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Wally Hall

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LIKE IT IS: Malik, like Marcus, looks like a real deal

posted: 04/20/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

People were circling around looking for a parking place.

LIKE IT IS: At least Pennell will have his guys at UCA

posted: 04/18/2014 2:43 a.m. Comment 1

Not sure in all my years as a sports columnist that I’ve heard of a new coach dismissing all but one player from the team he inherited.

LIKE IT IS: Talent of Real Deal teams back on display

posted: 04/17/2014 3:57 a.m. Comment 1

Bill Ingram had spent tens of thousands of dollars for his teams, the Arkansas Hawks, to play in tournaments from coast to coast.

LIKE IT IS: Unfortunate moment shouldn’t define Bubba

posted: 04/16/2014 3:53 a.m. Comments 4

It was almost perfect.

LIKE IT IS: Oaklawn’s rise, unlike Danza’s, easy to see

posted: 04/15/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

There were several solid reasons for betting the 1-4 exacta in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby: A. You have a child or grandchild who is 14.

LIKE IT IS: Absentee trainer Baffert left cherries on tree

posted: 04/13/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 4

HOT SPRINGS — A gray early morning was chased into the shadows here Saturday as thousands and thousands — 63,186 fans in all — made their way to Oaklawn Park for 12 races that included the Arkansas Derby on a brilliant spring day.

LIKE IT IS: Smarty’s party was a must-see 10 years ago

posted: 04/11/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — It doesn’t seem like a decade since Smarty Jones captured the hearts of thoroughbred racing and sports fans from coast to coast.

LIKE IT IS: No shortage of contenders in Arkansas Derby

posted: 04/10/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Almost as soon as the doors opened Wednesday morning at Oaklawn Park, people started grabbing seats around the podium that had been set up for the draw for the 78th running of the Arkansas Derby.

LIKE IT IS: Time for a fresh start at UConn, Kentucky

posted: 04/09/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

It was an unlikely NCAA Championship game.

LIKE IT IS: Any way you look at it, Hogs getting closer

posted: 04/08/2014 4:28 a.m. Comments 5

Kentucky and Florida’s charge into the Final Four, plus Tennessee’s run to the Sweet 16, has given cause to ponder and ask what if.

LIKE IT IS: Florida’s loss proves first UConn game no fluke

posted: 04/06/2014 4:13 a.m. Comments 3

The No. 1 overall seed, the Florida Gators, undefeated in SEC play, went down hard to No. 7 seed UConn Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

LIKE IT IS: Gators, Badgers will decide championship

posted: 04/04/2014 2:24 a.m. Comments 3

For years pundits and talking heads, sometimes called experts, have argued that the teams making the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four should be reseeded or the bracket should be changed to get the best matchups.

LIKE IT IS: Calipari understands how to work the angles

posted: 04/03/2014 4:11 a.m. Comments 7

It made for a wonderful, heart-tugging moment when Carolyn Kyles, mother of Kentucky’s Julius Randle, had to leave the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional championship game Sunday in Indianapolis with her son’s team trailing Michigan by four.

LIKE IT IS: Dykes a surprise, but don’t bet against him

posted: 04/02/2014 4:15 a.m. Comments 3

Surprising might be the best way to describe Jimmy Dykes’ hiring as the new head coach of the Arkansas women’s basketball team.

LIKE IT IS: Long’s detractors use ad to question worth

posted: 04/01/2014 3:31 a.m. Comments 9

Jeff Long got his own fan feedback in an ad on page five of Sunday’s sports section.

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