Digest for 10-08-13


LOCAL

UAPB soccer routed by No. 18 Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team lost its final nonconference game of the season 8-0 to No. 18 Texas Tech on Sunday.

Texas Tech (12-1-1) scored six goals in the first half, including three goals in a 2:05 span, and two goals in the second half of the win.

UAPB (2-9-1) was unable to register a shot in the match, while the Lady Lions’ junior goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs made 11 saves in the loss.

NATIONAL

Smith, Jets top Falcons

ATLANTA — Matt Ryan was about to add another fourth- quarter comeback to his resume, but Geno Smith answered with a two-minute drill well beyond his years as the New York Jets (3-2) stole a surprising 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons (1-4) on Nick Folk’s 43-yard field goal as time expired.

Ryan guided the Falcons to a pair of fourth-quarter scores to erase a 27-14 deficit, the second coming on a 3-yard pass to Levine Toilolo after a defensive holding penalty kept the drive alive with two minutes remaining.

Smith was undeterred, completing three straight passes for 34 total yards and scrambling for eight more to reach Atlanta’s 38-yard line.

Smith, responsible for 11 turnovers over the first four games, played mistake-free and threw three touchdown passes while completing 16-of-20 passes for 199 yards in the first road victory of his young career.

Atlanta has dropped three in a row for the first time since 2007 — the year before Ryan took over under center.

Lynx rout Dream in Game 1 of WNBA Finals

MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore had 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals to help the Minnesota Lynx handle the Atlanta Dream, 84-59, in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.

Monica Wright added 20 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Lynx, who lost to Indiana in the finals last year. Seimone Augustus tallied 19 points.

Angel McCoughtry ended with 17 points for the Dream, who are trying to avoid losing in the finals for the third time in the past four seasons. Aneika Henry recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Atlanta lost in the WNBA Finals in 2010 and 2011 to Seattle and Minnesota, respectively.

Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday.

Slow start costs Laviolette in Philly, Berube named coach

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3 start to the season and replaced him with assistant Craig Berube.

General manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Monday morning at a news conference.

The Flyers have scored just once in each of their three losses, including Sunday’s 2-1 setback to Carolina.

“I made the decision (Sunday) night on the plane,” said Holmgren on Monday. “I did not like the direction the team was heading, so we made the change. It was a gut feeling on my part.”

It’s the quickest coaching change in the NHL since 1969 when the Detroit Red Wings replaced Bill Gadsby after two games. More recently, the Chicago Blackhawks fired Denis Savard after a 1-2-1 start to the 2008-09 season.