Digest for Saturday 5-19-12

Tracy fires 67 to vault Hogs to 10th in regional

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Senior Ethan Tracy of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team fired a five-under par, 67, the third best score by a Razorback at a NCAA Regional ever, on the second day of competition at NCAA Bowling Green Regional held at The Club at Olde Stone on Friday. The sterling performance by Tracy allowed Arkansas to improve 10 strokes from Thursday’s first round and has Arkansas tied for 10th as a team.

Bucknan, Cross, Irwin honored by SEC

FAYETTEVILLE — Head coach Chris Bucknan, junior Caleb Cross and freshman Andrew Irwin have been recognized by the Southeastern Conference with Friday’s release of the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards. Bucknam was named the SEC Men’s Coach of the Year, Cross was voted the SEC Men’s Runner of the Year and Irwin was selected as the SEC Field and Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.

Under Bucknam’s watch, the Razorbacks won the 2012 SEC outdoor title last weekend in Baton Rouge, La. The victory also completed Arkansas’ SEC triple crown for the year, coupled with the team’s wins at the cross country and indoor meets earlier this season. The latest recognition is the third outdoor coaching honor for Bucknam and the eighth overall for the fourth-year Razorback head coach.

Scott, Diebold recognized by league

FAYETTEVILLE — Freshman Dominique Scott and senior Tara Diebold have been recognized by the Southeastern Conference with Friday’s release of the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards. Scott was voted the SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year, while Diebold was named the SEC Co-Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Earlier this week, Whitney Jones was named to the SEC Community Service Team for track and field.

Scott was the SEC runner-up at 10,000 meters on day two of the SEC Championships. She followed that with a third-place showing at 5,000 meters on the final day of the meet. The Cape Town, South Africa, native scored 14 points, individually, and was the highest-scoring freshman at the meet. Scott owns the top freshman times in the conference in both long-distance events. During the course of the outdoor season, she was twice named the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Dufner holds one stroke lead at Byron Nelson

IRVING, Tex. — American Jason Dufner carded a 4-under 66 on Friday to lead Englishman Marc Leishman and five others by one stoke at the Byron Nelson Clasic.

Pat Perez, last week’s winner Matt Kuchar, Dicky Pride, Chad Campbell and Ryan Palmer are in the group at 6-under.

Big 12, SEC announce deal for New Year’s Day game

The Big 12 and Southeastern conferences have announced a deal that will pit their football regular-season champions against each other in a New Year’s Day bowl game for five years starting in 2014, putting themselves in position for the expected switch to a four-team playoff.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive all but said that scenario is coming in Friday’s announcement of the agreement between two of the most successful BCS conferences.

76ers stornm back against Celtics, knot series 2-2

PHILADELPHIA — Andre Iguodala snapped a tie game with five straight points in the final 90 seconds to help the Philadelphia 76ers storm back from 15 points down in the first half and stun the Boston Celtics 92-83 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 5 is Monday in Boston