WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:07:37 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 NFL close to new football inspection rules http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-close-to-new-football-inspection-rules/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-close-to-new-football-inspection-rules/ Sports Mon, 27 Jul 2015 2:28:09 PM NFL close to new football inspection rules

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs.

Two people familiar with the league's plans tell The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But those people, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league has not released information on the new policy, say no instructions have been sent out yet.

The first preseason game is Aug. 9.

Among the details being considered for the new policy: having game officials appointed by the referee inspect the 48 footballs for each game more than two hours before kickoff. In the past, the referee inspected the footballs.

Also under consideration is checking pressure readings for every ball before the game and then again at halftime.

These changes stem from the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game, which led to a four-game suspension for New England quarterback Tom Brady, a $1 million fine for the Patriots, and two draft picks.


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Frank Alexander: Past and present http://www.wbrz.com/news/frank-alexander-past-and-present/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/frank-alexander-past-and-present/ Sports Mon, 27 Jul 2015 9:58:48 AM Michael Cauble Frank Alexander: Past and present

BATON ROUGE - Frank Alexander has had a long and winding journey from his high school days at Southern Lab to the NFL as a defensive end with the Carolina Panthers.

Last year he faced yet another major obstacle as he had to sit out the majority of the season with a drug suspension (marijuana).

Alexander spoke with WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble about what he learned from that experience, and the Panthers chances this season.


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Busch grabs elusive Indy victory as comeback continues http://www.wbrz.com/news/busch-grabs-elusive-indy-victory-as-comeback-continues/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/busch-grabs-elusive-indy-victory-as-comeback-continues/ Sports Sun, 26 Jul 2015 6:07:35 PM Busch grabs elusive Indy victory as comeback continues

INDIANAPOLIS - Kyle Busch's incredible comeback rolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Busch won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday to sweep the weekend at the historic track.

Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and broken left foot. He returned in late May and has won four of the last five Sprint Cup Series races and three straight.

Now he has a prestigious Brickyard victory to give him one of NASCAR's elusive crown jewels. Busch also won the second-tier Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis.

His Indy victory moved him within 23 points of cracking the top 30 in the standings - where he needs to be to make NASCAR's championship race. It also gave Toyota its first Cup win at Indianapolis.


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Baseball's Hall has four new members http://www.wbrz.com/news/baseball-s-hall-has-four-new-members/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baseball-s-hall-has-four-new-members/ Sports Sun, 26 Jul 2015 6:00:01 PM Baseball's Hall has four new members

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The 2015 induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame has been completed and the class of 2015 includes Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio has taken its place among the games greats.

Each man took his time outlining his life and career and shared anecdotes about playing the game.

Along with 40,000 fans there were some 49 living members of the Hall are on hand for the ceremony on a hot, sunny day.

Biggio was the first to be inducted followed by Smoltz, Johnson and then Martinez.


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Nola picks up first MLB win as Phillies sweep Cubs http://www.wbrz.com/news/nola-picks-up-first-mlb-win-as-phillies-sweep-cubs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nola-picks-up-first-mlb-win-as-phillies-sweep-cubs/ Sports Sun, 26 Jul 2015 4:42:47 PM Nola picks up first MLB win as Phillies sweep Cubs

CHICAGO - Ryan Howard homered for the second straight day, rookie Aaron Nola got his first major league win and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.

Maikel Franco also went deep as the major league-worst Phillies collected 17 hits in their eighth win in nine games since the All-Star break. Franco and Domonic Brown each drove in three runs a day after Cole Hamels threw no-hitter against the Cubs.

Nola (1-1) allowed four runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings in his second career start. The touted prospect also had an RBI single.

With the game out of hand, Cubs catcher David Ross pitched a perfect ninth. He then hit a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning.


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Froome wins 2nd Tour de France http://www.wbrz.com/news/froome-wins-2nd-tour-de-france/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/froome-wins-2nd-tour-de-france/ Sports Sun, 26 Jul 2015 1:02:54 PM Froome wins 2nd Tour de France

Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome has won his second Tour de France in three years, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing that culminated with a thrilling late fight-back by the British rider's toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.

Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain's third win in the 112-year-old race, Froome took it easy on the last Stage 21, his work done having grimly resisted Quintana's last-ditch assault on his hard-won Tour lead on Saturday on the final Alpine ascent.

Just as when Froome first won in 2013, Quintana is again runner-up, although the margin is much smaller this time. Froome and his teammates crossed the finish line together in a line, arms across each other's shoulders, with Froome grinning in the middle.


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Sports 2 a days: Livonia http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-livonia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-livonia/ Sports Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:49:00 PM Chris Price Sports 2 a days: Livonia

LIVONIA - The Livonia Wildcats football team reached the top of the mountain in 2014, winning a Class 3A state title. 

If they want to repeat the feat, though, Guy Mistretta's team will have to do it in Class 4A. 

The Wildcats got a bump up this season, offering a huge challenge to a team that could have been penciled in to the later rounds of the 3A postseason this year. 

The Wildcats return roughly 16 starters, including their MVP from the state championship game, quarterback Cee Jay Powell. 

Experience won't be the issue with this team: it'll be the depth as they play a bigger set of schools than what anyone's been used to. 


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LSU golf commit wins US Junior Amateur championship http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-golf-commit-wins-us-junior-amateur-championship/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-golf-commit-wins-us-junior-amateur-championship/ Sports Sat, 25 Jul 2015 7:07:50 PM AP LSU golf commit wins US Junior Amateur championship

BLUFFTON, S.C. - Philip Barbaree rallied to win the U.S. Junior Amateur on Saturday, beating Andrew Orischak on the 37th hole after overcoming a late five-hole deficit.

The 17-year-old Barbaree, from Shreveport, Louisiana, won the par-5 29th and par-4 30th with birdies and the par-4 32nd and 33rd with pars to pull within a hole on Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course. He tied it with a birdie on the par-4 36th and won with a bogey on the par-4 37th.

The 16-year-old Orischak is from nearby Hilton Head Island.

Barbaree finished off his semifinal match in the morning, winning the 18th with a par for a 1-up victory over South Korea's Won Jun Lee. They were tied after 17 holes Friday when play was suspended because of darkness in the weather-delayed tournament.

Orischak advanced to the final Friday, beating Eugene Hong of Sanford, Florida, 3 and 2.

Barbaree and Orischak earned spots in the U.S. Amateur next month at Olympia Fields in Illinois.


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Miles, LSU staff attend LHSCA coaches convention http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-lsu-staff-attend-lhsca-coaches-convention/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-lsu-staff-attend-lhsca-coaches-convention/ Sports Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:40:50 PM Chris Price Miles, LSU staff attend LHSCA coaches convention

BATON ROUGE - While high school football coaches around the state took time to listen to Les Miles, the LSU head coach and his staff took the opportunity to forge better relationships with the coaches at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association's Summer Coaches Clinic on Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza hotel. 

Miles delivered a speech on handling crisis situations within a football program, citing Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and two double-overtime losses in 2007 on the way to a national championship as examples. 

Meanwhile, his coaching staff met and spoke with coaches from around the state, a group that Miles thanked for their work in producing not only top talent, but quality young men.


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Johnson wins British Open, stops Spieth's bid for Grand Slam http://www.wbrz.com/news/johnson-wins-british-open-stops-spieth-s-bid-for-grand-slam/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/johnson-wins-british-open-stops-spieth-s-bid-for-grand-slam/ Sports Mon, 20 Jul 2015 1:41:58 PM Doug Ferguson Johnson wins British Open, stops Spieth's bid for Grand Slam

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers.

Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam - tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making a 50-foot birdie putt that made it feel as though he were destined to win at St. Andrews for his third straight major.

And he was still there at the very end Monday, but only as a spectator.

The slam gone, Spieth graciously returned to the steps of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse to watch Johnson finish off a sterling performance of his own. Johnson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that got him into a three-man playoff, and he outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman to win the British Open.

Johnson described himself as a "normal guy" from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when he won the Masters in 2007.

And now?

"I'm a normal guy from Cedar Rapids ... with a green jacket that has something that most guys don't get to drink out of right now," Johnson said, smiling as he looked at golf's oldest trophy with his name etched alongside most of the game's greatest players.

Spieth was close to having his name on that jug. No one ever came closer to the third leg of the Grand Slam.

