WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:11:34 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Venables, Smart among 34 nominees for Broyles Award http://www.wbrz.com/news/venables-smart-among-34-nominees-for-broyles-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/venables-smart-among-34-nominees-for-broyles-award/ Sports Wed, 25 Nov 2015 4:31:35 PM Venables, Smart among 34 nominees for Broyles Award

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are among the 34 nominees for this year's Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top college football assistant coach.

Venables was a Broyles Award finalist in 2006 Oklahoma, and he's led a defense that's fifth in the country in total defense this year for top-ranked Clemson.

Smart won the award in 2009, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide are third nationally this season in total defense - allowing 265 yards per game.

The five finalists will be announced on Nov. 30, and the winner will be named on Dec. 8.

Former Ohio State offensive coordinator and current Houston head coach Tom Herman won the award last year.

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Simmons stymied, NC State beat No. 22 LSU 83-72 in OT http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-stymied-nc-state-beat-no-22-lsu-83-72-in-ot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-stymied-nc-state-beat-no-22-lsu-83-72-in-ot/ Sports Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:02:58 PM Simmons stymied, NC State beat No. 22 LSU 83-72 in OT

NEW YORK - LSU trailed for most of the game as their star player struggled to score against NC State.

LSU star freshman Ben Simmons fouled out early in overtime but had his fourth double-double. He finished with 14 rebounds and 10 assists but missed his first five shots before hitting a game-tying layup with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.

Anthony "Cat" Barber scored 20 points and North Carolina State needed overtime to get an 83-72 victory over No. 22 LSU on Tuesday night.

Five players reached double figures for North Carolina State (3-2), which led by 12 early in the second half. Barber scored six of his points in overtime when the Wolfpack outscored the Tigers by an 18-7 margin.

Caleb Martin scored 16, Abdul-Malik Abu added 15 while Cody Martin had 14.


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Miles addresses firing rumors at press conference http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-addresses-firing-rumors-at-press-conference/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-addresses-firing-rumors-at-press-conference/ Sports Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:39:23 AM Brock Sues, Russell Jones Miles addresses firing rumors at press conference

BATON ROUGE - Les Miles said there may be a discussion coming about his status as LSU's head football coach, but he won't get into it until the last game of the season is behind him and his Tigers.

Miles took a few minutes at the start of his weekly press conference to address the rumors that LSU's three-game losing skid could mean he was out as head coach. He said the discussion was a valid one, but not one he was going to let distract him from coaching.

Miles also remarked he didn't plan on reading a lot of newspapers or watching TV until the Texas A&M game is behind him, and referenced rumors in 2007 that he was leaving for Michigan which turned out to be false.

Some media outlets speculated before Saturday's Ole Miss game that Miles could be playing for his job at the Magnolia Bowl. After LSU put up a lopsided 38-17 loss, NOLA.com reported that LSU donors were on board buying out his contract, which would take $15 million, and hiring Florida State's Jimbo Fisher.

When asked Monday about the rumors, Fisher told media in Florida he does not comment about job rumors and "there is no opening" at LSU.

LSU dropped out of the national rankings after the loss to Ole Miss. They had been ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation before the post-bye week losing streak happened.

The Tigers host Texas A&M in Baton Rouge Saturday, Nov. 28 with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.

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NCAA committee delays plan to fill bowls with losing teams http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-committee-delays-plan-to-fill-bowls-with-losing-teams/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-committee-delays-plan-to-fill-bowls-with-losing-teams/ Sports Tue, 24 Nov 2015 3:14:23 PM Ralph D. Russo NCAA committee delays plan to fill bowls with losing teams

The NCAA football oversight committee will wait until next week to complete a plan for matching sub-.500 teams with bowls if there are not enough bowl-eligible squads to fill 40 games.

Seventy-one teams have won at least six games and secured at least a .500 record, the minimum for playing in the postseason. If nine more teams don't become bowl eligible, losing teams would fill the remaining spots. Eighteen teams can reach bowl eligibility over the next two weeks, including 14 that need one more victory.

