WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 20 Oct 2017 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Devin White: LSU's 'war dawg' linebacker http://www.wbrz.com/news/devin-white-lsu-s-war-dawg-linebacker/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/devin-white-lsu-s-war-dawg-linebacker/ Sports Thu, 19 Oct 2017 5:04:27 PM Brandon Saho Devin White: LSU's 'war dawg' linebacker

Baton Rouge, LA -  "He's got a lot of want to, a lot of heart, he's a tremendous athlete. I can't say enough good things about him."

Sophomore Devin White has taken over the LSU defense, emerging in 2017 as the next great Tiger linebacker.

White racking up a career high 15 tackles vs Auburn, where he leads the SEC with 77 on the year. And number 40, isn't backing down from spotlight.

"I know I'm a good player and I work hard every time I come in the building whether it's film study, in the weight room or at practice," says White, "So I just feel like it's what comes with it so at the end of the day I'm a team player and I only have team goals so I can just brush that off and play my game."

"I like to call him a war dawg because he has it at every point of the game whether it's film room, practice, games he just does everything at a high level so us seeing this isn't a suprise for us because he's a hard worker," says DB Donte White, "He's one of the strongest guys on the team and he's one of the smartest with a football IQ. So us seeing him do this is no suprise, he's a great player and he's going to be one of the guys like going to be NFLSU."

And we've seen LSU linebackers burst onto the scene like this over the last two years like Debo Jones and Duke Riley, but neither started a game until their senior season and now both are starting on Sundays.

So as you heard Donte say, as just a sophomore, White is well on his way to being the next "NFLSU" linebacker.

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Fans' Choice Winner Week 7: Cameron Dumas http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-winner-week-7-cameron-dumas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-winner-week-7-cameron-dumas/ Sports Wed, 18 Oct 2017 7:15:42 PM WBRZ Sports Fans' Choice Winner Week 7: Cameron Dumas

Baton Rouge, LA - "I love the roar of the sidelines and the team making big plays"

The Knights' Cameron Dumas put on a show making those big plays against Port Allen, grabbing three interceptions including this 95-yard pick-6, his 8th INT on the year, to lead Episcopal to a 55-27 comeback win over Port Allen.

"Friday night we were down 21-7 and we needed some momentum and Cam was a big part of that." Says his head coach Travis Bourgeois, "And over the year, Cam is doing a really good job of having those instincts of knowing how quick he can react to the ball and the quarterback's arm, with this being his second 3-interception game of the year."

"Mainly I am just patient, I'm small, so they don't really see me. I just bait the quarterback. I come out of nowhere and make the plays."

 The crazy thing about Cam's breakout senior season that he didn't play football here at Episcopal until last year. Now he's a three-sport athlete also playing basketball and running track while becoming a leader on this defense.

 "It's kind of bittersweet. I realized what I could do and I was sad I realized it so late. But my freinds,they  just told me we need your leadership and hard work and athlecism in the secodary to make some plays."

"Cam's the guy who when we do sprints he's finishing first. He's a guy who doesn't want to lose. He's always had great instinct and athleticism and now he's bringing some leadership to the table as well."

Leadership the Knights hope leads them to a District 8-2A title.

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LSU Baseball's Paul Mainieri named coach of 2018 USA collegiate team http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-s-paul-mainieri-named-coach-of-2018-usa-collegiate-team/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-s-paul-mainieri-named-coach-of-2018-usa-collegiate-team/ Sports Tue, 17 Oct 2017 3:44:46 PM WBRZ Staff LSU Baseball's Paul Mainieri named coach of 2018 USA collegiate team

BATON ROUGE - USA Baseball has named LSU head coach Paul Mainieri the manager for the 2018 Collegiate National Team.

According to LSU Athletics, 2018 will be Mainieri’s second coaching stint for Team USA after serving as an assistant coach on the Collegiate National Team in 2015, and he will be tasked with continuing an exceptional run of success. 

USA Baseball is coming off its 2017 season where it became the first federation in history to sweep its international competitions, highlighted by a World Baseball Classic title, two World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Championships and three international friendship series victories by the Collegiate National Team over Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

“USA Baseball is delighted to welcome Paul Mainieri to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2018,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. “Paul has done an outstanding job over his thirty-five seasons coaching collegiate baseball and we are excited to have him bring his exceptional resume of success to our Collegiate National Team as we look to build off last season’s unprecedented achievements.”

Mainieri begins his 12th season at the helm of LSU and has posted a 512-202-3 record since arriving in Baton Rouge in 1997. He was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2015, and has led the Tigers to 29 team championships, including an NCAA title, five Super Regional championships, seven NCAA Regional championships, six SEC Tournament titles, four SEC championships and six SEC Western Division crowns.

