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Tim Cooper has been a member of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports department since October 1988 and began reporting on high school sports full time in 1993. Cooper, a native of Malvern, attended Henderson State
University and worked three years as a sports writer at the Paris News in Paris, Texas, from 1985 to 1988.

Recent Stories by Tim Cooper

Second Thoughts: His first game over before it got started

posted: 05/01/2016 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Chicago White Sox posted their lineup Monday afternoon for that night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. A new catcher, Kevan Smith, would be batting ninth and making his major league debut.

Second Thoughts: Fans treated like royalty with free ink

posted: 04/28/2016 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Hopefully the Sacramento Kings don't change their logo again anytime soon.

Second thoughts: Gonzalez: Hurt fan due a gift

posted: 04/27/2016 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Carlos Gonzalez has found the perfect "I'm sorry" present for the little girl he accidentally hit in the head when the Colorado Rockies right fielder crashed into the stands.

Second Thoughts: Triple play takes half of the defense

posted: 04/24/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The White Sox pulled off their first triple play in nearly 10 years in unique fashion in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Second Thoughts: UFC to go on minus at least one of its stars

posted: 04/21/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is suddenly and unexpectedly in danger of losing one of its biggest stars, Conor McGregor. If he really is leaving the sport, the return of Jon Jones on Saturday after 15 months away from the Octagon becomes more and more important to the organization.

Second thoughts: In this race, the finisher gets the spoils

posted: 04/20/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

None of the 40 runners who attempted to finish the 100-mile Barkley Marathons in the mountains of eastern Tennessee completed the race, the first time since 2007 that the endurance test had no finishers.

How the Arkansas Derby was won

posted: 04/17/2016 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A detailed analysis of Saturday’s 80th running of the Grade I, $1million Arkansas Derby for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, which was won by Creator, with jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard. Creator is trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by Winstar Farm:

Effinex takes his revenge on rival

posted: 04/17/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- Effinex had another gear in outdueling Melatonin in the 70th running of the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap in the final day of the Racing Festival of the South on Saturday.

Santana wins title, faces 2017 penalty

posted: 04/17/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — Ricardo Santana Jr. finished the 2016 Oaklawn Park meet as the track’s leading rider with 80 victories, the final one coming in Saturday’s 11th race, the $1 million Arkansas Derby.

Santana hit with another ban

posted: 04/16/2016 2:14 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- The Arkansas Racing Commission handed down two three-day suspensions on Friday, including another penalty to embattled jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.




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