Among the teams that need wins in their season finales are Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota. 

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby leads the oversight committee and says the group will look at one more week of results before setting a plan.

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Count Jordan Spieth as a likely Rio Olympics starter in 2016 http://www.wbrz.com/news/count-jordan-spieth-as-a-likely-rio-olympics-starter-in-2016/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/count-jordan-spieth-as-a-likely-rio-olympics-starter-in-2016/ Sports Tue, 24 Nov 2015 7:28:36 AM Dennis Passa Count Jordan Spieth as a likely Rio Olympics starter in 2016

SYDNEY- Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, the two headliners at this week's Australian Open, have distinctly different excitement levels over next year's Rio Olympics golf tournament.
While both agree a team competition would have been nice, Scott says he'll go if he can fit it into his schedule, and isn't very enthused. On Tuesday, however, Spieth said count him in unless he's injured or, by some miracle, the world's top-ranked golfer fails to qualify.
Spieth says he considers golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 like a major and plans to be among the four-man American team in the 60-man field in Brazil. And he plans to stay in the athletes' village, walk in the opening ceremony and meet "incredible athletes from around the world."

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Simmons dazzles scouts, LSU basketball drops 1st game of season to Marquette 81-80 http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-dazzles-scouts-lsu-basketball-drops-1st-game-of-season-to-marquette-81-80/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-dazzles-scouts-lsu-basketball-drops-1st-game-of-season-to-marquette-81-80/ Sports Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:04:56 PM AP Simmons dazzles scouts, LSU basketball drops 1st game of season to Marquette 81-80

NEW YORK  - Jajuan Johnson hit the winning free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining and Marquette survived a frenetic finish to defeat No. 22 LSU 81-80 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Legends Classic.

Marquette will face the winner of North Carolina State and Arizona State in Tuesday's championship game.

LSU (2-1) freshman Ben Simmons collected 21 points and 20 rebounds in front of 51 NBA scouts and gave the Tigers their only lead at 80-79 with a reverse layup with 21.5 seconds remaining.

But Johnson knocked down the two free throws and Josh Gray missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Luke Fischer led four players in double figures with 19 points for Marquette (2-2). Henry Ellenson was among three Golden Warriors with 16 points along with Johnson and Duane Wilson.


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Southeastern hoops falls at Nebraska 92-65 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-hoops-falls-at-nebraska-92-65/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-hoops-falls-at-nebraska-92-65/ Sports Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:19:00 PM AP Southeastern hoops falls at Nebraska 92-65

LINCOLN, NE - Tai Webster scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half to lead Nebraska to a 37-point halftime advantage and an easy 92-65 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday.

Nebraska's 92 points set a Pinnacle Bank Arena scoring record, eclipsing the 83 the Cornhuskers scored against South Carolina State in 2013.

Nebraska (3-1) opened up a 19-2 lead in the first six minutes of the game as Southeastern Louisiana (1-3) hit just one of its first eight shots and turned the ball over three times.

The Huskers opened the game hitting 13 of 18 shots to mount a 32-9 lead with 7:44 left in the half. Nebraska's largest first half lead was 39 points at 53-14 on free throws by Jack McVeigh. Nebraska's largest second-half lead was 46.

Glynn Watson Jr. led Nebraska with 14 points.

Dimi Cook paced the Lions with 16 points.

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LSU fans say it's not time to cut ties with Les Miles yet http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fans-say-it-s-not-time-to-cut-ties-with-les-miles-yet/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fans-say-it-s-not-time-to-cut-ties-with-les-miles-yet/ Sports Sun, 22 Nov 2015 6:00:59 PM Michael Vinsanau LSU fans say it's not time to cut ties with Les Miles yet

BATON ROUGE - The Tigers championship hopes went to Sunday copes in 3 weeks.

