WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2018, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 12 Dec 2018 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU preparing for bowl game without Greedy Williams http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-preparing-for-bowl-game-without-greedy-williams/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-preparing-for-bowl-game-without-greedy-williams/ Sports Tue, 11 Dec 2018 7:45:28 PM Reggie Chatman LSU preparing for bowl game without Greedy Williams

BATON ROUGE- It's become a trend in college football. Players with the opportunity to make millions at the next level deciding not to play in a bowl game.

That trend hits a little closer to home with LSU corner Greedy Williams deciding not to play against UCF. An unpopular decision that not everyone agrees with, but at least his tiger teammates understand.

 "I'm old fashioned. I think that the team comes first but I definitely understand. The guy is a possible top-10 pick. Everybody's situation is different," said head coach Ed Orgeron. "Greedy is a father already. That was a family decision that he made. I didn't go against it."

"He sat down and actually texted and talked to us about it and we understood," said linebacker Michael Divinity. "A lot of millions on the line. He has a daughter. He has a family he has to take care of. That's understandable."

"Not it has absolutely not been a distraction. Guys have millions of dollars on the line and it could all go away with one bad play and we all understand his decision," said quarterback Joe Burrow. "It is nothing personal. It is just business."

"I'm not mad at him. Do I agree with him? Not necessarily. Everyone is different and I understood his situation," said Orgeron.

"We were together before he came out with it and he cried like a baby. That is how much he wanted to be around us. That's what a lot of people don't know. It was not an easy decision for him," said linebacker Devin White.

"Here is what I think. It has to be in your heart. You have to want to be practicing for 15 practices. You have to want to be here. If you don't want to be here, I really don't want you around. We want a positive atmosphere. We want guys going hard and getting better. So if a guy decides he is done, I'd like him to tell me ahead of time which I honor that. I told him 'if you're done, I got it. We have to move on."

With Williams not playing and Kristian Fulton injured, the tigers will be playing without both their starting corner backs against UCF.


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Saints beat Bucs, win division crown, 28-14 http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-beat-bucs-win-division-crown-28-14/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-beat-bucs-win-division-crown-28-14/ Sports Sun, 9 Dec 2018 12:30:33 PM WBRZ Staff Saints beat Bucs, win division crown, 28-14


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Zachary wins back-to-back titles after late 4th quarter heroics http://www.wbrz.com/news/zachary-wins-back-to-back-titles-after-late-4th-quarter-heroics/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/zachary-wins-back-to-back-titles-after-late-4th-quarter-heroics/ Sports Sat, 8 Dec 2018 11:11:07 PM Reggie Chatman Zachary wins back-to-back titles after late 4th quarter heroics

NEW ORLEANS- After putting up 67 points in their semifinal shootout with Destrehan, Zachary knew they had quite the test against a West Monroe team that entered Saturday's final without giving up a single point in the postseason.

Zachary broke the streak early on a touchdown throw from Keilon Brown to Chandler Whitfield to go up 6-0 early in the first quarter.

Both teams would trade blows until the 4th quarter when West Monroe erased a 10 point deficit to take a 24-20 lead with 9:26 to play in the game.

The West Monroe defense that had been so special this postseason also came up with a potential game saving 4th and goal stop with 4:30 left to play.

Zachary would get one more chance with 2:38 in the game and would take advantage.

Brown threw a screen to Chris Hilton who would take it 80 yards for the game winning touchdown.

Zachary wins their 2nd straight title and third in the last four years.


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Oklahoma's Murray edges Alabama's Tagovailoa for Heisman http://www.wbrz.com/news/oklahoma-s-murray-edges-alabama-s-tagovailoa-for-heisman/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/oklahoma-s-murray-edges-alabama-s-tagovailoa-for-heisman/ Sports Sat, 8 Dec 2018 8:46:51 PM Associated Press Oklahoma's Murray edges Alabama's Tagovailoa for Heisman
NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has won the Heisman Trophy, edging Alabama's Tua Tagvailoa and setting up a College Football Playoff matchup of Heisman winner and runner-up.
  
The fourth-ranked Sooners play the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl semifinal Dec. 29 in the seventh bowl matchup of Heisman winner and runner-up, and first since second-place finisher Vince Young and Texas beat Reggie Bush and Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
  
This season, Murray stepped into the starting job at Oklahoma held by last year's Heisman winner and first overall NFL draft pick, Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma is the first school with have Heisman-winner quarterbacks in consecutive seasons and the fifth overall with winners in back-to-back years.
  

