WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:01:10 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Mainieri covers new baseballs, players on Media Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-covers-new-baseballs-players-on-media-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-covers-new-baseballs-players-on-media-day/ LSU Sports Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:09:39 AM Russell Jones Mainieri covers new baseballs, players on Media Day

BATON ROUGE - LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri covered a lot of ground in his Media Day appearance Friday.

Mainieri, who is entering his ninth season with LSU, was asked about many new developments coming into the 2015 season including new flat-seamed baseballs which the NCAA voted to switch to this year.

"During the course of fall practice we hit 16 home runs (with the new ball)," Mainieri said. "We only hit 10 the previous fall."

He said LSU's pitchers also enjoyed throwing the flat-seamed ball more, which feels smaller in their hands and also reduces problems with blisters forming. The LSU mound will also be in contention this year with six new pitchers, including five freshmen.

"You're going to be young every year in some aspect. You can't sign kids to 10 year contracts," Mainieri said.

Another new face for the Tiger coaching staff is former Tulane standout Andy Cannizaro, who spent the past five years as a scout for the New York Yankees. He was hired as a recruiting coordinator and hitting coach this past summer.

"Andy Cannizaro is going to be a superstar in the coaching profession. He has it all," Mainieri said.

The Tigers hit the field later today for their first practice of the season. Sports 2 will have more on the diamond Tigers tonight at 6 and 10.


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Arkansas wins overtime thriller over Alabama 93-91 http://www.wbrz.com/news/arkansas-wins-overtime-thriller-over-alabama-93-91/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arkansas-wins-overtime-thriller-over-alabama-93-91/ LSU Sports Thu, 22 Jan 2015 8:59:06 PM AP Arkansas wins overtime thriller over Alabama 93-91

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Bobby Portis' putback as time expired helped Arkansas snap a two-game losing streak and defeat Alabama 93-91 in overtime on Thursday night.

With the game tied at 91-91 following a 3-pointer by the Crimson Tide's Shannon Hale, Portis grabbed the errant shot of Ky Madden and laid it in for the dramatic victory.

Arkansas (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) had fallen out of the top 25 following back-to-back losses last week. The Razorbacks, however, improved to 62-7 at home under fourth-year coach Mike Anderson - led by a career-high 30 points from Michael Qualls.

Portis finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, none bigger than his end-of-game winner.

Justin Coleman led Alabama (12-6, 2-3), which has now lost three straight, with 22 points - all after halftime. Ricky Tarrant added 21 points and Rodney Cooper had 15 for the Crimson Tide.

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LSU falls to No. 5 Tennessee 75-58 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-falls-to-no-5-tennessee-75-58/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-falls-to-no-5-tennessee-75-58/ LSU Sports Thu, 22 Jan 2015 7:02:12 PM Associated Press LSU falls to No. 5 Tennessee 75-58

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Isabelle Harrison scored a season-high 25 points Thursday as No. 5 Tennessee rolled to a 75-58 victory over LSU.

Andraya Carter added 13 points as Tennessee (16-3, 6-0 SEC) rebounded from Monday's 88-71 loss at No. 6 Notre Dame, which ended the Lady Vols' 11-game win streak.

The game matched a pair of former colleagues in Tennessee coach Holly Warlick and LSU coach Nikki Caldwell, who were assistants on Pat Summitt's Tennessee staff from 2002-08. Caldwell and Warlick also both played for Summitt at Tennessee.

Their latest meeting coincided with the Southeastern Conference's We Back Pat Week, an initiative dedicated to supporting Summitt's foundation in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Warlick and Caldwell headed to the stands just before the opening tip and embraced Summitt and gave her flowers as the crowd chanted "We Back Pat!"

Raigyne Moncrief and Danielle Ballard each scored 15 points for LSU (10-9, 4-3).

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Riverdale's Donte Jackson commits to LSU over UGA http://www.wbrz.com/news/riverdale-s-donte-jackson-commits-to-lsu-over-uga/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/riverdale-s-donte-jackson-commits-to-lsu-over-uga/ LSU Sports Wed, 21 Jan 2015 9:32:17 AM Brock Sues Riverdale's Donte Jackson commits to LSU over UGA

NEW ORLEANS - Riverdale High senior cornerback Donté Jackson announced on Wednesday morning his decision to pass on Georgia and USC, making his verbal commitment to come play for LSU later this year.