The remaining Collegiate National Team staff and schedule will be announced at a later time on USABaseball.com. 

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Coach Orgeron ready for return to Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/coach-orgeron-ready-for-return-to-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/coach-orgeron-ready-for-return-to-ole-miss/ Sports Mon, 16 Oct 2017 7:35:00 PM WBRZ Sports Coach Orgeron ready for return to Ole Miss

Baton Rouge, LA - Ed Orgeron making his debut back in Oxford as a head coach, 10 years after being fired for only bringing the Rebels 3 SEC wins in 3 seasons. But Coach O has put his old school in his rear view mirror.

 "This game is not about me. Again, I will say this to you: I had a tremendous opportunity at Ole Miss. I didn't get it done, but the past is the past. This is way behind us."

 "It was a stepping stone. It was something I needed, and I'm grateful for that. I'm grateful for the mistakes that happened there. Hopefully I don't make 'em here."

"I know I learned my strengths and weaknesses as a head coach. I learned how to hire guys that are good at what I'm not good at. We are doing that here."

"I'm so happy to be an LSU Tiger. This is another an SEC game. It's LSU/Ole Miss. It means a lot, and it has nothing to do with me. This is about the team."

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FINAL Saints 52, Lions 38 http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-saints-52-lions-38/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-saints-52-lions-38/ Sports Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:24:50 PM WBRZ Staff FINAL Saints 52, Lions 38

New Orleans, LA - The ground game was the name of the game in the Superdome Sunday with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara running all over the Lions.

The Saints' defense setting the tone early with by sacking the Lions' Matthew Stafford in the endzone and forcing a fumble with Kenny Vaccaro recovering it to give New Orleans an early 7-0 lead.

Mark Ingram led the ground attack with two first half touchdowns, helping the Saints to a 31-10 halftime lead.

The Saints defense coming out of the break kept bringing the heat to Stafford, forcing an interception by Marshon Lattimore returned 27-yards for a touchdown.

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Friday Night Blitz Scores - Week 7 http://www.wbrz.com/news/friday-night-blitz-scores-week-7/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/friday-night-blitz-scores-week-7/ Sports Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:11:33 PM WBRZ Sports Friday Night Blitz Scores - Week 7