Now, the Tigers sit on the outside looking in at the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Despite their lackluster play over the past three weeks, many Tiger fans say its not time for a coaching change.

"I'm tired of everybody saying he has to go," Brad Gauthreaux said. "He's one of the best coaches that LSU has ever had."

Les Miles has never lost three games in a row since he came to LSU in 2005.

The fans did say that his performance next week against Texas A&M could bring about a change.

"I think that we need to see what happens this week, if he loses four in a row, then I say yeah, we need a new coach," Landon Chastant said.

Fans have cited injuries and experience as to why the Tigers haven't played as expected.


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LSU unranked after Saturday loss to Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-unranked-after-saturday-loss-to-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-unranked-after-saturday-loss-to-ole-miss/ Sports Sun, 22 Nov 2015 1:52:32 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU unranked after Saturday loss to Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE – After their third straight loss, the LSU Tigers are no longer ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press Poll.

Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss, marked the first three game losing streak for the Tigers since 1999.

The Tigers fell behind early 24-0 before starting a rally in the second quarter. It was short lived.

Leonard Fournette reached 108 yards on the ground, the first time breaking 100 yards since the bye week.

Quarterback Brandon Harris threw for 321 yards through the air on 51 attempts, but only walked away with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.

Iowa moved to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, taking advantage of the first losses by Ohio State and Oklahoma State to slip in behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama.

Notre Dame is fourth and Oklahoma is fifth.

The unbeaten Hawkeyes (11-0) have their best ranking since being No. 3 in 2002. They have clinched the Big Ten West and a spot in the conference title on Dec. 5.

Michigan State jumped three spots to No. 6 after upsetting Ohio State 17-14 on Saturday. The Buckeyes, who began the season as a unanimous No. 1 and slipped to No. 2 earlier this month, fell to eighth.

Oklahoma State's 45-35 loss to Baylor dropped the Cowboys from fourth to ninth and pushed Baylor to seventh.

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Southern's Devon Gales makes appearance at Georgia game http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-devon-gales-makes-appearance-at-georgia-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-devon-gales-makes-appearance-at-georgia-game/ Sports Sun, 22 Nov 2015 5:38:07 PM Charles Odum Southern's Devon Gales makes appearance at Georgia game

ATHENS - Devon Gales, the Southern player who suffered a paralyzing neck injury during a September game at Georgia, has made an emotional return to Sanford Stadium.

According to AJC.com, Georgia Bulldogs' Kicker Marshall Morgan met Gales in person for the first time since the September game that led to Gale's paralysis. 

Gales has become a Georgia fan after being embraced by the team and fans following the injury. He had a big smile as he exchanged handshakes and hugs with each Georgia player and coach Mark Richt as the team entered the stadium.

Gales wore a Georgia black warm up suit as he sat in a wheelchair.

In a September game against the Georgia Bulldogs, Devon was carted off the field after a collision during a kickoff in the third quarter.

Devon suffered several fractures in his neck in what doctors describe as a "burst injury." Dr. Greg Fautheree of the NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge says Devon's vertebrae exploded causing an impact against the spinal cord.

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Tulane loses to SMU 49-21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-loses-to-smu-49-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-loses-to-smu-49-21/ Sports Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:19:24 PM AP Tulane loses to SMU 49-21

DALLAS  - Xavier Jones ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns, Matt Davis added 156 yards rushing and a score, and SMU beat Tulane 49-21 Saturday night.

SMU had 323 yards on the ground with six touchdowns.

Prescott Line and Braeden West added rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter for SMU (2-9, 1-6 American).

SMU took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter when Zach Wood blocked a field goal and R.C. Cox returned it 66 yards for his first-career score. Davis had a 13-yard touchdown on a run later in the quarter and SMU scored 21 straight in the second quarter for a 35-7 halftime lead.

Jones had touchdown runs of 1, 5 and 35 yards in the second quarter.

Tanner Lee was 9-of-22 passing for 103 yards and a touchdown for Tulane (3-8, 1-6).

