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PHOENIX (AP) - New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., grabbed The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year award for 2014.

Best known for the play of the year, his one-handed snag of a touchdown pass while falling backward against Dallas, the first-round pick (12th overall) from LSU easily won against a loaded rookie class. Beckham received 42 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

Dallas guard Zack Martin, selected to the Pro Bowl, got seven votes, and Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans earned one.

Beckham hardly was a one-trick pony. He tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark with nine consecutive games of 90 yards receiving and finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs.

He is the first Giants player to win the award, which was presented during the "NFL Honors" show Saturday night.

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IOC leader not concerned with Boston 2024 bid backlash http://www.wbrz.com/news/ioc-leader-not-concerned-with-boston-2024-bid-backlash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ioc-leader-not-concerned-with-boston-2024-bid-backlash/ Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 5:00:22 PM AP IOC leader not concerned with Boston 2024 bid backlash

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The leader of the International Olympic Committee believes it's too early to be alarmed by groups in Boston that don't want the 2024 Games in their city.

In Arizona for the Super Bowl, IOC President Thomas Bach says the committee will conduct its own internal polling, but not for at least another year.

An opposition group is calling for a referendum on whether the city should host the Olympics, though bid organizers are skeptical a vote will ever be taken.

The U.S. Olympic Committee chose Boston as its candidate this month. The 2024 Games will be awarded two years from now. Rome is currently the only other official bidder.

Bach says: "If Boston came to us and said we have 100 percent support, that would also make the bid look very suspicious."

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Seahawks attend final pre-Super Bowl walkthrough http://www.wbrz.com/news/seahawks-attend-final-pre-super-bowl-walkthrough/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/seahawks-attend-final-pre-super-bowl-walkthrough/ Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 4:55:13 PM AP Seahawks attend final pre-Super Bowl walkthrough

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor "looked pretty good" on Saturday according to coach Pete Carroll as Seattle went through its final preparations for Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.

Chancellor left practice a day earlier with his left knee wrapped after falling on the second-to-last play. He arrived for Saturday's walkthrough without a limp and looked comfortable during the 47-minute session inside Arizona State's practice bubble, according to a pool report.

Carroll said: "We will make sure we test him in pregame, but he remarkably looked great today, and so that's all we have to go on."

There was no music at the brief walkthrough that included owner Paul Allen and former MVP running back Shaun Alexander as guests.

Seattle went to University of Phoenix Stadium for their team photo after the walkthrough ended.

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Mickey's monster game not enough as LSU hoops falls to MSU 73-67 http://www.wbrz.com/news/mickey-s-monster-game-not-enough-as-lsu-hoops-falls-to-msu-73-67/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mickey-s-monster-game-not-enough-as-lsu-hoops-falls-to-msu-73-67/ Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 1:49:38 PM Chris Price Mickey's monster game not enough as LSU hoops falls to MSU 73-67

STARKVILLE, MS - Jordan Mickey scored a career-high 25 points to go with 20 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the LSU basketball team suffered a bad loss at Mississippi State 73-67 on Saturday. 

The Tigers are trying to build a positive NCAA tournament resume, but the tournament committee will not look kindly on a loss to a middle-of-the-pack Bulldogs team that improved to 10-11 (3-5 SEC) this season. 

Despite the big afternoon from Mickey, the Tigers (16-5, 5-3) shot just 29% from the field in the first half, and point-scoring mainstays Jarell Martin and Tim Quarterman were held to 2 and 4 points, respectively. 

Martin's only points of the game gave the Tigers a 57-54 lead with 4:18 remaining but Roquez Johnson slammed home a dunk less than a minute later to give the Bulldogs a 58-57 lead, a lead Mississippi State never relinquished.

The Tigers now turn their attention to the Auburn Tigers February 5 at 6pm, the first of three straight home games for LSU.  

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Goodell: No decision yet on discipline for Lynch http://www.wbrz.com/news/goodell-no-decision-yet-on-discipline-for-lynch/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/goodell-no-decision-yet-on-discipline-for-lynch/ Sports Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:03:53 AM Goodell: No decision yet on discipline for Lynch

PHOENIX - The NFL won't decide on any discipline for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch until after the Super Bowl, commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Super Bowl news conference Friday.

Lynch has kept all his media appearances this week to five minutes or less and hasn't said much. He has also donned hats with logos of his own apparel line, which are not sponsored by the NFL.

While Goodell did not comment about what the possible penalty might be, he made clear that Lynch had an obligation to do the interviews.

"It's part of your job," Goodell said. "There are things in your job that you might not necessarily want to do. I think Marshawn understands the importance of the Super Bowl and the importance of his appearance in the Super Bowl."

