WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:09:05 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Southern doesn't take long to make QB switch http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-doesn-t-take-long-to-make-qb-switch/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-doesn-t-take-long-to-make-qb-switch/ Sports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 9:24:19 PM Chris Price Southern doesn't take long to make QB switch

LAFAYETTE - Dawson Odums began with Deonte Shorts at quarterback for his Southern University football team at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, but quickly moved to freshman Austin Howard. 

It remains to be seen whether Odums will continue with Howard as the starter on September 6 against Central Methodist, but Odums likes what he sees from the former West St. John standout. 

Sports 2's Seth Lewis explains why Odums made the switch against the Cajuns. 

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Former Tiger Ernst wins 1st LPGA title http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-ernst-wins-1st-lpga-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-ernst-wins-1st-lpga-title/ Sports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 9:12:07 PM Chris Price Former Tiger Ernst wins 1st LPGA title

PORTLAND, OR (AP) - Former LSU Tiger Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim.

It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. Kim, the first- and second-round leader, carded a 68.

Ernst played two years at LSU before turning pro and won the NCAA individual title as a freshman in 2011.

She becomes the third LSU women's golfer to win on the LPGA tour.

Ernst pulled into contention with a 5-under 31 on the front nine, highlighted by a chip-in eagle at the par-5 fifth. Kim made four birdies and no bogeys.

South Korean's So Yeon Ryu and Chella Choi tied for third at 12 under. Ryu, last week's Canadian Women's Open winner, shot 70, while Choi had a 68.

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Tony Stewart returns to Nascar, finishes 41st in Atlanta http://www.wbrz.com/news/tony-stewart-returns-to-nascar-finishes-41st-in-atlanta/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tony-stewart-returns-to-nascar-finishes-41st-in-atlanta/ Sports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 9:06:25 PM Chris Price Tony Stewart returns to Nascar, finishes 41st in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on the restart following a caution with 23 laps remaining and held off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Kahne's first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint cup. Kenseth also qualified for the Chase on points.

Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.

Meanwhile, Tony Stewart's much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race.

Stewart hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on Lap 172, ending his night with a 41st-place finish.

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ULL takes down Southern 45-6 in battle of reigning conference champions http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-takes-down-southern-45-6-in-battle-of-reigning-conference-champions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-takes-down-southern-45-6-in-battle-of-reigning-conference-champions/ Sports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 2:44:34 PM AP ULL takes down Southern 45-6 in battle of reigning conference champions

LAFAYETTE - Terrance Broadway threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for another to lead Louisiana past Southern, 45-6, in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

Broadway threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes and Louisiana took a 24-0 lead into halftime and moved past 14-year NFL veteran Brian Mitchell on the school's career passing yards (5,498) and passes completed (404) list.

Jamal Robinson caught five passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah McGuire ran for 129 yards and one score on 13 carries.

After stopping Louisiana on its first possession of the second half, Southern used a 10-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a touchdown pass from Austin Howard to Bradley Coleman with 8:54 left in the third. Kyle Yonke missed the extra point, leaving the score at 24-6.

Broadway found Robinson for a 7-yard touchdown about 4 minutes later, ending any threat by the Jaguars.


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Rams cut Sam, 1st drafted openly gay player http://www.wbrz.com/news/rams-cut-sam-1st-drafted-openly-gay-player/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rams-cut-sam-1st-drafted-openly-gay-player/ Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 1:19:02 PM R.B. FALLSTROM Rams cut Sam, 1st drafted openly gay player

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad.

The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher was proud to have made the landmark pick, but he made clear from the start that he chose Sam because he thought he had the talent to make it.

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Jennings to start at quarterback vs Wisconsin http://www.wbrz.com/news/jennings-to-start-at-quarterback-vs-wisconsin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jennings-to-start-at-quarterback-vs-wisconsin/ Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 9:05:56 PM Chris Price Jennings to start at quarterback vs Wisconsin

BATON ROUGE - As expected, LSU head coach will go with his more experienced player - Anthony Jennings - to start at quarterback for the Tigers season-opener against Wisconsin: the only question now is how will Jennings and Brandon Harris share playing time on Saturday against the Badgers?

Jennings played in nine games during his freshman year in 2013 and scored touchdowns against the Florida Gators and Arkansas Razorbacks. 

Jennings also led the Tigers to an Outback Bowl win in January, although Jennings struggled, completing just seven passes for 82 yards. 

Miles said both quarterbacks would play this weekend, though, and it remains to be seen how the players will split time on Saturday.  