Acadiana 70, Sam Houston 0


Airline 49, North Webster 21


Albany 51, Sumner 7


Amite 48, Pope John Paul II 3


Archbishop Hannan 51, Thomas Jefferson 7


Archbishop Rummel 22, Jesuit 21


Ascension Christian School 35, Delcambre 25


Ascension Episcopal 49, Franklin 8


Assumption 33, Ellender 15


B.T. Washington 28, Bossier 20


Barbe 38, New Iberia 9


Baton Rouge Episcopal 55, Port Allen 27


Breaux Bridge 32, Livonia 30


Brother Martin 26, Holy Cross 22


Carencro 29, Westgate 19


Cecilia 28, St. Martinville 14


Cedar Creek 20, St. Frederick Catholic 17


Central 34, Brusly 7


Chalmette 34, East Jefferson 7


Church Point 41, Iota 34


Comeaux 21, Lafayette 10


Country Day 56, Fisher 0


Covington 40, Fontainebleau 7


Crowley 48, Mamou 0


De La Salle 55, Lusher Charter 12


DeQuincy 44, East Beauregard 16


DeRidder 35, Tioga 20


Delhi 44, Sicily Island 14


Destrehan 28, Central Lafourche 21


Dutchtown 24, St. Amant 17


E.D. White 49, South Terrebonne 26


East Ascension 31, Broadmoor 0


East St. John 36, Terrebonne 28


Eunice 27, Pine Prairie 13


Evangel Christian Academy 49, Southwood 0


Franklin 41, Ecole Classique 6


Green Oaks 34, Franklin Parish 18


Hahnville 41, Thibodaux 13


Hamilton Christian Academy 28, Grand Lake 14


Haynesville 20, Lincoln Preparatory School 13


Iowa 51, South Beauregard 20


Jena 30, Peabody 20


Jennings 27, Westlake 0


John Curtis Christian 31, St. Augustine 22


Jonesboro-Hodge 28, Homer 14


Kaplan 46, Berwick 28


Karr 35, Belle Chasse 21


Kentwood 49, East Iberville 8


Kinder 49, Ville Platte 8


Lafayette Christian Academy 48, Centerville 0


Lakeshore 44, H.L. Bourgeois 0


Leesville 63, Grant 30


Logansport 49, UA of Cenla 0


Loranger 35, Bogalusa 22


Lutcher 41, St. Michael 0


Madison Prep 28, Baker 22


Mangham 41, General Trass (Lake Providence) 6


Many 42, Holy Savior Menard 0


Merryville 30, South Cameron 7


Montgomery 57, Block 26


Natchitoches Central 49, Pineville 35


Neville 27, Franklinton 22


New Iberia Catholic 63, Loreauville 14


Newman 31, Riverside Academy 30, OT


North Caddo 55, D'Arbonne Woods 13


North Vermilion 34, Erath 0


Northshore 23, Hammond 0


Notre Dame 49, Lake Charles College Prep 6


Oak Forest 21, Parklane Aca., Miss. 14


Oak Grove 16, Ouachita Christian 7


Oakdale 24, Vinton 7


Opelousas 41, Beau Chene 20


Parkview Baptist 39, Plaquemine 27


Patterson 34, Abbeville 24


Porter's Chapel Aca., Miss. 17, Glenbrook 3


Rayville 50, Delhi Charter 28


Red River 38, Lakeview 8


River Oaks 28, Prairie View 18


Riverfield 51, Claiborne 14


Ruston 31, Ouachita Parish 28


Sacred Heart-Ville Platte 56, North Central 6


Saint Paul's 63, Ponchatoula 21


Scotlandville 33, Live Oak 21


Simpson Aca., Miss. 42, Bowling Green 14


Slidell 23, Mandeville 17


South Lafourche 48, Morgan City 8


Southern Lab 30, Ascension Catholic 8


St. Charles Catholic 35, Donaldsonville 12


St. Edmund Catholic 34, Oberlin 6


St. James 54, Haynes Academy 0


St. Mary's 23, Loyola College Prep 10


St. Thomas Aquinas 52, Northlake Christian 31


Sterlington 50, Wossman 14


Sulphur 55, LaGrange 7


Sylva-Bay Aca., Miss. 32, Ben's Ford 14


Tallulah 22, Christian Collegiate, Miss. 0


Tensas Academy 42, Rebul Aca., Miss. 14


Union Parish 63, Madison 14


University (Lab) 48, Glen Oaks 0


Varnado 32, St. Martin's 0


Vermilion Catholic 48, Gueydan 0


Vidalia 20, Ferriday 12


Washington-Marion 39, St. Louis 14


Welsh 56, Lake Arthur 7


West Feliciana 51, Mentorship Academy 8


West Monroe 55, Alexandria 20


West St. John 53, Covenant Christian Academy 7


West St. Mary 36, Jeanerette 24


Woodlawn (BR) 49, Tara 13


Woodlawn (SH) 48, Minden 7


Zachary 49, Denham Springs 7


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Demetrius Byrd's fight: 10 years after the catch vs. Auburn http://www.wbrz.com/news/demetrius-byrd-s-fight-10-years-after-the-catch-vs-auburn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/demetrius-byrd-s-fight-10-years-after-the-catch-vs-auburn/ Sports Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:59:17 PM WBRZ Sports Demetrius Byrd's fight: 10 years after the catch vs. Auburn

Baton Rouge, LA - "I was high and mighty, thinking I was going to be the best thing smoking, going to the league, about to make this money and do that and do this."

Demetrius Byrd made his mark at LSU with one catch, helping the Tigers raise the trophy and becoming an elite receiver with NFL dreams.

But one week before the 2009 NFL Draft, Byrd was hospitalized after a serious car accident. A night that changed his life forever.

"I told myself I was going back to the league, I have to play football and when I saw that door start to close, I went into a deep depression. If I wasn't so scared to use a gun to shoot myself, I don't know what would've happened. I was thinking about jumping off a bridge. I was really depressed because I wanted to play football. I think it took me a good six years to really get over it. It changed my life in a good way and it made me more humble now and thankful for the things that I do do."

Now Byrd, 8 years later has made his way back to Baton Rouge and also back onto the field. Just across the river from Tiger Stadium.

The former LSU wideout is now the wide receivers coach at Port Allen High School with a mission of giving back to the community that gave so much to him.

"I always have been that guy who had always wanted to be a role model and be a positive role model to young men. So they can look to him and say he's been through what I want to go through. So let me know something because he probably know's something no one else knows."

And Byrd knows he's doing what's right, starting as an assistant while working full-time at a used car lot with the determination to get back on top.

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Fans' Choice Winner Week 6: Central QB Sam Kenerson http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-winner-week-6-central-qb-sam-kenerson/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-winner-week-6-central-qb-sam-kenerson/ Sports Wed, 11 Oct 2017 7:17:37 PM WBRZ Sports Fans' Choice Winner Week 6: Central QB Sam Kenerson

BATON ROUGE - "Don't think too much, just let it go." 

That's the advice coach gave the wildcats sophomore quarterback Friday night,  and number 14 left it all on the field.