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Scores and highlights from the second round of the LHSAA playoffs http://www.wbrz.com/news/scores-and-highlights-from-the-second-round-of-the-lhsaa-playoffs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/scores-and-highlights-from-the-second-round-of-the-lhsaa-playoffs/ Sports Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:22:47 PM AP Scores and highlights from the second round of the LHSAA playoffs

Here are the scores from the 2nd week of the LHSAA football playoffs:

Class 5A

Destrehan 52, Barbe 27

Hahnville 55, St. Amant 33

John Ehret 25, Live Oak 2

Landry/Walker 47, C.E. Byrd 41

Mandeville 42, Scotlandville 41

Parkway 55, Acadiana 28

Ponchatoula 28, West Monroe 21

Zachary 35, Dutchtown 14

Class 4A
Second Round
Bastrop 28, Assumption 13

Crowley 41, Livonia 35

Easton 37, Plaquemine 20

Franklinton 35, Minden 34

Karr 47, Cecilia 28

McDonogh ?35 48, Benton 0

Neville 38, Carencro 12

North DeSoto 42, Loranger 35

Class 3A
Second Round
Amite 45, North Webster 42

Bogalusa 38, Jena 27

Iowa 41, Church Point 20

Kaplan 22, Winnfield 7

Lutcher 44, Wossman 6

Northwest 22, Marksville 21

St. James 30, Eunice 19

West Feliciana 44, Patterson 19

Class 2A
Second Round
East Feliciana 20, Loreauville 16

Kinder 47, Bunkie 7

Mangham 33, South Plaquemines 8

Pickering 29, St. Helena Central 18

Rayville 50, Red River 22

Sterlington 55, Northeast 8

Welsh 35, Oakdale 7

West St. John 34, Many 30

Class 1A
Second Round
Arcadia 38, Delhi 8

Basile 35, Homer 7

East Beauregard 35, LaSalle 8

Haynesville 61, Varnado 20

Kentwood 40, Oberlin 16

Logansport 36, Elton 0

Oak Grove 27, Block 6

White Castle 14, South Cameron 10

Division 1
Archbishop Rummel 44, Jesuit 14

Baton Rouge Catholic 49, Brother Martin 48

Evangel Christian Academy 42, Holy Cross 7

John Curtis Christian 37, Saint Paul's 30

Division 2
Parkview Baptist 41, St. Louis 16

St. Thomas More 49, E.D. White 7

Teurlings Catholic 36, De La Salle 14

University (Lab) 44, Vandebilt Catholic 6

Division 3
Notre Dame 28, Calvary Baptist Academy 7

Riverside Academy 38, Newman 15

St. Charles Catholic 13, Madison Prep 12

Division 4
Ascension Episcopal 42, Cedar Creek 0

Southern Lab 30, Central Catholic 16

St. Mary's 48, Hamilton Christian Academy 7

Vermilion Catholic 44, Delhi Charter 14

Washington School, Miss. 37, Oak Forest 20

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Southern hoops defeats Tulane 90-82 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-defeats-tulane-90-82/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-defeats-tulane-90-82/ Sports Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:11:09 PM Seth Lewis Southern hoops defeats Tulane 90-82

Southern has 5 players score in double digits as they defeat Tulane 90-82.

Senior guard Adrian Rodgers led all scorers with 20, while forward Jared Sam added 17 and Christopher Hyder had 15.

The Jags are now 2-1 on the season and 2-0 this week, as they defeated Mississippi State earlier this week.

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Last second FG gives Nicholls 27-24 win over SLU http://www.wbrz.com/news/last-second-fg-gives-nicholls-27-24-win-over-slu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/last-second-fg-gives-nicholls-27-24-win-over-slu/ Sports Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:55:16 PM Associated Press Last second FG gives Nicholls 27-24 win over SLU

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Francisco Condado booted a 40-yard field goal with no time remaining as Nicholls closed out the season with a 27-24 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday night.

