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Bielema defends late-game decisions

FAYETTEVILLE — Bret Bielema is not an angry type of guy. Not publicly, anyway. Smart aleck, perhaps. Class-clown-ish sometimes. Well-liked, mostly. Even with his penchant for saying things to garner attention, both good and ill, Bielema never comes off as hostile.

Four Downs: Hatcher could return next year

FAYETTEVILLE — Bret Bielema delivered a bit of good news and a bit of bad in the bowels of the Fred W. Smith Football Center on Monday. Considering the public figure was both bits of information would be negatives, the net result was happiness.

Weevils doomed by cold start

ADA, Okla. — The Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team was held scoreless in the first five minutes on Saturday against East Central, ultimately leading to a 77-65 loss to the Tigers on the road in Great American Conference play.

A day of thanks

It would have been easy on Oct. 3, 1863, for President Lincoln — or anyone else — not to be thankful. The nation (or nations, depending on one’s perspective) was still mired in a terrible Civil War, and while the Union had enjoyed victories that summer in Gettysburg and Vicksburg, much bloody fighting remained. Earlier that year, Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, had been injured in a carriage “accident” caused by an assailant sabotaging the driver’s seat. Their beloved son, Willie, had died the previous year at age 11.

Realism in fighting the Islamic State

After a bloody series of terrorist attacks, the natural impulse is to respond with overwhelming force to make sure they never happen again. The 9/11 carnage prompted a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to smash al-Qaida, which carried out the attacks, and remove the Taliban, which furnished the plotters a safe refuge.