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John Curtis blows out Catholic High to win their 27th state title http://www.wbrz.com/news/john-curtis-blows-out-catholic-high-to-win-their-27th-state-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/john-curtis-blows-out-catholic-high-to-win-their-27th-state-title/ Sports Sat, 8 Dec 2018 5:32:15 PM Reggie Chatman John Curtis blows out Catholic High to win their 27th state title

NEW ORLEANS- In a rematch of last year's Division I state championship game, John Curtis got their revenge beating Catholic High in convincing fashion 49-7.

The Bears were only down 14-7 in the second quarter before allowing 35 unanswered points, as the Pioneers ran for 437 yards.

Catholic High quarterback Cameron Dartez went 13 for 27 for only 106 yards, throwing two interceptions, while John Curtis quarterback took home MVP honors rushing for 160 yards and a touchdown.


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U-High Cubs go back-to-back in Division II http://www.wbrz.com/news/u-high-cubs-go-back-to-back-in-division-ii/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/u-high-cubs-go-back-to-back-in-division-ii/ Sports Fri, 7 Dec 2018 8:17:23 PM Mike Gaither U-High Cubs go back-to-back in Division II

NEW ORLEANS - Virgina commit Mike Hollins helped power the top-ranked Cubs to back-to-back Division II state titles for the first time in program history. The U-High running back racked up a five touchdown night as the Cubs took down St. Thomas More 55-46 in a shootout Friday night inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 

Running back Mike Hollins was a man amongst boys, he ran past and over Cougar defenders all night in route to 284 yards of total offense. He had 27 carries for 240 yards and four touchdowns earning him the LHSAA's Most Outstanding Player for a second consecutive season. 

Friday nights Division II state title game set six new records for the prep classic.

Here are the record numbers below:

     1. Both teams combined for 91 pass attempts. The previous record was 74 back in 1997.

     2. 1,270 total yards were the most ever in a state title game in Louisiana history. The previous record was                 1,124 total yards set in 2013's game between Acadiana and Parkway. 

     3. 61 first down broke a previous mark of 47 set in 2016.

     4. 159 total plays combined to be the most-ever in a prep classic title game. 

     5. 28 combined penalties broke a previous mark of 26.

     6. 14 receptions by STM's Grant Arceneaux broke the old record held by three players.

St. Thomas More quarterback Caleb Holstein did something nobody could do all year against the Cubs. His offensive performance keep it tight all game, and for the first time this season U-High found themselves in four quarter game.

Despite the loss Holstein put up big numbers against a normally solid Cubs defense. He finished the night 38-of-58 for 410 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. His 38 completions and 58 pass attempts also set a new record for the prep classic. 

On the flip side, Cubs quarterback John Gordon Mckernan was 20-of-33 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and one pick. 


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Amite routs defending 2A champion Welsh 47-20 http://www.wbrz.com/news/amite-routs-defending-2a-champion-welsh-47-20/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/amite-routs-defending-2a-champion-welsh-47-20/ Sports Fri, 7 Dec 2018 3:41:32 PM Mike Gaither Amite routs defending 2A champion Welsh 47-20

NEW ORLEANS - The Amite Warriors brought home their first state title in 14 years after routing the defending 2A state champion Welsh Greyhounds 47-20, in Friday's Class 2A state championship game. 

LSU's entire defensive staff was in attendance to see two of Louisiana’s top 2019 prospects — defensive lineman Ishmael Sopsher and wide receiver Devonta Lee.

Lee had a monster performance with one interception, one forced fumble. Then on offense he reeled in three catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, all while sporting the LSU Tiger gloves. In the first half, Lee had a 90-yard pick-six wiped off the board from a penalty. His second interception of the day was also negated from a penalty. 

The LHSAA named quarterback Amani Gilmore the games Most Outstanding Player for his six touchdown performance. The Kentucky Wildcat commit ripped apart the Greyhounds defense throwing for five touchdowns on 11-of-17 passing. He racked up 286 yards through the air and another 110 on the ground. 


