Lady Lions win first SWAC game

A second-half hat trick by Erica Cervantes helped the Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team pick up its first Southwestern Athletic Conference win of the season.

Cervantes struck three times in a 6-minute span halfway through the second half of Sunday’s 4-1 win over Alcorn State at Pumphrey Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, Alcorn State substitute Philicia Wimley opened the scoring in the 50th minute, but it was the only time UAPB goalkeeper Brittany Roberts (nine saves) was beaten on the day. The Lady Lions (2-16, 1-7 SWAC) leveled the match 14 minutes later when Janet Garcia scored off an assist by Kristen Young.

In the 73rd minute, Cervantes broke the deadlock finishing past Maegan Aria (six saves). She put the match away with goals in the 76th and 79th minutes. Monica Arcos assisted on Cervantes’ first two goals, while Garcia provided the assist on the final goal.

The loss keeps Alcorn State, who plays next on Friday at Alabama A&M, winless at 0-10 and 0-7 in the SWAC.

UAPB plays again next Sunday at Howard University in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.


Elson to announce UA baseball, women’s hoops

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has hired Phil Elson as its radio broadcaster for baseball and women’s basketball games.

Elson joins the Razorbacks after spending the past 14 seasons as the voice of the Arkansas Travelers. He also worked as the lead broadcaster for Henderson State football and Arkansas-Little Rock women’s basketball games.

"I am honored to be chosen to represent the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Razorbacks Sports Network as the radio voice for two sports that I have great passion for," Elson said in a statement released by Arkansas. "Broadcasting state wide for the fantastic, fervent Razorbacks fan base just adds to my excitement."

Elson will replace Chuck Barrett on Arkansas’ baseball broadcasts. Barrett stepped down from baseball broadcasts earlier this year to concentrate on Razorbacks football and men’s basketball broadcasts. Elson had previously filled in for Barrett on baseball games when he was busy with men’s basketball duties.

Elson will make his debut on Nov. 9, when the Arkansas women’s basketball team plays its exhibition opener against Northeastern State.

"I’m very grateful for my time with the Travelers," Elson said in a Travelers’ news release. "I’ve worked for great people, experienced unforgettable moments and established lifelong relationships while getting to do what I love doing. The Travelers are a jewel of a civic institution, and I’m proud to have been a part of it."


Archie Manning leaves playoff selection committee

IRVING, Texas — Archie Manning has decided to take a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee for the remainder of the 2014 season because of health reasons.

Manning said he would be unable to travel for the selection committee meetings because he will undergo surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he is experiencing while walking and moving around.

"It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead," Manning said in a statement Monday. "My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible."

Manning was one of the 13 committee members that will select the four teams for the college football playoff. He will not be replaced and the group will continue with only 12.

"We will miss Archie," said College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock. "He has such a great knowledge of college football and history with the game, but we all understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all the best and look forward to his return in 2015."

The committee has been meeting since November 2013 and will begin to issue rankings on a weekly basis next Tuesday. The selections of the four teams for the playoff will take place Dec. 7.


NHL suspends Voynov after domestic violence arrest

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Monday after an arrest on charges of domestic violence.

According to the league, the suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, "the League may suspend the player pending the league’s formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league."

Voynov, who will continue to be paid, has appeared in all six games this season for the Kings and has two assists.

"These developments are of great concern to our organization," the Kings said in a statement. "We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course."

Manning breaks all-time TD pass record

DENVER — Peyton Manning’s latest feat might be his most impressive.

The Broncos quarterback tossed his 509th touchdown pass on Sunday to break Brett Favre’s NFL record.

Manning tossed for scores on three of his first four drives during a 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers to vault past Favre’s previous mark. The five-time NFL MVP fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on a third-and-goal in the front right part of the end zone in the second quarter to set the mark.

"It was a special night," Manning said. "It’s one I’ll always remember."

Manning reached the record in his 246th game — 56 games fewer than Favre.

Redskins will start McCoy if RG3 isn’t ready

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden named Colt McCoy as the team’s starter for next Monday night’s game at Dallas, but there is a chance that Robert Griffin III will make his return.

McCoy replaced an ineffective Kirk Cousins at halftime during Sunday’s 19-17 win against Tennessee and led the squad down the field for Kai Forbath’s game-winning field goal as time expired.

McCoy, who is 6-15 in his career as a starter, was 11 of 12 for 128 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

Cousins was 10 of 16 for 139 yards with an interception over the first 30 minutes. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in six games — five starts — this season.

Gruden stated that Griffin’s "got to be 100 percent" in order to go next Monday night.

Griffin dislocated his ankle early in the first quarter of Washington’s Week 2 game against Jacksonville.