Digest for 10-22-13


LOCAL

UAPB soccer falls to Alabama State

Alabama State jumped out to a 3-0 lead that the Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team couldn’t recover from in the Hornets’ 3-1 win on Sunday at Pumphrey Stadium.

Traebiyana Dimanche scored a consolation goal for the Lady Lions (2-12-2) with seven minutes left in the Southwestern Athletic Conference game.

Alexandria Cannon gave Alabama State (11-6) a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute and Anastasia McCleary doubled the Hornets’ lead just four minutes later.

Alabama State took the 2-0 lead into halftime before Ariela Lewis put the game out of reach with her 54th-minute goal.

UAPB goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs recorded six saves in the loss.

NATIONAL

Alabama S Sunseri out for season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a left knee injury in the Crimson Tide’s most recent game.

Sunseri got hurt while covering a kickoff during the first quarter of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s 52-0 blowout of Arkansas on Saturday. Head coach Nick Saban confirmed on Monday that the junior will undergo season-ending surgery for the injury, which is believed to be a torn ACL.

An eight-game starter for BCS champion Alabama in 2012, Sunseri had recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions — both of which he returned for touchdowns — through seven games this season.

Landon Collins is expected to take Sunseri’s place in the starting lineup. The sophomore started a pair of games with All-America candidate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix serving a suspension earlier this season.

Hillis helps Giants beat Vikes, earn first win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Peyton Hillis hadn’t been in the Metropolitan area since posing for the 2012 Madden cover.

From the cover boy to jobless in less than three years, the Arkansas product returned to the national spotlight on Monday.

Hillis ran for a touchdown and Eli Manning didn’t throw an interception for the first time this season in the New York Giants’ 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The 27-year-old Conway native tallied 36 yards rushing on 18 carries, while hauling in five passes for 45 yards for New York (1-6). Manning was 23-of-39 for 200 yards and a touchdown.

The Giants signed Hillis Wednesday as insurance to an unsettled backfield. Starting running back David Wilson is out with a neck injury he suffered Oct. 6. A timetable for his return hasn’t been set. Brandon Jacobs, re-signed last month, suffered a hamstring injury in last Thursday’s loss to the Bears. He was inactive Monday.

The newly-acquired Josh Freeman was 20-of-53 for 190 yards with an interception for Minnesota (1-5).