WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:04:49 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU beats Alabama 8-2 in Game 1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-alabama-8-2-in-game-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-alabama-8-2-in-game-1/ Sports Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:48:15 PM LSU Sports Communications LSU beats Alabama 8-2 in Game 1

TUSCALOOSA, AL - The Tigers put up 8 runs along with a dominating performance from starter Alex Lange to take game one on the road in a a must-win series for LSU.

The LSU bats started hot with 3 runs in the first to set the tone for Paul Mainieri's club in a complete team win.

Starting pitcher Alex Lange pitched 7.1 innings of 2-run baseball with 10 strikeouts on the night.

LSU will take on the Crimson Tide tomorrow at 6 p.m.

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Report: 13 ULL football players bond out of jail after theft arrests http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-13-ull-football-players-bond-out-of-jail-after-theft-arrests/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-13-ull-football-players-bond-out-of-jail-after-theft-arrests/ Sports Wed, 26 Apr 2017 9:58:22 AM Courtney Allen Report: 13 ULL football players bond out of jail after theft arrests

LAFAYETTE - University of Lafayette football players are suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft Tuesday night, local media reports.

According to KATC, surveillance video shows the 13 players went to a dorm room on April 5 and stole $2,400 worth of a student's belongings. Police say the players surrendered after warrants for their arrests were issued.

The players are Matthew Barnes, Joe Dillon, Robert Hunt, Denarius Howard, Jarvis Jeffries, LaDarrius Kidd, Terik Miller, Damar'ren Mitchell, Trey Ragas, Simeon Thomas, Levarious Varnado, D'Aquin Withrow and Jordan Wright. KATC reports that all 13 players have bonded out of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Earlier this spring, another football player, Artez Williams, was kicked off the team after being charged with second-degree rape in connection with an incident that happened in a dorm, according to KATC.

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LSU baseball stumbles late to Tulane, loses 9-6 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-stumbles-late-to-tulane-loses-9-6/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-stumbles-late-to-tulane-loses-9-6/ Sports Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:02:06 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball stumbles late to Tulane, loses 9-6

New Orleans - The LSU Tiger baseball team looked like they were going to rally to the win over Tulane on Tuesday night when New Orleans native Greg Deichmann launched a three run homer to lift his team to a 6-4 lead in the 6th inning.

That lead was short lived though, as Tulane plated 5 runs in the 7th, two courtesy of bases loaded hit-by-pitches to take a 9-6 lead and their second win of the season over LSU.

The Tigers dropped to 27-15 on the season and will now travel to Alabama for a three game SEC series starting Thursday.

Tiger pitchers were uncommonly generous walking seven batters and hitting four more allowing nine hits on the night.

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Report: Saints, running back Peterson agree on contract http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-saints-running-back-peterson-agree-on-contract/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-saints-running-back-peterson-agree-on-contract/ Sports Tue, 25 Apr 2017 6:18:45 AM Associated Press Report: Saints, running back Peterson agree on contract

NEW ORLEANS - Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints have not announced a deal, but Peterson tells ESPN in a statement that he's agreed to play in New Orleans.

Peterson has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, surpassing 1,000 yards rushing in a season seven times and 2,000 yards once.

However, he played in only three games last season before being sidelined by a knee injury. He also missed 15 games in 2014 because of a child abuse case in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault. The victim was his son, then 4 years old.

Peterson's last full season was in 2015, when he had 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.

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Report: Saints nearing deal with Adrian Peterson http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-saints-nearing-deal-with-adrian-peterson-96251/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-saints-nearing-deal-with-adrian-peterson-96251/ Sports Mon, 24 Apr 2017 3:14:47 PM Jeremy Krail Report: Saints nearing deal with Adrian Peterson

NEW ORLEANS - Sources are reporting that the New Orleans Saints are nearing a deal with former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

According to a report from WWL-TV, the NFL Networks media insider Ian Rapoport says that the Saints and and the 32-year-old former NFL MVP are close to a deal for the 2017 season.

Peterson, who has missed most of two of the past three seasons, is one of the all-time leading career rushers in the NFL. He has 11,747 career yards and averages 4.9 yards per carry.

Peterson was suspended from the league in 2014 amid child abuse allegations. He also missed most of the 2016 season after suffering a knee injury in the second game of the regular season.

