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. () () Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:08:51 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Meet Chris Blair, the new voice of LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/meet-chris-blair-the-new-voice-of-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/meet-chris-blair-the-new-voice-of-lsu/ LSU Sports Sun, 2 Aug 2015 11:03:44 PM Chris Price Meet Chris Blair, the new voice of LSU

Baton Rouge - It's not easy to replace a legend, but that's exactly what Chris Blair has signed up for as he takes over as the Voice of LSU beginning in the spring of 2016. 

Blair has been the voice of Georgia Southern for almost a decade, and will replace Jim Hawthorne, who has been the voice of the Tigers for more than 30 years. 

WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble caught up with Blair to ask him about making the move to Baton Rouge. 

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LSU at No. 13 in preseason coaches' poll http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-at-no-13-in-preseason-coaches-poll/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-at-no-13-in-preseason-coaches-poll/ LSU Sports Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:07:30 AM Brock Sues LSU at No. 13 in preseason coaches' poll

BATON ROUGE - LSU football has ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll for the 15th-straight season.

The Tigers come in at position No. 13 on the poll with four of LSU's 12 opponents in the upcoming season making an appearance in the poll.

All ranked opponents came from SEC with Alabama coming in at No. 3, Auburn at No. 7, Ole Miss at 15 and Arkansas at 20. Four of their other 2015 season opponents received votes.

The first regular-season coaches' poll will be released on Sept. 8 with the final regular-season poll coming out on Dec. 6.

The Tigers report to fall camp on Wednesday, Aug. 5 and take to the practice gridiron the day after. They open their 2015 campaign on Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium against McNeese State.

Amway Coaches' Preseason Top 25

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Points
1. Ohio State, (62), 1598
2. TCU, (1), 1487
3. Alabama, (1), 1452
4. Baylor, 1365
5. Oregon, 1260
6. Michigan State, 1230
7. Auburn, 1103
8. Florida State, 1057
9. Georgia, 1026
10. USC, 1014
11. Notre Dame, 883
12. Clemson, 838
13. LSU, 727
14. UCLA, 697
15. Ole Miss, 668
16. Arizona State, 577
17. Georgia Tech, 573
18. Wisconsin, 470
19. Oklahoma, 407
20. Arkansas, 377
21. Stanford, 365
22. Arizona, 299
23. Missouri, 229
24. Boise State, 190
25. Tennessee, 166

Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer

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DA reviewing charges against LSU players http://www.wbrz.com/news/da-reviewing-charges-against-lsu-players/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/da-reviewing-charges-against-lsu-players/ LSU Sports Wed, 29 Jul 2015 4:08:50 PM Russell Jones DA reviewing charges against LSU players

BATON ROUGE - The district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish said he is reviewing charges filed against three LSU football players accusing them of breaking into an campus apartment.

DA Hillar Moore said he is following a request to review the charges from the attorneys representing Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Maquedius Bain.

Authorities arrested the three in June and accused them of breaking into rooms at LSU's West Campus Apartment to search for items Jennings said were stolen from him. Arrest documents said the group entered several units at the apartments, and one person told investigators they felt intimidated by the players and a larger group which gathered with them. Police also said the players damaged doors and forced their way into one room while they were at the apartments.

Investigators charged Jennings and Bain with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Thomas faces the same charge along with one count of simple burglary.

On Wednesday, Hillar Moore said if the people involved hadn't been football players the case might have been resolved already.

"Our goal is to not try to put everyone in jail or to prosecute everyone," Moore said. "Our goal is to try to help and educate folks, and make better decisions."

All three players are suspended from the football team while the legal case is pending. Head football coach Les Miles said the three would cooperate fully with investigators.

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LSU golf commit wins US Junior Amateur championship http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-golf-commit-wins-us-junior-amateur-championship/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-golf-commit-wins-us-junior-amateur-championship/ LSU Sports Sat, 25 Jul 2015 7:07:50 PM AP LSU golf commit wins US Junior Amateur championship

BLUFFTON, S.C. - Philip Barbaree rallied to win the U.S. Junior Amateur on Saturday, beating Andrew Orischak on the 37th hole after overcoming a late five-hole deficit.

