Digest for 07-15-12


LOCAL

Report: Southern hires UAPB’s Biagi

Arkansas-Pine Bluff apparently is looking for a secondary coach with three weeks left before preseason football camp.

The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge, La., reported Saturday that Marty Biagi has been hired as special teams coordinator and defensive assistant at Southern. Biagi joined the UAPB staff last year after serving as graduate assistant at Arkansas.

Under Biagi, the Golden Lions were second in interceptions in the SWAC with 18, trailing Alabama State by four. They also were sixth in the SWAC in pass defense, allowing 200.5 yards per game. Southern was third in pass defense at 101.6 yards per game allowed last season.

UAPB coach Monte Coleman could not be reached Saturday evening. UAPB begins preseason camp Aug. 3.

NATIONAL

Trio reach deal to remain in green

Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox and Kevin Garnett have all re-signed with the Boston Celtics.

Backup forward Jeff Green, who missed all last season with an aortic aneurysm that required surgery, and free agent guard Jason Terry still haven’t signed but were at a news conference with Bass, Wilcox and Celtics president Danny Ainge.

Matteson extends lead at John Deere Classic

SILVAS, Ill. — Troy Matteson fired a 5-under par 66 on Saturday to take a three stroke lead heading into today’s final round of the John Deere Classic with a three-day total of 195.

Steve Stricker is alone in second after a round of 66.

They’ll be in the final twosome, but others may have a say in the outcome, including Brian Harman and former Masters champion Zach Johnson, who are 14-under (199).

Keselowski takes checkered flag in NH

LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski took advantage of an inexperienced driver’s mistake with 21 laps remaining to edge Kevin Harvick in Saturday’s Nationwide race.

Keselowski capitalized when Amber Cope slowed, allowing the pole-sitter to gain ground and win by six car lengths.

The 28-year-old Cope is one of the twin nieces of Derrike Cope, who won the Daytona 500 in 1990. Her only other race in the Nationwide series was in May at the Iowa Speedway where she was sent off the track on the 203rd lap of the 250-lap race for driving too slowly.