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.
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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.
LITTLE ROCK — Very adept at marrying new, creative lyrics with familiar melodies, the morning radio man overlooked the fine print in an ESPN ranking.
LITTLE ROCK — Two trips planned to Oaklawn Park, two trips canceled, equals a friendship in jeopardy.
LITTLE ROCK — Growing up, the best free throw shooter in Razorback history possessed the self-discipline to abide by strict rules even when there was no one around to watch.
LITTLE ROCK — Providing college football fans with talking points for the dead period between signing day and the start of spring practice, some observations about the SEC schedule in 2015:
LITTLE ROCK — An unofficial ban on deflated footballs begins at 5:30 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Late to the Arkansas-Little Rock women’s game, a fan could tell from the radio play-by-play that there was a decent crowd on hand.
LITTLE ROCK — The slew of new coordinators in the SEC will be measured against the standard set by first-year coordinators Lane Kiffin and Robb Smith did in 2014.
LITTLE ROCK — Asking Urban Meyer about Cardale Jones at halftime, Tom Rinaldi’s endeavor was a waste of time.
LITTLE ROCK — Guess how many times Brandon Allen threw the ball away in 13 games?
LITTLE ROCK — Concisely, coach Mike Anderson explained why Arkansas was trailing Georgia at halftime.
LITTLE ROCK — A week out, the Friday forecast called for a high of 38 and a slight chance of rain in Hot Springs, good enough to prompt an email to a recently retired, longtime friend suggesting a meeting at a familiar parking lot in Benton and carpooling for opening day at Oaklawn Park.