Arkansas Sports

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
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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. 

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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
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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.

Wes Flanigan UALR Little Rock Trojans
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Wes Flanigan is the new head coach of the Little Rock Trojans. He takes over for Chris Beard, who led the men’s basketball team to a record season and the NCAA tournament this year. Beard has now been hired by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Flanigan has spent five years with the UALR program and most recently served as associate coach.

School officials made the announcement Thursday, with Director of Athletics Chasse Conque saying Flanigan "brings a wealth of experience, strong recruiting ties and a tireless worth ethic to the position."

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.

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