WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 25 May 2015 01:05:23 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU Baseball falls to Florida in the SEC semifinals 2-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-to-florida-in-the-sec-semifinals-2-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-to-florida-in-the-sec-semifinals-2-1/ Sports Sat, 23 May 2015 7:23:53 PM Seth Lewis LSU Baseball falls to Florida in the SEC semifinals 2-1

HOOVER, ALA - LSU unable to take advantage of having ace Alex Lange on the mound Saturday, as they fall to Florida 2-1

Lange pitching 7 complete shutout innings with 7 strikeouts. After 100 pitches for Lange, head coach Mainieri pulling Lange in favor of his bullpen. They gave up a run in the 8th and 9th inning to give Florida the lead.

The LSU bats unable to drive in runs today, as they had 9 hits, but Jared Foster was the lone Tiger with an RBI, when he scored Kade Scivicque in the 2nd inning.

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Cajuns Double Up Bobcats to Advance to Sunbelt Title Game. http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-double-up-bobcats-to-advance-to-sunbelt-title-game-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-double-up-bobcats-to-advance-to-sunbelt-title-game-/ Sports Sat, 23 May 2015 10:54:10 PM ULL Athletics Cajuns Double Up Bobcats to Advance to Sunbelt Title Game.

TROY, Ala. - After shutting out Texas State earlier in the day, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team got out to an early lead and never looked back as the squad defeated the Bobcats 6-2 on Saturday at Riddle-Pace Field to advance to the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Title game.

The win is the fourth straight for the Cajuns (38-21) and fourth of the year against Texas State (24-32-1).

Louisiana will face South Alabama tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the championship contest. The SBC championship game appearance is the third straight for the Ragin' Cajuns as they join South Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Lamar as the only programs in Sun Belt history to accomplish the feat. Louisiana has reached the championship game five times previously and took home tournament titles in 1998 and 2014.

"I just think we did a great job today of grinding this out," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "It's a long day. I don't think we would be where we are at without the leadership from our five seniors and Thurman behind the plate. Considering dropping that first game the way we did, and them being able to come back they way they have, it just says a lot about our leadership and our guys. And I am proud of them."

Starter Will Bacon limited the Bobcats to two runs on six hits in a season-high 6.1 innings. Bacon struck out three and walked two en route to his fifth win of the year.

Freshman Dylan Moore made his second appearance of the day in the contest. Moore added 2.2 scorless innings of relief to notch his 11th save of the year and tie the school record set by Matt Hicks in 2013. The right-hander had two strikeouts and two walks in the outing.

Lucas Humpal suffered his seventh loss of the year in the contest after giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits in 7.1 innings.

The Cajuns edged Texas State in hitting, 9-8. Junior Stefan Trosclair matched his career-high with three hits in the nightcap. Trosclair scored twice and drove in a run.

Louisiana jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a pair of Texas State errors. With the bases loaded and two outs, left fielder Evan Powell drew a walk from Humpal to get the Cajuns on the board. In the next at bat, Trosclair scored on an error by shortstop Luke Sherley to give the Ragin' Cajuns a two-run edge.

Designated hitter Tyler Girouard increased the advantage to 3-0 in the top of the fourth driving in Trosclair on a ball hit to first. Trosclair reached on a one-out infield single, stole second and then moved to third on a wild pitch.

The Bobcats broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single to left by right fielder Cory Geisler off of Bacon to make the score 3-1. In the next at bat, second baseman Cedric Vallieres doubled down the line in left to cut the Louisiana lead to one run.

After two scoreless innings, the Cajuns got a big hit from catcher Nick Thurman in the top of the eighth as he drove a two-run double into the gap in right center to put Louisiana up 5-2.

Trosclair added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a two-out single to left.

Texas State put two on in the ninth with one out, but Moore would strikeout Geisler and then induce a ground out by left fielder Granger Studdard to end the contest.

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Harlem Globetrotter great Marques Haynes dies at 89 http://www.wbrz.com/news/harlem-globetrotter-great-marques-haynes-dies-at-89/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/harlem-globetrotter-great-marques-haynes-dies-at-89/ Sports Fri, 22 May 2015 2:11:39 PM APNewsNow Harlem Globetrotter great Marques Haynes dies at 89

PHOENIX - Marques Haynes, the Harlem Globetrotters star often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89.

