WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:07:58 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Future playoff semifinals will be on Saturdays, holidays only http://www.wbrz.com/news/future-playoff-semifinals-will-be-on-saturdays-holidays-only/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/future-playoff-semifinals-will-be-on-saturdays-holidays-only/ Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 1:45:54 PM Brock Sues Future playoff semifinals will be on Saturdays, holidays only

IRVING, Texas - Future College Football Playoff semifinal games will now be on Saturdays and holidays, according to a CFP announcement on Thursday.

The adjustment will made to years 5, 6, 11 and 12 to ensure maximum college football enjoyment.

“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the CFP.

However, Hancock did point out that the semifinals do remain on one weekday in 2021. Luckily, that weekday is New Year’s Eve, which means most would be off work due to the federally observed holiday.

“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better.  These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much.  For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”

If you're still confused about what exactly is happening based on the official CFP site's description. Here's a direct quote from USAToday that explains it somewhat better:

Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told USA TODAY Sports the event’s management committee has decided to change the dates of the Playoff semifinals in four of seven years when those games were scheduled for Dec. 31. They now will instead be played on the preceding Saturday. The other three years, New Year’s Day falls on Saturday or is designated a Federal holiday.

“We looked at the replay,” Hancock said, “and we reversed the call.”

Below is a screengrab of the dates of the future seminfinals with asterisks indicating years when the schedule had to be modified:


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Saints aid flood recovery near West Virginia training camp http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-aid-flood-recovery-near-west-virginia-training-camp/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-aid-flood-recovery-near-west-virginia-training-camp/ Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 4:43:23 PM ApNewsNow Saints aid flood recovery near West Virginia training camp

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

Right tackle Zach Strief says, "If any organization understands what it means to clean up from a natural disaster," it's the Saints, who played a significant role in helping New Orleans recover after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The Saints are in their third year holding training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. They're slated to start practicing Thursday.

Flooding in late June killed 23 people in West Virginia, including 15 in Greenbrier County, while damaging numerous structures.


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LSU-Wisconsin opener hottest SEC ticket this season http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wisconsin-opener-hottest-sec-ticket-this-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wisconsin-opener-hottest-sec-ticket-this-season/ Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 1:06:06 PM Brock Sues LSU-Wisconsin opener hottest SEC ticket this season

BATON ROUGE - An analyst from a secondary ticket sales site has come up with a ranking of the Top 20 Most Expensive SEC Games for the upcoming college football season.

With kick off time rapidly closing in, Jake Sharpless at Rukkus dug into the data on SEC ticket sales in their secondary market database. With average ticket prices for the top 20 games in hand, Sharpless found it provided a “very accurate representation” of existing demand for the upcoming events.

His most interesting points include:

- Alabama/Auburn is currently the most expensive ticket for an SEC game or any college football game this season
- LSU/Wisconsin came in a fairly close second
- Six of the top 20 games feature out-of-conference opponents
- Five out of the top seven games will be played at a neutral site

Jake says Saban’s Alabama is clearly the hottest ticket in the Southeastern Conference and college football in general. Their games made up a quarter of this top 20. However, the Bayou Bengals did appear in two of the top three games.

You can check out the full ranking below:


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Sam Houston, McNeeese top Southland Conference polls http://www.wbrz.com/news/sam-houston-mcneeese-top-southland-conference-polls/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sam-houston-mcneeese-top-southland-conference-polls/ Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:02:20 PM Brock Sues Sam Houston, McNeeese top Southland Conference polls

LAKE CHARLES - Sam Houston State, hot off an 11-4 season and a run at the national semifinals, has been selected as the favorite heading into upcoming Southland Conference football season.

Sam Houston State tops the polls which were voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. Southland Media Days are underway Wednesday at the L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles.

McNeese, last year’s regular-champion, came in at the No. 2 spot after the school received the final two first-place votes from the coaches and the final first-place vote from the sports information directors, making for a close election.

