Digest for 10-20-13


LOCAL

UAM volleyball falls below .500

DURANT, Okla. — The Arkansas-Monticello volleyball team was swept in a pair of conference matches in Oklahoma this weekend to fall below .500 at 11-12 (2-6 in Great American Conference).

UAM fell 25-18, 25-17 and 25-15 in Saturday’s loss to Southeastern Oklahoma State (10-11, 4-3). Senior Tori Bozzo led the Cotton Blossoms with eight kills in the match.

In Friday’s match, UAM dropped the three sets against East Central (7-13, 4-2) by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-17. Blossoms senior Holly Schweigert led her team with six kills in the contest.

UAPB draws with Alabama A&M

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team came back from a goal down to deny Alabama A&M its first win of the season.

The Lady Bulldogs struck first, but the Lady Lions aswered with six minutes left to finish in a 1-1 tie Friday at Pumphrey Stadium.

A&M’s (0-13-3) Estelle Esperance scored in the 17th minute, while UAPB’s (2-11-2) Traebiyana Dimanche scored in the 84th minute.

Lady Lions goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs made 10 saves in the draw.

REGIONAL

Former Oilers, Saints coach Phillips dies

HOUSTON — Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips, the former coach of the Houston Oilers during the infamous “Luv Ya Blue” years, passed away on Friday. He was 90.

“Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all-great Dad, Coach, and Christian,” son Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, said via Twitter.

Bum Phillips became head coach of the Oilers in 1975. During his time with the organization, he led the team to a 55-35 record with three consecutive playoff appearances (1978-80). It was during this time that the term “Luv Ya Blue” ushered in the excitement of the franchise with pom-poms waiving by fans at the Astrodome.

Known for his trademark cowboy hat on the sidelines, Phillips led the Oilers to back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances, losing to the Steelers in 1978 and ‘79.

Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell was a big part of the Oilers after he was drafted in part by Phillips, who was then fired in 1980. Phillips went on to coach the New Orleans Saints in 1981 and stayed with the team until retiring in 1985.

Phillips’ final record stands at 82-77.

NATIONAL

Broncos activate Von Miller

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have activated linebacker Von Miller, who was eligible to return to the club after serving a six-game suspension for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year returned to practice Wednesday and is likely to make his season debut on Sunday when the Broncos visit the Indianapolis Colts.

It was a bumpy summer for Miller, who was initially fighting a four-game suspension. Speculation began to circulate that the NFL was attempting to lengthen the penalty to as much as a year. A report from ESPN in September said Miller may have tried to tamper with his urine sample by collaborating with the collector.

The NFL eventually settled on a six-game ban.

Miller was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft. He recorded 64 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in his first season to earn the league’s top rookie award on defense. The 24-year-old Texas A&M product built on his impressive debut campaign by posting 68 tackles and 18 1/2 sacks in 2012.