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, 1 Sep 2015 22:09:44 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Agent: Saints trade Saunders to Patriots for draft pick http://www.wbrz.com/news/agent-saints-trade-saunders-to-patriots-for-draft-pick/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/agent-saints-trade-saunders-to-patriots-for-draft-pick/ Sports Tue, 1 Sep 2015 2:43:16 PM Brett Martel Agent: Saints trade Saunders to Patriots for draft pick

NEW ORLEANS - The agent for NFL return specialist and receiver Jalen Saunders says the second-year pro has been traded from the New Orleans Saints to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick. 

The 22-year-old Saunders, whose agent is Rocky Arceneaux, saw his first NFL action with the New York Jets and Saints last season.

In New Orleans' preseason game against Houston on Sunday, Saunders returned five kickoffs for 132 yards. However, he's been competing for a special teams role with Saints seventh-round draft pick Marcus Murphy, who has returned seven kickoffs for 184 yards and also has been effective out of the backfield as a runner and receiver.

Murphy gained 110 yards from scrimmage Sunday, after which coach Sean Payton said the rookie was making the team.


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Goodell, Brady due in court for 'Deflategate' case http://www.wbrz.com/news/goodell-brady-due-in-court-for-deflategate-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/goodell-brady-due-in-court-for-deflategate-case/ Sports Mon, 31 Aug 2015 9:10:29 AM Associated Press Goodell, Brady due in court for 'Deflategate' case

NEW YORK- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are expected in court after failing to settle the "Deflategate" scandal.
    
Both sides are to appear before a federal court judge in Manhattan Monday for a status conference.
    
The dispute centers on the legality of the NFL's four-game suspension of Brady after Goodell concluded he conspired with Patriots ball handlers to deflate footballs at January's AFC championship game victory.
    
The NFL Players Association has asked the judge to void the suspension.
    
Federal Judge Richard Berman has urged both sides to agree to a deal. He warned the NFL earlier this month he can erase Brady's suspension if it fails to negotiate a deal.
    
Berman has said he hopes to decide the case by Sept. 4 if there's no settlement.


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Day wins in a blowout at Barclays http://www.wbrz.com/news/day-wins-in-a-blowout-at-barclays/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/day-wins-in-a-blowout-at-barclays/ Sports Sun, 30 Aug 2015 7:18:20 PM Doug Ferguson Day wins in a blowout at Barclays

EDISON, NJ - Jason Day powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field Sunday at The Barclays.

Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, Day pulled away early and poured it on with three long birdie putts on the back nine at Plainfield for an 8-under 62 and a six-shot victory.

Day finished at 19-under 261. He won two weeks ago at Whistling Straits with a record to par at 20-under 268.

The victory moves the 27-year-old Australian to the top of the FedEx Cup, assuring he will be among the top five with a clear shot at the $10 million bonus.

And while he stays at No. 3 in the world, Day now is in the picture with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth for golf supremacy.


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Texans take preseason win over Saints 27-13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/texans-take-preseason-win-over-saints-27-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texans-take-preseason-win-over-saints-27-13/ Sports Sun, 30 Aug 2015 7:13:14 PM Brett Martel Texans take preseason win over Saints 27-13

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Brian Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his first three series since being named Houston's starting quarterback, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

All three Texans quarterbacks led scoring drives. Ryan Mallett, who was upset this past week upon learning he'd be the backup, threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong. In the fourth quarter, Tom Savage hit Chandler Worthy for a 6-yard score.

Hoyer was 7 of 11 for 82 yards. Mallett was 9 of 17 for 77 yards.

The Saints (1-2) outgained the Texans (2-1), 393 yards to 292 yards, with New Orleans reserve running back Edwin Baker scoring on a 45-yard run.

But New Orleans' first two trips inside Houston's 20 produced only 3 points.

Drew Brees marched the Saints 75 yards for a field goal on his lone series.


