Digest for 10-29-13


LOCAL

UAPB’s Davis sixth in SWAC cross country

CLINTON, Miss. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff junior Teneisha Davis finished sixth in the SWAC women’s cross country championship Monday.

Because of her top-10 finish, Davis was named All-SWAC. She completed the 5-kilometer run in 19 minutes, 37.16 seconds.

The Lady Lions, however, finished 10th and last in team standings.

Matthew Agard was the highest finishing Golden Lion in the men’s 8-K race, taking 14th place in 27 minutes, 56.81 seconds. UAPB placed ninth in men’s team standings.

UAPB lets lead slip away at Texas Southern

HOUSTON — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team blew a 1-0 lead in their 2-1 loss to Texas Southern on Sunday.

UAPB (2-14-2, 0-2-1 SWAC) senior Celeste Carrera opened the scoring just nine minutes into the match.

Texas Southern (3-12, 1-2) countered with goals in the 25th and 41st minutes from Tiana Humphrey and Makayla Johnson, respectively.

Lady Lions goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs had three saves in the loss.

NATIONAL

Seahawks make late goal-line stand to hold off Rams

ST. LOUIS — Seattle’s defense came up with a goal-line stand in the final seconds, which allowed the Seahawks to sneak out of St. Louis with a 14-9 victory.

The Rams and veteran backup Kellen Clemens, who made his 13th career NFL start, started from their own 3-yard line with 5:42 to play. Clemens led St. Louis down to the Seattle 1-yard line. Rams running back Daryl Richardson was stopped on third down, and Clemens followed with an incomplete pass to Brian Quick as time expired.

Seattle’s dominant defense allowed the team to pick up its fourth road win of the season. The Seahawks haven’t won four games away from home since 2006. The single-season franchise record is five, set in 1984 and matched in 2005.

Tigers’ Cabrera to have surgery

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera will reportedly undergo surgery for a groin injury.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit Free Press on Monday that Cabrera would be visiting a doctor in the next couple of days, but the paper later cited a team spokesperson as saying the slugger will soon have an operation.

Cabrera was hurt for most of the month of September and was clearly hampered by the injury during the postseason. He batted just .262 in 11 games and had only two homers with seven runs batted in as the Tigers lost to Boston in the American League Championship Series.

After winning the Triple Crown in 2012, Cabrera again won the AL batting title this season with an MLB-best average of .348. His 44 homers and 137 RBI were second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis, who had 53 home runs and 138 RBI.

Cabrera’s power numbers declined in the final month due to the injury, as he hit just one homer and drove in only seven runs in September.

Gordon wins at Martinsville, Kenseth ties Johnson in points

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon kept his hopes of winning a fifth Sprint Cup Series championship alive by winning his first race of the season on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Gordon passed Matt Kenseth for the lead with 21 laps remaining and then held off Kenseth at the finish by 0.6 seconds to win the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 — the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

It was Gordon’s 88th career victory in NASCAR’s premier series but his first since the 2012 season-finale at Homestead (33-races ago). He also scored his eighth win at Martinsville, which placed him in a tie with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, for third on the track’s all-time race winners list. Gordon’s last victory here came in October 2005.

Kenseth’s second-place run coupled with a fifth-place finish for Johnson allowed Kenseth to move into a points tie with Johnson. Both drivers have 2,294 points apiece with just three races to go — Texas (next Sunday), Phoenix (Nov. 10) and Homestead (Nov. 17).