WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 3 May 2016 22:05:28 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Jazz Fest a success despite weather-dampened attendance numbers http://www.wbrz.com/news/jazz-fest-a-success-despite-weather-dampened-attendance-numbers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jazz-fest-a-success-despite-weather-dampened-attendance-numbers/ Sports Tue, 3 May 2016 3:32:33 PM Brock Sues Jazz Fest a success despite weather-dampened attendance numbers

NEW ORLEANS - Shell, presenter of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is calling the 2016 edition of the event a success after it wrapped up on Sunday.

Shell says more than 425,000 fans “rocked the free world” on the final Sunday of the festival, despite less than cooperative weather conditions on both weekends.

The big names of Steely Dan and Neil Young bookended the seven day event with local favorite Trombone Shorty closing things out in true New Orleans style as festival goers powered through both sunshine and rain to see and hear the quality acts that took to the various stages.

Attendance peaked at 460,000 last year during weather conditions that were much more favorable to drawing the masses.

Next year’s 48th annual Jazz Fest is scheduled for Apr. 28 through May 7, 2017.

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LHSAA weather rule hurts one local baseball team, helps others in playoffs http://www.wbrz.com/news/lhsaa-weather-rule-hurts-one-local-baseball-team-helps-others-in-playoffs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lhsaa-weather-rule-hurts-one-local-baseball-team-helps-others-in-playoffs/ Sports Mon, 2 May 2016 7:27:23 PM LHSAA weather rule hurts one local baseball team, helps others in playoffs

BATON ROUGE - With the majority of high school baseball teams affected by heavy rainfall last weekend, several teams took advantage of a LHSAA weather-related rule to advance in the playoffs, while others feel they were slighted.

All 2nd round playoff action is supposed to be a best-of-3 series, but if weather forces delays, the current rule states that 1 game will count as a series if a 2nd game can't be played before Monday.

St. Michael advanced to the 5A quarterfinals with a single-game victory over Beau Chene, winning 7-3 Friday night. 

"From a coaches' perspective you can't control the rules or the weather," said Warriors head baseball coach Johnny Bernhard. "Just when you think you've seen it all, the 2016 playoffs happen but we're excited to move on."

Meanwhile in class 3A, University High fell to Erath in their 2nd round series opener Friday night, but thanks to the same rule, the Cubs were unable to try to tie or win the series and their season came to an end. 

"It's disappointing to say the least, I hate it for our kids, I hate it for our program," said Cubs coach Justin Morgan.

Both coaches said the rule should be changed in the future to allow for Monday play if only 1 game has been played, but for now the Warriors happily move on under the current rules, while the Cubs feel like they didn't get the series they deserved.  

Episcopal also advanced due to the same rule. 

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LSU softball sweeps Arkansas, Tigers earn 1,000th win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-sweeps-arkansas-tigers-earn-1-000th-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-sweeps-arkansas-tigers-earn-1-000th-win/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 11:31:24 PM AP LSU softball sweeps Arkansas, Tigers earn 1,000th win

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Coming off of a dramatic victory to claim the series Saturday night, the No. 12 LSU softball team left little doubt on Sunday as the Tigers scored three runs in the first three innings and exploded for six more in the sixth to earn a sweep of the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 9-1 win, claiming the program’s 1,000th victory in the process.


The Tigers (40-13, 13-11 Southeastern) produced all nine runs on 10 hits on the afternoon, getting a pair of three-RBI days from Bianka Bell and Sahvanna Jaquish, while Sydney Smith scattered four hits as an unearned run was all that crossed the plate as LSU closes SEC play with its second consecutive sweep against a league opponent and extending its winning streak to 10 games.


“It’s tough to get three wins against anyone in the country, much less the SEC, so it’s nice to see our team come away with three wins this weekend,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We may not be in the spot where we expected to be at this point in the year, but I think we are a team that’s playing good softball with everything this group wants to accomplish still within striking distance.”


