WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:04:28 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 #3 LSU softball drops series opener at #15 Missouri http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-lsu-softball-drops-series-opener-at-15-missouri/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-lsu-softball-drops-series-opener-at-15-missouri/ Sports Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:00:56 PM AP #3 LSU softball drops series opener at #15 Missouri

COLUMBIA, MO - The No. 3 LSU softball team started its series-opening game against No. 15 Missouri by scoring two runs early, but a lengthy delay due to rain spelled doom for the Tigers from that point as Missouri scored seven runs over the course of three innings to defeat LSU 7-2 Saturday night at University Field in Columbia.

With the game tied at 2-2, the rain which pushed the game back to 6 p.m. came back and caused a 40-minute delay before play resumed, and from that point the Tigers (41-7, 13-6 Southeastern) managed one hit while Missouri (34-10, 12-7) finished the game with nine, all coming with two outs on the board.

Bianka Bell drove in the first run of the game in the first, while Kellsi Kloss hit her 11th home run of the season in the third to give LSU a 2-0 lead, as the junior has hit four of the last six LSU home runs while extending her hitting streak to 11 games. A.J. Andrews and Constance Quinn had each of the other two hits for the team on the day.

Carley Hoover (12-3) suffered the loss for LSU, allowing five runs, four earned on nine hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Hoover tossed 135 pitches, as Baylee Corbello came on in relief midway through, but did not record an out and allowed two runs and gave up four walks before Hoover came back in to close out the rest of the game.

Missouri had its chances early after leaving multiple runners on base, but struck with two-run shots from the bat of Corrin Genovese to tie it and Amanda Sanzhez to make it 4-2 to steal the momentum and put up another crooked number on the board with three after that to put the game out of reach.

Paige Lowary (16-3) struck out nine and walked four in allowing both runs on four hits, hurling 141 pitches on the evening to capture the complete-game victory for Missouri.

Andrews led off the game drawing a walk to get the first runner on base for either team in the contest. After moving to second on an infield grounder, Bell ripped a shot up the middle to easily score the LSU outfielder to make it 1-0 LSU, with Bell now at second after the throw in on the single. The Tigers would get another on via walk, but that would be it after taking the early lead.

After getting two quick outs on just two pitches in the bottom half of the frame, Missouri refused to go down quietly as consecutive singles put runners at the corners for the home side, with a walk loading the bases. With a 3-1 count, Hoover got the next batter to fly out to foul territory in right to end the inning.

Missouri threatened again in nearly the very same fashion in the second, as after two quick outs, a walk, single and another walk loaded the bases again for Mizzou looking to even up, or possibly take the lead over the Tigers. Instead, Quinn made a running catch in shallow right center to end the inning and keep Missouri off the board.

With two outs already against LSU in the top of the third, Kloss with a 1-2 count blasted one over the fence in center for the solo shot to put the Tigers up 2-0.

The Tigers couldn't make it three straight scoreless innings, as Missouri put together another two-out rally, as after a single, Genovese homered to right to knot the game at 2-2. Right after that was when the delay hit, and after about 40 minutes, LSU came back on the field and Hoover earned her first strikeout to end the inning.

A strikeout in the fourth was the first out for Missouri, but a walk put one on. A grounder to Quinn at second allowed the runner to advance but gave Missouri its second out, but on the next at-bat another two run shot, this time from Sanchez gave Missouri its first lead at 4-2.

Andrews opened the fifth with a single, before advancing to second after a deflection into foul territory. Bailey Landry was hit to put two on, as a walk to Bell loaded the bases for the Tigers with no outs. Unfortunately, LSU would leave them stranded going down in order on the next three batters still trailing by two.

After a walk to open the bottom of the fifth, Corbello came on for Hoover and things quickly went downhill as Missouri went on to score three runs off of a wild pitch and two walks to make it 7-2, as Hoover came back in after that and got the next three to go down in order.

First pitch for game two of the series is set for 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Columbia.


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Warriors complete sweep with 109-98 win over Pelicans http://www.wbrz.com/news/warriors-complete-sweep-with-109-98-win-over-pelicans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/warriors-complete-sweep-with-109-98-win-over-pelicans/ Sports Sat, 25 Apr 2015 9:23:10 PM Associated Press Warriors complete sweep with 109-98 win over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers during a 39-point night, and the Golden State Warriors cruised to 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.

Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors, the NBA's top overall seed, who will wait to host Game 1 of their second-round series against the winner of the Portland-Memphis matchup.

Draymond Green added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which raced to a 67-54 halftime lead and widened the gap to as many as 24 points in the second half before the desperate Pelicans briefly cut their deficit to single digits in the final minutes.