He fought back from taking four putts for a double bogey on No. 8 with back-to-back birdies. He rolled in that long birdie putt on the 16th for a share of the lead. After missing an 8-foot par putt on the tough 17th hole, Spieth needed a birdie on the closing hole to join the playoff.

"Up and down for a playoff," was the last thing Spieth said to caddie Michael Greller from about 90 yards away. It was too far right and quite hard enough, and it rolled to the edge of the Valley of Sin short of the green. His birdie attempt up the slope stayed inches left of the cup, and he tapped in for a 69.

"We gave it a great effort," Spieth said.

At least he was in elite company. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods - the three biggest names in golf over the last 50 years - were the only other players to capture the Masters and U.S. Open in a bid to sweep the four professional majors in the same year. All came up short in the British Open. Spieth was the only one who had a share of the lead so deep in the final round.

"I'm going to go home and reflect," Spieth said. "It won't hurt too bad. It's not like I really lost it on the last hole, and 17 was brutally challenging. I just didn't hit a great putt there, and I just picked the wrong wedge out of the bag on 18. I made a lot of the right decisions down the stretch and certainly closed plenty of tournaments out. And this just wasn't one of those. It's hard to do that every single time.

"I won't beat myself up too bad, because I do understand that."

It took a superlative effort from Johnson, who now has two majors among his 12 PGA Tour victories, an astounding record and a reminder that a good wedge game and a putter can still go a long way in this era of power.

Johnson was in tears when he was interviewed off the green.

"I'm grateful. I'm humbled. I'm honored," Johnson said. "This is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports."

On a tense afternoon of shadows and showers on the Old Course, Johnson closed with a 6-under 66. He was the first in at 15-under 273.

Leishman, who considered giving up golf in April when his wife nearly died of a rare respiratory illness, fell out of the lead with a bogey on the 16th hole. He had a birdie putt for the win on the 18th that was wide left and gave him a 66. Oosthuizen made a 10-foot par putt on No. 17 to stay one shot behind, and he delivered a clutch moment of his own with a wedge to 5 feet for birdie and a 69 to join the playoff.

It was the first British Open playoff since Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2009, and the first involving more than two players since 2002 at Muirfield, the year Woods failed in his bid for the third leg of the slam.

Johnson matched Oosthuizen's birdie on the first hole and pulled ahead with another birdie on No. 2. Both made bogey on the 17th - Oosthuizen by missing a 5-foot putt to tie Johnson - and the South African had one last chance. Oosthuizen, who won the British Open when it last was at St. Andrews in 2010, had a 12-foot birdie putt to force sudden death. It touched the left side of the cup and kept going, and Johnson was introduced as the "champion golfer of the year."

Spieth showed guts over the final two hours, and class when his bid was over. He stuck around to hug Johnson before he walked over to get his trophy.

Just two weeks ago, Spieth went to Iowa to take part in a charity event for Johnson before playing - and winning - the John Deere Classic. He was questioned for not coming over to St. Andrews to prepare for a rare occasion of attempting the Grand Slam. Spieth put that to rest with a performance that kept him around the lead all week.

It was the first British Open to end on Monday since 1988 because of a brief rain delay Friday morning and 10½-hour wind delay on Saturday. But what a show. With 14 players separated by three shots, no one seized control the entire day. Eight players had at least a share of the lead at one point. Most of them fell away.

Spieth kept a golfing nation in suspense until the very end. Now, he goes to the PGA Championship with a tiny piece of history left to chase. Woods in 2000 and Ben Hogan in 1953 are the only other players to win three majors in a year, and no one has ever swept the three American majors.

At 21, he can only hope he gets another shot at the slam. Palmer, Nicklaus and Woods never did.


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Spieth ties for Open lead after long birdie http://www.wbrz.com/news/spieth-ties-for-open-lead-after-long-birdie/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/spieth-ties-for-open-lead-after-long-birdie/ Sports Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:30:52 PM Spieth ties for Open lead after long birdie

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Jordan Spieth has rolled in a 50-foot putt to create a three-way tie for the lead at the British Open.

Spieth rolled in the long putt at the 16th hole Monday, pushing his score to 15 under. Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman are already in the clubhouse at 15-under 273.