Jaquish finished the day leading all players going 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored, while Bell finished 2-for-4 with a double and hitting her 11th home run of the season in the victory with three RBIs and two runs scored.


Sydney Smith (10-2) earned her third-straight victory in the circle and has not allowed an earned run to cross the plate in each of her last four appearances, striking out four and scattering four hits in the complete game victory. Smith needed just 79 pitches to get through the Razorback (17-36, 1-20) order, retiring the side in three of the six innings in the contest.


“Sydney did a great job, and that’s three weeks in a row that she’s really carried us in games,” Torina said. “She’s performed really well and it’s been nice watching her grow all season.”


Grace Moll (12-29) suffered the loss after allowing all nine runs on 10 hits with six walks and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Peyton Carter got the final out and allowed a walk in that third of an inning. Tori Cooper led Arkansas at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run scored.


A leadoff walk to Sandra Simmons to open the game put an LSU runner on, as Emily Griggs stepped up next and reached on a bunt single that was so good that the backspin carried the ball between two defenders, allowing Simmons to move to third and Griggs to second. Jaquish came through next, ripping a single to right center to score both giving LSU a 2-0 lead.


Arkansas earned its first hit of the day off of a bunt single in the bottom of the second to put the first Razorback runner on base. It would become two as an error put on the pressure with no outs, but Smith worked her way out of it getting the next three batters to go down in order to end the threat.


Bell opened the third by taking the first pitch she saw and ripping it to right to reach base for the stand-up double. Nine pitches later and with a 3-2 count, Jaquish did the same and drove in her third run of the day on a double to the gap in right to give LSU a 3-0 lead.


A double to left put an Arkansas runner on with one out in the bottom of the fourth, as an infield single put runners at the corners. An errant throw to try and catch pick off the runner at first went into the dirt and skidded to second, allowing the runner from third to score on the error, making it 3-1 as LSU would get the next two outs to end the inning.


After going down in order in the top half of the fifth, Arkansas got an out before an infield single put a Razorback runner on in the bottom of the frame. A throwing error put two on, but fortunately for the Tigers the group turned a double play getting out the lead runner at third and throw at first to end the inning to keep Arkansas off the board.


Allie Walljasper drew a walk to open the LSU sixth, as Akiya Thymes came on to pinch run at first. The freshman stole second, setting up Amber Serrett who singled to center as the throw in was cut off as Thymes slid home to give LSU a 4-1 lead. Bailey Landry singled to put two on for the Tigers, as Simmons then roped a single through the right side of the infield to score Serrett making it 5-1.


Bell increased that number by three with one swing of the bat, hitting a three-run bomb to right center to put the game well out of reach at 8-1. With the bases cleared, Jaquish singled to second base, moving to second after a wild pitch. Kloss roped a single to left as Jaquish motored home to give LSU an eight-run advantage at 9-1.


LSU closes out the regular season at home next weekend, hosting the Washington Huskies for a three game series next Saturday and Sunday at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.

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Curry-less Warriors continue to roll, top Portland 118-106 http://www.wbrz.com/news/curry-less-warriors-continue-to-roll-top-portland-118-106/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/curry-less-warriors-continue-to-roll-top-portland-118-106/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 11:27:37 PM AP Curry-less Warriors continue to roll, top Portland 118-106

OAKLAND, CA - Klay Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as fellow "Splash Brother" Stephen Curry watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.

Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.

With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in three straight playoff games.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

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Zurich capped at 54 holes, players will try to finish Monday http://www.wbrz.com/news/zurich-capped-at-54-holes-players-will-try-to-finish-monday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/zurich-capped-at-54-holes-players-will-try-to-finish-monday/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 11:20:43 PM AP Zurich capped at 54 holes, players will try to finish Monday

AVONDALE - Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play in the rain-delayed third round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, giving him a share of the lead with Brian Stuard.

Tournament officials said the event would be shortened to 54 holes and was slated to resume Monday morning.

