WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2018, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 23 Mar 2018 HH:03:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU softball beats BYU 2-1 with walk-off win in 11 innings http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-beats-byu-2-1-with-walk-off-win-in-11-innings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-beats-byu-2-1-with-walk-off-win-in-11-innings/ Sports Thu, 22 Mar 2018 9:59:45 PM WBRZ Sports LSU softball beats BYU 2-1 with walk-off win in 11 innings

Baton Rouge, LA - Three hours and change after first pitch at 6:00 p.m. the Tigers took home a thrilling win over BYU on Thursday night.

Emily Griggs brought home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to make it 2-1 with a single through the infield to bring home Claire Weinberger to give LSU their 6th walk-off win on the year.

LSU takes on BYU in Game 2 of the LSU Round Robin on Friday at 4 p.m.

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New Orleans to host 2019 SEC Gymnastics Championships http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-to-host-2019-sec-gymnastics-championships/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-to-host-2019-sec-gymnastics-championships/ Sports Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:43:35 AM WBRZ Staff New Orleans to host 2019 SEC Gymnastics Championships

ST. LOUIS- The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that the 2019 SEC Gymnastics Championships will be hosted at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on March 23, according to a LSU release.

“We’ve wanted to bring the SEC Championships back to Louisiana for many years,” LSU Gymnastics Head Coach D-D Breaux said. “New Orleans is a fabulous place for a big event like this, and the city has hosted numerous gymnastics meets that have been successful and well attended. The state of Louisiana and everyone in New Orleans have been supportive of bringing this meet back home.”

LSU played host to the inaugural SEC Championships in 1981 in Baton Rouge. According to the release, this will mark the first time the meet will take place in the state since moving to neutral sites in 2001.

Previous host sites include: Birmingham, Ala. (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2011 and 2014); Duluth, Ga. (2004, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015); North Little Rock, Ark. (2007, 2013 and 2016); Nashville, Tenn. (2009), Jacksonville, Fla. (2010 and 2017); and St. Louis, Mo. (2018).

LSU won the first SEC Gymnastics Championship in 1981 and once again in 2007. The Tigers will compete for their second-straight title at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in St. Louis.

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Watson and Tigers end losing skid to Tulane http://www.wbrz.com/news/watson-and-tigers-end-losing-skid-to-tulane/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watson-and-tigers-end-losing-skid-to-tulane/ Sports Wed, 21 Mar 2018 9:50:24 PM Michael Cauble Watson and Tigers end losing skid to Tulane

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger baseball team rallied from a slow start and ended a four game losing streak by beating Tulane 10-4 on Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU centerfielder Zach Watson led the Tigers at the plate as he reached base five times, belting out two doubles in a 3 for 3 night, drawing a walk and also reaching after being hit by a pitch.  Watson scored three times and drove in 3 runs.

LSU fell behind 4-0 to Tulane but continued to apply the pressure at the plate and the Tigers were able to make a 4-3 ballgame by the fourth inning.

The Tiger bats erupted with a five run fifth inning to take control of the game, LSU ended the evening with 13 hits.

The LSU bullpen threw four shutout innings to close out the game as Devin Fontenot, Matt Beck, Nick Bush and Todd Peterson each threw a shutout inning never allowing a hit while striking out a combined 7 batters.

LSU is back in SEC play this weekend as they start a three game series in Nashville against Vanderbilt on Friday evening.

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Southern baseball falls to Southern Miss 12-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-falls-to-southern-miss-12-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-falls-to-southern-miss-12-1/ Sports Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:13:23 PM Southern baseball falls to Southern Miss 12-1

Hattiesburg, MS - Southern University held Southern Miss scoreless for five innings before allowing 12 runs in the final three innings in a 12-1 road loss at Pete Taylor Park Tuesday night.

With a full complement of the bullpen at their disposal, Southern's pitching staff kept the Golden Eagles off-balance until the sixth inning when reliever Brandon Sykes walked Mason Irby and LeeMarcus Boyd with two outs to give USM a 2-0 lead.

Outfielder Javeyan Williams' single in the seventh inning scored Tyler LaPorte and helped the Jaguars pull within one run. Southern Miss responded scoring 10 unanswered runs, including six in the bottom half of the seventh inning, to seal the win in the first meeting between the two programs since the 2003 Hattiesburg Regional.

