Jackson earns POW award after 31-point game
FAYETTEVILLE — Freshman Jessica Jackson was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the third time this season Monday.
Jackson scored a career-high 31 as Arkansas averted an Ole Miss comeback to win 68-65 in SEC women’s basketball Sunday. She had 24 points against Georgia on Thursday.
Jackson scored 18 points in the first half and Arkansas (15-4, 2-4 SEC) led by as many as 16 points early in the second half. But Ole Miss posted a 20-1 run while Arkansas shot 0 for 12 during the stretch and took a seven-point lead with 7:10 remaining.
A step-back three by Jackson tied the game at 57 with 4:34 and shifted momentum the Razorbacks’ way. Jackson knocked down a pair of foul shots to put the Razorbacks ahead 66-65 with 37 seconds left.
Melissa Wolff rebounded a Rebels miss and hit the last two free throws.
Ole Miss dropped to 9-10 and 0-5 in the SEC.
UA second baseman makes All-American team
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas second baseman Brian Anderson was named preseason All-American by Perfect Game on Monday.
In 59 starts last season, the second-team All-SEC honoree batted .325 with 47 runs scored, 36 runs batted in, four home runs, 12 doubles and five triples.
A junior from Edmond, Okla., Anderson has a career .310 batting average with six homers.
Arkansas begins its season Feb. 14 against Appalachian State in Fayetteville.
Pelicans edge Grizzlies
MEMPHIS — Anthony Davis had 20 of his 27 points in the second half to go along with 10 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 95-92, on Monday.
Marc Gasol split a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds remaining to pull the Grizzlies within 95-92. Memphis elected to play out the ensuing Pelicans possession instead of fouling. Brian Roberts missed a jumper with the shot clock running down, but Eric Gordon pulled down the offensive rebound to seal the outcome.
Tyreke Evans netted 11 of his 15 points in the fourth for the Pelicans, who snapped an eight-game slide.
Cowboys’ Witten added to Pro Bowl
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was added to the Pro Bowl, replacing Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who will be playing in the Super Bowl.
Witten, who is heading to his ninth career Pro Bowl, had 73 receptions for 851 yards and eight touchdowns this past season.
Witten will join wide receiver Dez Bryant, offensive tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher as the other Cowboys representatives in the game.
Also for Sunday’s Pro Bowl, Andrew Luck of Indianapolis will replace Russell Wilson of Seattle, Tim Jennings of Chicago takes the spot of Seattle’s Richard Sherman, and Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants will go in place of Seattle’s Earl Thomas.
Tortorella draws 15-day ban from NHL
NEW YORK — The National Hockey League handed down a pair of punishments on Monday: a 15-day suspension to Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella and a $25,000 fine against Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley.
The rulings were handed down after a meeting at the league’s office in Manhattan, and were a direct result of a brawl which began just after the opening faceoff between the Calgary Flames and Canucks in Vancouver on Saturday night.
At the first intermission, Tortorella attempted to gain access to the Flames’ locker room, but was held back by Flames players and Canucks personnel. The hosts eventually prevailed by a 3-2 count in a shootout, but not before 150 penalty minutes were handed out in the first 4 1/2 minutes alone, and 204 PIMs were logged for the entire contest.
— Staff and wire reports