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Chris Beard UALR Little Rock Trojans coach
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

After recently leading the Little Rock Trojans to the NCAA Tournament and a record 30-5 season, basketball coach Chris Beard is leaving for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UALR made it official Monday, after reports Sunday night that Beard had agreed to terms of a contract with UNLV.

While he spent just one season with the university, Chancellor Joel Anderson says Beard leaves the team in better shape than when he arrived.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

With a school record of 30 wins, the University of Arkansas Little Rock Men’s Basketball Team returned home from Denver on Sunday, after being eliminated in the NCAA tournament. The team advanced into the second round of the tournament for the second time in school history.

 

More than 100 fans congregated outside the Jack Stephens Center on a chilly Sunday afternoon to await the return of their beloved Little Rock Trojans.

 

UALR Little Rock Trojans
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In double overtime, the Little Rock Trojans managed to upset fifth seed Purdue 85-83 in the NCAA Tournament.

The Boilermakers had a chance to win it when UALR's Maurius Hill missed two free throws with 9.8 seconds left and Arkansas-Little Rock ahead 84-83.

But Johnny Hill stumbled as he drove toward the basket and the ball never got to the rim.

Little Rock's Josh Hagins got the rebound and was fouled with 1.3 seconds left. He sank one free throw, missed the second and Vince Edwards' desperation heave was nowhere near the basket.

Little Rock Trojans' home court the Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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Your Little Rock Trojans are headed to the NCAA Tournament so I'm sure we're all ready to dream big on our brackets and root for the home town team.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock men's team secured the bid to college basketball's national championship tournament this weekend. Little Rock handily put away the University of Louisiana-Monroe squad 70-50 to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. UALR last won the Sun Belt title in 2011.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Little Rock Trojans men’s basketball team is facing Arkansas State University at home Tuesday in their second to last game of the season.

Last month the team broke the school’s in-season record of wins set in 1987/88. Steve Sullivan, sports director at KATV, said the Trojans have a chance to set yet another record for the Sun Belt Conference, thanks in part to new coach Chris Beard. 

If the University of Arkansas at Little Rock team wins tonight its record will be 27-3.

The North Little Rock City Council has approved $375,000 to repair sinkholes at Dickey-Stephens Park where the Arkansas Travelers play their home games.

Sinkholes began appearing after heavy rains and flooding along the Arkansas River in December. The largest is on the center field warning track and is about 35 feet in diameter and six to seven feet deep.

City Engineer Chris Wilbourn told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the work is to begin Wednesday and that officials won't know exactly how big the problem is until the digging starts.

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.

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