WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:03:55 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Davis has huge game in return, Pelicans beat Pistons 88-85 http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-has-huge-game-in-return-pelicans-beat-pistons-88-85/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-has-huge-game-in-return-pelicans-beat-pistons-88-85/ Sports Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:59:40 PM Hunter Robinson Davis has huge game in return, Pelicans beat Pistons 88-85

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 39 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in his first game back from a right shoulder sprain, and the New Orleans Pelicans won for the sixth time in seven games, 88-85 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Davis hit two mid-range jumpers in the last 1:14, the second with 18 seconds left, to hold off Detroit in a frenetic game that was close throughout the second half.

In only his third season, Davis has a Pelicans career record 437 blocks. His seventh of the game gave him the record, surpassing David West's 435.

Tyreke Evans had 21 points and nine assists for New Orleans, including a driving layup in traffic with 44 seconds left. Alexis Ajinca added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Jodie Meeks scored 20 points and Reggie Jackson had 14 for Detroit, which has lost four straight.


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LSU hoops falters at home against Tennessee 78-63 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-falters-at-home-against-tennessee-78-63/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-falters-at-home-against-tennessee-78-63/ Sports Wed, 4 Mar 2015 8:12:30 PM Chris Price LSU hoops falters at home against Tennessee 78-63

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Josh Richardson and Armani Moore combined for 39 points as Tennessee ended a five-game losing streak with a 78-63 victory over LSU on Wednesday night.

Richardson scored 20 points while Moore matched his career high with 19 points. The 78 points are a season high for the Volunteers, who failed to hit 60 points in four of their past five defeats. Tennessee shot 69 percent (18 of 26) from the field in the second half when it outscored the Tigers 45-30.

LSU (21-9 SEC, 10-7) briefly took a 36-35 lead on a 3-pointer by Keith Hornsby slightly more than one minute into the second half. But Tennessee (15-14, 7-10) then outscored the Tigers 27-8 over a 10-minute span. The Vols made 11 of their 16 field-goal attempts during their run.

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Saints cutting veteran running back Pierre Thomas http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-cutting-veteran-running-back-pierre-thomas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-cutting-veteran-running-back-pierre-thomas/ Sports Wed, 4 Mar 2015 5:04:13 PM APNewsNow Saints cutting veteran running back Pierre Thomas

NEW ORLEANS - The agent for veteran running back Pierre Thomas says the New Orleans Saints have notified Thomas he's being released after eight seasons with the club.

Thomas joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2007 and was a key figure on offense in his third season, turning screen passes into pivotal touchdowns in both the NFC Championship game victory over Minnesota and in the Super Bowl against Indianapolis.

While Thomas never rushed for more than 793 yards in a season, his proficiency in the short passing game helped him approach or surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage in several seasons, including 2013.

Thomas has posted messages on social media saying he has "many wonderful memories" in New Orleans and that he's "not done yet."

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Pelicans cut former LSU center Hamilton http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-cut-former-lsu-center-hamilton/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-cut-former-lsu-center-hamilton/ Sports Tue, 3 Mar 2015 9:05:08 PM Associated Press Pelicans cut former LSU center Hamilton

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Pelicans say they have waived 7-foot center Justin Hamilton, who never appeared any of the six games he spent with New Orleans since being acquired in a three-team trade.

Hamilton, a former LSU standout, joined the Pelicans on Feb. 19, along with guard Norris Cole and forward Shawne Williams, who was also waived, as part of a three-team trade involving Miami and Phoenix.

Hamilton appeared in 24 games this season with Miami, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

A 2012 second-round draft choice by Philadelphia, Hamilton has appeared in 32 career NBA games with Miami and Charlotte, averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Hamilton has also played overseas in Croatia and Latvia, and last season was an NBA Development League All-Star.

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LSU baseball starts busy week with 8-1 win over Stephen F Austin http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-starts-busy-week-with-8-1-win-over-stephen-f-austin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-starts-busy-week-with-8-1-win-over-stephen-f-austin/ Sports Tue, 3 Mar 2015 9:02:08 PM AP LSU baseball starts busy week with 8-1 win over Stephen F Austin

BATON ROUGE - Second-ranked LSU extended its win streak to eight games Tuesday night, defeating Stephen F. Austin, 8-1, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The Tigers improved to 11-1 this season, while SFA dropped to 4-9.

