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JACKSON, MS - The Southern Jaguars jumped on Jackson State early and beat their rival 42-28 on Saturday. 

The Jags started quarterback Deonte Shorts and he responded by leading the Jags to a scoring drive on their opening possesion. 

Shorts connected with Justin Morgan on a long pass play before finishing the drive with a touchdown run to put the Jags up 7-0. 

Willie Quinn ran a punt back for a touchdown to put the Jags up 14-nothing, and Leonard Tillery added a 76 yard touchdown run that had the Jags leading 21-0 less than 8 minutes into the game. 

Southern moves to 4-1 on the conference season, while the Tigers fall to 1-4. 

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Brossette scores 6 touchdowns as U High blows out Denham Springs 56-21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/brossette-scores-6-touchdowns-as-u-high-blows-out-denham-springs-56-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brossette-scores-6-touchdowns-as-u-high-blows-out-denham-springs-56-21/ Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 9:43:48 PM Chris Price Brossette scores 6 touchdowns as U High blows out Denham Springs 56-21

BATON ROUGE - Nick Brossette lit up the scoreboard Friday night, scoring 6 touchdowns on the way to a University High rout of Denham Springs 56-21. 

The game was tied at 14 with 9 minutes in the second quarter, but the Cubs took advantage of a Sam Wharton interception and turned it into Brossette touchdown catch a few plays later to make it 21-14. 

Brossette scored again to make it 28-14, but Torez Kinchen threw a touchdown pass to Kyandre Brooks to close the gap to 28-21. 

The Cubs immediately bounced back with another Miles touchdown throw to Tre Jackson, and Brossette scored again to make it 42-21 at the half. 


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Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB http://www.wbrz.com/news/titans-rookie-zach-mettenberger-will-start-at-qb/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/titans-rookie-zach-mettenberger-will-start-at-qb/ Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:12 AM Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday and feels this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do.

The Titans had stuck with Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, since hiring Whisenhunt in January. But Locker has missed 17 of a possible 39 starts and finished only three games this season because of injuries.

Mettenberger will become the fourth rookie quarterback to start this season , the third quarterback for Whisenhunt.

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Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers 35-21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/manning-sanders-lead-broncos-past-chargers-35-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/manning-sanders-lead-broncos-past-chargers-35-21/ Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:38 PM Arnie Stapleton Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers 35-21

DENVER, CO - Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.

Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

With the Chargers' banged-up secondary double-teaming red-hot receiver Demaryius Thomas, Sanders caught TD throws of 2, 31 and 3 yards. The last one followed Chris Harris Jr.'s interception of a flustered Philip Rivers.

Rookie running back Juwan Thompson added two TD runs as the Broncos (6-1) tightened their grip on the AFC West over the Chargers (5-3), who lost their second straight game.

Manning finished 25 of 35 for 286 yards. Sanders caught nine passes for 120 yards, and Ronnie Hillman added 109 yards on 20 carries.

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Pelicans starters see action in win over Mavs http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-starters-see-action-in-win-over-mavs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-starters-see-action-in-win-over-mavs/ Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:51:41 PM Hunter Robinson Pelicans starters see action in win over Mavs

BOSSIER CITY - Tyreke Evans scored 14 points and Anthony Davis added 13 as the New Orleans Pelicans' starters saw plenty of action in a win over the Dallas Mavericks 88-85 in an exhibition game Thursday night.

The Mavericks made it close, cutting the Pelicans' 10-point fourth-quarter lead to one in the waning moments. But an emphatic follow slam by undrafted rookie Patric Young with 2.1 seconds remaining helped the Pelicans secure the victory at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, in their final regular season tuneup.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle opted to rest stars such as Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler in Dallas' penultimate preseason affair. The Mavericks were led by guard Gal Mekel's 17 points.

The Pelicans finished the preseason 5-2. Dallas is 3-4.

