011 or Duke of 2010 or all three rolled into one.
LITTLE ROCK — Despite an NCAA about-face that closed an avenue for a student-athlete’s transfer, a Nevada-Las Vegas offensive lineman is at Arkansas because of the UA’s aggressive pursuit of the young man.
LITTLE ROCK — Nowhere to be found in preseason speculation about the Heisman Trophy the past two years, the winner this season will be somebody already well known to college football fans.
LITTLE ROCK — Sharing the national stage for a few days, two individuals and a team are charged with adding pizzazz to their sport.
LITTLE ROCK — Spoiled by attending three tournament games of a run-and-gun version of futbol, the first time watching a World Cup match from start to finish bordered on the tedious.
LITTLE ROCK — Easy to spot, the U.S. Open pairings with a clear-cut connection beg the question whether somebody with a sense of humor and a penchant for the occasional inside joke cobbled together some of the other threesomes.
LITTLE ROCK — Engaging while winning, the co-owner of California Chrome oozed enmity after losing.
LITTLE ROCK — To appreciate the parity in college baseball, think of the current NCAA Tournament in light of the one that ended April 7 in Texas.