WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:06:12 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU prepares to take on Florida in championship series http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-prepares-to-take-on-florida-in-championship-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-prepares-to-take-on-florida-in-championship-series/ Sports Sun, 25 Jun 2017 8:15:36 PM WBRZ Staff LSU prepares to take on Florida in championship series

OMAHA, Neb. - LSU will begin a quest for its seventh national championship Monday afternoon when the Tigers face Florida in game one of the College World Series Finals.

Monday's game is set for a 6 p.m. start at at TD Ameritrade Park. Game two of the best two-of-three championship series is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Game three, if necessary, will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

LSU and Florida shared the 2017 Southeastern Conference regular-season title with 21-9 league records. The Gators won two of three games over the Tigers during the regular-season on their home turf. 

LSU has a 4-0 all-time mark against Florida in College World Series games. the Tigers won two straight games over the Gators in Omaha in both 1991 and 1996 on their way to national championships.

Mainieri said that senior right-hander Russell Reynolds will start Monday's game for the Tigers. Reynolds, a Baton Rouge native, pitched a scoreless inning in LSU's CWS game versus Oregon State on Monday night, recording one strikeout. He has worked 1.2 scoreless innings over his last three relief appearances, allowing one hit with one strikeout.

LSU is hitting .291 as a team this season with 68 homers and 76 steals in 105 attempts. Freshman centerfielder Zach Watson is batting a team-high .322 with nine doubles, three triples, nine homers and 37 RBI. Watson is batting .421 (8-for-19) in the CWS with one double, one homer, two RBI and three runs.

Junior rightfielder Greg Deichmann is batting .309 and leads the Tigers in homers (19) and RBI (73), while sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis has driven in 60 runs and collected a team-high 88 base hits.

Junior catcher Michael Papierski has team-highs of three homers and five RBI in LSU's five CWS games. LSU has launched seven home runs in the College World Series, the most by any team since the CWS moved to TD Ameritrade Park in 2011.

Florida is hitting .259 as a team with 53 home runs, and the Gators have 83 steals in 112 attempts.

Outfielder Nelson Maldonado is batting .303 for Florida with nine doubles, six homers and 32 RBI. First baseman/DH JJ Schwarz has team-highs of 12 homers and 54 RBI. Schwarz shares the team lead in base hits (66) with shortstop Dalton Guthrie, who has nine doubles, four homers and 11 steals.

The series will air on ESPN.

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LSU, OSU set for 2 p.m. game Saturday after Tigers' win Friday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-osu-set-for-2-p-m-game-saturday-after-tigers-win-friday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-osu-set-for-2-p-m-game-saturday-after-tigers-win-friday/ Sports Fri, 23 Jun 2017 2:54:15 PM Michael Cauble LSU, OSU set for 2 p.m. game Saturday after Tigers' win Friday

OMAHA, NEB. - The LSU Tiger baseball team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Oregon St. and rode it to a 3-1 win in their elimination game on Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

LSU needs to beat the Beavers twice to advance to the College World Series championships series against the other side of the bracket which starts on Monday.

In the top of the second inning, LSU slugger Greg Deichmann laced a liner into right field and raced to second for a double.

It was nearly a mirror image of LSU's elimination game against FSU that followed as Zach Watson poked a single through center and Josh Smith shot a RBI single up the middle to score Deichmann from third.

LSU added to their lead in another "deja vu" moment when Beau Jordan laid down an safety squeeze to plate Watson from third and give LSU a 2-0 lead.

Tiger pitcher Alex Lange has looked sharp early striking out three of the first seven batters he faced before giving up his first hit in the third inning.

In the 3rd, Lange struggled walking three including walking in a run with the bases loaded to make it a 2-1 game.

Lange then bounced back and struck out KJ Harrison to leave them full. 

Tiger freshman Josh Smith smashed a solo home run in the 7th inning to get the run back and make it a 3-1 LSU lead.

LSU starter Alex Lange would command his fastball for his entire outing, throwing 8.1 innings allowing just the one run on two hits, walking four and striking out eight Beaver batters.

Zach Hess entered and recorded the final five outs of the game for his fourth save of the season.

LSU forced a winner advance to the CWS Final series contest against Oregon State on Saturday at 2 p.m. 