LSU will face Grambling at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online through SEC Network+, WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. Live audio will be streamed in the Geaux Zone and the game may be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM.

"We pitched very well tonight; all five guys that got into the game were effective," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We didn't hit great, but we did have a lot of hard-hit balls for outs, and we did have some timely hits. We played another errorless game on defense, so overall I thought it was a solid win for us."

Senior left-hander Kyle Bouman got his first start of the season for the Tigers, and he worked four innings, allowing one run on four hits with a career-high six strikeouts.

Sophomore right-hander Hunter Newman (1-0) relieved Bouman in the fifth with LSU holding a 2-1 lead, runners at first and third and nobody out. Newman pitched out of the jam and was (1-0) credited his first win of the season.

"The key to the game was Hunter Newman's performance," Mainieri said. "He has developed a vital role as a guy we can count on to pitch us out of tough situations. He has a good fastball that he complements with a couple of secondary pitches, and he has really elevated himself in our eyes."

Bouman, Newman, Parker Bugg, Zac Person and Hunter Devall combined to limit the Lumberjacks to one run on five hits.

Lumberjacks starting pitcher Eric Polivka (0-1) was charged with the loss after working three innings and giving up three hits and two runs.

LSU got things going in the first after rightfielder Mark Laird stole third, allowing DH Chris Chinea to drive him in on the next play with a single to short, giving LSU a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, first baseman Danny Zardon launched a solo shot to deep left for his second home run of the year, putting the Tigers ahead, 2-0.

Stephen F. Austin got on the board in the top of the fifth after Hunter Wilson's RBI-triple down the left-field line. With two runners on, Newman relieved Bouman and worked out of the predicament.

In the fifth, third baseman Conner Hale, who is riding a 12-game hit streak, lined an RBI double to score shortstop Alex Bregman, extending LSU's lead to 3-1.

Laird singled to load the bases in the sixth, and Bregman was hit by a pitch on the next play, scoring catcher Michael Papierski for the Tigers' fourth run of the game.

Papierski recorded an RBI groundout in the seventh to bring in centerfielder Andrew Stevenson from third. Zardon later scored on a wild pitch from reliever Austin Smith to give LSU a five-run lead. Laird then hit a two-out RBI single to drive in leftfielder Jared Foster, increasing the lead to 7-1.

In the bottom of the eighth, Stevenson added to LSU's lead with a double to left to score Grayson Byrd for the Tigers' eighth run of the game.


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Corbello throws no hitter as LSU beats Northwestern State 11-0, moves to 22-0 http://www.wbrz.com/news/corbello-throws-no-hitter-as-lsu-beats-northwestern-state-11-0-moves-to-22-0/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/corbello-throws-no-hitter-as-lsu-beats-northwestern-state-11-0-moves-to-22-0/ Sports Tue, 3 Mar 2015 8:45:32 PM AP Corbello throws no hitter as LSU beats Northwestern State 11-0, moves to 22-0

BATON ROUGE, La. - After coming close last year and a couple times this season, LSU sophomore pitcher Baylee Corbello earned her first collegiate no-hitter as the Tigers defeated the Northwestern State Lady Demons 11-0 in five innings Tuesday at Tiger Park.

With a one-hitter and three-hit contest among her now 6-0 start to the season, Corbello threw the 35th no hitter in team history striking out eight with no walks and no balls leaving the infield on 62 pitches, joining teammate Kelsee Selman who threw one last year against Jackson State. This is the first five-inning no-hitter since Meghan Patterson earned one on Feb. 18, 2011.

"It feels great to finally hard work paying off. But all the pitchers having been working hard on trying to finish batters quicker, and not use all three balls that you have in the count," Corbello said. "I think everyone is doing a great job in the bullpen, so I feel like you'll see a lot of no-hitters from the other pitchers as well."

The Lake Charles, Louisiana, native had some help in the form of a big 10-run inning in the opening round of at-bats for the Tigers (22-0), finishing the game with nine hits, earning seven in the first inning alone. LSU didn't strike out at all in the contest, drawing six walks against three Northwestern State (9-12) pitchers, going 16-for-20 in advancement opportunities on the night.