The Sam Houston Bearkats will be gunning for their seventh Southland Conference title. They were 7-2 in regular season play last year. They made a semifinals appearance last season for the fourth time in five years.

McNeese wrapped up last regular season as the only FCS team with an unblemished record, going 10-0. The Cowboys will be under the direction of new head coach lance Guidry with 13 returning starters and 69 letterwinners on the roster.

Central Arkansas came in third-place in both polls, but trailed the leaders by more than 10 votes each. They finished 7-4 overall last season.

McNeese will be at Sam Houston on Nov. 5 with a kick-off time yet to be determined.

2016 Southland Conference Preseason Polls

Coaches’ Poll

Pl.

School (First-place votes)

Pts.

1.

Sam Houston State (9)

99

2.

McNeese (2)

92

3.

Central Arkansas

79

4.

Lamar

67

5.

Stephen F. Austin

60

6.

Southeastern Louisiana

57

7.

Northwestern State

45

8.

Abilene Christian

40

9.

UIW

29

10.

Nicholls

26

11.

Houston Baptist

11

 

Sports Information Directors’ Poll

Pl.

School (First-place votes)

Pts.

1.

Sam Houston State (10)

100

2.

McNeese (1)

86

3.

Central Arkansas

84

4.

Lamar

67

5.

Stephen F. Austin

66

6.

Northwestern State

48

7.

Southeastern Louisiana

42

8.

UIW

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9.

Abilene Christian

37

10.

Nicholls

26

11.

Houston Baptist

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New Orleans Saints to aid flood victims in West Virginia http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-saints-to-aid-flood-victims-in-west-virginia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-saints-to-aid-flood-victims-in-west-virginia/ Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 6:25:21 AM APNewsNow New Orleans Saints to aid flood victims in West Virginia

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. - The New Orleans Saints will be in West Virginia helping out after deadly floods ravaged the region where they hold training camp.

A news release says the Saints players and staff will be at Villa Park in White Sulphur Springs on Wednesday to help with flood relief. Their training camp begins nearby Thursday morning at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center.

The June 23 floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure. Fifteen of the 23 killed were in the Greenbrier County, where the Saints will train for part of the summer.


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Roger Federer says he is out for Olympics, done for year http://www.wbrz.com/news/roger-federer-says-he-is-out-for-olympics-done-for-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/roger-federer-says-he-is-out-for-olympics-done-for-year/ Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 1:11:18 PM Howard Fendrich Roger Federer says he is out for Olympics, done for year

Roger Federer says he will miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of the tennis season to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

Federer writes Tuesday on his Facebook page that he will skip the Summer Games, where the tennis competition starts next week, and has been advised by doctors to remain sidelined for the remainder of 2016.

Federer says he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" after arthroscopic knee surgery in February. That was the first operation of Federer's lengthy and accomplished career.

The owner of a record 17 Grand Slams titles turns 35 on Aug. 8. He hasn't played since losing to Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals early this month. Federer fell awkwardly during that match and said at the time he wasn't sure how badly he might have been injured.


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LSU kicker Delahoussaye injured in deadly crash in Wisconsin http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-kicker-delahoussaye-injured-in-deadly-crash-in-wisconsin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-kicker-delahoussaye-injured-in-deadly-crash-in-wisconsin/ Sports Sun, 24 Jul 2016 2:51:32 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU kicker Delahoussaye injured in deadly crash in Wisconsin

Merton, Wis. – LSU football kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured and two other college football players were killed in a car crash in Wisconsin Saturday night, local media reports.

According to Fox6now.com, the crash happened around 11:45 p.m. on Beaver Lake Road near Merton, Wis. Fox 6 reports that the vehicle the players were in lost control on wet pavement, ran off the roadway and stuck a tree.

Officials say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Local media reports that Delahoussaye was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital by ambulance. LSU Athletics spokesperson Michael Bonnette confirmed that Delahoussaye was a passenger in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He is scheduled to return home Monday.