Vegas made birdie putts from beyond 7 feet on the first two holes to reach 13 under, then parred three straight before a steady rain, accompanied by intermittent thunder, forced organizers to clear the water-logged TPC Louisiana after little more than two hours of play.

Stuard, who has not bogeyed a hole in the tournament, had one birdie Sunday. Like Vegas, he'll resume play on the sixth hole.

Top-ranked Jason Day was in a five-way tie for fifth at 10 under through 44 holes.

Rain, which also delayed play Thursday and Saturday, is again forecast Monday.

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LSU Softball claims series with comeback win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-claims-series-with-comeback-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-claims-series-with-comeback-win/ Sports Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:23:41 PM WBRZ LSU Softball claims series with comeback win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Down four runs with just two innings to play, LSU softball rallied to score five runs to take the comeback win against the Arkansas Razorbacks, 5-4. 

After stealing the second game, the Tigers wrapped up the series in Arkansas in just a matter of hours. In game one, the Tigers put up 10 runs to the Razorback's 4 to take the first win. 

The Tigers improve to 39-13 overall record and 12-11 in the Southeastern conference.

As expected, head coach Beth Torina was excited about the come from behind game two win.

"I love seeing the fight of our team," Torina said. "It’s not the first time this season we’ve been down to our last strike and be able to come away with a win.I think that’s such an unbelievable quality for a team to have; to have guts and fight down to the wire when your back is against the wall and be able to find a way."

The final game of the series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Bogle Park.

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LSU baseball drops series at Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-drops-series-at-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-drops-series-at-ole-miss/ Sports Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:20:19 PM WBRZ Staff LSU baseball drops series at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – The LSU Tigers were only able to put up 2 runs in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss in Oxford.

The Tigers drop to 28-16 overall and 11-10 in the Southeastern Conference. 

In an interview after the game, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri was clearly frustrated.

“It seemed like we had chances in every inning," Mainieri said. "We had bases-loaded situations and runners in scoring position with no outs. We had a lot of hits; we just couldn’t get the hits when it mattered."

Mainieri said the team's focus is on the final 12 games of the regular season, starting with Arkansas next weekend.

LSU returns to Alex Box Stadium Friday to host the Razorbacks in game one of a three-game SEC series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

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Stuard takes one-shot lead at wet Zurich Classic http://www.wbrz.com/news/stuard-takes-one-shot-lead-at-wet-zurich-classic/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/stuard-takes-one-shot-lead-at-wet-zurich-classic/ Sports Sat, 30 Apr 2016 9:10:33 PM ApNewsNow Stuard takes one-shot lead at wet Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La. - Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic.

Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were tied for second. They finished the second round Friday.

The 33-year-old Stuard, winless on the PGA Tour, continued his steady play with two birdies Some players were able to begin the third round on Saturday before thunderstorms swept through the area, but the leaders haven't teed off.

Top-ranked Day was five strokes behind Stuard after shooting a 68 in the second round.

Rain delays have interrupted two out of three days of the tournament. More rain is forecast for Sunday.

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Saints draft Buckeye WR Thomas in 2nd round http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-draft-buckeye-wr-thomas-in-2nd-round/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-draft-buckeye-wr-thomas-in-2nd-round/ Sports Fri, 29 Apr 2016 8:06:09 PM Saints draft Buckeye WR Thomas in 2nd round

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Thomas, who was picked 47th overall, caught 56 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes. His selection comes a few months after the Saints released the franchise's all-time leading receiver, Marques Colston.

Thomas adds depth to a receiver core currently led by Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman, and gives quarterback Drew Brees a tall target with a 33-inch vertical leap.

Thomas was among Ohio State's top receivers the past two seasons, winning a 2014 national title with the Buckeyes.

The Saints used their first-round pick on Thursday night to select former Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.

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Ole Miss to investigate Tunsil's comments on receiving cash http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-to-investigate-tunsil-s-comments-on-receiving-cash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-to-investigate-tunsil-s-comments-on-receiving-cash/ Sports Fri, 29 Apr 2016 2:17:38 PM David Brandt Ole Miss to investigate Tunsil's comments on receiving cash

OXFORD - Mississippi says it will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil's comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school.

