WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:03:09 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Will Tiger Woods play the Masters? http://www.wbrz.com/news/will-tiger-woods-play-the-masters-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/will-tiger-woods-play-the-masters-/ Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 1:05:08 PM AP Will Tiger Woods play the Masters?

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday that a plane matching the tail number of his Gulfstream G5 was parked at the terminal for private aircraft at Augusta Regional Airport. A spokesman for Woods didn't immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

Woods has not played since he withdrew at Torrey Pines in the first round on Feb. 5. He said a week later that his scores were not acceptable and that he wouldn't return until his game was tournament ready.

Woods has fallen out of the top 100 in the world for the first time since 1996. The Masters starts April 9.

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#3 LSU baseball prepares for Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-lsu-baseball-prepares-for-wally-pontiff-jr-classic/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-lsu-baseball-prepares-for-wally-pontiff-jr-classic/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 9:06:44 PM Chris Price #3 LSU baseball prepares for Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic

BATON ROUGE, La. - Third-ranked LSU (23-5) begins a four-game road swing at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday when the Tigers meet the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (15-10) at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La., in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation Classic.

The game will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, and live audio and stats may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.

The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

LSU is ranked No. 3 in the Baseball America poll, No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll and No. 5 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week. The Tigers have appeared in the Top 5 of at least one poll in all seven weeks of this season.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said senior left-hander Kyle Bouman (0-1) will start on the mound for the Tigers, while ULL coach Tony Robichaux will counter with sophomore left-hander Connor Toups (1-1).

"We have a great deal of respect for Coach Robichaux and the UL-Lafayette program, and we really enjoy competing against them," Mainieri said. "They have another excellent team, and we're looking forward to a great game in front of a big crowd. We always embrace the opportunity to play in the New Orleans area, especially in a game that benefits a wonderful charitable organization like the Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation."

LSU enters its game versus UL-Lafayette batting .330 as a team with 24 homers and 44 steals in 60 attempts.

The Tigers hit .341 (59-for-173) in their four games last week with 10 doubles, three triples, and five homers, while scoring 34 runs. Junior first baseman Chris Chinea hit .444 (8-for-18) last week with three doubles, one homer, four RBI and five runs. Chinea's home run - his first of the season - was an inside-the-park dinger in Saturday's win over Kentucky in Alex Box Stadium.

Chinea's homer was the second inside-the-park dinger of the week for the Tigers, as rightfielder Mark Laird also hit one last Tuesday at Tulane.

Junior centerfielder Andrew Stevenson batted .421 (8-for-19) in four games last week with two doubles and four runs scored, and sophomore leftfielder Jake Fraley batted .353 (6-for-17) last week with one double, seven RBI and three runs scored.

Senior second baseman Jared Foster was 6-for-18 at the plate last week with two doubles, two homers, six RBI and four runs. Foster leads LSU with seven homers on the season, and he is third on the club in RBI with 24.

UL-Lafayette is batting .281 as a team with 15 homers and 34 steals in 54 attempts. The Cajuns are led at the plate by junior shortstop Blake Trahan, who is hitting .385 with 10 doubles, one homer and 14 RBI. Junior catcher Nick Thurman is hitting .341 with eight doubles, two triples, one homer and 15 RBI, while junior second baseman Stefan Trosclair is batting .319 with seven doubles, one homer and 11 RBI.

LSU leads the all-time series with UL-Lafayette, 49-24, as the squads first met in 1912. LSU has won 10 of the 15 meetings with ULL since 2000, though the Cajuns posted a 4-1 win over the Tigers last season in Baton Rouge.

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Final Four drought continues for Tennessee women's hoops after falling in Elite 8 http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-four-drought-continues-for-tennessee-women-s-hoops-after-falling-in-elite-8/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-four-drought-continues-for-tennessee-women-s-hoops-after-falling-in-elite-8/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 9:01:07 PM AP Final Four drought continues for Tennessee women's hoops after falling in Elite 8

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Lexie Brown scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, Brionna Jones added 14 points and nine rebounds and top-seeded Maryland advanced to its second straight Final Four with a 58-48 win over Tennessee on Monday in the Spokane Regional final.

Brown hit three 3-pointers in the second half as the Terrapins (34-2) overcame their lowest-scoring first half of the season to knock out Tennessee from the NCAAs for the second straight year.

It's the fifth Final Four appearance for the Terrapins and third under coach Brenda Frese.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 12 points for the Terrapins, who held Tennessee to one field goal over the final 5 minutes. Maryland has won 28 straight games.

Ariel Massengale led Tennessee (30-6) with 16 points, but the Lady Vols missed their chance at reaching the Final Four for the first time since 2008.