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Lafayette Christian goes back-to-back in Div IV, throttling Ascension Catholic 56-7 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lafayette-christian-goes-back-to-back-in-div-iv-throttling-ascension-catholic-56-7/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lafayette-christian-goes-back-to-back-in-div-iv-throttling-ascension-catholic-56-7/ Sports Thu, 6 Dec 2018 6:53:42 PM Mike Gaither Lafayette Christian goes back-to-back in Div IV, throttling Ascension Catholic 56-7

NEW ORLEANS - In the highly anticipated rematch of last seasons Division IV state championship, Lafayette Christian once again knocked off Ascension Catholic 56-7 in Thursday's state title.

The Knights not only pulled off back-to-back Division IV state titles, But, Lafayette Christian capped off a perfect (14-0) season. LCA reeled off 49 unanswered points in an epic collapse by the Bulldogs. 

Junior running back Jai Williams carried the load on offense for Ascension Catholic. He set a prep classic record with 40 rushes for 261 yards. Williams ended the night 10 yards shy of passing the all-time yardage mark.


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Kentwood rolls over Oak Grove 40-21, claiming 9th state title in program history http://www.wbrz.com/news/kentwood-rolls-over-oak-grove-40-21-claiming-9th-state-title-in-program-history/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kentwood-rolls-over-oak-grove-40-21-claiming-9th-state-title-in-program-history/ Sports Thu, 6 Dec 2018 3:16:55 PM Mike Gaither Kentwood rolls over Oak Grove 40-21, claiming 9th state title in program history

NEW ORLEANS - After tasting a bitter defeat last season in the state title, Kentwood returned back to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this time on a mission to bring home the hardware. The Kangaroos explosive offense ripped through top-seeded Oak Grove 40-21 to capture the Class 1A state championship.

Thursdays state title marks the 9th state championship in school history. This is the 5th runner-up finish for Oak Grove. 

Quarterback Terrell Hookfin shook off an early pick six to lead the Kangaroos offense to 422 yards of total offense. Hookfin was named the LHSAA Most Outstanding Player Award for his four touchdown performance. 

Hookfin completed the scoring trifecta, he threw for two touchdowns, rushed for one and caught one against Oak Grove. He finished the day 17-of-26 for 264 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also led the Kangaroos on the ground with seven rushes for 52 yards and one score. 

In the second quarter Hookfin caught a 36-yard touchdown pass on a wide receiver reverse pass from LSU committ Trey Palmer. 


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SU football coach Dawson Odums reportedly applied for McNeese job http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-football-coach-dawson-odums-reportedly-applied-for-mcneese-job/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-football-coach-dawson-odums-reportedly-applied-for-mcneese-job/ Sports Wed, 5 Dec 2018 2:15:59 PM WBRZ Staff SU football coach Dawson Odums reportedly applied for McNeese job

BATON ROUGE - Southern University's head football coach Dawson Odums is reportedly one of more than 100 people who applied for an open coaching position for the McNeese State Cowboys.

Reports say Odums was one of about 120 prospects who applied for the job at McNeese State. On Wednesday night, USF offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert was named the Cowboy's new head coach. Gilbert had been rumored to be the frontrunner for the job.

McNeese announced last month that it was not renewing the contract of Lance Guidry, who had a 21-12 record over three years with the Cowboys.

Odums has led the Jaguars for about six years and recently coached the team to the SWAC Championship. Southern fell to Alcorn in that game 37-28.


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Devin White named best college linebacker in the nation http://www.wbrz.com/news/devin-white-named-best-college-linebacker-in-the-nation/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/devin-white-named-best-college-linebacker-in-the-nation/ Sports Tue, 4 Dec 2018 4:15:27 PM WBRZ Staff Devin White named best college linebacker in the nation

BATON ROUGE - Devin White has been named the winner of the 2018 Dick Butkus Award, deeming him the best linebacker in college football.

White was presented the award on campus Tuesday by Matt Butkus, son of the legendary Chicago Bears linebacker for whom the award is named. He beat out finalists Josh Allen (Kentucky), Devin Bush (Michigan), Tre Lamar (Clemson) and Dylan Moses (Alabama) to claim the honor.

White is LSU's first winner of the Butkus Award and winner of the school's 25th national award. White is the first LSU Tiger to claim a national award since Odell Beckham Jr. won the 2013 Paul Hornung Award.

He was a second-team All-America in 2017, and set an SEC record when he was named the league’s defensive player of the week four different times.