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LSU beats FSU 7-4 in third game of CWS, will face OSU Friday at 2 p.m. http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-fsu-7-4-in-third-game-of-cws-will-face-osu-friday-at-2-p-m-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-fsu-7-4-in-third-game-of-cws-will-face-osu-friday-at-2-p-m-/ Sports Wed, 21 Jun 2017 6:07:32 PM Michael Cauble LSU beats FSU 7-4 in third game of CWS, will face OSU Friday at 2 p.m.

Omaha, Neb. - The LSU Tiger baseball team bounced back from their worst game at the College World Series with their best of the three games played so far in Omaha.  

The Tigers scored early and late against FSU to lead it 7-2 heading to the ninth inning in an elimination game for both teams at the College World Series.

The Tigers struck for a big five run 2nd inning with the help of a Jake Slaughter three run home-run to left.  LSU sent nine batters to the plate in the frame and appeared to be in control of the game after forcing FSU starter Cole Sands out of the game.

The Seminoles would respond with a run in the bottom of the inning and another in the sixth to close the gap, however LSU starter Jared Poche has been solid in his second appearance at the CWS.

LSU increased their lead in the 8th inning when Kramer Robertson collected his first hit of the CWS and then worked his way from base to base and finally home to give the Tigers a  6-2 lead.

Zach Watson improved on his solid night (3 for 5) with an RBI double that plated Antoine Duplantis to make it 7-2.

LSU Baseball beats FSU 7-4

Poche has struck out four and walked two allowing one earned run. He dominated eight innings before giving up two back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth. 

Coach Paul Mainieri put in closer Zach Hess to finish the game leading to an LSU 7-4 victory. 

The Seminoles have been eliminated from the CWS as the Tigers now turn their focus to a redemption game against Oregon State on Friday. 


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Mets 17th round pick AJ Labas commits to LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/mets-17th-round-pick-aj-labas-commits-to-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mets-17th-round-pick-aj-labas-commits-to-lsu/ Sports Wed, 21 Jun 2017 3:02:57 PM WBRZ Sports Mets 17th round pick AJ Labas commits to LSU

Baton Rouge, LA - The Tigers picked up a commitment on gameday in Omaha from right-handed pitcher AJ Labas, who was selected by the New York Mets in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Labas is a 6-3 220 lb. pitcher and first baseman from Middleburg, FL who attended Trinity Christian Academy. 

According to PerfecGame.org here's the scouting report on Labas:

High energy delivery that he repeats very well, high elbow in back, arm is fast and clean coming through from a high 3/4's slot. Steady 89-91 mph fastball, gets a bit of late life to get off barrels and has good downhill angle. Slurve type breaking ball has very tight spin at times with sharp biting action, showed feel and command of the pitch and was plus at times. Did not show a change up this outing but will be very interesting if he can develop one with his present fastball/curveball combination.

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LSU baseball: Backs against the wall in Omaha http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-backs-against-the-wall-in-omaha/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-backs-against-the-wall-in-omaha/ Sports Tue, 20 Jun 2017 7:15:23 PM WBRZ Sports LSU baseball: Backs against the wall in Omaha

Baton Rouge, LA - The Tigers have to win three in a row to advance to College World Series finals in Omaha. 

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LSU baseball gearing up for CWS vs. Florida State http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-gearing-up-for-cws-vs-florida-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-gearing-up-for-cws-vs-florida-state/ Sports Fri, 16 Jun 2017 7:38:01 PM LSU Sports Communications LSU baseball gearing up for CWS vs. Florida State

OMAHA, Neb. – LSU (48-17) opens College World Series action at 7 p.m. CT Saturday when the Tigers face Florida State (45-21) at TD Ameritrade Park.

LSU, the 2017 SEC regular-season and tournament champion, has won 16 games in a row and 21 of their past 23 contests.

“Just being around all of the other programs that are here is such an honor, and I'm glad that we were able to get to Omaha,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who has directed the Tigers to the CWS five times in the past 10 seasons. “Our team has been playing pretty good baseball for the last several weeks. Any time we get a team here, there's a great deal of satisfaction. We're looking forward to facing Florida State and coach Mike Martin, who is one of legends in the college game. They have a tremendous ball club, and we're excited for the challenge of meeting them.”

Florida State is in the College World Series for the 23rd time, and for the 16th time under Martin's leadership. Saturday's game marks the first meeting between LSU and FSU since the semifinal round of the 2000 CWS, when LSU posted a 6-3 win over Seminoles and went on to defeat Stanford in the CWS championship game. The Tigers are 2-1 all-time vs. Florida State in CWS games – along with the aforementioned 2000 matchup, LSU defeated FSU, 6-2, in the 1987 CWS, and the Seminoles posted a 6-3 win over the Tigers in the 1994 CWS.

Florida State leads the overall series with LSU, 9-7, and the squads first met in 1955. Lange is 4-0 in his last five starts with a 2.21 ERA, and he has limited opponents to nine earned runs on 28 hits in 36.2 innings with 12 walks and 43 strikeouts. Lange is in second place on LSU's career strikeouts list with 390, trailing only Scott Schultz (409 Ks, 1992-05). LSU is hitting .305 as a team during its current 16-game win streak with 27 doubles, four triples, 19 homers and 136 runs scored.

The Tigers have outscored their opponents, 136-45 during the win streak and have limited opponents to a .198 batting average in that span. LSU's pitching staff has a 2.25 ERA during the win streak, as the Tigers have allowed only 35 earned runs in their last 140 innings with 144 strikeouts. The LSU staff has a 2.10 ERA in its nine postseason games. Shortstop Kramer Robertson is hitting .382 (26-for-68) during the win streak with five doubles, two triples, three homers, 17 RBI and 27 runs. Robertson is hitting .378 (37-for-98) during LSU's current 21-2 run in the past 23 games with six doubles, two triples, four homers, 19 RBI and 36 runs. Junior rightfielder Greg Deichmann is No. 7 in the nation with 72 RBI, and he has a team-high 19 home runs. Sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis is second on the club in RBI with 57, and he shares the team lead in stolen bases (18) with senior second baseman Cole Freeman, who his batting a squad-best .327. Florida State is hitting .272 as a team with 72 home runs, and the Seminoles lead the nation in walks with 380. Sophomore outfielder Jackson Lueck is batting .327 for FSU nine homers and 54 RBI, while junior infielder Dylan Busby is hitting .315 with 20 doubles, 62 RBI and a team-best 14 home runs. Senior first baseman Quincy Nieporte is batting .305 with 20 doubles, 10 homers and a team-high 78 RBI.

The LSU-Florida State game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), and the radio broadcast may be heard at www.LSUsports.net/live, Saturday's game will be televised on ESPN, and it may also be viewed online at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. 

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Kramer Robertson's emotional journey to Omaha http://www.wbrz.com/news/kramer-robertson-s-emotional-journey-to-omaha/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kramer-robertson-s-emotional-journey-to-omaha/ Sports Wed, 14 Jun 2017 9:01:11 AM Brandon Saho Kramer Robertson's emotional journey to Omaha

Baton Rouge,  LA - Kramer Robertson was left behind when LSU made it to the College World Series in 2015, which is why this year's trip to Omaha means so much to the Tigers' shortstop.

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Robertson, Freeman taken in Day 2 of MLB draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/robertson-freeman-taken-in-day-2-of-mlb-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/robertson-freeman-taken-in-day-2-of-mlb-draft/ Sports Tue, 13 Jun 2017 2:31:49 PM LSU Sports Communications Robertson, Freeman taken in Day 2 of MLB draft

Baton Rouge - The Tigers' Kramer Robertsson and Cole Freeman came back for their senior season at LSU and now it looks like it's paying off after being picked Tuesday in the MLB draft.

LSU senior shortstop Kramer Robertson has been selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the 124th selection overall, as Day 2 of the draft continues Tuesday through Round 10.

Robertson, a native of McGregor, Texas, was a  2017 third-team All-America and second-team All-SEC selection, and he is hitting .319 this season with 18 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 43 RBI, 83 runs and eight stolen bases.

Robertson has helped lead LSU to 21 wins in its last 23 games, and he is batting .378 during the span with six doubles, two triples, four homers, 19  RBI and 36 runs.

Robertson, who was voted second-team all-American and first-team all-SEC in 2016, improved his stock dramatically by returning to LSU for his senior season after he was selected in the 32nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

LSU senior second baseman Cole Freeman has been selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. 

