LSU volleyball drops season finale to Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After dropping the first two sets, the LSU volleyball team fought to make a game of it late, but in the end would not be able to match the offense of Alabama, falling in the season finale 25-13, 25-20, 25-14 to the Crimson Tide on Friday.
LSU (9-20, 5-13 Southeastern) hit above .200 in the first two sets of the match, but could not match the high-powered attack of Alabama (17-15, 11-7), who finished hitting .350 with 48 kills.
Gina Tillis led LSU with 13 kills on .258 hitting, adding a dig. Mimi Eugene had five kills, adding four digs and a solo block.
Cheyenne Wood had 11 assists for the Tigers, adding four digs, a kill and a service ace, while Lindsay Flory had 10 assists with a kill.
Britain and Belgium tied in Davis Cup
GHENT, Belgium — Andy Murray kept Britain in contention in the Davis Cup final when he beat Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets to leave the two nations level at 1-1 after the opening singles Friday.
Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world, made a smooth transition to clay and won 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 against his left-handed opponent, who is ranked No. 108.
Earlier, David Goffin had rallied to beat Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0, overcoming a two-set deficit for the first time in his career to put Belgium ahead.
Belgium is seeking its first Davis Cup title, while Britain has not won the team competition in 79 years.
Spieth 4 shots back in Australian Open
SYDNEY — Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott went in opposite directions at the Australian Open on Friday, while Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 3-under 68 and take a three-stroke lead.
Jones, a member at The Australian Golf Club, had a 7-under 135 total on a course that was playing only slightly easier a day after brutal wind and heat sent scores soaring.
Australia’s Todd Sinnott was second after a 70, while the top-ranked Spieth (68) and playing partner Geoff Ogilvy (71) were in a group of five tied for third, four behind Jones. Spieth won last year.
Scott shot a 73 and was at 2 over, nine strokes out of the lead.
Schwartzel opens five-shot Dunhill lead
MALELANE, South Africa — South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel shot a 5-under 67 to open a five-stroke lead in the European Tour’s season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Schwartzel had an 11-under 133 total at Leopard Creek. He won the event in 2005, 2012 and 2013.
Spain’s Pablo Martin Benavides (69), South Africa’s Richard Sterne (70), France’s Benjamin Hebert (70) and the Netherland’s Joost Luiten (70) were tied for second.
Russia vows to follows recommendations
MOSCOW — Russia said Friday it will follow any recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency to clean up its own troubled drug-testing body.
A WADA commission’s report this month accused the Russian anti-doping agency, RUSADA, of covering up failed drug tests by top athletes. RUSADA was suspended by WADA following the report’s publication.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko met WADA director general David Howman in Germany on Thursday.
According to an account of the meeting posted by the ministry, Mutko said Russia would “follow all recommendations from WADA aimed at the necessary transformations in the activities and structure of RUSADA.”
In a statement on the WADA website, Howman said Russia still had a long way to go.