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Rick Fires

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Rick Fires is a reporter and columnist for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Recent Stories by Rick Fires

COMMENTARY: Basketball: Hometown boy from 'The Woodz' realizes NBA dream

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

I was discussing Marcus Monk and his contributions to the Razorbacks a few years ago when a friend responded with something I hear periodically about athletes.

Mounts a 'city boy' cowboy from Pine Bluff

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

SPRINGDALE -- Rodeos aren't just for country folks.

Rodeo: College teammates take the lead in steer wrestling

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

College teammates from Oklahoma are atop the leaderboard in steer wrestling at the Rodeo of the Ozarks.

Rodeo of the Ozarks now a pre-July 4th event

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Change that breaks from long-standing tradition is often difficult, like what happened last year when the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks took place before the Fourth of July holiday for the first time.

Baseball: Parker finds steady work in majors, others still chasing

posted: 06/18/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

There's been some movement since February when I wrote about a handful of older former Razorbacks still chasing big-league dreams. Here's an update, starting with a reliever who did not pitch at all in three years with the Razorbacks.

Commentary: Remembering ‘Scat’ Davis’ only big-league game

posted: 06/11/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Former Rogers Heritage pitcher Hunter Wood realized the dream of every Little League player when he made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays on May 30.

Baseball: Ray outduels Cardinals' ace

posted: 06/09/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Northwest Arkansas struck quickly against the Texas League Player of the Month on Thursday.

COMMENTARY: SEC football coaches whine and dine in sunny Florida

posted: 06/04/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

An exhibition season for college football?

Football: Decatur, West Fork searching for coaches

posted: 06/01/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Add West Fork and Decatur to the list of high schools in Arkansas that will have new football coaches this fall.

Remembering Cortez Kennedy, who willed himself to greatness

posted: 05/28/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

I was hurrying off the field to file a story when a player with his jersey rolled up over his belly hollered at me.






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