The Globetrotters said Haynes died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes. Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said "basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures."

Haynes made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored. He had two stints with the touring team - from 1947-53 and 1972-79.

He played in more than 12,000 games, traveling more than 4 million miles and appearing in more than 100 countries for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical showmanship and circus antics. He was the Globetrotters' player-coach in 1974-75.

The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and will wear a uniform patch in tribute.

Image: The Republican / Michael S. Gordon

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UL-Lafayette overcomes early deficit to eliminate Troy, 12-8 http://www.wbrz.com/news/ul-lafayette-overcomes-early-deficit-to-eliminate-troy-12-8/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ul-lafayette-overcomes-early-deficit-to-eliminate-troy-12-8/ Sports Thu, 21 May 2015 9:09:16 PM ULL Athletics UL-Lafayette overcomes early deficit to eliminate Troy, 12-8

TROY, Ala. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team overcame an early 5-1 deficit as the team rallied for six runs in the second inning to defeated second-seeded Troy 12-8 in an elimination game on Thursday afternoon at the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament hosted at Riddle-Pace Field.


The Cajuns (35-21) will face the loser of the UT Arlington/Texas winner's bracket contest Friday at 6:30 p.m. in an elimination game. The contest will be aired on News Talk 96.5 KPEL-FM with Jay Walker making the call. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with Matt Stewart providing play-by-play.


"They jumped us early. We tried to slow them down all we could, but they came out swinging. We went to the pen and Greg (Milhorn) did an outstanding job," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "You bring in a pitcher to change the momentum of the game, and without Greg's outing today, I don't think we can come back. He got momentum, and then the hitters fed off of him. He's been battling back from a groin injury. Today he came out and pitched like a senior should."


Milhorn was forced into action in the first inning and came on to limit the Trojans (30-25) to one run on one hit in 4.2 innings of relief to pick up his third win of the year. The senior equaled a career-high with six strikeouts in the outing.


Junior right-hander Will Bacon registered his second save of the season throwing 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the contest with three strikeouts.


Starter Grant Bennett (9-4) took the loss for Troy giving up 10 runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks in 3.1 innings.


Louisiana posted double-digit hits for the second time in the tournament outhitting the Trojans 13-9 led by junior Kyle Clement who was 3-for-4 with a double, drove in two and scored twice. Blake Trahan, Brenn Conrad, Stefan Trosclair and Tyler Girouard also had multi-hit efforts in the contest. Trosclair had


Shortstop Matt Sanders went 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI for the Trojans, while Logan Hill had two hits including a home run and three RBI.


The Cajuns grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Conrad scored on a double steal. Conrad reach on a fielders choice and then moved to third on a Clement single.


Troy answered with five runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 5-1 edge. Hill got the Trojans on the board with a three-run homer off of starter Wyatt Marks to right center. Later in the inning, second baseman Nick Masonia drove a two-run homer to left center to give Troy a four-run lead.


Louisiana exploded for six runs on three hits and three walks in the top of the second to regain the lead, 7-5. Greg Davis pulled the Cajuns within two runs as he drove a 2-2 pitch from Bennett over the fence in left center for a two-run homer. The home run was the seventh of the year for Davis.


Conrad made the score 5-4 as he doubled to deep center scoring Trahan from second. Two batters later, Trosclair put the Ragin' Cajuns back in front 7-5 on a three-run homer to left. The home run is the 14th of the season for Trosclair and moves him one back of Georgia State's Matt Rose for the conference lead.


The Cajuns added three more runs in the top of the fourth. Clement doubled home the first run of the inning sending a ball off of the wall in center field with one out. In the next at bat, Trosclair doubled to left to score Clement to extend the advantage to 9-5. Girouard capped the scoring in the inning as he singled down the left field line to plate Trosclair.


In the top of the sixth, Clement drove in his second run of the game singling to left to score Conrad and put Louisiana in front 11-5. Two batters later, Girouard increased the lead to seven runs with an RBI double to left.


Troy went on to score the final three runs of the contest with an RBI single by Cameron Sanders in the sixth, followed by a solo home run by Matt Sanders and a RBI double by Shaw Pinnell in the eighth.