With the game tied at 24-24 Landry Klann led Nicholls (3-8, 3-6 Southland) on a 56 yard drive to give Condado a chance from the 23. Condado, who had made a 45-yard field goal earlier, was on the mark.

Tobias Lofton ran for 147 yards as Nicholls dominated the second half after trailing 17-3 at the break.

Nicholls charged back quickly when the second half opened as Lofton broke for a 62-yard scoring run early in the third quarter. Klann then ran in from the 6 to tie the game at 17-17 with 9:06 remaining in the third. Michael Henry scored on a 2-yard run for a 24-17 lead in the final quarter.

Julius Maracalin rushed for 121 yards to lead the Lions (4-7, 3-6).

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NFL set to defend $1B concussion settlement amid appeals http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-set-to-defend-1b-concussion-settlement-amid-appeals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-set-to-defend-1b-concussion-settlement-amid-appeals/ Sports Thu, 19 Nov 2015 6:01:58 AM Maryclaire Dale NFL set to defend $1B concussion settlement amid appeals

PHILADELPHIA- The NFL will ask a federal appeals court in Philadelphia to uphold a potential $1 billion plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players.
Critics appealing the settlement say it compensates some retirees at the expense of others.
The awards could reach several million dollars for men with Alzheimer's disease, advanced dementia and a few other illnesses. But it doesn't cover depression, seizures and other disorders that some experts link to concussions.
The plan approved by a judge last year would cover more than 20,000 NFL retirees for the next 65 years.  The lead negotiators say the players would have had a tough time proving their case in court.
The appeal will be heard Thursday morning in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Southeastern defeats Mississippi College in Home Opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-defeats-mississippi-college-in-home-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-defeats-mississippi-college-in-home-opener/ Sports Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:14:18 PM SLU Athletics Southeastern defeats Mississippi College in Home Opener


HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana held off Mississippi College, 76-69, Wednesday at the University Center, picking up a win in the home opener for the 10th-straight season.


“I want to give Mississippi College a lot of credit,” head coach Jay Ladner said. “We certainly didn't take them lightly. They hung around. There were three or four times we had a chance to blow the game open, but we're not there yet. We don't have the chemistry. We don't execute all the time. We're going to have to do a better job.”


The pesky Choctaws (1-1) refused to let Southeastern (1-2) expand its lead throughout the contest.


Jordan Capps gave the Lions a 20-10 lead at the 11:29 mark with a layup off an assist from Mike Hawkins. Mississippi College answered with a 3-pointer from Tristan Moore just 19 seconds later. Hawkins drained a 3-pointer on Southeastern's next possession to drive the lead back to 10, but the Choctaws again answered.


A pair of free throws from Daniel Grieves at the 5:43 mark put the Lions up, 29-19, but Mississippi College once again sank a 3-pointer.


At the half, Southeastern had built a 33-25 advantage.


The second half was a similar story, although the Lions were able to extend the lead as high as 13 points, 42-29, less than three minutes in.


Hawkins, a senior from Raymond, Mississippi, led four players in double digits for Southeastern, pouring in 13 points. Zay Jackson, a senior from Hammond, and Dimi Cook, a freshman from Gulfport, Mississippi, both scored 12 points. All of Jackson's points came in the second half. Keith Charleston, a junior from Little Rock, Arkansas, contributed 11 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double.


Southeastern shot shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the floor, including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from 3-point range. The Lions were 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line and out-rebounded Mississippi College, 33-29.


Tory Rice led all players with 16 points. Jonathan McGee (14) and Stacey Mack (11) also scored in double figures for the Choctaws. Rice grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.


Mississippi College shot 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from 3-point range. The Choctaws were 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) from the free throw line.


Southeastern now embarks on a week-long trip to compete in the Barclays Center Classic. The journey will take Southeastern to Nebraska, Cincinnati and finally West Point, New York, for a pair of games.