Williams and LaPorte each registered two hits while left fielder Michael Wright added a doubled. Sykes, who was one of seven pitchers Southern used, picked up the loss. Despite the 11-run margin, Southern

Southern will open a 10-day tour in Texas, Friday, when the Jaguars face Prairie View A&M for a three-game Southwestern Athletic Conference series. The Jaguars will proceed to San Antonio to meet Incarnate Word on March 27 before playing Dallas Baptist and Xavier (OH) on March 29 and 30 in Dallas.

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LSU-Alexandria Generals fall in NAIA national championship http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-alexandria-generals-fall-in-naia-national-championship/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-alexandria-generals-fall-in-naia-national-championship/ Sports Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:31 PM LSU-Alexandria Generals fall in NAIA national championship
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Justin Harley hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to give Graceland (Iowa) its first NAIA national championship with an 83-80 victory over LSU Alexandria on Tuesday night.
After a timeout with 13.4 seconds left in overtime, LT Davis stumbled at the top of the 3-point arc, drawing the attention of two LSUA defenders, and found Harley open on the wing for just his second 3-pointer of the game.
Graceland (29-10) won its 11th straight game, competing in its first NAIA Tournament.
Kansas City native Will Nelson led Graceland with 30 points and 12 rebounds and Davis added 22 points and six assists. The duo combined for nine of the Yellowjackets' 13 3-pointers.
Nelson scored 12 points in the first half, including five in Graceland's closing 10-0 run for a 36-28 lead.
LSUA took a 67-66 lead on William Claiborne's shot in the paint for its first advantage since 3:14 remaining in the first half and extended it to 70-66 on Jordin Williams' eighth 3-pointer of the game.
Davis had a 3-pointer blocked, but grabbed it and drove the lane to find Nelson for a game-tying layup with 3.5 seconds left in regulation. Brandon Moss hit the back of the rim on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Williams made 8 of 17 from 3-point range and scored 31 points for LSUA (28-8), which entered on an 11-game winning streak. LSUA forced 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points.
It was the second-overtime game in the past three title games - with the highest attendance, 6,377, since the tournament returned to Municipal Auditorium in 2002.

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Revenge Game: LSU baseball looks to end 2-year losing streak to Tulane http://www.wbrz.com/news/revenge-game-lsu-baseball-looks-to-end-2-year-losing-streak-to-tulane/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/revenge-game-lsu-baseball-looks-to-end-2-year-losing-streak-to-tulane/ Sports Tue, 20 Mar 2018 7:04:09 PM WBRZ Sports Revenge Game: LSU baseball looks to end 2-year losing streak to Tulane

BATON ROUGE - Call it the in-state revenge tour.

The Tigers haven't beat Tulane since 2016. But even with a big weekend series at Vanderbilt this weekend, the Tigers know it's time to end that four-game skid against the Green Wave.

"I'd like to say I'd trade losing a couple games to Tulane for making it to the final of the World Series like we did last year but I really don't like losing to Tulane," said head coach Paul Mainieri.

"It's a great rivalry and it should be a lot of fun with two in-state rivals playing each other and I know we have a big series coming up this weekend. But that's what you have to guard against when you get into SEC play is that the players look beyond those midweek games because they know the SEC games are so important but if there's a team you don't look past it's Tulane."

And on the mound for LSU, freshman Nick Storz will make his college debut.

The 6'6" righty suffered a bone spur in his throwing shoulder back in fall practice, so Coach Mainieri says he'll give him just one or two innings in his debut on Wednesday night.

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Utah dismantles LSU in 2nd Round of NIT http://www.wbrz.com/news/utah-dismantles-lsu-in-2nd-round-of-nit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/utah-dismantles-lsu-in-2nd-round-of-nit/ Sports Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:00:50 PM Michael Cauble Utah dismantles LSU in 2nd Round of NIT

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - The LSU Tiger basketball team never stood a chance against a red hot shooting Utah club that buried the Tigers under a barrage of three-point shots en route to a 95-71 victory in the second round of the NIT.

Utah connected on 14 of 27 three point attempts that helped the Utes race out to a twenty point lead in the first half.  LSU would chip away at that lead, but never seriously threaten to make it a tightly contested game.

LSU was led by Tremont Waters who posted 19 points on six of sixteen shooting. Skylar Mays poured in 16 points, Aaron Epps had 12 and Randy Onwasor rounded out LSU's double digit scorers with ten.

Utah had even scoring with five players in double figures, led by Sedrick Barefield with 17 points.