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LSU QB Danny Etling undergoes back procedure http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-qb-danny-etling-undergoes-back-procedure/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-qb-danny-etling-undergoes-back-procedure/ Sports Mon, 24 Apr 2017 2:20:59 PM Jeremy Krail LSU QB Danny Etling undergoes back procedure

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Danny Etling has reportedly undergone a procedure on his back, according to the university's athletics department.

LSU Football Head Coach Ed Orgeron issued a statement on the senior quarterback Monday.

“Danny had a minor back procedure this morning and everything came out alright,” Orgeron said.

Etling, an Academic All-District selection for the Tigers in 2016, threw for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns in helping LSU to an 8-4 mark last year, which included a 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.

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Quinn's walk-off home run seals LSU win over Tennessee http://www.wbrz.com/news/quinn-s-walk-off-home-run-seals-lsu-win-over-tennessee/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/quinn-s-walk-off-home-run-seals-lsu-win-over-tennessee/ Sports Sun, 23 Apr 2017 4:46:47 PM WBRZ Staff Quinn's walk-off home run seals LSU win over Tennessee

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior infielder Constance Quinn broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run in the first at-bat of the frame to earn a 1-0 victory for No. 16 LSU over No. 11 Tennessee Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park.

Thanks to a complete-game, one-hit shutout in the circle from junior pitcher Allie Walljasper (12-3), the Tigers (34-14, 9-9 SEC) didn’t need any more at-bats to keep the game from going to extra innings as Quinn had a 1-1 count and drilled the third pitch of the showdown over the fence in left to give LSU the win on her first long ball of the season, snapping Tennessee’s (41-6, 13-4) 20-game winning streak in the process which was the longest active streak in the country.

A pitcher’s duel from the jump between Walljasper and Tennessee’s Caylan Arnold (18-5) was evident from the first few innings as neither side was able to get much more than one to two runners on base over the course of the contest, with none getting to third until Quinn’s rocket in the seventh. The two sides each earned their respective hits in the second inning of the game, as Walljasper retired the side in four of the seven innings, while Arnold did so in three.

Walljasper finished the game and earned her team-leading fifth shutout of the season in the process by striking out four and walking two. She tossed 95 pitches in the contest, with 64 for strikes, while Arnold struck out six and walked one, taking the loss after earning the win the day before.

LSU will be back in action on Tuesday, taking on the South Alabama Jaguars at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.

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LSU spring game forced indoors due to lightning http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-spring-game-forced-indoors-due-to-lightning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-spring-game-forced-indoors-due-to-lightning/ Sports Sat, 22 Apr 2017 9:09:07 PM WBRZ Staff LSU spring game forced indoors due to lightning

BATON ROUGE - With four minutes left in the first half, the 2017 National L Club Spring Game was abandoned due to lightning near in Tiger Stadium with the Purple leading White, 7-3.

The game started in Tiger Stadium earlier Saturday afternoon, but a thunderstorm forced the game to move to a different venue.

The remainder of the game was played in the LSU Football Indoor Practice Facility.

In the Indoor facility, the White team finished off a 26-7 victory.

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LSU comes back to beat Kentucky 4-3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-comes-back-to-beat-kentucky-4-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-comes-back-to-beat-kentucky-4-3/ Sports Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:40:57 PM LSU Sports Communications LSU comes back to beat Kentucky 4-3

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Antoine Duplantis’ RBI single in the eighth inning completed LSU’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit and lifted the eighth-ranked Fighting Tigers to a 4-3 victory over No. 10 Kentucky and earn a split of a Southeastern Conference baseball doubleheader Friday night.

Kentucky (27-13 overall, 11-6 SEC) defeated LSU (27-13, 10-7) 12-5 in the opener.

Following an off day Saturday due to the forecast of inclement weather, the series concludes with the rubber game Sunday at noon CT/ 1 p.m. ET.

“We had a rough outing in the first game today and not much went in our favor, but I’m very proud of the way our kids stuck together and earned a tremendous victory in Game 2,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “It wasn’t always pretty, but we had some clutch at-bats, outstanding defense and gritty efforts on the mound by both Alex Lange and Zack Hess. Kentucky is extremely hard to beat in this ball park; they had only lost two games here prior to tonight, but we found a way to win, and it give us a chance to play for a series win on Sunday.”

Josh Smith singled with one out in the eight, and Michael Papierski followed by beating out a slow roller on which Kentucky shortstop Connor Heady could not make a play.