Tory Rice 6-8 4-6 16; Jonathan McGee 4-11 3-4 14; Stacey Mack 4-6 1-7 11; Otis Harvey 3-8 0-1 8; Tristan Moore 3-8 1-1 8; Johnny Rucker 2-5 2-2 7; Antonio Johnson 1-3 3-3 5; Christian Robbins 0-0 0-0 0; David Fisher 0-0 0-0 0; DeOndre Haynes 0-3 0-0 0; Byron McCall 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 23-52 14-26 69.



Hawkins, Mike 4-6 2-2 13; Cook, Dimi 4-6 3-4 12; Jackson, Zay 4-12 4-4 12; Charleston, Keith 5-7 1-2 11; Filmore, Joshua 3-7 2-2 9; Capps, Jordan 3-4 2-7 8; Grieves, Daniel 2-4 2-2 6; Veal, Marlain 1-2 2-3 5; Nelson, Dominic 0-0 0-0 0; Greenwood, Mo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 18-26 76.


Mississippi College........... 25 44 - 69

Southeastern La............... 33 43 - 76


3-point goals--Mississippi College 9-21 (Jonathan McGee 3-7; Otis Harvey 2-7; Stacey Mack 2-2; Johnny Rucker 1-1; Tristan Moore 1-2; DeOndre Haynes 0-1; Antonio Johnson 0-1), Southeastern La. 6-18 (Hawkins, Mike 3-5; Filmore, Joshua 1-4; Cook, Dimi 1-2; Veal, Marlain 1-1; Grieves, Daniel 0-1; Jackson, Zay 0-5). Fouled out--Mississippi College-Tristan Moore, Southeastern La.-Cook, Dimi. Rebounds--Mississippi College 29 (Tory Rice 8), Southeastern La. 33 (Charleston, Keith 10). Assists--Mississippi College 14 (Tristan Moore 4), Southeastern La. 14 (Jackson, Zay 8). Total fouls--Mississippi College 22, Southeastern La. 26. Technical

fouls--Mississippi College-None, Southeastern La.-None. A-810


Home opener for Southeastern Louisiana

Game counts as exhibition for MC


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Pelicans lose to Nuggets 115-98, fall to 1-10 http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-lose-to-nuggets-115-98-fall-to-1-10/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-lose-to-nuggets-115-98-fall-to-1-10/ Sports Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:24:15 PM Associated Press Pelicans lose to Nuggets 115-98, fall to 1-10

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Denver's Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 32 points, New Orleans' Anthony Davis hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter, and the Nuggets defeated the downtrodden Pelicans 115-98 on Tuesday night.

Jameer Nelson scored all 16 of his points in the last 14:10 of the game, helping Denver secure its fourth victory in five games. Will Barton added 17 points and Gary Harris 16.

Ryan Anderson scored 24 and Eric Gordon 19 for the injury-riddled Pelicans, who were able to stay within single digits most of the game before fading in the final minutes.

Ish Smith added 13 points, while Luke Babbitt and Dante Cunningham each scored 11 for New Orleans, which has lost four straight and has only one victory in 11 games this season.

Davis missed all three of his shots before leaving the game for good about halfway through the first quarter.

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Southern stuns Mississippi State behind new energy, excitement http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-stuns-mississippi-state-behind-new-energy-excitement/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-stuns-mississippi-state-behind-new-energy-excitement/ Sports Tue, 17 Nov 2015 6:58:04 PM Southern Athletics Southern stuns Mississippi State behind new energy, excitement

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Southern University used a late 12-0 run to build an 8-point lead before withstanding a furious Mississippi State run to escape with a 76-72 upset from the Humphrey Coliseum Monday night.

The four-point win marked the program's second win over an SEC foe under head coach Roman Banks. Southern scored a 53-51 road win over Texas A&M in College Station in 2012. 

“I thought it was a well-fought basketball contest," Banks said. "We knew that they have a very good and well-coached team coming into tonight, but we worked very hard because we think that we also have a pretty good group of guys that any given night can come in and play to the best of their abilities and can compete in these types of games.

