WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 31 May 2016 14:05:37 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 NBA Finals set as Warriors beat OKC in Western Conference Finals http://www.wbrz.com/news/nba-finals-set-as-warriors-beat-okc-in-western-conference-finals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nba-finals-set-as-warriors-beat-okc-in-western-conference-finals/ Sports Mon, 30 May 2016 10:45:29 PM AP NBA Finals set as Warriors beat OKC in Western Conference Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson carried the 73-win Warriors right back to the NBA Finals, as Golden State rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 on Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Curry scored 36 points with seven 3-pointers to finish with an NBA-record 32 in a seven-game series, while Thompson added 21 points and six 3s, two days after his record 11 3-pointers led a Game 6 comeback that sent the series home to raucous Oracle Arena for one more.

The Warriors became the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win a postseason series. They return to the NBA Finals for a rematch with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost the 2015 title in six games as Golden State captured its first championship in 40 years.

Game 1 is Thursday night in Oakland.

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LSU to host NCAA Baton Rouge Regional starting Friday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-host-ncaa-baton-rouge-regional-starting-friday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-host-ncaa-baton-rouge-regional-starting-friday/ Sports Sun, 29 May 2016 9:35:42 PM WBRZ Staff LSU to host NCAA Baton Rouge Regional starting Friday

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers will host four Baton Rouge Regional teams in Alex Box Stadium for the the NCAA Tournament starting Friday, June 3.

Game times for the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and NCAA Tournament will be announced at 11 a.m. Monday. The selections will be televised on ESPNU.

This year will mark the 24th time in school history that LSU will host a regional.

Tickets are on sale to LSU baseball season ticket holders until 5 p.m. Monday. The price for the ticket booklets are as follows:

$100 for suites and Champion's Club

$75 for gold field box, gold grandstand and grandstand

$50 bleachers and standing room only

Ticket booklets will be good for all games.

Season ticket holders who selected the will-call option can pick up their tickets at the LSU Ticket Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Any available all-season booklets will go on sale to the general public Thursday at 8 a.m. Individual-session tickets will go on sale Friday at 8 a.m. 

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Lions fall in Southland tournament final http://www.wbrz.com/news/lions-fall-in-southland-tournament-final/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lions-fall-in-southland-tournament-final/ Sports Sun, 29 May 2016 4:36:43 PM WBRZ Staff Lions fall in Southland tournament final

SUGAR LAND – Sam Houston State defeated the Southeastern Lions 7-4 Sunday afternoon in the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament.

Southeastern Head Coach Matt Riser said both teams fought hard, but in the end the ball went Sam Houston’s way.

“I thought we made all out mistakes aggressively, which I’m perfectly fine with. If you’re going to make mistakes, make them aggressive and I thought we did that from our stand point,” Riser said. “At the end of the day you have two really good ball clubs going at it and at the end of the day we hit the ball well, split the game and their guys ran them down. The ball went their way. They ball didn’t go our way. You’ve got to tip your hat to them, their kids played hard.”

Sam Houston earned its fifth tournament title in program history, also earning a berth into the NCAA tournament. The field of 64 will be announced Monday at 11 a.m., CDT, on ESPNU. The tournament begins with regional play June 3-5 at campus sites. Super Regionals will be held June 10-12 and the College World Series will be June 18-28/29.

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LSU softball advances to 2nd straight Women's College World Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-2nd-straight-women-s-college-world-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-2nd-straight-women-s-college-world-series/ Sports Sat, 28 May 2016 4:37:53 PM Chris Price LSU softball advances to 2nd straight Women's College World Series
HARRISONBURG, VA - The LSU softball team rallied to take two wins against James Madison on Saturday 2-0 and 3-2, winning the Super Regional and advancing to the Women's College World Series for the 2nd straight year.
The Tigers trailed the series 1-0 after losing on Friday but forced a game 3 with a complete game shutout in game 2. Allie Walljasper gave up just 5 hits and earned the win as she pitched the entire game. The Tigers got a solo home run from Kelsi Kloss and an RBI single from Emily Griggs to earn the only 2 runs of the game in the 4th inning.