Jackson, a 5'11", 164-pound cornerback out of New Orleans, announced his commitment this morning at a press conference at his high school, hot off a stellar senior year and breakout performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this year.

He was strongly courted by recruiters from UGA, and he told press that he had not even made the final decision when he went to bed last night. Donté Jackson is the No. 1 athlete in the country and the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana, according to 247sports.com. He comes at as the No. 7 recruit in Louisiana and 58th overall in ranking by Rivals.

Jackson is set to join another 5-star defensive back in Kevin Toliver II and several other top 100 commitments in LSU's newest class of 17 recruits. National signing day is coming up on Feb. 4.

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Patriots beat Colts 45-7, will play Seattle in Super Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/patriots-beat-colts-45-7-will-play-seattle-in-super-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/patriots-beat-colts-45-7-will-play-seattle-in-super-bowl/ LSU Sports Sun, 18 Jan 2015 7:33:34 PM Associated Press Patriots beat Colts 45-7, will play Seattle in Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more on Sunday to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship - their sixth under Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1.

New England (14-4) opened a 14-point lead in the first half and then broke it open in a driving rain with three third-quarter touchdowns and another to start the fourth. That made it the second-most lopsided game in AFC championship history.

Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 226 yards. Blount ran 30 times for 148 yards.

Andrew Luck completed 12 of 33 passes for 126 yards with two interceptions for the Colts (13-6).

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House leads Texas A&M past LSU, 67-64 http://www.wbrz.com/news/house-leads-texas-aandm-past-lsu-67-64/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/house-leads-texas-aandm-past-lsu-67-64/ LSU Sports Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:17:49 AM BRETT MARTEL House leads Texas A&M past LSU, 67-64

BATON ROUGE, La. - Danuel House scored four of his 18 points in the final 23 seconds, and Texas A&M erased a 13-point second-half deficit for its first road victory this season, 67-64 over LSU on Saturday.

Jalen Jones had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies (11-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), who held LSU to two points over the final 4:26 and took their first lead of the second half on House's jumper from the top of the key in the last half-minute.

Jordan Mickey had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots for LSU (13-4, 2-2), but he fell to the ground after grabbing his last rebound on the defensive end with under 30 seconds left and was called for traveling, giving A&M another chance to set up House's go-ahead shot.

Jalyn Patterson added 13 points and Jarell Martin 12 for the Tigers.

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LSU football junior class opts to stay in school http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-junior-class-opts-to-stay-in-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-junior-class-opts-to-stay-in-school/ LSU Sports Fri, 16 Jan 2015 9:12:07 PM Michael Cauble LSU football junior class opts to stay in school

If you were an LSU Tiger football fan with an all access pass to the football operations building today, you probably would've left feeling pretty good about your team, your coach, and your chances at making some noise next season.

The questions at quarterback aren't going away, but today they were shoved to the back of the closet, as a six pack of soon to be Tiger seniors said and did all the right things.

The things that Tigers of the past failed to do.

Wide receiver Travin Dural, tight end Dillon Gordon, lineman Vadal Alexander and Gerald Hawkins,
linebacker Lamar Louis and safety Jalen Mills all realized they and their team would be better served by their return to the purple and gold for one more season.

Unlike past years when some Tigers made smart financial decisions and others made boneheaded, bound to fail choices, this year, of the six players we were questiong to leave, half said they'll be back.

Their reasons were varied and at the same time the same.

Their love of college ball, their love of their teammates and coaches and their desire to be champions brought them back for more.Statements from LB Lamar Louis, DB Jalen Mills and OL Vadal Alexander:

LB Lamar Louis
"It's good to be back. My decision to come back was pretty simple and easy. I didn't have the full measure of success with a championship and degree. I'm going to finish up getting my degree and we are going to fight for a championship this year. Anybody who is a junior and has the ability to come out, even though you're not very high, is something to think about. When you're presented with the league minimum it takes some thought to give depending on your situation. It really hits you when it's time to decide. I have all of my brothers who are counting on me to finish some business that we didn't take care of. Every year we are fighting for a championship and that's the number one goal. At the end of the day we wanted to say we got a championship and a degree. My decision was pretty simple. I was very encouraged with the additions to the coaching staff in coach (Kevin) Steele and coach (Ed) Orgeron. I had an opportunity to meet with coach Steele and it was a very good meeting. I'm very enthused with what's going on around the defense. One thing that struck me was when he had the opportunity to coach Sam Mills in the NFL. We have a bunch of Sam Mills type linebackers running around LSU right now. I thought that was a plus for my linebacker group and me. I know that he has had some success in the past in different schemes as far as running more 3-4. That's one thing that we are really excited about, being able to play something different. We are a very versatile defense. "

