UAPB soccer falls to Alcorn State

LORMAN, Miss. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team fell behind 3-0 and couldn’t claw its way back in a road game against Alcorn State Friday night.

The Braves opened the scoring just 16 minutes into the game and led 1-0 at halftime. Nefaterria Phillips widened the Alcorn State lead with back-to-back goals early in the second half.

UAPB got on the board when Traebiyana Dimanche scored in the 68th minute.

Lady Lions goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs finished with five saves in the loss.


Keselowski finally gets first win of 2013 season

CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski bounced back from a pit-road mistake and passed Kasey Kahne in the closing laps to win his first Sprint Cup Series race of the season on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, who won the series championship last year, left his pit stall with the tire jack still attached to his Penske Racing car and had to pit again during a round of stops under caution early in the race. He rallied back and grabbed the lead from Kahne with nine laps to go. Keselowski beat Kahne to the finish line by one second for his 10th Sprint Cup career victory but his first September 2012 at Dover (38 races ago). He won five races during his title season.

Browns place QB Hoyer on IR

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

Hoyer hurt his right knee on a scramble during the first quarter of Cleveland’s victory over Buffalo on Oct. 3. He broke free along the right sideline and picked up a first down, but was hit from behind by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and his legs bent awkwardly underneath him.

To fill the roster spot, Cleveland signed rookie wide receiver Charles Johnson off Green Bay’s practice squad.

Zeller sidelined after appendectomy

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller underwent an appendectomy on Friday and is recovering after the procedure.

The Cavaliers said Zeller will be further evaluated before a timetable is established for his return to basketball activities.

Zeller averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games, starting 55, as a rookie last season.

Koepka pushes lead to 2 in California

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Brooks Koepka posted a 4-under 67 on Saturday and extended his lead to two strokes after three rounds of the Frys.com Open.

Koepka, who will go for his first PGA Tour title on Sunday, finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 198.

George McNeill matched the course record at CordeValle Golf Club with his 9-under 62 on Saturday. He moved into a share of second place at minus-13. He was joined there by Jason Kokrak, who carded a 68 on Saturday.


Del Potro denies Nadal-Djokovic final in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China — Novak Djokovic won his semifinal match Saturday at the Shanghai Masters, but Juan Martin del Potro upended Rafael Nadal in the other to deny a matchup of the world’s top two players in the final.

The top-seeded Djokovic earned a 6-2, 7-5 victory over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Saturday’s opener, but del Potro just overwhelmed the second-seeded Nadal with a 6-2, 6-4 upset in the nightcap.

Djokovic beat Nadal last week in the final at the China Open in Beijing, ending a three-match losing streak to the super Spaniard — a stretch that included a setback in the final at the U.S. Open. It was his first title since beating Nadal for the Monte Carlo crown in April.