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World Series TV ratings increase from Game 1 to 2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/world-series-tv-ratings-increase-from-game-1-to-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/world-series-tv-ratings-increase-from-game-1-to-2/ Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 2:43:40 PM APNewsNow World Series TV ratings increase from Game 1 to 2

NEW YORK - Game 2 of the World Series stayed close deeper into the night, boosting television ratings.

The 12.9 million viewers Wednesday on Fox for the Kansas City Royals' 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants were an increase of 6 percent from Game 1. The 7.9 rating with a 14 share was still the second-lowest ever for a Game 2. The Giants' 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in 2012 drew a 7.8/12.

The Giants' 7-1 victory Tuesday earned a 7.3, a record low for a Game 1. San Francisco led 5-0 after four innings. On Wednesday, the game stayed tied into the sixth.

Ratings measure the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares represent the percentage of TVs in use at the time.

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LHSAA head man out after mutual split http://www.wbrz.com/news/lhsaa-head-man-out-after-mutual-split/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lhsaa-head-man-out-after-mutual-split/ Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 1:31:21 PM Michael Cauble LHSAA head man out after mutual split

BATON ROUGE - The man who oversaw one of the most turbulent times of high school football in Louisiana is out after seven years on the job.

Kenny Henderson took over the reigns of the high school athletics governing body back in 2007, however the last three years have been rocky since public and private schools decided to split and for their own postseason championships.

Henderson's contract was set to expire in June, however the decision announced today is an immediate departure.

Ouachita Parish High School Principal Todd Guice has been named the head of the search committee to replace Henderson.

Below is the statement released today from the LHSAA following the decision"

"The LHSAA Executive Committee and its Executive Director, Kenny Henderson, have mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the association and Mr. Henderson to sever their relationship, effective October 24, 2014.

The Executive Committee wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. Henderson for his dedicated service over the last seven years, the improvements made during his term as Executive Director, and his efforts in meeting the many challenges which have been faced by the LHSAA during that period.

The Executive Committee will immediately begin the process of searching for a new Executive Director. A committee has been formed to initiate that process, which will be chaired by Mr. Todd Guice, Past-President of LHSAA and Principal of Ouachita Parish High School.


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Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London http://www.wbrz.com/news/johnson-still-a-doubt-for-lions-game-in-london/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/johnson-still-a-doubt-for-lions-game-in-london/ Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 7:17:53 AM Chris Lehourites Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London

BAGSHOT, England - Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London.

Johnson has missed the last two games, both wins, for the Lions (5-2) with a right ankle injury. He made the trip to England, but said Thursday there was still no decision on whether he would play this weekend.

Johnson says "it gets better and better. Like, right now it's getting better on a daily basis."

Johnson, known as Megatron, is one of the most popular players in the NFL. But with a bye week coming up, Johnson could sit out Sunday's game and get an extra week of recovery before the Lions play the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 9.

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Royals beats Giants 7-2, even World Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/royals-beats-giants-7-2-even-world-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/royals-beats-giants-7-2-even-world-series/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:56:39 PM Ronald Blum Royals beats Giants 7-2, even World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.

Butler's single off Jean Machi drove in his second run of the night and put the Royals ahead 3-2. Perez lined a two-run double to the left-center wall for a three-run lead, and Infante homered into the left-field bullpen off Hunter Strickland.

Game 3 is Friday night in San Francisco.

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With Graham limited, Saints receivers doing more http://www.wbrz.com/news/with-graham-limited-saints-receivers-doing-more/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/with-graham-limited-saints-receivers-doing-more/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:52:49 PM APNewsNow With Graham limited, Saints receivers doing more

METAIRIE - Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the tight end recovers from a sore shoulder, it looks like Drew Brees won't have trouble finding other targets.

Recent performances by receivers Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks have left little doubt about that.

Colston and Stills are coming off of their best games of the season against Detroit's top-ranked defense; Colston had 111 yards on six catches, while Stills caught five passes for 103 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown.

