WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:07:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Patrick Peterson cashes in with new deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/patrick-peterson-cashes-in-with-new-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/patrick-peterson-cashes-in-with-new-deal/ Sports Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:55:15 PM Bob Baum Patrick Peterson cashes in with new deal

PHOENIX, AZ - Former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson says he has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, with $48 million guaranteed.

Peterson revealed the terms via twitter Tuesday night. The Cardinals announced the deal a short time later, but did not disclose the terms.

Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons in the NFL, first as a kick returner then the last two seasons at cornerback, after Arizona made him the No. 5 pick overall out of LSU in 2011.

He had two years left on his original contract after Arizona had picked up its fifth-year option earlier this year.

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Claiborne ready to prove his worth to Cowboys http://www.wbrz.com/news/claiborne-ready-to-prove-his-worth-to-cowboys/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/claiborne-ready-to-prove-his-worth-to-cowboys/ Sports Tue, 29 Jul 2014 9:29:57 PM SCHUYLER DIXON Claiborne ready to prove his worth to Cowboys

OXNARD, Calif. - Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams' nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys.

The third-year cornerback pulled and grabbed the receiver aggressively enough to prompt a heated, facemask-to-facemask exchange that ended with a shove.

Claiborne had already told reporters he was ready to prove he was worthy of Dallas' dramatic move up the draft board to get him with the sixth overall pick in 2012. He didn't waste any time showing some urgency.

Claiborne says he's "not accepting anything less than great" from himself after just one interception in each of his two years.

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Beckham, Coughlin discuss injured rookie's status http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-coughlin-discuss-injured-rookie-s-status/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-coughlin-discuss-injured-rookie-s-status/ Sports Tue, 29 Jul 2014 9:26:16 PM ED BARMAKIAN Beckham, Coughlin discuss injured rookie's status

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Giants coach Tom Coughlin got together before practice on Tuesday and shared their levels of frustration.

The first-round draft choice out of LSU has been sidelined since the first day of training camp when he aggravated a hamstring injury.

"We just had a discussion, player/coach," Coughlin said. "I see his frustration and he sees our frustration.

"Don't make anything more than it is. It's a coach wanting a player on the field and a player wanting the player on the field. When you're cleared to play you'll be ready to go and you'll earn the respect of your teammates by virtue of what you do on the field and how well you study and work right now."

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NCAA settles head injury lawsuit http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-settles-head-injury-lawsuit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-settles-head-injury-lawsuit/ Sports Tue, 29 Jul 2014 6:09:50 AM Michael Tarm NCAA settles head injury lawsuit

CHICAGO, IL - The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit.

A federal court filing obtained by The Associated Press says the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain injuries. Players can use the results later as grounds for suing for damages.

The NCAA also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who receive blows to the head.

The settlement applies to multiple sports, including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse. It covers both men and women.

The filing Tuesday in Chicago notifies a judge that the parties have struck a deal after nearly a year of talks. Ten similar suits filed nationwide were consolidated into this lawsuit.

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Plans proceeding for McNeese basketball arena http://www.wbrz.com/news/plans-proceeding-for-mcneese-basketball-arena/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/plans-proceeding-for-mcneese-basketball-arena/ Sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 7:47:50 PM APNewsNow Plans proceeding for McNeese basketball arena

LAKE CHARLES - McNeese State University Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill says McNeese's plans for building an on-campus basketball arena are "moving forward quickly."

Hemphill tells The American Press (http://bit.ly/1mUplDE ) that the school has secured financing for the project and signed contracts with a local architect.

A start date has not been set but Hemphill said he hoped to be in the new facility, which will house the Health and Human Performance Department, in four years.

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Magee's moment at LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/magee-s-moment-at-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/magee-s-moment-at-lsu/ Sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 7:35:23 PM Chris Price Magee's moment at LSU

BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Terrence Magee has watched teammates at his position bask in the spotlight, have breakout seasons and move on to the pros and now that it's Magee's turn it seems the spotlight has already passed to a true freshman - not that Magee seems to mind.

In fact, Magee - the second leading rusher behind Jeremy HIll in 2013 - said he's excited about sharing a backfield with five star recruit Leonard Fournette.

Magee spoke at SEC media days, and sounded confident both in his own abilities and those of his teammates to once again carry the mail in 2014.  

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Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-oks-record-setting-2b-sale-of-clippers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-oks-record-setting-2b-sale-of-clippers/ Sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 2:55:49 PM Brian Melley Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

LOS ANGELES - A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling's estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

Shelly Sterling sought the court's approval for the deal she negotiated after taking control of a family trust and removing her husband as a trustee after two doctors found he had Alzheimer's disease and couldn't manage his affairs.

Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical exams.

Sterling has vowed to fight the NBA until his death and is expected to continue to wage court battles to stop the sale.

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Final arguments today in Sterling trial http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-arguments-today-in-sterling-trial/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-arguments-today-in-sterling-trial/ Sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:28:42 AM Linda Deutsch Final arguments today in Sterling trial

LOS ANGELES - Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale.

The attorneys also say she tricked Donald Sterling into taking mental exams that found he had signs of the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

That finding was sufficient for him to be removed as a trustee of the Sterling Family Trust and allow Shelly Sterling to move forward with the sale of the team.

Later in the process, however, Donald Sterling tried to stop the sale by dissolving the trust.

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Willfong wins Baton Rouge amateur golf title http://www.wbrz.com/news/willfong-wins-baton-rouge-amateur-golf-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/willfong-wins-baton-rouge-amateur-golf-title/ Sports Sun, 27 Jul 2014 9:14:19 PM Chris Price Willfong wins Baton Rouge amateur golf title

BATON ROUGE - Facing sweltering heat, stiff competition, and his 4th round of golf in 2 days, Scott Willfong staved off all of the adverse elements to win the Baton Rouge amateur golf championship Sunday afternoon at Santa Maria golf course. 

Willfong fired an even-par 72 to beat 7-time amateur champ Scott Haynie by one stroke. 

19-year old Peyton McCulloch, who plays at Nicholls, finished in third with a 74 (+2). 

The results go towards determining the state amateur champion at the end of the year. 

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Sports 2-A-Days: Baker http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-baker/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-baker/ Sports Sun, 27 Jul 2014 9:08:28 PM Chris Price Sports 2-A-Days: Baker

BAKER - Sandwhiched between Scotlandville and Zachary, the Baker Buffalos are trying one again to establish an identity as a force to be reckoned with, starting with district 3-7A. 

The Buffalos went 1-9 in 2012, the first year under head coach Richard Oliver, but improved to 3-7 last year and with 13 returning starters, Oliver hopes his team can continue to make strides. 

The Buffalos have 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense and they'll be strengthened by a lot of leadership at the defensive line and quarterback position. 

Numbers overall are still down and depth will be an issue, but if his players stay healthy, Baker fans could see more improvement in 2014. 

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Tigers shine at Cape Cod League All-Star game http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-shine-at-cape-cod-league-all-star-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-shine-at-cape-cod-league-all-star-game/ Sports Sun, 27 Jul 2014 8:58:10 PM Chris Price Tigers shine at Cape Cod League All-Star game

BOURNE, MA - Chris Chinea hit a home run for the West team in the Cape Cod League All-Star game Sunday night, and he wasn't the only LSU Tiger with a great game. 

The West won 5-0 on the strength of Chinea, Connor Hale (who produced 2 hits and a run) and Mark Laird (1 h, RBI). 

All told, five Tigers made the all star game, including Kramer Roberts and Andrew Stevenson: this summer, all five players are hitting .295 or better, with Laird leading the way at .333 for the Bourne Braves.

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Mettenberger discusses sucker punch http://www.wbrz.com/news/mettenberger-discusses-sucker-punch/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mettenberger-discusses-sucker-punch/ Sports Sat, 26 Jul 2014 8:59:09 PM AP Mettenberger discusses sucker punch

NASHVILLE, TN - Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger knows only too well the intensity of the Alabama-LSU rivalry.

Mettenberger was sucker-punched last weekend by an Alabama fan while at a bar with fellow rookie Taylor Lewan. A man came up to him and said, "Roll Tide."

The former LSU quarterback, says he answered "Good luck with that" before being slugged. The man ran out of the bar before being chased down. A police report also was not filed.

The rookie spoke about the incident for the first time Saturday after Tennessee's opening training camp session. He says it's never fun getting punched in the face, but he took the high road to avoid distractions for the Titans.

There is one drawback.

Mettenberger keeps hearing "Roll Tide" from teammates.

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Sports 2-A-Days: Independence http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-independence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-independence/ Sports Sat, 26 Jul 2014 8:55:31 PM Chris Price Sports 2-A-Days: Independence

INDEPENDENCE - The Independence Tigers are hoping to turn the page on a rough season in 2013 and take strides in the right direction this fall. 

The Tigers were 1-9 last season, but this year they have 14 returning starters, including four on the offensive line and the entire defensive line. 

Head coach Keith Carona says the Tigers have a chance to be a very physical team this year in district 8-3A, as long as they can stay healthy. 

