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The Mountain Home High School baseball team will travel to Springfield for a pair of Saturday games at Parkview High School. The Bombers' first game will be against Logan-Rogersville, and Mountain Home will wrap up the day later on as they ...Read More

It was a battle between Panthers Friday on the baseball diamond as Yellville-Summit was able to defeat Bergman 8-3. Andy Jackson picked up the victory as he pitched five innings, struck out ten batters and gave up two hits, two walks and a ...Read More

The St. Louis Cardinals had a rough outing in the nation's capital as the Nationals evened up the weekend series. John Rooney has the Redbird Recap.
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FAYETTEVILLE   The Arkansas baseball team (24-15, 8-8 SEC) used a four-run first inning Friday evening to race out to an early lead and defeat No. 11 Vanderbilt (28-11, 7-9) 6-2 at Baum Stadium.
The fireworks started ...Read More

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.
The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more ...Read More
Caleb Gilley of Yellville-Summit signs with Williams Baptist

Baseball, softball and track make up the local Friday schedule.

In high school baseball, Norfork travels to Flippin, Viola hosts Bakersfield, Melbourne entertains Mountain View, and Valley Springs makes the trip to Green ...Read More

The Norfork High School baseball team was able to pick up conference victory on Thursday with a 9-4 decision over Calico Rock. Zane Harris was the winning pitcher on the afternoon. Calico Rock improves to 5-3 on the season and 4-3 in the ...Read More

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The University of Arkansas is set to host Vanderbilt
in a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series.

The Razorbacks and Commodores will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Baum
Stadium in ...Read More

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny
Manning at Tulsa.

A person with knowledge of the situation at Tulsa says Haith is the
front-runner for the job, and he was traveling to the ...Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his
seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and
St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals' 8-0 ...Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) _ St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has been put on
the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Cardinals also optioned righty reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis
and ...Read More
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Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was benched in the team's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday for not running out a groundball.

The incident occurred in the sixth inning when Harper tapped a groundball to the pitcher and didn't make an effort to run to first base. Harper was then replaced by Kevin Frandsen.

"Lack of hustle. That's why he came out of the game," Nationals skipper Matt Williams said of Harper. "He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times."

Despite being benched, the 21-year-old Harper was understanding of his managers decision.

"I respect what he did," Harper said. "That's part of the game."

Harper has recently returned from a quad injury. The two-time All Star has played in 16 games this season compiling a .295 average, one home run, five RBIs and a .348 on-base percentage.

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Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) --  NBA Playoffs: First Round -   Brooklyn Nets 94 - Toronto Raptors 87 (Brooklyn leads series, 1-0)

Atlanta Hawks 101 - Indiana Pacers 93 (Atlanta leads series, 1-0)

Golden State Warriors 109 - Los Angeles Clippers 105 (Golden State leads series, 1-0)

NHL Playoffs: First Round - St. Louis Blues 4 - Chicago Blackhawks 3 OT (St. Louis leads series, 2-0)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 2OT (Series tied, 1-1)

MLB:  St. Louis Cardinals 4 (11-7) - Washington Nationals 3 (10-8)

Boston Red Sox 4 (8-10) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (8-8)

Kansas City Royals 5 (9-7) - Minnesota Twins 4 (8-9)

Detroit Tigers 5 (8-6) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (8-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (10-8) - Cleveland Indians 0 (7-10)

Chicago Cubs 8 (5-11) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-10)

Oakland Athletics 4 (12-5) - Houston Astros 3 (5-13)

Miami Marlins 7 (8-10) - Seattle Mariners 0 (7-10)

Milwaukee Brewers 8 (13-5) - Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (8-10)

Atlanta Braves 7 (12-5) - New York Mets 5 (8-9)

Colorado Rockies 3 (10-9) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (7-10)

Tampa Bay Rays 16 (9-9) - New York Yankees 1 (10-8)

Texas Rangers 6 (11-7) - Chicago White Sox 3 (8-10)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (11-7) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (5-15)

San Diego Padres 3 (9-9) - San Francisco Giants 1 (10-8)

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04/19/2014 10:11:00pm

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  Klay Thompson and Blake Griffin combined to score 42 points as the Golden State Warriors stunned the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 in their playoff series opener.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for Golden State, who rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and eight assists in the loss.  Blake Griffin finished with 16 points, but he fouled out with 48 seconds remaining and the game tied at 105.

Darren Collison made 1 of 2 free throws late in the fourth quarter, giving the Clippers their first lead since early in the third at 103-102.  Warriors forward Harrison Barnes drilled a three-pointer to give his team the lead for good.

The teams split their four games in the regular season, so the rest of the series should be quiite interesting.  Game 2 will be played on Monday night.

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04/19/2014 07:17:00pm

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facing a 0-1 deficit in their opening round playoff series against the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers will again be without goalie Steve Mason for Game 2.

Even though he skated with the team for the second-straight day, Mason declared himself unable to suit up for Sunday's game.

Mason suffered an upper-body injury during the team's win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last Saturday. The team will not confirm, but Mason may have suffered a concussion.

"I'm going to make [Game 3] my goal and get as much rest in as possible to make sure that when I get back I'm 100% and ready to help the team rather than to be a liability out there," Mason said.

Backup goalie Ray Emery will get the start for the Flyers again against the Rangers for Game 2. In Game 1, Emery allowed four goals, including three in the third period.

In his first full season with the Flyers, the 25-year-old Mason went 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA.

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04/19/2014 06:40:00pm

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) --  The Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for moments like these.

Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Garnett stepped up defensively during crunch time, and the Nets topped the Toronto Raptors 94-87 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points for Brooklyn, who took homecourt advantage from the Raptors despite making just 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Brooklyn got off to a hot start, but the Raptors kept battling back.  They took a 76-75 lead on a Greivis Vasquez transition three with just over five minutes to play, but the Nets immediately responded thanks to big plays from Pierce and Garnett.

"You just get that feeling, you've been in those situations a number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game."

There was a lot of trash talk between the two teams before the game.  General manager Masai Ujri even joined in on the fun.  He shouted "F--- Brooklyn!" at a fan rally outside Air Canada Centre prior to the game and it was caught on video by a fan.  He apologized at halftime with the Nets leading 50-46.

"Wrong choice of words out there," he said. "It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs.

"Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled -- wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it."

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points in the loss, while center Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 17 points and 18 rebounds.

Game 2 will be played on Tuesday night in Toronto.

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04/19/2014 04:59:37pm

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the NBA Draft a couple months away, many of the top prospects this year finished just one year of college. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated again that he wants to raise the age limit for incoming prospects.

In an ideal world for Sliver, the limit would be raised from 19 to 20 in order to declare for the NBA Draft. Silver now says he has the backing of the owners in order to make this a reality.

"If we're going to be successful in raising the age limit from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of those players on college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses," Silver said. "We haven't looked at specifically creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That's been an option that has been raised over hte years, but that's not something that is on the table right now."

Silver took over for David Stern on Feb. 1 after serving as the NBA's Commissioner for 30 years.

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04/19/2014 04:16:12pm

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- After an unexpected position change, the Oakland Athletics have been so impressed with what they've seen from reliever Sean Doolittle, they've rewarded him with a five-year contract extension.

Dootlittle was originally a top first base prospect, but was converted to a reliever and the move has paid off for both sides.

"It means everything that the organization thinks of you like that, that they want to keep you around and they think you can be part of the team for years to come," said Doolittle. "If you factor in the road I took to get here and everything I went through to be able to put on this uniform, it's really special to know I'll be part of this organization for a while."

The 27-year-old Doolittle made the position switch in 2011, and he's part of the big league club since 2012. Many members of the Athletics' front office feel that Doolittle has the talent to one day for a closer for the club.

In 122 relief appearances with the A's, Doolittle has gone 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA.

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04/19/2014 03:06:00pm

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak wants All-Star Kobe Bryant to know that the team will do everything they can this offseason to turn around the franchise come next season.

The Lakers are coming off one of their worst records in franchise history and Kupchak believes that Bryant and the team will get back to their winning ways.

Bryant and his wife are in Paris this week vacationing, but Kupchak sent a message to him on Friday during his 45-minute end of the season press conference.

"I've already used the word patience I think once or twice, so if [Bryant] is in Europe watching this, I'm sure he's saying, 'Why is Mitch using the word patience?'" Kupchak said. "He's not the most patient person in the world. And that's never going to change.

"Because of that, we've been to the Finals a bunch of times and we've won five championships. So, it's hard to criticize him," Kupchak continued.

The Lakers will have a lottery pick for the first time since the 2005 season and salary cap space to add free agents.

"We want the same thing. We both want to win as much and as soon as possible. But it takes an organization a long time to get in the position that we're in where we have options financially going forward for the next year or two or three," Kupchak said.  "We just have to make wise decisions using that space. If you don't make a wise decision, then you can set yourself back 6-7 years, and we don't want to do that."

The Lakers agreed to a multi-year deal with Kupchak earlier this month.

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04/19/2014 03:00:00pm

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Less than 24 hours before his team tips off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs, the NBA has suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes for violating the league's drug policy.

Calathes was suspended for using the drug Tamoxifen, which is one of the 140 substances banned by the NBA's performance enhancing drug policy. Tamoxifen can be used as a masking agent for other substances.

Even if the NBA Players Association files a grievance on Calathes' behalf, he will still be forced to sit out until a ruling is made.

"Our tests identified tamoxifen in a supplement Nick [used] for a legitimate medical condition and our tests confirmed that Nick did not have testosterone or any other PED in his body," said David Cornwell, who is representing Calathes.

Cornwell will speak to the players union on Monday in attempt to expedite the grievance hearing so Calathes can join his team for the playoffs.

In 71 games this season for the Grizzlies, Calathes was averaging 4.9 points and 2.9 assists per game.

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04/19/2014 02:49:41pm

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris is moving forward after seeing his team go through one of its toughest seasons in franchise history that also included an NBA-record losing tying streak.

Harris said on Friday that it wasn't easy watching his team from his suite.

"When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family's kids and say, 'Hey, the Sixers lost 26 in a row. How do you like that?'" Harris said. "We don't like that. This is my doorman, he says to me, 'Hey, can't you get those players going?'"

The 76ers finished 19-63 and will look towards June's NBA draft.

"I think the season has been a huge success for us," Harris said Friday.

One bright spot for the team this season was guard Michael Carter-Williams, who is in contention for the rookie of the year award.  The team will also have center Nerlens Noel back next year after he sat out his entire rookie year with a torn ACL in his left knee.

"We don't want to be 41-41. We don't want to be one-and-done," Harris said. "We want this team, this city to be proud of the Sixers. We want to be proud of the Sixers."

Harris is looking forward to adding a player or two in June's draft that will contribute immediately next season.

"All these pieces are in place to make this an elite team that will compete consistently for the NBA championship," Harris said. "There's no shortcuts to it. Unfortunately, it takes a long time. I'm really happy with the progress."

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04/19/2014 12:05:00pm

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