Anthony Davis had 36 points and 11 rebounds to close out what has been a remarkable third season for the Pelicans' 22-year-old franchise player. He just didn't have quite enough help.

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#1 LSU baseball misses out on sweep, drops game 3 against #2 Texas A&M 6-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-lsu-baseball-misses-out-on-sweep-drops-game-3-against-2-texas-aandm-6-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-lsu-baseball-misses-out-on-sweep-drops-game-3-against-2-texas-aandm-6-2/ Sports Sat, 25 Apr 2015 7:31:32 PM AP #1 LSU baseball misses out on sweep, drops game 3 against #2 Texas A&M 6-2

BATON ROUGE - Top-ranked LSU dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 Texas A&M Sunday in a rain-delayed contest at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU fell to 37-7 overall, 14-6 in the SEC, while Texas A&M improved to 37-7 and 13-7 in conference play. The first-place Tigers, who won two of three games over the Aggies, have a one-game lead over Texas A&M in the SEC Western Division.

Right-hander Kyle Simonds (3-1) earned the win for the Aggies, firing for five innings, giving up two runs-one earned. He surrendered eight hits, struck out one and walked one. Andrew Vinson collected his third save of the season, as he pitched for 2.1 innings, striking out three and only giving up one hit.

Freshman right-hander Austin Bain (1-2) suffered the loss for the Tigers. Bain pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs-one earned-on five hits, waling four and striking out five.

"I thought we were just a step slow today," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I'm not saying it's game we should have won, but it's a game we certainly could have won. I thought Austin Bain should a lot of poise against an excellent hitting team and pitched his heart out, but we didn't give him enough help.

"We came out swinging the bats well with five hits in the first two innings, but we had nothing to show for it when two of our runners were thrown out at the plate. It was a tough day, but we're looking forward now to the home stretch of the regular season. We have sole possession of first place in the SEC West, and we've got a lot of challenges ahead."

The Tigers will return to action Tuesday against Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online through SEC Network+, accessible through the Watch ESPN app and WatchESPN.com It will also be broadcast live on LSU Radio Network affiliates, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.

The Aggies drove in four unearned runs in the top of the third inning to take an early lead over the Tigers. With two outs and the bases loaded, left fielder Logan Taylor singled through the right side to plate two runs for Texas A&M. First baseman Hunter Melton and third baseman Ronnie Gideon hit back-to-back singles through the left side to drive in two more runs for the Aggies, bringing the score to 4-0.

LSU responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Aggie lead to 4-2. Centerfielder Andrew Stevenson hit a one-out single down the right field line and scored on designated hitter Chris Sciambra's single. With two outs, Sciambra scored from second base after second baseman Jared Foster reached on a fielding error by centerfielder J.B. Moss.

Texas A&M second baseman Ryne Birk hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth to extend the Aggie lead to 5-2.

With one out in the top of the ninth, shortstop Blake Allemand tripled down the right field line to score Moss from second who reached on a single earlier in the inning. The Tigers were unable to strike in the bottom of the ninth as they trailed 6-2.

Jake Godfrey, Zac Person and Jesse Stallings came on in relief for the LSU, giving up only one earned run in three innings pitched, striking out three and walking two.


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Pelicans blow 20 point lead in 4th quarter, lose 123-119 in OT to Warriors http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-blow-20-point-lead-in-4th-quarter-lose-123-119-in-ot-to-warriors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-blow-20-point-lead-in-4th-quarter-lose-123-119-in-ot-to-warriors/ Sports Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:57:47 PM Chris Price Pelicans blow 20 point lead in 4th quarter, lose 123-119 in OT to Warriors

NEW ORLEANS - The Golden State Warriors executed the 3rd largest 4th quarter comeback in playoff history, rallying from 20 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-119 in overtime of game 3 in their Western Conference playoff quarterfinal series. 

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 38 points and hit a game-tying 3 with 2 seconds left in regulation to level the game at 108 and send it into overtime. 

Anthony Davis had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists for the Pelicans, but missed a potential game-tying shot in overtime as a contested shot in the lane fell short and the Warriors made 2 free throws for the final margin. 

The Pelicans now find themselves in a 3-0 hole in the series, and will try to avoid a sweep Saturday as they host the Warriors at 7pm.

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Police: WNBA's Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-wnba-s-griner-fiancee-glory-johnson-arrested/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-wnba-s-griner-fiancee-glory-johnson-arrested/ Sports Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:26:04 AM APNewsNow Police: WNBA's Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested

GOODYEAR, AZ - Phoenix Mercury standout player Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson have been arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in a Phoenix suburb.

