WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 4 Jul 2015 01:07:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 AP source: Pelicans, Asik agree on 5-year contract http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-source-pelicans-asik-agree-on-5-year-contract/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-source-pelicans-asik-agree-on-5-year-contract/ Sports Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:44:32 AM APNewsNow AP source: Pelicans, Asik agree on 5-year contract

NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club and Asik have not publicly discussed the contract, which under league rules cannot be signed until July 9. The team will have the option of voiding the final year of the deal.

The 7-foot Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, his first with New Orleans following a trade from Houston.

Asik now returns to a Pelicans front court that feature's All-Star forward Anthony Davis.

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Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/agent-pelicans-center-alexis-ajinca-agree-on-4-year-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/agent-pelicans-center-alexis-ajinca-agree-on-4-year-deal/ Sports Wed, 1 Jul 2015 2:30:59 PM Brett Martel Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension.

The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press.

Ajinca, who is French, was used last season primarily as a reserve. But when he received more minutes, he usually produced.

He reached double figures in scoring and rebounding on several occasions, pouring in as many as 24 points in a victory over Miami last season and grabbing as many as 14 rebounds in a loss at Philadelphia.

Ajinca has been in the NBA for parts of five seasons, including all of the past two with New Orleans. He appeared in 68 games last season, starting eight, and averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.


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Lawsuit filed by former LSU tennis coach dismissed http://www.wbrz.com/news/lawsuit-filed-by-former-lsu-tennis-coach-dismissed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lawsuit-filed-by-former-lsu-tennis-coach-dismissed/ Sports Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:07:13 AM APNewsNow Lawsuit filed by former LSU tennis coach dismissed

BATON ROUGE- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former longtime LSU women's tennis coach Tony Minnis against the university after his 2012 firing.

The Advocate reports a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the decision Monday.

Minnis, who is black, joined LSU in 1992 and was fired in 2012 after compiling an overall record of 285-234 and a Southeastern Conference mark of 86-144. He led the Lady Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 15 times.

LSU finished 11-13 in 2012, the third consecutive losing season for the women's tennis team.

Minnis alleged in his suit that he was subjected to "unwelcome race-based harassment and discrimination" throughout his employment at LSU.

LSU denied Minnis' allegations.


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US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-heads-to-world-cup-final-with-2-0-win-over-germany/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-heads-to-world-cup-final-with-2-0-win-over-germany/ Sports Wed, 1 Jul 2015 9:00:36 AM Anne Peterson US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

MONTREAL- Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

Lloyd's penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.

Solo has posted five straight shutouts for the United States in the tournament. Kelley O'Hara came in off the bench and scored in the 85th minute, delighting the pro-American crowd.

The second-ranked United States will play the winner of Wednesday night's match in Edmonton between defending champion Japan, ranked No. 4, and sixth-ranked England. The final is set for Sunday at Vancouver's BC Place.


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Auburn-Oregon set for 2019 opener, 9 years after BCS meeting http://www.wbrz.com/news/auburn-oregon-set-for-2019-opener-9-years-after-bcs-meeting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/auburn-oregon-set-for-2019-opener-9-years-after-bcs-meeting/ Sports Tue, 30 Jun 2015 1:52:02 PM APNewsNow Auburn-Oregon set for 2019 opener, 9 years after BCS meeting

ARLINGTON, TX - Auburn and Oregon will open the 2019 season at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, nine seasons after meeting in the BCS national championship game.

The matchup on Aug. 31, 2019, was announced Tuesday. It is part of a series of Labor Day weekend season openers at the home of the NFL's Cowboys.

Auburn beat Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game in Glendale, Arizona, to end the 2010 season. Oregon lost to Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff title game last January at AT&T Stadium, where the Ducks also dropped their 2011 opener to LSU.

Alabama plays this year's opener against Wisconsin, and takes on Southern California there in 2016. Florida meets Michigan in the 2017 opener, and LSU plays Miami in 2018.

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Miles dismisses Lealaimatafao from LSU football team http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-dismisses-lealaimatafao-from-lsu-football-team/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-dismisses-lealaimatafao-from-lsu-football-team/ Sports Mon, 29 Jun 2015 2:37:13 PM Brock Sues Miles dismisses Lealaimatafao from LSU football team

BATON ROUGE - Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao has been dismissed from the LSU football team, according to an announcement from head coach Les Miles on Monday.

The dismissal of the 18-year-old Lealaimatafao is related to an off-campus incident that happened two weeks ago.

"Trey is no longer a member of our football team," Miles said. "We have gathered information on this incident and we feel it's best for us to part ways."

Lealaimatafao was a redshirted freshman last season for the Tigers. Miles had no further comment on the matter at this time.