LSU finishes the season with a 18-15 record, 8-10 in SEC play.

The Tigers will lose seniors Duop Reath, Aaron Epps, Randy Onwasor and Reed Vial.

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Hilliard shines despite rain delay; LSU takes first SEC series over Missouri, 7-5 http://www.wbrz.com/news/hilliard-shines-despite-rain-delay-lsu-takes-first-sec-series-over-missouri-7-5/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hilliard-shines-despite-rain-delay-lsu-takes-first-sec-series-over-missouri-7-5/ Sports Sun, 18 Mar 2018 7:32:41 PM Mike Gaither Hilliard shines despite rain delay; LSU takes first SEC series over Missouri, 7-5

Sunday's rubber-match between 16th-ranked LSU and 24th Missouri was delayed an hour due to heavy rain.

Despite the delay freshman Ma'Khail Hilliard shined on the mound in his second career start to improve to 5-0 on the season as LSU took the series finale 7-5.

After a rocky first inning in his first ever SEC start, the freshman’s scoreless-innings streak at 17.2 was snapped after allowing two runs.

Hilliard however would settle in nicely striking out a career-high six batters while only allowing six hits and a walk in six innings of work.

Zach Watson sparked the LSU bats with a 3-for-5 day at the dish while scoring twice and driving in a pair of RBI.

LSU returns to action on Wednesday night with a mid-week game against Tulane.

The Tigers will look to snap a four-game skid against in-state teams.

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Missouri evens up the series against #16 LSU, 12-6 http://www.wbrz.com/news/missouri-evens-up-the-series-against-16-lsu-12-6/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/missouri-evens-up-the-series-against-16-lsu-12-6/ Sports Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:47:25 PM Mike Gaither Missouri evens up the series against #16 LSU, 12-6

BATON ROUGE - It took LSU 48 minutes to escape the eighth inning, by then the damage had already been done. Missouri scored eight runs on three hits that inning helping the Tigers to even up the series in a dominating 12-6 victory over 16th-ranked LSU Saturday night.

LSU's struggles against lefties continued, Missouri starter Michael Plassmeyer carved through the Tigers lineup holding LSU to two runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking one in seven innings of work.

In the bottom half of the eighth LSU's offense came to life, Jake Slaughter launched his second homerun of the season, then two batters later Zach Watson followed with a solo-shot of his own.

Tonight's loss dropped LSU to 13-7 and 1-1 in the league play.

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LSU Gymnastics lights up the PMAC setting new records on senior night http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-lights-up-the-pmac-setting-new-records-on-senior-night/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-lights-up-the-pmac-setting-new-records-on-senior-night/ Sports Sat, 17 Mar 2018 7:52:30 PM Mike Gaither LSU Gymnastics lights up the PMAC setting new records on senior night

BATON ROUGE - It was a picture perfect sight for LSU gymnastics on senior night, as the second-ranked Tigers scored a 198.125 capping their 5th consecutive undefeated season at home.

Junior Sarah Finnegan had a career day securing two perfect 10.0 scores for the first time in her career. 

Finnegan anchored both the Tigers’ bars and beam lineups with a perfect 10.0 on the board becoming only the third gymnast in program history to score perfect on bars.

“It was a great way to end a fabulous regular season,” head coach D-D BReaux said. “We were extremely excited about the crowd and enthusiasm in the arena today. This is truly a team with a lot of heart and pride in the traditions that they have established and the traditions that are held at LSU. The things that this team has achieved and this senior class has achieved is second to none. I can’t say enough positive things.”

The win for LSU pushed the Tigers streak to 34-0 at home over the last five seasons.

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Lady Tigers handed third straight opening round loss in NCAA Tournament http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-handed-third-straight-opening-round-loss-in-ncaa-tournament/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-handed-third-straight-opening-round-loss-in-ncaa-tournament/ Sports Sat, 17 Mar 2018 3:08:01 PM Mike Gaither Lady Tigers handed third straight opening round loss in NCAA Tournament

For the first time in program history LSU has now taken a first round exit in the NCAA tournament three consecutive appearances.

Central Michigan out-shot and out-muscled LSU 78-69 winning their first-ever NCAA tournament game.

MAC Player of the Year Tinara Moore dominated the Lady Tigers inside finishing with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Central Michigan took advantage of second chance opportunities and outrebounding the Lady Tigers 40-27.

The Chippewas starting lineup had all five players average double-digits in scoring.