The university said in a statement Friday it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC."

Tunsil was the story of the NFL draft after his troubled past, including a video of him smoking from a gas mask-bong contraption, surfaced on social media accounts minutes before the first round started.

Ole Miss is currently under NCAA investigation and received a Notice of Allegations from the governing body in January regarding violations in football and other sports.

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Texas schools spare no expense for huge football stadiums http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-schools-spare-no-expense-for-huge-football-stadiums/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-schools-spare-no-expense-for-huge-football-stadiums/ Sports Fri, 29 Apr 2016 1:16:17 PM David Warren Texas schools spare no expense for huge football stadiums

DALLAS - A suburban Dallas school district grabbed national attention in 2012 when it opened an eye-popping $60 million high school football stadium.

Not to be outdone, school officials near Houston next year plan to unveil a $62 million stadium-development plan. And a district north of Dallas is considering spending more than $50 million on its own football arena.

Are such exorbitant price tags for high school stadiums the new normal? Only in Texas, it seems. Football fields in other states are far less expensive, often in the range of $5 million to $10 million. One Southern California district built four stadiums for about $72 million.

Texas school officials say their districts are teeming with new students and that the stadiums reflect their communities' need for larger, more modern facilities. 

"The size dictated the cost, no question," said Tim Carroll, spokesman for the Allen school district, which built the $60 million stadium about 25 miles northeast of Dallas. "Some say we build things with no concern for expense, with columns made of marble, but that's not the case."

Many of the facilities are designed to serve multiple schools and multiple sports and host special events. And they should last for generations.

A big-league sports stadium could easily cost hundreds of millions of dollars, with some surpassing $1 billion. So a $50 million or $60 million project seems modest by comparison. But it's an extraordinary amount to spend on teen athletes. The result is a high school stadium that resembles a professional facility, with gleaming digital scoreboards, turf fields and expansive press boxes.

Ross Kecseg with the Austin-based fiscal watchdog group Empower Texans calls the money being spent on high school stadiums "excessive." The larger problem, he says, is school officials who combine outsize expenditures in one large bond package, leaving voters with no option to approve or reject one project over another. New school construction, building renovations, requests for more buses and other needs may be wrapped into a single request.

"When they put these propositions on the ballot, they put a whole lot of other things with them," Kecseg said. "By law they're allowed to separate the different requests ... but they lump them all together in an all-or-nothing proposition."

The Allen stadium, with 18,000 seats, stands out for its features and glamour even in Texas, where high school football under the "Friday Night Lights" has been mythologized in print and on television. The Eagles, a powerhouse team that hangs championship banners like tinsel on a tree, drew 22,000 people for their first game at the new field, Carroll said.

Allen has 9,800 season ticket-holders, a number that exceeds the 7,000 seats in the high school stadium that opened last year in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier at a cost of $17.5 million.

Carroll said various factors pumped up the stadium's price tag, such as high construction costs in a region booming with new homes and corporate towers. The size of the facility, he added, was dictated by the thousands of parents and spectators who turn out, not just for football but also to see one of the largest marching bands in the country.

The Eagles compete against other large regional schools that travel with thousands of fans of their own.

"It seemed as though the further people were away from North Texas, the more questions we got," Carroll said of the media attention that followed after the cost was disclosed.

That amount will be exceeded by the stadium scheduled to open next year in Katy, west of Houston, likely making it the most expensive high school football stadium ever built — a distinction previously held by Allen.

By the time the Katy complex opens, the district will have eight high schools and each will play their football games at the 12,000-seat stadium. Soccer will be played there too.

Katy voters in 2014 approved the construction as part of a whopping $748 million bond that will pay for new schools for a district of 74,000 students that's growing at a rate of 2,000 students a year.

"It's not just a high school football stadium," district spokeswoman Denisse Coffman said. "This is a student activity facility that's going to benefit students across the district."

School leaders in California, meanwhile, took a different approach.

