UAPB’s Agard ninth in SWAC XC

CLINTON, Miss. — Matthew Agard of Arkansas-Pine Bluff earned second-team All-SWAC honors for his ninth-place finish Monday in the conference cross country championship meet.

Agard, of Brooklyn, New York, was the highest-finishing Golden Lion in the meet. He turned in a time of 27 minutes, 31.83 seconds on the 8-kilometer course, about 57 seconds behind winner Sorone Batiste of Prairie View A&M. UAPB’s Kevin White came in 11th, missing out on all-conference honors by one place.

Batiste’s run helped Prairie View clinch the men’s team standings. UAPB was ninth.

In women’s competition, Tineika Toussaint was UAPB’s highest placer at 20th. She ran the 5K course in 20:25.94.

Alabama State, which swept the top six individual positions, won the women’s team championship. UAPB placed 10th.

Lady Lions soccer loses pair in Alabama

NORMAL, Ala. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team finished a rough two days in Alabama with a 5-1 loss to Alabama A&M on Monday.

The game was a replay of a match from two weeks, which was postponed after 10 minutes. It came on the heels of Sunday’s 6-0 loss to Howard University in Vestavia Hills.

Janet Garcia provided UAPB (2-17) with its lone goal of the trip. Her 25th minute goal tied the Lady Bulldogs for all of three minutes. Two goals late on by Margaret Sesay in a 39-second span put the match of reach.

In Sunday’s loss, a three-goal flurry in a 4-minute span doomed the Lady Lions. Although the defeat could have been much worse, if it hadn’t been for 14 saves by goalkeeper Brittany Roberts.


Cardinals’ Taveras dies in crash at 22

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras died Sunday in an automobile accident in his native Dominican Republic, the team and a police official said.

Taveras was 22.

National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete tweeted that Taveras lost control of his car driving between Cabarete and Sosua in Puerto Plata. He said Taveras and a young woman in the car with him were both killed instantly.

Baseball officials indicated the woman was Taveras’ girlfriend.

"I simply can’t believe it," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest."

Taveras batted .239 in 80 games this season with three home runs and 22 RBI.

One of his biggest moments came just two weeks before his death when he hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning to help the Cardinals win Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Oct. 12.


FSU RB Williams subject of battery case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State running back Karlos Williams, the team’s leading rusher, is the subject of a domestic battery investigation, according to police.

The Tallahassee Police Department said Monday that it was "working an alleged domestic battery involving Karlos Williams" after receiving the case on Saturday night, but offered no other details.

"The alleged crime is an active ongoing investigation and Florida law does not allow TPD to discuss the details of any case while it is ongoing," the department said in a statement. "Once the case is complete, it will be released under the guidelines of Florida Public Records Law."

The Florida State athletics department said in a statement that it is aware of the investigation.

"Until we receive more information regarding the alleged incident his status with the team will be under review," the department said.

Williams, a senior, has rushed for 378 yards and seven touchdowns on 82 carries for the No. 2 Seminoles.

Vick named Jets’ starter

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the New York Jets on Sunday in Kansas City, not Geno Smith.

Jets coach Rex Ryan announced his decision Monday, saying Vick gave the team a "spark" on Sunday after taking over for Smith, who threw three interceptions in the first 10:20 of the game.

"I felt the energy on the sideline," Ryan said.

Vick completed just half of his 36 passes for 153 yards and an interception, also losing two fumbles in a 43-23 stinker against Buffalo that was the team’s seventh loss in a row.

But Ryan said it was time to give Vick a chance to work with the offensive starters and have Smith "take a step back for the first time in his career and get a different perspective on it."

Smith has been New York’s starting quarterback in all 24 games since he was drafted in the second round last year out of West Virginia.

"This is not looking long term," Ryan said of going with the 12-year veteran Vick. "This is immediate. My focus is on Kansas City and trying to find a way to get a win. That’s why this decision was made. …

"Right now, the ‘long term’ is this week."

Smith, 24, has passed for 4,416 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in two seasons for the Jets (1-7). He has thrown for 1,370 yards, seven scores and 10 interceptions this season.