"Hitting is very contagious. When someone starts hitting, it gives the next hitter confidence they can do it as well," head coach Beth Torina said. "We have shown we have a really potent offense. I think they are tough out one through nine. I think that is a big part of it that our lineup is very deep. I think once they get the ball rolling, they are tough to stop."

Seven different Tigers earned a hit on the night, led by Bailey Landry who extended her hitting streak to 14 games after going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Sahvanna Jaquish was the only other player with multiple RBIs with two coming off of a double, while Bianka Bell was the third going 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

"There are a lot of us that are versatile and that can do different things at the plate," Landry said. "So we definitely make sure that, depending on the situation, we use what we have."

Shelby Sells (1-3) took the loss after allowing nine runs on six hits with two walks, as Skylar Cagle gave up the other two on a hit with three walks. The two combined for just an inning pitched, as Mikayla Brown pitched three innings allowing two hits with a walk.

The reigning national player of the week in A.J. Andrews got the hitting started for LSU in the top of the first, getting a single through the right side to take first, stealing second to get into scoring position. A bunt single by Landry not only got Andrews to third, but the throw allowed her to score as well making it 1-0 Tigers.

Bell ripped a double to dead center to put Landry at third and her at second base, with a walk to Jaquish loading the bases for LSU. A fielder's choice by Kellsi Kloss drove in Landry to make it 2-0, with Jaquish getting forced out at second to put runners at the corners. Sandra Simmons singled to right driving in Bell to spot LSU a three-run lead and putting two back on for the squad, as a walk to Constance Quinn scored another to make it 4-0.

After a fielder's choice grounder to force out a runner at home, Andrews came back to the plate and got plunked to drive in another run to make it 5-0 LSU. With two outs and the bases still juiced, Landry ripped a bases-clearing double to left center to put LSU up 8-0. After a pitching change, Bell drew a walk to take first, as Landry stole third to put runners back at the corners. On the very next play, Jaquish laced a double that rattled off the top of the fence for the double to score both, but was put out at third for the final out of the inning to give LSU a 10-0 lead.

Walks to Kloss and Simmons put two o for LSU in the bottom of the second, as Northwestern State went to its third pitcher of the night. After an infield popup and a fielder's choice grounder, Emily Griggs singled through the left side scoring Simmons as LSU took a commanding 11-0 lead over the Lady Demons.

Corbello had the perfect game going until the top of the fourth, when a pitch that started in the dirt well before reaching the plate hit the foot of the Lady Demon batter in the box for the hit by pitch to put the first NSU player on base for the rest of the night after retiring 10 straight batters.

"She did a great job, and made really good pitches," Torina said. ". She was sharp from inning number one. I thought her change-up was really good tonight. She had a really good day. We are proud of her."

LSU will be back in action this weekend, hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Park to open SEC play at 6 p.m. Friday.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.


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Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring http://www.wbrz.com/news/play-ball-quickly-baseball-tries-to-speed-game-this-spring/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/play-ball-quickly-baseball-tries-to-speed-game-this-spring/ Sports Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:10:44 AM Tom Withers Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

GOODYEAR, AZ - Tick, tock, baseball is on the clock.

Major League Baseball's new pace of play rules have begun with Tuesday's exhibition games in Arizona and Florida.

The subtle changes are designed to speed a game long embraced for its leisurely pace. Hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box between pitches, and pitchers must complete warmup tosses between innings in a specific time.

Digital clocks, though some officials prefer to call them timers, have been installed in ballparks throughout the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues to keep the action moving.

By reducing the time of games, MLB hopes to make the sport more TV friendly and entice a younger audience while not compromising baseball's integrity.

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A.J. Andrews Named SEC Player of the Week http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-j-andrews-named-sec-player-of-the-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-j-andrews-named-sec-player-of-the-week/ Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 9:40:43 PM Seth Lewis A.J. Andrews Named SEC Player of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU senior outfielder A.J. Andrews was named the Southeastern Conference Softball Player of the Week the league announced today, giving the Tigers a weekly award winner for the third straight week.