Game 3 was even tighter, as the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead on Kesli Kloss's 2nd big RBI of the day, scoring Bianka Bell to take a 1-0 lead. JMU tied the game in the 4th, but LSU retook the lead in the 5th with a single from Bailey Landry that brought home Griggs to make it 2-1 LSU. Sahvanna Jaquish then hit a sac fly with the bases loaded to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
The insurance run was important because the Dukes made it 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th with the help of a Tigers throwing error by Bianka Bell that allowed a run to come across. The Tigers shut down the Dukes from there, though, as Walljasper came in to pitch 3 innings of shutout ball to finish off the home team and send the Tigers back to Oklahoma City.
The Women's College World Series begins June 2.

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Judge hears arguments on US women's soccer team strike rights http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-hears-arguments-on-us-women-s-soccer-team-strike-rights/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-hears-arguments-on-us-women-s-soccer-team-strike-rights/ Sports Thu, 26 May 2016 1:03:08 PM AP News Now Judge hears arguments on US women's soccer team strike rights

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Chicago has heard arguments whether the world champion U.S. Women's National Soccer team has the right to strike for improved conditions and wages before this year's Olympics.
Lawyers for the U.S. Soccer Federation told Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman at a Thursday hearing that a no-strike clause is implied in a still-valid 2013 memorandum with players.
But a lawyer for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association balked at that claim. Jeffrey Kessler said the federation had "screwed up" by not securing a no-strike clause in writing and can't argue three years later that such a provision is implied.
The union wants the option to strike before the Olympics start in August, but hasn't said it will. Many players have voiced concern over gender equity in soccer.

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Former NBA player accused of using charity for personal gain http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-nba-player-accused-of-using-charity-for-personal-gain/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-nba-player-accused-of-using-charity-for-personal-gain/ Sports Wed, 25 May 2016 10:15:14 AM APNewsNow Former NBA player accused of using charity for personal gain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson on Wednesday announced a federal indictment against Washington, who is best known for punching Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich during a game in 1977.

The 64-year-old Washington is charged with interfering with internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft. He was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Dickenson says Washington used his celebrity status to exploit those who donated to his charity, Project Contact Africa. She says he diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars that were supposed to benefit a clinic in Africa for needy families and children.

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Schedule set for NCAA softball Norman Super Regional http://www.wbrz.com/news/schedule-set-for-ncaa-softball-norman-super-regional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/schedule-set-for-ncaa-softball-norman-super-regional/ Sports Mon, 23 May 2016 3:46:15 PM APNewsNow Schedule set for NCAA softball Norman Super Regional

NORMAN, Okla. - The schedule is set for the NCAA softball Norman Super Regional between No. 3 seeded Oklahoma and No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Sooners and the Ragin' Cajuns will play a best-of-three series Thursday and Friday at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.

Thursday's game will start at 6 p.m. Game two on Friday also begins at 6 p.m. and the third game, if necessary, will start about 9 p.m. Friday.

The winner of the Super Regional advances to the Women's College World Series that starts June 2 in Oklahoma City.

OU is 50-7 on the season while Louisiana-Lafayette is 46-7.

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Report: NFL sought to improperly influence study on brain injuries http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-nfl-sought-to-improperly-influence-study-on-brain-injuries/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-nfl-sought-to-improperly-influence-study-on-brain-injuries/ Sports Mon, 23 May 2016 12:13:20 PM AP News Now Report: NFL sought to improperly influence study on brain injuries

WASHINGTON - A senior House Democrat has found that National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease.
The report by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the project away from a researcher that the NFL feared was biased.
The NFL had agreed to donate $30 million to the NIH to fund brain research but backed out after the NIH refused to take a $16 million grant away from prominent Boston University researcher Robert Stern. Stern is a leading expert on the link between football and brain diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Taxpayers are instead bearing the cost.
Requests for comment from the NFL were not immediately returned.

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Oklahoma City take series lead against Golden State Warriors with 133-105 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/oklahoma-city-take-series-lead-against-golden-state-warriors-with-133-105-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/oklahoma-city-take-series-lead-against-golden-state-warriors-with-133-105-win/ Sports Sun, 22 May 2016 11:17:20 PM AP Oklahoma City take series lead against Golden State Warriors with 133-105 win

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game. Oklahoma City reasserted its dominance on the glass, outrebounding Golden State 52-38.

The last time Golden State's Stephen Curry had played in Oklahoma City, he scored 46 points, tied an NBA record with 12 3-pointers and hit a game-winning, 37-footer. This time, the league MVP finished with 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Klay Thompson added 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting.