Freeman, a native of Mandeville, La., is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .327 (80-for-245) with 13 doubles, two triples, two homers, 41 RBI and 52 runs.

Freeman, who graduated from LSU on May 12 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, is ranked No. 2 in the SEC in steals with 18. He is batting .317 (19-for-60) during LSU’s current 16-game win streak with three doubles, one triple, one homer, 13 RBI and 17 runs

Freeman, a member of the All-SEC Defensive team in 2016, improved his stock significantly by returning to LSU for his senior season after he was selected in the 18th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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LSU's Lange, Deichmann selected in MLB Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-lange-deichmann-selected-in-mlb-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-lange-deichmann-selected-in-mlb-draft/ Sports Mon, 12 Jun 2017 9:28:17 PM WBRZ Sports LSU's Lange, Deichmann selected in MLB Draft

Baton Rouge, LA - LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange was selected 30th overall Monday night in the 2017 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Lange is LSU's ace with a 9-5 record this season with a 2.92 ERA to go along with 134 strikeouts.

The Tigers' junior becoming the first LSU player taken this year.

Lange is third all-time on the LSU strikeout list.

Tiger rightfielder Greg Deichmann was also drafted, taken 43rd overall to the Oakland Athletics.

The LSU power hitter with 19 homeruns and 72 RBI on the season.

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Tigers punch ticket to College World Series in Omaha http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-punch-ticket-to-college-world-series-in-omaha/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-punch-ticket-to-college-world-series-in-omaha/ Sports Mon, 12 Jun 2017 8:56:03 PM Brandon Saho Tigers punch ticket to College World Series in Omaha

Baton Rouge, LA, - The Tigers take down Mississippi State 14-4 on Sunday night to advance to College World Series. The "Fab Four" is ready to make history and bring home a national championship.

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LSU to take on Florida St. in College World Series Saturday at 7 p.m. http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-take-on-florida-st-in-college-world-series-saturday-at-7-p-m-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-take-on-florida-st-in-college-world-series-saturday-at-7-p-m-/ Sports Mon, 12 Jun 2017 8:30:28 PM WBRZ Staff LSU to take on Florida St. in College World Series Saturday at 7 p.m.

OMAHA - The pairings and game times for the first two days of the Men’s College World Series have been announced. The Tigers will take on Florida in the second game of the world series on Saturday.

The first game Saturday is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., and will feature Cal St. Fullerton against No. 1 national seed Oregon St.. Saturday’s second game features No. 4 national seed LSU against Florida St., and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Sunday doubleheader features the No. 7 national seed Louisville vs. Texas A&M at 1 p.m.. In the evening game starting at 6 p.m., No. 6 national seed TCU will be squaring off against either No. 3 national seed Florida or Wake Forest.

The winners of the two brackets will play a best-of-three College World Series Finals, with the first game set for 6 p.m. Monday, June 26. The second game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28.

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How to get tickets to College World Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/how-to-get-tickets-to-college-world-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/how-to-get-tickets-to-college-world-series/ Sports Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:26:54 AM WBRZ staff How to get tickets to College World Series

BATON ROUGE-  LSU will accept request for all potential games LSU may participate in during the 2017 College World Series from LSU Baseball season ticket holders and current LSU students only.

Season ticket holders and students have until 5 pm CT on Monday, June 12 to submit their requests.

Requests may be placed by logging onto their online account at www.LSUTIX.net or by calling the ticket office during business hours of 8 am to 5 pm CT on Monday.

LSU will use the LSU Priority Point Ranking system and limitations will be placed on all requests.  Due to high demand, LSU expects to sell out of its allotment of tickets for all games the Tigers will play.

Tickets range from $37-$41 for LSU’s first game, $32-$39 for remaining bracket play games, and $37-$41 for the Championship Series.

The ticket holder of record will be required to pick-up the tickets in Omaha for each game.  A valid photo ID will be required at the time of pick-up.  No name changes or authorizations for another individual to pick-up will be accepted.  Will Call locations and times will be determined prior to each game.