This is the first conference player of the week award for Andrews in her LSU career, as she is now the third player this season to earn at least one of the conference's picks and second consecutively to take home the top honor. Two weeks ago, Allie Walljasper was named the freshman of the week, while last week Sahvanna Jaquish earned the player of the week award from the SEC and College Sports Madness both on the league and national level.


Andrews claims the award after having arguably her best stretch as a collegian hitting a team-high .909 by going 10-for-11 at the plate with 13 RBIs, seven walks and seven stolen bases in wins over Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin in the 2015 Purple & Gold Challenge. The Oldsmar, Florida, native had three triples and a double among her double-digit hits, slugging 1.545 with a .895 on-base percentage.


She did not strike out once in her 11 total at-bats, earning at least two walks in two games, with two games of two stolen bases and at least one in the last three. She tied her career high in hits twice with three against FAU and SFA, while in the final three games of the weekend she matched and then exceeded her career high in RBI's with three, four and six against the Ladyjacks, becoming just the second person this season on the team to drive in that many in a contest.


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Pelicans fall to Mavs 102-93, snapping 5-game losing streak http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-fall-to-mavs-102-93-snapping-5-game-losing-streak/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-fall-to-mavs-102-93-snapping-5-game-losing-streak/ Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 9:09:40 PM Associated Press Pelicans fall to Mavs 102-93, snapping 5-game losing streak

DALLAS (AP) - Richard Jefferson tied his season high with 16 points, seven during a 16-0 Dallas run early in the third quarter, and the Mavericks raced past the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 on Monday night.

The 34-year-old Jefferson made his fifth consecutive start in place of small forward Chandler Parsons, sidelined with a sprained left ankle, and hit five of six field goal attempts.

The Mavericks were led by Monta Ellis with 20 points. Rajon Rondo added 19 points, 15 in the first half.

The Pelicans, who entered on a five-game winning streak that equaled their longest in the last four years, were paced by Norris Cole with 19 points off the bench. Eric Gordon added 18 and Tyreke Evans 17.

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Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet only once before fight week http://www.wbrz.com/news/mayweather-and-pacquiao-to-meet-only-once-before-fight-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mayweather-and-pacquiao-to-meet-only-once-before-fight-week/ Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 3:32:12 PM APNewsNow Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet only once before fight week

The fight is so big, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't be spending much time promoting it.

The two boxers will get together March 11 in Los Angeles for the only press conference before the week of the fight, organizers said Monday. They won't meet again until the final press conference at the MGM Grand in the days before the May 2 mega fight.

Both fighters have begun training for the bout, with Pacquiao arriving in Los Angeles over the weekend from the Philippines. He will train at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, while Mayweather trains in his own gym in Las Vegas.

Fans hoping to get a glimpse of the fighters at the Los Angeles press conference figure to be out of luck. The event is open only to credentialed media.

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Cubs to ask to work around the clock on Wrigley Field http://www.wbrz.com/news/cubs-to-ask-to-work-around-the-clock-on-wrigley-field/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cubs-to-ask-to-work-around-the-clock-on-wrigley-field/ Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:50:23 PM Don Babwin Cubs to ask to work around the clock on Wrigley Field

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs officials plan to ask the city for permission to work around the clock to speed up Wrigley Field renovations.

Their comments came Monday during a media tour of the $375 million stadium construction project that began late last year.

The iconic ballpark will open for the season on April 5 without bleachers, which were torn down as part of the project. Officials say that's a loss of about 5,000 seats.

The left-field bleachers should be open in May, followed by the right-field bleachers in June.

The team says a new left-field video board should be installed and working by opening day.

But the Cubs say steelwork has been delayed by February's extreme cold. That's why they want the approval to work day and night.

Image: David Sameshima

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Vikings have had 'open dialogue' with Peterson http://www.wbrz.com/news/vikings-have-had-open-dialogue-with-peterson/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/vikings-have-had-open-dialogue-with-peterson/ Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:13:14 AM Dave Campbell Vikings have had 'open dialogue' with Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings have been taking advantage of their opportunity to communicate with Adrian Peterson.

