Digest for 11-03-13


STATE

Arkansas sweeps SECs, A-State women first in XC

Arkansas took the top three individual spots in the Southeastern Conference men’s cross country championship Friday, on its way to a fourth consecutive team title.

Kemoy Campbell set a new SEC championship record of 22 minutes, 58.73 seconds in his victory in Gainesville, Fla. Stanley Kebenei and Solomon Haile were second and third.

Arkansas also won the women’s SEC title, its 14th in school history, in Gainesville. Dominique Scott of Arkansas set a time of 20:02.81 in her individual win.

On Saturday in Troy, Ala., Arkansas State won the Sun Belt Conference women’s championship for the first time in program history. A-State’s Kristina Aubert won the race in 17:28.2.

Arkansas-Little Rock was second in the SBC men’s team standings.

NATIONAL

Former NBA star Bellamy dies

ATLANTA — Walt Bellamy, a Hall of Famer who spent 14 years in the NBA and also represented the United States in the Olympics, passed away on Saturday. He was 74.

Bellamy, born in North Carolina but an Indiana product who starred at center, was taken by the Chicago Packers first overall in the 1961 NBA Draft. He followed the club as it transferred to Baltimore, then also suited up for the Knicks, Pistons, Hawks and New Orleans Jazz before stepping away from the game in 1975.

Bellamy averaged 20.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 1,043 career contests. He led the league in field goal percentage (51.9 percent) during his rookie campaign and posted 31.6 points and 19 rebounds per contest en route to Rookie of the Year honors.

A member of the USA’s 1960 gold-medal winners, Bellamy was named to four All-Star squads in his distinguished career. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

WORLD

Djokovic dumps Federer, Ferrer stuns Nadal in Paris semis

PARIS — Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer won semifinal matches Saturday and will meet for the title at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic rallied from a set and a break down to earn a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Roger Federer before Ferrer pulled off a surprising 6-3, 7-5 triumph over fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal to reach the final at this event for the second straight year.

Ferrer won this tournament in 2012 for his first Masters crown, beating Jerzy Janowicz.

Nadal’s loss, meanwhile, gives Djokovic some hope to claim the season-ending world No. 1. If Djokovic prevails on Sunday in the final, he’ll still have the chance to supplant Nadal atop the rankings in next week’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

Johnson maintains WGC lead

SHANGHAI, China — Dustin Johnson recorded two double bogeys on Saturday, but still managed a 6-under 66 to maintain the lead of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Johnson finished 54 holes at Sheshan International Golf Club at 18-under-par 198. He will seek his eighth career PGA Tour win and second this year on Sunday.

“I played really well again today. If you would have told me I’d shoot 6-under, I would have taken it,” said Johnson. “Obviously there’s good scores out there, so I just have to come out tomorrow and do the same thing. Just drive it into the fairway, hit some greens and roll in the putts.”

Defending champion Ian Poulter fired a 9-under 63 to jump into second place at 15-under 201, while Graeme McDowell shot a 64 to sit in third at 14-under.

Rory McIlroy (67), Justin Rose (65) and Graham DeLaet (65) are tied for fourth at minus-12.