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Top Tigers in the Super Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/top-tigers-in-the-super-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/top-tigers-in-the-super-bowl/ Sports Fri, 30 Jan 2015 6:00:07 AM John Pastorek & Hunter Robinson Top Tigers in the Super Bowl

BATON ROUGE - LSU has had no shortage of players go on to play in the Super Bowl after their college career concludes. News 2's John Pastorek looks back in this edition of Louisiana Super Bowl legends.

LSU's only Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Cannon played in one Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. Another great Tiger running back, Jimmy Taylor, won Super Bowl I with the Green Bay Packers.

Devery Henderson was involved in one of the most memorable plays in LSU History with the "Blue Grass Miracle" and THE most memorable Super Bowl for Saints fans. He won a ring with the black and gold in 2009.

Eddie Fuller made it to three with Buffalo Bills, while Jarvis Green did the same with the New England Patriots.

One of the most dominant defensive players of the 70's, Roy "Moonie" Winston, has the second most all-time. He played in four with the Minnesota Vikings.

The player who holds the record for most Super Bowl trips by a former Tiger is is Kevin Faulk. After dazzling fans with his speed, quickness and Power, he mad five trips to the big game with the New England Patriots.

Watch this video to see some of the players in action.


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Beckham, Brees team up to set world record http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-brees-team-up-to-set-world-record/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-brees-team-up-to-set-world-record/ Sports Fri, 30 Jan 2015 3:08:36 AM Hunter Robinson Beckham, Brees team up to set world record

GLENDALE, AZ - Two of Louisiana's biggest football stars teamed-up Thursday to break a world record.

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and former-LSU Wide Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. shattered the Guinness World Record for most one-handed catches in a minute. The pair combined for 33 catches in just 60 seconds.

Now playing for the New York Giants, Beckham shocked the football world with an incredible one-handed grab earlier this season.

Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald is already taking aim at the record, but Brees says he and Beckham will try again if anyone manages to pass them.

IMAGE: Associated Press


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Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutors-ex-nfl-star-hernandez-s-dna-ties-him-to-slaying/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutors-ex-nfl-star-hernandez-s-dna-ties-him-to-slaying/ Sports Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:54:30 PM Hunter Robinson Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

FALL RIVER, MA - Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say the ex-NFL star murdered is compelling forensic evidence of the crime.

Jurors are set to hear more testimony Friday in the case against Hernandez, a day after the trial started with opening statements. Lawyers for the former New England Patriots standout portrayed him as a man "with the world at his feet" and no reason to kill.

Hernandez's ex-teammates play this weekend in the Super Bowl. In 2012, Hernandez caught Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's last Super Bowl touchdown pass. A year later, he was charged in the shooting death of semipro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time.

Hernandez could get life in prison if convicted.

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Patrick Peterson wins the Madden Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/patrick-peterson-wins-the-madden-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/patrick-peterson-wins-the-madden-bowl/ Sports Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:51:35 PM Hunter Robinson Patrick Peterson wins the Madden Bowl

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has won the Madden Bowl, a celebration of the popular Electronic Arts video game.

Peterson defeated reigning champion LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles. The digital match the pair played Thursday night mimicked the path that led this year's Super Bowl matchup, with an official review overturning a touchdown run by McCoy's team.

During the playoffs, an officials' call led to the elimination of the Dallas Cowboys from the playoffs.

Rain drenched the city block EA took over to host this year's Madden Bowl, keeping many partygoers from watching the games play out live on stage, opting to watch them on televisions mounted in several covered bar areas.

Partygoers were treated to a halftime show by Norwegian musicians Nico & Vinz, and occasional comedic banter from host Kevin Hart.

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Outdoors Report: Vegas Shot Show http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-vegas-shot-show/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-vegas-shot-show/ Sports Thu, 29 Jan 2015 9:52:48 PM Outdoors Report: Vegas Shot Show

John Jackson once again tackles the tough assignments by heading to Sin City to check out the Shot Show, a national convention featuring the newest technology and gadgets in the outdoors world.

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Louisiana's Super Bowl Legends http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-super-bowl-legends/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-super-bowl-legends/ Sports Thu, 29 Jan 2015 6:23:46 AM John Pastorek & Hunter Robinson Louisiana's Super Bowl Legends

BATON ROUGE - With Super Bowl Sunday just a few days away, we took a look back at some of the greatest Louisiana Super Bowl Legends today on 2une In.