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U-High and Central win jamboree games http://www.wbrz.com/news/u-high-and-central-win-jamboree-games/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/u-high-and-central-win-jamboree-games/ Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 9:04:20 PM Seth Lewis U-High and Central win jamboree games

BATON ROUGE - High school jamborees continuing on Friday in the Baton Rouge Area. At Olympia Park, U-High defeating McKinley 21-7 thanks to Nic Brossette, who scored a touchdown in the game. Also at Olympia, Northeast defeating Tara 8-6. In Zachary, Central getting the win over Baker 21-0, as James Schopp caught two touchdowns in the victory.

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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL http://www.wbrz.com/news/49ers-linebacker-aldon-smith-suspended-by-nfl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/49ers-linebacker-aldon-smith-suspended-by-nfl/ Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 1:19:56 PM Janie McCauley 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

SANTA CLARA, CA - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.

A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

Smith won't be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers' game against the New Orleans Saints.

The 24-year-old Smith, one of the NFL's top pass rushers, missed five games last season to undergo treatment at an in-patient facility following his DUI arrest Sept. 20.

Just before training camp began last month, the 24-year-old Smith was sentenced to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

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Outdoors Report: What's hot besides the weather http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-what-s-hot-besides-the-weather/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-what-s-hot-besides-the-weather/ Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 6:35:24 AM Hunter Robinson, John Jackson Outdoors Report: What's hot besides the weather

BATON ROUGE - A big Labor Day weekend ahead on the water. In this week's Outdoors Report, John Jackson takes a look around the state at what's still hot, besides the temperature.

Check out the video for more information.


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Ole Miss opens season with 35-13 victory over Boise State http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-opens-season-with-35-13-victory-over-boise-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-opens-season-with-35-13-victory-over-boise-state/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:32:26 PM AP Ole Miss opens season with 35-13 victory over Boise State

ATLANTA (AP) - Bo Wallace threw four touchdowns passes in a sloppy season opener, and No. 18 Mississippi pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 35-13 on Thursday night.

Shaking off Wallace's three first-half interceptions, the Rebels (1-0) got the victory before a sparse crowd in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. But it was hardly the sort of convincing performance they were hoping for entering the season with their highest ranking since 2009.

Ole Miss led only 7-6 entering the fourth quarter before finishing off Boise State (0-1) when Wallace threw for TDs on three consecutive throws, ruining the debut of new Broncos coach Bryan Harsin.

Cody Core hauled in a pair of TDs: a 30-yarder in the final minute of the first quarter, then a 76-yarder midway through the fourth after grabbing a short pass on a slant route and breaking free down the middle of the field.

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Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale 22-13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-fall-to-ravens-in-preseason-finale-22-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-fall-to-ravens-in-preseason-finale-22-13/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:23:40 PM AP Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale 22-13

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justin Tucker hit five field goals and the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

Baltimore (4-0) found the end zone only once on Tyrod Taylor's 8-yard pass to Deonte Thompson, but that was enough against the Saints (3-1), who struggled to score while quarterback Drew Brees got the night off.

Brees' backup, Luke McCown, completed all four of his passes, including a short touchdown toss to Travaris Cadet on his only series. But New Orleans managed only two more field goals by Derek Dinke after Ryan Griffin relieved McCown in the first quarter.

Both clubs gave many starters the night off. Taylor started for the Ravens, completing 10 of 17 passes for 105 yards, a TD and an interception.

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Texas A&M routs South Carolina in SEC opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-aandm-routs-south-carolina-in-sec-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-aandm-routs-south-carolina-in-sec-opener/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:22:31 PM AP Texas A&M routs South Carolina in SEC opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.

Hill's performance in his first career start proved there is plenty of life in the Aggies' offense without Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner and first-round selection in the NFL draft. Hill finished 44 of 60 with three touchdowns.

Hill was steady and confident in the pocket, leading Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to a 31-14 halftime lead and finishing up with the most passing yards allowed in Steve Spurrier's 10 seasons with the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1).

The Gamecocks played their first game since the departure of star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney - and it showed. South Carolina gave up seven TDs on A&Ms first 11 possessions.

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High school football jamborees kick off in Baton Rouge area http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-jamborees-kick-off-in-baton-rouge-area/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-jamborees-kick-off-in-baton-rouge-area/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:14:00 PM Seth Lewis High school football jamborees kick off in Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE - High School football began tonight in the Baton Rouge area as Dutchtown and Port Allen both hosted jamborees.