Game 4 will be Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

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Special Olympics training is a community effort http://www.wbrz.com/news/special-olympics-training-is-a-community-effort/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/special-olympics-training-is-a-community-effort/ Sports Sun, 22 May 2016 9:54:52 PM Chris Price Special Olympics training is a community effort

BATON ROUGE - All over the Capitol City area, a special group of athletes prepare to compete in the Special Olympics. 

As individuals, they all represent stories of courage and perseverance to continue in their quest for gold. 

Take, for example, Darryl Robinson, who will compete in the 50 meter assisted walk and softball throw.

Darryl was born with cerebal pasly, but has won 21 gold, 10 silver, and 1 bronze medal in various Special Olympics events. 

Despite his challenges, Darryl always wanted to compete. 

"My mom and my dad were athletes," Darryl said. "I just thought if they could play sports, so could I."

As a group, the Special Olympians represent a group who build each other up by their community in practice and participation. 

"Often times people with disabilities have isolation issues," says area coach Paul Landry. "But if you can get them all together and get them some physical activity, they begin to help each other."

Paulette Roberts, an area coach in Walker, agrees: "They become friends and they start to do better to try and out-do the other one and they just work well together."

Sandy Naquin, whose daughter Shanell Theriot was born with downs syndrome and participates in bocce ball, says the athletes are an inspiration.

"I just wish every family had a special needs person: maybe the world would be a better place," Naquin said.

"Look at the world we live in...A lot of hate. These kids have love."

The Special Olympics state games take place in Hammond from May 20-22.  

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LSU baseball claims 5th seed at SEC Tourney http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-claims-5th-seed-at-sec-tourney/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-claims-5th-seed-at-sec-tourney/ Sports Sat, 21 May 2016 7:46:09 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU baseball claims 5th seed at SEC Tourney

BATON ROUGE – LSU baseball fell to the top-ranked Florida Gators in Game 3, but not before securing the series in a game two win against their SEC opponent.

The Tigers claimed the series with a 7-3 victory over Florida in game two. The Gators struck back in game three, winning 6-2.

LSU will be the fifth seed and take on 12th-seeded Tennessee at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SEC Tournament.

— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) May 21, 2016

LSU improved to 39-17 overall and 19-11 in Southeaster Conference play. With the series win, the Tigers secured the five seed in the SEC Tournament. LSU will take on 12th seed Tennessee at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hoover, Alabama.

“Our team has grown so much over the past couple of months, and we’re looking certainly forward to the postseason,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We talked about finishing strong and winning our final 12 games of the season, and we nearly pulled it off, winning 11 in a row. We’ll go to the SEC Tournament, try to win as many games as we can, and put ourselves in the best possible position for the NCAA Tournament.”

The game will be televised on the SEC Network and fans can also listen to the game on LSU Sports Radio Network.

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LSU softball advances to regional title game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-regional-title-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-regional-title-game/ Sports Sat, 21 May 2016 4:27:37 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU softball advances to regional title game

BATON ROUGE – The LSU softball team will advance to the regional title game after a 4-1 win over the McNeese State Cowgirls Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park.

The Saturday win means the Tigers claimed a spot on the final day for the second consecutive year.

LSU secured the victory after plating two insurance runs in the sixth inning to extend the Tiger’s lead by three.

“I can barely remember a game against McNeese State where it wasn't an absolute battle. Every time you play them I feel like it’s just down to the wire,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I thought our team continued to fight. We had a lot of opportunities with people on base and they made some great pitches.”

Junior Sahvanna Jaquish became the second LSU player to earn 200 RBIs in a career. Jaquish is now at 72 on the season, four away from tying her school record at 76.

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Saints owner Tom Benson discusses why he disinherits kin http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-owner-tom-benson-discusses-why-he-disinherits-kin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-owner-tom-benson-discusses-why-he-disinherits-kin/ Sports Fri, 20 May 2016 4:01:19 PM Chevel Johnson Saints owner Tom Benson discusses why he disinherits kin

NEW ORLEANS - In a court deposition, Tom Benson says he ousted his daughter and grandchildren from executive positions in the Saints and Pelicans after a confrontation turned physical between his daughter, Renee, and his wife, Gayle.