Central's Sam Kenerson racking up over 250 yards thru the air and on the ground with 4 scores, helping his Cats beat Live Oak 31-25.

Kenerson showing why his dual threat talents mean so much to this team.

"He's dynamic in the backfield and he can make people miss," says Central offensive coordinator Zack Morris, "He can run it and he can throw it a little bit too. So a lot of what we do is zone options and if he gets on the edge he can be real dangerous."

 "It's one of our best strengths you could say, because a defense doesn't know when I'm going to throw it our just take off with it."

 At just 15 years old, Sam is growing up fast on the field at Central, but it's the bond he has with his offesive coordinator that's bettering his game both on and off the field.

""I love the kid but I got on him pretty good yesterday. But we have the relationship where we can do that. Ever since he got here I've been grooming him to be that guy and take the reigns."

"I think I'm a pretty good leader. I can lead this offense. He motivates me a lot I didn't think I could throw but he put that into me. I think he helps a lot."

The Wildcats OC-QB combination hoping after two straight wins in district play, the two can help Central make a run in 4-5A.

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WATCH: Les Miles recalls LSU memories ahead of Saturday's Auburn game http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-les-miles-recalls-lsu-memories-ahead-of-saturday-s-auburn-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-les-miles-recalls-lsu-memories-ahead-of-saturday-s-auburn-game/ Sports Tue, 10 Oct 2017 2:45:19 PM Jeremy Krail WATCH: Les Miles recalls LSU memories ahead of Saturday's Auburn game

BATON ROUGE - The 'Mad Hatter' will make his return to Death Valley this weekend as LSU holds a ceremony to honor its 2007 National Championship team.

According to a report from the Advocate, Miles will be joined by players from his national title-winning team during halftime of Saturday's LSU vs Auburn game. Miles, who still lives in Baton Rouge, has remained an avid supporter of the program after his 12-year tenure as coach.

The ceremony comes about a year after Miles was fired from his job as LSU head coach last season, a move which immediately followed a loss to this week's opponent, Auburn.

Miles has since become a college football television analyst for ESPN and FOX. He’s scheduled to work more games this season and says he'll serve as a studio analyst for CBS on the weekend that LSU meets Alabama, Nov. 4.

Reports say he aims to land a head coaching job after this season.

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

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Report: Saints trade Adrian Peterson to Arizona http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-saints-trade-adrian-peterson-to-arizona/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-saints-trade-adrian-peterson-to-arizona/ Sports Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:20:12 AM WBRZ Staff Report: Saints trade Adrian Peterson to Arizona

NEW ORLEANS - ESPN is reporting that the Saints have traded running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick.

Peterson was picked up in the offseason, however he hasn't seen much playtime. Since the start of the season, Peterson has only picked up 81 yards on 27 carries. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara have been doing the bulk of the work.

Saint's acquisition of the future Hall of Famer was much hyped ahead of the season opener. 

Peterson spent the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, making the Pro Bowl numerous times. He rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, his best season. However, injuries have plagued Peterson in recent years. 

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Nighttime start announced for LSU vs Ole Miss game http://www.wbrz.com/news/nighttime-start-announced-for-lsu-vs-ole-miss-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nighttime-start-announced-for-lsu-vs-ole-miss-game/ Sports Mon, 9 Oct 2017 4:16:14 PM WBRZ Staff Nighttime start announced for LSU vs Ole Miss game

BATON ROUGE - The SEC has announced the start time for LSU's upcoming match-up against Ole Miss.

The Oct. 21 road game will kick off at either 6:15 p.m. oon ESPN or 6:30 p.m on the SEC Network. The final time will be announced this coming Sunday.

Prior to traveling to Ole Miss, LSU plays host to Auburn on Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

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Odell Beckham Jr. breaks ankle in loss vs Chargers http://www.wbrz.com/news/odell-beckham-jr-breaks-ankle-in-loss-vs-chargers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/odell-beckham-jr-breaks-ankle-in-loss-vs-chargers/ Sports Sun, 8 Oct 2017 6:10:00 PM WBRZ Staff Odell Beckham Jr. breaks ankle in loss vs Chargers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. was carted off the field with a serious ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Beckham was carted off the field Sunday after suffering the injury with about four minutes remaining in the loss, which dropped the Giants to 0-5. He had gone up for a catch and fell awkwardly to the ground, and Chargers players immediately called for medical help.
ESPN reports that Beckham will get a second opinion before deciding on surgery to repair the injured ankle which was also injured during the preseason earlier this year. 