The 17-year-old Barbaree, from Shreveport, Louisiana, won the par-5 29th and par-4 30th with birdies and the par-4 32nd and 33rd with pars to pull within a hole on Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course. He tied it with a birdie on the par-4 36th and won with a bogey on the par-4 37th.

The 16-year-old Orischak is from nearby Hilton Head Island.

Barbaree finished off his semifinal match in the morning, winning the 18th with a par for a 1-up victory over South Korea's Won Jun Lee. They were tied after 17 holes Friday when play was suspended because of darkness in the weather-delayed tournament.

Orischak advanced to the final Friday, beating Eugene Hong of Sanford, Florida, 3 and 2.

Barbaree and Orischak earned spots in the U.S. Amateur next month at Olympia Fields in Illinois.

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LSU Basketball freshmen take flight at training facility http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-freshmen-take-flight-at-training-facility/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-freshmen-take-flight-at-training-facility/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Jul 2015 1:43:18 PM Brock Sues LSU Basketball freshmen take flight at training facility

BATON ROUGE - Several Tiger freshmen are lighting up Twitter as they take flight over at the LSU Basketball practice facility with impressive vertical leaps.

Tigerdroppings.com compiled two astounding photo tweets of Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson checking out the "air up there" as the team leaned into some intensive summer training.

Blakeney's max vertical leap of the afternoon came in at 45 inches, while Sampson was only an inch below at an equally awe-inspiring 44 inches.


For a point of reference, the average vertical leap of a kangaroo is 96 inches. Kangaroos can't dunk and remain ineligible for NCAA play.

For the latest updates on summer training and activities for LSU Basketball, follow them on Twitter at @LSUBasketball and visit them on the web at www.lsusports.net.

Image: @Rick_Lefebvre via Twitter / @Bsamp0 via Twitter

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LSU Athletics to transfer $10 million to other school initiatives http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-athletics-to-transfer-10-million-to-other-school-initiatives/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-athletics-to-transfer-10-million-to-other-school-initiatives/ LSU Sports Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:44:12 AM Brock Sues LSU Athletics to transfer $10 million to other school initiatives

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Athletic Department announced it will transfer over $10 million this fiscal year to other university components for use in supporting the school's academic, research, public, service and other goals.

"Our athletic department is sincerely committed to supporting the academic mission of the university, and we're extremely proud to transfer over $10 million this year," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athetlics Joe Alleva said Monday. "These funds provide vital resources for our students, faculty and staff, and they help to sustain LSU as one of the top research institutions in the country."

Over the past five fiscal years, LSU's athletic department has contributed a total of $43.5 million to the Baton Rouge campus.

Starting in 2012, the department has annually presented $7.2 million to the university in accordance with the Athletics Fund Transfer Policy, originally approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors. This policy states that in years in which LSU Athletics yields a surplus, a portion of that surplus in addition to the $7.2 million may be given to the university.

The surplus produced during the most recent fiscal year allows for an additional $2.8 million to be funneled into the school's other efforts with the total fund transfer equalling $10.05 million.

"This surplus comes on the heels of an extremely challenging budget year, and the real beneficiaries will be our students, " said LSU President F. King Alexander. "Few athletic departments across the country have the capacity to give back to their university the way ours does, and we appreciate their deep commitment to all our students."

Along with the annual fund transfer, LSU Athletics also pays the university $13.2 million each year to go toward student-athlete scholarships.

This year's surplus funds will be for one-time instructional, research and student endeavors, including awards for outstanding faculty, classroom/lab construction and renovation, and student support.


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1 on 1 with Marcus Spears http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-on-1-with-marcus-spears/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-on-1-with-marcus-spears/ LSU Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:45:55 PM Chris Price 1 on 1 with Marcus Spears

Baton Rouge - Marcus Spears was a star in his days at LSU and is a star once again on the SEC Network. 

The 2003 national champion sat down with WBRZ at SEC Media Days to discuss John Chavis, LSU's upcoming season, and whether he could still lace it up. 

