WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:04:12 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Saints have five primetime games in 2014 http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-have-five-primetime-games-in-2014/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-have-five-primetime-games-in-2014/ Sports Thu, 24 Apr 2014 5:39:18 AM Hunter Robinson Saints have five primetime games in 2014

NEW ORLEANS - The NFL released team schedules for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. The Saints have several exciting primetime match-ups.

That includes a pair of Monday Night Football games in a month's span. The Black and Gold take on the Baltimore Ravens at home on November 24th and head to Chicago to play the Bears on December 15th.

New Orleans also a pair of Sunday night battles on the gridiron. Drew Brees and company are on the road against the Cowboys on September 28th. In week 9, the team is in Mercedes Benz Superdome against the Green Bay.

The Saints have a quick turnaround after that match-up with the Packers. They will take on the NFC South Division rival Panthers in Carolina four days later on Thursday Night Football.

Here's the Saints' full 2014-15 regular season schedule:

Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 2: @ Cleveland Browns

Week 3: Minnesota Vikings

Week 4: @ Dallas Cowboys

Week 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: @ Detroit Lions

Week 8: Green Bay Packers

Week 9: @ Carolina Panthers

Week 10: San Francisco 49ers

Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 12: Baltimore Ravens

Week 13: @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 14: Carolina Panthers

Week 15: @ Chicago Bears

Week 16: Atlanta Falcons

Week 17: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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Jordan Mickey puts pros on hold, will return to LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/jordan-mickey-puts-pros-on-hold-will-return-to-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jordan-mickey-puts-pros-on-hold-will-return-to-lsu/ Sports Wed, 23 Apr 2014 9:32:42 PM Chris Price Jordan Mickey puts pros on hold, will return to LSU

BATON ROUGE - Jordan Mickey said Wednesday he will return for his sophomore year with the LSU basketball team, and with that, the Tigers will bring back their two star freshman from last year's NIT quarterfinalist team.

Mickey said he has goals of leading the team back to the NCAA tournament, and he'll have help from former Madison Prep standout Jarell Martin, who earlier this spring said he would also return to the Tigers for his sophomore season.

Last year, Mickey led the team in minutes per game (32.8), averaged 12.7 points per game and 7.9 rebounds while blocking 106 shots-the most of any Tiger since Shaquille O'Neal.

Mickey earned 2nd team All-SEC honors as well as a spot on the All-SEC defensive team.   

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Local golfers take part in Zurich pro-am http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-golfers-take-part-in-zurich-pro-am/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-golfers-take-part-in-zurich-pro-am/ Sports Wed, 23 Apr 2014 9:15:13 PM Chris Price Local golfers take part in Zurich pro-am

BATON ROUGE - The Zurich Classic golf tournament doesn't begin until Thursday, but the festivities are already underway, including the pro-am at the University Club Wednesday in Baton Rouge. 

Former LSU standouts littered the field, as Andrew Loupe, Ken Looper and John Peterson all played the event. 

They'll join former University High standout Patrick Reed in the Zurich field starting Thursday at 7am. 

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NFL hopefuls train at Traction in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-hopefuls-train-at-traction-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-hopefuls-train-at-traction-in-baton-rouge/ Sports Tue, 22 Apr 2014 9:16:56 PM Chris Price NFL hopefuls train at Traction in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Traction center for sports excellence has trained athletes getting ready for the draft, like Jarvis Landry, after running a 4. 78 at the combine, lowering his time to 4.51 at his pro day, and Southern's Dray Joseph, who threw in front of 18 NFL scouts, trying to inch his way into the late rounds and a pro football career.

Sports 2's Brian Holland explores the regiment offered by this local training center.

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Jags' Banks discusses decision to stay http://www.wbrz.com/news/jags-banks-discusses-decision-to-stay/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jags-banks-discusses-decision-to-stay/ Sports Tue, 22 Apr 2014 9:08:39 PM Chris Price Jags' Banks discusses decision to stay

BATON ROUGE - Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks said he still believes in his team and his administration, which are the main reasons he decided to agree to a contract extention. 

After the University failed to provide adequate academic information to the NCAA, the Jaguars probation status with the NCAA is still uncertain, but Banks is certain that the school shares his vision for the future of the program. 