Earlier in June, three LSU players were suspended in connection with an on-campus incident where electronics and other items were stolen. In a separate incident, Lealaimatafao was arrested on simple battery and simple robbery charges.

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LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower looks to shine in junior year http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defensive-end-tashawn-bower-looks-to-shine-in-junior-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defensive-end-tashawn-bower-looks-to-shine-in-junior-year/ Sports Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:49:20 PM Seth Lewis LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower looks to shine in junior year

BATON ROUGE - LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower has waited for two years for his moment. In the fall, he'll get to prove why he should be a starting edge rusher for the Bayou Bengals.

The junior is projected as a starter, after playing all 13 games last year in a reserve role, totaling 16 tackles and 2.5 for loss.

Chuck Wiley, a former defensive end for LSU in the 90s, is a mentor of Bower, dating back to the two meeting at The Opening. Wiley says the New Jersey native is ready for his moment.

"The sky is the limit for him," Wiley said. "When he first got out here, they were like dang he is as big as you. What his done, he's got stronger in the weight room. He's working on his hips and his hands. I think his Numbers are going to go up."

 


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Gatlin blazes to fast time in 1st round of 200 at nationals http://www.wbrz.com/news/gatlin-blazes-to-fast-time-in-1st-round-of-200-at-nationals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gatlin-blazes-to-fast-time-in-1st-round-of-200-at-nationals/ Sports Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:47:56 PM Associated Press Gatlin blazes to fast time in 1st round of 200 at nationals

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Justin Gatlin exerted little energy in his first race of the U.S. championships Saturday, easily winning his opening heat of the 200 meters with a blazing time.

Gatlin finished in 19.92 seconds on a steamy afternoon. According to USA Track and Field, it's the fourth-fastest time in the first round of a 200.

After the race, sprinter Curtis Mitchell cracked: "Hey, Gat. Slow down, bro!"

The 33-year-old Gatlin has fresh legs after skipping the 100 since he has an automatic bye to the world championships because of his Diamond League title from last season. Tyson Gay won the event Friday, but elected to sit out the 200.

Isiah Young had second-fastest time of the afternoon, finishing 0.07 seconds behind Gatlin. The sprinters train together in Florida.

Oregon standout Jenna Prandini went 22.18 in the first round of the women's 200.


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NHL Draft sees first Chinese player http://www.wbrz.com/news/nhl-draft-sees-first-chinese-player/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nhl-draft-sees-first-chinese-player/ Sports Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:45:39 PM Tim Reynolds NHL Draft sees first Chinese player

SUNRISE, Fla. - For the first time, a Chinese player has been selected in the NHL Draft.

Andong Song was selected by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick in the draft on Saturday. The defenseman started playing hockey on tiny rinks in Beijing when his mother was trying to find him a sport, then his family moved to Canada when he was 10.

Song was a member of the varsity team at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and plans to attend Philips Andover Academy in Massachusetts next year as a postgraduate student.

Song says being the first Chinese draftee comes with a lot of pressure, but says it's "good pressure" and he hopes to make his homeland proud.


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15 CWS homers mirror rise in offense across college baseball http://www.wbrz.com/news/15-cws-homers-mirror-rise-in-offense-across-college-baseball/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/15-cws-homers-mirror-rise-in-offense-across-college-baseball/ Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 4:41:07 PM Eric Olson 15 CWS homers mirror rise in offense across college baseball

OMAHA, NB - The 15 home runs hit in 16 College World Series games are the most since the tournament moved to TD Ameritrade Park in 2011 and mirrored the increases in offense across Division I this season.

The NCAA put a new flat-seam ball into play this year to counter severe drops in offense since bat specifications changed in 2011. The new ball replaced the more wind-resistant raised-seam ball.

College baseball officials were especially interested in how the ball would play in Omaha's expansive stadium. NCAA manager director of championships and alliances Damani Leech said he hoped for 10 home runs and is "thrilled" there were 15.

For the season, home runs increased 42 percent in Division I.


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Astros agree to $5.9M signing bonus with Bregman http://www.wbrz.com/news/astros-agree-to-5-9m-signing-bonus-with-bregman/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/astros-agree-to-5-9m-signing-bonus-with-bregman/ Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 2:59:57 PM Astros agree to $5.9M signing bonus with Bregman

HOUSTON- The Astros have agreed to a contract with shortstop Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in the amateur draft, that includes a $5.9 million signing bonus.

The deal, announced Thursday, is for well under the $7,420,100 slot value.

Houston received the No. 2 pick as compensation for not signing pitcher Brady Aiken, last year's top pick. Aiken was taken by Cleveland at No. 17 this year following Tommy John surgery in March.