As part of a spending plan approved by voters in foothill communities east of Los Angeles, four new stadiums were built at high schools that did not previously have any such facilities, according to Mat Holton, superintendent of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.

The stadiums cost a combined $72 million, but with each seating about 5,000 people, they are smaller than the ones in Texas.

Officials in McKinney, north of Dallas, want to build a 12,000-seat stadium and are hoping voters on May 7 approve a broad bond package that includes $50.3 million for the complex. Another $11 million would be spent for site preparation, infrastructure upgrades and other work.

Three high schools would play their games at the stadium, which would also have a conference area for hosting teacher training, banquets and other events, according to school board President Amy Dankel. Soccer and lacrosse teams also would use the field.

"We really do believe that with the growth in North Texas, with new communities coming in, that will double our student population," Dankel said.

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Saints draft defensive lineman Rankins with 12th pick http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-draft-defensive-lineman-rankins-with-12th-pick/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-draft-defensive-lineman-rankins-with-12th-pick/ Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 9:02:08 PM Brett Martel Saints draft defensive lineman Rankins with 12th pick

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft.

The 6-foot-1, 299-pound Rankins starred at Louisville, where he played defensive tackle and had six sacks, as well as 13 tackles for losses last season.

The selection provides the Saints with help on a defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and which struggled both to pressure quarterbacks and stop the run.

During NFL meetings in March, coach Sean Payton said the Saints, who allowed 413.4 yards and a league-worst 29.8 points per game last season, were hoping to draft a play-making defensive lineman.

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QB Goff goes to Los Angeles Rams with No. 1 pick http://www.wbrz.com/news/qb-goff-goes-to-los-angeles-rams-with-no-1-pick/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/qb-goff-goes-to-los-angeles-rams-with-no-1-pick/ Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 7:44:31 PM Jay Cohen QB Goff goes to Los Angeles Rams with No. 1 pick

CHICAGO, IL - The Los Angeles Rams have selected California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and the No. 2 selection for the Philadelphia Eagles is North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.

It's the second straight year that two QBs were the first names off the board. It's the seventh time in the modern era of the draft since 1967.

The 6-foot-4 Goff started every game during his three seasons at California and set school records with 977 completions, 12,220 yards passing and 96 touchdown passes. The Rams traded with Tennessee to get the pick.

Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS championship in January. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a broken right wrist.

Philadelphia acquired the No. 2 selection in a trade with Cleveland last Wednesday. It's the first opening-round quarterback for the Eagles since they grabbed Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 draft.

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WATCH: Miles ready as NCAA allows coaches to text recruits http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-miles-ready-as-ncaa-allows-coaches-to-text-recruits/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-miles-ready-as-ncaa-allows-coaches-to-text-recruits/ Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 4:17:24 PM Hunter Robinson WATCH: Miles ready as NCAA allows coaches to text recruits

BATON ROUGE - Thursday marks the first day college coaches can contact high school recruits via texting. In a video posted on Facebook, LSU Coach Les Miles did a series of finger stretches to prepare.

The NCAA deregulated electronic communication between coaches and recruits, meaning coaches can now send unlimited amounts of text messages to prospective players. That would have been a violation prior to today, although coaches were already allowed to contact recruits via email or social media.

In a quirky video posted by Miles and shared on Facebook by LSU Football, the Mad Hatter takes some time to mentally and physically prepare himself for the task at hand.

After stretching his fingers, Miles stares into the camera and, with a smirk, states "Here come the Tigers."

Watch the video here.

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NCAA board rescinds camps and clinics rule http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-board-rescinds-camps-and-clinics-rule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-board-rescinds-camps-and-clinics-rule/ Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 1:10:20 PM Brock Sues NCAA board rescinds camps and clinics rule

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a rule Thursday that prohibits Football Bowl Subdivision coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their school.

The rule was adopted earlier this month by the Division I Council.

The board has also directed the council to carry out a broad assessment of the FBS recruiting environment.

