Digest for 10-30-12


YBA season-opening event Sunday

The Youth Basketball Association will hold its 2012-13 Season Kickoff for children ages 6-15 from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Chester Hynes Community Center.

Boys and girls basketball teams and cheerleading squads are included in the YBA, as well as academic tutoring.

LOCAL

UAPB’s Barnard second in SWAC cross country

CLINTON, Miss. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Ninfa Barnard finished second overall in the SWAC women’s cross country championship race Monday, coming just short of defending her conference title.

Joyce Chumo of Mississippi Valley State won with the only sub-18 minute time in the race (17:44.79). Barnard was second at 18:15.39 and made the All-SWAC first team for finishing in the top five.

Alabama State won the women’s team championship with UAPB finishing ninth. On the men’s side, overall winner Daniel Kibet led Valley to the title, with UAPB finishing eighth.

Lady Lions draw Bulldogs in SWAC playoffs

UAPB gets a chance to defend its SWAC women’s soccer championship.

The Western fourth-seeded Lady Lions will open this year’s SWAC tournament in Alexandria, La., by playing Eastern Division champion Alabama A&M at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The single-elimination tourney will be held at the Johnny Downs Soccer Center for the second straight year.

If the Lady Lions win, they will face either Prairie View A&M or Alabama State at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The championship is scheduled for noon Sunday, and the winner will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

UAPB (5-13-2, 1-2-1 SWAC West), which has gone 4-0-1 in its last five games under first-year coach Rohan Naraine, beat Alabama A&M 2-1 on Oct. 14 in Huntsville, Ala.

Johnson takes Chase lead after Martinsville win

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jimmie Johnson held off Kyle Busch in a five-lap finish to win the Tums Fast Relief 500 Sunday and take the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with three races left.

Johnson now has 2,291 points, two ahead of Brad Keselowski, who finished sixth in the race. Johnson, the Cup champion from 2006-10, won his seventh race all time in Martinsville.

Report: Ginobili to miss opener

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will miss Wednesday’s season-opener at New Orleans with back problems, Spurs Nation reported.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told the website that Ginobili, 35, a two-time All-Star, could not finish Monday’s practice session.

— Commercial Press Services