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LSU baseball beats MSU, Tigers on their way to Omaha http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-beats-msu-tigers-on-their-way-to-omaha/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-beats-msu-tigers-on-their-way-to-omaha/ Sports Sun, 11 Jun 2017 9:02:34 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball beats MSU, Tigers on their way to Omaha

Baton Rouge - The LSU Tiger baseball team jumped out to an early lead in game two of their Super Regional match-up against Mississippi State and then rallied for the second straight night to take control of the game late winning it 14-4 and advancing to the school's 18th trip to the College World Series.

LSU hit three singles in a row to score their first run of the game as left-fielder Antoine Duplantis smacked a RBI single through the right side to score Kramer Robertson from second-base.

Right-fielder Greg Deichmann then followed that up with a shot up the middle to plate Cole Freeman who raced in from third base to put LSU up 2-0.

LSU would respond with another run in the third inning when relief pitcher Trey Jolly balked in Mike Papierski from third base on a pick-off move to 1st. 

The Tigers lead 3-0 through two innings of play, but the Bulldogs plated four runs in the third inning to chase starter Jared Poche from the game and take a 4-3 lead through four innings of play.

However in the 5th inning LSU unloaded as Papierski doubled to right field to score Josh Smith and Deichmann to take a 5-4 lead.

The Tigers weren't done, freshman first baseman Jake Slaughter singled softly to left field to plate Beau Jordan and then Papierski came home on a wild pitch.

LSU scored six runs in the 5th inning to take a 9-4 advantage. 

Tiger reliever Caleb Gilbert turned in a phenomenal outing as he threw 5.2 innings of two hit ball, striking out six and walking just one. 

LSU will now play the Florida State Seminoles in their first game of the College World Series which starts Saturday, June 17th in Omaha, Nebraska.  A date and time for the LSU/FSU contest will be determined Monday.

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LSU baseball takes game one of the Super Regional vs. State http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-takes-game-one-of-the-super-regional-vs-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-takes-game-one-of-the-super-regional-vs-state/ Sports Sat, 10 Jun 2017 8:39:24 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball takes game one of the Super Regional vs. State

Baton Rouge - The LSU Tigers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win game one of the Baton Rouge Super Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU is now one win away from playing in Omaha at the NCAA College World Series.

Trailing 3-0 in the 8th lead-off hitter Kramer Robertson drew a walk, he was then followed by a single from Antoine Duplantis.

That set the stage for LSU slugger Greg Deichmann who pulled a two RBI double to the left field fence scoring both Robertson and Duplantis. 

With Deichmann standing at second with just one out trailing 3-2, Zach Watson smacked a liner down the left-field line to score the game tying run. 

Catcher Michael Papierski then smashed a ball deep enough to score Watson from third and take the lead.

Closer Zach Hess struck out Hunter Stovall for the final out of the game. 

LSU pitcher Alex Lange struggled in the top of the first inning, as six Bulldog batters went to the plate on 28 pitches from the Tiger ace.

Lange walked the bases loaded and then hit Jake Mangum in the knee to score the first run of the game.

LSU then went up and down in order in the bottom of the first trailing 1-0 after the opening frame.

Lange would settle down for the next six innings finishing his night in the 7th inning allowing three runs on three hits, walking six batters while striking out ten.

State chased Lange in the 7th after Cody Brown roped a double down the left field line to score two more for the Bulldogs.  

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LSU baseball preparing for Super Regional vs. MSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-preparing-for-super-regional-vs-msu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-preparing-for-super-regional-vs-msu/ Sports Fri, 9 Jun 2017 10:30:48 PM WBRZ Sports LSU baseball preparing for Super Regional vs. MSU

The Tigers welcoming Mississippi State to the box with a trip to Omaha on the line this weekend.

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Saints coach: Physician advises Fairley to give up football http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-coach-physician-advises-fairley-to-give-up-football/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-coach-physician-advises-fairley-to-give-up-football/ Sports Thu, 8 Jun 2017 4:28:07 PM Saints coach: Physician advises Fairley to give up football

METAIRIE - Saints coach Sean Payton says defensive tackle Nick Fairley is seeing multiple heart specialists after one physician advised Fairley to stop playing football.

Payton says he hopes Fairley can return to the Saints, but not unless the 29-year-old defensive lineman has "full confidence" that continuing to play won't worsen a heart condition he's had throughout his six-year NFL career.

Fairley, a former Auburn star and 2011 first-round draft choice by Detroit, was one of New Orleans' top defensive performers last season. He was credited with 6 1/2 sacks, nine tackles for losses and 22 quarterback hits in 2016.