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Saints sign 1st round pick Andrus Peat http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-sign-1st-round-pick-andrus-peat/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-sign-1st-round-pick-andrus-peat/ Sports Thu, 21 May 2015 9:01:21 PM Associated Press Saints sign 1st round pick Andrus Peat

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints signed first-round pick Andrus Peat on Thursday to a four-year contract.

The 6-foot-7, 316-pound former Stanford offensive tackle was selected 13th overall. Peat was the last of the team's nine draft picks to sign.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton expects Peat to work strictly as a tackle, where the Saints have two incumbent starters, Terron Armstead on the left side and Zach Strief on the right side.

Peat was a two-year starter at left tackle for Stanford, which plays a "West Coast," pro-style offense that Peat said should help his transition to Payton's offense. The Cardinal uses a zone-blocking scheme in the run, which the Saints have used since 2013.

As a junior in 2014, Peat was named All-Pac-12 and second-team AP All-America.

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Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors http://www.wbrz.com/news/gentry-interviews-with-pelicans-still-focused-on-warriors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gentry-interviews-with-pelicans-still-focused-on-warriors/ Sports Thu, 21 May 2015 8:52:35 PM Associated Press Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has acknowledged that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job.

Kerr's comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night. He says Gentry met with Pelicans officials earlier this week and he encourages all of his assistant coaches to "embrace any opportunity that comes their way."

Kerr says the interview process hasn't taken Gentry away from his current coaching duties.

Kerr hired Gentry as his associate head coach and offensive coordinator when the Warriors hired him last May. Gentry was previously the head coach for Phoenix, where Kerr had been the general manager. Gentry also had been a head coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit and Miami.

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Lions Walk Off With Extra Innings Win over McNeese at SLC Tourney http://www.wbrz.com/news/lions-walk-off-with-extra-innings-win-over-mcneese-at-slc-tourney/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lions-walk-off-with-extra-innings-win-over-mcneese-at-slc-tourney/ Sports Thu, 21 May 2015 8:49:41 PM SLU Athletics Lions Walk Off With Extra Innings Win over McNeese at SLC Tourney

SUGAR LAND, Texas - Kyle Cedotal, who spent the bulk of the season on the mound for Southeastern Louisiana, delivered at the plate Thursday, lofting a sacrifice fly to right-center field in the bottom of the 12th-inning as the Lions defeated McNeese State, 3-2, in the Southland Conference Tournament at Constellation Field.


"Our attitude all season has been that it is going to take all 35 of us and I think we only had one guy left on the bench," head coach Matt Riser said. "You never know in the tournament who is going to be the hero and Kyle Cedotal stepped up with a huge at-bat in that last inning to win it for us."


Top-seeded Southeastern (42-16) eliminated McNeese (32-25), the No. 4 seed, from the tournament and advanced to a noon game Friday against the loser of Thursday's late game between No. 5-seeded Sam Houston State and No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.


Daniel Midyett scored from third on Cedotal's sac fly, sliding around the back side of the plate to avoid the tag. Midyett drew a walk to lead off the inning against Cowboy reliever Cory LaPeze (0-1) and advanced to third on Kevin Carr's single through the right side.


Freshman right-hander Mac Sceroler (3-2) retired the first five batters he faced after entering the game with a runner at second base and two outs in the ninth.


McNeese threatened in the 11th, putting runners at second and third with one out, but Sceroler induced a ground ball to short off the bat of Lewis Guilbeau. Kennon Menard's throw home nailed Connor Crane at the plate for the second out. Cowboy third baseman Matt Gallier grounded out to third, ending the threat.


"He's a special guy and (Scerolor) came in with the attitude that they weren't going to score," Riser said. "We had an outstanding defensive effort behind Mac to get out of that jam in the 11th. Chris Eades did an outstanding job blocking the plate on that play and I couldn't be more proud of that play."


Southeastern scored single runs in the first and third innings, but the Cowboys rallied for a pair (one unearned) in the seventh inning to tie the game.


Carson Crites tripled with one in the first and scored on Midyett's grounder to second base, putting the Lions up early. Crites also scored the Lions' second run, knocking a two-out single in the third. He advanced to third base on Midyett's single up the middle and scored on Carr's single to right.