S Jalen Mills
"With this whole process, I feel like the hardest part for me was seeing guys that I have actually played with and guys that I know - Patrick Peterson, Eric Reid, Barkevious Mingo - you see those guys and they come in and play ball. You kind of want to be not exactly like them, but you want put yourself in the position that they put themselves in. As a junior you have that decision, but you also have the decision to come back. The biggest part for me coming back was coach Miles actually coming to my house and taking the time because everybody knows he's a busy man. Taking the time and sitting down with my mom, just laying out for my family and I the better situation of me staying for my last year. Also hammering to my mom the importance of getting my degree. The NFL might not last for long, but once you get that degree, no one can take that from you. That's really what made my final decision, just coming back and trying to get my degree and being one of the leaders on the team. I want to show the younger guys the way and I feel that's what a lot of teams miss at times. Juniors leave early so their team is young and haven't gotten a total feel for it. So coming back, being a senior and being able to show the younger guys how we do things around here. I feel like we're going to be a top contender for a national championship because of the guys I have sitting to the right of me. They're all playmakers at their positions. Coach Miles is the leader of our team and we trust him. I trust his judgment, coming to me and telling me all of the things I can benefit from by coming back. He helped make my final decision, and I called and told him that I'm coming to get my degree and play for a national championship. I want to thank coach Miles for putting the time in with me to help me with my decision. I'm happy to be an LSU Tiger."

OT Vadal Alexander
"I'd like to thank God, my family, my sister, my dad and mom. I have loved LSU ever since I was a kid. Growing up, my dad always wore LSU stuff so I didn't know anything else other than that. I watched the national championship game with Justin Vincent running the ball. I watched us win the national championship in 2007 with coach Miles and I always dreamed about being on that team and being a part of that. I really do love LSU. I love the fans, coaches, trainers, and the entire staff. It's not easy being a college athlete but it's worth it. Sitting back thinking about everything, we have the opportunity to go to the NFL and leave school early, but we would be leaving a lot behind. When you think about it, it's really worth coming back to better yourself, better the team, and better the LSU program. I sat down with coach Miles and talked to him with my parents. We had a really in depth conversation about the pros and cons of leaving and staying. I realized how important this program is for me. I thought about when I first came to LSU when I was little for summer camps. I was probably nine and after camp I was taking pictures by the tiger with my dad, coach Miles knows the story. He walked past us then stopped and turned around and said ‘One day you're going to be an LSU Tiger'. I was only like nine years old but it meant the world to me that he said that. It always stuck with me that he said that. I want to thank coach Miles, coach Grimes, coach Cameron, coach Wilson, coach Ensminger and the entire staff. Like coach Miles said, there's a lot to look forward to in the NFL, but it would be premature to leave without winning a national championship, getting my degree, and bettering myself as a player. With the help of coach Miles, coach Grimes and my fellow seniors, I feel like we can do that. You only get one chance to play in Tiger Stadium in front of 100,000. I get another year of that and I feel like it's worth it. I hope we can accomplish something big this year."


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LSU football juniors announce they will stay in school http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-juniors-announce-they-will-stay-in-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-juniors-announce-they-will-stay-in-school/ LSU Sports Fri, 16 Jan 2015 2:23:49 PM Brock Sues LSU football juniors announce they will stay in school

BATON ROUGE - A handful of LSU juniors announced on Friday their intention to return to school for their senior seasons in hopes of competing for a national championship.

Safety Jalen Mills, wide receiver Travin Dural, linebacker Lamar Louis, tight end Dillon Gordon and offensive linemen Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander will be among the returning underclassmen after announcing their decision to pass up the NFL draft for another season in Baton Rouge.

Among the reasons the players mentioned for their return were passion for playing Tiger football and pressure from Head Coach Les Miles to get their degrees. Of course, a run at the national title was mentioned as an obvious goal for the junior's return.

Coach Miles was in attendance at the press conference and stated that the returning juniors will be key to a strong season when fall rolls around.

