Sports Briefs for Sunday, May 18

Hackney maintains Bassmaster lead

Gonzales angler Greg Hackney maintained his lead in the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Dardanelle near Russellville, Ark., while Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet is fifth heading into Sunday’s final day.

Hackney weighed in at 16 pounds, 10 ounces on Saturday, giving him a three-day total of 56-8 in the event.

Crochet, meanwhile, jumped into fifth place with a total of 52-5. He has produced 19-plus pounds the past two days to climb from 70th place on the event’s first day.

Rick Clunn is second with a 55-11 after posting 19-8 on Saturday, while Keith Combs is third (54-3) and Jason Christie (53-1) is fourth.

XU’s Abbes named outstanding performer

MOBILE, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Nour Abbes received the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player Award at the conclusion of the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship on Saturday.

Abbes, a freshman, was 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles at the tournament to lead the Gold Nuggets (17-7) to their second consecutive semifinal berth and tie for third place. All three of her singles opponents were ranked in the ITA’s top 40. Abbes won a collective 36-of-43 games against them.

It’s the first time since 2008 that the Richmond award winner was not a member of the championship team.

Abbes is the first XU athlete to win an outstanding-player award at an NAIA national tournament.

Arsenal ends drought with FA Cup win

LONDON — Aaron Ramsey ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought, completing his team’s comeback in extra time in the FA Cup final to clinch a 3-2 victory over Hull.

Saturday was shaping up as an embarrassing day for Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, when Hull scored twice in the first eight minutes. Hull has never won a major trophy in its 110-year history.

But after goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies, Santi Cazorla began Arsenal’s comeback in the 17th minute by scoring directly from a free kick.

Laurent Koscielny tied the score in the 71st minute to force the game into extra time, where Ramsey completed a slick move to score the goal that will ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Wiggins not certain about Tour de France

PASADENA, Calif. — Bradley Wiggins said Saturday he still doesn’t know if he will ride in the Tour de France.

“I’d love to be on the start in Britain,” said Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France champion. “But it’s about Chris (Froome) being confident in the team.”

Froome, Wiggins’ teammate on Sky, won last year when Wiggins did not compete.

Froome finished second to Wiggins in the 2012 race.

The Tour de France begins July 5 in Yorkshire.

“It’s very much Chris’ team,” said Wiggins, the Tour of California leader entering the final stage Sunday. “It depends on who he wants around him. We have such a deep team. I’ve been on the path for (Paris Roubaix) and this (Tour of California), and I haven’t really known what would come after this.”

The 34-year-old British rider, the 2012 Olympic time trial winner, is in his last year of his current contract with Sky.

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