Arkansas Sports

The University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have reached an agreement to play each other in men's basketball in each of the next five seasons.

The schools announced the agreement Wednesday.

The teams will play each other at Little Rock during the 2014-2015 season, then twice a year in Conway and Little Rock over the next four seasons.

ASU Red Wolves Win GoDaddy Bowl

Jan 6, 2014
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Arkansas State won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter.

It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile. A13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining helped lift the red wolves of Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl last night. 

Arkansas State lost coach Bryan Harsin to Boise State in December. He's the latest in a string of three ASU coaches, who have left the program for a more high-profile job.

Razorbacks Set Aside T-shirt Gun After Man Injured

Sep 4, 2013

The University of Arkansas says it won't use a T-shirt launcher at War Memorial Stadium this weekend after a marketing intern was injured at last weekend's game.

The school said Tuesday a pneumatic launcher was lying on the artificial turf when it discharged Saturday. 

An intern was treated at a hospital and released. A loud explosion rang from the southeastern corner of Razorback Stadium during the first quarter of Saturday's game with Louisiana-Lafayette.

Medical personnel were seen later responding to an injured person who was taken away on a stretcher.

Arkansas sportswriter Evin Demirel has been working on a report documenting a trend in the world of higher education: Small liberal arts colleges starting or re-starting football programs as part of their long-term growth plans.

His work was featured in this past Sunday's edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with Demirel about the trend and what it means for one Arkansas college, Hendrix College in Conway. 

Corliss Williamson Leaves UCA For Sacramento

Aug 2, 2013
Corliss Williamson

University of Central Arkansas Head Coach Corliss Williamson is leaving the university to coach the Sacramento Kings.

Williamson has a history with the team. The Kings drafted him in 1995 from the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Williamson led the Razorbacks to their only NCAA Basketball Championship and was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player in 1993-1994.

New Photography Exhibit At The Laman Public Library

Jun 29, 2013
Laman Public Library

The Laman Public Library has a new photography exhibit for visitors. “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues” will be displayed until August 24th.

Dan Noble, spokesman for the library, says the exhibit features 90 photographs, some over 100 years old. He encourages people of all ages to come see them.

"It's just a great exhibit...people can just stop by on their lunch break or make a little afternoon out of it but I think the people of Arkansas would really be interested in seeing this," said Noble. 

Oaklawn Sets Festival For Kentucky Derby Run

Apr 29, 2013

Live racing is over for the year at Oaklawn thoroughbred race track in Hot Springs but the venue is still working to attract patrons for a barbecue competition that coincides with the Kentucky Derby. 

The infield will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and admission is free. The track will offer simulcast wagering on the big race while fans take in the Smokelawn BBQ Championship and listen to live music.

Boston Race Draws 37 Arkansans

Apr 16, 2013

More than three-dozen Arkansans were registered to run in the Boston Marathon, where two explosions were set off near the finish line following the race. 

According to the race's website, 37 runners in Monday's race had listed Arkansas as their home state. Their ages were listed between 21 and 71 years of age. It wasn't immediately known whether any of the Arkansas people were among the scores injured in the attack.

The Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves won't be meeting up on the football field any time soon now that a panel of state lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have required the matchup.

A proposal to require the two teams to face each other for a one-time game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to raise money for charity was rejected Wednesday by a House committee.  

Jockeys Prepare Horses For Rebel Stakes At Oaklawn

Mar 14, 2013

Horse racing is well underway at Oaklawn in Hot Springs and there are only a few major events left before the racing season ends April 13th. According to Jennifer Hoyt with the racetrack, the much anticipated Rebel Stakes begins this Saturday.

“The Rebel Stakes race has a purse of $600,000 and this year there is 85 points available for horses that are looking to make the Kentucky Derby,” said Hoyt. “This is our last big prep-race for horses wanting to make the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby beyond that.”