Digest for 02-25-14


STATE

Arkansas women stun No. 19 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Led by a game-high 25 points from freshman Jessica Jackson, the Arkansas women’s basketball team (17-9, 4-9 SEC) climbed back after trailing by as much as 15 points and upset No. 19 LSU (18-8, 7-6) in a 57-53 final at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday.

Jackson finished 47.3 percent from the field and scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half alone behind a career-high five three-pointers. The win marked the first road win over a ranked team for the Razorbacks since beating No. 6 Tennessee in overtime in Knoxville on February 23, 2012.

In the second half, Arkansas put together a 9-0 run to help trim the lead to single digits at 32-26 with 15:30 to play. Bria Pitts came off the bench and had an impact in the push, finding her range from outside and scoring an SEC career-high nine points on the day in 15 minutes. Jackson and the Razorbacks continued to climb back into the game, as Jackson led an 8-0 run that included back-to-back triples from the freshman to give UA its first lead at 42-39 with 6:09 to play. A contested game down the stretch, it was Jackson who rose to the occasion and took over, as the Hogs pulled out the upset behind 20 second-half points from the freshman.

UA baseball completes sweep

FAYETTEVILLE — Brett McAfee’s sacrifice fly gave Arkansas the lead in the seventh and the Razorbacks added four insurance runs in the eighth to dispatch the Panthers 8-3 in the final of a three-game series at Baum Stadium on Sunday.

“It almost got us yesterday. It almost got us today,” Van Horn said. “That would concern me if they were just being lackadaisical, but I didn’t see that. What they did show me is when we get down, they don’t panic. I don’t think last year’s club came back too many times. This was good to see.”

Brian Anderson tied the game at 3 in the seventh inning when he singled home Andrew Benintendi and sent Joe Serrano to third. McAfee sent a flare to right a batter later and Serrano plated the game-winner.

Arkansas used six pitchers to get through Sunday. Starter Alex Phillips lasted just two innings after allowing three walks. Only Dominic Taccolini, who allowed two of Eastern Illinois’ three runs, didn’t walk a Panthers batter. Razorbacks pitchers ultimately surrendered eight walks.

NATIONAL

Nets beat Lakers in Jason Collins’ NBA return

LOS ANGELES — Deron Williams finished with 30 points, seven assists and six steals and the Brooklyn Nets ended their 11-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 108-102 wire-to-wire victory.

Paul Pierce made four of Brooklyn’s 12 3-pointers and netted 25 points as the Nets bounced back from Saturday’s loss to the Warriors and picked up their first win over LA since Nov. 25, 2007.

Although he didn’t score in Sunday’s game, Jason Collins made history 1:32 into the second quarter when he checked into the game and became the first openly gay active player in one of North America’s four major team sports. Collins, who signed a 10-day contract with Brooklyn, played 10:37, missed the only shot he took, grabbed a pair of rebounds and committed five fouls.

“It felt fun. It feels good to get back out there on the court and help my teammates,” said Collins, who had not played since Apr. 17, 2013. “As far as timing, it’s going to take a few practices.”

Pau Gasol totaled team highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Jodie Meeks checked in with 19 points for the Lakers, who were trying to win back-to-back home games for the first time since November.

Bart Scott to join CBS’ NFL Today

NEW YORK — Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott will join the NFL Today on CBS as a studio analyst.

Scott’s 11-year playing career ended after the 2012 season and he moved into the broadcast field as an analyst for another NFL pregame show (That Other Pregame Show) on the CBS Sports Network.

It’s the second addition to the NFL Today in the past week, as recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez also joined the program.

Gonzalez and Scott will replace Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe, joining holdovers James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason.

Scott played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002-08 and for the New York Jets from 2009-12.

Day escapes magical Dubuisson in Match Play final

MARAN, Ariz. — Victor Dubuisson makes a pair of remarkable par saves in extra holes Sunday, but it was Jason Day’s routine up and down birdie on the 23rd hole that gave the Australian a 1-up victory at the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship.

Day never trailed in the final match, but Dubuisson showed plenty of mettle as he fought back from a 3-down deficit to force extra holes. Dubuisson made two extraordinary shots to keep the match going.

The Frenchman got up and down from a cholla bush on the 19th hole to extend the match. Dubuisson again was in the desert on the 20th hole. He blasted his ball from under a twig to six feet and he drained that putt to stay alive.

Finally on the drivable 15th at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, which played at the 23rd hole of the match, Dubuisson ran out of magic. He drove pin high, but his chip from thick rough ran 28 feet by the hole.

Day was in the first cut a few yards closer than Dubuisson and chipped to three feet. Dubuisson’s birdie effort came up short and par was conceded. Day drained his short birdie putt for the win.

WORLD

Canada blanks Sweden for hockey gold

SOCHI, Russia — Canada is golden once again.

Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored goals to back another shutout effort from Carey Price, as the Canadians claimed their second straight Olympic men’s hockey gold medal with a 3-0 victory over Sweden on Sunday.

Price, coming off a shutout of the United States in the semifinals on Friday, turned aside 24 Swedish shots on Sunday to give Canada its ninth Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey.

It’s also the third gold in the last four Olympics for the Canadians, who beat the U.S. for the top prize at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and also topped the Americans four years ago in Vancouver.

Henrik Lundqvist was the only reason Sweden kept Sunday’s game relatively close, stopping 33 shots in a sterling effort.

Sweden was trying for its third gold medal.