"My thought process is that hopefully one day we'll be able to go to the NCAA tournament and beat somebody," Banks said on Tuesday. 

The administration expects to hear a ruling on their probation sometime later this week. 

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LSU pitches second straight shutout, beats Tulane 6-0 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-pitches-second-straight-shutout-beats-tulane-6-0/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-pitches-second-straight-shutout-beats-tulane-6-0/ Sports Tue, 22 Apr 2014 8:50:25 PM Chris Price LSU pitches second straight shutout, beats Tulane 6-0

BATON ROUGE - The LSU pitching staff threw its second consecutive shutout and Tiger batters combined for 14 hits against Tulane's best pitcher as LSU topped the Green Wave 6-0 Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium. 

Jake Fraley led the way for the Tiger batters, going 3-4 with 3 RBI. 

Paul Mainieri trotted out seven pitchers to combine for the shutout as Zac Person (2-1) earned his second win of the season. 

LSU has thrown 13 shutouts in 2014 and the Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 games. 

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LSU Wrestling founder Dale Ketelsen remembered by loved ones http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wrestling-founder-dale-ketelsen-remembered-by-loved-ones/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wrestling-founder-dale-ketelsen-remembered-by-loved-ones/ Sports Mon, 21 Apr 2014 9:42:08 PM Chris Price LSU Wrestling founder Dale Ketelsen remembered by loved ones

BATON ROUGE - Last month, Dale Ketelsen - a trailblazer in Louisiana wrestling and the founder of LSU's wrestling program in the 1960's - passed away in March, but his memory lives on through his family and pupils who said "Coach K" was truly one-of-a-kind.

Below is his obituary:

Dale Glenn Ketelsen, 78, Retired Teacher and Coach, passed away March 22, 2014 at Ollie Steele Burden Manor with his wife by his side.
Dale is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pat Ballard Ketelsen, 2 sons: Craig (Emily) Ketelsen of Covington, La; Erik (Bonnie) Ketelsen, Atlanta, Ga and one daughter, Penny (Lee) Kelly, Nashville, TN; 5 grandchildren: Katie, Abby, Brian and Michael Ketelsen and Graham Kelly; a Sister in Law, Karen Ketelsen of Osage, Iowa, and numerous neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and a brother. Dale was born in Osage, Iowa where he attended High School, lettering in 4 sports. Upon graduation, he attended Iowa State University as a member of the wrestling team where he was a 2 time All American and won 2nd and 3rd in the NCAA finals of Wrestling. He was a finalist in the Olympic Trials for the 1960 Olympics. After graduation, he joined the US Marine Reserves and returned to ISU as an Asst. Wrestling Coach. In 1961, he took a job as Teacher/Coach at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Suburban Chicago, Ill. While there, he also earned a Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University. In 1968, he was hired to start a Wrestling program at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. He was on the Executive Board of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and a founding member of USA Wrestling. He was the wrestling host for the National Sports Festival in 1985, He was instrumental in promoting wrestling in the High Schools in Louisiana. He was head Wrestling Coach at Belaire High School for 20 years and Assistant Wrestling coach at The St. Paul's School in Covington, La. He was devoted to Faith, Family, Farm and the sport of Wrestling. Among his many honors were induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and being named Master of Wrestling (Man of the Year) for Wrestling USA magazine. He was a long time member and Usher of University United Methodist Church.  


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Southern hoops head coach Banks agrees to new deal with Jags http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-head-coach-banks-agrees-to-new-deal-with-jags/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-head-coach-banks-agrees-to-new-deal-with-jags/ Sports Mon, 21 Apr 2014 9:16:15 PM Chris Price Southern hoops head coach Banks agrees to new deal with Jags

BATON ROUGE - Following a successful season and a tumultuous offseason, Southern University announced an agreement in principle to retain Roman Banks as the men's basketball head coach. 

Banks, the 2013 SWAC coach of the year, spoke with Texas A&M about an assistant coaching job with the Aggies but ultimately returned to the Jaguars, who are still under NCAA probation for academic infractions.

"Today, Southern University has expressed its commitment to the future of the men's basketball program by investing in me to remain as head coach," Banks said. "With a new agreement in place, I am eager to move the men's basketball program forward while elevating the standard of excellence that we set as a coaching staff when I first arrived in 2011."