Duplantis followed with a solid single to right. LSU third base coach Nolan Cain did not hesitate in sending Smith home, and he easily scored when the throw from Wildcat right fielder Tristan Pompey was up the line.

Pompey led off the Kentucky eighth with a double, but he was stranded at third when Tiger reliever Zack Hess retired the next three batters.

Hess pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and improve to 4-0.

LSU trailed 3-0 through four innings, but starter Alex Lange limited the damage, as Kentucky left the bases loaded in the second, third and fourth innings.

Kole Cottam opened the scoring with a one-out solo home run. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases, and with two out, Evan White walked with the bases loaded to force in another run.

With one out in the third, Lange worked his way out of the jam, inducing a popup from Marcus Carson and freezing Heady on a called third strike.

In the fourth, Pompey walked and White singled to start the inning, and Zach Reks followed with a double which fell down the left field line between three fielders: Duplantis, Kramer Robertson and Josh Smith.

With one out, Lange intentionally walked Riley Mahan, who went 5-for-5 in the first game of the doubleheader, loading the bases. The move worked. Lange struck out Cottam and Tyler Marshall to end the threat.

Singles by Papierski and Robertson, plus a walk to Duplantis, loaded the bases for LSU in the fifth.

Cole Freeman was hit by a pitch to force in the Tigers’ first run. Reliever Logan Salow struck out Greg Deichmann for the second out, but yielded a two-run single to Nick Coomes. 

Lange gave up seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked eight and struck out seven.

Salow (1-3) was charged with the loss as he allowed one run on eight hits in 4.2 innings with no walks and six strikeouts.

Scheduled pitchers for Sunday’ s game are LSU freshman right-hander Eric Walker (5-0, 2.48 ERA) and Kentucky sophomore right-hander Justin Lewis (5-2, 3.14).


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LSU blown out 12-5 in Game 1 vs. Kentucky http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-blown-out-12-5-in-game-1-vs-kentucky/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-blown-out-12-5-in-game-1-vs-kentucky/ Sports Fri, 21 Apr 2017 5:48:36 PM LSU Sports Communications LSU blown out 12-5 in Game 1 vs. Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 11 Kentucky put up 12 runs on 16 hits to take the opening game of the series against No. 8 LSU, 12-5, Friday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 

Jared Poche gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in just 3 innings on the mound for LSU.

The LSU bullpen allowing 7 more runs including a 7th inning grand slam for Kentucky against reliever Russell Reynolds.

Game 2 between LSU and Kentucky is set to begin at 6:05 p.m.

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U-High's Alex Saporito living his dream on the court http://www.wbrz.com/news/u-high-s-alex-saporito-living-his-dream-on-the-court/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/u-high-s-alex-saporito-living-his-dream-on-the-court/ Sports Fri, 21 Apr 2017 4:27:49 PM Brandon Saho U-High's Alex Saporito living his dream on the court

BATON ROUGE, LA - Alex's story is nothing short of amazing.

After being born with spina bifida and the near inability to walk, this U-High senior is taking advantage of his opportunity.

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Saints announce 2017 season schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-announce-2017-season-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-announce-2017-season-schedule/ Sports Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:27:03 AM WBRZ Saints announce 2017 season schedule

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints released their schedule for the 2017 season.

The team will open their season on the road on September 11 when they play Minnesota in a Monday Night Football match up.

Following the season opener, the Saints will play at home and host the New England Patriots on September 17. The Saints will then go back on the road for the debut of their NFC South slate in Week 3 and then will go overseas to face the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 1. After the international appearance, the team will have their bye week.

The Saints will then return to a four-game stretch that features three NFC North opponents and a division rival. The first game will be against Detroit on October 15 and then travel to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers on October 22. The team will then host the Chicago Bears on October 29 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 5.
New Orleans will take on the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on November 12 before returning home to host the Washington Redskins on November, 19. The Saints will close out the month by heading to the West Coast to play the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26.

The Saints will begin December with a return to division play when they host to the Panthers on December 3. The team will then face the Atlanta Falcons in a Thursday Night Football match up on December 7.

The stretch of the team's final three regular season game will begin with a game against the New York Jets on December 17. Following the game against the Jets, the Saints will host the Falcons on Christmas Eve on December 24. The Saints will close out 2017 with a game at Tampa Bay on December 31.