General manager Rick Spielman said Monday the organization has had "open dialogue" with the star running back since the NFL tabled his suspension and returned him to the special exempt list where he spent much of the 2014 season while the child abuse case he was involved in played out in court.

The league made that move Thursday after U.S. District Judge David Doty overruled the arbitrator who denied Peterson's appeal. Under his suspension, the Vikings weren't allowed to have direct contact. Now they're able to - for the time being. That's critical with the NFL's transactions period starting March 10.

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Pelicans hold off Nuggets 99-92 for 5th straight win http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-hold-off-nuggets-99-92-for-5th-straight-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-hold-off-nuggets-99-92-for-5th-straight-win/ Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:01:18 AM Hunter Robinson Pelicans hold off Nuggets 99-92 for 5th straight win

DENVER, CO - Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, Dante Cunningham drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the struggling Denver Nuggets 99-92 on Sunday night.

Eric Gordon added 18 points and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without All-Star forward Anthony Davis for a fourth straight game after he re-injured his right shoulder on Feb. 21. The Pelicans are 4-0 in Davis' absence to remain in the playoff conversation.

Denver dropped its 10th straight at the Pepsi Center, its longest home skid since losing 11 in a row during the 1997-98 season.

Danilo Gallinari had 21 points for Denver, including a half-court shot to end the third quarter that revved up the crowd. The Nuggets fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break.

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LSU softball remains perfect, finishes sweep of Purple and Gold challenge http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-remains-perfect-finishes-sweep-of-purple-and-gold-challenge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-remains-perfect-finishes-sweep-of-purple-and-gold-challenge/ Sports Sun, 1 Mar 2015 5:05:51 PM Chris Price LSU softball remains perfect, finishes sweep of Purple and Gold challenge

BATON ROUGE - The LSU softball team continued its best start in program history, improving to 21-0 with a 14-0 win over Stephen F Austin on Sunday in the final game of the Purple and Gold challenge. 

AJ Andrews went 3-3 with 6 RBI and finished with a .909 batting average in the Tigers 5 games this weekend. 

"It's one of the best weekends I've ever seen," said Tigers head coach Beth Torina about Andrews performance. 

LSU is back on the field Tuesday against Northwestern State, with first pitch at 6pm. 

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Reed in hunt for Honda Classic title http://www.wbrz.com/news/reed-in-hunt-for-honda-classic-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/reed-in-hunt-for-honda-classic-title/ Sports Sun, 1 Mar 2015 4:21:09 PM AP Reed in hunt for Honda Classic title

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Ian Poulter lost a three-shot lead in two holes Sunday. He still had a share of the lead with Paul Casey going into a sprint-to-the-finish at the Honda Classic.

Poulter played bogey-free in the rain-delayed third round for a 4-under 66 to take a three-shot lead over Padraig Harrington and Patrick Reed. It was the first 54-hole lead for Poulter on the PGA Tour.

But he hit a shank into the water and made double bogey on the par-3 fifth hole, and then hooked his tee shot into the water for a bogey.

Patrick Reed had the lead with a long birdie off the green at No. 5, only to give it back with a bogey on the par-3 seventh. Casey, meanwhile, went out in 31 and was tied with Poulter at 7-under par.

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LSU women's hoops secures #4 SEC tourney seed with win over Texas A&M http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-s-hoops-secures-4-sec-tourney-seed-with-win-over-texas-aandm/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-s-hoops-secures-4-sec-tourney-seed-with-win-over-texas-aandm/ Sports Sun, 1 Mar 2015 4:12:14 PM AP LSU women's hoops secures #4 SEC tourney seed with win over Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - DaShawn Harden had career highs of five 3-pointers and 28 points and Danielle Ballard added 20 points to lead LSU to an 80-63 win over No. 12 Texas A&M on Sunday.

Harden, a senior who came off the bench the previous eight games, hit all five of her shots from long range and had 22 points to help their Tigers (16-12, 11-6 SEC) to a 47-35 lead at the half. Harden, who started on Senior Day, hit her third 3 and had 16 points as LSU took a 24-10 lead at 11:24 on the way to its highest scoring half of the season.