Only three players elected to leave their college careers behind early this year, cornerback Jalen Collins, linebacker Kwon Alexander, and defensive end Daniel Hunter, which is down from a record setting 18 over the last two years.

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Lady Tigers edge No. 15 Mississippi St. 71-69 in 2OT http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-edge-no-15-mississippi-st-71-69-in-2ot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-edge-no-15-mississippi-st-71-69-in-2ot/ LSU Sports Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:55:39 PM Hunter Robinson Lady Tigers edge No. 15 Mississippi St. 71-69 in 2OT

STARKVILLE, MS - Danielle Ballard scored 24 points, including the go-ahead bucket in double overtime, and grabbed 10 rebounds to help lift LSU to a 71-69 upset over No. 15 Mississippi State on Thursday night.

Raigyne Moncrief contributed 18 points and DaShawn Harden added 13 for LSU (9-8, 3-2 SEC), which shot 50 percent from the floor and sank late buckets to force both overtime periods.

The first overtime was forced by Moncrief, who hit a free throw to tie it at 53 at the end of regulation.

Mississippi State (18-2, 3-2) took a 61-58 lead with Ketara Chapel's free throw with 6 seconds left in OT but Ballard hit a 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer to tie it again.

The Bulldogs, who have lost two straight, built a 69-65 lead in the second OT before LSU scored six straight for the win.

Dominique Dillingham led Mississippi State with 18 points.

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Les Miles responds to criticism of LSU offense http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-responds-to-criticism-of-lsu-offense/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-responds-to-criticism-of-lsu-offense/ LSU Sports Wed, 14 Jan 2015 9:07:53 PM Michael Cauble Les Miles responds to criticism of LSU offense

Les Miles oversaw an offense that never got on track with it's passing game.  The Tigers finished the season ranked 120 out of 128 NCAA teams at the FBS level in passes attempted.

LSU completed 138 of 276 pass attempts for an even 50% with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

It was an under performing offense that was limited with a subpar passing attack.  Last week I criticized Miles for holding back a passing attack that was never allowed to succeed or fail due to their limited throws.

On Wednesday I had a chance to talk with Les and see if he felt that criticism was fair, as you might expect Miles defended his play calling and expected his offense to improve.

Miles answer to holding back the offense is as follows:

"We were 7 of 14 in the bowl game, if you want to go back and look, we were a 48% passing team, 48% of the time we threw incompletions, that's not good enough.

So when you're not good enough throwing it, for whatever the reasons, and you're ripping off runs that are going up and down the field, you tell me what you want me to do now Cauble, you know.

The opportunity to call plays that wins the game for us is what we have to do, period.

Now, we want to throw it, we have talented receivers, we would think we're through the quarterback, you know misery, development if you will and get to a point this spring, where we will throw the ball a ton in spring, we'll get through spring and into fall ball, and it's going to be competition that will tell it.

I would think that we've improved tremendously."

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LSU hoops beat Ole Miss 75-71 in Oxford http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-beat-ole-miss-75-71-in-oxford/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-beat-ole-miss-75-71-in-oxford/ LSU Sports Wed, 14 Jan 2015 6:57:45 PM Michael Cauble LSU hoops beat Ole Miss 75-71 in Oxford

OXFORD - Keith Hornsby scored 23 points, Jarell Martin added 18 points and 14 rebounds and LSU beat Mississippi 75-71 on Wednesday night.

LSU (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) dominated in the paint with its talented frontcourt of Jordan Mickey and Martin. Mickey finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Tigers' guard play wasn't bad either. Hornsby nailed five 3-pointers and Josh Gray finished with 14 points and 10 assists.

LSU broke a three-game losing streak against the Rebels. It's the first time the Tigers have won in Oxford since 2009.

Ole Miss (10-6, 1-2) led for a big chunk of the first half, but couldn't overcome a bad shooting night by its starting guards. Leading scorer Stefan Moody made just 5 of 18 attempts from the field to finish with 14 points.

M.J. Rhett led Ole Miss with 15 points.

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LSU to introduce two new football coaches http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-introduce-two-new-football-coaches/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-introduce-two-new-football-coaches/ LSU Sports Wed, 14 Jan 2015 8:22:33 AM Russell Jones LSU to introduce two new football coaches

BATON ROUGE - LSU athletics officials said they will introduce two new coaches for the Tiger football program Wednesday afternoon.