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Loupe earns top 10 finish on PGA Tour http://www.wbrz.com/news/loupe-earns-top-10-finish-on-pga-tour/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/loupe-earns-top-10-finish-on-pga-tour/ LSU Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 9:16:56 PM AP Loupe earns top 10 finish on PGA Tour

BATON ROUGE - While LSU's senior All-American Ben Taylor was making his major championship debut at The 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews this week, former Tiger standout Andrew Loupe was back here in the United States earning his second career PGA TOUR top-10 finish by tying for sixth place at the Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Alabama.


One of four former LSU Tigers to make the cut at Robert Trent Jones' Grand National along with David Toms, Smylie Kaufman and John Peterson, Loupe fired a 6-under par 65 in the final round for a 72-hole score of 13-under par 271 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth place on the final Barbasol Championship leaderboard.


Loupe cracked the Top 10 in a PGA TOUR event for the first time since the 2014 Valero Texas Open held at the JW Marriott TPC San Antonio when he earned his first career top-10 finish.


A native of Baton Rouge and former two-time All-American with the Tigers during his collegiate career, Loupe finished six shots off the pace set by Barbasol Championship winner Scott Piercy, who fired a winning score of 19-under par 265 for 72 holes at Grand National, including back-to-back scores of 6-under 65 in the third and fourth rounds to win by three shots.


Will Wilcox followed in second place with a total of 16-under 268 for the championship, while Ricky Barnes, Whee Kim and Alabama All-American Robby Shelton (a) trailed in a tie for third place at 14-under 270.


Toms also cracked the Top 20 for the fourth time in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season and the second time in his last three starts by firing a 10-under 274 for 72 holes to tie for 19th place in the event. Toms' appearance was highlighted by scores of 5-under 66 in Thursday's second round and a 4-under 67 in Sunday's final round to finish nine shots out of the lead.


Toms' finish at the Barbasol Championship comes just three weeks after tying for 20th place at the Travelers Championship held June 25-28, while he also cracked the Top 20 twice early in the 2014-15 season back in the fall when he tied for 14th place at the McGladrey Classic held from Oct. 23-26 and tied for ninth place at the Sanderson Farms Championship held from Nov. 6-9.


Kaufman took a big step up in his professional career this week by making his first ever cut in a PGA TOUR event as he tied Peterson for 66th place at the Barbasol Championship with a final score of 2-under par 282. The Web.com Tour rookie opened with rounds of 2-under 69 on Thursday and 3-under 68 on Friday before ending with scores of 2-over 73 and 1-over 72 the final two days in his first weekend playing the PGA TOUR.


Kaufman is well on his way to earning his full PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season as he is currently in 11th place on the official Web.com Tour money list with $164,247 in total earnings to date this season. The players finishing in the Top 25 of the final Web.com Tour money list will earn fully-exempt status as PGA TOUR members next season.


Kaufman's rookie season on the Web.com Tour has been highlighted by his first professional victory at the United Leasing Championship Presented by PTI in May, while he also tied for fourth place in two back-to-back starts at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March and the El Bosque Mexico Championship in April.


Peterson has now made the cut in 18 of his 21 starts on the PGA TOUR during the 2014-15 season after tying for 66th place at the Barbasol Championship on Sunday. He has finished among the top 20 of the leaderboard in five starts this season with a best finish of tying for 11th place at the 2015 Valero Texas Open held March 26-29, while earning a career-best $711,105 this season to rank 110th on the official PGA TOUR Money List going into this weekend's action at Grand National near Auburn, Alabama.


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Former LSU head coach Bill Arnsparger has died http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-head-coach-bill-arnsparger-has-died/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-head-coach-bill-arnsparger-has-died/ LSU Sports Fri, 17 Jul 2015 3:55:22 PM Trey Schmaltz Former LSU head coach Bill Arnsparger has died

BATON ROUGE - A LSU SEC title-winning coach died this week, WBRZ confirmed.

Bill Arnsparger died out-of-state. He hadn't been in Louisiana for quite some time.