The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests Wednesday and later released. Agents for the players did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis says officers arrested Griner and Johnson after a fight between the couple turned physical. Kutis said no weapons were involved and that neither required hospital care for their minor injuries.

The pair announced their engagement late last summer.

Griner helped the Mercury win a WNBA championship this past September. Johnson plays for the Tulsa Shock.

Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

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Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-oks-65-year-deal-over-nfl-concussions-could-cost-1b/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-oks-65-year-deal-over-nfl-concussions-could-cost-1b/ Sports Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:07:17 PM Maryclaire Dale Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has approved a potential $1 billion plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits filed by retired players.

The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia someday. The settlement approved by a federal judge Wednesday would pay them an average $190,000.

The awards could reach $1 million to $5 million for younger men diagnosed with Parkinson's or Lou Gehrig's disease, or for chronic brain trauma-related deaths.

The lawsuits accuse the league of hiding what it knew about concussion risks. The NFL denies the claims.

Players' lawyers say the settlement will help families get money or medical testing sooner than if the case went to trial.

The deal could cost the NFL more than $1 billion over 65 years.

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Saints release 2015 schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-release-2015-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-release-2015-schedule/ Sports Tue, 21 Apr 2015 7:51:31 PM Trey Schmaltz Saints release 2015 schedule

NEW ORLEANS - Fans will get their first chance to see the New Orleans Saints in action on August 13 when the team visits the Baltimore Ravens.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m., the team announced late Tuesday.

Of the four preseason games, the first and last are away and the middle two are home.

The first regular season game takes the team to the Arizona Cardinals and the team's second regular season game is at the Superdome against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There are eight home games, including a Monday night game scheduled for December 21 against the Detroit Lions on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.

Click HERE for specific times and television viewing opportunities.
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Renovations planned to modernize New Orleans sports fan experience http://www.wbrz.com/news/renovations-planned-to-modernize-new-orleans-sports-fan-experience/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/renovations-planned-to-modernize-new-orleans-sports-fan-experience/ Sports Wed, 22 Apr 2015 9:01:23 AM APNewsNow Renovations planned to modernize New Orleans sports fan experience

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have announced plans to renovate the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center.

Officials said in a press release Tuesday that an agreement has been reached among the two teams, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, and SMG, which manages the Superdome and King Center, for renovations to modernize the properties.

The estimated cost for the renovations is $40 million, most of which will be funded by Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who has made a $25 million commitment to the project.

The multi-million dollar project will focus on improving the fan experience. Some upgrades include state-of-the-art LED video boards and enhanced LED lighting and audio systems.

Renovations to both structures will begin immediately and are expected to be completed for fall 2016.

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ULL splits regular season series with Southeastern as Cajuns take 7-2 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-splits-regular-season-series-with-southeastern-as-cajuns-take-7-2-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-splits-regular-season-series-with-southeastern-as-cajuns-take-7-2-win/ Sports Tue, 21 Apr 2015 8:26:04 PM AP ULL splits regular season series with Southeastern as Cajuns take 7-2 win

HAMMOND - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and its pitching staff shut down the Southeastern Louisiana bats as the Ragin' Cajuns picked up 7-2 win Tuesday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

UL Lafyette (24-15) snapped Southeastern's (30-12) four-game winning streak, earning a split of the season series.

Blake Trahan and Stefan Trosclair picked up a pair of first-inning singles, putting a pair on with one out. Cleanup hitter Tyler Girouard chopped the ball to second base, but it kicked off the glove of Carson Crites and Trahan came around to score from second. Trosclair scored on a ground out by Dylan Butler.

Southeastern stranded five runners in the first three innings as the Lions put runners on base, but failed to solve UL Lafayette starter Will Bacon (2-1).

The Ragin' Cajuns would build a 7-0 lead before Southeastern pushed across a pair of runs in the ninth.

Carson Crites and pinch hitter Webb Bobo both singled, and Ryan Byers drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. UL Lafayette brought in reliever Dylan Moore who promptly walked Jacob Seward to force in a run. Bobo scored the final run of the game on Julian Service's sacrifice fly to left field.

Bacon, the first of four Ragin' Cajun hurlers, picked up the win. Pat Cashman (3-4) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run in five innings of work.

Southeastern returns to conference play Friday at 2 p.m., traveling to Houston Baptist for the opener of a three-game series.

Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Southeastern La. 2 (Apr 21, 2015 at Hammond, La.)