The deposition, filed in federal court in New Orleans this week, was taken in late March at Benson's offices in suburban New Orleans. It's part of a federal lawsuit over Benson's decision to remove his family members' shares in his NBA and NFL franchises from a trust and substitute other assets.

Benson says in the deposition that his daughter and two grandchildren "tried to kill me" by picking on his wife and behaving in a hostile manner.

Benson said the hostility included a 2014 confrontation in his Superdome suite when Renee allegedly shook Gayle.

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LSU softball opens Regional play on Friday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-opens-regional-play-on-friday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-opens-regional-play-on-friday/ Sports Fri, 20 May 2016 1:05:44 PM Alicia Serrano LSU softball opens Regional play on Friday

BATON ROUGE- The LSU softball team, the tenth overall national seed, will open the NCAA Division I Softball Championship on Friday night at Tiger Park.

The Tigers will play against the Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn Blackbirds at 6 p.m. on Friday.

This is the second consecutive year LSU will be hosting its own regional. The team will be hosting the Arizona Sun Devils, LIU Brooklyn and McNeese State in the double-elimination tournament.

The Sun Devils and Cowgirls will kick off the tournament on Friday at 3 p.m.

The Tigers are making their 18th appearance in the NCAA tournament, extending its record run in the post season to 11 consecutive years.

The team has won 15 of their last 17 games as they enter into this weekend‘s tournament play.

The Tigers extended that by going 3-1 in the SEC tournament last week in Starkville, falling only in the championship game.

“Hopefully we’ve played the whole season like we were playing in postseason tournament games, so I think we are well rehearsed for this moment,” head coach Beth Torina said. “The plan is to not make these games bigger than they are and to go out and compete the same way we’ve been all year long.”

The winner of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will advance to the next round and face the winner of the NCAA Harrisonburg Regional hosted by James Madison University and features overall No. 7 seed James Madison, North Carolina, Longwood and Princeton.  

Every game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will be streamed online on SEC Network + and available through WatchESPN.

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WWE wrestler John Cena to host ESPYS http://www.wbrz.com/news/wwe-wrestler-john-cena-to-host-espys/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wwe-wrestler-john-cena-to-host-espys/ Sports Thu, 19 May 2016 6:27:32 PM Alicia Serrano WWE wrestler John Cena to host ESPYS

LOS ANGELES- WWE star John Cena will be hosting the 24th annual ESPYS in July.

The 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be the first professional wrestler to host the sports awards show and will be the third athlete to do so, following Lebron James and Lance Armstrong.

Cena said that he never attended the ESPYS or hosted an awards show, however that didn’t stop him from accepting the offer.

“They asked, and of course I said yes," Cena said. "It goes without saying it's a tremendous honor. The prestige of the show grows every year. It's unbelievable.”

“I obviously accepted, but it doesn't go without its share of nerves. I just want to do the show justice. I'm going to do my due diligence and hopefully we can have a great show,” Cena said.

Cena is one of few WWE wrestlers, with the exception of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who have successfully “crossed over” to other platforms.

He is currently the host of “American Grit” and has a featured role on E!’s reality show “Total Diva’s and the upcoming spinoff “Total Bellas.”

Cena has also been in recent movies “Trainwreck” and “Sisters” showing off his comedic side.

Cena has been recovering from shoulder surgery that was performed back in January, and will return to WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” on the end of the month.

"I'm going to be wrestling for as long as I can," Cena said. "It's something I'm very passionate about and something that I love."

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Phil Mickelson to forfeit nearly $1 million in SEC case http://www.wbrz.com/news/phil-mickelson-to-forfeit-nearly-1-million-in-sec-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/phil-mickelson-to-forfeit-nearly-1-million-in-sec-case/ Sports Thu, 19 May 2016 2:06:17 PM Marcy Gordon and Tom Hay Phil Mickelson to forfeit nearly $1 million in SEC case

NEW YORK - The professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

Federal prosecutors announced criminal charges Thursday against a gambler named William Walters and a former director of Dean Foods, Thomas Davis, alleging that the pair used inside information about the company to make millions of dollars in illicit stock trades between 2008 and 2012.

In 2012, the SEC says, Walters called Mickelson, who owed him money, and urged him to trade Dean Foods stock. The SEC says Mickelson did so the next day and made a profit of $931,000.

"Simply put, Mickelson made money that wasn't his to make," Andrew Ceresney, head of the SEC's Enforcement Division, said at a Manhattan news conference.