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Archie Manning discusses role as CFP selection committee member http://www.wbrz.com/news/archie-manning-discusses-role-as-cfp-selection-committee-member/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/archie-manning-discusses-role-as-cfp-selection-committee-member/ Sports Sat, 26 Jul 2014 8:46:18 PM Chris Price Archie Manning discusses role as CFP selection committee member

BATON ROUGE - Archie Manning laughed at the Manning Passing Academy when asked about his new role as one of the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee: he said the college football players around him probably had no idea.

"I don't think they know I'm on the committee," Manning said as he chuckled, "and I don't think they really care." 

College football fans everywhere will care when Manning and 12 others on the pannel will decide the four teams who reach the first bowl subdivision semifinals. 

Speaking of the playoffs, Manning has high hopes for his former NFL team, telling Sports 2's Brian Holland he likes what the Saints have this year. 

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Falcons WR White agrees to 4-year extension http://www.wbrz.com/news/falcons-wr-white-agrees-to-4-year-extension/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/falcons-wr-white-agrees-to-4-year-extension/ Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 6:59:16 AM Hunter Robinson Falcons WR White agrees to 4-year extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - On the eve of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver Roddy White.

The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday. Terms haven't been released.

White holds the team records for career receptions (685) and yards receiving (9,436). But he battled ankle and hamstring injuries last season, missing three games and ending his streak of 133 in a row.

White did end the year on a hot streak, with 43 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns over the final five games. With the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez and questions about the health of receiver Julio Jones, the 32-year-old White is still a vital part of the Atlanta offense.

The Falcons open training camp Friday attempting to bounce back from a 4-12 season.

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LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes http://www.wbrz.com/news/lebron-apologizes-to-neighbors-sends-cupcakes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lebron-apologizes-to-neighbors-sends-cupcakes/ Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:10:04 AM Hunter Robinson LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes

BATH, OH - LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans and journalists arrived en masse to the NBA star's Akron area home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued, and police were called to direct traffic.

To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.

Several neighbors tweeted photos of the cupcakes and the note saying that "we are sorry for the chaos," adding that the James family is "so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you."

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Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify today http://www.wbrz.com/news/clippers-ceo-and-shelly-sterling-to-testify-today/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/clippers-ceo-and-shelly-sterling-to-testify-today/ Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 2:46:02 AM Hunter Robinson Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify today

LOS ANGELES - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers is set to testify today at the Los Angeles trial to determine whether the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can go through.

CEO Richard Parsons will be called as a witness to support Shelly Sterling's bid to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Parsons took over leadership of the Clippers in May during the media blitz surrounding the banishment of Donald Sterling from the NBA for making racist comments.

Also on today's witness list is Shelly Sterling, who says her estranged husband has the onset of Alzheimer's disease and is not competent to handle his business affairs.

Yesterday, the chief financial officer of Sterling's properties said that if the sale does not go through, the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in real estate loans.

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Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing http://www.wbrz.com/news/aaron-hernandez-due-in-court-for-status-hearing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/aaron-hernandez-due-in-court-for-status-hearing/ Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:02:15 AM Hunter Robinson Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing

FALL RIVER, MA - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is due back in court for a status hearing in his Massachusetts murder case.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

Lloyd, of Boston, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Two friends of Hernandez's from Bristol, Connecticut, also have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the case.

The hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning in Superior Court in Fall River.

On Monday, Hernandez's lawyers filed a motion protesting that live broadcasts of two previous hearings in the court showed private conversations between Hernandez and his lawyers. The attorneys said the broadcast of the conversations violates state court rules for electronic recording of court proceedings.

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NFL's top-selling jersey belongs to Manziel http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-s-top-selling-jersey-belongs-to-manziel/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-s-top-selling-jersey-belongs-to-manziel/ Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 2:37:14 PM Tom Withers NFL's top-selling jersey belongs to Manziel

CLEVELAND - Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey.

The league said Monday the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.

Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kapernick and Denver's Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player.

The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys - priced at $99.95 a pop - sold during the period.

The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He'll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup.

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Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes http://www.wbrz.com/news/clippers-future-on-line-as-probate-trial-resumes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/clippers-future-on-line-as-probate-trial-resumes/ Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 1:53:08 AM Linda Deutsch Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes

LOS ANGELES, CA - The probate trial on the future of the Los Angeles Clippers will resume today.

The trial is dealing with whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.

Sterling agreed to the sale but then tried to revoke consent in spite of a signed letter instructing his wife Shelly Sterling to sell for the highest price she could get.

The court action to resolve the matter has been under way since last month but was in recess for a week.

With three days of hearings ahead, Donald Sterling's lawyers suggested they would call the battling couple back to the witness stand separately to address unanswered questions.

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