Louisiana-Lafayette... 200 012 011 - 7 11 1 (24-15)

Southeastern La......... 000 000 002 - 2 8 1 (30-12)


Pitchers: Louisiana-Lafayette - Bacon, Will; Lee, Colton (4); Charpentier, Chris (8); Moore, Dylan (9) and Thurman, Nick. Southeastern La. - Cashman, Pat; Pickett, Gage (6); Avans, Drew (6); Bethel, Dreagan (8); Sceroler, Mac (8); Carlini, Domenick (9) and Eades, Chris.

Win-Bacon,Will (2-1) Loss-Cashman, Pat (3-4) T-2:51 A-1669

HR UL - Clement,Kyle.

Weather: 74 Clear, SSE 6 mph

Charpentier faced 3 batters in the 9th.


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Pelicans play better, same result in game 2 loss to Golden State http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-play-better-same-result-in-game-2-loss-to-golden-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-play-better-same-result-in-game-2-loss-to-golden-state/ Sports Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:08:37 PM Chris Price Pelicans play better, same result in game 2 loss to Golden State

OAKLAND, CA - The New Orleans Pelicans gave the Golden State Warriors a much tougher test in game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal, but the Pelicans fell short 97-87 and fell into a 2-0 deficit in their best-of-seven series. 

The Pelicans led after the first quarter, as Anthony Davis scored 10 points in the first frame and New Orleans took a 28-17 lead. 

The Warriors rallied, though as they scored 38 points in the second quarter and took a 55-52 halftime lead.

Klay Thompson finished with 26 points for the Warriors and Stephen Curry finished with 22, as Golden State now has a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since 1989.

The series now moves to New Orleans, as the Pelicans host game 3 on Thursday at Smoothie King Arena with tipoff set for 8:30. 

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LSU softball drops first home game of season in 5-2 loss to Texas A&M http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-drops-first-home-game-of-season-in-5-2-loss-to-texas-aandm/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-drops-first-home-game-of-season-in-5-2-loss-to-texas-aandm/ Sports Mon, 20 Apr 2015 9:13:35 PM AP LSU softball drops first home game of season in 5-2 loss to Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE - Battling back to knot the series finale at 2-2, the No. 3 LSU softball team was looking to get another chance to bat to hopefully pull off the comeback, but a three-run home run by the visiting No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies in the top of the seventh inning would be too much in the end to overcome in a 5-2 loss Monday night at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.

After watching the visitors score two unearned runs after errors in the second and third, LSU (41-6, 13-5 Southeastern) stormed back earning five hits over the course of the fifth and sixth knot the game with one regulation inning remaining. LSU still had a chance in the bottom of the seventh, but the homer from Texas A&M (34-14, 9-9) in the top half helped the Aggies stave off the sweep in the end.

"I hated to lose at Tiger Park in front of our fans. I thought we could keep that streak rolling, but their team seemed more prepared than we were today," head coach Beth Torina said. "They seemed like the game was more important to them today. We just didn't come away with the win."

LSU struggled early at the plate offensively being held without a hit and having one runner on base during the first four innings via error that was eventually caught trying to steal second. But the Tigers found life from the middle of their order as the team's four through eight batters in the batting lineup accounted for all five hits for the squad on the night.

The game tying-hit came from the bat of sophomore infielder Sahvanna Jaquish, who hit a solo home run on her only hit of the day to set the program record for RBIs in a single season, driving in the 64th of the year, while also tying her single-season home run mark she set last year with her 17th. Constance Quinn was the only other player to drive in a run, coming in the fifth on her only hit as she also went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

"It's a bittersweet moment because we did win the series, but it is unacceptable losing the last game like that," Jaquish said.

Kelsee Selman earned the start in the circle for LSU, pitching the first 2.1 innings allowing the two unearned runs on one hit and was relieved in favor of Baylee Corbello (9-2) who suffered the loss allowing three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Corbello came on with runners on and worked through it and some others before that three-run seventh that broke the tie.

"You never want lose on your own field," Corbello said. "That's just kind of a pride thing. I mean, it happens, but we've just got to bounce back."

Rachel Fox (19-10), who suffered the loss in the opener, bounced back by tossing the complete-game effort allowing both runs on five hits with two strikeouts and zero walks. Kristen Cuyos hit the homer for the Aggies in her only hit of the night, as Alex Masek had two of TAMU's six on the day.

After a scoreless first inning, the Aggies took to the top of the second inning, drawing a walk off of Selman to put one on. A ripped double up the middle put runners in scoring position, as an error in the field loaded the bases for the visitors. A weak fly to short was the first out, as after a pinch hitter came on, Selman got the strikeout for the second, but a walk brought in a run to make it 1-0 Texas A&M. Fortunately, a running grab by Bianka Bell in foul territory ended the inning.