Sceroler, the fourth Lion pitcher of the game, earned the win. LaPeze, who only threw eight pitches (seven balls) was tagged with the loss.


Carr (4-for-6) and Crites (3-for-4) led Southeastern at the plate.

"We have a chance to get on a roll, but we can only worry about tomorrow," Riser said. "All we know is we're playing tomorrow at noon and we just have to take it one game at a time."


All of the Lions tournament games can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and through either the KSLU or TuneIn Radio smartphone apps. Fans can also keep up with the action through live statistics or by following @SLUathletics on Twitter. Additionally, all of the tournament games will be broadcast by ESPN3.


ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


Ticket Information

An all-tournament pass, which allows entry into all 15 possible games of the tournament, is $55. A single-day pass, which will include four games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a possibility of three games on Saturday, is $17 each day.


Additionally, children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge, while students at Southland Conference Institutions will also gain free admission with a valid student ID. Tickets are available for purchase at the Constellation Field box office, by phone at 281-240-4487 and online at www.sugarlandskeeters.com. Online orders are subject to a $2 service charge per ticket.




Southeastern La. 3, McNeese State 2 (May 21, 2015 at Sugar Land, Texas)


McNeese State....... 000 000 200 000 - 2 11 0 (32-25)

Southeastern La..... 101 000 000 001 - 3 12 1 (42-16)


Pitchers: McNeese State - Kingsley, Bryce; Prejean, Cole (4); Kober, Collin (7); LaPeze, Cory (12); Stremmel, Ethan (12) and Toole, Cameron. Southeastern La. - Johnson, Jake; Klotz, Mason (7); Granier, Kade (8); Sceroler, Mac (9) and Eades, Chris; Cuccia, Nico.


Win-Sceroler, Mac (3-2) Loss-LaPeze, Cory (0-1) T-3:27


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UPDATE - LSU baseball start time now 6pm vs. Auburn http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-lsu-baseball-start-time-now-6pm-vs-auburn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-lsu-baseball-start-time-now-6pm-vs-auburn/ Sports Wed, 20 May 2015 4:10:37 PM Michael Cauble UPDATE - LSU baseball start time now 6pm vs. Auburn

The first game for the LSU Tiger baseball team at the SEC Baseball Tournament is now scheduled to  start at 6:00 p.m..

A weather delay and the previous game between Vanderbilt and Missouri moving into extra innings pushed back the start more than an hour.

LSU is set to take on Auburn in their first game in Hoover Alabama.

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Drew Brees, wife Brittany become Walk-On's co-owners http://www.wbrz.com/news/drew-brees-wife-brittany-become-walk-on-s-co-owners/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/drew-brees-wife-brittany-become-walk-on-s-co-owners/ Sports Wed, 20 May 2015 10:48:35 AM Russell Jones Drew Brees, wife Brittany become Walk-On's co-owners

NEW ORLEANS - Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany announced a new addition to their family Wednesday - a restaurant chain.

Brees and his wife became co-owners of Walk-On's Enterprises on Monday. The company, whose founders have their roots in LSU, created the Walk-On's sports bar chain and catering business as well as Happy's Irish Pub.

Drew Brees said he plans to take an active role in expanding the company into a nationwide brand.

"We're not just passive investors," he said. "I think we're going to have a lot of fun, and celebrate a lot of wins, in the years ahead."

"Drew and I consider New Orleans to be our home now, so we love the idea of investing in a Louisiana-based brand that is so well respected in its industry," Brittany Brees said.

Walk-On's announced its first franchise agreement recently in Lake Charles, as well as a new company-owned restaurant under construction in Houma. Additional markets are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.


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Benson trial won't be a spectacle http://www.wbrz.com/news/benson-trial-won-t-be-a-spectacle/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/benson-trial-won-t-be-a-spectacle/ Sports Tue, 19 May 2015 10:57:42 PM Trey Schmaltz Benson trial won't be a spectacle

NEW ORLEANS - The billion-dollar legal fight over Tom Benson's mental status will be closed, a judge decided Tuesday.