Arnsparger coached the Tigers to its SEC title in 1986. The '86 championship was the first since 1970. While at LSU, he coached the team to two Sugar Bowls. He left after three seasons with a 26-8-2 overall record.

"Arnsparger was well-known in football circles for his defensive mind and was a longtime assistant coach in the NFL," FoxSports.com reported Friday afternoon.

Arnsparger was also successful in pro-football, too. He last coached at the Chargers were he was the defensive coordinator in 1992-1994.

LSU posted information about Arnsparger's death in a memorial page on the athletics website. 

Arnsparger was 88.
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LSU's Aaron Nola to make MLB debut http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-aaron-nola-to-make-mlb-debut/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-aaron-nola-to-make-mlb-debut/ LSU Sports Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:19:44 AM Russell Jones LSU's Aaron Nola to make MLB debut

BATON ROUGE - Aaron Nola was a phenomenon on the mound for LSU, and he's poised to be one again when he makes his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies next week.

The Phillies announced Nola will start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. It will make him the first player drafted by the Phillies to make his major league debut the very next season since Pat Combs did in 1989.

Nola was a repeat SEC Pitcher of the Year for LSU in 2012 and 2013, and a finalist for the Golden Spikes award and the Dick Howser Trophy. The Phillies drafted him as the number seven overall pick last year, and he quickly moved up through the organization.

It's good news for Nola after a rough week. He only lasted three innings Thursday night after giving up six runs on seven hits as the starter for Triple A Lehigh Valley. The shelling put his Triple A record at 3-1 and 3.58 ERA, and his overall record at 10-4 with 2.39 ERA.


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Les Miles: Guice is OK, will have tests done http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-guice-is-ok-will-have-tests-done/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-guice-is-ok-will-have-tests-done/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Jul 2015 2:54:50 PM Trey Schmaltz Les Miles: Guice is OK, will have tests done

HOOVER, Alabama - LSU coach Les Miles said at SEC media days Thursday, Derrius Guice is recovering after a health emergency in Baton Rouge Wednesday.

A WBRZ photographer recorded video of Guice being taken away in an ambulance from the indoor practice facility. Emergency workers were called after Guice apparently lost consciousness.

ESPN.com reported Miles told reporters Guice is OK, but further tests are being conducted.

"I don't know if it's fatigue. I don't know if it's blood work. I don't know if it's low blood pressure. I don't have any idea. I can only tell you tell that it was a concern that we needed to back him off and get him relaxed, so we did," Miles said.

It was unclear if Guice remained in the hospital or not following his ambulance ride there shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Guice was one of the best running backs of the 2015 class. He is a recruit from Catholic High.

Guice tweeted from his Twitter handle @DhaSickest overnight "Okay I did not pass out during or after a workout okay guys?! Thanks.."

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Video shows LSU's Derrius Guice being taken away in ambulance http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-shows-lsu-s-derrius-guice-being-taken-away-in-ambulance/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-shows-lsu-s-derrius-guice-being-taken-away-in-ambulance/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Jul 2015 5:59:55 PM Russell Jones, Trey Schmaltz Video shows LSU's Derrius Guice being taken away in ambulance

BATON ROUGE - LSU athletics officials confirmed a football player was taken by EMS from practice Wednesday.

Michael Bonnette said the 18-year-old player was taken to the hospital around 5:30 p.m. from LSU's indoor practice facility.

Bonnette did not say why the player was taken to the hospital, or release his identity.  But, video recorded by a WBRZ photographer of the player being loaded into an ambulance clearly shows it is Derrius Guice.

Guice is a five-star recruit from Catholic High where he was ranked one of the best running back's in the 2015 class.

"We're gonna be a destructive group. We are going to damage the defensive and get [creative] with our coaches. I just hope they put us in the right position to win," Guice said in an interview with the WBRZ Sports Department when he was drafted in February.

Guice focuses a lot of attention on his workout, and posts outrageous fitness videos on his Twitter account.

