Digest for 10-09-12


LOCAL

Privateers pull out broom against Lady Lions

NEW ORLEANS — Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped two close sets before New Orleans pulled away in the third for a 25-20, 25-20, 25-11 victory Monday night in nonconference volleyball play.

Alicia Campbell totaled seven kills and made 10 digs to lead UAPB (4-11), which had trailed UNO (6-11) 19-18 in the first set and 22-20 in the second.

The host Privateers hit .300 in consecutive matches for the first time since 2009.

The Lady Lions will host Prairie View A&M on Friday.

Lady Lions drop another extra-time game

Angie Guillory’s goal in double overtime gave Prairie View A&M a 1-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday in women’s soccer.

It’s the second straight overtime loss for the Lady Lions (1-13-1, 0-2-1 SWAC), who lost to Texas Southern 2-1 Friday. Guillory’s goal game in the 118th minute on a penalty kick.

Prairie View took 32 shots to UAPB’s nine. Alyssa Cobbs faced 14 shots on goal and saved 13 for UAPB.

STATE

Flowers named SEC Defensive Lineman of Week

Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers set a career-high with 3 1/2 sacks at Auburn and was recognized by the Southeastern Conference for his efforts two days later.

Flowers was named the SEC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday after playing a big role in helping the Razorbacks snap their four-game losing streak.

“I guess you could say I had a chip on my shoulder,” Flowers said. “Coming back here and knowing Auburn didn’t give me a scholarship, so I just had a chip on my shoulder saying that somebody has got to pay. … So I just made plays.”

Flowers’ 3 1/2 sacks were the most by an SEC player in a game so far this season. The Huntsville native is ranked fifth in the SEC with 4 1/2 sacks.

“Congratulations to Trey,” coach John L. Smith said. “What a great thing it is to be selected to the SEC Defensive Player. He deserves it. It was great to see him go home and to smile and to have such a great day as he had.”

NATIONAL

Shanahan: Griffin feels good after concussion

WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was at team headquarters Monday and reported no ill effects from the third-quarter concussion that knocked him out of the team’s 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan said.

Shanahan said he and Griffin spent roughly 20 minutes together, and that his star quarterback felt good.

“No dizziness, no headaches, no vomiting,” Shanahan said. “He feels like he’s done well on the tests he’s taken thus far. … So, hopefully there’s no symptoms that happen over the next couple days.”

Griffin was scheduled to see an independent neurologist Monday evening. If he passes tests administered by that physician, he would be evaluated on a treadmill and do other physical work today, Shanahan said.

Before he can receive clearance to play, Griffin must pass neurological tests administered both by team doctors and an independent neurosurgeon, and must demonstrate that he can exercise at game-level exertion without a recurrence of concussion symptoms, according to Thom Mayer, medical director of the NFL Players Association.

Armstrong wins triathlon benefiting cancer fund

WASHINGTON — Lance Armstrong started the 70-mile contest alongside roughly 40 cancer survivors, telling his assigned swim buddy, “Take it easy on me.” And he was first to cross the finish line 4 hours 16 minutes later, completing each phase of the race (the 0.9-mile swim, the 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run) with a world-class athlete’s unmistakable focus and drive.

Armstrong’s time mattered not. The only relevant statistic to organizers of the race, which benefitted the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, was the extra money and exposure Armstrong’s participation brought to the cause of helping those aged 18-39 with cancer.

The decision to grant Armstrong a starting spot in the Rev3 Half Full Triathlon wasn’t without controversy.

Armstrong, 41, was banned for life after dropping his fight in August against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which has charged him with using performance-enhancing drugs. That ban extended to races sanctioned by USA Triathlon, so the event’s organizers chose to drop that association, forgoing the USAT’s insurance and national ranking points for participants, in order to include Armstrong in the field.

It was an easy decision, said Brock Yetso, president and CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund, noting that once Armstrong’s participation was announced, 300 more competitors entered (paying fees of $170-$250) and more volunteers and sponsors came forward. Only two triathletes withdrew in protest, he added.

Kenseth avoids final-lap wreck to win Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Matt Kenseth escaped a big wreck on the final turn of the Good Sam 500 to win the race Sunday.

The wreck involved 25 cars and was triggered between Tony Stewart’s Chevrolet and Michael Waltrip’s Toyota. It occurred on the fourth turn of the 189th and final lap.

Brad Keselowski extended his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to 14 points over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Denny Hamlin is third in the Chase, 23 points behind Keselowski.

— Staff and wire reports