TAMU threatened again in the very next frame, as a walk, a foul out and another walk put two on for the Aggies, ending Selman's day as Corbello came on in relief. The sophomore would earn a walk to load the bases, but get a strikeout to put two outs again on the board for the visitors. However, an error at second allowed another unearned run to score to make it 2-0 Texas A&M.

In the top of the fifth, Corbello walked the first batter she saw, hitting the next to put two on for the Aggies. A grounder to Quinn at second kept the runners at bat for the first out, as on the very next play another hit to Quinn was quick enough not only get to first, but allow Sandra Simmons to throw home to get out the runner on the delay for the double play to end the inning.

Finally, after being held in check for much of the game, Kellsi Kloss dropped in a single to the short porch in left to earn LSU's first hit of the day. Simmons followed with a bunt single to third to put two on, as Alayna Falcon earned an infield single to third to load the bases for LSU. Quinn dropped one to left, scoring Kloss to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, consecutive grounders ended the inning with the bases loaded for the Tigers.

With two outs and about to go down in order again, Jaquish took the second pitch of her at bat and sent one high into the night sky, clearing the fence in center for the solo home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth to tie her home run mark and set the season RBI mark on one swing.

LSU was nearly out of the inning with two outs on the board in the top of the seventh, as TAMU nearly stranded two more runners on, but Cuyos kept the inning going and gave the Aggies the lead back on the three-run shot to make it 5-2. Corbello gave up another hit and that would be the end of her night as Carley Hoover came on after that, allowing a single before getting the final batter to ground out to end the frame.

"We gave eight free passes. That was way too many. On our board of measurable items, we didn't pass one category tonight," Torina said. "We didn't do anything well tonight honestly. We didn't defend well. We didn't pitch well. We didn't swing well. You aren't going to win a ball game when you don't do any of those things well."

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, hitting the road for the final time in the regular season to open a three-game series at Missouri in Columbia.


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LSU baseball back to consensus #1 as #2 Texas A&M looms ahead http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-back-to-consensus-1-as-2-texas-aandm-looms-ahead/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-back-to-consensus-1-as-2-texas-aandm-looms-ahead/ Sports Mon, 20 Apr 2015 4:47:40 PM Chris Price LSU baseball back to consensus #1 as #2 Texas A&M looms ahead

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers are back to a consensus #1 ranking after two wins against Georgia, paired with two losses by Texas A&M last weekend. 

With the Aggies coming to Alex Box Stadium on Thursday, it sets up a 1 vs 2 showdown, with the Tigers hosting as the top dog in America. 

"Its great to be ranked number one in the country," said head coach Paul Mainieri.


"I'd certainly rather be the number one team in the country than anything else. But its subjective stuff right now. It does add a little bit of spice to the weekend series, number one versus number two."

Before the Tigers can get to the Aggies, they'll have to go through Tulane University, as the Green Wave visit the Box Tuesday night. 

First pitch against Tulane is at 6:30 and Austin Bain will start for the Tigers after not being able to throw last weekend against the Bulldogs. 

Bain will throw around 2 innings so that he can be fresh for a Saturday start against Texas A&M. Mainieri did not say who would start Thursday or Friday. 

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Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon; Rotich takes women's race http://www.wbrz.com/news/desisa-wins-119th-boston-marathon-rotich-takes-women-s-race/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/desisa-wins-119th-boston-marathon-rotich-takes-women-s-race/ Sports Mon, 20 Apr 2015 9:12:35 AM APNewsNow Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon; Rotich takes women's race

BOSTON - Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the 119th Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.

It's his second victory here. He also won the 2013 race just hours before a pair of bombs exploded at the finish line. Desisa returned after the attacks to donate his medal to the city in memory of the victims.

Caroline Rotich (ROW-tish) won the women's race in an unofficial 2:24:55. It's the first Boston victory for the 30-year-old Kenyan. She finished fourth here in 2011.

Two years after the bombs killed three and wounded 260 more, the world's most prestigious marathon took a tentative step back toward normal.

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Pelicans coach says Warriors' arena noise might be too loud http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-coach-says-warriors-arena-noise-might-be-too-loud/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-coach-says-warriors-arena-noise-might-be-too-loud/ Sports Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:30:15 AM Antonio Gonzalez Pelicans coach says Warriors' arena noise might be too loud

SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle Arena, the rollicking home of the Golden State Warriors, has been considered one of the NBA's loudest arenas for a long time. New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams believes it might too loud.

Before Game 2 on Monday, Williams said: "I'm not so sure that the decibel level is legal there, and I'm serious. They've done studies on that. Being on the competition committee, there's got to be something to that because it does get a little out of hand."