The so-called camps and clinics rule received widespread attention after it was adopted earlier this month with supporters contending the rule would keep coaches on campus with current student-athletes and steer recruiting toward the classrooms. Detractors say the camps provide opportunities for students who haven’t been previously recruited to get noticed by high-profile coaches and possibly receive scholarships.

The board’s action now means the camps and clinics rule currently in place is no longer in effect and football coaches may be employed at any camp as long it follows the Division I camps and clinics rule.

“The Board of Directors is interested in a holistic review of the football recruiting environment, and camps are a piece of that puzzle,” said Board of Directors chair Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina. “We share the Council’s interest in improving the camp environment, and we support the Council’s efforts to create a model that emphasizes the scholastic environment as an appropriate place for recruiting future student-athletes.”

The board has asked the council to consider the entire recruiting model, also including potential modifications to camps and clinics participation.

Council chair Jim Phillips, member of the board and athletics director at Northwestern University, says the board’s decision will give the council an opportunity to review the recruiting environment in a more thorough way.

“It’s clear that the membership has differing views on this subject, and the Council appreciates the Board’s insights into this important issue,” Phillips said. “This review will provide an opportunity to identify the most effective ways prospective student-athletes can have their academic and athletic credentials evaluated by schools across the country."

The rule was accepted after members of the Division I Council carried out a weighted vote (two votes each for the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC conferences and one vote for Conference-USA, the American Athletic, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences) that came out 10-5.

In the past, coaches have used camps and clinics of the sort to provide skill instruction to young people and to generate revenue. Actual recruiting activities are prohibited at camps and clinics, and the events have not been subject to recruiting calendars. Leading up to present day, the camps and clinics have become commonly viewed as a recruitment tool.

The camps and clinics system also saw change in 2008 when a rule change prohibited FBS coaches from evaluating prospects during “live” non-scholastic football activities. The general perception was that the rule was intended to reduce the influence of third-parties in recruiting, while others believe it only served to increase the pressure on coaches to use the camps as a way to identify future talent. Some coaches have even broadened their recruiting approach by working at camps held by other schools, including Football Championship Subdivision schools.

The board says initial recommendations for improving the college football recruiting environment from the council are due by Sept. 1, which is the deadline for legislative concepts to be submitted ahead of the upcoming season.

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Cardell Hayes indicted for shooting of ex-Saints Player http://www.wbrz.com/news/cardell-hayes-indicted-for-shooting-of-ex-saints-player/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cardell-hayes-indicted-for-shooting-of-ex-saints-player/ Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 9:12:44 AM APNewsNow, WBRZ.com Cardell Hayes indicted for shooting of ex-Saints Player

NEW ORLEANS- An Orleans Parish grand jury has indicted Cardell Hayes with the second-degree murder in the shooting death of retired Saints NFL player Will Smith on Thursday afternoon.

Hayes was also indicted for attempted second-degree murder of Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith.

Bond was set at $1.75 million, according to reports from WWL who has a shared content agreement with WBRZ.

Police say Cardell Hayes shot the star defensive end and Smith's wife late April 9th, killing Smith and hitting Racquel Smith in both legs.

 Police said Hayes's Hummer hit Smith's Mercedes SUV from behind and they got into an argument.
A lawyer for Hayes has said repeatedly that his client was not the aggressor and that the truth will come out during the investigation. Hayes has been jailed since the shooting.
A lawyer for Smith's family has described Hayes as "enraged" during the shooting and portrayed his clients as the victims.
The indictment was announced during a preliminary hearing in the case.

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Judge sets $1,500 bond in Johnny Manziel assault case http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-sets-1-500-bond-in-johnny-manziel-assault-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-sets-1-500-bond-in-johnny-manziel-assault-case/ Sports Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:32:03 PM Alicia Serrano Judge sets $1,500 bond in Johnny Manziel assault case

DALLAS - A Dallas judge has set a $1,500 bond for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in his misdemeanor domestic assault case.
Manziel's attorney, Robert Hinton, said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback is expected to turn himself in for booking next week, though no date has been set.
The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted by a grand jury this week after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January. She alleged she was hit so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel has been dropped by two agents and his endorsers.