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Pelicans' Anderson expects to be back soon http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-anderson-expects-to-be-back-soon/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-anderson-expects-to-be-back-soon/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 8:55:53 PM AP Pelicans' Anderson expects to be back soon

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson says it's his "full intention" to play during New Orleans' upcoming three-game road trip.

Anderson has been out of the lineup for more than a month with a sprained right knee.

New Orleans begins a West Coast swing Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers, followed by games at Sacramento and Portland.

Anderson, who averages 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, has missed 18 games since injuring his knee in Miami on Feb. 21.

Anderson has been wearing a knee brace while practicing on a limited basis. He says he'll do his first full-court work Tuesday.

The Pelicans have nine regular season games left and sit 2 ½ games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Connecticut governor: move '16 Final Four unless law changes http://www.wbrz.com/news/connecticut-governor-move-16-final-four-unless-law-changes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/connecticut-governor-move-16-final-four-unless-law-changes/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 4:01:02 PM Connecticut governor: move '16 Final Four unless law changes

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's governor and UConn's athletic director are calling on the NCAA to consider moving next year's Women's Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana's new religious-objections law.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. The governor on Monday signed an executive order banning state spending on travel to Indiana and says the NCAA would be wise to move the tournament.

Warde Manuel, UConn's athletic director, says he hopes the state of Indiana or the NCAA rectifies the situation before UConn and others have to choose whether to boycott next year's Final Four.

The Huskies have won the past two NCAA Tournaments and were playing Monday night for a berth in the program's eighth consecutive Final Four.

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NCAA hoops All-Americans littered with Final Four participants http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-hoops-all-americans-littered-with-final-four-participants/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-hoops-all-americans-littered-with-final-four-participants/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:09:31 PM AP NCAA hoops All-Americans littered with Final Four participants

AP - Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky is a unanimous selection for the 2014-15 AP All-America team while Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor received all but one first-team vote.

Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell rounded out the team that was announced Monday.

The 7-foot Kaminsky led the Badgers to their second straight Final Four berth, averaging 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent.

Okafor powered the Blue Devils to the Final Four. He averaged 17.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.9 percent, second in the nation.

Grant led the Fighting Irish with a 16.8 scoring average. Cauley-Stein, the 7-footer in the middle of the Wildcats' run at an unbeaten season, averaged 9.3 points. He is the first first-team selection to average less than 10 points a game.

Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

The voting was done by the same 65-member media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

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Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise http://www.wbrz.com/news/falcons-fined-lose-draft-pick-for-pumping-in-fake-noise/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/falcons-fined-lose-draft-pick-for-pumping-in-fake-noise/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:22:22 AM APNewsNow Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's competition committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

In statement released Monday, the league announced that the Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited.

The NFL noted the Falcons violated league rules throughout the 2013 season and into the 2014 season. The league also said the team's former director of event marketing was directly responsible for the violation and would have been suspended without pay for the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season had he still been with the club.

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Final Four set with Duke, Michigan State joining Kentucky, Wisconsin next weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-four-set-with-duke-michigan-state-joining-kentucky-wisconsin-next-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-four-set-with-duke-michigan-state-joining-kentucky-wisconsin-next-weekend/ Sports Sun, 29 Mar 2015 4:31:34 PM Chris Price Final Four set with Duke, Michigan State joining Kentucky, Wisconsin next weekend

HOUSTON - Duke University capped off a weekend of mostly chalk, as the Blue Devils beat Gonzaga 66-52 to earn the last spot in college basketball's Final Four.

The Blue Devils are one of three #1 seeds in the Final Four, joining Midwest #1 Kentucky, West #1 Wisconsin and East #7 Michigan State, who beat Louisville 76-70 in Syracuse, NY to earn Tom Izzo his 7th trip to the Final Four with the Spartans. 

The Final Four begins Saturday night in Indianapolis with Duke against Michigan State, followed by Kentucky against Wisconsin. 

The championship game will be played on Monday, April 6.

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#1 LSU softball salvages win in Lexington, takes game 3 from UK 2-0 http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-lsu-softball-salvages-win-in-lexington-takes-game-3-from-uk-2-0/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-lsu-softball-salvages-win-in-lexington-takes-game-3-from-uk-2-0/ Sports Sun, 29 Mar 2015 4:23:37 PM #1 LSU softball salvages win in Lexington, takes game 3 from UK 2-0

LEXINGTON, KY - After two frustrating days of competition, the LSU softball team looked to Sunday to regroup as a squad and got a nearly flawless effort from starting pitcher Baylee Corbello and a career-day from Emily Griggs as the Tigers pulled out a 2-0 win in the series finale Sunday against the Kentucky Wildcats.