Meanwhile, Cooks' 34 catches has the rookie tied with Graham for the team lead in receptions, an indication of Brees' growing trust in the first-round draft choice.

As the Saints prepare to host Green Bay on Sunday night, coach Sean Payton says he's encouraged by developments in the passing game.

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Record low TV viewership for World Series opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/record-low-tv-viewership-for-world-series-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/record-low-tv-viewership-for-world-series-opener/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:38:36 PM APNewsNow Record low TV viewership for World Series opener

KANSAS CITY, MO - Didn't stay up for Game One of the World Series? Don't worry. You were hardly alone.

The World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons.

According to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research, San Francisco's 7-1 win over Kansas City drew a 7.3 rating and 12.2 million viewers Tuesday night on Fox.

That broke the previous low of a 7.6 rating and 12.2 million for the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in 2012.

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No SEC hoops Surprise: Kentucky, Florida picked 1-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-sec-hoops-surprise-kentucky-florida-picked-1-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-sec-hoops-surprise-kentucky-florida-picked-1-2/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 9:37:20 AM Pete Iacobelli No SEC hoops Surprise: Kentucky, Florida picked 1-2

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Southeastern Conference's Final Four teams were picked to finish 1-2 in the league again this season with star-filled Kentucky chosen just ahead of defending champion Florida.

Kentucky got all 20 first-place votes from the media panel to finish with 280 points with Florida second, garnering 258 in the poll released Wednesday. The Wildcats and Gators both reached the NCAA tournament semifinals in April; Kentucky lost in the title game to Connecticut.

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison was the preseason player of the year. His twin brother Andrew made the all-SEC second team, which also included 6-foot-11 Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns.

Arkansas finished third in the voting, followed by LSU, Georgia, Mississippi and Missouri. Auburn was eighth, then Texas A&M, Alabama, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

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Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/bumgarner-pence-lead-giants-over-royals-7-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bumgarner-pence-lead-giants-over-royals-7-1/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:55:18 PM Ronald Blum Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1

KANSAS CITY, MO - Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.

In a matchup of streaking teams, the Giants won their seventh Series game in a row dating to 2010 and ended a perfect postseason for the Royals, who had been 8-0. San Francisco also ended the Royals' 11-game postseason winning streak dating to their 1985 title, one shy of the record set by the Yankees on two occasions.

Bumgarner extended his Series scoreless streak to 21 innings before Salvador Perez's seventh-inning homer, which also ended Bumgarner's record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless postseason road innings.

Shields allowed five runs and seven hits and needed 70 pitches to get nine outs.

The Game 1 winner has captured 15 of the last 17 titles.

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Cajuns survive thriller 55-40 over Ark. State http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-survive-thriller-55-40-over-ark-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-survive-thriller-55-40-over-ark-state/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 9:24:46 PM Michael Cauble Cajuns survive thriller 55-40 over Ark. State

The ULL Ragin Cajuns scored early and late and needed everyone one of their rushing touchdowns to hold off a surging Arkansas State on Tuesday night in Cajun Field.

The Cajuns won 55-40 as both teams traded four touchdowns in the final five and a half minutes of the game.

Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns for the Cajuns who remain undefeated in Sun Belt play.

ULL racked up 419 rushing yards in the game with McGuire setting the pace with 265 yards averaging nearly 14 yards per carry.

The Cajuns improve to 4-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference.

Mark Hudpseth and his team are back in action next Saturday hosting South Alabama at Cajun Field.

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Beckham's star on the rise http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-s-star-on-the-rise/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-s-star-on-the-rise/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:56:39 AM AP Beckham's star on the rise

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The first-round draft pick has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants' No. 1 playmaker in a span of roughly three weeks.

Add in the injury fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz and Beckham might be the most important person on the Giants' offense, with the exception of quarterback Eli Manning. The LSU product is clearly a rising star, with potential given some more playing time.