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Southern falls to UNO 23-3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-uno-23-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-uno-23-3/ Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:01:51 PM UNO Athletics Southern falls to UNO 23-3

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Dakota Dean, Hezekiah Randolph, and Preston Marsh all homered as the University of New Orleans baseball team (25-14) coasted to a 23-3 victory over the Southern Jaguars (12-25) on Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field. The run total was the highest in a game since 2008.
The Privateers fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, but quickly came back from that deficit with a six-run second. UNO collected six runs on seven hits including four doubles to establish a big lead early. Starter, Hunter Medine kept the Jaguars quiet and went five innings for the win, his second of the season.
"Hunter did what we needed him to do," said Coach Blake Dean. "He threw five innings and we ggot enough runs where we didn't have to run a lot of arms out there. He gave us a nice outing and got the win."
UNO continued to pile on in the third. Scott Crabtree racked up his second of two doubles on the night to put runners on second and third. Ryan Calloway followed with an RBI single. Calloway co-led the team in hits on the night with four along with Randolph and Marsh. The Privateers batted around three times and scored multiple runs in four innings.
The home run parade started in the fifth when Dean led off the inning with his fifth long ball of the year. An inning later, Randolph homered to deep left representing his third homer in the last week. Marsh also racked up a long ball in the seventh.
"In the first inning, we took some hesitant hacks, but we got the bat head out," said Dean. "Once the bleeding starts, everyone seems to just continue to pound and it became easier to hit and it got out of hand."
Zach Wilson and Myles Blunt pitched the sixth and seventh respectively. Wilson debuted a new arm angle and went through the Jaguars in order while recording two strikeouts and throwing 12 pitches. Blunt bounced back from a lead-off walk in the seventh to retire the side in order.
"Zach looked pretty good," said Dean. "We'll run him out there against Southern Miss and see if he can control the zone and see what those hitters look like when they see it, but he did a good job tonight."
Randolph and Aaron Palmer each collected four RBIs. Palmer extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by a Privateer this season. Samuel Capielano went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles, and two runs. Crabtree was 3-for-6 with three runs scored and Marsh scored four times. Every Privateers starter collected a hit.
Southern was led by Robinson Mateo who collected two doubles, an RBI, and scored twice. Ashanti Wheatley went 1-for-2 with a run. Harold Myles took the loss, going three innings and surrendering 11 runs on 13 hits. Victor Ilarraza and arod Jarreau pitched two innings each.
The Privateers will next be in action on Wednesday when they host Southern Miss. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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Johnny Manziel indicted on assault charge http://www.wbrz.com/news/johnny-manziel-indicted-on-assault-charge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/johnny-manziel-indicted-on-assault-charge/ Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:32:09 AM AP News Now Johnny Manziel indicted on assault charge

DALLAS - A Texas grand jury has indicted ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence.
The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence. The Class A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel's ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, told Dallas police that Manziel repeatedly hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30.
Crowley alleged that Manziel accosted her several times at a Dallas hotel and later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth.
The Cleveland Browns cut Manziel in March, and two agents and all of his endorsers have dropped him.

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Oklahoma City advances in playoffs with 118-104 win over Dallas http://www.wbrz.com/news/oklahoma-city-advances-in-playoffs-with-118-104-win-over-dallas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/oklahoma-city-advances-in-playoffs-with-118-104-win-over-dallas/ Sports Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:02:08 PM AP Oklahoma City advances in playoffs with 118-104 win over Dallas

OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night to win the first-round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Westbrook was 13 of 23 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws. Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who will play the San Antonio Spurs in a series that begins Saturday.

Oklahoma City shot 50.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mavericks 42-35.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Justin Anderson had 14 and Zaza Pachulia added 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who were hampered by injuries throughout the series.

Oklahoma City lost Game 2 85-84 at home, then won three straight, including two on the road.

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