The public will be barred from the trial in which estranged heirs of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner intend to argue that their patriarch was mentally unfit when he ousted them from ownership stakes in the franchises.

In January, Benson announced his third wife, Gayle, would inherit the teams instead of his daughter and her two children.

The New Orleans-area judge said the ruling is meant to protect Benson's privacy and business interests. Had the trial been open, the trial would have been constantly opened and closed as privileged information was discussed. The judge said keeping it open was not practical.

The trial is set to start June 1.
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Bramlett pitches Alabama past Mississippi 6-1 in SEC tourney http://www.wbrz.com/news/bramlett-pitches-alabama-past-mississippi-6-1-in-sec-tourney/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bramlett-pitches-alabama-past-mississippi-6-1-in-sec-tourney/ Sports Tue, 19 May 2015 3:55:05 PM Bramlett pitches Alabama past Mississippi 6-1 in SEC tourney

HOOVER, Ala. - Geoffrey Bramlett pitched a complete game and struck out 10 batters, leading Alabama to a 6-1 victory over Mississippi Tuesday in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Crimson Tide (31-26) plays Texas A&M on Wednesday, when the tournament moves to the double-elimination format. Ole Miss (30-26) was knocked out.

Bramlett (8-3) allowed nine hits, all singles, and didn't walk anybody.

Alabama gave him all the cushion he needed with a four-run seventh inning, including Casey Hughston's RBI double. Hughston had two hits and drove in two runs.

JC Wilhite and Mikey White also had two hits for the Tide.

Ole Miss had four players with two hits each - Errol Robinson, Will Golsan, Kyle Watson and J.B. Woodman.

Robinson drove in the Rebels' lone run with a single in the fifth.

Scott Weathersby (4-2) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs in six innings.

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Saints release veteran kicker Shayne Graham http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-release-veteran-kicker-shayne-graham/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-release-veteran-kicker-shayne-graham/ Sports Tue, 19 May 2015 3:48:56 PM Saints release veteran kicker Shayne Graham

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have cut veteran kicker Shayne Graham and added receiver Lance Lewis to the roster.

The 37-year-old Graham, a 15-year NFL veteran out of Virginia Tech, has played for nine clubs and joined the Saints late in the 2013 regular season.

He spent all of 2014 New Orleans, hitting 19 of 22 field goals. Graham's release, announced Tuesday by general manager Mickey Loomis, comes after the recent signing of second-year kicker Zach Hocker. Fellow kicker Dustin Hopkins also remains on the roster.

The 6-foot-2 Lewis began his NFL career in 2012, when he joined Washington as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina. He played in three career regular season games with the Redskins, all in 2013. He spent last season on San Francisco's practice squad.

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Kraft: Patriots won't appeal team's fine, draft penalties http://www.wbrz.com/news/kraft-patriots-won-t-appeal-team-s-fine-draft-penalties/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kraft-patriots-won-t-appeal-team-s-fine-draft-penalties/ Sports Tue, 19 May 2015 12:52:48 PM Barry Wilner Kraft: Patriots won't appeal team's fine, draft penalties

SAN FRANCISCO - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

Kraft said Tuesday at the owners meetings that he was putting the league before his franchise because "at no time should the agenda of one team" override "the good of the 32."

The Patriots will lose a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. Star quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season by the NFL, and Kraft's decision not to appeal his team's punishment does not affect Brady's appeal, which already has been filed by the players' union.

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Saints sign receiver Josh Morgan and 4 other tryout players http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-sign-receiver-josh-morgan-and-4-other-tryout-players/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-sign-receiver-josh-morgan-and-4-other-tryout-players/ Sports Mon, 18 May 2015 5:50:54 PM APNewsNow Saints sign receiver Josh Morgan and 4 other tryout players

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran receiver Josh Morgan and four others who were given tryouts during last weekend's rookie camp.

The roster additions, announced Monday by general manager Mickey Loomis, include linebacker Henry Coley, kicker Zach Hocker, offensive lineman Antonio Johnson and receiver Kyle Prater.

Morgan was drafted by San Francisco in 2008. He played four seasons with the 49ers, two seasons with Washington and with Chicago last season. He has 209 career receptions for 2,558 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Coley, Johnson and Prater were undrafted rookies.