24-year-old Michael Sadler, a Michigan State Spartans football player was pronounced dead at the scene. Sadler was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

22-year-old Samuel Foltz, a senior punter for the Nebraska Husker’s football team, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. We grieve for them," LSU Coach Les Miles said. "This isn't supposed to happen to young people who have so much to live for."

According to LSU Athletics, Delahoussaye was taking part in the Kohl's Kicking Camp in Wisconsin. He was a participant in the camp last week and was scheduled to serve as a camp counselor this week.

Delahoussaye is set to compete for LSU's starting placekicking job this fall. 


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Radio host, former LSU basketball player accused of pushing wife into dresser http://www.wbrz.com/news/radio-host-former-lsu-basketball-player-accused-of-pushing-wife-into-dresser/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/radio-host-former-lsu-basketball-player-accused-of-pushing-wife-into-dresser/ Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 9:34:43 PM Kevin Dupuy Radio host, former LSU basketball player accused of pushing wife into dresser

BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a sports radio host and former LSU basketball player pushed his wife into a dresser Saturday morning.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Jordy Hultberg was charged with domestic abuse battery and simple battery Saturday morning.

Arrest documents report that Hultberg’s wife said he pushed her against a dresser then forcible kissed her after she found him sleeping with another woman.

Hultberg’s wife told investigators that while he was kissing her, Hultberg said, “You still want me don’t you!”

The arresting officer notes that the couple has been married for 15 years and is currently going through a divorce.

The wife also said Hultberg grabbed at her, ripping her pajamas. Deputies observed redness under the victim’s arms, an abrasion on her elbow, a possible bruise on her temple and a ripped shirt.

The victim’s cousin also told deputies that she was pushed out of Hultberg’s home as the couple started fighting. She said she was too afraid to go back into the home to help her cousin.

Deputies say Hultberg admitted to grabbing his wife but said he only put his hands on her to get her out of her home. He did not know if he grabbed her chin. Hewas placed under arrest and transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Hultberg is a sideline reporter for LSU Sports Radio Network. He also hosts a show called “LSU Sunday Night Live” as well as “The Jordy Hultberg Show.” He was a member of the LSU basketball team under coach Dale Brown from 1976-1980.


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Relive the legend of Rally Possum on SEC Network http://www.wbrz.com/news/relive-the-legend-of-rally-possum-on-sec-network/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/relive-the-legend-of-rally-possum-on-sec-network/ Sports Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:34:26 AM Brock Sues Relive the legend of Rally Possum on SEC Network

BATON ROUGE - Remember that time an adorable critter skittered into the hearts of Tiger fans before helping LSU baseball orchestrate a comeback walk-off win against Arkansas that seemingly altered the fate of their entire season?

If you don't, the SEC Network will offer a chance for Tiger fans to relive the “Rally Possum” moment on Thursday afternoon as the channel is airing a replay of LSU’s amazing win over Arkansas in May.

LSU-Arkansas will air at 2 p.m. on Thursday as part of the Tigers’ SEC Network “Takeover.” 12 classic events in six different Tiger sports will be shown over a 24-hour period. LSU’s takeover started on Wednesday and concludes Thursday night at 11.

The legend of the #rallypossum goes like this:

It was a night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field like any other on May 7 when LSU was trailing the Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 9-1 in the bottom of the fifth. LSU managed to pull back to 9-5 by the time the bottom of the seventh came around. History began to unfold when a baby Viriginia opossum scampered out of the bullpen at the Box and quickly disrupted play as it eluded would be Arkansas captors in left field.

The eventually famous marsupial was finally removed by LSU facilities staff after it caused a comedic interlude. It was returned to its natural habitat, and the game resumed.

With the possum gone, the Tigers would catch on fire, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. In the 10th, they’d seal the walk-off win to post a 10-9 victory.

The events of that night would become a momentum tipping point for the squad as LSU would roll on to win 12 of its next 14. Thanks to the totemic varmint the Tigers earned a National Seed for the NCAA Tournament where they would finally fall to eventual National Champions Coastal Carolina.