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Saints Texans Preseason Preview http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-texans-preseason-preview/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-texans-preseason-preview/ Sports Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:52:39 PM Associated Press Saints Texans Preseason Preview

Brian Hoyer gets his first chance to validate Houston coach Bill O'Brien's decision earlier this week to make him the Texans' starting quarterback over Ryan Mallett.

Mallett has acknowledged being a little angry about the decision, but has vowed to keep working hard.

With top Houston running back Arian Foster out (groin surgery), Jonathan Grimes, a former Williams & Mary music major who has been cut four times in his NFL career, looks to solidify his role as a change-of-pace rusher or receiver out of the backfield.

Texans defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, signed as a free agent away from New England, says his new team appears "stacked" on defense. But with pass-rushing outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney still recovering from knee surgery, Wilfork's assessment should get a good test against quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints' first-team offense. Last week against Wilfork's former unit, Brees led three scoring drives, throwing two TD passes.

Saints coaches also have challenged their revamped defense to ramp up pressure on the quarterback. New Orleans does not have a sack through two preseason games.

In the defensive backfield, New Orleans native Delvin Breaux is expected to make his home debut with the Saints. It should be a special moment for Breaux, who, despite being a prized LSU recruit, never played college football because of a serious neck injury during his senior season in high school. He's made his way to the NFL through Arena Football and the CFL.


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Montana stuns North Dakota State 38-35 on late TD http://www.wbrz.com/news/montana-stuns-north-dakota-state-38-35-on-late-td/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/montana-stuns-north-dakota-state-38-35-on-late-td/ Sports Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:47:41 PM Associated Press Montana stuns North Dakota State 38-35 on late TD

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday.

Playing their first game under coach Bob Stitt, the Grizzlies rallied to stun the Bison in hazy conditions at jam-packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Counts' touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that started with 1:39 left.

Brady Gustafson threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for Montana. He completed passes of 15 yards to Jamaal Jones and 31 yards to Reese Carlson on the winning drive.

Despite smoke from forest fires filling Hellgate Canyon, a stadium-record 26,472 fans showed up for the Football Championship Subdivision showdown.

Montana tied it at 28 in the third quarter on Gustafson's 62-yard pass to Ellis Henderson. The Bison took the lead on King Frazier's 7-yard scoring run with 10:37 left in the game.

Gustafson also had TD passes of 7 yards to Jones and 38 yards to Ben Roberts.

North Dakota State's Carson Wentz ran for two touchdowns and threw scoring strikes of 27 yards to Chase Morlock and 10 yards to Zach Vraa.


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Jamboree High School Football Scores http://www.wbrz.com/news/jamboree-high-school-football-scores/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jamboree-high-school-football-scores/ Sports Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:11:41 PM Jamboree High School Football Scores

PREP FOOTBALL

University 21, Livonia 0

Capitol 8, Baker 6

Woodlawn 10, Southern Lab 6

Northeast 30, Tara 0

Scotlandville 30, Glen Oaks 0

Madison Prep 22, Belaire 0

East Ascension 21, St. Amant 14

Live Oak 7, Fountainbleu 6

Parkview 14, Episcopal 7

Catholic 21, St. Michael 14

Parkview Baptist 14, Dunham 13

Bowling Green 20, Wayne Aca., Miss. 13

H.L. Bourgeois 27, South Terrebonne 0

Newman 33, Lusher Charter 0

Peabody 14, Holy Savior Menard 10

Tensas Academy 66, Park Place Christian Academy, Miss. 6

Tioga 26, Montgomery 8

Trinity Episcopal, Miss. 55, UA of Cenla 22

West Jefferson 36, Higgins 3

 


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Junior Galette out for the season with Achilles tear http://www.wbrz.com/news/junior-galette-out-for-the-season-with-achilles-tear/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/junior-galette-out-for-the-season-with-achilles-tear/ Sports Fri, 28 Aug 2015 8:58:57 AM Associated Press Junior Galette out for the season with Achilles tear

WASHINGTON D.C.- Redskins coach Jay Gruden says outside linebacker Junior Galette will miss the entire season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.

