Digest for 09-07-13


LOCAL

Ridgway golf wins third straight tourney

LITTLE ROCK — The Ridgway Christian golf team remained undefeated on the season after winning a tournament at First Tee Golf Course.

The Eagles shot a team score of 146 to defeat Columbia Christian School (154), Southwest Christian School (158) and El Dorado Westside (169).

Ridgway’s Micah Cottrell earned medalist honors with a 43.

Vikings DT Williams out for Sunday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out of Sunday’s season opener against the Detroit Lions due to a hyperextended right knee.

The Fordyce native was injured during the team’s third preseason game against San Francisco when he was hit low by 49ers offensive guard Joe Looney. An MRI later revealed a hyperextended right knee and a significant bone contusion.

“He’s close,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said of Williams. “We’re optimistic that when we come back next week we’ll be able to get some work out of him on the field. But we’ll wait and see when Monday rolls around, Tuesday, and then we’re back at practice on Wednesday. We are optimistic that we should have a pretty good chance of having him next week.”

UAM starts volleyball season with split

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello volleyball team opened the season on Friday by splitting a pair of matches at the University of West Florida Opening Weekend Tournament. The Cotton Blossoms opened the season with a 3-2 win over Albany State (Ga.) followed later in the day with a 3-1 loss to Missouri S&T.

The Blossoms went back and forth with Albany State, winning in five sets with final game scores of 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 18-25 and 15-11. The victory marks UAM’s first season-opening win since the 2008 season.

UAM was led by junior Jessica Cuba in her Blossom debut. The Georgetown, Texas, native paced the UAM offense with 14 kills on 33 attacks with eight errors for a .182 hitting percentage. She also reached double-digits on defense with a team-best 11 digs.

In the evening loss to Missouri S&T, final game scores were 24-26, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-9.

UAM opened the match with a .212 team hitting percentage with 10 kills and only three errors on 33 attempts to force extra points. The team followed with negative or zero hitting percentages in the final three sets.

Tori Bozzo and Gabriella Gandotti led UAM offensively with six kills each. Senior Tusalava Kuaea recorded her first double-digit defensive performance of the season with a team-high 15 digs. Amy Bazemore aided the UAM offense with 17 assists.

Lady Lions drop two more in Conway

CONWAY — Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost both Friday matches in the UCA-Sears Sugar Bears Invitational volleyball tournament, falling to 0-9 on the season.

Louisiana-Monroe (1-4) earned its first victory of the season in UAPB’s first match of the day, 25-15, 25-9, 25-18. ULM recorded a .333 hitting percentage and got 12 digs from Marcela Araya in the win.

UAPB struggled to a .014 clip. Audrey Sherles had six kills and Jordan Foyer made 12 assists to lead the Lady Lions.

Texas-Pan American (4-2) defeated UAPB 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 on Friday, but neither team hit the ball well. Foyer, however, had a big game for the Lady Lions with 24 of the team’s 27 assists and 11 digs. Courtney Brand came up with 19 digs, and Ayanna Parkerand Sherles each had six kills for UAPB.

NATIONAL

J.R. Smith hit with 5-game suspension

NEW YORK — J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks received a five-game suspension without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Smith’s suspension will begin with the first game of the 2013-14 season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

The Knicks re-signed Smith to a three-year contract in July. Smith, however, is recovering from offseason knee surgery and might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

Manning makes history as Broncos rout Ravens

DENVER — Peyton Manning put on a performance for the ages, and the Denver Broncos exacted their revenge for last year’s heart-breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Manning became the sixth player in NFL history to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game, as the Broncos spoiled the start of the reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens’ title defense with a resounding 49-27 triumph Thursday in the season-opener for both teams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Five of Manning’s touchdown tosses came in the second half, as Denver turned a three-point halftime deficit into a comfortable 25-point cushion by scoring 28 straight points to start the second half.

Manning finished 27-of-42 passing for 462 yards and joined Y.A. Tittle, Joe Kapp, George Blanda, Sid Luckman and Adrian Burk as the only players in NFL history to throw for seven scores in a game.