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McIlroy challenged when it counts

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.

Counting down to Hoover

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:

Arkansas gets help from Vegas

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.

A look at the U.S. Open pairings

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.

An early estimate of football favorites

LITTLE ROCK — An early line on the favorites to make the College Football Playoff is an overly enthusiastic compliment to Florida State and a blanket condemnation of teams in the ACC, plus Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Florida.