The legendary coach Vince Lombardi once called Jim Taylor the most determined runner he'd ever seen. Taylor credits Lombardi with helping spark the fire within, the discipline and determination that led Taylor to the Green Bay Packers, the Super Bowl and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former LSU All-American, along with legends Bart Starr and Paul Hornung, led the Green Bay Packers to the first Super Bowl in 1967 in Los Angeles,and a 35-10 rout of Kansas City.

Frank Pitts also played in that first Super Bowl. The former Southern Jaguar star was on Kansas City's roster, where he earned the nickname "Riddler," for his speed and shifty moves as a wide receiver. He also made it to Super Bowl IV in 1970 in New Orleans and was involved in the one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. A reverse play lead to a field goal, and the Chiefs shocked the Minnesota Vikings 23-7.

Two LSU Tigers also played for the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, Bud Johnson of the LSU Andonie Museum points out that Remi Prudhomme of Opelousas and Johnny Robinson on Baton Rouge were alos on that years Kansas City club.  Prudhomme played defensive end for the Chiefs, while Robinson a halfback on LSU's 1958 championship team was a defensive back in the biggest game of the year.


Super Bowl XLIX will also be a special one for Pitts and his family. His grandson, Brandon Bolden is on the New England Patriots' roster. Bolden starred at Scotlandville Magnet High School before playing college ball at Ole Miss.

A Grambling Tiger starred in Super Bowl XXII in 1988 in San Diego. Doug Williams threw a bomb to Ricky Sanders, who went 80 yards for the touchdown. The Redskins scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter, tallying 5 touchdowns in just 18 plays en route to a 42-10 drubbing of Denver. Williams threw four TD passes and was named the games most valuable player. The former Grambling coach also made history that day as the first African American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl.

One of the most legendary plays in New Orleans Saints historY came in 2010 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning and went 74 yards for a touchdown, as the Saints upset the Colts 31-17. Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees hoisted the Lombardi trophy in victory,as the Saints won their first Super Bowl.


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Denver snaps 7-game skid with 93-85 win over Pelicans http://www.wbrz.com/news/denver-snaps-7-game-skid-with-93-85-win-over-pelicans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/denver-snaps-7-game-skid-with-93-85-win-over-pelicans/ Sports Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:10:13 AM Hunter Robinson Denver snaps 7-game skid with 93-85 win over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS - Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and the Denver Nuggets snapped a seven-game losing streak, 93-85 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

Afflalo hit four 3-pointers, the last with 2:32 left to increase Denver's then-tenuous lead to 89-85. After that, the Pelicans were unable to score another point and saw their four-game winning streak end.

Jusuf Nurkic scored 15 for Denver, while Kenneth Faried had 14, highlighted by his soaring dunk over Anthony Davis and Dante Cunningham.

Danilo Gallinari scored 11 points and hit three of Denver's 10 3-pointers. Ty Lawson had 13 assists.

Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds, but briefly left the game late in the third quarter after a collision with Faried under the basket. Davis returned with more than 8 minutes left, but the Pelicans were unable to regain the lead.

Tyreke Evans had 25 points for New Orleans.

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Head of NCAA enforcement: Academic misconduct on rise http://www.wbrz.com/news/head-of-ncaa-enforcement-academic-misconduct-on-rise/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/head-of-ncaa-enforcement-academic-misconduct-on-rise/ Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 3:10:25 PM Head of NCAA enforcement: Academic misconduct on rise

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The head of NCAA enforcement says academic misconduct has been on the rise in college athletics and his department is handling 20 open investigations.

Vice president of enforcement Jon Duncan said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press the cases involve both prospective and incoming athletes trying to become eligible for college competition, and enrolled athletes receiving impermissible assistance from university and athletic department personnel.

Eighteen of the cases involve Division I schools, though NCAA policies preclude Duncan from revealing which programs are under investigation.

North Carolina has been the focus of the NCAA's most high-profile infractions case involving academics. Last year an independent investigator found that hundreds of Tar Heels athletes over nearly two decades were steered toward sham classes that gave out high grades for little work.

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NFL players who started young show more thinking problems http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-players-who-started-young-show-more-thinking-problems/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-players-who-started-young-show-more-thinking-problems/ Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 1:04:20 PM NFL players who started young show more thinking problems

BOSTON - A study published in the journal Neurology says NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers.

The study published Wednesday says researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving. It found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 functioned about 20 percent worse. Robert Stern of the Boston University School of Medicine says both groups scored below average on many of the tests.

Stern says there is a known period of critical brain development that happens around puberty.

He says the research does not lead to any simple solutions.

The study only looked at former NFL players; the conclusions cannot be generalized to a broader population.