Coley had eight sacks last season at Virginia. Johnson was a four-year starter at North Texas. Prater led Northwestern in receiving in 2014.

Hocker was a seventh-round draft pick by Washington in 2014, but was cut after preseason.

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Texas Southern routs Southern in SWAC baseball tourney final http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-southern-routs-southern-in-swac-baseball-tourney-final/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-southern-routs-southern-in-swac-baseball-tourney-final/ Sports Sun, 17 May 2015 10:56:59 PM AP Texas Southern routs Southern in SWAC baseball tourney final

NEW ORLEANS - Texas Southern University won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball title since 2008 with a 10-0 win over Southern University Sunday afternoon at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans. The Tigers (31-17) have now won three titles in the program's history. Southern concluded its season at 20-23 overall.

Frank Cruz IV pitched a complete nine inning, four-hit shutout to help lead the Tigers to victory. He also struck out a game-high four batters. Leading TSU offensively was senior Zach Howell. The left fielder went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. Horace Leblanc was the only other batter to collect multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Southern starter Santos Saldivar threw a no-hitter into the fourth inning. With two on and one out, Javier Valdez singled through the right side to load the bases. Howell then took his first pitch to deep left center field for a standup 3-run double. Leblanc followed with a double of his own, scoring Howell. Saldivar then struck out the side to end the ending.

Texas Southern got hot again in the sixth playing small ball. Howell was hit then advanced on a bunt single down the left field line from Leblanc. Blake Hicks laid a bunt down and Howell beat out the play at third to load the bases. Reliever J'Markus George then hit Joel Rosario to bring another run across. Errors in the field allowed three more to score and TSU took the 9-0 lead.

Cruz and the Tiger defense held Southern to just one hit for the remaining three innings. Texas Southern advances to the NCAA Tournament. They now wait to see their matchup during the NCAA Division I Baseball selection show May 25 at noon on ESPNU.


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LSU baseball caps off SEC Championship with 8-1 win over South Carolina http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-caps-off-sec-championship-with-8-1-win-over-south-carolina/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-caps-off-sec-championship-with-8-1-win-over-south-carolina/ Sports Sat, 16 May 2015 10:42:09 PM AP LSU baseball caps off SEC Championship with 8-1 win over South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Freshman right-hander Alex Lange limited South Carolina to one run on one hit in five innings, and top-ranked LSU pounded out 11 hits as the Tigers defeated South Carolina, 8-1, at Carolina Stadium.

Lange(10-0) combined with relievers Jesse Stallings, Hunter Newman, Zac Person and Alden Cartwright to limit South Carolina to just two hits in the game. Lange allowed one run on hit in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

South Carolina starter Taylor Widener (1-5) was charged with the loss as he allowed four runs on four hits in three innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

Prior to the game, LSU clinched the 2015 SEC regular-season title when Alabama defeated Vanderbilt, 1-0, in Hoover, Ala. The Tigers claimed the league-best 16th SEC championship and their third title during coach Paul Maineri's nine season-tenure.

LSU also won this season the SEC Western Division title for the 18th time and for the fifth time under Mainieri.

Top-seeded LSU will play its first game in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT against the winner of Tuesday's matchup between eighth-seeded Kentucky and ninth-seeded Auburn.

LSU is the two-time defending SEC Tournament champion and has won the event five times in the past seven seasons.

"Winning the SEC championship is a tremendous accomplishment, and I'm extremely proud of they way this team has performed all season," Mainieri said. "We've had a remarkable regular season and reached two of our goals - a division title and an overall conference title. Our players know this is only the beginning; we have a chance to accomplish much more in the postseason."

First baseman Chris Chinea's two-run homer - his 11th dinger of the season - in the second inning gave LSU a 2-0 lead. The Tigers added two more runs in the third on an RBI double by leftfielder Jake Fraley and a solo dinger by shortstop Alex Bregman, his ninth home run of the season.

Bregman's RBI single in the fifth increased the Tigers' advantage to 5-0. South Carolina got on the scoreboard in the fifth against Lange on a run-scoring single by shortstop Marcus Mooney, the Gamecocks' first hit of the game.