After being unable to capitalize on opportunities on Friday and Saturday, the Tigers (32-3, 6-3 Southeastern) were the beneficiaries of four Kentucky (23-9, 3-6) errors on the day, while plating the only two runs of the game it needed in the fourth as they outhit the Wildcats 7-3, while not being done in by their own two errors.

After seeing just an inning of work on Saturday, Corbello (8-0) took to the circle and baffled the UK batting order as she earned the complete-game shutout by scattering their three hits while striking out eight and walking just two. The sophomore did not give up an extra base hit, as the frustration at the plate LSU saw in games one and two finally fell on the home side as six grounded out and six flew out on the afternoon.

The freshman Griggs led LSU at the plate going 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI to pace the Tigers offensively, as the bottom half of the order seemed to have the strength at the plate as Dylan Supak went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Sandra Simmons went 2-for-2 with a run scored. A Kellsi Kloss single and a Bailey Landry double were the only other two hits for the team on the afternoon.

Earning her second start of the weekend, and pitching for the third time, Kelsey Nunley (10-5) suffered the loss after giving up both runs, one earned, in 6.1 innings of work, striking out nine. Christian Stokes and Sylver Samuel had two of the three hits for the Wildcats at the top of the order to help pace the UK offense.

With zeroes still all across the board, LSU took to the top of the third inning and opened with a Griggs infield single. She was forced out on a fielder's choice by A.J. Andrews, with the centerfielder now at first. After a long at-bat, Landry ripped a slicing double to left to get two in scoring position, but a grounder to the circle and a strikeout ended the inning.

After two outs in the bottom half of that same inning after getting the first two outs, Kentucky got its first hit of the game with a shot up the middle as a fielding error at first put two on for the Wildcats. With two on and the fans coming a bit to life, Bianka Bell stopped a ball from going through the infield and made the throw on a rope to first to end the inning.

In the very next inning, Kloss ripped a shot up the middle to reach first. On the very next play, Simmons legged out a bunt single and forced Kentucky into its third miscue of the day to push the runners to second and third.

Supak stepped up to the plate and with a 2-2 count hit a single to right center, scoring Kloss to make it 1-0 LSU with runners now at the corners for the Tigers. After a strikeout for the first out, Griggs singled through the left side to drive in Simmons to make it 2-0 for the final run for the team in the inning and the only two runs of the game.

LSU returns home to host the next four, beginning with a non-conference matchup against the ULM Warhawks Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.


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Southern baseball completes series sweep over Grambling State with 4-3 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-completes-series-sweep-over-grambling-state-with-4-3-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-completes-series-sweep-over-grambling-state-with-4-3-win/ Sports Sun, 29 Mar 2015 4:15:01 PM Chris Price Southern baseball completes series sweep over Grambling State with 4-3 win

BATON ROUGE - Tyler Robinson continues to have a breakout freshman season for the Southern baseball team, as the Jaguars pitcher went 8 2/3 innings to help lift Southern to a 4-3 win over Grambling State on Sunday afternoon. 

The Jaguars got home runs from Jose DeLa Toree and Tyler Kirksey as they finished off their first series win of the season in style. 

Robinson (1-1) gave up 4 walks and scattered 10 hits, but stayed in control most of the game: he also had a good performance in a no-decision effort against LSU on March 17.

Southern (6-15,5-6 SWAC) will try and build on their 3 game winning streak as they visit  McNeese State on Tuesday.

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Kentucky takes game 3 from #1 LSU baseball 12-10, hands Tigers first series loss http://www.wbrz.com/news/kentucky-takes-game-3-from-1-lsu-baseball-12-10-hands-tigers-first-series-loss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kentucky-takes-game-3-from-1-lsu-baseball-12-10-hands-tigers-first-series-loss/ Sports Sun, 29 Mar 2015 2:03:31 PM Chris Price Kentucky takes game 3 from #1 LSU baseball 12-10, hands Tigers first series loss

BATON ROUGE - In a series filled with bizzare plays, it was one more that went against the LSU baseball team that caused the Tigers to lose their first series of the 2015 season. 

With the Tigers leading 10-9 in the bottom of the 9th, the Wildcats got an inside the park home run from Riley Mahan to tie the game, and Kentucky scored two runs in the 11th to beat LSU 12-10. 