The Griffins played host to the Walker Wildcats, where Kajuan Coleman and Averee York both scored touchdowns to lead Dutchtown to a 33-0 victory.

In Port Allen, the Pelicans faced the Albany Hornets, as Port Allen picked up key contributions from Devon Hammond and Juwan Johnson on the way to a 14-0 Pelicans win.

Regular season action begins next week around Baton Rouge. 

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Local youth football league plays in Superdome http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-youth-football-league-plays-in-superdome/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-youth-football-league-plays-in-superdome/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:21:48 PM Alexa Vogue Local youth football league plays in Superdome

WEST BATON ROUGE - Two area youth football teams are getting the opportunity of a lifetime as they face off on their biggest stage yet.

Young athletes from Brusly and Port Allen are taking the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during their half-time show at Thursday's Saint's game.

Every year, youth teams from around the country are invited to play in an NFL atmosphere.

"They have a million little league teams and we were chosen," said League President Shawn Brown. "So I know I'm excited, and I'm sure the kids are excited."

The Port Allen Westside Bulldogs coach says this opportunity is especially significant for this group of kids.

"They don't get the opportunity to go vacationing or get out of town as much as maybe some other cities or other parishes," Brown said. "So this opportunity gives them the chance to get out, see more than the inner city, and enjoy themselves."

"We're very excited," said Jonathan Veal, a 7th grade player. "We've been waiting on this a very long time."

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Stewart to return to competition Sunday http://www.wbrz.com/news/stewart-to-return-to-competition-sunday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/stewart-to-return-to-competition-sunday/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 1:45:11 PM Jenna Fryer Stewart to return to competition Sunday

Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus after his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since Aug. 9, when he hit Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car event in upstate New York.

Stewart hastily pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Stewart has been in seclusion since Ward's death. He returns to his No. 14 Chevrolet at Atlanta ranked 26th in the Sprint Cup standings.

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NFL increases penalties for domestic violence http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-increases-penalties-for-domestic-violence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-increases-penalties-for-domestic-violence/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:39:56 PM Howard Feindrich NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell says he "didn't get it right" in giving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suspension for allegedly hitting the woman who is now his wife.

He told teams to distribute to all players the memo in which he writes: "Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances."

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact http://www.wbrz.com/news/rise-in-flags-makes-nfl-defenders-wary-of-contact/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rise-in-flags-makes-nfl-defenders-wary-of-contact/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:44:44 AM Howard Fendrich Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.

Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure they will. He also says that's a good thing.

What fans, coaches and defenders want to know is: Just how often will flags fly when games count next week? Just how much will cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers need to keep their hands to themselves?

Heading into Thursday's final exhibition games, the jumps from the 2013 preseason for three particular penalties were striking: 83 for illegal contact, up from nine; 137 for defensive holding, up from 28; 99 for illegal use of hands, up from 22.

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IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date http://www.wbrz.com/news/indycar-sets-april-12-new-orleans-date/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/indycar-sets-april-12-new-orleans-date/ Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 8:13:53 AM Brett Martel IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date

NEW ORLEANS - A person close to the situation says the IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is scheduled to take part in a press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race.

The IndyCar series confirmed in May that it planned to bring a race to New Orleans in 2015, but race calendar for next season had not been set at that time.

The race date coincides with the French Quarter Festival, which features outdoor concerts in the city.

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Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence http://www.wbrz.com/news/experts-want-to-see-nfl-act-on-domestic-violence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/experts-want-to-see-nfl-act-on-domestic-violence/ Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 1:25:52 AM Teresa M. Walker Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

NASHVILLE, TN - Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year.

Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women.

Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.

League officials may soon take action on the matter. A person familiar with the NFL's plans says the league is looking into increasing punishments for players involved in domestic violence. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made on such a decision.

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Gamecocks LB Moore won't start opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/gamecocks-lb-moore-won-t-start-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gamecocks-lb-moore-won-t-start-opener/ Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 7:46:39 PM APNewsNow Gamecocks LB Moore won't start opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the team's leading tackler last season, won't start the season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday night after missing a treatment session for a shoulder injury.

Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said sophomore Jonathan Walton would start over Moore, who led No. 9 South Carolina with 56 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman. Ward said the move was to make sure that Moore does what he's supposed to in the future.

Ward said Moore's injury would not keep him from playing early on in the season opener against the 21st-ranked Aggies.

Moore was a member of the Southeastern Conference's all-freshman team a year ago.

This is the first meeting between South Carolina and Texas A&M.


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