Galette is the fifth Redskins player lost to a season-ending injury in the preseason.

The Saints traded Junior Galette to the Redskins earlier this year.


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Darryl Dawkins dies at 58 http://www.wbrz.com/news/darryl-dawkins-dies-at-58/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/darryl-dawkins-dies-at-58/ Sports Fri, 28 Aug 2015 8:50:54 AM Associated Press Darryl Dawkins dies at 58

PENNSYLVANIA- Darryl Dawkins, one of the most colorful players in the NBA in recent memory, has passed away at the age of 58. His backboard-shattering dunks earned him the nickname "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims.
    
The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Dawkins' family says he died of a heart attack.
    
Dawkins spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 career regular-season games.


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Taking down Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try http://www.wbrz.com/news/taking-down-bolt-is-not-easy-but-a-cameraman-gives-it-a-try/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/taking-down-bolt-is-not-easy-but-a-cameraman-gives-it-a-try/ Sports Thu, 27 Aug 2015 1:14:11 PM Eddie Pells Taking down Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try

BEIJING - Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match. 

Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin and everyone else Thursday night in the 200 meters to win his 10th career gold medal at the world championships.

What finally upended the 6-foot-5 Jamaican was a multitasking cameraman riding a two-wheeled scooter while videotaping Bolt's victory lap. The scooter ran over the outcropping of a metal railing bolted to the edge of the track and bobbled off course - then slammed into the back of the fastest two legs on the planet. 

Bolt's legs came out from under him and he went down hard and landed on his backside. Then, smooth as silk, he somersaulted backward onto his feet, jogged a few steps, and reached down to make sure his left leg was OK.

He was no worse for wear - reporting just a few scrapes - but figured he'd try to make the evening at least a little more interesting. 

"The rumor I'm trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off," Bolt said, while sitting next to Gatlin in the medalists' news conference.

Gatlin's response: "I want my money back. He didn't complete the job."

Indeed, it may take more than just a motivated opponent to finish off Bolt, who now has five gold medals at the Bird's Nest, including the three he took at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he set world records in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. 

The split-second scare with the scooter provided what Bolt's season-best 19.55 seconds on the track did not.

Namely, drama.

This was billed as the second round of the Bolt vs. Gatlin series that produced the champion's grittiest win four nights earlier. Bolt's .01-second victory in the 100 came despite a year's worth of injuries and off-form running that continued all the way through the semifinals.

Like most sequels, Part II didn't live up to the original.

Running out of Lane 6, Bolt got off to a good start and worked smoothly into the curve, making up the lag to the runners to his outside and gathering steam as he headed into the turn. Leading at the halfway point, he opened a three-body-length lead over Gatlin early in the stretch, and the last 50 meters were simply for showing off.

 Bolt coasted in and still won by .19 seconds. The winner used his thumbs to point at himself as he crossed the finish line and flashed his index finger: He's No. 1 - just in case anyone had any doubts.

"What I really celebrated was, Justin Gatlin said earlier in the week that he was going to bring out something special for the 200 meters," Bolt said. "I was like, 'You don't talk about my 200 meters like that.'"

Gatlin came into world championships dominating the sprints while Bolt was stuck on the sideline. The American was a favorite in the 100 meters, and Bolt took umbrage to the idea that Gatlin's stumble over the last 15 meters gave that race away. 

"Disrespectful," Bolt called that notion. "I came out here and got it done." 

Once the 200-meter heats began, Bolt started getting stronger and Gatlin, by his own admission, started feeling tired. 

"I've beaten him once before, and I hope to do it again," Gatlin said of a .01-second victory at a meet in Rome in 2013. "He's such a showman. You've got to give it to the guy for staying at the level he stays at. That's hard to do."