Banks is 59-37 as Southern's head coach: he led the team to the 2013 SWAC tournament championship, and the 2014 team to the regular season title. 

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LSU's Breaux, gymnastics assistants, earn national honors http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-breaux-gymnastics-assistants-earn-national-honors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-breaux-gymnastics-assistants-earn-national-honors/ Sports Mon, 21 Apr 2014 8:45:45 PM Chris Price LSU's Breaux, gymnastics assistants, earn national honors

BATON ROUGE - Following a banner season for the LSU gymnastics team, the Tigers earned a few more awards as head coach DD Breaux was named the national coach of the year. 

In addition, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women named Jay Clark and Bob Moore, both Tigers assistants, as the co-winners of national assistant of the year.

The coaching staff led LSU to new heights this season, topping the rankings for 3 weeks during the season, scoring a program-best 198.325 at NCAA regionals, and finishing a program-best 3rd at NCAAs.  

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Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson http://www.wbrz.com/news/knicks-fire-coach-mike-woodson/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/knicks-fire-coach-mike-woodson/ Sports Mon, 21 Apr 2014 7:26:06 AM Brian Mahoney Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson

NEW YORK - The New York Knicks have fired Mike Woodson after falling from division champions to out of the playoffs in one season.

New team president Phil Jackson made the decision Monday, saying in a statement "the time has come for change throughout the franchise." This is the first big move for Jackson since his appointment in March.

The dismissal comes shortly after the Knicks completed a 37-45 season that began with them believing they were a serious contender.

Instead, they started poorly, making Woodson's job security practically a season-long distraction. A late surge wasn't good enough for a postseason spot or another year for Woodson.

Jackson has won an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach. He has repeatedly said he's not interested in returning to the bench, so he will have to hire someone before he turns his attention to the roster.

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Tulsa hires Missouri head coach Haith http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulsa-hires-missouri-head-coach-haith/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulsa-hires-missouri-head-coach-haith/ Sports Fri, 18 Apr 2014 8:59:41 PM JOHN TRANCHINA Tulsa hires Missouri head coach Haith

TULSA, Ok. - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.

The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.

Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.

The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.

Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.

He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.

University President Steadman Upham pointed to Haith's impressive winning record, not just at Mizzou but also in seven years before that at Miami (Fla.), as a key reason he was considered.

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Sharper loses bid to be released on bail http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-loses-bid-to-be-released-on-bail/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-loses-bid-to-be-released-on-bail/ Sports Thu, 17 Apr 2014 8:36:37 PM Jacques Billeaud Sharper loses bid to be released on bail

PHOENIX- Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge decided there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him.

Sharper's lawyers had questioned the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail in California, where he faces separate charges that he drugged and raped two women there in October.

His lawyers had hoped to win a favorable ruling in Arizona, where he also faces sex assault charges, to persuade the California judge to set him free on bail.

But on Thursday, a Maricopa County judge found there's sufficient evidence to pursue the case in Arizona. Sharper has not yet entered a plea in the case. He has pleaded not guilty in the California case.

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Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-s-attorneys-to-question-arizona-evidence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sharper-s-attorneys-to-question-arizona-evidence/ Sports Thu, 17 Apr 2014 4:55:44 AM Jacques Billeaud Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence

PHOENIX, AZ- Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.

A judge began a hearing on the subject Wednesday, and it's expected to conclude Thursday.

The hearing is the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

Bail in Sharper's California rape case was set at $1 million, but he was denied bail in the Arizona case.

Sharper hasn't yet entered a plea in Arizona, although one of his attorneys says Sharper will deny the allegations.

He also has pleaded not guilty in the California case.

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Pelicans top Rockets in season finale http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-top-rockets-in-season-finale/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-top-rockets-in-season-finale/ Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 7:51:58 PM AP Pelicans top Rockets in season finale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

It was the second straight victory for the Pelicans, both starring Evans' relentless hustle and forceful dribble-drives, despite nearly being held out of the low-stakes contests with a bruised right knee. He scored twice in the final minutes as New Orleans took the lead for good in a game that was close throughout.

Austin Rivers added 18 points and Anthony Morrow 15 for the Pelicans, who shot 52.4 percent.