Don't forget, Beckham missed almost all of training camp, five preseason games and four regular-season games before getting on the field.

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LSU's White earns weekly honor from LSWA http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-white-earns-weekly-honor-from-lswa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-white-earns-weekly-honor-from-lswa/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:54:28 AM AP LSU's White earns weekly honor from LSWA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and LSU all scored important conference victories on Saturday and players from those schools won this week's state player of the week honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams had a big game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff to earn Offensive Player of the Week, while Tech's Terrell Pinson stood out earning not only state Defensive honors, but an ESPN helmet sticker as well after a win over UTSA. The special teams honor went to Tre'Davious White who had a punt return for a score in the LSU win over Kentucky.

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Archie Manning excuses himself from playoff committee http://www.wbrz.com/news/archie-manning-excuses-himself-from-playoff-committee/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/archie-manning-excuses-himself-from-playoff-committee/ Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:58:59 PM APNewsNow Archie Manning excuses himself from playoff committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time.

Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he has while moving around and will be unable to travel to the meetings.

The committee will issue its first rankings Oct. 28 and announce the four teams in the national championship field on Dec. 7. The semifinals will be Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The title game will be Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Mike Tranghese will take Manning's spot to work with Oliver Luck on the Mountain West and Steve Wieberg will join Tom Jernstedt in evaluating the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Saints look for silver lining after losing to Lions http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-look-for-silver-lining-after-losing-to-lions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-look-for-silver-lining-after-losing-to-lions/ Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:52:44 PM AP Saints look for silver lining after losing to Lions

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton is starting this week by emphasizing the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.

With his players mystified by their inability to close out close games, Payton is steering clear of the kind of criticism that could shatter the increasingly fragile psyche of a team struggling to come to grips with its 2-4 start.

Payton says that it is clear by the Saints performance in Detroit that his team is improving overall, particularly on defense, but needs to learn how to "finish." The 24-23 loss to the Lions marked the third time this season that the Saints have lost a lead in the last two minutes.

New Orleans returns to action next Sunday night at home against Green Bay.

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Miles sees improvement with top 3 Ole Miss looming http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-sees-improvement-with-top-3-ole-miss-looming/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-sees-improvement-with-top-3-ole-miss-looming/ Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:51:05 PM AP Miles sees improvement with top 3 Ole Miss looming

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles says the Tigers are demonstrating improvement in all phases and enjoying a recent resurgence that has lifted them back into the Top 25 as a visit from third-ranked Mississippi approaches.

Miles says the Tigers' offensive line is blocking better in the running and passing game, while the defense is better prepared than it has been all season to deal with a quarterback as talented as the Rebels' Bo Wallace.

Miles also is pleased with recent big plays in the kick- and punt-return game that helped LSU roll to a 41-3 victory over Kentucky.

LSU has won two-straight SEC games and rushed for 303 yards against the Wildcats last Saturday, but Ole Miss has one of the top-rated defenses in the nation.

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Central Florida holds on against Tulane 20-13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-florida-holds-on-against-tulane-20-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-florida-holds-on-against-tulane-20-13/ Sports Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:45:58 PM AP Central Florida holds on against Tulane 20-13

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - UCF's defense came up with a pair of late fourth down stops, helping the Knights hold on for a 20-13 American Athletic Conference victory over Tulane on Saturday.

The Knights (4-2, 2-0 AAC) survived four turnovers and late penalties to preserve the win.

Both sides were sloppy on offense, combining for six turnovers. UCF quarterback Justin Holman had a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but was intercepted twice by Tulane (2-5, 1-2).

It was enough for UCF coach George O'Leary to pull him in favor of Nick Patti in the second quarter. The change lasted three series, before Holman was reinserted to begin the second half.

In his second straight start at quarterback, Tulane's Nick Montana finished 18 for 42 for 147 yards and two interceptions.

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