Chloe Jackson tried to will her team from behind but ran out of juice down the stretch. Jackson had a team-high 24 points, and Ayana Mitchell had 16 points and nine rebounds for LSU.

This was LSU'S 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


LSU's Faustine Aifuwa did not play. She stayed back in Baton Rouge for violating an unspecified team rule.

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Beau Jordan, Zack Hess power LSU past Missouri in SEC opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/beau-jordan-zack-hess-power-lsu-past-missouri-in-sec-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beau-jordan-zack-hess-power-lsu-past-missouri-in-sec-opener/ Sports Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:16:36 PM Mike Gaither Beau Jordan, Zack Hess power LSU past Missouri in SEC opener

Alex Box Stadium featured an electric pitchers matchup Friday night between Zack Hess and Bryce Montes De Oca. Both starters reached the mid to upper 90's with their fastball, but it was LSU  whosupplied the power on the offensive end that sparked the Tigers to an opening SEC series win 4-2 over Missouri.

In a low scoring affair, Beau Jordan provided the one swing that proved to be the game winning run. Jordan a launched a solo-shot off Montes De Oca with two outs in the third inning. The moon-shot cleared the left-field bleachers and left the entire ball park.

On the hill, Zach Hess was dominant through five innings. Hess struck out eight Mizzou batters in six innings of work giving him 40 strikeouts in his last four starts. Hess would exit in the seventh inning after walking the bases loaded. 

Missouri's Friday night starter had trouble pounding the strike-zone early throwing 13-of-36 pitches for strikes in the first inning. He would settling in nicely after the first.  Montes De Oca tossed six innings allowing two hits, three earned runs while striking out five and walking seven.

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WATCH: A tribute to college baseball legend Augie Garrido http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-a-tribute-to-college-baseball-legend-augie-garrido/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-a-tribute-to-college-baseball-legend-augie-garrido/ Sports Fri, 16 Mar 2018 8:52:04 PM Mike Gaither WATCH: A tribute to college baseball legend Augie Garrido

Baton Rouge - LA,

Augie Garrido,

the all-time winningest head coach in college baseball history.

"Just a tremendous loss for college baseball as a whole," said Paul Mainieri after learning of the passing of his longtime friend.

Garrido had a storied 48-year baseball coaching career that spanned six decades. On Thursday Garrido passed away at the age of 79.

"The second game I coached in my 12 years at Notre Dame was against Cal State Fullerton and against Augie," Mainieri said. He had an unbelievable team and won the national championship that year."

Augie was considered a giant in college baseball.

"I think they were like 57-5 and they beat us 20-5 in game two of my time at Notre Dame," smiled Mainieri. I remember going back to my hotel room that night scratching my head saying what in the heck did I get myself into?"

In 48 seasons Garrido tallied 1,975 total wins, 15 world series appearances and five national championships.

Along with a long list of other accolades came a brilliant combination of wisdom and charm.

"You have to look far and wide to find people that didn't like Augie," admitted Mainieri. You know he always had time for you, he was always telling great stories."

On the field it was a different ball-game,

In 2008 Garrido's competitive fire created perhaps the most infamous profanity-laced post-game locker room speech of all-time.

After that tirade, Texas went on to win their next 10 games and Big 12 Conference Championship.

One year later Paul Mainieri had the opportunity to coach against Garrido in the College World Series where LSU defeated the Longhorns, the first National Championship for Mainieri.

"I'm sitting in my office just flooded by all these congratulatory notes and mail that's come in and all of a sudden I see this envelope with the return address University of Texas baseball and I said wow, I wonder what this is?"

So, with that Mainieri would open it to find an unexpected surprise.

"I opened it up and I had this personal hand written note from Augie and it really affected me an awful lot," Mainieri said. For him to sit down and write me a note, I just thought that was about as cool and classy thing as you could do."

Just three weeks ago, LSU baseball honroed two of the greatest college baseball coaches to ever do it. Augie Garrido and Skip Bertman who combined for 10 national titles threw out the first pitch here at Alex box Stadium.

For one final time two legends shared the field this time as great friends and some of the best innovators the game of college baseball has ever seen.

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Trent Forshag's unique journey to becoming an LSU Tiger http://www.wbrz.com/news/trent-forshag-s-unique-journey-to-becoming-an-lsu-tiger/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trent-forshag-s-unique-journey-to-becoming-an-lsu-tiger/ Sports Fri, 16 Mar 2018 7:49:04 PM Mike Gaither Trent Forshag's unique journey to becoming an LSU Tiger

The journey for Trent Forshag has been unique.