Gatlin's silver added to gold medals won by two Americans - Christian Taylor in the triple jump and Allyson Felix in the 400. Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland won the women's hammer throw with a championship-record toss of 80.85 meters.

When Felix crossed the line, she tied Bolt for the most gold medals at the world championships with nine. That lasted all of about 10 minutes - until Bolt took No. 10 in the night's final race.

Both sprinters are pointing toward Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympics are only 343 days away.

Something to think about: Bolt guessed if he'd pushed hard through the line Thursday night, he could have finished in the low 19.3s. He first got there at the 2008 Olympics, where he ran 19.30 to break Michael Johnson's 12-year-old world record. Bolt has since improved that to 19.19.

"But one of my goals is to run under 19 seconds," he said. "So if I want to run that, I have to really push myself next season."

For the short term, his goal is to grab another gold in the 4x100 relay on Saturday - then get out of Beijing unscathed. 

Not always as easy as it may seem.

After Bolt leaped up from his scary fall, he jogged back to the scooter driver to make sure he, too, was OK.

"I think he got the worst of it," Bolt said.

When on the track with Bolt, most people do.


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SE Louisiana names Jake Narro coach of golf program http://www.wbrz.com/news/se-louisiana-names-jake-narro-coach-of-golf-program/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/se-louisiana-names-jake-narro-coach-of-golf-program/ Sports Thu, 27 Aug 2015 9:08:39 AM Associated Press SE Louisiana names Jake Narro coach of golf program

HAMMOND- Southeastern Louisiana University has named long-time PGA golf professional Jake Narro as its new head golf coach.
    
Director of Athletics Jay Artigues on Wednesday announced the hiring which is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. He is to officially start Aug. 31.
    
Narro takes over for long-time coach Tim Baldwin, who accepted the same position at Louisiana-Monroe last month. He takes over a program that has advanced to the NCAA Regionals in five of the last six seasons.
    
Narro most recently served as the golf pro at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.
    
The team opens the 2015-16 season on Sept. 14-15 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


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ESPN pulls Schilling off LLWS http://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-pulls-schilling-off-llws/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-pulls-schilling-off-llws/ Sports Wed, 26 Aug 2015 9:06:03 AM Associated Press ESPN pulls Schilling off LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA.- ESPN has removed Curt Schilling from its broadcast team for the Little League World Series because of an anti-Muslim tweet.
    
Schilling retweeted a post that said, "Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?" The post was soon removed from his Twitter feed.
    
The network said the tweet was unacceptable and that it "made that point very strongly to Curt."
    
Speaking of the Little League World Series, Webb City, Mo., Bonita, Calif. and Mexico were yesterday's winners. Taipei and Bowling Green, Ky., were eliminated.


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Belichick says Wayne coming to Pats http://www.wbrz.com/news/belichick-says-wayne-coming-to-pats/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/belichick-says-wayne-coming-to-pats/ Sports Tue, 25 Aug 2015 8:57:06 AM Associated Press Belichick says Wayne coming to Pats

 NEW ENGLAND- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston that he thinks the team has agreed to a deal with veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
    
The 36-year-old Wayne is seventh in NFL career receptions with 1,070 and eighth in yardage at 14,345. But he had just 64 catches for 779 in 2014, his poorest season in a 14-year career that had been spent entirely with the Colts.


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Indy driver Justin Wilson dies from crash injuries http://www.wbrz.com/news/indy-driver-justin-wilson-dies-from-crash-injuries/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/indy-driver-justin-wilson-dies-from-crash-injuries/ Sports Tue, 25 Aug 2015 8:52:27 AM Associated Press Indy driver Justin Wilson dies from crash injuries

PENNSYLVANIA- IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris from another vehicle struck him during Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

Wilson's vehicle veered into an interior wall at the track and he is the first IndyCar driver to die because of an on-track accident since Dan Wheldon in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.