This offseason, Fairley signed a four-year extension worth up to $28 million, but has not participated in any of the club's voluntary offseason work.

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Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113 http://www.wbrz.com/news/durant-warriors-rally-to-beat-cavs-118-113/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/durant-warriors-rally-to-beat-cavs-118-113/ Sports Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:49:47 PM Associated Press Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113

CLEVELAND - Kevin Durant made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 in the NBA Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night.

Durant scored 31 points and Klay Thompson had 30 for the Warriors, who improved to 15-0 in the postseason and are on the brink of the first undefeated finish in the NBA. Stephen Curry had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

LeBron James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers, and Kyrie Irving added 38 points. Blown out in the first two games, the Cavaliers were much better in Game 3, but just not good enough to beat a team that could go down as one of the best ever.

Game 4 is Cleveland Friday night.

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Saints to hold open practices during minicamp http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-to-hold-open-practices-during-minicamp/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-to-hold-open-practices-during-minicamp/ Sports Wed, 7 Jun 2017 4:44:14 PM Alicia Serrano Saints to hold open practices during minicamp

NEW ORLEANS – Saints fans will get a chance to see the team during open practices at minicamp later this month.

The practices will run from June 13 – 15 at the team's practice facility in Metairie. There is no charge to view the practices.

Below is the practice schedule:

Tuesday, June 13:
11:00 am – 1:20 pm Practice – (Open to the Public)

Wednesday, June 14:
11:00 am – 1:20 pm Practice – (Open to the Public)

Thursday, June 15: 
11:00 am – 1:20 pm Practice – (Open to the Public)

In the event of inclement weather, the team may move practice indoors with little or no advance warning. Fans attending the open practice will not be allowed inside the facility due to space limitations if inclement weather forces the team indoors.

Gates will be open to the public 45 minutes before each practices begins.

More information can be found by clicking here.

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Who is Louisiana's favorite NBA finals player? http://www.wbrz.com/news/who-is-louisiana-s-favorite-nba-finals-player-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/who-is-louisiana-s-favorite-nba-finals-player-/ Sports Wed, 7 Jun 2017 4:07:19 PM WBRZ Staff Who is Louisiana's favorite NBA finals player?

The Warriors and Cavaliers may battling it out in the NBA Finals, but Stephen Curry and Lebron James aren't the most popular players this year.

Analysts over at CableTV have released a map which shows the most popular NBA Finals player in each state. According to the site, it used Google trends data from the past 12 months to determine which NBA player is garnering the most search interest from state to state.

Research found that LeBron James and Kevin Durant only garnered the most search interest in one state, while Draymond Green was most popular across the US coming in with a total of nineteen states.

You can find more info on this map by clicking HERE.

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Donte Jackson: The fastest man in college football http://www.wbrz.com/news/donte-jackson-the-fastest-man-in-college-football/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/donte-jackson-the-fastest-man-in-college-football/ Sports Wed, 7 Jun 2017 2:36:07 PM Brandon Saho Donte Jackson: The fastest man in college football

Baton Rouge, LA - "Nobody's trying to race me at football they don't want that."

Donte Jackson knows he's the fastest member of DBU, taking his speed most of us see in Tiger Stadium and using it on the track as he leads off the fastest 4x100 meter relay in the country.

"There's alot of guys that are fast at football but not a lot of guys can change it into track speed. I feel like that's a gift that only a couple people in the world have and I'm blessed to say that I'm one of those guys that have that gift."

That gift helping Donte become known as the fastest player in college football, where on the track he runs a 10.65 100-meter dash,
that translates to a sub 4.3 40 yard dash. So how does this track speed help him when takes the field in Tiger Stadium?

"Track deals with a lot of explosiveness, a lot of hard work and just a lot of conditioning, and I think that carries over to football a lot because you have to be conditioned, you have to be explosive, you have to be fast playign the position that I play. You have to be competitive with track because 9 times out of 10 you're going to be out there by yourself in the blocks, you don't have 10 other guys out there like football so it just hels ith your competive nature. And I think that just helps me be the ultimate competitor when I'm on the island by myself."

Donte is in a league of his own, being the only LSU football player to also run track, hopefully running towards a national championship in both sports.

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