Courtney Williams had 19 for the Aggies (22-8, 10-6), who played without point guard Jordan Jones, who suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee Thursday against Missouri. Without her 6.6 assists a game, 11th in the nation, A&M had just 10 assists and 24 turnovers.

The two teams tied for fourth in the final league standings, but the Tigers have a win over Mississippi State, and thus clinch the 4 seed in the SEC tournament.

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Quarterman's triple-double leads LSU to 73-63 win over Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarterman-s-triple-double-leads-lsu-to-73-63-win-over-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarterman-s-triple-double-leads-lsu-to-73-63-win-over-ole-miss/ Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 9:15:18 PM AP Quarterman's triple-double leads LSU to 73-63 win over Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Tim Quarterman had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and LSU pulled into a fourth-place tie in the Southeastern Conference with a 73-63 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.

Quarterman's triple-double was the first by an LSU player since Shaquille O'Neal did it against BYU in the 1992 NCAA tournament.

Jarell Martin added 18 points and Keith Hornsby 16 for the Tigers (21-8, 10-6 SEC), who won their third straight overall while sweeping the two-game season series with Ole Miss.

Jordan Mickey added 11 points - all in the second half - and blocked four shots.

Stefan Moody scored 15 and Sebastian Saiz 11 for Ole Miss (19-10, 10-6), which came in with a school-record four straight road victories in SEC play.

LSU pulled even with both Ole Miss and Georgia in the league standings. The top four seeds get a double-bye in the SEC tournament.

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Local Boys Basketball Begins Playoff Run to Top 28 http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-boys-basketball-begins-playoff-run-to-top-28/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-boys-basketball-begins-playoff-run-to-top-28/ Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 9:10:18 PM Associated Press Local Boys Basketball Begins Playoff Run to Top 28