The university confirmed Tuesday they'd hired former Alabama linebacker coach Kevin Steele. On Wednesday LSU also said they'd hired former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron to be the Tigers' new defensive line coach.

Both coaches are hailed as exceptional recruiters, with Steele helping land the No. 1 recruiting class last year at Alabama. Orgeron was 10-25 at Ole Miss from 2005-07, then took Southern California 6-2 as interim head coach after Lane Kiffin was fired.

Steele replaces defensive coordinator John Chavis, who left LSU for Texas A&M the day after the Tigers played in the Music City Bowl. Orgeron takes a spot on the coaching staff currently occupied by Brick Haley, who could be shuffled off-field or could reportedly be following Chavis to Texas A&M.

Steele and Orgeron will be introduced at a 4 p.m. press conference at LSU.

IMAGE: Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikipedia Commons

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LSU fan video goes viral http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fan-video-goes-viral/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fan-video-goes-viral/ LSU Sports Sun, 11 Jan 2015 8:24:58 PM Greg Renoud LSU fan video goes viral

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers had just made a miraculous come back in overtime to send the game into a second extra session.

It was a stadium of wild fans cheering, but the ESPN cameras found Kiana Rogers. Her celebration went viral because of her enthusiasm and yelling a cuss word that could easily be seen.

"I felt like I was about to die, like this was a life or death situation, not a win or lose situation," said Rogers about the intensity of the moment.

Rogers is a freshman business management major from Franklin, La. She says although the intensity of her celebration is normal for her, the cursing is not.

"I actually don't curse. Like if I'm having a conversation with a friend, I'll say it in my head but I won't actually say it. I think it's dirty. But in that moment I wasn't thinking about what I was saying, I was just going crazy and everything," said Rogers.

Social media and message boards made the assumption that Rogers was impaired. She responded to those claims by saying, "I was not drunk, I was not on anything else if you know what I mean, it was just me."

Rogers hopes to continue her 15 minutes of fame and end up on a nationally televised talk show.


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Lady Tigers fall to #9 A&M 55-48 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-fall-to-9-aandm-55-48/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-fall-to-9-aandm-55-48/ LSU Sports Sun, 11 Jan 2015 9:52:27 PM Associated Press Lady Tigers fall to #9 A&M 55-48

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Jordan Jones had 12 points and Curtyce Knox added a career-high 10, including a key basket late to help No. 9 Texas A&M outlast LSU 55-48 on Sunday.

The Tigers led by as many as seven early and got within 2 twice in the game's final minutes. The second time they had a chance to tie it, but Achiri Ade stole the ball from Danielle Ballard and Knox finished on the other end with a layup to make it 52-48.

The Aggies (15-3, 3-1 SEC) added three free throws after that to secure the victory and help them bounce back from an 81-58 loss to No. 7 Tennessee on Thursday with their 12th straight win at home.

Akilah Bethel led LSU (8-8, 2-2) with 13 points and Sheila Boykin had 11.

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Hunter makes NFL draft choice official http://www.wbrz.com/news/hunter-makes-nfl-draft-choice-official/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hunter-makes-nfl-draft-choice-official/ LSU Sports Fri, 9 Jan 2015 2:55:13 PM Russell Jones Hunter makes NFL draft choice official

BATON ROUGE - LSU junior Danielle Hunter formally announced his intention to enter the NFL draft Friday.

Hunter told News 2 earlier this week he would not return to LSU for another season. On Friday he said coming to LSU was the best decision of his life.

"I am and I will stay a Tiger for ever and I will always bleed purple and gold," he said on his Twitter account. 

Players have until Jan. 15 to declare, and several predictions have Hunter going in the second or third round.

Two other Tigers have announced plans to go out for the draft, linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Jalen Collins.

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Missouri defeats LSU in overtime 74-67 http://www.wbrz.com/news/missouri-defeats-lsu-in-overtime-74-67/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/missouri-defeats-lsu-in-overtime-74-67/ LSU Sports Thu, 8 Jan 2015 6:48:55 PM Michael Cauble Missouri defeats LSU in overtime 74-67

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Johnathan Williams III scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Keith Shamburger converted four free throws in the final minute of overtime to help Missouri defeat LSU 74-67 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Missouri (7-7) improved to 1-5 against the five power conferences after scoring the final nine points of the game - the final seven on free throws - after LSU opened overtime with two of its own by Tim Quarterman.