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LSU-UCF tops Sports Illustrated list of must-watch bowl games http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ucf-tops-sports-illustrated-list-of-must-watch-bowl-games/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ucf-tops-sports-illustrated-list-of-must-watch-bowl-games/ Sports Tue, 4 Dec 2018 4:50:56 PM WBRZ Staff LSU-UCF tops Sports Illustrated list of must-watch bowl games

BATON ROUGE - The Tigers may not be in the College Football Playoff picture, but that won't stop them from having one the most anticipated bowl games of the year.

Sports Illustrated has released its rankings of the upcoming college football bowl games. It ranks all 37 games from least to most exciting, and LSU's Fiesta Bowl matchup with UCF has made it to the top of that list.

The Tigers are looking to end the undefeated Knights' 25-game winning streak, which they have held onto throughout the past two seasons. While LSU will be without Greedy Williams, who declared for the NFL draft over the weekend, mainstays like Devin White and Grant Delpit will likely be there to help the Purple and Gold knock off the Knights.

Other top-billed games include the Washington-Ohio State Rose Bowl at number two and the Michigan and Florida's Peach Bowl appearance at number three.

The Fiesta Bowl kicks off in Glendale, Arizona at noon on New Year's Day.


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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announces retirement http://www.wbrz.com/news/ohio-state-football-coach-urban-meyer-announces-retirement/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ohio-state-football-coach-urban-meyer-announces-retirement/ Sports Tue, 4 Dec 2018 7:22:46 AM Associated Press Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announces retirement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State says Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl and assistant Ryan Day will be the next head coach.

After seven years and a national championship at Ohio State, the 54-year-old Meyer will formally announce his departure Tuesday at a news conference.

The university didn’t say why he was retiring, but Meyer has said he suffers from debilitating headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst in his brain.

He was also battered this year by an offseason issue involving a now-fired assistant coach that led to Meyer’s suspension for the first three games of the season.

Meyer was 81-9 with a national championship at Ohio State after six years at Florida, where he won two national titles.


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LSU's Devin White reassures fans he'll play in Fiesta Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-devin-white-reassures-fans-he-ll-play-in-fiesta-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-devin-white-reassures-fans-he-ll-play-in-fiesta-bowl/ Sports Mon, 3 Dec 2018 11:11:22 AM WBRZ Staff LSU's Devin White reassures fans he'll play in Fiesta Bowl

BATON ROUGE - One of LSU's key defensive players says he plans to play in team's bowl game despite rumors to the contrary.

Devin White, the Tigers' highly-praised linebacker, announced Monday that he would not sit out what could potentially be his last game for the Purple and Gold. It's been long presumed that White would declare for the NFL Draft at the end of the season, but the star athlete has yet to make such an announcement.

That speculation led many to believe he would sit out the upcoming Fiesta Bowl and look ahead to a pro career. But White cleared up those talks Monday.

White's confirmation comes less than a day after cornerback Greedy Williams announced he would be skipping his senior season to enter the NFL.

LSU will face off against UCF in the 48th annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on New Year's Day. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. CST on ESPN.


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GEAUXING TO ARIZONA: LSU Tigers to face UCF in Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/geauxing-to-arizona-lsu-tigers-to-face-ucf-in-fiesta-bowl-on-new-year-s-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/geauxing-to-arizona-lsu-tigers-to-face-ucf-in-fiesta-bowl-on-new-year-s-day/ Sports Sun, 2 Dec 2018 1:53:35 PM WBRZ Staff GEAUXING TO ARIZONA: LSU Tigers to face UCF in Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers are off to Arizona to play in one of the New Year's Six Bowl Games.

LSU will face off against UCF in the 48th annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on New Year's Day. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. CST on ESPN.

This is the 50th bowl game in program history, its 19th-consecutive bowl berth.

No. 11 LSU is seeking their first major bowl victory in the College Football Playoff era. The Undefeated UCF holds the nation longest win streak at 25 games. The Knights check in at No.8 in the College Football Playoff reveal Sunday afternoon.


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LSU's star cornerback Greedy Williams declares for 2019 NFL Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-star-cornerback-greedy-williams-declares-for-2019-nfl-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-star-cornerback-greedy-williams-declares-for-2019-nfl-draft/ Sports Sun, 2 Dec 2018 6:35:18 PM Mike Gaither LSU's star cornerback Greedy Williams declares for 2019 NFL Draft

BATON ROUGE - No. 11 LSU will be without their top two corners against No. 8 UCF in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. On Sunday Tigers cornerback Greedy Williams announced on Twitter that he's skipping his senior season and entering the 2019 NFL draft.