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Jordy Nelson hurt in preseason game http://www.wbrz.com/news/jordy-nelson-hurt-in-preseason-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jordy-nelson-hurt-in-preseason-game/ Sports Mon, 24 Aug 2015 9:11:06 AM Associated Press Jordy Nelson hurt in preseason game

Green Bay- Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson left Green Bay's exhibition game against Pittsburgh in the first quarter on Sunday with a potentially serious left knee injury.
    
Nelson fell to the ground when he tried to cut after making an 8-yard reception on Green Bay's opening drive. He was able to walk off the field but did not return.
    
Nelson caught a career-high 98 passes in 2014 while making the Pro Bowl for the first time.
    
He will be re-evaluated in Green Bay on Monday.


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Love III wins Wyndham Open http://www.wbrz.com/news/love-iii-wins-wyndham-open/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/love-iii-wins-wyndham-open/ Sports Mon, 24 Aug 2015 9:07:40 AM Associated Press Love III wins Wyndham Open

GREENSBORO, N.C.- Davis Love III has won the Wyndham Championship to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, while Tiger Woods' season came to an abrupt end.
    
The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over third-round leader Jason Gore.
    
Woods needed a win to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week.  He started just two shots off the pace but shot a par 70 to finish four back.


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Tulane aims to rebound from season of change, disappointment http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-aims-to-rebound-from-season-of-change-disappointment/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-aims-to-rebound-from-season-of-change-disappointment/ Sports Fri, 21 Aug 2015 1:15:12 PM APNewsNow Tulane aims to rebound from season of change, disappointment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane coach Curtis Johnson is eager to see what his relatively young squad has gained from a year defined by change.

Last season was Tulane's first in a new, on-campus stadium, and in a news conference. There were numerous freshman in starting or regular roles.

Now the home field, the American Athletic Conference and the college game in general are all more familiar to the players Johnson will rely on to get the Green Wave back into bowl contention after a 3-9 2014 campaign.

"I would be very disappointed if we didn't get to a bowl game," said Johnson, who coached Tulane to the New Orleans Bowl two seasons ago. "It's a tough schedule, but if you look at who we have, with the athleticism, we just need to cut down on our mistakes. Also, we need to cut down on the silly penalties and understand the game plan a lot better."

Among the freshmen thrust into starting roles last season was quarterback Tanner Lee. The 6-foot-4 New Orleans native at times demonstrated the potential to be prolific, but was too often erratic behind shaky protection that allowed him to get beat up last year. He finished with 14 interceptions compared to 12 touchdowns.

"We were turning the ball over too much, some Tanner's fault, some not," Johnson said. "Some of the kids he's playing with were freshmen, too, and all of sudden they're playing in games on national television. Now this year, I think things have calmed down a lot more and the game has slowed down for those guys."

Here are some plot lines heading into Tulane's 2015 season, which begins Sept. 3, at home, against Duke:

YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE: About two-thirds of the Green Wave's roster is classified as underclassmen, with 29 sophomores and 36 freshmen, 12 of which are in their second seasons with the program, having taken a red shirt in 2014. The good news for Tulane is that some of their most talented players are sophomores, including running back Sherman Badie, receiver Teddy Veal, tight end Charles Jones and cornerback Parry Nickerson. Projected starting QB Tanner Lee is also a sophomore. In fact, despite Tulane's youth, nine of 11 starters are back on offense and seven of 11 on defense.

LEGEND'S LEGACY: Nico Marley - grandson of late reggae music icon Bob Marley - is Tulane's leading returning tackler. The relatively undersized linebacker (5-foot-10, 208 pounds) recorded 82 tackles (46 solo) last season, including 13.5 stops for losses, which ranked first overall on the team in 2014. Nico Marley's father, Rohan, played for Miami in the early 1990s.

DEFENSIVE OPENINGS: Several key players on defense were lost last offseason to graduation or the NFL draft. The Green Wave will replace defensive end Tyler Gilbert, safety Sam Scofield, cornerback Lorenzo Doss and nickel back Taurean Nixon. Doss and Nixon both were drafted by Denver.