If there is a tie, there will be a four-hole playoff, with the best cumulative score winning the claret jug. The playoff will be held over the first, second, 17th and 18th holes. If it's still tied after that, they go to sudden death.

While it's getting late in the day, there should be plenty of daylight for what is already the first Monday finish at the Open since 1988. It doesn't get dark in this part of Scotland until around 9:30 p.m.

Johnson is on the practice green, warming up in case the Open has its first playoff since 2009.

Spieth is trying to join Ben Hogan as the only golfers to win the first three majors of the year.


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1 on 1 with Marcus Spears http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-on-1-with-marcus-spears/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-on-1-with-marcus-spears/ Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:45:55 PM Chris Price 1 on 1 with Marcus Spears

Baton Rouge - Marcus Spears was a star in his days at LSU and is a star once again on the SEC Network. 

The 2003 national champion sat down with WBRZ at SEC Media Days to discuss John Chavis, LSU's upcoming season, and whether he could still lace it up. 


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Sports 2-A-Days: Denham Springs http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-denham-springs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-denham-springs/ Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:42:42 PM Chris Price Sports 2-A-Days: Denham Springs

Denham Springs - Denham Springs went to the 2nd round of the Class 5A playoffs last year, and with an experienced group coming back, head coach Dru Nettles feels like the team could do even better in 2015. 

The Yellow Jackets return 8 starters on offense, including quarterback Torez Kinchen, and 6 on defense, led by defensive end and LSU commit Caleb Roddy. 

The Jackets have a tough schedule in district 4-5A (finished 5-1 last year, 7-5 overall), and they open up against East Ascension.  


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3 way tie atop crowded leaderboard at The Open Championships http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-way-tie-atop-crowded-leaderboard-at-the-open-championships/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-way-tie-atop-crowded-leaderboard-at-the-open-championships/ Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 9:43:59 PM AP 3 way tie atop crowded leaderboard at The Open Championships

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland  - Jordan Spieth was one shot out of the lead and one round away from the third leg of the Grand Slam. Not since Bobby Jones has an amateur won the British Open, and then along came Paul Dunne with a bogey-free performance Sunday at St. Andrews that gave him a share of the lead.

When a shootout at St. Andrews ended Sunday, 14 players were separated by three shots. Half of them were major champions.

Even for a place packed with centuries of history, this British Open offered endless possibilities.

7:45 p.m.


Jordan Spieth is shrugging off any suggestion that he'll be feeling pressure Monday because he's got a shot at the Grand Slam.

The winner of the year's first two majors, Spieth put himself in prime position to make it three in a row by shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round.

He goes to the final day just one shot behind co-leaders Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Dunne.

Spieth is trying to become the first player to win golf's modern version of the Grand Slam. He already captured the Masters in April and the U.S. Open last month.

If he wins on the Old Course, he'll go to next month's PGA Championship with a chance to complete the historic feat.

Spieth says he's tried not to think about the Slam while playing this week. But he knows it will probably cross his mind on Monday, and he plans to embrace it. As he says, "I look at it almost as an advantage."

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7:05 p.m.

Dustin Johnson began the third round as the British Open leader.

Now, he's got a lot of catching-up to do.

Johnson had a one-shot edge coming into Sunday, looking very much like he had put that shocking loss in the U.S. Open behind him. When it was done, he had managed just one birdie on the way to an ugly 3-over 75, failing to take advantage of the favorable scoring conditions as most of the contenders did.

He muddled through the front nine with a 37 - the worst score posted by anyone in the final 17 twosomes. It didn't get any better on the back side, as he sprayed shots all over the course, struggled with the putter, and finished with three straight bogeys.

Johnson still has a shot at his first major title, but is now a daunting five shots off the lead going to Monday's final round.

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6:45 p.m.

Somewhere, Bobby Jones must be smiling.

Paul Dunne is in a three-way tie for the lead after the third round of the British Open. That makes the 22-year-old Irishman the first amateur since Jones in 1927 to be a 54-hole leader at golf's oldest major championship.

Jones is also the last amateur to win the Open, taking the claret jug in 1930 while sweeping all four of the sport's biggest events at the time.

Dunne shot a 6-under 66 for a 12-under 204 total heading to Monday's decisive round. He is set to play in the final group with Louis Oosthuizen (67), another of those sharing the lead along with Jason Day.