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LSU WR Travin Dural named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wr-travin-dural-named-to-biletnikoff-award-watch-list/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wr-travin-dural-named-to-biletnikoff-award-watch-list/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Jul 2015 4:44:44 PM Brock Sues LSU WR Travin Dural named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

BATON ROUGE - Junior LSU wide receiver Travin Dural has been named to the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, according to an announcement from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Wednesday.

The distinction is presented every year to college football's most outstanding set of hands. Dural racked up three 100-yard receiving games in LSU's 2014 campaign, including a career-best 151 yard breakout performance in the Tigers' season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers.

The junior, out of Breaux Bridge, has stepped up as a vital leader among the Bayou Bengals passing targets. LSUSports.net says he paced the squad with 37 receptions for 758 yards along with seven touchdowns last season.

In yet another landmark moment for Dural's career in the purple and gold, he pulled down the longest reception in team history as a he took a 94-yard scoring strike all the way into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage when the Tigers met Sam Houston State, according to LSU Athletics.

Ten semi-finalists will be selected on Nov. 16 with three finalists announced on Nov. 24. The winner of the 22nd annual Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards Shows in December.

LSUSports.net notes LSU alum Josh Reed brought the award back to Baton Rouge following his record-shattering All-American season back in 2001.

Image: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer

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LSU Position Previews: Linebackers http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-position-previews-linebackers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-position-previews-linebackers/ LSU Sports Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:28:11 PM Seth Lewis LSU Position Previews: Linebackers

BATON ROUGE - When Kevin Steele was hired as the new defensive coordinator, he was also brought on to take over the task of linebackers coach.

If the spring is any indication, he may have one of the fastest LB units to work with in recent LSU history.

The group is led by junior Kendell Beckwith, who took over at Mike Linebacker seven games into the season and never looked back. The former East Feliciana standout recorded 77 tackles, which was 2nd on the team. 

The biggest loss personnel wise was will linebacker Kwon Alexander, who led the Tigers in tackles with 90 in 2014. Stepping into that role will be senior Deion Jones, who had 27 tackles last year. He compares favorably to Alexander as they are both considered some of the fastest linebackers in the SEC.

Junior Lamar Louis returns as the starter at sam linebacker. He finished 2014 with 29 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

Guys like special teams ace Duke Riley and spring standout Ronnie Feist will also vie for time, but depth will be this group's issue. The Tigers signed no incoming freshman LBs, and have only 7 on the roster after the transfer of Clifton Garrett.

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Denham Springs standout Roddy heads to exclusive high school football showcase http://www.wbrz.com/news/denham-springs-standout-roddy-heads-to-exclusive-high-school-football-showcase/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/denham-springs-standout-roddy-heads-to-exclusive-high-school-football-showcase/ LSU Sports Wed, 8 Jul 2015 4:13:35 PM Chris Price Denham Springs standout Roddy heads to exclusive high school football showcase

DENHAM SPRINGS - With a scholarship offer and verbal committment to LSU, Caleb Roddy has already established himself as one of the best high school football players in the country: now the Denham Springs defensive end is headed to The Opening to test himself against the best. 

The Opening is a Nike sponsored skills camp in Oregon that puts some of the top college recruits on display in front of a national audience - the competition will be shown on ESPNU Thursday from 7-10pm. 

Roddy says he doesn't want to just show up: he wants to show he belongs. 

"I'm out to prove I'm one of the best defensive linemen in the country," Roddy said. 

Roddy is 6'5" and 245 pounds and listed as a 4-star recruit by ESPN. 

As a junior, he had 79 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and forced 3 fumbles. 


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Austin Nola sparkles in 4th of July home debut for Zephyrs http://www.wbrz.com/news/austin-nola-sparkles-in-4th-of-july-home-debut-for-zephyrs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/austin-nola-sparkles-in-4th-of-july-home-debut-for-zephyrs/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2015 9:37:21 PM AP Austin Nola sparkles in 4th of July home debut for Zephyrs

Metairie - Austin Nola had four hits and drove in a pair of runs to support Jose Urena, who pitched a five-hit shutout as the New Orleans Zephyrs blanked the Iowa Cubs, 7-0 on Saturday night.

