Arkansas Sports

A land donation is moving plans forward for a new baseball park and multi-sport complex at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. UALR announced on Wednesday that the Coleman family, of Coleman Dairy renown, donated eight-acres after talking with the school’s baseball coach. Little Rock Athletic Director Chasse Conque told KUAR it sets in motion plans that otherwise were off the table.

The man at the helm of the Texas League – home to two Arkansas minor league baseball teams – announced this week he is retiring after next season. Tom Kayser has been President of the AA league for over 20 years.

The soon-to-be former Texas League president spoke with KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman about his retirement, the state of Arkansas baseball, and his friendship with long-time Arkansas Travelers General Manager Bill Valentine who passed away earlier this year.

Boxer Jermain Taylor Changes Pleas To Guilty In Three Cases

Dec 1, 2015
Jermain Taylor
KATV, Channel 7 News

Boxing champion Jermain Taylor appeared in court Tuesday morning, changing his pleas to guilty in three cases in which he is charged.

The Kansas City Royals are atop the entire baseball world after recently winning their first World Series in 30 years. The championship extends a tradition of the sport in the city that was the birthplace of the Negro Leagues in the first half of the twentieth century.

Arkansas sport commentator Evin Demirel explores the impact of one all-black baseball team of that era whose reach stretched from Arkansas to Montana, and from the diamond to the basketball court.

An Arkansan who hit more home runs than any other born in the state is hanging up his cleats. Torii Hunter announced his retirement on Monday after 19 seasons in Major League Baseball. The Pine Bluff native is a five time All-Star and won nine Gold Glove awards.

An early version of the Atari classic Centipede.
Venture Center

Arkansas is in the midst of push to teach computer coding to students and the Venture Center in Little Rock hosted one pioneer programmer of Atari fame that claims Arkansas as home, Dona Bailey, on Tuesday night.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman sat down with Dona Bailey before her Code IT talk in a conversation covering women in the early days of the industry and the increasingly entrenched place of video games in modern society.

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long at the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
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University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long told the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday that back-to-back Razorback losses on the football field are hard for him too.

“I would be very concerned if we didn’t have the passion in this room, didn’t have people upset,” said Long. “Heck, I hate to make this comparison because it’s not fair but boy, after a loss it’s almost like someone passed away in the family. It feels that bad.”

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Sunday is the final day of the National Championship Chuckwagon Races in Clinton. It’s the event’s 30th anniversary. Peggy Eoff and her husband Dan started the races. She says it all came from an idea for an activity for their Labor Day party.

Horse and rider competing in the horse show.
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The 52nd Annual Arkansas State Championship Horse Show takes place this weekend in Little Rock. Organizers say they expect it to draw nearly 1,500 competitors and 13,000 spectators. 

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The Little Rock School District and Arkansas Children’s Hospital are partnering to place an athletic trainer every public high school in the city. Officials say the goal of the agreement is to have adequate medical for all high school athletes.

Parkview basketball player, Morgan Brady, who will be a junior this school year, welcomes the news. In previous years, she says, her team did not get much attention.

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