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AP: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-youth-concussion-laws-pushed-by-nfl-lack-bite/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-youth-concussion-laws-pushed-by-nfl-lack-bite/ Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:19:28 AM Howard Fendrich and Eddie Palls AP: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

PHOENIX - An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws in each state and the District of Columbia finds that fewer than half contain all of the key principles of the model legislation.

The laws were pushed for by the NFL after Washington state passed the first bill in 2009.

About a third of the laws make no specific reference to which ages or grades are covered. Even fewer explicitly apply to both interscholastic sports and rec leagues. Certain laws cover public and private schools, while some don't specify.

Almost all lack any consequences for schools or leagues that don't comply.

The man in charge of the NFL's lobbying efforts, Jeff Miller, says the NFL made compromises, but adds the main goal was to "get something in place."

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Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-convicts-2-ex-vanderbilt-players-of-raping-woman/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-convicts-2-ex-vanderbilt-players-of-raping-woman/ Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 3:38:27 PM Sheila Burke Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

NASHVILLE, TN - A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking in 2013 and the assault occurred as he took pictures.

Defense attorneys say Vandenburg took "deplorable" photos but did not take part in the assault. Batey testified that he was so drunk he didn't remember what happened until he later saw cellphone photos and video.

The alleged victim testified she didn't remember the alleged assault.

Two other former players are facing charges. Their trials have not been set.

Image: The Tennessean

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Shooters find not every basketball is same in college game http://www.wbrz.com/news/shooters-find-not-every-basketball-is-same-in-college-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shooters-find-not-every-basketball-is-same-in-college-game/ Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:45:45 PM Eric Olson Shooters find not every basketball is same in college game

Unlike the NBA, the NCAA has no uniform game ball for regular-season games.

That means a team could be playing with an unfamiliar ball during road games. And in a sport in which "shooter's touch" is part of the lexicon, the feel of the ball can't be minimized.

With all the talk over deflated footballs before the Super Bowl, the topic of balls also has bubbled up in college basketball. Minnesota's leading scorer, Andre Hollins, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that part of the reason for the Gophers' poor free-throw shooting in a three-point loss to Nebraska last week was the Adidas ball rolled out by the Cornhuskers.

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Superdome manager slated for five-year contract extension http://www.wbrz.com/news/superdome-manager-slated-for-five-year-contract-extension/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/superdome-manager-slated-for-five-year-contract-extension/ Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 1:28:13 AM Hunter Robinson Superdome manager slated for five-year contract extension

BATON ROUGE - The private company that manages the Superdome and Smoothie King Center in New Orleans is in line for a contract renewal through 2022.

The Interim Emergency Board - a panel of lawmakers and other state officials - agreed Monday to the five-year contract extension. The action also must win approval from lawmakers through mailed ballot.

Ron Forman, chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, said SMG is taking a $300,000 annual cut in fees and will pay $5 million toward facility improvements under the new deal.

SMG's fees grow up to 4 percent annually, slated to reach $1.7 million by 2017. The contract extension will drop the 2017 payment to $1.4 million, with growth up to 2 percent annually thereafter.

SMG has held the contract for nearly 40 years.

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Davis leads Pelicans past 76ers, on four game win streak http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-leads-pelicans-past-76ers-on-four-game-win-streak/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-leads-pelicans-past-76ers-on-four-game-win-streak/ Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:09:36 AM Hunter Robinson Davis leads Pelicans past 76ers, on four game win streak

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans stretched their season-long winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Eric Gordon added 13 for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans tied a season high - set one night earlier - with 12 assists.

K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points for the 76ers, who lost their sixth straight. Henry Sims and Luc Mbah a Moute had 14 points.

Philadelphia played without Michael Carter-Williams, who was sidelined by an upper respiratory infection.

Davis was 12-of-19 shooting, including five layups and five crowd-pleasing dunks, and made all eight of his free throws.

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Southern Hoops splits road games with Alabama State http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-splits-road-games-with-alabama-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-splits-road-games-with-alabama-state/ Sports Mon, 26 Jan 2015 8:56:24 PM Seth Lewis Southern Hoops splits road games with Alabama State

MONTGOMERY, AL - Southern Men's and Women's hoops squads split their SWAC road contests at Alabama State. 

The men falling in overtime to the Hornets, 63-59. Adrian Rodgers led all Jags with 21 points. Southern falls to 6-2 in the SWAC, while the Hornets stay undefeated at 7-0.

The Lady Jags picking up their 5th straight win, with a 53-49 victory over the Lady Hornets. Kendra Coleman led all scorers with 14 points. The Lady Jags advance to 6-2 in the SWAC.

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