Playing in his first game at Zephyr Field since being promoted to Triple-A, Nola led off the first inning with a single and reached on an error in the third. The former LSU Tiger then knocked in runs on a single in the fourth, and on a double to the wall in center field in the sixth before adding a single in the eighth.

Nola has had four multi-hit efforts in his first seven starts with the Zephyrs. The four hits tied his career high, set twice last year with Double-A Jacksonville.

"What can you say about Austin Nola? It was kind of his night," Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. "I joked with (him), telling him 'I can't believe all these people came to see you play.' The reception he got when they announced his name was pretty special."

The Z's offered plenty of support for Urena, who owned the Pacific Coast League's best ERA prior to earning a Major League promotion in May. The right-hander retired the first 13 batters he faced and limited the I-Cubs to five hits en route to the first nine-inning complete game shutout by a Zephyr since Sean West in July 2010.

It was the 12th shutout of the season by the Zephyrs, the most of any team in Minor League Baseball and just one shy of the franchise record set in 2011.

"You could tell early he was in control of the game," Haines said. "He was impressive. We've seen him be really good but that was about as good as I've seen him."

Urena (5-0) struck out four and walked one as his ERA dipped to 0.97 in seven starts this season with New Orleans. He even chipped in at the plate, delivering an RBI single in a run of six consecutive hits during the Zephyrs' four-run fourth inning.

After the Z's plated a run in the second inning when Isaac Galloway's single cashed in a Jordany Valdespin two-out double, the Zephyrs jumped all over Iowa starter Frank Batista in the fourth. Donovan Solano led off with a single and scored when Juan Diaz doubled down the right field line.

Diaz scored on a single by Valdespin, who was tagged out between first and second on the play. But Urena came to the plate following back-to-back singles by Galloway and Brandon Bantz and ripped a single to left for his third hit of the year, and Nola capped the inning with a single to right.

Diaz had two doubles among three hits, giving him four straight multi-hit games, and Galloway added three knocks as the Zephyrs piled up 15 hits in the game.

The Zephyrs defeated Batista (0-2) for the second time in eight days. The Iowa hurler was charged with five runs on 11 hits in five innings.

New Orleans and Iowa continue the five-game series on Sunday at 4 p.m.


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Former LSU turned Grizzlies Forward Martin says he has stress fracture in his foot http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-turned-grizzlies-forward-martin-says-he-has-stress-fracture-in-his-foot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-turned-grizzlies-forward-martin-says-he-has-stress-fracture-in-his-foot/ LSU Sports Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:12:02 PM Associated Press Former LSU turned Grizzlies Forward Martin says he has stress fracture in his foot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin says he has a stress fracture in his foot that will prevent him from playing in any summer league games.

Martin and second-round pick Andrew Harrison were introduced Monday. Martin says he "overworked my body" throughout the pre-draft process.

Martin says: "We'll see when we get back how things are going, but overall I'm getting better. It is very tough, but we've got to look for later on down the road and do what's best."

The Grizzlies chose the 6-foot-10 Martin on Thursday with the 25th pick. Martin averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds for LSU this past season to rank third in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.

The Grizzlies are participating in the Orlando Pro Summer League from July 4-10.

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Mainieri Wins Skip Bertman Coach of the Year Award http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-wins-skip-bertman-coach-of-the-year-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-wins-skip-bertman-coach-of-the-year-award/ LSU Sports Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:45:09 PM LSU Athletics Mainieri Wins Skip Bertman Coach of the Year Award

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday that LSU coach Paul Mainieri is the winner of the 2015 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award.

Mainieri will be honored at the Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions celebration Monday night in Lubbock. Other awards that will be presented at the event include the National Pitcher of the Year, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year and the Brooks Wallace Award winner.

"I'm really excited for coach Mainieri," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "I'm sure this will be a special honor for him, given his respect for Coach Bertman."