Williams added that the Warriors have some of the best fans in the league and the atmosphere at the Oakland arena is "pretty cool."

The Warriors have won 19 straight and 40 of 42 games at home this season.

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Man charged in fight over whether Jordan or LeBron is better http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-charged-in-fight-over-whether-jordan-or-lebron-is-better/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-charged-in-fight-over-whether-jordan-or-lebron-is-better/ Sports Mon, 20 Apr 2015 8:08:50 AM APNewsNow Man charged in fight over whether Jordan or LeBron is better

STATE COLLEGE, PA - Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges.

The Centre Daily Times reports that 22-year-old Daniel Mondelice was first arrested early Saturday after fighting with another man over whether Air Jordan or King James reigns supreme.

It wasn't clear which player Mondelice backed.

He was released on bond and told not to return. Instead, he went to stay with a woman at another apartment. But police were called there Saturday night when they say Mondelice became argumentative and refused to leave. It's not clear what that argument was about.

Online court records show Mondelice remained jailed Monday and was unable to post bail. A defense attorney wasn't listed.

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Southeastern finishes off sweep of McNeese State with Sunday doubleheader win http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-finishes-off-sweep-of-mcneese-state-with-sunday-doubleheader-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-finishes-off-sweep-of-mcneese-state-with-sunday-doubleheader-win/ Sports Sun, 19 Apr 2015 5:05:32 PM Chris Price Southeastern finishes off sweep of McNeese State with Sunday doubleheader win

HAMMOND - The Southeastern baseball team swept a doubleheader against McNeese State on Sunday, giving the Lions a three game sweep over the Cowboys for the weekend. 

In the early game on Sunday, the Lions used a combination of great offense and defense - getting a spectacular catch from Ryan Byers - as Southeastern took game 2 of the series 15-4. 

In game 3, the Lions once again jumped out to an early lead and secured the sweep with a 9-2 win. 

The Lions also celebrated "Knock Cancer Out of the Park" day, celebrating Paige Hickman, who threw out the first pitch of game 2. The Lions are helping Hickman through her cancer treatment.

The Lions welcome Louisiana-Lafayette to Hammond on Tuesday as they face the Ragin' Cajuns in their next game. 

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Southern runs SWAC win streak to 8 with doubleheader win over UAPB http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-runs-swac-win-streak-to-8-with-doubleheader-win-over-uapb/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-runs-swac-win-streak-to-8-with-doubleheader-win-over-uapb/ Sports Sun, 19 Apr 2015 4:33:32 PM Chris Price Southern runs SWAC win streak to 8 with doubleheader win over UAPB

BATON ROUGE - The Southern University  baseball team won on a walk-off in game 1 against Arkansas Pine-Bluff, then used an offensive onslaught in game 2 to take a doubleheader win over the Golden Lions. 

Southern scored on a walk-off hit by Marcus Tomlin in the 9th inning of game 1 to win 4-3, then outslugged the Golden Lions in game 2 to win 14-9.

The first two games of the series were played on Sunday, and with game 3 cancelled for travel considerations, the Jaguars finish the weekend on an 8 game SWAC winning streak.

The Jags return to the field on Wednesday as the head to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to face the Ragin' Cajuns. 

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LSU Men's Golf takes home SEC title for the first time since 1987 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-golf-takes-home-sec-title-for-the-first-time-since-1987/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-golf-takes-home-sec-title-for-the-first-time-since-1987/ Sports Sun, 19 Apr 2015 4:15:51 PM AP LSU Men's Golf takes home SEC title for the first time since 1987

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The No. 7-ranked LSU Tigers lifted the SEC Championship trophy for the first time in 28 seasons on Sunday afternoon as they turned a three-shot deficit entering the day into a three-shot victory with a winning score of 13-under par 827 at the 2015 SEC Men's Golf Championships held this weekend at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.


Not since the sophomore season of the great David Toms in 1986-87 had the Tigers been crowned SEC Champions on the links, but the team of seniors Stewart Jolly and Ben Taylor, junior Zach Wright and sophomores Brandon Pierce and Eric Ricard earned their place in history as the champion golfers of the year for the 2014-15 season.


They claimed the 16th SEC Championship in the program's history to rank second all-time behind the 26 titles won by the Georgia Bulldogs while snapping Alabama's run of three-straight wins from 2012-14.


But the 2014 SEC runners-up appeared set for a second-straight silver-medal-winning finish at the championship as they fell five shots behind in second place to both three-time defending champion Alabama and title-challenging Vanderbilt on the back nine. They trailed the Crimson Tide by five shots as groups in the final wave began to make the turn before also falling five shots back of Vanderbilt late in the day.