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Alabama picked to win SEC by league's media http://www.wbrz.com/news/alabama-picked-to-win-sec-by-league-s-media/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alabama-picked-to-win-sec-by-league-s-media/ Sports Thu, 14 Jul 2016 3:20:21 PM APNewsNow Alabama picked to win SEC by league's media

HOOVER, Ala. - Alabama is the pick to win another Southeastern Conference title.

The Crimson Tide received 223 of 331 total votes by the league's media one year after winning the league and national titles. LSU received the second-most votes with 59 while Tennessee had 29.

Alabama and Tennessee were the overwhelming favorites to win their respective divisions. In the West, Alabama received 246 first place votes (2,220 points overall) to finish well ahead of LSU's 76 first-place votes and 1,984 points. Mississippi was picked to finish in third, followed by Texas A&M, Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State.

In the East, Tennessee received 225 first-place votes and 2,167 total points. Florida was in second, followed by Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri and South Carolina.


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Jared Poche to return to LSU for senior year http://www.wbrz.com/news/jared-poche-to-return-to-lsu-for-senior-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jared-poche-to-return-to-lsu-for-senior-year/ Sports Wed, 13 Jul 2016 4:03:32 PM Brock Sues Jared Poche to return to LSU for senior year

BATON ROUGE - LSU pitcher Jared Poche has tweeted a message that says he’ll return to the university for his senior season to hopefully guide the Tigers to a National Championship.

In the text, Poche politely notes that he has opted to end negotiations with the MLB’s San Diego Padres after he was selected in the 14th round of the 2016 draft. He was originally expected to go in the first 10 rounds.

The message reads:

Poche was an All-American in his freshman year. He has the second most all-time career wins of any LSU pitcher and will be able to overtake Scott Schultz’s number one spot now that he is returning for a final season on the mound.

Paired with LSU’s Alex Lange, the Tigers will have two pieces of their arsenal they will surely need as they aim their sights at conquering the NCAA.


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LSU's Fournette tops SI.com list of Top 100 college football players http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-fournette-tops-si-com-list-of-top-100-college-football-players/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-fournette-tops-si-com-list-of-top-100-college-football-players/ Sports Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:42:23 AM Brock Sues LSU's Fournette tops SI.com list of Top 100 college football players

BATON ROUGE - Sports Illustrated reported that LSU star running back Leonard Fournette is No. 1 among college football players Top 100 Players.

LSU's No. 7 came in at No. 1 on the list which featured four other Tigers including cornerback Tre’Davious White, center Ethan Pocic, safety Jamal Adams and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux. 35 SEC players made the list with Alabama taking the most with nine followed by LSU.

The write-up on Fournette on SI.com reads as follows:

"In terms of pure dominance, no player matches the brute force of Leonard Fournette. As a sophomore in 2015 Fournette led the FBS in rushing yards per game (162.8) and finished third in total rushing yards with 1,953. That total, as well as Fournette's 22 rushing touchdowns, both set LSU single-season records. Oh, and the 6'1", 230-pound brick wall bounced off defenders for a startling 6.5 yards per carry. In two years Fournette is already fourth on the Tigers' career rushing chart (2,987 yards), and he'll enter 2016 as a preseason first-team All-America certainty. If starting a college football team from scratch, one would be remiss to not pick Fournette with the first-overall selection."

The full list can be viewed here.

Fournette was recently in the news when he posted an image of himself wearing a t-shirt in support of officer-involved shooting victim, Alton Sterling.


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Golden State star Draymond Green arrested for assault http://www.wbrz.com/news/golden-state-star-draymond-green-arrested-for-assault/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/golden-state-star-draymond-green-arrested-for-assault/ Sports Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:50:00 PM AP News Now Golden State star Draymond Green arrested for assault

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was arrested for an alleged assault over the weekend in East Lansing, Michigan, according to online court records.
    
The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the city where Green played for Michigan State from 2008-12.
    
An East Lansing police spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking details. Messages seeking comment were left for Green.
    