The golfer was not charged criminally in the case. As a relief defendant, Mickelson hasn't been accused of participating in the insider trading, but only of profiting from the scheme.

Mickelson's management group issued a statement Thursday saying that he felt "vindicated" because prosecutors hadn't charged him with violating securities law.

"At the same time, however, Phil has no desire to benefit from any transaction that the SEC sees as questionable," it said. Accordingly, he has entered into an agreement with the SEC under which he will return all the money he made on that 2012 investment," it said.

Davis has already pleaded guilty in the case and is cooperating with the investigation, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara announced Thursday at a news conference in New York.

Walters was arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He was scheduled for arraignment Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

Davis' attorney, Christopher Clark, confirmed his client was cooperating, but declined further comment. There was no immediate response to a message left with a lawyer for Walters.

From 2008 through 2012, the SEC said, Davis passed Walters highly confidential information on Dean Foods, including sneak previews of at least six of the company's quarterly earnings announcements and advance notice of the spin-off of its profitable subsidiary, WhiteWave Foods Co.

In 2013, Davis also gave Walters inside information he'd gotten from a group of investors who confidentially shared their plans to buy stock in Darden Restaurants Inc., the SEC said.

Based on the tips, Walters reaped illegal trading profits and avoided losses of at least $40 million, according to the regulators.

The SEC said that on Aug. 8, 2012, Mickelson sold all the Dean Foods shares he had bought on July 30 and 31, netting him a profit of around $931,000.

Mickelson was not in the field of the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas, where play began Thursday morning.

In their statement, Mickelson's management representatives said he wasn't losing any endorsement deals over the episode.

"Phil understands and deeply respects the high professional and ethical standards that the companies he represents expect of their employees, associates and of Phil himself. He subscribes to the same values and regrets any appearance that, on this occasion, he fell short. He takes full responsibility for the decisions and associations that led him to becoming part of this investigation," it said.

In May 2014, Mickelson confirmed that FBI agents investigating insider trading questioned him as he finished playing a round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Mickelson wouldn't discuss details about his relationship with Walters, a multimillionaire who owns several golf courses and auto dealerships. He wouldn't talk about stock tips he received, but reiterated that he did nothing wrong.

"And that's why I've been fully cooperating with the FBI agents, and I'm happy to do in the future, too, until this gets resolved," he said two years ago.

Mickelson, 45, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. He has won 42 tour events, including five majors - three Masters, one PGA Championship and one British Open.

He has long had a reputation for being a gambler, though he has said he scaled back his habit after his son, Evan, was born in 2003. The most publicized payoff was when Mickelson and friends won $560,000 on a preseason bet (28-1 odds) that the Baltimore Ravens would win the 2001 Super Bowl.

He has a history of playing money games during the practice rounds. He occasionally gets a group of players and caddies together for dinner and small wagering during the NBA and NHL playoffs, and prominent fights.

A spokesman for Dean Foods, based in Dallas, said Thursday that Davis resigned from the company's board of directors last year and is no longer affiliated with the company. Dean Foods said it is cooperating with the government investigation.

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Curry dazzles again, Warriors even series with Thunder 1-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/curry-dazzles-again-warriors-even-series-with-thunder-1-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/curry-dazzles-again-warriors-even-series-with-thunder-1-1/ Sports Thu, 19 May 2016 7:55:11 AM Associated Press Curry dazzles again, Warriors even series with Thunder 1-1

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry scored 15 straight points in less than 2 minutes during one dazzling third-quarter stretch, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-91 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference final at one game apiece.

The MVP scored 28 points, making 5 of 8 3-pointers and shooting 9 for 15 overall, while Klay Thompson added 15 points in a balanced performance by the defending champions to bounce back from just their third defeat all season at Oracle Arena in the series opener two nights earlier.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points but just six after halftime. Russell Westbrook had 16 points and 12 assists for the Thunder, who were outrebounded for the first time in five meetings with the Warriors this season.

Game 3 is Sunday night in Oklahoma City.