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Southern dominates Alabama A&M in homecoming game http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-dominates-alabama-aandm-in-homecoming-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-dominates-alabama-aandm-in-homecoming-game/ Sports Sat, 7 Oct 2017 7:37:55 PM Associated Press Southern dominates Alabama A&M in homecoming game

BATON ROUGE - Austin Howard threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns and Herbert Edwards rushed for 120 yards and two scores as Southern ran over Alabama A&M 35-14 Saturday in a game that was moved forward because of Hurricane Nate.

The game, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., started at 1 p.m. Central.
Howard was 17-of-27 passing with no interceptions for Southern (3-3, 1-1 SWAC).
Edwards scored on a 13-yard run and Howard nailed Danny Johnson on a 37-yard scoring strike to go ahead 14-0 at the half.  Edwards added a 2-yard scoring run to pull ahead 21-0 in the third. A&M got on the board when Trevon Walters ran it in from the 2 but Southern quickly answered when Howard hit Kendall Catalon from the 11 for a 28-7 advantage early in the final quarter.
Isaiah Bailey led the Bulldogs (2-4, 2-1), hauling in eight passes for 137 yards with one touchdown.

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LSU upsets No. 21 Florida 17-16 in the Swamp http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-upsets-no-21-florida-17-16-in-the-swamp/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-upsets-no-21-florida-17-16-in-the-swamp/ Sports Sat, 7 Oct 2017 7:02:28 PM Associated Press LSU upsets No. 21 Florida 17-16 in the Swamp

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Danny Etling threw a short touchdown pass in the second half and LSU rebounded from a stunning home loss with a 17-16 victory at No. 21 Florida on Saturday.

The Tigers (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) moved the ball well early with jet sweeps and then pounded it between the tackles late, doing just enough to upend the Gators (3-2, 3-1).

The difference was Florida's usually stout kicking game. Eddy Pineiro missed the first extra point of his career in the third quarter and never got a chance to atone for it. He had made 45 in a row before that.

LSU looked nothing like it did the previous week against Troy, a 24-21 loss that was the program's first at home against a non-conference opponent since 2000. The Tigers opened up a 14-point lead early in the third on Etling's 2-yard touchdown pass to Tory Carter.

Florida answered, getting the first of consecutive TD runs by Lamical Perine. Pineiro yanked the extra point left after the second one.

The Gators fell to 13-2 at home under coach Jim McElwain and 10-1 when rushing for more than 150 yards. They also dropped to 9-2 in one-possession games under McElwain.

The Tigers, meanwhile, responded better than most expected after a tumultuous week that included two players-only meetings and another involving the athletic director, the head coach and both coordinators.


LSU: The Tigers clearly figured out some things offensively, with coordinator Matt Canada drawing up plenty of plays that worked against Florida. The most effective were the jet sweeps early. Russell Gage capped an early drive with a 30-yard TD run around the left end that the Gators pointing fingers and shaking heads.

Florida: The Gators don't trust quarterback Feleipe Franks. Running backs Malik Davis and Perine did most of the heavy lifting, but when Florida needed Franks to step up, he didn't. Franks completed 10 of 16 passes for 108 yards and was sacked five times.


Florida set an NCAA record by scoring in its 366th consecutive game. The Gators got on the scoreboard with Eddy Pineiro's 25-yard field goal in the second quarter. That broke the previous mark set by Michigan (1984-2014) and tied by the Gators last week. Michigan's streak ended with a 31-0 loss at Notre Dame on Sept. 6, 2014.

Florida hasn't been shut out since a 16-0 home loss to Auburn on Oct. 29, 1988.


The Gators paid tribute to local legend Tom Petty by playing "I Won't Back Down" at the end of the third quarter. The crowd of 90,000-plus sang along as the hit was played over the sound system.

Petty died Monday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. He was 66.

Born and raised in Gainesville, Petty once worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Florida as he tried to make it in the music industry.


LSU: Hosts Auburn next Saturday. LSU has won seven of the last 10 in the series.

Florida: Wraps up a three-game homestretch against Texas A&M. The Gators won the only meeting (2012) since Texas A&M joined the conference.

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LSU can make tumultuous week better or worse against Florida http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-can-make-tumultuous-week-better-or-worse-against-florida/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-can-make-tumultuous-week-better-or-worse-against-florida/ Sports Sat, 7 Oct 2017 2:54:48 PM Associated Press LSU can make tumultuous week better or worse against Florida

UPDATE: LSU defeated Florida in Gainsville 17-16. 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — LSU's tumultuous week is about to take a turn — for better or worse.

The Tigers had one of the more chaotic stretches in recent program history, including a stunning home loss to Troy, two players-only meetings and another involving the athletic director, the head coach and both coordinators.

How LSU responds will be determined Saturday at No. 21 Florida (3-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference). Anything short of a victory could push the Tigers (3-2, 0-1) toward more drama and maybe even some difficult decisions down the road.