Boys Basketball Bi-District Round Playoff scores from 2/27

Class 5A
Alexandria 53, Southwood 44

Brother Martin 60, Comeaux 40

C.E. Byrd 73, Barbe 47

Carencro 56, St. Augustine 53

Denham Springs 75, East St. John 72

Helen Cox 67, Destrehan 49

Higgins 44, Bonnabel 26

Lafayette 59, Captain Shreve 46

Mandeville 61, Jesuit 46

Natchitoches Central 58, Archbishop Rummel 36

Ouachita Parish 79, Zachary 68

Parkway 62, Central Lafourche 55

Ruston 42, Baton Rouge Catholic 41

Saint Paul's 71, McKinley 65

Scotlandville 87, Hahnville 28

West Jefferson 71, Broadmoor 58

Class 4A
Ellender 62, Northside 59

Fair Park 66, Opelousas 53

Franklin Parish 74, Teurlings Catholic 71, OT

Karr 70, LaGrange 69

Landry/Walker 90, Loyola College Prep 45

Leesville 76, Cecilia 71

McDonogh ?35 50, Tara 39

Neville 70, Lutcher 62

Peabody 75, Vandebilt Catholic 38

Plaquemine 57, Morgan City 37

Salmen 84, Bastrop 41

St. Martinville 75, Huntington 64

St. Michael 72, Bolton 56

St. Thomas More 49, Easton 34

Tioga 64, Beau Chene 49

Washington-Marion 63, East Jefferson 47

Class 3A
Albany 67, Vidalia 60

B.T. Washington 71, Abbeville 61

Bossier 67, Pine Prairie 42

Carroll 70, Miller-McCoy 49

De La Salle 79, South Beauregard 48

Donaldsonville 57, Marksville 56

E.D. White 46, Glen Oaks 44

Evangel Christian Academy 71, Brusly 59

John Curtis Christian 76, North Webster 60

Madison 67, Ville Platte 47

Patterson 100, Jennings 61

Port Allen 89, Parkview Baptist 81

Rayville 97, Loranger 65

St. Louis 81, Richwood 57

University (lab) 69, Lusher Charter 42

Westlake 72, North Vermilion 50

Class 2A
Archbishop Hannan 64, Vinton 51

Baton Rouge Episcopal 77, Haynes Academy 43

Doyle 59, Mount Hermon 52

Dunham 60, Sterlington 35

Lakeview 71, Holy Savior Menard 41

Many 57, Calvary Baptist Academy 44

Newman 55, Jeanerette 52

North Caddo 76, Pine 39

Northeast 62, Ferriday 57

Pickering 87, St. Thomas Aquinas 77

Rapides 84, General Trass (Lake Providence) 75

Riverside Academy 123, Springfield 51

Rosepine 71, David Thibodaux 62

Runnels 70, East Feliciana 66

St. James 67, New Iberia Catholic 61

Welsh 68, Winnfield 48

Class 1A
Arcadia 77, Oberlin 42

Ascension Catholic 54, West St. John 53

Ascension Episcopal 72, Elton 62

Central Catholic 58, Christian Life Academy 50

Country Day 70, Covenant Christian Academy 45

Delhi 69, Mangham 31

Grambling 48, East Beauregard 34

Hamilton Christian Academy 96, Montgomery 68

Lafayette Christian Academy 97, St. Frederick Catholic 38

Lena Northwood 77, North Vermilion 62

Madison Prep 107, St. Mary's 45

Plain Dealing 69, Hanson Memorial 40

Southern Lab 74, Varnado 46

St. Martin's 42, Block 28

Tensas 62, East Iberville 61

White Castle 73, North Central 47

Class B
Anacoco 83, Converse 27

Bell City 74, Hicks 21

Dodson 63, Avoyelles Charter 52

Fairview 124, Evans 38

Florien 89, M.L. King Charter 51

Glenmora 59, Monterey 38

Grace Christian 50, Centerville 47

Hathaway 77, Saline 65

Hornbeck 70, Choudrant 58

Lacassine 50, Pitkin 43

Midland 74, Doyline 44

Simpson 60, Castor 44

Simsboro 74, Maurepas 40

Stanley 81, Negreet 58

Weston 58, Quitman 30

Zwolle 51, Cade Episcopal 47

Class C
Calvin 62, Family Community 57

Family Chrisitan Academy 73, Ebarb 59

Jehovah-Jireh 102, Epps 63

Johnson Bayou 78, First Baptist Academy 34

Northside Christian 51, Plainview 40

Pleasant Hill 94, Kilbourne 48

Reeves 66, Hackberry 40

Sicily Island 90, St. Joseph's Academy 18

Singer 80, Downsville 45

Starks 60, Claiborne Christian 49

Summerfield 88, Lutheran 37

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LSU baseball holds off Princeton in chilly series opener 3-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-holds-off-princeton-in-chilly-series-opener-3-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-holds-off-princeton-in-chilly-series-opener-3-2/ Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 9:02:38 PM Chris Price LSU baseball holds off Princeton in chilly series opener 3-2

BATON ROUGE - Jared Poche' struck out five batters over 6.2 innings and Jesse Stallings closed the door as LSU got good pitching and just enough offense to beat Princeton in game one of their series 3-2.

 Jake Fraley broke open the scoring for LSU in the bottom of the 3rd, as a single scored Jared Foster from 3rd base to give LSU a 1-0 lead. 

Later in the inning, Fraley stole second base, and then as he attempted to steal third the throw got away allowing Fraley to score and LSU took a 2-0 lead after 3 innings. 

LSU improves to 8-1 with the win and will finish it's series against Princeton Saturday, as the threat of severe weather has pushed game 3 up to 45 minutes after the conclusion of game 2, which begins at 4pm. 

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LSU gymnastics beats Alabama, sweeps through SEC for 1st time in program history http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-beats-alabama-sweeps-through-sec-for-1st-time-in-program-history/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-beats-alabama-sweeps-through-sec-for-1st-time-in-program-history/ Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 8:52:49 PM Chris Price LSU gymnastics beats Alabama, sweeps through SEC for 1st time in program history

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - All night long the No. 2 LSU gymnastics team battled in a tight contest against No. 5 Alabama, and the Tigers put together a fantastic road performance to defeat the Crimson Tide, 197.350-197.225, Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.

With the win LSU moved to 10-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 Southeastern Conference record for the first time in program history.

Alabama was seeking its 50th straight home win, but the Tigers halted the streak behind solid routines throughout the meet. Before tonight the last time Alabama lost at home was Feb. 13, 2009 when LSU won 196.625-195.750. The Crimson Tide dropped to 6-2 overall and 4-2 versus the SEC.