The full list of games is below:

New Orleans Saints 2017 schedule

Week 1: Sept. 11 @ Vikings (6:10 p.m.)

Week 2: Sept 17 vs. Patriots (noon)

Week 3: Sept 24 @ Panthers (noon)

Week 4: Oct. 1 @ Dolphins (London, 8:30 a.m.)

Week 5: BYE

Week 6: Oct 15 vs. Lions (noon)

Week 7: Oct 22 @ Packers (noon)

Week 8: Oct 29 vs. Bears (noon)

Week 9: Nov 5 vs. Buccaneers (noon)

Week 10: Nov 12 @ Bills (noon)

Week 11: Nov 19 vs. Washington (noon)

Week 12: Nov 26 @ Rams (3:05 p.m.)

Week 13: Dec 3 vs. Panthers (noon)

Week 14: Dec 7 @ Falcons (7:25 p.m.)

Week 15: Dec 17 vs. Jets (noon)

Week 16: Dec 24 vs. Falcons (noon)

Week 17: Dec 31 @ Buccaneers (noon)

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LSU Gymnastics finishes season as national runner-up http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-finishes-season-as-national-runner-up/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-finishes-season-as-national-runner-up/ Sports Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:42:15 PM WBRZ Staff LSU Gymnastics finishes season as national runner-up

ST. LOUIS. –For the second-straight season, the LSU gymnastics team finished runner-up in the NCAA Super Six Finals late Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.

No. 2 LSU posted a 198.275 to secure a spot in the program’s sixth Super Six in school history Friday evening at Chaifetz Arena. Oklahoma took home first place with a score of 198.38.

It was a historic night as three gymnasts won individual national championships for the most at a single meet in school history. Senior Ashleigh Gnat, sophomore Sarah Finnegan and freshman Kennedi Edney all won individual national championships.

Gnat captured the floor title with a 9.9675. This was the third floor title in school history and the first since volunteer coach Ashleigh Clare-Kearney did it in 2009.

Finnegan took home the first bars national championship in school history after posting a 9.95 in the fifth spot of the lineup.

Edney stuck her Yurchenko 1 ½ to capture the vault title outright for a 9.9875 and a new career high. Edney became the first freshman in school history to win a national championship with the outright title win. The California native set the highest score by an LSU gymnast ever at an NCAA Championship.

Junior Myia Hambrick and Finnegan each posted a 39.5875 to tie for fourth overall. The duo’s score was the third-highest score in the all-around at an NCAA Championship in school history.

LSU will return to action at 8 p.m. Saturday for a shot at the national championship. The Tigers will face off against Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, UCLA and Utah.

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A family of champions: McKenna Kelley and Mary Lou Retton http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-family-of-champions-mckenna-kelley-and-mary-lou-retton-95943/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-family-of-champions-mckenna-kelley-and-mary-lou-retton-95943/ Sports Sun, 16 Apr 2017 9:18:05 AM Brandon Saho A family of champions: McKenna Kelley and Mary Lou Retton

St. Louis, MO - "I don't eat them, my mom doesn't even like Wheaties, she doesn't even think they are good."

"That's not true, I do like Wheaties but I like some Captain Crunch every now and then too."

No matter what this family is eating for breakfast, they were born champions.

"Growing up I always knew my mom was Mary Lou but I don't think I really understood it until I grew up and started doing some of the stuff she used to do."

"When she was little, maybe a toddler, we were all in the front yard just tumbling and flipping and she was practicing a round-off. I am a big praiser and I was like McKenna you are so good but honey you might want to try to get your feet together quicker. And she looked at me and said what do you know?"

But Mary Lou knows what it takes to be the best, winning the all around gold medal in the 1984 Olympics, showing McKenna what she can do.

"She really stresses to be yourself and she's always been unique even from her haircut in the Olympics with her little boy haircut. She's always been different and she really opened the door for power gymnasts like me."

"We have a lot of similarities because we are both power gymnasts in terms of explosiveness and strength. But for McKenna to take it to this level she's really making a name for herself her own way on her on road."

That road ends in St. Louis, where Mary Lou will be cheering as mom in the stands, giving her daughter a final piece of advice.

"Enjoy every moment. they are ready, they are exciting, they are explosive, they are contagious. We can do it and I know we can, I'm so excited, you'll be able to hear me, we're going to hear me."