The third-year sophomore posted 71 career tackles, eight interceptions and 19 passes defensed in his two seasons as a starter. Williams is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.

Williams and Tiger linebacker Devin White are both projected first round picks in next years draft. 

Ed Orgeron also announced cornerback Kristian Fulton will not play in the Fiesta Bowl after undergoing surgery to repair an injured ankle.


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College Football Playoff set: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame http://www.wbrz.com/news/college-football-playoff-set-no-1-alabama-vs-no-4-oklahoma-no-2-clemson-vs-no-3-notre-dame/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/college-football-playoff-set-no-1-alabama-vs-no-4-oklahoma-no-2-clemson-vs-no-3-notre-dame/ Sports Sun, 2 Dec 2018 12:20:56 PM Associated Press College Football Playoff set: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — College Football Playoff set: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame.


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LSU snaps two-game skid, knocks off Grambling 78-57 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-snaps-two-game-skid-knocks-off-grambling-78-57/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-snaps-two-game-skid-knocks-off-grambling-78-57/ Sports Sat, 1 Dec 2018 7:11:56 PM Associated Press LSU snaps two-game skid, knocks off Grambling 78-57

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Darius Days had season highs of 13 points and nine rebounds as LSU defeated Grambling 78-57 in a nonconference game Saturday.

Days, who made 5 of 8 field-goal attempts, was making the first start of his career for the Tigers (6-2).

Tremont Waters was the leading scorer for LSU with 15 points. Skylar Maysadded 10 points for the Tigers, who never trailed in the game.

Anthony Gaston scored a season-high 12 points to lead Grambling (3-4). Dallas Polk-Hillard and Ivy Smith, Grambling's top two scorers entering the game, combined for only nine points.

LSU jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the first four minutes. Days scored five of the 14 points. Mays hit a 3-pointer in that stretch. Grambling missed four of its first five shots and committed three turnovers in the 4-minute span.

Grambling never trailed by more than 12 points in the first half. LSU used a 3-pointer and a free throw by Waters to take a 35-25 lead at intermission.

LSU quickly built its lead to 19 points. at 46-27, in the first three minutes of the second half. Days scored four of LSU's points in that 11-2 run.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers ended a two-game losing streak with the comfortable victory against Grambling. LSU had lost its previous two games at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando to Florida State and Oklahoma State.

Grambling: The Tigers finished 1-2 on its three-game road swing. Grambling defeated Niagara and lost to IUPUI in games at Niagara in the Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic.

UP NEXT

LSU: After taking eight days off for semester examinations, the Tigers will host Incarnate Word on Dec. 9.

Grambling: The Tigers return home to play Division III-member Centenary College on Tuesday.


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High school football state semi-final scores http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-state-semi-final-scores/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-state-semi-final-scores/ Sports Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:18:06 PM Michael Cauble High school football state semi-final scores

5A SEMI-FINALS

Zachary 67, Destrehan 57

West Monroe 28, John Ehret 0

4A SEMI-FINALS

Karr 25, Neville 13

Easton 54, Leesville 14

3A SEMI-FINALS

Sterlington 21, Iota 12

Eunice 19, Kaplan 0

2A SEMI-FINALS

Amite 44, Ferriday 20

Welsh 28, Many 21

1A SEMI-FINALS

Oak Grove 30, West St. John 0

Kentwood 20, Haynesville 14


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Cowboys upset Saints 13-10 in Dallas nailbiter http://www.wbrz.com/news/cowboys-upset-saints-13-10-in-dallas-nailbiter/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cowboys-upset-saints-13-10-in-dallas-nailbiter/ Sports Thu, 29 Nov 2018 5:51:49 PM WBRZ Staff Cowboys upset Saints 13-10 in Dallas nailbiter

DALLAS - Football fans will be focused on the NFL tonight with the New Orleans Saints playing on Thursday for the second week in a row.

Last week, the Saints won their tenth straight game by beating the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome.

Kickoff tonight against the Dallas Cowboys is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

It'll be televised on Fox, the NFL Network, and Amazon.


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