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Will Smith to be honored in Saints Hall of Fame, Hokie Gajan to receive Joe Gemelli award http://www.wbrz.com/news/will-smith-to-be-honored-in-saints-hall-of-fame-hokie-gajan-to-receive-joe-gemelli-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/will-smith-to-be-honored-in-saints-hall-of-fame-hokie-gajan-to-receive-joe-gemelli-award/ Sports Tue, 17 May 2016 12:57:40 PM Alicia Serrano Will Smith to be honored in Saints Hall of Fame, Hokie Gajan to receive Joe Gemelli award

NEW ORLEANS- Former Saints football player Will Smith will be honored by the Saints Hall of Fame and Hokie Gajan, also a former Saints player and legendary analyst, will receive the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award.

It was announced on Tuesday that the two former Saints player are to be honored.

Smith will be inducted in the Saints Hall of Fame 2016 and Gajan will receive the the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis Award for his “vast contributions to the New Orleans Saints organization.”

Both men passed away in April. Smith was shot and killed after a car accident confrontation and Gajan passed after his battle with cancer. Smith was 34 and Gajan was 56.

Saints Executive Vice-President and General Manager Mickey Loomis spoke about each of the men and their upcoming honors.

“When we drafted Will Smith in 2004, defensive end was not a pressing need for our team," Saints Executive Vice-President and General Manager Mickey Loomis said. "Will had the talent, leadership ability and work ethic that you look for in a player.”

Loomis also said that Gajan, who was picked in the 10th round of the 1981 NFL draft, will always have “a special bond” with the Saints.

“First as a player, then as a college scout and later as a broadcaster, Hokie Gajan always had a special bond both with everyone he touched with the New Orleans Saints as well as our fan base,” Loomis said.

“As both a fullback and as an area scout, those positions placed a premium on hard work and loyalty, which I think are two hallmarks of Hokie. This recognition is certainly deserved considering his outstanding contributions to our organization and community,” Loomis said.

Both Gajan and Smith were elected by the media selection committee of the Saints Hall of Fame in early March, prior to their passing.

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SEC to adopt new process for instant replay review http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-to-adopt-new-process-for-instant-replay-review/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-to-adopt-new-process-for-instant-replay-review/ Sports Tue, 17 May 2016 7:55:36 AM Brock Sues SEC to adopt new process for instant replay review

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The SEC says the conference will implement a collaborative process for instant replays with the start of the 2016 season.

The decision was made via unanimous vote by the league’s athletics directors and approval by the SEC Executive Committee.

In February, the NCAA Football Rules Committee approved a request from the SEC asking for the implementation of the new instant replay process on an experimental basis. Under the experiment, SEC Headquarters will assist the in-stadium Instant Replay Officials when replay decision are being made.

A successful test of the technology needed to support this process was carried out during an SEC spring football game in April.

“Our goal is to continue to use the best-available resources to support correct outcomes when instant replay is used,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We believe the collaborative effort, which will involve additional officiating experts during replay reviews, will enhance the Conference’s football officiating program. I believe this update to the instant replay review process will better support football officiating in the SEC through the use of technology.”

Coaches and administrators will be receive an intro to the new replay process with complete logistics and detailed plans at the upcoming SEC Spring Meetings to be held in Destin, Florida. Replay details will be announced to the public during a media briefing also to take place in Destin with Steve Shaw, SEC Coordinator of Football Officials.

“This is an important and positive step for our officiating program and I look forward to implementing our plan to combine advanced technology with officiating expertise,” said Shaw. “Our successful test in the spring gave us the comfort level to move forward with execution of the plan for this fall. I look forward to communicating with my colleagues in other conferences to discuss best practices and the most effective use of collaborative replay.”

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And Drew Brees' favorite New Orleans restaurant is... http://www.wbrz.com/news/and-drew-brees-favorite-new-orleans-restaurant-is-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/and-drew-brees-favorite-new-orleans-restaurant-is-/ Sports Tue, 17 May 2016 3:08:59 AM Brock Sues And Drew Brees' favorite New Orleans restaurant is...

NEW ORLEANS - Star Saints quarterback Drew Brees confirmed his favorite eatery in the Big Easy during a TMZ interview Monday afternoon.

It’s a tough pick in one of the best cuisine cities in the country, but Brees says Ye Olde College Inn on Carrollton has won his heart. He advises fans to try out the country fried steak po-boy at the establishment which has been a New Orleans staple since 1933.

The Saints QB also talked briefly about his ties to another Crescent City-based star, Brad Pitt. In the on-the-run interview, Brees goes into the story behind a video of Pitt having some brews with Matthew McConnaughey in New Orleans a few years ago.

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