"A lot of things had to happen for me to end up here," said LSU equipment manager Trent Forshag.

After some unexpected transfers his freshman season, Forshag walked on to LSU's baseball team to only find out one year later roster spots weren't in his favor.

"Coach gave me a call during the summer and said look we have a juco guy coming in Nick Comes, with that we're going to have four catchers if you include Bryce Jordan," Forshag said. So, it doesn't look like there's going to be a roster spot for you."

After that phone call came a new opportunity. Head coach Paul Mainieri offered Forshag a different position, this time it was an opportunity to become one of six LSU student equipment managers.
And, the answer was a no-brainer.

"I said absolutely," smiled Forshag. Coaches taking such good care of me. These guys really wanted me to come back and I felt like I would still be a part of the team."

that feeling never changed, each LSU player embraced Forshag with open arms and continued to treat the former walk-on like a current player.

Cole, Kramer, Pap and Greg all those guys were like we're not going to view you any differently for the role changing," admitted Forshag. You're still a part of the team to us. so, I decided to come back."

His main role as a student manager is working directly with the pitchers and catching bullpens.

"I take great pride in being able to help this team win," said Forshag.

The side you don't see might catch you by surprise.

Forshag arrives five hours before games to set up the field for batting practice, then after comes a full roster of dirty laundry.

"I'll be here three hours after the game scrubbing pants, the not fun stuff," Forshag said.

With all the hardwork and dedication he's poured into the program, Mainieri wanted to do something special. So, he asked him to join his Team USA coaching staff this summer.

And, the answer was a no-brainer.

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Cartoonist honors Tom Benson with touching comic http://www.wbrz.com/news/cartoonist-honors-tom-benson-with-touching-comic/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cartoonist-honors-tom-benson-with-touching-comic/ Sports Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:31:41 PM Jeremy Krail Cartoonist honors Tom Benson with touching comic

NEW ORLEANS - The death of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson Thursday was felt by fans all across Louisiana.

Since the announcement of his passing Thursday afternoon, folks have found incredible ways to honor the man who left an indelible mark on Louisiana sports.

One of the most touching tributes we've seen thus far has to be the one from Advocate cartoonist Walt Handelsman. The art shows the Saints owner being welcomed at the gates of heaven by angels wearing the team's gear and proclaiming, "Welcome to your skybox! Everyone here is a Saint!!"

For an added touch, the clouds also form the shape of the Superdome, the Saints' home stadium.

Benson had owned the Saints for more than 30 years and is largely responsible for bringing in Head Coach Sean Payton and Quarterback Drew Brees. In 2010, the Saints won their first Super Bowl since their formation in 1967, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to a city that had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina just five years earlier.

Fans also held an impromptu second line in the streets of New Orleans Thursday night to "bring him home right".

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5-time NCAA champion baseball coach Augie Garrido dies at 79 http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-time-ncaa-champion-baseball-coach-augie-garrido-dies-at-79/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-time-ncaa-champion-baseball-coach-augie-garrido-dies-at-79/ Sports Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:58:28 AM Associated Press 5-time NCAA champion baseball coach Augie Garrido dies at 79
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Augie Garrido, who won three national baseball championships at Cal State Fullerton and two more at Texas, has died. He was 79.
The University of Texas announced his death on Thursday and said he had recently suffered a stroke.
Garrido won three College World Series titles with the Titans in 1979, 1984 and 1995. He also won titles at Texas in 2002 and 2005. He last coached the Longhorns in 2016 and his 1,975 career victories dating to 1969 rank first in college baseball. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Garrido also coached at San Francisco State, Cal Poly and Illinois. He was a special assistant in the Texas athletic department since his final season with the Longhorns. He was honored at Alex Box Stadium earlier this season. 

Garrido won 25 conference championship and national coach of the year honors six times. He was the first coach to win national championships with different schools.

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WATCH: LSU-UL-Lafayette gets heated, technicals issued in Tigers 84-76 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-lsu-ul-lafayette-gets-heated-technicals-issued-in-tigers-84-76-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-lsu-ul-lafayette-gets-heated-technicals-issued-in-tigers-84-76-win/ Sports Wed, 14 Mar 2018 5:36:41 PM WBRZ Sports WATCH: LSU-UL-Lafayette gets heated, technicals issued in Tigers 84-76 win

Baton Rouge, LA - Will Wade and the LSU basketball Tigers took offense to trash talk early in the week and won angry over in-state UL-Lafayette Wednesday night to advance in the NIT.