If convicted of assault or assault and battery, Green could face 93 days in jail, a $500 fine or both. The Warriors said the team was collecting information about the incident and declined comment "until we have a better understanding of the situation."
    
Records from the East Lansing District Court show that a $200 cash bond was paid.


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Williams says he was drug tested "at least 500 times" in NFL http://www.wbrz.com/news/williams-says-he-was-drug-tested-at-least-500-times-in-nfl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/williams-says-he-was-drug-tested-at-least-500-times-in-nfl/ Sports Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:04:50 PM APNewsNow Williams says he was drug tested

NEW YORK - Former running back Ricky Williams says he went through "at least 500" drug tests during his 11-year NFL career.

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas and first-round draft pick by New Orleans in '99 tells Sports Illustrated in a film to be released on SI.com on Wednesday that he "might have the world record for most times drug tested."

Williams, who also played for Miami and Baltimore, sat out the 2006 season while suspended by the league for violating the substance abuse policy.

Ricky's wife, Kristin, outlines in the film how lax NFL testing standards were, including when a tester left the samples at the Williamses' house to go get stickers for identifying them.

In the film, entitled "Ricky Williams Takes the High Road," Williams also discusses the prevalence of marijuana use in the NFL today, and its potential as a medicinal tool.


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5-time NBA champion Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-time-nba-champion-tim-duncan-retires-after-19-seasons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-time-nba-champion-tim-duncan-retires-after-19-seasons/ Sports Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:23:18 AM AP News Now 5-time NBA champion Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan is finally calling it a career.
    
Duncan announced his retirement on Monday after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA.
    
Duncan was the No. 1 overall pick out of Wake Forest in 1997 and teamed with Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to make the Spurs the most enduring success story in modern American sports. His reserved demeanor and game built on fundamentals more than athleticism served as the backbone for the franchise's unparalleled run.
    
Duncan was a three-time NBA Finals MVP and was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career. He is fifth on the NBA's career list in blocks, sixth in rebounds and 14th in scoring.


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2-trophy day for Serena Williams: She and Venus win doubles http://www.wbrz.com/news/2-trophy-day-for-serena-williams-she-and-venus-win-doubles/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/2-trophy-day-for-serena-williams-she-and-venus-win-doubles/ Sports Sat, 9 Jul 2016 4:44:12 PM ApNewsNow 2-trophy day for Serena Williams: She and Venus win doubles

LONDON - Serena Williams is leaving Wimbledon with two trophies, teaming with her older sister Venus to win a women's doubles final that began a little more than 3 hours after the singles final ended Saturday.

The American siblings won their sixth doubles championship at the All England Club and 14th as a pair at all Grand Slam tournaments by beating fifth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4.

Earlier Saturday, also on Centre Court, Serena collected her 22nd Grand Slam singles title with a straight-set victory over Angelique Kerber in that final.

"I had just enough time to change and get my ankles re-taped," Serena said about going from one match to the other. "But there was so much adrenaline. I didn't want to cool down too much."

Venus sat in the guest box during the singles final.

"Watching Serena earlier was so amazing, and I was so into that. And then you have to re-set yourself and say, 'OK, we've got to play a match and we're going to have to try to win,'" Venus said during a joint interview with the BBC after the doubles. "So she brought the energy from Game 1 and that really brought me up, too."

The Williams sisters also won doubles titles at Wimbledon in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Each time, one or the other also won the singles championship, with Serena doing it in 2002, 2009 and 2012 in addition to this year.

They're now 14-0 in major doubles finals. But they were unseeded this time because they play doubles so infrequently, and their most recent Grand Slam title before Saturday had come four years ago at the All England Club. Until playing at the French Open in May, they hadn't even entered a doubles draw at any major tournament since 2014.

They're planning to compete in doubles, in addition to singles, at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month. They already have won three gold medals in doubles, at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.

When they were asked during the BBC interview which one is in charge of their doubles team, Serena immediately pointed toward Venus and said with a laugh, "She's definitely the boss."