Day (67) had a shot at the outright lead but missed a birdie putt at the 18th. The Aussie is set to play with Jordan Spieth, who is one shot back and aiming for his third straight major after the Masters and the U.S. Open.

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6:20 p.m.

Paul Dunne has turned the British Open into amateur hour.

The 22-year-old Irishman shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday and strolled to the clubhouse tied for the lead at St. Andrews.

Not bad for a guy who doesn't plan to turn pro until later this summer.

Dunne played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham and had to qualify for his first Open. Now, stunningly, he'll to Monday's final round as one of the leading contenders, after three straight rounds in the 60s left him with a 12-under 204 total.

He sure didn't look out of place in the third round. Dunne posted a bogey-free round, taking full advantage of the soft greens and slight breeze.

Dunne is trying to become the first amateur champion at the British Open since the great Bobby Jones in 1930.

Louis Oostuizen played with Dunne and also is at 204 after shooting a 67 Sunday. Jason Day was at 12 under heading to the final hole.

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5:45 p.m.

Jordan Spieth has his sights on the claret jug - and another step toward the Grand Slam.

Spieth bounced back from a frustrating second round to shoot a 6-under 66 Sunday, putting himself in prime position to compete for his third straight major championship.

Spieth says he'll "sleep fine" and hopes the experience of winning the Masters and the U.S. Open will give him an advantage in Monday's final round. He says he feels calmer than he did at Augusta National or last month at Chambers Bay, knowing he has "a little more experience in that position." As he says, "I know I'm able to pull it off."

After struggling with his putter during a weather-delayed second round that took almost 39 hours to complete, Spieth found his stroke on the back side Sunday. He ripped off three straight birdies starting at No. 10, and added another at the 15th.

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5:20 p.m.

Padraig Harrington has found his game, and he'll go into the final round of the British Open with a chance to claim the claret jug for the third time.

The Irishman shot a 7-under 65 in the third round Sunday, his best score ever in golf's oldest major championship.

Harrington won back-to-back Open titles in 2007-08, and followed up with another major at the 2008 PGA Championship.

He fell on hard times after that, his performance slipping so badly that he lost his PGA Tour card last year.

A victory this year in the Honda Classic signaled the 43-year-old was on the road back. His performance on the Old Course has only confirmed that he's still got the potential to contend. As Harrington says, "I've been out of it for a while, but I felt comfortable out there."

Harrington might go to the final round with the best attitude of any of the leaders. He says, "I've got no issue putting my neck on the line and failing."

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4:30 p.m.

An amateur is leading the British Open.

Paul Dunne, a 22-year-old Irishman, claimed the top spot all to himself with a birdie on the 10th hole Sunday. That took his overall score to 11 under, pushing him ahead of a group that included Jordan Spieth.

Dunne played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham and went through qualifying to earn his spot in the Open. He plans to turn professional later this summer and try to claim a spot on the European Tour.

For now, he's the one everyone is chasing at the home of golf. There hasn't been an amateur winner of the Open since Bobby Jones in 1930.

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3:50 p.m.

Jordan Spieth is making his move at the British Open.

The 21-year-old American birdied the first three holes on the back nine Sunday to pull into a tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Spieth is the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to start the year with wins in the Masters and the U.S. Open. If Spieth can win the British Open, he'll go to next month's PGA Championship with a chance to become the first player to win the modern Grand Slam.

Spieth's only stumble so far came at the ninth, where he missed about a 5-foot putt to save par. He chased after the ball as soon as it left his club, knocked in the bogey, and gave an exaggerated follow-through with his putter. He then flinched angrily on his way off the green.

That must've fired him up. Spieth bounced right back with three straight birdies, all of them set up by brilliant iron shots. He's now at 10 under for the tournament.

Johnson was the 36-hole leader and made par on his first four holes. Oosthuizen claimed a share of the top spot with birdies on three of his first seven holes.

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3 p.m.

Dustin Johnson has teed off in the British Open, still holding a one-stroke lead.

Johnson is at 10-under 134 through 36 holes, looking to finally break through in a major championship after several close calls. Just last month, he had a putt to win the U.S. Open from 12 feet. Instead, he three-putted and lost to Jordan Spieth by a single stroke.