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Ashleigh Gnat is the heart that beats LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/ashleigh-gnat-is-the-heart-that-beats-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ashleigh-gnat-is-the-heart-that-beats-lsu/ Sports Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:47:05 PM Brandon Saho Ashleigh Gnat is the heart that beats LSU

St. Louis, MO-  Ashleigh Gnat is the Heisman Trophy winner of gymnastics, and there's no secret everyone will have their eyes on her as the Tigers try to win their first national title, but how does she deal with being in the spotlight?

"It's a good way for me to just come home and unwind."

"I think in gymnastics you're able to just present yourself and show yourself on the competition floor."

"It's the same way in art, you're just able to let yourself go and present yourself thru your art work."

Ashleigh Gnat's drawing and paintings fill her Baton Rouge apartment. Her favorite is the eye of the tiger, something she's represented during her four years in the purple and gold.

"When that child beats on her heart, it's the heartbeat of this team and I love LSU," says head coach D-D Breaux.

But being one of the most decorated LSU gymnasts comes with pressure, which is why in her little downtime, she spends it doing something she also loves with no pressure.

"I like that I don't have anything specific that I need to draw or paint, I do it for myself or sometime for gifts because it's a gift that no one else can give them."

Her gift is gymnastics, which is why Bugs will be remembered as one of the all-time greats with 9 career perfect 10's. But no score can measure what she's meant to coach Breaux and this program.

"She told me that everybody should have the opportunity to coach somebody like you."

"You represent something much bigger than yourself, and she embraces that. If I were going to wrap a flag around somebody and say this is what a LSU athlete should look like act, like and talk like, she wears the flag around her back."

"It has been so humbling to be apart of something that's so much bigger than yourself. Gymnastics has always been a good part of my life and the memories I've made at LSU are indescribable."

Bugs wishes she could be D-D one day, that's why after this season she plans on attending graduate school at LSU so she can give back to girls what D-D gave to her.

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Rule change eliminates LSU, others from two-a-days http://www.wbrz.com/news/rule-change-eliminates-lsu-others-from-two-a-days/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rule-change-eliminates-lsu-others-from-two-a-days/ Sports Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:58:43 AM Trey Schmaltz Rule change eliminates LSU, others from two-a-days

BATON ROUGE – LSU and all other Division 1 football teams will no longer be able to have two-a-days leading up to the season opener the NCAA decided Friday.

The NCAA said the rule was adopted to support the health and safety of student-athletes.

“The Council’s action  reinforces our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes,” said Council chair Jim Phillips, athletics director at Northwestern. “We continue to be guided by the recommendations from medical professionals, coaches and administrators and the strong support for discontinuing two contact practices in the same day.”

LSU has not released a comment related to the rule change. Check back for updates.

The rule allows for 29 preseason practices but forbids multiple contact practices in the same day.  Instead, the NCAA said a single day may include a single, three-hour, on-field practice session and a walk-through.

During walk-throughs, protective equipment such as helmets and pads can’t be worn, and contact is prohibited. Walk-throughs also can’t include conditioning activities and, in the Football Championship Subdivision, are limited to two hours in length. Three continuous hours of recovery are required between on-field practice and a walk-through. Activities such as meetings, film review, medical treatment and meals are allowed during recovery time.

In revealing the rule change Friday, the NCAA wrote “research says that practices with tackling are more likely to cause a concussion than practices that don’t include tackling. Additionally, the decision allows for appropriate recovery time to prevent both heat illness and overuse injuries.”

WBRZ Sports 2 director, Michael Cauble, points out LSU has moved away from multiple contact practices in the same day.  In fact, under new head coach Ed Orgeron, practices have been shortened to 30-45 minutes.  

The Tigers host a spring game on April 22nd.  The season starts Saturday, September 2, against BYU at NRG Stadium in Houston. 


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Tigers crush Rebels 15-2 in series opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-crush-rebels-15-2-in-series-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-crush-rebels-15-2-in-series-opener/ Sports Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:20:35 PM Tigers crush Rebels 15-2 in series opener

BATON ROUGE, La.- Eighth-ranked LSU put on a strong all-around performance Friday night, collecting 15 runs on 15 hits while limiting Ole Miss to just four hits, as the Tigers (24-11) defeated the Rebels (21-13), 15-2, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU, which won its third straight SEC game, improved to 8-5 in league play, while Ole Miss saw its conference mark drop to 6-7.

