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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?

Razorbacks drop second straight

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson erased a six-point deficit with just over a minute left in regulation and went on to defeat the No. 18 Arkansas men’s basketball team 68-65 in overtime on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Allen back working out as Texas Bowl looms

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was in obvious pain the last time he was on the field, struggling with an injury to his right oblique during the fourth quarter of the Razorbacks’ 21-14 loss at Missouri on Nov. 28.

No wrong answers in playoff

LITTLE ROCK — An hour before the drawn-out reveal of college football’s Final Four, the gist of the column was done, with XXXXX marking the spots to insert the appropriate teams.

Hoopin’ for Charity

Altheimer All-Stars player James Rice splits a double-team driving to the basket as the Power 92 Jammers’ Lee Robinson (20) and Rashad Moss (10) defend in a charity game Saturday night at Dollarway High School. The Jammers, organized by Little Rock R&B radio station KIPR-FM 92.3 (“Power 92”) play teams from across the state raising money for charity and have raised more than $1.5 million in the team’s 24-year existence. Saturday’s game benefited the Altheimer youth basketball program. The Jammers won 109-105, ending an eight-game losing streak to the All-Stars. (Pine Bluff Commercial/I.C. Murrell)