"I know people are not happy, but we have to make sure that we take the criticism and we have to understand that LSU is a premier football program and we've got to make sure when things like this happen we have to bounce back," LSU defensive end Christian LaCouture said. "We can't focus on this last game."

The Tigers might want to draw from last year, though.

Florida escaped Tiger Stadium with a 16-10 victory last November thanks to a goal-line stand in the final seconds. Star running back Leonard Fournette watched from the sideline as teammate Derrius Guice was stuffed short of the end zone on a botched fourth-down play.

The Gators clinched the SEC East and celebrated wildly on the field, in the locker room and during the trip home. It capped six weeks of angst stemming from the game's postponement and relocation from Gainesville to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because of Hurricane Matthew. The Tigers suggested Florida was hoping to cancel the game or avoid playing it on the road.

It created a tense atmosphere and plenty of motivation for the Gators.

A year later, the Tigers seemingly have more at stake.

Two weeks after a 30-point drubbing at Mississippi State — LSU's most lopsided setback in series history — the Tigers lost to a non-conference opponent at home for the first time since 2000.

Embattled coach Ed Orgeron was clearly the focal point of all the heat. Orgeron held a meeting with team leaders, who then had the first of two players-only sessions. Athletic director Joe Alleva also met with Orgeron, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to iron out differences. Orgeron got involved with the offense during the 24-21 loss to Troy and wanted to simplify Canada's scheme by reducing pre-snap motions.

Alleva "wanted to know what was going on, what we could do better," said Orgeron, who's in his first season after serving as interim coach in 2016. "Let's all get on the same page. It was a very positive meeting."

Florida, which has endured its own issues this season, kept track from afar.

"They're just trying to set the Gators up, right?" coach Jim McElwain said. "Anytime there's a transition, you go through a learning curve. These guys will be coming in here crazed, nuts, ready to go to prove all the naysayers or whatever you want to do, but that's why you play."


Here are some other things to know about LSU and Florida:

GETTING HEALTHY: LSU expects to have several key players back this week, including Guice, defensive end Rashard Lawrence and nose tackle Ed Alexander. Senior right tackle Toby Weathersby, who also did not play last week, is questionable.

FRANKS RETURNS: Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks, who was once committed to LSU, regains his starting job this week following a season-ending injury to Luke Del Rio. Franks started the first three games of the season, but was benched in two of those.

LINE ITEMS: LSU's offensive line has been a glaring weak spot the past three games and faces a tough test at Florida. Against Troy, the Tigers started two freshmen — right guard Ed Ingram and right tackle Saahdiq Charles — on the offensive line for the first time since 1986.

CLEVELAND OUT: Florida will be without big-play receiver Tyrie Cleveland because of a high-ankle sprain to his right foot. Cleveland leads the team in every receiving category, recording 15 catches, 326 yards and two touchdowns.

RECORD WATCH: The Gators can break an NCAA record Saturday by scoring in their 366th consecutive game. Florida is currently tied with Michigan, which set the mark between 1984 and 2014. The Gators haven't been shut out since a 16-0 loss to Auburn on Oct. 29, 1988.

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HALFTIME: Southern - 14, Alabama A&M - 0 http://www.wbrz.com/news/halftime-southern-14-alabama-aandm-0/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/halftime-southern-14-alabama-aandm-0/ Sports Sat, 7 Oct 2017 2:25:01 PM WBRZ Staff HALFTIME: Southern - 14, Alabama A&M - 0

BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Jaguars are leading the Alabama A&M Bulldogs by a score of 14-0 at halftime.

QB Austin Howard has completed 8 of 11 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. RB Herbert Edwards has rushed for 70 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 carries. 