Johnson is playing in the final group Sunday with England's Danny Willett.

Several players took a run at Johnson's score before he got on the Old Course. Australia's Marc Leishman shot an 8-under 64 that left him one shot off the lead at 207. England's Eddie Pepperell briefly pulled into a tie with Johnson at 10 under, only to knock his tee shot into the hotel along the 17th hole and take a double-bogey. Pepperell settled for a 66 and was two shots back at 208.

Nine groups ahead of Johnson, Spieth began the day trailing by five shots. The young Texan already has a pair of birdies on his card and is still in the mix to take a run at the Grand Slam, having won the first two majors of the year.

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2:10 p.m.

How easy is the Old Course playing during the third round?

Only four of the first 28 players to finish Sunday at the British Open have failed to break par. Marc Leishman of Australia posted the best score of the week so far with an 8-under 64, leaving him just one shot off the lead before Dustin Johnson even teed off.

Leishman is hardly the only one going low with the soft greens and slight wind. Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler both shot 66. David Duval posted a 67 in the first group of the day, his best score in the Open since winning at Lytham in 2001. Amateur Ashley Chesters also shot 67.

Already, there are 17 scores in the 60s, and sure to be a lot more before the day is done unless conditions toughen. Eddie Pepperell is 8 under through 16 holes and tied with Johnson's 10-under score after 36 holes.

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1:55 p.m.

Marc Leishman took a run at the major championship scoring record.

In the end, he had to settle for an 8-under 64 in the third round of the British Open.

Taking advantage of prime scoring conditions, the 31-year-old Australian was poised for a historic score after a birdie at the 15th. But he missed a 10-foot birdie attempt at the 16th, squandered another good birdie look at the tough 17th, and then watched a wedge to the 18th roll back into the Valley of Sin. That left Leishman with another par and one shot away from joining the select list of players who've shot 63 in a major.

Leishman is having another strong Open, tying for fifth at Royal Liverpool a year ago. He was scheduled to play in the Masters this past spring but had to withdraw when his wife, Audrey, came down with a life-threatening illness.

She has since recovered, and Leishman says the experience "really, really puts things in perspective."

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12:45 p.m.

The weather has suddenly turned in the British Open.

Heavy rains are pounding the Old Course, prompting the players to hurriedly break out their umbrellas and weatherproof gear.

More showers are predicted late in the afternoon Sunday, which could make things a bit tougher for leader Dustin Johnson. He tees off at 3 p.m. with a one-shot lead over Danny Willett.

Of course, the tournament already has been plagued by inclement weather. There was a suspension of more than three hours Friday because of heavy rains, and fierce winds on Saturday halted play for more than 10 hours.

The delays pushed back the third round until Sunday, setting up the first Monday finish since 1988.

At the moment, there are no worries about another delay.

The course drains well, and this is really just a normal Scottish day.

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12:15 p.m.

David Duval has set the tone for going low in the third round of the British Open.

Duval took advantage of the soft greens and barely a hint of wind to shoot a 5-under 67 in the first group out Sunday. That's his best score in the Open since his closing round 67 to win at Lytham in 2001.

In fact, five of the first six players to finish shot in the 60s.

Out on the course, Australia's Marc Leishman is 7 under through 13 holes and has climbed into a tie for third. Jim Furyk is 6 under for the day with two holes still to play. At 5 under for the round are England's Eddie Pepperell and amateur Ashley Chesters.

Of course, the 36-hole leaders have yet to take the course. If conditions don't toughen up a bit, it could be a real shootout in the afternoon.

Dustin Johnson finished the second round with a one-shot lead on Danny Willett and two ahead of Paul Lawrie.

Johnson and Willett are in the final group, teeing off at 3 p.m.

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11:15 a.m.

The Old Course is ripe for low scoring Sunday at the British Open. Just ask David Duval.

One day after wind ripped through St. Andrews and forced a delay of more than 10 hours, conditions could not have been easier - calm, soft from passing showers and a lot of red numbers early on the leaderboard.

Duval had to birdie the 18th hole to make the cut on the number. He went out in 32 on Sunday and already was 6-under par through 15 holes.

