Digest for 09-14-13


UAM rebounds to down Union in 4 sets

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello evened its record in its own Hampton Inn Invitational at 1-1 Friday morning after a four-set victory against Union University of Tennessee.

UAM lost the first set 25-23, but came back to win 25-14, 25-17 and 25-14. UAM held Union to a hitting percentage of .000 in the second set, .111 in the third set and a negative mark in the final set.

Jessica Cuba had 12 kills on 34 attempts and Tusalava Kuaea made 15 digs for the Cotton Blossoms.

UAM, which came off a three-set loss to West Alabama late Thursday, took on Missouri Southern late Friday.

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Furyk fires 59 in BMW

Lake Forest, Ill. — Jim Furyk birdied two of his last three holes Friday to shoot 12-under 59, which gave him a share of the lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship.

It’s the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history. Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby both shot 59 in 2010, but they were the first since David Duval in 1999. Chip Beck (1991) and Al Geiberger (1977) were the other two PGA Tour players to shoot 59.

Furyk’s 59 vaulted him into a share of the lead at 11-under-par 131. He was joined there by first-round leader Brandt Snedeker, who carded a 3-under 68.

Zach Johnson posted a 1-under 70 to end alone in third at minus-8.

Bonds loses appeal of obstruction conviction

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has upheld the obstruction of justice conviction against former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds.

The seven-time MVP was sentenced in April 2011 to 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation for his evasive 2003 grand jury testimony in the BALCO steroids case. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston also sentenced Bonds to 250 hours of community service and issued a fine of $4,000.

Gordon added as 13th member of Chase

JOLIET, Ill. — The drama in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continued on Friday with Jeff Gordon being added as the 13th driver in the field due to last Saturday’s controversial finish at Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR announced at Chicagoland Speedway, the site of the first race in the Chase, that a 13th car — Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet — would be added to this year’s playoffs. The Chase field has included 12 competitors in the past. All four Hendrick drivers — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Gordon — are now in the field.

“We’ve decided that due to the totality of the events that were outside of Jeff Gordon’s — his issues, we’re going to add a 13th position to the field, and Jeff Gordon will qualify for the championship this year, the Sprint Cup championship,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said during a press conference.

Earlier Friday, NASCAR placed Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports on probation for the rest of the year for “actions detrimental to stock car racing.” Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski made the front row for Sunday’s Geico 400.

Colts’ Ballard needs season-ending surgery

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Friday that running back Vick Ballard will need season-ending surgery for a torn right ACL.

Pagano said the non-contact injury took place during Thursday’s practice when Ballard lost his footing on a running play. Ballard will be placed on injured reserve.

Ballard carried the ball 13 times for 63 yards in last Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. The Mississippi State product rushed for a team-high 814 yards with two touchdowns in 2012.

— Staff and wire reports