"Fortunately enough, we made a couple of free throws down the stretch and a couple of rebounds to secure the victory."

Trailing 61-57 with 10:08 remaining, Southern went on 12-0 spurt led by Trelun Banks, who scored eight points during a span of 4:09 that gave the Jaguars their largest lead at 69-61.

Southern led 72-64 with 2:38 remaining before Mississippi State responded with a rally after a pair of Craig Sword free throws followed by three-straight I.J. Ready free throws. After Christopher Hyder connected on 1-of-2 at the line, Ready's layup with 1:41 left trimmed the Jaguars lead to 74-72.

The Jaguars defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in Mississippi State's final four possession and freshman Malik Newman missed two free throws in the game's closing moments.

After a Ready miss, Rodgers secured the defensive rebound and feed sophomore Chris Thomas for an easy layup to give SU a 76-72 win.

Southern's defense pressured the Bulldogs backcourt for the entire game and forced 19 MSU turnovers.

“If you follow our team defensively, we’ve been known to be pretty good," Banks said. "We are always somewhere in the top 20 nationally in defensive percentage scoring and all that."

Banks added: "We wanted to make sure we zoned up and had trapping opportunities because [I.J. Ready] is a dominate ball handler and we wanted to wear him down. I think we were able to do that.” 


Trelun Banks finished with a game high 18 points and made 7-of-10 free throws before fouling out. Senior Adrian Rodgers scored 16 points, making four 3-pointers. Jared Sam turned in a solid performance in the post with 10 points and 8 rebounds.


“It was a disappointing loss against a team that I was impressed with,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “Credit to Southern for their toughness. They came at us and took it to us on our home floor. It is all about defense. That is the problem right now."

Southern returns to the captiol city to host in-state rival and American Conference member Tulane Thursday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Tickets for Thursday contest between the Jaguars and the Green Wave are available at the SU Ticket Office. 

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Ex-assistant to Saints owner claims wrongful firing http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-assistant-to-saints-owner-claims-wrongful-firing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-assistant-to-saints-owner-claims-wrongful-firing/ Sports Tue, 17 Nov 2015 4:18:50 PM APNewsNow Ex-assistant to Saints owner claims wrongful firing

NEW ORLEANS - A longtime assistant to Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims he was fired last year in violation of a legal contract.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Saints corporation, Rodney Henry claims that he worked long hours for Benson for approximately 25 years - driving Benson to and from work and doing numerous personal errands for Benson and his wife.

Henry says he made $50,000 a year and was not paid overtime that he was entitled to under federal law. Henry also claims he was fired by a Saints employee despite an agreement that only Benson could terminate Henry's employment. The suit says the breach of that agreement means Henry is entitled to two years' salary.

The Saints declined comment in an email.

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Southern upsets Mississippi St, 76-72 behind Banks, Rogers http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-upsets-mississippi-st-76-72-behind-banks-rogers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-upsets-mississippi-st-76-72-behind-banks-rogers/ Sports Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:49:32 PM PAUL JONES Southern upsets Mississippi St, 76-72 behind Banks, Rogers

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Southern University's Trelun Banks and Adrian Rogers combined for 34 points in a 76-72 victory over Mississippi State in the first meeting between the schools Monday afternoon.

The visiting Jaguars held off a late rally by the Bulldogs of the SEC as both teams moved to 1-1 on the season.

Banks finished with 18 points while Rogers added 16 by knocking down 4 of his six attempts from beyond the arc.

Jared Sam added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Southern University. Mississippi State was led by Craig Sword's 16 points while Gavin Ware added 13 points.

Southern University held a 72-64 lead with 2:33 left in the game before Mississippi State went on an 8-2 run and cut the Jaguars' lead to 74-72 with 1:33 left in the game. Mississippi State freshman Malik Newman missed two free throws with 46 seconds left with the Bulldogs trailing 74-72.

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