English amateur Ashley Chesters had two birdies and an eagle through five holes. Graeme McDowell had seven birdies in 13 holes.

Dustin Johnson had a one-shot lead and won't start until 3 p.m. If conditions remain unchanged, he could have the final word.


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Loupe earns top 10 finish on PGA Tour http://www.wbrz.com/news/loupe-earns-top-10-finish-on-pga-tour/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/loupe-earns-top-10-finish-on-pga-tour/ Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 9:16:56 PM AP Loupe earns top 10 finish on PGA Tour

BATON ROUGE - While LSU's senior All-American Ben Taylor was making his major championship debut at The 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews this week, former Tiger standout Andrew Loupe was back here in the United States earning his second career PGA TOUR top-10 finish by tying for sixth place at the Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Alabama.

 

One of four former LSU Tigers to make the cut at Robert Trent Jones' Grand National along with David Toms, Smylie Kaufman and John Peterson, Loupe fired a 6-under par 65 in the final round for a 72-hole score of 13-under par 271 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth place on the final Barbasol Championship leaderboard.

 

Loupe cracked the Top 10 in a PGA TOUR event for the first time since the 2014 Valero Texas Open held at the JW Marriott TPC San Antonio when he earned his first career top-10 finish.

 

A native of Baton Rouge and former two-time All-American with the Tigers during his collegiate career, Loupe finished six shots off the pace set by Barbasol Championship winner Scott Piercy, who fired a winning score of 19-under par 265 for 72 holes at Grand National, including back-to-back scores of 6-under 65 in the third and fourth rounds to win by three shots.

 

Will Wilcox followed in second place with a total of 16-under 268 for the championship, while Ricky Barnes, Whee Kim and Alabama All-American Robby Shelton (a) trailed in a tie for third place at 14-under 270.

 

Toms also cracked the Top 20 for the fourth time in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season and the second time in his last three starts by firing a 10-under 274 for 72 holes to tie for 19th place in the event. Toms' appearance was highlighted by scores of 5-under 66 in Thursday's second round and a 4-under 67 in Sunday's final round to finish nine shots out of the lead.

 

Toms' finish at the Barbasol Championship comes just three weeks after tying for 20th place at the Travelers Championship held June 25-28, while he also cracked the Top 20 twice early in the 2014-15 season back in the fall when he tied for 14th place at the McGladrey Classic held from Oct. 23-26 and tied for ninth place at the Sanderson Farms Championship held from Nov. 6-9.

 

Kaufman took a big step up in his professional career this week by making his first ever cut in a PGA TOUR event as he tied Peterson for 66th place at the Barbasol Championship with a final score of 2-under par 282. The Web.com Tour rookie opened with rounds of 2-under 69 on Thursday and 3-under 68 on Friday before ending with scores of 2-over 73 and 1-over 72 the final two days in his first weekend playing the PGA TOUR.

 

Kaufman is well on his way to earning his full PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season as he is currently in 11th place on the official Web.com Tour money list with $164,247 in total earnings to date this season. The players finishing in the Top 25 of the final Web.com Tour money list will earn fully-exempt status as PGA TOUR members next season.

 

Kaufman's rookie season on the Web.com Tour has been highlighted by his first professional victory at the United Leasing Championship Presented by PTI in May, while he also tied for fourth place in two back-to-back starts at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March and the El Bosque Mexico Championship in April.

 

Peterson has now made the cut in 18 of his 21 starts on the PGA TOUR during the 2014-15 season after tying for 66th place at the Barbasol Championship on Sunday. He has finished among the top 20 of the leaderboard in five starts this season with a best finish of tying for 11th place at the 2015 Valero Texas Open held March 26-29, while earning a career-best $711,105 this season to rank 110th on the official PGA TOUR Money List going into this weekend's action at Grand National near Auburn, Alabama.

 


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The Open Championship: Round 3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-open-championship-round-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-open-championship-round-3/ Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:18:36 AM Associated Press The Open Championship: Round 3

Finally! The second round of the British Open is over - nearly 39 hours after it began.

Play was suspended more than three hours on Friday because of heavy rain, and then halted for nearly 10 1/2 hours on Saturday by high winds.

The third round is now set for Sunday, followed by the first Monday finish at the Open since 1988.