LSU finished with a 49.375 on vault, 49.300 on bars, 49.200 on beam and 49.475 on floor to end with a 197.350.

"You have to learn how to win meets like this, and this team knows how," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "They have been tested week after week, and each time they fight hard and find a way to win. This team dealt with adversity all week and throughout the meet, and I am proud of these Fighting Tigers for their effort and tenacity."

Jessie Jordan captured the all-around title with a season-high tying 39.575, highlighted by a career-best 9.925 on floor and a clutch 9.90 in the anchor spot on beam. Jordan won the beam and floor titles.

Freshman Myia Hambrick earned her second vault title of the season with a career-high tying 9.925.

For the first time in her four seasons as a Tiger, Rheagan Courville was not in the all-around as she only competed on vault and bars. Courville had been struggling all week with flu-like symptoms and was limited in practice.

The Tigers rallied around her and each other to come away with another victory away from home, pushing the team's record to 6-1 on the road this season.

LSU opened on bars with a 49.300 that ranks as the Tigers' second-best bars total on the road this season. Ashleigh Gnat, Rheagan Courville and Jordan tied for the team lead with 9.875s, while Randii Wyrick added a 9.85 and Shae Zamardi tallied a 9.825 to round out the scoring.

After posting a 49.375 on vault LSU took the lead over Alabama, 98.675-98.600. Hambrick led the Tigers and won the event title with a career-high tying 9.925. Jessica Savona tied her career high with a 9.875, and Jordan also recorded a 9.875. Lloimincia Hall and Ashleigh Gnat wrapped up the scoring with matching 9.85s.

LSU increased the lead after three rotations to 0.325 at 148.150-147.825 when the Tigers posted a 49.475 on floor, the highest floor total on the road this season. Savona got things started with a season-high tying 9.90 in the leadoff spot, and the Tigers fed off the momentum. Ewing tallied a 9.85, and one gymnast later Jordan tied her career high with a 9.925 to win the title. Gnat and Hall put the finishing touches on a great rotation with 9.90s in the final spots on floor.

Alabama tried to rally in the fourth rotation with a 49.400 on floor, but LSU held fast with a 49.200 on beam to clinch the victory.

Breaux refers to Jordan as the "Ice Lady" because Jordan has "ice water in her veins" at the end of LSU's beam lineup. Jordan lived up to that moniker tonight with a clutch 9.90 in the final beam routine of the meet to seal the Tigers win in front of 11,749 fans.

Hall and Gant provided solid 9.85 beam routines, and Scarlett Williams stepped in for an ailing Courville to tally a season-best 9.825 in the fifth spot of the lineup. Ewing led off with a 9.775 to round out the Tigers' scoring on beam.

LSU returns to the Maravich Center for the final time in the 2015 season when the Tigers host No. 14 Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. CT on March 6.

Tickets to the meet are available for purchase by logging on to www.LSUtix.net, by calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.

The meet will be Senior Night as the team will honor Courville, Hall, Jordan, Britney Ranzy and Williams.



1. #2 LSU 197.350 (VT - 49.375, UB - 49.300, BB - 49.200, FX - 49.475)

2. #5 Alabama 197.225 (VT - 49.375, UB - 49.225, BB - 49.225, FX - 49.400)


Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)


All-Around - 1. Jessie Jordan 39.575, 2. Ashleigh Gnat 39.475

Vault - 1. Myia Hambrick 9.925, t4. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t4. Jessica Savona 9.875, t7. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85, t7. Lloimincia Hall 9.85, 11. Rheagan Courville 9.825

Bars - 1. Amanda Jetter (Alabama) 9.90, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, t2. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t2. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t5. Randii Wyrick 9.85, t7. Shae Zamardi 9.825, 11. Jessica Savona 9.70

Beam - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85, t2. Lloimincia Hall 9.85, t8. Scarlett Williams 9.825, 11. Sydney Ewing 9.775, 12. Erin Macadaeg 9.75

Floor - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.925, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t2. Lloimincia Hall 9.90, t2. Jessica Savona 9.90, t8. Sydney Ewing 9.85, 11. Randii Wyrick 9.775



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