Arkansas Sports

Former UALR Trojan Josh Hagins is headed to the NBA's Developmental League.
Little Rock Trojans

A former Little Rock Trojans basketball player is headed to the NBA's equivalent of the minor leagues. Josh Hagins rose to some acclaim during last year's NCAA Tournament. The guard hit a last minute, deep range three-pointer to send the Trojans to overtime against Purdue. The team went on to pull off its first March Madness win in decades.

Six days after six members of the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team knelt in protest during the national anthem, college officials on Wednesday announced “Project Unify,” a “community engagement program” designed to address concerns that fueled the protest.

The move, which will see the players no longer kneel during the anthem, could also quell backlash against the team and the university that included one Arkansas senator threatening to put a hold on the university’s budget.

State Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale).
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A state senator has placed a hold on the University of Arkansas’ budget to be considered in next year’s legislative session and says he will introduce an amendment that would cut funding to the university by the amount spent on the women’s basketball team after six players knelt during the playing of the national anthem Thursday.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said the university is backing six women's basketball players who kneeled during the national anthem before an exhibition game Thursday.

Olympian Jeff Henderson and supporters at Little Rock airport
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

A couple hundred people turned out at Little Rock's Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Wednesday to give a hero’s welcome to Jeff Henderson.  He won a gold medal in the Men's Long Jump at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.

Cheerleaders from Henderson’s alma mater, Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, joined the marching band, coaches, athletes and Henderson’s friends and family for the welcome. Talking to reporters, Henderson said he was eager to get home.

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An Arkansan has won gold at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jeff Henderson, 27, of McAlmont, Arkansas finished first in the Men’s Long Jump Saturday night. 

Hog Athletes Well Represented at Rio Games

Aug 12, 2016

Though hog calls are unlikely to be heard above other cheers inside the 78, 838 seat Maracanã Stadium at the Rio Olympics, plenty of Arkansas Razorbacks are there, going for gold.

Eighteen current and former Arkansas Razorbacks are vying for medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Six are men. Twelve are women. Seven of the 18 are representing the U.S. Most are competing in track and field events, a few in golf.

Razorback Stadium Arkansas Razorbacks University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has voted to move ahead with a $160 million expansion of Razorback Stadium, one that will add approximately 4,800 seats and enclose the north end zone of the stadium in addition to other upgrades and renovations.

By an 8-2 vote Thursday, the board approved the plan, which also includes the rebuilding of the Broyles Athletic Center, the building that houses the athletic department's administrative offices and football museum.

The Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club will be playing the final home game of their inaugural season Sunday evening at War Memorial Stadium. The team is made up of amateurs—mostly college players. Rangers President and General Manager Jonathan Wardlaw says starting the team this year has provided opportunities to reach out to youth.

Looking down the left field line of Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
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As can be expected with a baseball team in existence since 1901, the Arkansas Travelers hold a fair share of firsts and claims to fan loyalty. On Wednesday, Travelers’ marketing director Lance Restum walked those at those at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ Legacies and Lunch talk through the history of one of the oldest still-running minor league baseball teams.

He said the Travelers have an outsized presence compared to other minor league teams because it’s been a constant in a state where other professional sports have come and gone.