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Week 6 - Friday Night Blitz Score http://www.wbrz.com/news/week-6-friday-night-blitz-score/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/week-6-friday-night-blitz-score/ Sports Fri, 6 Oct 2017 11:07:08 PM Week 6 - Friday Night Blitz Score
Acadiana 49, Comeaux 13
Adams Christian, Miss. 38, Bowling Green 7
Alexandria 30, Natchitoches Central 7
Arcadia 36, Ringgold 6
Archbishop Hannan 41, Sumner 6
Ascension Catholic 55, East Iberville 0
Ascension Christian School 28, St. Martin's 21
Ascension Episcopal 2, Jeanerette 0
Barbe 45, Sulphur 38, OT
Benton 43, Minden 21
Berwick 55, Erath 19
Bogalusa 32, Albany 13
Breaux Bridge 48, Beau Chene 20
Briarfield 42, Prentiss Christian, Miss. 40
Brother Martin 26, Bastrop 20
Caldwell Parish 50, Peabody 22
Calvary Baptist Academy 48, Loyola College Prep 23
Carencro 49, Northside 6
Central 31, Live Oak 25
Central Catholic 50, Highland Baptist 20
Central Lafourche 43, H.L. Bourgeois 34
Centreville Aca., Miss. 22, Silliman 20
Chalmette 30, West Jefferson 6
Church Point 34, Northwest 32
Covington 21, Saint Paul's 20
De La Salle 64, Haynes Academy 0
DeQuincy 35, Pickering 7
Denham Springs 43, Ferriday 28
Destrehan 35, East St. John 34
Dunham School 30, East Feliciana 8
E.D. White 35, Vermilion Catholic 7
East Ascension 28, Dutchtown 18
East Jefferson 55, King 6
Easton 36, Belle Chasse 7
Eunice 47, Port Barre 0
Evangel Christian Academy 44, Airline 7
Franklin 36, Delcambre 6
Haughton 46, Franklin Parish 20
Holy Cross 25, Archbishop Rummel 24, 2OT
Holy Savior Menard 49, Lakeview 12
Huntington 36, B.T. Washington 8
Iota 20, Crowley 16
Iowa 32, St. Louis 7
Jackson Prep, Miss. 57, Oak Forest 7
Jena 31, Avoyelles 2
John Curtis Christian 56, Jesuit 28
Jonesboro-Hodge 32, Plain Dealing 13
Kaplan 51, Abbeville 12
Karr 35, McDonogh #35 20
Kentwood 31, White Castle 0
LaGrange 34, Sam Houston 28
LaSalle 41, UA of Cenla 6
Lafayette Christian Academy 55, Hanson Memorial 0
Lakeshore 42, Lake Area New Tech Early College 7
Lakeside 60, North Caddo 55
Landry/Walker 54, Higgins 0
Logansport 38, North Webster 26
Mansfield 62, D'Arbonne Woods 7
Many 51, Bunkie 0
Marksville 64, Bolton 26
New Iberia 35, Lafayette 19
Newman 37, Country Day 21
Newton Co. Aca., Miss. 26, Ben's Ford 6
North DeSoto 53, Bossier 18
Northeast 46, Capitol 6
Notre Dame 38, Kinder 37
Oak Grove 47, Tensas 12
Oberlin 42, Hamilton Christian Academy 12
Opelousas Catholic 35, Sacred Heart-Ville Platte 7
Ouachita Parish 26, Pineville 6
Parkview Baptist 29, Lutcher 28
Parkway 49, Captain Shreve 29
Patterson 28, North Vermilion 21
Pointe Coupee Catholic 33, Loreauville 9
Pope John Paul II 23, Springfield 0
Red River 36, Winnfield 14
Richwood 14, Union Parish 6
River Oaks 21, Tri-County Aca., Miss. 6
Riverdale Academy 57, Rebul Aca., Miss. 0
Rosepine 24, Vinton 13
Scotlandville 55, Belaire 12
Shreveport Northwood 48, Woodlawn (SH) 47
Slaughter 22, North Central 18
South Lafourche 20, Assumption 18
Southern Lab 80, St. John 6
St. Amant 21, Baton Rouge Catholic 14
St. Charles Catholic 45, Lusher Charter 0
St. Edmund Catholic 27, Elton 21
St. Frederick Catholic 24, Sicily Island 22
St. Helena Central 34, St. Thomas Aquinas 0
St. James 26, Donaldsonville 22
St. Martinville 39, Livonia 22
St. Thomas More 42, Westgate 20
Sterlington 36, Carroll 26
Tallulah 52, Franklin Academy, Miss. 8
Terrebonne 48, Thibodaux 0
Teurlings Catholic 34, Rayne 20
Tioga 46, Grant 18
Trinity Episcopal, Miss. 46, Claiborne 10
University (Lab) 56, Brusly 12
Varnado 36, Covenant Christian Academy 13
Washington-Marion 32, Westlake 7
West Monroe 28, Ruston 14
West St. John 62, Houma Christian 0
Westminster Christian 16, False River Academy 14
Wossman 50, Madison 26
Zachary 45, Walker 21

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Week 5 Fan's Choice Winner: Denham Springs LB Brennan LeBlanc http://www.wbrz.com/news/week-5-fan-s-choice-winner-denham-springs-lb-brennan-leblanc/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/week-5-fan-s-choice-winner-denham-springs-lb-brennan-leblanc/ Sports Wed, 4 Oct 2017 9:08:46 PM WBRZ Sports Week 5 Fan's Choice Winner: Denham Springs LB Brennan LeBlanc

Denham Springs, LA - "I knew it was special but I didn't know how many sacks it was until I saw a fan hold up a number 8, I had know idea."