Parker Bugg (0-1) takes the loss for LSU (23-5, 5-4), who now turn their attention to Louisiana-Lafayette and the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic on Tuesday in New Orleans

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ULL finishes spring football season with as White beats Red in spring game http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-finishes-spring-football-season-with-as-white-beats-red-in-spring-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-finishes-spring-football-season-with-as-white-beats-red-in-spring-game/ Sports Sat, 28 Mar 2015 8:43:53 PM AP ULL finishes spring football season with as White beats Red in spring game

LAFAYETTE - Effrem Reed and Walter Williams each rushed for a touchdown while Dylan Scheurich and Aaron Bird each booted fields late to lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (White) offense to a 20-17 win over the (Red) defense in the annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Cajun Field.

Torrey Pierce and Montrel Carter each rushed for 39 yards with C.J. Bates catching a game-high four passes as the White team scored on its opening possession before the Red team scored 17 straight points off a pair of first-quarter turnovers.

Brooks Haack, who went 6-for-13 for 52 yards, led the White team down the field on a six-play, 73-yard drive to start off the scrimmage. Pierce rushed for 32 yards to the Red 41 on the game's first play, and after a 15-yard penalty by the defense moved the ball to the 26, Haack completed passes of 6 yards to Pierce and 9 yards to Bates before Reed scored on a 7-yard run up the middle.

The Red team got on the board on the fourth possession of the game on a White turnover when T.J. Posey forced a fumble by Williams and Darzil Washington scooped up the loose ball and returned it 60 yards for an 12-7 lead.

Dominick Jones increased the Red team's lead to 17-7 on the following series when he picked off Jalen Nixon at the Red 48 and returned it 26 yards.

Williams, who led the White team with 65 yards on six carries, cut the White team deficit to 17-14 in the second quarter when he capped a three-play drive with a 66-yard touchdown run.

The White team tied the game at 17-17 at the end of the half as it used a 10-play drive that resulted in a 47-yard field goal by Scheurich. A pair of penalties by the defense and a 10-yard run by Carter on fourth-and-1 kept the drive alive as Haack connected with Lance Pace (7 yards), Reed (3 yards) and Bates (15 yards) on the final drive of the half.

Patrick Morton and Dion Ray directed the White team in the fourth quarter with Morton scampering for runs of 12 and 14 yards before finding Matthew Barnes for a 9-yard pass to the Red 19. After the defense held the offense in check, Bird split the uprights from 41 yards to give the White team the win.

Darius Hoggins rushed for 29 yards on four carries for the White team with Morton adding 26 yards on a pair of attempts. Nixon went 2-for-5 for 27 yards for the offense with redshirt freshman Jordan Davis completing three of five passes for 22 yards.

Travis Crawford led the Red team with five tackles with Washington, Posey, T.J. Worthy, Otha Peters getting three stops each.

Louisiana, which finished the 2014 season with a 9-4 record and a fourth straight win in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, will open the season on Sept. 5 at SEC opponent Kentucky before opening its six-game home schedule on Sept. 12 against Northwestern State in the 15th annual Herbert Heymann Classic.


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Southern sweeps baseball doubleheader over Grambling State http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-sweeps-baseball-doubleheader-over-grambling-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-sweeps-baseball-doubleheader-over-grambling-state/ Sports Sat, 28 Mar 2015 4:58:58 PM Chris Price Southern sweeps baseball doubleheader over Grambling State

BATON ROUGE - Celebrating the history of the Negro Leagues with throwback jerseys, the Southern University baseball team also celebrated a big day at the plate, sweeping Grambling State in a pair of Saturday games. 

The Jaguars began the day with a 10-1 victory over the Tigers, pouring on 7 runs in the 6th inning to break open what was a close game to that point. 

The Jags kept their foot on the gas pedal in game 2, scoring a 9-6 victory in game 2 to clinch Southern's first series win of the season. 

The Jaguars will look for a sweep over the Tigers on Sunday as the two teams meet for game three at 1pm.  

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Banks: 'None of us' know why board removed Southern AD http://www.wbrz.com/news/banks-none-of-us-know-why-board-removed-southern-ad/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/banks-none-of-us-know-why-board-removed-southern-ad/ Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:30:45 PM Russell Jones Banks: 'None of us' know why board removed Southern AD

BATON ROUGE - Southern University's newly-named interim athletic director said Friday none of the coaching staff knew why the school's board removed Dr. William Broussard from his position this week.

Interim AD Roman Banks spoke with the media after the Board of Supervisors voted earlier Friday to move the head men's basketball coach into the spot, and transfer AD Broussard into a position at the system president's office.

"I've been in front of the NCAA committee three times, one of the few coaches who have been with Dr. Broussard in those meetings," said Banks, who worked as assistant AD at SU Shreveport back in the mid 90's.

Southern University announced Broussard's transfer Thursday, but gave no reason for the move. A spokesperson for the university said they expect he will return to the AD's position in August.