RUNNERS RETURN: Tulane has retained running backs who accounted for 90 percent of its production on the ground last season. They include the speedy Badie, who gained 688 yards despite being limited by lower leg injuries; junior power back Lazedrick Thompson who rushed for 533 yards; and sophomore Dontrell Hilliard who gained 452 yards.

KICKING CONCERNS: Johnson opened up competition among place kickers to push sophomore Andrew DiRocco, who was 8-of-15 on field goals last season with a long of 42 yards and also missed two extra points.


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Rousey to fight world's former No. 1-rated female boxer next http://www.wbrz.com/news/rousey-to-fight-world-s-former-no-1-rated-female-boxer-next/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rousey-to-fight-world-s-former-no-1-rated-female-boxer-next/ Sports Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:55:07 AM Rousey to fight world's former No. 1-rated female boxer next

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has announced her next fight will be against the world's former No. 1-rated female boxer.

Rousey told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday that she will defend her title against former world champion boxer Holly Holm in Las Vegas on Jan. 2.

Holm, a 33-year-old Albuquerque boxer turned mixed martial arts fighter, signed with the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion last year after months of negotiations.

Rousey called Holm the sport's "most decorated striker" and said the fight will be her "biggest challenge to date."

Fans had hoped Holm's signing and entry into UFC would lead to an eventual fight with Rousey, who needed only 34 seconds to beat her last opponent, Bethe Correia, earlier this month.

Rousey has a 12-0 record; Holm is 9-0.


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LSU vet Mills injured at practice, could miss games http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vet-mills-injured-at-practice-could-miss-games/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vet-mills-injured-at-practice-could-miss-games/ Sports Wed, 19 Aug 2015 3:34:27 PM Michael Cauble LSU vet Mills injured at practice, could miss games

LSU's most seasoned player will miss at least a couple of weeks of game action after injuring his lower leg at practice on Wednesday.

Senior safety Jalen Mills went down with an ankle area injury running drills during LSU's morning practice on campus. 

The extent of the injury is not known, however Mills is expected to miss at least four weeks with recovery time taking his potential return date well into week three of the season.

Should the injury be more significant, Mills could miss the first four games of the season placing his return back in time for the home game against Eastern Michigan or the road trip to South Carolina.

Mills was the Tigers most seasoned player having started 39 games in his career, every game played while he's been on campus.

The DeSoto Texas native was primed for a super senior season after opting to come back to campus following a junior season that could have seen him leave early for the NFL.

Mills has played the last two years at safety and was expected to play a pivotal role in LSU's nickel package, where he would drop down to be the fifth defensive back utilizing his good speed and cover skills.

If there is a positive to this injury for the Tigers, LSU has plenty of depth in the defensive backfield.  Junior safety Rickey Jefferson is expected to step into Mills role having backed him up at the position.  John Battle and Corey Thompson add depth at the position, and freshman Kevin Tolliver or returning junior Dwayne Thomas could play in the nickel role if needed.


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Former Tiger Matt Flynn in NFL again http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-matt-flynn-in-nfl-again/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-matt-flynn-in-nfl-again/ Sports Wed, 19 Aug 2015 4:04:49 PM Former Tiger Matt Flynn in NFL again

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback Matt Flynn, adding depth to the position with Geno Smith sidelined six to 10 weeks with a broken jaw.

The national championship winning quarterback from LSU's 2007 team took a physical with the Jets last Friday, but didn't work out for the team. The 30-year-old Flynn, who was dealing with a hamstring issue, was released by New England last week.

Flynn has parlayed seven career starts into 18 million dollars in NFL contract money after playing for Green Bay (twice), Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.

The Jets announced the signing Wednesday, a day after general manager Mike Maccagnan said the team would look into acquiring a veteran to back up starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Smith was injured last week when then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali punched him in the locker room.


 


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