The Tigers scored three runs in the eighth, sending nine batters to the plate. Chinea ripped an RBI double, rightfielder Mark Laird contributed an RBI on a fielder's choice groundout and second baseman Jared Foster lined a run-scoring single.


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LSU softball survives the day, beats Nebraska 3-2 in 10 innings http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-survives-the-day-beats-nebraska-3-2-in-10-innings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-survives-the-day-beats-nebraska-3-2-in-10-innings/ Sports Sat, 16 May 2015 9:30:57 PM AP LSU softball survives the day, beats Nebraska 3-2 in 10 innings

BATON ROUGE - After falling in the winner's game earlier today, the No. 8 LSU softball team had its season on the line in the second elimination game of the day at Tiger Park Saturday, and had to go to extras before pulling out a thrilling 3-2 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday night in 10 innings.

After Nebraska (35-23) eliminated Texas Southern in the second game of the day, it set up a rematch between the two teams from earlier this season that LSU (46-12) won easily back in February. Instead of a repeat, the two sides combined for just a pair of runs in some dominating pitching performances before the Tigers earned the hits it needed to pull ahead and weather the storm late to keep their season alive in the final game of the day.

"I think that is why they call us the Fighting Tigers," head coach Beth Torina said. "We had a great performance on the mound (from Allie Walljasper). Kellsi Kloss caught a great game for us, and we were finally able to get some big hits at important times because of the performance on the mound. I think that led the way for us to get a win today. Hopefully, we can roll that into tomorrow and just continue to have good pitching but a little more confidence at the plate."

In her longest outing of the season, Walljasper (14-5) pitched 9.1 innings and allowed just two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in the contest, earning the victory as Carley Hoover (3) came on in the bottom of the 10th with two runners on to shut the door and capture her third save of the year in the process.

"I had great defense behind me the whole time. I couldn't have done it without all of my teammates," Walljasper said. "We are called the power of one for a reason. I couldn't have done it without the 20 other girls behind me. It was very exciting to be around them."

The Tigers were outhitting the Cornhuskers late before the last few hits by NU late pushed the other side ahead 8-7, but LSU got the hits it needed at the right time as Sandra Simmons led the team on the night going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Simmons drove in the first run for the team, but it was Kellsi Kloss and Sahvanna Jaquish driving in the winning ones in the 10th, both on singles, to put the team ahead for good.

"I'm fortunate enough to be the one who hit the go-ahead run. But, I could not have done it without any of my teammates," Kloss said. "Everyone set the table for me. I can't take any credit at all. Sahvanna (Jaquish) drove in the third run for us, and that was huge."

Nebraska's Emily Lockman (18-14) suffered the loss after pitching all 10 innings for the Cornhuskers, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. The NU defense booted three balls on the afternoon accounting for one of the runs on a wild play early, as the Nebraska hitters were held in check for much of the game. Alicia Armstrong and Cassie McClure had two hits each, accounting for half of the team's hits in the contest.

After a scoreless three innings, an error at second base allowed Bianka Bell to reach first to get an LSU runner on base. A weak fly to short and an infield grounder moved her to second but with two outs looked as if she would have been stranded until a Simmons single down the left field line brought her in before the throw to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The lead didn't last very long for the team as in the bottom half of the fourth, back-to-back singles put runners at the corners for Nebraska, with a sacrifice fly bringing in the tying run from third to knot the game at 1-1.

A walk to Bailey Landry after an out in the 10th put the go-ahead run on base for LSU in the frame, as a failed force out on a Bell fielder's choice put two on for LSU at that point. With a 1-1 count, Kloss singled to right scoring Landry to give the Tigers the lead back at 2-1. After a put out on a failed steal attempt at third, Jaquish ripped a single to left, scoring Kloss to make it 3-1 with LSU three outs away from closing it out.

Nebraska refused to quit, showing the fight to try and keep their season alive in the bottom of the 10th, as consecutive singles put two on for the Huskers. A fielder's choice forced out a runner at second to put runners at corners, before another single cut the lead to just one. Hoover came on in relief with the pressure fully on but held firm getting the next two to pop up and fly out to center to end the game and capture the win.

LSU will now advance to the Regional Final, where they will take on Arizona State at 12 p.m. tomorrow at Tiger Park. If the Tigers win the first game, it will force a winner-take-all final game 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

The game will be televised on ESPN.