The university hired Broussard while they were embroiled in NCAA investigations into the school's inability to provide accurate Academic Progress Rates for their athletics program. The NCAA issued a posteason ban last year until the school got their recordkeeping straight.

Broussard's three-year contract keeps him at Southern University until summer 2017.

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Durant to have another surgery, will miss rest of season http://www.wbrz.com/news/durant-to-have-another-surgery-will-miss-rest-of-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/durant-to-have-another-surgery-will-miss-rest-of-season/ Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:53:49 PM Cliff Brunt Durant to have another surgery, will miss rest of season

OKLAHOMA CITY- Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday.

Durant had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot in October. He had been healing well, but in late February, he had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing up against another bone and causing discomfort.

At the time, the Thunder expected him to be able to return in one to two weeks. Last week, the Thunder said he likely would be shut down for the season as they tried to figure out why his pain wasn't subsiding.

The team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the next four to six months.

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Southern fans sound off about AD decision http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-fans-sound-off-about-ad-decision/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-fans-sound-off-about-ad-decision/ Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 9:20:04 PM Seth Lewis Southern fans sound off about AD decision

BATON ROUGE - The Jaguar Journal had the phone lines ringing off the hook for their show Thursday.

Fans sounding off about Southern's decision to reassign Athletic Director William Broussard within the university. The emotions ranging from confusion to disgust, but none more passionate than the host of the show, Reggie Flood. 

"Why is it that when we do make the decision to change athletic director," Flood says. "That we skip over the senior associate AD, and appoint coaches."

The Southern Board of Directors will vote on this decision tomorrow, at their meeting at 9 AM.

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Outdoors Report: Frog Spring Season http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-frog-spring-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-frog-spring-season/ Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 9:04:50 PM Michael Cauble Outdoors Report: Frog Spring Season

John Jackson spends his nights in some really odd places, but he seems to like it.

In this Outdoors Report John reminds you if you'd like to spend an evening in the swamp, you better get to it as frogging season is nearing a break.


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Cajun Classic wheelchair tennis tournament this weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajun-classic-wheelchair-tennis-tournament-this-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajun-classic-wheelchair-tennis-tournament-this-weekend/ Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 3:38:11 PM Chris Price Cajun Classic wheelchair tennis tournament this weekend

BATON ROUGE - Southeast Louisiana plays host to some of the best wheelchair tennis players in the world this weekend, as the 26th Annual Cajun Classic plays out at the Paula Manship YMCA.

The field includes former world number ones, Grand Slam champions and Paralympians.

"The players that are here are the best players in the world," says Dan James, the USTA wheelchair tennis national manager. "We're talking about players who can serve over 100 miles per hour, who move so well around the court, you forget they're in a wheelchair."

The event runs through Sunday and is free of charge to the public.

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Ex-NFL star Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-nfl-star-sharper-to-appear-twice-in-new-orleans-court/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-nfl-star-sharper-to-appear-twice-in-new-orleans-court/ Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 3:14:25 PM Ex-NFL star Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court

NEW ORLEANS - An April 7 court date has been set in a Louisiana state court for Darren Sharper, the former NFL star who has entered pleas in four states where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

So far, Sharper has pleaded guilty to charges in Las Vegas and Arizona, and no-contest in Los Angeles.

The April 7 appearance in New Orleans criminal district court will follow an April 6 date in federal court, also in New Orleans.

Sharper, who has been jailed for more than a year, is expected to serve another nine years in prison as a result of the multi-jurisdiction plea deal.

Sharper retired in 2011 after a 14-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl victory with the New Orleans Saints.

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Southern University athletic director reassigned http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-athletic-director-reassigned/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-athletic-director-reassigned/ Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:22:59 PM Brock Sues Southern University athletic director reassigned

BATON ROUGE -  Dr. William Broussard, Southern University's athletic director, announced Thursday that he has been temporarily reassigned from his current position to the Southern System Presidents office.

According to university spokesperson Edward Pratt, current men's basketball head coach Roman Banks will take over as acting athletic director. Banks will continue to serve in his coaching role while holding the interim positon, starting next month.

SUBR's sports committee is set to discuss the matter further at tomorrow's board meeting.

Broussard received a raise and a three-year contract extension in April 2014 that would have had him remain in the position until the summer of 2017.

The university would not openly provide a reason for the change, calling the move a personnel matter that is only a temporary situation. They also said they anticipate Dr. Broussard to return to his former position at beginning of August later this year.

News 2's Seth Lewis is gathering more details at the university. Expect more information coming up on our evening broadcasts, starting at 4 p.m.

Image: Southern University Athletics

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