Digest for 11-05-13


LOCAL

UAPB comes back to beat Southern

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff volleyball team came from one set down to top Southern 3-2 on Monday at H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Final scores were 25-15, 16-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-12 in UAPB’s final Southewestern Athletic Conference game of the season.

UAPB will finish up the regular season with a home match next Monday against Arkansas-Monticello beginning at 7 p.m.

STATE

UA women win exhibition

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas freshman Jessica Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Razorbacks to a 70-61 win over Missouri Southern in an exhibition game Sunday at Bud Walton Arena.

Fellow freshmen McKenzie Adams and Kelsey Brooks finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Razorbacks, which led 37-27 at halftime.

Arkansas will open its regular season on Friday when it hosts Sam Houston State at 11 a.m.

NATIONAL

Johnson reclaims points lead in Chase with Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson put himself back on top of the point standings in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 with a dominating performance at Texas Motor Speedway.

With two races left in the Chase, Johnson holds a seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth, who finished fourth. Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, led 255 of 334 laps. He crossed the finish line 4.4 seconds ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr., his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.

Johnson claimed his sixth win of the season and the 66th of his career in the series. He also joined Carl Edwards as the only drivers with three Sprint Cup victories at Texas.

WORLD

Djokovic tops Ferrer for Paris Masters crown

PARIS — Novak Djokovic topped David Ferrer to win the Paris Masters title on Sunday and kept alive his slim hopes of earning the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Djokovic claimed a 7-5, 7-5 triumph in Sunday’s final, winning each set in similar fashion to dethrone Ferrer, who won his first Masters crown at this event last year.

Djokovic notched his sixth title of the year and his 16th career Masters crown. He also earned his 40th career title, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the only active players to reach that milestone.

Ferrer, meanwhile, suffered his seventh straight loss in a final and his third in as many weeks. He also lost to Mikhail Youzhny last week in Valencia after falling to Grigor Dimitrov the previous weekend in Stockholm.

Johnson wins WGC by 3

SHANGHAI, China — Dustin Johnson used a stellar back nine on Sunday to win the WGC-HSBC Champions by three strokes.

Johnson closed with his second straight 6-under 66 to pick up his eighth PGA Tour title. Johnson, who won his first World Golf Championship event, ended the tournament at 24-under-par 264.

His total of 264 shattered the previous scoring record. Poulter, last year’s winner, set the old mark of 267.

Poulter birdied three of the first five holes on Sunday to grab the early lead, but a bogey at the 15th opened the door for Johnson. Poulter matched Johnson’s 66 to take second at minus-21.