Yellow Jacket linebacker Brennan LeBlanc had a career night with 8 sacks, to go along with 16 tackles, while also forcing 3 fumbles in Denham Springs' 38-6 win over Live Oak.

"I feel like I play with a lot of passion and intensity and we got beat somewhat badly last year and I took it to the heart because I knew how bad I really want to win," says LeBlanc.

"He plays with a lot of passion first and foremost and you can tell this game means a lot to him and his responsibility was to take down the quarterback and those were Madden type numbers," says his head coach Bill Conides, "You create a player or create a linebacker and that's what you expect: eight sacks."

Brennan's numbers Friday night show how his hard work and dedication are paying off on the field, but it's the countless hours he puts in off the field after practice that's making him one of the leaders on the Jackets' defense.

"I am a student of the game. I go home and study and I talk about football with my dad, he taught me everything I know. I love it."

"When they see a specific formation he's the quarterback of the defense, he knows the opponent's tape in and out and he makes all the calls and checks, leaders have to be able to lead by example and he does that."

A leader Coach Conides and the Jackets hopes leads them to the dome this season.

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Orgeron says trio of coaches met with LSU AD Alleva http://www.wbrz.com/news/orgeron-says-trio-of-coaches-met-with-lsu-ad-alleva/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/orgeron-says-trio-of-coaches-met-with-lsu-ad-alleva/ Sports Wed, 4 Oct 2017 1:17:36 PM Associated Press Orgeron says trio of coaches met with LSU AD Alleva
BATON ROUGE - LSU football coach Ed Orgeron says he and both coordinators have met with athletic director Joe Alleva to hash out why the Tigers have struggled lately.
Orgeron says he, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda had a "very positive" meeting with Alleva, discussing where the Tigers have gone wrong and how they can fix it. LSU has lost two of three, falling by 30 at Mississippi State and losing to a Troy team the Tigers were favored to beat by three touchdowns.
Questions about dissention between Orgeron and Canada arose after an upset loss to Troy in which Orgeron sought to simplify Canada's scheme by reducing pre-snap motions. Orgeron has since said he's returned complete control of the offense to Canada.
LSU plays at No. 21 Florida on Saturday.

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Saints' second half propels them to shutout win vs. Dolphins http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-second-half-propels-them-to-shutout-win-vs-dolphins/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-second-half-propels-them-to-shutout-win-vs-dolphins/ Sports Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:50:07 PM Associated Press Saints' second half propels them to shutout win vs. Dolphins
LONDON - It took Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints six days and a first half before they finally found their footing in soggy Britain.
Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints scored all but three of their points in the second half as they defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium.
Michael Thomas had a touchdown reception in the third quarter, Alvin Kamara added one in the fourth and Will Lutz made two of his three field-goal attempts for New Orleans (2-2), which arrived for the game on Monday and won the lowest-scoring game ever held in London.
It was expected to be a big homecoming for the Dolphins' Jay Ajayi, who was born in the city, but the running back finished with 46 yards on 12 carries.
Lutz missed his first try, a 41-yarder, wide right on the second play of the second quarter, and the teams threatened to have the first scoreless opening half since Week 14 of the 2011 season until Lutz connected from 43 yards with no time remaining.
Brees found Thomas, who had eight catches for 89 yards, on a 4-yarder  to push the score to 10-0 in the third quarter, and Kamara took a shovel pass from Brees 12 yards into the end zone with 3:57 remaining to wrap up the victory.
Kamara finished with 96 total yards, including 71 receiving, and fellow running back Mark Ingram ran for 45 yards.
Jay Cutler completed 20 of 28 passes for Miami (1-2), which finished with 185 yards, its fewest since its last shutout, a 19-0 loss at Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2013.
New Orleans' last shut out an opponent on Dec. 16, 2012, a 41-0 win against Tampa Bay.
STREIF'S STRIFE: Saints right tackle Zach Streif, active despite missing time in practice during the week with a knee injury, left the game after sustaining a knee injury on the first play of the fourth quarter when a Dolphins defender fell on his legs. He did not return.
Also leaving the game injured were Saints TE Josh Hill (concussion) and LB Alex Anzalone (shoulder), and Dolphins LB Mike Hull (shoulder), none of whom returned.
The Dolphins were also without cornerback Byron Maxwell, who injured a hamstring in the team's walk-through on Saturday and was replaced by rookie Cordrea Tankersley, a third-round pick out of Clemson who was inactive for the Dolphins' first two games.
Saints: A Week 5 bye means they'll next be in action at home against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 15.
Dolphins: The home debut, at last, against the Tennessee Titans - Miami's latest opener since 1987.

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