Digest for 09-11-12


LOCAL

Wilson four-peats as city champion

Mike Wilson captured his fourth straight Pine Bluff City Championship in golf Sunday by posting a two-day score of 4-over 144.

The tournament was held at the Jaycee Golf Course.

Roy Brooks finished two shots behind Wilson for second place. Michael Costello Jr. was third with 147 and Billy Kimbrell fourth with 152. Mike Lewis and Tony Capshaw tied for fifth at 153.

Kimbrell’s score was good enough to win the Super Seniors championship for the third straight year. Bull Durham won the seniors championship.

Other scores: First flight, Keith Walters and Ricky Riggins, 155; Earl Goldman, 156; John Hendricks, 157; Second flight, Sam Atkinson, 158; Justin Moring, 163; Rufus Jackson, 165; Steve Moring 168; Third flight, Josh McNulty, Cyril Enang and Juan Rodriguez, 179; and Jason Sanchez 182.

UAM’s Prince named special teams player of week

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello return man Blake Prince was named Great American Conference special teams player of the week after returning three kickoffs for 128 yards at Northwestern State.

One of the returns went 82 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter, cutting Northwestern State’s led to 17-14. UAM lost 31-24.

It was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown by a Boll Weevil since Greg Lawson’s 90-yard dash against Valdosta State in 1999.

STATE

ESPN2 to broadcast Red Wolves vs. Huskers

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State at Nebraska football game will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2, the network announced Monday.

The game between the visiting Red Wolves and Cornhuskers will be the first of two ESPN2-televised contests for A-State. Its Oct. 23 game at Louisiana-Lafayette will be carried on the channel.

Nebraska won the last meeting 38-9 in Lincoln in 2009.

NATIONAL

Murray captures first Grand Slam title

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — It was a match of exceptional fitness and mental resolve. And every shot in each player’s arsenal was deployed: Slices, lobs and drop shots, laser-like groundstrokes, impossibly angled passing shots, crushing service returns and graceful kisses to the ball.

In the end, Scotland’s Andy Murray turned back defending champion Novak Djokovic to win his long awaited first major, tying the record for the longest U.S. Open final with a 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 victory that took 4 hours 54 minutes to complete.

With it, Murray, 25, snapped an 0-4 streak in Grand Slam finals and became the first British man to win a major in 76 years, since Fred Perry won the U.S. Championships in 1936.

It also marked the first time since 2003 that the sport’s four majors were won by four different men. Djokovic won the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal won the French, and Roger Federer won Wimbledon.

But only Murray won Olympic singles gold, a mark of distinction that endeared him to British fans and ought to bolster his case as the season’s dominant player.

Serena Williams turns back Azarenka

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — After breezing into Sunday’ s U.S. Open final without facing a credible challenge, Serena Williams ran headlong into a woman who hits as hard, competes as fiercely and wanted to win the season’s final major as much as she did.

Victoria Azarenka shook off her first-set jitters to stand up to Williams’s vaunted serve, yanked the American from one side of the court to the other and forced her into a rash of uncharacteristic errors.

But two points from defeat, Williams refused to buckle. She reeled off four consecutive games to win her fourth U.S. Open, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, and collapsed on her back.

“I honestly can’t believe I won,” Williams told the 23,771 at Arthur Ashe Stadium after running to her courtside box to her hug mother and share the victory with her sisters and closest supporters. “I was preparing my runner-up speech, she was playing so great.”

McIlroy wins third tourney in four starts

CARMEL, Ind. — Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to won the BMW Championship, his third in his last four starts and second in a row.

McIlroy became the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win in consecutive weeks on the PGA tour. Those two golfers, along with Jack Nicklaus, are the only three to win their sixth tournament on the tour at age 23.

Woods, who trails only McIlroy in the FedEx Cup standings, tied for fourth with Robert Garrigus with a 271, three strokes off the page. Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood each shot 270.

— Staff and wire reports