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LSU softball falls 1-0 to Arizona State, will play again Saturday night with season on the line http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-1-0-to-arizona-state-will-play-again-saturday-night-with-season-on-the-line/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-1-0-to-arizona-state-will-play-again-saturday-night-with-season-on-the-line/ Sports Sat, 16 May 2015 4:11:29 PM AP LSU softball falls 1-0 to Arizona State, will play again Saturday night with season on the line

BATON ROUGE - In game two of the team's postseason run, the No. 8 LSU softball team was unable to muster anything offensively and fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.

Arizona State (36-20) moves on to the Regional Final tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m., while LSU (45-12) will play the winner of Texas Southern and Nebraska in the second elimination game of the day Saturday afternoon, 30 minutes after the first game's conclusion.

"We got a good performance on the mound. Carley (Hoover) was really good today. She kept a really tough offense from putting up big numbers," head coach Beth Torina said. "Hopefully, she has some more good performances in her, and we can come back through this thing. Ultimately, we just didn't get it done."

Suffering the loss in the circle for LSU was Hoover (14-5) who pitched valiantly allowing just one run on three hits with a strikeout and three walks in the complete-game effort. The Tigers had just four hits in the game, coming from A.J. Andrews, Bailey Landry, Sandra Simmons and Sydney Bourg.

"I think in the first inning, I had a little trouble adjusting to the zone. Kellsi (Kloss) did a great job working behind the plate for me," Hoover said. "I don't think I sat a lot of people down today. I just threw it in there and the defense was really solid today. It was good that I could rely on that."

Breanna Macha (18-11) earned the win for ASU, pitching the shutout while striking out six and walking just one on 88 pitches. Haley Steele drove in the winning run in the very first inning for the Sun Devils, going 1-for-2 with a walk.

Hoping to keep its form from the previous night, the Tigers took to the field with ASU at the plate and the Sun Devils didn't want to squander an opportunity to put LSU on the ropes as they got two hits and eventually left the bases loaded, scoring just one run to take a 1-0 lead early in the first.

Andrews led off the bottom half of that same inning with a walk on five pitches to take first, as a perfectly placed bunt single by Landry put two on for the Tigers in the frame. A groundout to first allowed both to move up a base, but the two would be left there as consecutive outs ended the inning.

LSU finished the game stranding only five runners on base over the course of the contest, while ASU stranded eight.


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Southern Athletics postseason probation lifted http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-athletics-postseason-probation-lifted/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-athletics-postseason-probation-lifted/ Sports Fri, 15 May 2015 11:37:12 AM Brock Sues Southern Athletics postseason probation lifted

BATON ROUGE - The NCAA-imposed postseason ban on Southern University's Athletics programs as a result of the unusable data probation has been lifted, according to interim atheltics director Roman Banks Friday.

Bank informed the SU Board of Supervisors during a meeting Friday that all atheltic programs will be postseason eligible for the 2015-16 academic year and will revert to having their Academic Progress Rate scores determine postseason eligibility.

Southern's fall certification will be a key and ongoing component in cultimating the department's unsuable data probationary period.

Starting with the 2012-13 championships, NCAA Division 1 schools are required to earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate in the postseason. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. For season moving forward, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

The Jags learned the 2013-14 student-athlete data submitted to the NCAA has been deemed accurate and serves as the department's starting point for calculating future multi-year APR scores.






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NFLPA: We will call Goodell as witness in 'Deflategate' http://www.wbrz.com/news/nflpa-we-will-call-goodell-as-witness-in-deflategate-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nflpa-we-will-call-goodell-as-witness-in-deflategate-/ Sports Fri, 15 May 2015 10:29:10 AM NFLPA: We will call Goodell as witness in 'Deflategate'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady wants to call Commissioner Roger Goodell as a witness in the appeal of the four-game suspension he was handed for "Deflategate."

The NFL players union says in its appeal of the penalties that Goodell can't hear the appeal because one of the issues is his credibility. The union also says it will call league vice president Troy Vincent, who handed down the punishment.

Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks for using illegally inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

The appeal also complains that the evidence collected in the Wells Report doesn't support such a harsh penalty.

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