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Six days after six members of the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team knelt in protest during the national anthem, college officials on Wednesday announced “Project Unify,” a “community engagement program” designed to address concerns that fueled the protest.

The move, which will see the players no longer kneel during the anthem, could also quell backlash against the team and the university that included one Arkansas senator threatening to put a hold on the university’s budget.

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.

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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
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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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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.

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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.

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