The award is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players - Ben McDonald, Todd Walker and Eddy Furniss - have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

"I am so very happy," Bertman said, "to be giving the award to a great coach and to my great friend, Paul Mainieri."

"I am so honored as this award means more to me than any award that I have ever received," Mainieri said. "I say this because of the respect I have for Skip Bertman and all he has done for college baseball. In addition to that fact, he is my dear friend, and he brought me to LSU when he was the athletic director. When he hired me, I told him my only goal at LSU was to make him proud of me."

The National Coach of the Year designation is the second this season for Mainieri, who earlier this month was named National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He has received National Coach of the Year recognition in two previous seasons at LSU (2008, 2009) and in one previous season at Notre Dame (2000).

Over the past four seasons, LSU under Mainieri has won a nation's-best 204 games, and the Tigers are the only team in the country to earn a National Seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.

In 2015, Mainieri led the Tigers to the College World Series for the second time in three years and for the fourth time in his nine-season LSU tenure. The Tigers posted a nation's-best 54 wins, and were ranked No. 1 in the country for 10 consecutive weeks during the season.

Mainieri was also named in 2015 the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, as he directed LSU to the SEC regular-season championship and to the Western Division title.

The LSU squad had five first-team All-SEC players and five players that earned All-America recognition. Eight LSU players were selected in June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including the No. 2 overall pick, shortstop Alex Bregman.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.


TOTAL: 17 Coach of the Year Awards (in five different seasons)?
3-time National Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2015)

2015 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award
2015 National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
2015 National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
2015 SEC Coach of the Year
2015 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2013 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2013 One of five finalists for the inaugural Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award
2012 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2009 National Coach of the Year by American Baseball Coaches Association
2009 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
2009 National Coach of the Year by Baseball America
2009 National Coach of the Year by Rivals.com
2009 SEC Coach of the Year
2009 South Region Coach of the Year by American Baseball Coaches Association
2009 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2009 College Coach of the Year in Louisiana by All-State Sugar Bowl Committee
2008 National Coach of the Year by College Baseball Insider.com
2008 National Coach of the Year by Rivals.com
2008 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association


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Simmons and Blakeney attend Nike Basketball Academy http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-and-blakeney-attend-nike-basketball-academy/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-and-blakeney-attend-nike-basketball-academy/ LSU Sports Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:24:09 PM LSU Athletics Simmons and Blakeney attend Nike Basketball Academy

BATON ROUGE - LSU basketball freshman Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney are taking part in the inaugural NIKE Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, California.


In this invitation only event, Simmons and Blakeney are the only true freshman who have yet to play a Division I game among the college players invited to participate in the special camp which runs through Monday.


LSU is one of three schools with multiple college players in attendance among the 27 players invited to the event.


The Nike Basketball Academy is taking place at the Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar. Shifting from three skills academies to one, the academy will be a tailor-made experience for guards, wings and bigs all under one roof. By creating a seamless experience, the Nike Basketball Academy's goal is to allow the best players in the country (both high school and college) to compete against the best competition while receiving guidance from Nike Basketball's biggest stars -- LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. Additional basketball legends will be on hand to serve as mentors and coaches for the weeklong session with the top high school and college players in the country.


As part of the experience, participants will go through a professional basketball combine, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions and 5-on-5 competition.


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Grizzlies select LSU forward Jarell Martin with 25th pick http://www.wbrz.com/news/grizzlies-select-lsu-forward-jarell-martin-with-25th-pick/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/grizzlies-select-lsu-forward-jarell-martin-with-25th-pick/ LSU Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:15:53 PM PHIL STUKENBORG Grizzlies select LSU forward Jarell Martin with 25th pick

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies have selected LSU forward Jarell Martin with their first-round pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 Martin was the 25th overall selection.

He was an honorable mention Associated Press All-America selection this past season. He averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds to rank third in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.

Martin will give the Grizzlies another double-double candidate in points and rebounds to complement veteran power forward Zach Randolph. Martin had 15 double-doubles last season, including five in his final seven games.

Possessing strong hands and an explosive first step, the 235-pound Martin blossomed during the final two months of the season. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in February and March.

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