Troy Daniels hit 6 3s and finished with 22 points for Houston, which rested James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin.

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LSU's busy week continues with visit to St. Jude Hospital http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-busy-week-continues-with-visit-to-st-jude-hospital/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-busy-week-continues-with-visit-to-st-jude-hospital/ Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 7:22:23 PM Chris Price LSU's busy week continues with visit to St. Jude Hospital

MEMPHIS, TN - The LSU baseball team continued a busy week as they visited the St. Jude children's research hospital in Memphis as they spend spring break on the road.

The Tigers got off to a good start to their week with a 13-5 win over Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, but the week is far from over: an overnight bus ride to Memphis took the Tigers to stop number two, and they'll be back on the road as they begin a three game series against Ole Miss on Thursday. 

The Tigers are 8-6-1 in the SEC so far, while the Rebels are 9-6 in conference play. 

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Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-trial-judge-sets-2-week-adjournment/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-trial-judge-sets-2-week-adjournment/ Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 4:16:00 AM Hunter Robinson Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Wednesday that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor and which was supported by the defense. Pistorius' trial started Mar. 3 and Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected.

Chief defense lawyer Barry Roux has said he will call between 14 and 17 witnesses. Forensic expert Roger Dixon, the third witness called by the defense, was testifying Wednesday.

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. He says he shot her by mistake; the prosecution says he killed her intentionally after an argument.

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Cal hires UT's Cuonzo Martin as head basketball coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/cal-hires-ut-s-cuonzo-martin-as-head-basketball-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cal-hires-ut-s-cuonzo-martin-as-head-basketball-coach/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 1:11:31 PM ANTONIO GONZALEZ Cal hires UT's Cuonzo Martin as head basketball coach

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California has hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its head coach.

Cal announced Martin's hiring Tuesday. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley.

Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season. He was previously the coach at Missouri State.

Martin was scheduled to be introduced at Cal during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

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Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings anniversary http://www.wbrz.com/news/moment-of-silence-marks-boston-marathon-bombings-anniversary/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/moment-of-silence-marks-boston-marathon-bombings-anniversary/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 1:09:35 PM DENISE LAVOIE Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings anniversary

BOSTON - Survivors, first-responders and public officials have observed a moment of silence near the Boston Marathon finish line to mark the moment two pressure cooker bombs exploded a year ago.

Three people were killed and 260 others injured in the attacks. MIT police officer Sean Collier was killed several days later, allegedly by the bombing suspects.

This year's running of the Boston Marathon, expected to be the second-largest in history, will take place on Monday.

About 2,500 people attended an invitation-only tribute at the Hynes Convention Center, then walked in the rain to the finish line for the moment of silence. Bells were rung and a flag was raised by Officer Richard Donohue, who was badly injured during a shootout with the bombing suspects.

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Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement http://www.wbrz.com/news/olympic-great-michael-phelps-ending-retirement/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/olympic-great-michael-phelps-ending-retirement/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 5:09:52 AM Beth Harris Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to join fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky at the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center.

Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program. He has completed his six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games. He broke Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008.

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Pelicans shock Thunder 101-89 http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-shock-thunder-101-89/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-shock-thunder-101-89/ Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 4:42:02 AM Hunter Robinson Pelicans shock Thunder 101-89

NEW ORLEANS- The Pelicans are disappointed they missed the playoffs again this year, but the team was able to play spoiler in its final regular season match-up with the playoff-bound Oklahoma City Thunder.

New Orleans ended its eight-game losing streak by flying past the Thunder 101-89 Monday night. The team was led by Tyreke Evans, a newcomer this season.

Evans put an exclamation point on his first season with the team by scoring a career eight 41 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

It was New Orleans first victory over Oklahoma City in over three years. It was also the second consecutive loss for the Thunder. The team now must win its season finale against Sacramento tomorrow or hope for a Los Angeles Clippers loss against the Portland Trailblazers.

The New Orleans Pelicans are now 33-48, finding themselves in last place in the Western Conference's Southwest Division and out of the playoff picture. The franchise has not made a playoff appearance since 2011. It will again be eligible in the NBA Lottery.

The team will wrap up the season Wednesday at home against the Houston Rockets.

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