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Explanations for changing odds of CFP winner

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.

Rising Star Champs

The second grade Arkansas Rising Stars won first place in the Elite Championship bracket. Pictured is coach Steve Barnett, coach Jayden Miller, Chauncey Haynes, Jayden Miller Jr., Kaden Higgins, Billy Reddick, Tommy Reddick and Jayden Shelton.

Olympic Qualifiers

Eight athletes from the Port City SPEED Track and Field Club qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics July 28-August 2 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

State Champs

The White Hall 14 and under all-star team won the South Arkansas state tournament on July 12 after defeating Union County 5-3 in eight innings in the championship game. The team travels to Weimar, Texas today to compete in the Southwest Regional tournament. Front Row: Zach Harbison, Wes Harp, Zack Motsinger, Walker Bailey, Carson Alexander, Baylor Owen. Back Row: Manager Jeff Johnson, Garrett Dennis, Tyler Greer, Reese Wilkerson, coach Ray Harbison, Bradley Reece, Ryan Ruff, Adam Johnston, coach Buddy Owen.

10th-Grade Bearcats

The 10th-grade Arkansas Bearcats finished second in the Elite Championship bracket of the HoopPlayUSA National Championships this past weekend. Team members include (pictured in no particular order): Darrian Evans, Kewon Douglass, Wayne Rouse, Cameron Girey, Brandon Lowe, Ja’Quavis Russell, Keith Peterson, Chris Slater, Derrick Marks, Amare Thompson and Carl Smith Jr. Coaches are Danny Evans and Christian Smith. (Special to The Commercial)

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:

Northern comes alive late for rout

It took five innings and a 1-0 deficit, but the Pine Bluff Northern’s bats finally woke from their slumber as the team scored 15 runs on nine hits over the final two innings to defeat Arkansas Pulpwood of Camden 15-1 in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament at Taylor Field on Saturday.

PB Tigers prevail in wild finish

The Pine Bluff Tigers rallied late to win an 8-7 thriller over the Nashville Rangers in the opening round of the 19-and-under Dixie Majors State Tournament held on Eddie Bryan Field at Seabrook Family Christian Center on Friday.

Hartsfield gives White Hall lift over Hamburg

Soon-to-be ninth grader Layne Hartsfield tallied three RBIs and went four innings on the mound as White Hall defeated Hamburg 10-2 in the first round of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament at Taylor Field on Friday.

McKenzie, Bucher accomplish goal

During Friday’s modified shootout at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course, Star City native Cameron McKenzie leaned over and said, “If we can finish in second place, I will be happy.”