The 21-year-old Bregman was the offensive leader of an LSU team that advanced to the College World Series.

The Golden Spikes Award finalist hit .323 with 22 doubles, nine homers and 49 RBIs for LSU this season and added 38 steals.


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Sentencing reset for ex-Saints player Sharper in Vegas sex case http://www.wbrz.com/news/sentencing-reset-for-ex-saints-player-sharper-in-vegas-sex-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sentencing-reset-for-ex-saints-player-sharper-in-vegas-sex-case/ Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:38:52 AM APNewsNow Sentencing reset for ex-Saints player Sharper in Vegas sex case

LAS VEGAS - Sentencing was postponed one month for former NFL star Darren Sharper in a felony Las Vegas attempted sex assault case made part of a four-state plea agreement.

Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt on Thursday reset the date to Aug. 25.

Sharper is expected to appear by video from Louisiana, where he pleaded guilty last week to three rape charges.

A plea deal calls for the 39-year-old Sharper to be sentenced in Nevada to 38 months to eight years.

He pleaded guilty in March in Las Vegas to attempted sexual assault.

He'd serve the Nevada time concurrently with sentences in California, Arizona and state and federal sentences in New Orleans that are expected to amount to about nine years.

Sharper retired in 2011 after a 14-year NFL career.


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Virginia wins 1st CWS title in 4-2 win over Vanderbilt http://www.wbrz.com/news/virginia-wins-1st-cws-title-in-4-2-win-over-vanderbilt/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/virginia-wins-1st-cws-title-in-4-2-win-over-vanderbilt/ Sports Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:05:27 PM Eric Olson Virginia wins 1st CWS title in 4-2 win over Vanderbilt

OMAHA, Neb. - Pavin Smith homered and drove in three runs and Brandon Waddell turned in another strong College World Series pitching performance, leading Virginia over Vanderbilt 4-2 on Wednesday night for the school's first baseball national championship.

The Cavaliers (44-24) prevailed in the CWS finals rematch against the defending champion Commodores and brought the Atlantic Coast Conference its first title in baseball since Wake Forest in 1955.

Waddell (5-5) went seven innings and allowed only two hits after Vanderbilt (51-21) scored twice in the first. He retired the last 11 batters he faced. It was Waddell's fifth career CWS start, and Virginia won each of them.

Nathan Kirby pitched the last two innings and struck out five for his first save. John Kilichowski (3-4) took the loss.


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Ousted Benson heirs appeal interdiction ruling http://www.wbrz.com/news/ousted-benson-heirs-appeal-interdiction-ruling/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ousted-benson-heirs-appeal-interdiction-ruling/ Sports Wed, 24 Jun 2015 3:03:21 PM Brock Sues Ousted Benson heirs appeal interdiction ruling

NEW ORLEANS - Tom Benson's ousted heirs have filed an appeal in the interdiction for control of their father's and grandfather's estate, according to attorney Randy Smith.

"Renee, Rita, and Ryan, having heard with their own ears and seen with their own eyes Tom Benson's mental decline, as well as the compelling evidence presented at trial from every single witness, believe that Tom Benson remains in the 'foggy state' described by the Court, and that the cognitive impairment acknowledged by the Court is worse and will only continue to worsen. Indeed, without the essential building block of memory that the Court references, decisions are susceptible to being made without factual basis or upon false information," said a statement from Smith, who represents daughter, Renee Benson, and his grandchildren, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc in the case.

Wednesday's appeal comes after a judge denied the heirs' petition for an interdiction of Benson's billion-dollar business empire which sprawls to include two professional sports franchises. The heirs have sought to have Tom Benson declared incompetent to stop him from removing shares of the Saints and Pelicans from trusts previously set up for them.

WWL-TV reported Benson was examined by three doctors during the court proceeding, and Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese said the court found Benson able to make reasoned decisions for himself concerning his property. The heirs and attorney Smith disagree.

The heirs and their attorney assert that Benson remains in a 'foggy state' described in court and claim that cognitive impairment the heirs have witnessed first-hand will only continue to worsen, leading him to make questionable decisions based on false information or a non-factual basis.

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Ex-Saints coach Haslett hired as Penn State's 'sounding board' http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-saints-coach-haslett-hired-as-penn-state-s-sounding-board-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-saints-coach-haslett-hired-as-penn-state-s-sounding-board-/ Sports Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:53:05 PM APNewsNow Ex-Saints coach Haslett hired as Penn State's 'sounding board'

STATE COLLEGE, PA - The coach who guided the New Orleans Saints through Hurricane Katrina has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant.

Penn State says Jim Haslett will work with its offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a "sounding board" for the staff.

The 59-year-old Pittsburgh native played linebacker at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was the NFL's defensive rookie of the year in 1979 with the Buffalo Bills.