LSU leftfielder Antoine Duplantis was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. Rightfielder Greg Deichmann was also impressive, garnering three hits and a career high five RBI, including a grand slam.

The Tiger bats proved to be clutch all night, with 12 of LSU’s 15 runs coming with two outs. Second baseman Cole Freeman and designated hitter Jordan Romero each contributed two RBI to help pace the Tigers’ offense.

Right-hander Alex Lange (4-4) earned the win for LSU after firing seven innings and allowing just three hits and no runs, fanning seven.

“We had some clutch hitting, some two-out hitting, we ran the bases well, and we really just played a great game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I was really proud of the guys; I thought it was a challenge tonight because their starting pitcher has been a dominating pitcher in the SEC. We went out there and battled him, had some great at-bats, got off to a great start, and it kept going from there.”

Game 2 of the series is set for Friday night at 7 p.m. 

Fans are advised to come early to the stadium on Friday, as LSU will hold the jersey retirement ceremony of former all-America second baseman Todd Walker at 6:45 p.m.

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D-D Breaux's rowing LSU's championship boat http://www.wbrz.com/news/d-d-breaux-s-rowing-lsu-s-championship-boat/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/d-d-breaux-s-rowing-lsu-s-championship-boat/ Sports Thu, 13 Apr 2017 8:20:43 PM Brandon Saho D-D Breaux's rowing LSU's championship boat

ST. LOUIS, MO - "I talk about that crazy boat that we are on... and oars in the water and we?"

Will It Make the Boat Go Faster: it's the book D-D Breaux read before this season, one with a message she shares with her team every day.

"Rowing the boat just means that we are all in it together, we are rowing together with both oars."

"We've talked about shooting rapids and when the waters get rough and we've talked about if you're rowing with just one oar you're rowing in a circle."

"We take two hands and we row both because during the meet d-d wants us all to be on board and be on that boat."

"I think that being in a boat together, rowing that boat and everyone moving forward and having that same positive energy, that same vision, not looking back but always looking forward is a very powerful message. It's not just about gymnastics, but it's about everything we do in our lives. "

D-D has been rowing this boat for the past 40 years at LSU, building the program from the ground up. And her girls know now is the time for D-D to be on top.

"We want to do it for her and d-d is someone who's been here every step of the way. If this team is going to do it for anyone it's going to be for her."

"This whole program is hers and it belongs to her and we know that as her girls. I hjust want to give it everything at nationals."

And giving it their all is all coach is asking for one last time in St. Louis.

"Be yourself, be true to yourself and compete from your heart. And we just have to do our very best and if our best is good enough then lsu will come out of this thing a champion."

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LSU top scorer Blakeney entering NBA draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-top-scorer-blakeney-entering-nba-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-top-scorer-blakeney-entering-nba-draft/ Sports Wed, 12 Apr 2017 6:37:42 AM Associated Press LSU top scorer Blakeney entering NBA draft

BATON ROUGE - LSU guard and leading scorer Antonio Blakeney says he's declaring for this summer's NBA draft after two seasons with the Tigers.

Blakeney, who announced his decision in a written statement released by LSU on Tuesday night, leaves the Tigers shortly after the hiring of coach Will Wade.

Wade, who previously coached VCU, came to LSU after the firing of Johnny Jones, who coached the Tigers the previous five seasons.

Blakeney, a sophomore, averaged 17.2 points this season. He arrived at LSU as a highly regarded recruit, having been named Florida Mr. Basketball while with Oak Ridge High School.

Blakeney says he appreciates the opportunity LSU gave him and that leaving is "bittersweet," but says he's also decided it's time for him to "take the next step" in his basketball career.

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Saints 2017 preseason opponents announced http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-2017-preseason-opponents-announced/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-2017-preseason-opponents-announced/ Sports Mon, 10 Apr 2017 4:51:28 PM Alicia Serrano Saints 2017 preseason opponents announced

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints have announced their opponents for the 2017 preseason games.

The team will play their first two preseason games on the road, followed by two home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The kick off the preseason, the Saints will play the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

In the second week of the preseason, the Saints will face the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center, the temporary home of the Chargers since they relocated from San Diego.

The Saints will then return home to host the Houston Texans in the Dome.

The team will then close out the preseason at home against the Baltimore Ravens before the final roster countdown to 53 players. Exact dates and kickoff times will be announced in the near future.

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