Ragin Cajun head coach Bob Marlin's choice words came back to bite him as LSU beat ULL 84-76, but the story of the game was much more than the final score.

With :13 seconds left on the clock, LSU's Brandon Sampson slammed home a dunk to put an explanation point on the victory where both coaches received technical fouls.

Wade celebrated by pumping up the crowd as Marlin stormed towards the LSU bench and had to be restrained.

“It is what it is. I take exception when people take shots at your program. Before Sunday, ULL wasn’t even a thought in my mind. After the last couple of days it’s been something else. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“I’m glad we were able to win for our fans. I can only imagine having to listen to that stuff. I thought our guys responded to their challenges.”

The Tigers advance to take on Utah Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU in the second round of the NIT.

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AJ Labas' shutout performance leads LSU past South Alabama, 9-4 http://www.wbrz.com/news/aj-labas-shutout-performance-leads-lsu-past-south-alabama-9-4/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/aj-labas-shutout-performance-leads-lsu-past-south-alabama-9-4/ Sports Wed, 14 Mar 2018 5:31:08 PM Mike Gaither AJ Labas' shutout performance leads LSU past South Alabama, 9-4

AJ Labas carved through a powerful South Alabama lineup tossing six shutout innings in the first extending outing of his LSU career.

LSU finished their final mid-week tune up with a 9-4 victory over the Jaguars before SEC play cranks up Friday night against Missouri.

After two previous starts with a pitch count Paul Mainieri took the leash off Labas allowing him to throw 74 pitches. This off-season Labas has back surgery which forced the coaching staff to be cautious earlier on. Maybe the most impressive state on the night was Labas' command around the strike-zone, he reached just one three ball count all night. 

The Tigers offense set the tone early with quick run support. Hunter Feduccia laces a bases loaded RBI single in the first marking the seventh time LSU has scored first this season.

Overall, LSU pounded out 11 total hits. Antoine Duplantis also set a career milestone recording his 200th career hit on an RBI single in the seventh inning.

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Cardinals release former Tiger, star safety Tyrann Mathieu http://www.wbrz.com/news/cardinals-release-former-tiger-star-safety-tyrann-mathieu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cardinals-release-former-tiger-star-safety-tyrann-mathieu/ Sports Wed, 14 Mar 2018 1:49:17 PM Associated Press Cardinals release former Tiger, star safety Tyrann Mathieu

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have released safety Tyrann Mathieu on Wednesday after the two sides couldn't rework his contract.

Mathieu was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially begins at 4 p.m. EDT. By cutting him, Arizona will save close to $5 million in cap space.

Mathieu became a star in the Arizona secondary after being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft following a troubled college career at LSU. He was an All-Pro in 2015, when he had five interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

But he also has been plagued by injuries and only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games.

"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "While we all understand this a part of the business, that certainly doesn't make it any easier. We all wish Tyrann nothing but continued success in his career and beyond."

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NCAA snub Saint Mary's routs Southeastern Louisiana 89-45 http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-snub-saint-mary-s-routs-southeastern-louisiana-89-45/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-snub-saint-mary-s-routs-southeastern-louisiana-89-45/ Sports Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:16:53 PM NCAA snub Saint Mary's routs Southeastern Louisiana 89-45
MORAGA, Calif. - Jock Landale scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting for his 20th 20-plus game of the season and Saint Mary's made 13 3-pointers in an 89-45 rout of Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night in an NIT opener.
Landale scored 11 points in the first quarter as Saint Mary's opened a 19-8 lead and he had three points in a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter for a 31-11 advantage. The Gaels, a top seed, led by at least 18 points the rest of the way and by as many as 44. They will play the winner of Wednesday's Washington-Boise State game in the second round.
Jordan Ford added 19 points with three 3-pointers for Saint Mary's (29-5) and Calvin Hermanson scored all 17 of his points in the first half with five 3-pointers. The Gaels matched their program-record win total from last season.
Jordan Capps led SE Louisiana (22-12), an eight-seed, with 15 of his 19 points in the second half. The Lions were held to 35 percent shooting, including just 1 of 20 from 3-point range.

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