Haslett led the Saints to a 10-6 record and a division championship in 2000, his first season as head coach.

He was fired in 2005 after the Saints went 3-13 while playing home games in Baton Rouge, San Antonio and New Jersey due to damage at the Superdome.

Haslett's stint as defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins ended in December.

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LSU's Lange tapped for freshman All-American first team http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-lange-tapped-for-freshman-all-american-first-team/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-lange-tapped-for-freshman-all-american-first-team/ Sports Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:03:21 AM Russell Jones LSU's Lange tapped for freshman All-American first team

BATON ROUGE - Baseball America named LSU pitcher Alex Lange to its first team All-American squad this week.

Lange joined four other Southeastern Conference first-timers on the team, Vanderbilt's Jeren Kendall and Kyle Wright as well as Florida's J.J. Schwarz, giving the SEC the most players of any league on the team.

Lange was LSU's first freshman with more than 100 strikeouts in a season, and had three postseason games with more than 10 K's each. He's just the second LSU freshman to start and win a College World Series game, and ended the season with a perfect 12-0 record.

Louisville's Brendan McKay received Freshman of the Year honors, the first from his school to take the award. McKay led the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 1.77 ERA and ranked second in both strikeouts (117) and opponents' average (.159), all while batting cleanup with a .308/.418/.431 average and four home runs.


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Brady appeal begins at NFL headquarters http://www.wbrz.com/news/brady-appeal-begins-at-nfl-headquarters/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brady-appeal-begins-at-nfl-headquarters/ Sports Tue, 23 Jun 2015 8:53:47 AM Rachel Cohen Brady appeal begins at NFL headquarters

NEW YORK- Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.

Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.

Based on the league-sanctioned Wells report, Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks.


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Pelicans introduce Alvin Gentry as new head coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-introduce-alvin-gentry-as-new-head-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-introduce-alvin-gentry-as-new-head-coach/ Sports Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:32:11 PM Seth Lewis Pelicans introduce Alvin Gentry as new head coach

METAIRIE, LA - As the Golden State Warriors were celebrating their NBA championship in the locker room, assistant Alvin Gentry had a message for his new team, and his new star Anthony Davis."

"Hey AD, we're coming right back here!" Gentry yelled drenched in champagne.

The Pelicans announced Gentry as their new head coach Thursday at their practice facility. Gentry calling New Orleans his "number one destination" of all the job openings in the NBA, which included the OKC Thunder.

Gentry plans to speed the pace of the Pelicans offense, something he's had success with in his previous stops. As the associate head coach of the Warriors, Golden State led the league in scoring (110.0 points per game) while finishing 2nd in offensive rating (111.6). In the same position with the Clippers in the 2013-14 season, Los Angeles led the league in both scoring (107.9 ppg) and offensive rating (112.1). As the head coach of the Suns, his 2009-10 squad led the NBA in scoring (110.2 points per game) and in offensive rating (115.3), while making it all the way to the Western Conference Finals.


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Scotlandville's Javonte Smart wins gold medal with Team USA U16 http://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-javonte-smart-wins-gold-medal-with-team-usa-u16/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-javonte-smart-wins-gold-medal-with-team-usa-u16/ Sports Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:02:05 AM Seth Lewis Scotlandville's Javonte Smart wins gold medal with Team USA U16

BATON ROUGE - You might have to wait until the 2019 NBA draft, but a name to look for may be Scotlandville's Javonte Smart.
The upcoming sophomore just returned from Argentina, where he helped Team USA's U16 team win a gold medal.
Smart said it was his first experience overseas, especially in a spanish-speaking country.
He also said putting on the red white and blue was a dream come true, especially after watching the NBA guys win an Olympic gold medal in 2012, then a FIBA Championship in 2014.


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Jordan Spieth wins U.S. Open http://www.wbrz.com/news/jordan-spieth-wins-u-s-open/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jordan-spieth-wins-u-s-open/ Sports Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:33:49 PM Associated Press Jordan Spieth wins U.S. Open

Jordan Spieth has won the U.S. Open after Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet on the final hole at Chambers Bay with a chance to win the championship himself.

Spieth rebounded from a disastrous double-bogey at the par-3 17th with a birdie on No. 18, then had to watch tensely as Johnson played the finishing hole.

After he hit a 5-iron from 246 yards to within 12 feet, Johnson rolled his eagle try several feet past. Still with a chance to force an 18-hole playoff Monday, Johnson missed the putt and gave Spieth his second consecutive major championship.

The 21-year-old Masters champion shot 1-under 69 to finish at 5-under par. Johnson shot 70 to finish at 4 under with Louis Ousthuizen, who had a 67 on Sunday.


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