American Dustin Johnson is the 36-hole leader with a 10-under 134, one shot ahead of England's Danny Willett, and two ahead of Scotland's Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion.

Jordan Spieth is still in the mix after winning the Masters and the U.S. Open. Despite a shaky putter, he's within five shots of the top spot.

Tiger Woods? He's headed home, shooting a 7-over 151 that left him tied for 147th. It's the first time in Woods' professional career that he's missed the cut in consecutive majors.


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Sports 2-A-Days: East St. John Wildcats http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-east-st-john-wildcats/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-east-st-john-wildcats/ Sports Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:12:36 AM Seth Lewis Sports 2-A-Days: East St. John Wildcats

RESERVE - For Alden Foster, Amite is home. He's a Warriors alum, and has coached at his alma mater for the past 7 years.

So when the opportunity came available to take the job at East St. John, the decision was extremely difficult.

Foster choosing the Wildcats for the Wildcats, as he's never coached on the 5A level. He's also looking to bring home a state championship for the first time in Reserve, as he came close with Amite last year, leading the Warriors to the 3A title game.

The Warriors went an underwhelming 6-6 last year, and lose several key seniors, including LSU defensive back Xavier Lewis.

East St. John excited by their skill position guys at wide receiver and running back. Foster hoping that the Wildcats can get adjusted to the new playbook before the season begins.

 


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Southern picked behind Grambling for SWAC West http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-picked-behind-grambling-for-swac-west/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-picked-behind-grambling-for-swac-west/ Sports Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:41:29 AM Southern picked behind Grambling for SWAC West

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alcorn State, the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion, is the preseason favorite to win the league's Eastern Division while Grambling has been picked to win the West.

Southern University was picked to finish second behind Grambling in the West.

Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. is the preseason offensive player of the year. Gibbs threw for 2,482 yards and 21 touchdowns last season while also running for 1,006 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Alabama State's Kourtney Berry is the preseason defensive player of the year and had a league-high 128 tackles in 2014.

Southern also landed seven players on the All-SWAC preseason lists. Lenard Tillery (RB), Willie Quinn (WR), Anthony Mosley (OL) and Danny Johnson (CB) made the first team while Terrell Lee (OL), Gabe Echols (DL) and Dionte McDuffy (DB) made the second team.

The league's 10 coaches and sports information directors voted in the preseason poll.


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Independence Bowl's new title sponsor, Camping World http://www.wbrz.com/news/independence-bowl-s-new-title-sponsor-camping-world/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/independence-bowl-s-new-title-sponsor-camping-world/ Sports Thu, 16 Jul 2015 3:34:44 PM APNewsNow Independence Bowl's new title sponsor, Camping World

SHREVEPORT - The Independence Bowl Foundation has named Camping World as the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl.

The 2015 bowl game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 26 at 4:45 p.m. CST and will be known as the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Camping World and Good Sam CEO and Chairman Marcus Lemonis tells The Times (http://bit.ly/1DjukqF ) the partnership is a great way to kick off its yearlong celebration marking the 50th anniversary of its businesses. Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Camping World is the nation's number one retailer of RVs, RV accessories and RV-related services.

The Independence Bowl - the nation's 11th-oldest bowl game - began in 1976 and is celebrating its 40th game in 2015. It recently renewed its primary conference partnerships with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference through 2019.


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LSU's Miles expects quarterback play to improve http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-miles-expects-quarterback-play-to-improve/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-miles-expects-quarterback-play-to-improve/ Sports Thu, 16 Jul 2015 1:00:24 PM David Brandt LSU's Miles expects quarterback play to improve

HOOVER - LSU coach Les Miles said he expects the team's quarterback play to be "legitimately better" as it competes for a title in the difficult Southeastern Conference Western Division.

Miles said Thursday that four suspended players - including quarterback Anthony Jennings - are still "going through a legal process" after offseason arrests. Jennings, who was charged with unauthorized entry of a residence, and Brandon Harris are the two main candidates for the starting quarterback job.

LSU is coming off a relatively disappointing 8-5 season, including a 4-4 mark in league play. The Tigers return eight offensive starters, including sophomore running back Leonard Fournette, who set an LSU freshman rushing record last season with 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns.

LSU also returns six defensive starters.


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