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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.

Mixed signals on American Pharoah

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.

Kentucky’s odds with a twist

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.

SEC bubble teams teetering on the edge

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.

Evolution of women’s basketball in 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.