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Giving Back

The AAU Arkansas Mustangs returned to the CASA Women’s Shelter for the second straight year to spread some cheer and blessings to others. The boys are all students at Jack Robey Junior High. Pictured, in order from left to right, D’Vonte Jackson, McKinley Avery, Drayton Noble, Tavari Dixson, Derrick Sloan Jr., Chandler Tate, Caleb Sloan and Justin Tillar. Coaches are Otis Johnson and Vincent Tate. Not pictured, Jyrimee Thompson and Cameron Crane. (Special to The Commercial)

Hesiman 2015 in flux

LITTLE ROCK — Whether Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and other high-profile underclassmen invoke Matt Barkley’s name, the former USC quarterback casts a long shadow over the race for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

Mother afraid for son’s texting and driving

Q. My 17-year-old son texts while he is driving. I’ve asked him to stop several times, but he says he’s a good driver and nothing will happen to him. I’m really frightened, especially with the holiday traffic. Could you please explain why so many young people don’t think it’s a problem?

Alumni Report for 12-10-14

Each week, The Commercial will run this list of active-status athletes from the area with their recent statistics in professional or collegiate action. If there is an active player whom you believe should be included in this report, please email us at pbsports@pbcommercial.com .