Closing at 1-under par as a team on the back nine and 2-under par over the final four holes, the Tigers staked their claim as SEC Champions as Alabama came in at 10-over par on the back nine with Vanderbilt posting its score of 4-over par on the final nine holes of the championship, including a cumulative 5-over par as a team through holes Nos. 15-18.


With Jolly leading the way with a 1-under par 69, Taylor and Wright both firing matching scores of even-par 70 and Pierce adding a 2-over par 72 toward LSU's team score in the final round, the Tigers took home the title with a total of 1-over 281 in the final round and winning effort of 13-under 827 in 54 holes played at the Seaside Course. The No. 5-ranked Commodores and No. 6-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks trailed three back in a tie for second place at 10-under 830 as each ended with an even-par 280 in the final round.


Rounding out the Top 5 of the final team standings as this year's SEC Men's Golf Championships were 15th-ranked Auburn and 25th-ranked Alabama in a tie for fourth place at 7-under par 833.


"It came down to the end, and our guys just kept playing," said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead of his team's performance late in the round. "They really outplayed some great teams down the stretch. The course was tougher today, you could see that in the scores. It took a great amount of focus to get through it. They did that and competed very well all the way through the 54th hole.


"The guys are thrilled, and I'm happy for them. They've worked hard to achieve something like this and certainly deserve it. We have five guys here who are not just very good players, but they're all really competitive as a group. When you put our five guys up against some great teams that are here, they're very competitive and want to take on the challenge of playing in a great championship event like we have here."


Jolly proved to be a catalyst in LSU's charge on the back nine as he was the only Tiger to break par in the final round, firing a 1-under 69 on Sunday to tie for fourth place overall at 5-under par 205 for the weekend.


After making the turn at 2-over par for his round with bogeys at the par-four fourth and par-five seventh holes, Jolly ignited a furious finish to the championship when he holed a 4-iron from the fairway on the par-five 15th hole for eagle before carding a birdie at the par-three 17th hole en route to a team-low round of 69 on the afternoon. He cracked the Top 10 of the final SEC leaderboard for the first time in his four career SEC starts with the Tigers as he eclipsed his previous best tournament finish when he tied for 21st place as a junior a season ago.


"It's huge for us," Jolly exclaimed following the team trophy presentation. "I couldn't be prouder of my teammates. We've had a good year, and this makes it a great year. I couldn't be happier. It's great that we all put it together when it mattered most. This is an awesome feeling."


Jolly talked about the shot that sparked his outstanding finish to the championship when he holed a 4-iron from 199 yards into the 15th green to level his score at even-par before finishing the day at 1-under.


"I actually hit a bad drive into the fairway bunker, didn't get a very good lie, so I had to lay it up into the fairway from there," Jolly explained. "I've been hitting my irons pretty well lately, and the pin was back left of the green, so it set up a right-to-left shot shape. It suited my ball flight like I hit it. I had a really good number (yardage), it was a good 4-iron if I hit it correctly.


"Coach (Winstead) and I were both talking to it like, ‘Please be good!' He was having a little bit of fun saying, ‘Be the right club today!' It was just perfect. It was the most amped up I've ever been on a golf course."


Jolly was among three Tigers to break into the Top 10 of the final leaderboard following Sunday's final round at the SEC Championships as Wright followed in a tie for sixth place at 4-under par 206 to claim his best finish in three career appearances and Pierce wrapped up the weekend in a tie for ninth place at 3-under par 207 while making his championship debut with the Tigers.


After firing the lowest round of the weekend for the Tigers with his 4-under 66 on Saturday, Wright closed out a top-10 finish with two birdies and two bogeys for an even-par round of 70 on Sunday to improve his two prior finishes of tying for 36th place at the SEC Championships as a freshman in 2013 and as a sophomore in 2014. Pierce's 2-over 72 was the final counting score for the Tigers in securing the team title.


Both Taylor and Ricard tied one another for 31st place on the final leaderboard with matching tournament scores of 3-over par 213 for the championship. Like Wright, Taylor canceled out two birdies with two bogeys for an even-par 70 in the final round to match Saturday's output after opening the tournament with a 3-over par 73 in Friday's first round.


While making his SEC Championship debut alongside Pierce, Ricard counted a score of 1-under 69 on Friday before adding rounds of 1-over 71 on Saturday and 3-over 73 on Sunday to finish the event at 3-over 213.


South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith led wire-to-wire in claiming the SEC individual title as he followed rounds of 5-under 65 on Friday and 6-under 64 on Saturday with a final-round 3-under 67 on Sunday to take home a comfortable six-shot victory with a final score of 14-under par 196 for the championship. Auburn's Ben Schlottman followed six shots back in second place with a 54-hole score of 8-under par 202.


