UAPB take SWAC track by surprise

UAPB take SWAC track by surprise

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff track and field team took the SWAC by surprise at the 2012 Indoor Championships, highlighted by several strong performances.

Six meet records were set, including UAPB’s Alicia Johnson in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.95.

Ninfa Bernard’s 5:11.14 in the mile was good enough for an individual medal as well.

UAPB finishes SWAC season with win

JACKSON, Miss. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team won its third straight conference game and ended the SWAC regular season with an 11-5 win over Alabama State on Saturday.

UAPB (8-28, 8-9 SWAC) broke the game open with a four-run second inning, which gave the Lady Lions a 5-1 lead. UAPB never trailed in the game.

CeCe Kolesar and Heather Leigh each hit a home run for UAPB. Kolesar ended the game 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Leigh scored three runs and was 2 for 3 and Allison Gutierrez added two RBIs.

Amanda Nordberg pitched all seven innings in the win and gave up five runs on 15 hits, walked two and struck out three.

Gordon wins pole for Aaron’s 499

TALLEDEGA, Ala. — Jeff Gordon captured the pole for today’s Aaron’s 499 at Talledega with a lap time of 191.623, just ahead of AJ Allmendinger and Marcus Ambrose with Aric Ambrose qualifying fourth.

Kasey Kahne will start fifth, followed by Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip and Matt Kenseth in the top 10.

It is Gordon’s first pole since this race last year, and the 71st of his career — third on the all-time list.

Logano puts Toyota in winner’s circle

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Joey Logano nipped Kyle Busch at the finish line Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway to give Toyota its 200th win in NASCAR.

After the finish, Danica Patrick intentionally wrecked Sam Hornish Jr. on the cool down lap. It was apparent retaliation for Hornish squeezing Patrick on the last lap; he said he had a flat tire, but she wasn’t buying the excuse from her former IndyCar colleague.

McIlroy in hunt at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy birdied his first three holes enroute to a front-nine 32 and added three birdies on the back for a 66 on Saturday, two shots out of the lead.

McIlroy trails leader Webb Simpson and D.A Points and Ryan Moore, who are tied for second. Nick Watney is tied with McIlroy for fourth, one stroke ahead of Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler.