Sports

There aren’t many occasions where a mixed martial arts world champion comes to Beaumont to offer his services to help you become a better fighter or just learn more about the popular sport of MMA. In fact, I can’t think of a single one. Until now, that is.

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The Lamar Cardinals clawed their way into the Southland Conference win column after being swept on the road by Central Arkansas and losing the first two home games with UT Arlington.

According to Lamar head coach Jim Gilligan, the pivotal point in the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory over UTA on March 25 came when he got ejected from the game by home plate umpire Shaylor Smith in the top of the ninth inning.

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A sellout crowd at the Horseshoe Riverdowm in Bossier City, La., watched plenty of action from Bellator 61, and four of the middleweight tournament fights were shown live on MTV2 and the preliminary card on spike.com.

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Two stakes races were held on closing night of the 2011-12 thoroughbred season at Delta Downs, and while it was 19-1 longshot Wicked Vow upsetting the field in the $60,000 Au Revoir, it was the 8-5 favorite Amazing Saint who stole the show with a dominant performance in the $60,000 Bonne Chance on March 17.

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 252-871, .289
Best Bets: 41-88, .465
Longshots: 35-75, .466
Top 3 picks in the $: .522

Don Stevens (Track Announcer)
Winners: 250-871, .287
Best Bets: 36-86, .418
Longshots: 49-100, .490
Top 3 picks in the $: .525

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 247-861, .286
Best Bets: 40-87, .459
Longshots: 35-74, .472
Top 3 picks in the $: .528

Don Stevens (Track Announcer)
Winners: 245-861, .284
Best Bets: 36-85, .423
Longshots: 49-99, .494
Top 3 picks in the $: .523

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 233-799, .291
Best Bets: 40-84, .476
Longshots: 33-70, .471
Top 3 picks in the $: .519

Don Stevens (Track Announcer)
Winners: 229-799, .286
Best Bets: 34-79, .430
Longshots: 47-93, .505
Top 3 picks in the $: .522

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 230-789, .291
Best Bets: 40-83, .481
Longshots: 32-69, .463
Top 3 picks in the $: .520

Don Stevens (Track Announcer)
Winners: 226-789, .286
Best Bets: 34-78, .435
Longshots: 47-92, .510
Top 3 picks in the $: .523

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 224-768, .291
Best Bets: 40-82, .487
Longshots: 32-67, .477
Top 3 picks in the $: 520

Don Stevens (track announcer)
Winners: 219-768, .285
Best Bets: 33-77, .428
Longshots: 46-90, .511
Top 3 picks in the $: .521

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 223-757, .294
Best Bets: 40-81, .493
Longshots: 32-66, .484
Top 3 picks in the $: .518

Don Stevens (Track Announcer)
Winners: 218-757, .287
Best Bets: 33-76, .434
Longshots: 46-89, .516
Top 3 picks in the $: .520

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