"There are so many people who have helped LSU Golf get back to this level during our time here. I'm happy for all of those who have given us so much support," Winstead added. "Whether it be alumni, past members of our team, the administration and others, there are just so many people who have played a major part in this. We can't thank them enough for helping us along the way."


Their victory at the 2015 SEC Men's Golf Championships marked the fourth time during the 2014-15 season that the Tigers have been crowned team champions in their 10 tournament starts on the year. They have also claimed team titles at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 14-16) and David Toms Intercollegiate (Oct. 4-5) in the 2014 fall season and the Talis Park Challenge (March 15-16) earlier this spring.


It also marks the sixth time in program history and the first time since 2010-11 that the Tigers have won four tournament titles in a single season. They have now claimed 21 team titles in Winstead's 10 seasons.


With their 16th SEC Championship now in the history books, the Tigers will await their eighth-straight NCAA Regional selection as the field for the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals will be announced in just over two weeks on Monday, May 4, from 9-10 a.m. CT on Golf Channel's Morning Drive program. The 2014 NCAA match play semifinalists look to qualify for the 30-team field at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships for the fifth time in six seasons by earning a top-five team finish in NCAA Regional competition.





1. LSU 274-272-281 - 827 -13; T2. Vanderbilt 276-274-280 - 830 -10; T2. South Carolina 275-275-280 - 830 -10; T4. Auburn 275-276-282 - 833 -7; T4. Alabama 269-274-290 - 833 -7; 6. Arkansas 279-275-280 - 834 -6; T7. Florida 282-276-284 - 842 +2; T7. Georgia 282-277-283 - 842 +2; 9. Ole Miss 288-278-283 - 849 +9; 10. Texas A&M 286-282-287 - 855 +15; 11. Kentucky 284-284-288 - 856 +16; 12. Tennessee 284-292-284 - 860 +20; 13. Missouri 287-283-291 - 861 +21; 14. Mississippi State 289-297-299 - 885 +45.



1. Matthew NeSmith, South Carolina, 65-64-67 - 196 -14; 2. Ben Schlottman, Auburn, 67-65-70 - 202 -8; 3. Robby Shelton, Alabama, T4. Stewart Jolly, LSU, 68-68-69 - 205 -5; T4. Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt, 70-67-68 - 205 -5; T6. Zach Wright, LSU, 70-66-70 - 206 -4; T6. Taylor Moore, Arkansas, 73-66-67 - 206 -4; T6. Ryan Benton, Auburn, 69-66-71 - 206 -4; T9. Brandon Pierce, LSU, 67-68-72 - 207 -3; T9. Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt, 69-70-68 - 207 -3.



T4. Stewart Jolly, 68-68-69 - 205 -5

T6. Zach Wright, 70-66-70 - 206 -4

T9. Brandon Pierce, 67-68-72 - 207 -3

T31. Ben Taylor, 73-70-70 - 213 +3

T31. Eric Ricard, 69-71-73 - 213 +3


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LSU baseball rained out of finale at Georgia http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-rained-out-of-finale-at-georgia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-rained-out-of-finale-at-georgia/ Sports Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:37:35 PM Chris Price LSU baseball rained out of finale at Georgia

ATHENS, GA - The LSU Tigers will have to settle for a pair of wins instead of a 3-game sweep, after their 3rd game against the Georgia Bulldogs was cancelled Sunday because of rain.

The Tigers won a doubleheader Saturday, with Alex Lange and Jared Poche' both picking up wins, and moved a 12-5 record in the SEC (34-6 overall). 

The Tigers now turn their attention to a Tuesday showdown against in-state rival Tulane at home before a possible #1 vs #2 showdown against Texas A&M beginning Thursday at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers have won 4 straight games and 11 of their last 12: the Aggies (35-3, 12-3 SEC) have won 3 straight.  

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Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/curry-scores-34-warriors-beat-pelicans-106-99-in-game-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/curry-scores-34-warriors-beat-pelicans-106-99-in-game-1/ Sports Sat, 18 Apr 2015 9:54:43 PM Associated Press Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Golden State Warriors went up big before holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday.

Klay Thompson added 21 points, and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut dominated down low as the Warriors looked every bit like the NBA's top seed - at least for three quarters. They smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans with the league's best defense, thrilling a gold shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that rocked and roared all afternoon.

The Warriors led by 15 after the first quarter, 18 at the half and 25 late in the third. The Pelicans pulled within four in the final minute behind Davis, who scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, to make the contest seem closer than it really was.

Game 2 of the series is Monday night in Oakland.

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