Quarterman finished with 19 points while Keith Hornsby added 17 for LSU (11-3), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped.

The game featured 14 lead changes and seven ties, including one in the final minute of regulation. Hornsby's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left knotted the game at 65 before Clark's miss at the other end sent the game to overtime.

Missouri used a 14-2 run to gain a 60-56 lead with 3:33 remaining.

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Ballard back on LSU women's hoops roster http://www.wbrz.com/news/ballard-back-on-lsu-women-s-hoops-roster/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ballard-back-on-lsu-women-s-hoops-roster/ LSU Sports Thu, 8 Jan 2015 3:15:19 PM Russell Jones Ballard back on LSU women's hoops roster

BATON ROUGE - Head LSU women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell said star guard Danielle Ballard is back on the roster, in time for the team's game tonight against Vanderbilt.

"We're excited for Danielle to rejoin her teammates on the floor," head coach Nikki Caldwell said. "She has worked extremely hard and is ready for game competition."

Ballard is an All-SEC preseason first-team selection, but was put on suspension for team rules violations by Caldwell on Nov. 5. Further details weren't provided, but she was allowed to continue practicing with the team.

The Lady Tigers are 7-7 on the season without Ballard, one of the worst starts for them in 15 years.

Vanderbilt visits the Maravich Center tonight with tipoff set for 8 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by the SEC Network.


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LSU back in Houston for 2017 opener against BYU http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-back-in-houston-for-2017-opener-against-byu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-back-in-houston-for-2017-opener-against-byu/ LSU Sports Thu, 8 Jan 2015 2:33:36 PM Russell Jones LSU back in Houston for 2017 opener against BYU

BATON ROUGE - After a come-from-behind victory in front a sellout crowd in 2014, LSU will get another chance to play their season opener at NRG Stadium in Houston in 2017.

The school announced Thursday that the Tigers will open the 2017 season Sept. 2 against Brigham Young University. It's the second time LSU has appeared in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, and it's the first meeting between the football Tigers and BYU.

"We opened the 2014 season against Wisconsin in NRG Stadium and the turnout and response from our fans far exceeded our expectations," said Joe Alleva, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics.

The Tigers came from behind to beat Wisconsin 28-24 in the 2014 opener, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter. The game was in front of a sellout crowd of 71,599 in NRG Stadium, the largest crowd for a college football game in that stadium's history.


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Former Tiger Beckham going to the Pro Bowl, replacing Megatron http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-beckham-going-to-the-pro-bowl-replacing-megatron/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-beckham-going-to-the-pro-bowl-replacing-megatron/ LSU Sports Thu, 8 Jan 2015 3:36:58 AM Hunter Robinson Former Tiger Beckham going to the Pro Bowl, replacing Megatron

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is going to the Pro Bowl.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Beckham has been chosen to replace the injured Calvin Johnson of Detroit in the Jan. 25 game.

Beckham, who had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games, was a first alternate for the NFL's all-star game. He is the first Giants rookie to play in the Pro Bowl since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002, and the team's first wide receiver in the game since Steve Smith in 2009.

The 12th pick overall in the draft, Beckham finished the season with four consecutive games with at least 130 yards receiving and a touchdown; seven games with over 100 yards receiving total; and nine straight games with 90 or more yards receiving. The latter tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark, set in 1995.

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No. 1 South Carolina women rolls past LSU, 75-51 http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-1-south-carolina-women-rolls-past-lsu-75-51/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-1-south-carolina-women-rolls-past-lsu-75-51/ LSU Sports Sun, 4 Jan 2015 3:31:30 PM BRETT MARTEL No. 1 South Carolina women rolls past LSU, 75-51

BATON ROUGE, La. - A'ja Wilson had 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help No. 1 South Carolina won its school-record 14th straight game, 75-51 over LSU on Sunday.

Tiffany Mitchell hit three of six 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points for the Gamecocks (14-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who only trailed 2-0 before scoring the next eight points and leading the rest of the way.

Wilson, a freshman who doesn't start but plays significant minutes off the bench, has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and has four double-doubles, including three straight.

South Carolina shot 51 percent (27-of-53) and led by 31 points while holding LSU (7-7, 1-1) to only 34 percent shooting (22 of 64).

No LSU player scored in double figures. DaShawn Harden led the Lady Tigers with nine points while Sheila Boykin had 11 rebounds.

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