And Venus said: "Well, I'm the older sister, so it kind of falls on me. But (there are) different times on the court that we both take over. So whatever the team needs, it kind of happens organically. That's the best kind of team."

Shvedova, who lost to Venus in the singles quarterfinals this week, was trying to win her third Grand Slam doubles title, after teaming with Vania King for trophies at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010. Babos has never won a major doubles trophy; she was the runner-up with Kristina Mladenovic at Wimbledon in 2014.

In men's doubles, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win their first Wimbledon title. It was the first all-French Grand Slam men's doubles final of the Open era.

The victory gives Mahut a happier memory from the grass-court tournament where he lost the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set against John Isner in the first round of singles in 2010.

"We talk a lot about this match already. I'm very proud of it," Mahut said, referring to the contest that lasted more than 11 hours, spread over three days. "But now it's something different. Now I can come in the press conference as a Wimbledon champion. It's great."

This is the second major title together for the top-seeded team of Mahut and Herbert, who won the U.S. Open last year.

They're only the second pair of Frenchmen to earn the doubles trophy at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra won Wimbledon in 2007.

Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won the 2014 French Open doubles championship.

Mahut knows Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin rather well, having won ATP doubles titles with each of them in the past. Mahut and Benneteau even had success together as teens, collecting seven junior doubles titles in 1999.


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Minor league baseball team urges fans to bring cats to the game http://www.wbrz.com/news/minor-league-baseball-team-urges-fans-to-bring-cats-to-the-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/minor-league-baseball-team-urges-fans-to-bring-cats-to-the-game/ Sports Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:21:39 AM Brock Sues Minor league baseball team urges fans to bring cats to the game

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A minor league baseball team in New Jersey affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and flyballs go together that they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this weekend's game.

Saturday is CATurday when the BlueClaws play the West Virginia Power in Lakewood.

Fans can bring their cats, which are admitted with a $2 Paw Pass. But the fans must sign a waiver, and the felines must be in carriers or on leashes.

The team has had success with a Bark in the Park night for dogs, so organizers figured it was time to honor cats, too.

Special jerseys featuring cats will be auctioned off to benefit charity. An animal rescue group will be on hand to accept donations and offer cats for adoption.


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Arrest made in crash that killed Ben Simmons' cousin http://www.wbrz.com/news/arrest-made-in-crash-that-killed-ben-simmons-cousin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arrest-made-in-crash-that-killed-ben-simmons-cousin/ Sports Fri, 8 Jul 2016 8:54:03 AM APNewsNow Arrest made in crash that killed Ben Simmons' cousin

HOBOKEN, N.J. -Authorities have charged a New York City man in a New Jersey hit-and-run that killed the cousin of Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft.

Hoboken police said Friday that Mark Nicholas, of Brooklyn, was charged with striking 21-year-old Zachary Simmons with his SUV while he crossed a street June 25 in Hoboken.

Video released by authorities shows the vehicle immediately speeding away.

It wasn't immediately clear if Nicholas had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

The victim's mother told WCBS-TV that her son had gone with Simmons to watch him be drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers the week he was killed.

After the crash, Ben Simmons tweeted: "Hearing the news this morning is a reminder to never forget the important things in life."


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Time's up for the old NBA shot clock http://www.wbrz.com/news/time-s-up-for-the-old-nba-shot-clock/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/time-s-up-for-the-old-nba-shot-clock/ Sports Fri, 8 Jul 2016 8:26:52 AM APNewsNow Time's up for the old NBA shot clock

The league will debut a new timing system and shot clock this week in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, which will then be integrated into all 29 arenas for the 2016-17 season.

The league says Thursday the new clock will feature the game clocks, 24-second and timeout, the first time they have all been in one piece of hardware.

Developed by Swiss watchmaker Tissot, the league's official timekeeper, the timing system will allow for clearer footage to assist referees and the Replay Center, and provides a benefit to some fans. The clock's LED glass is nearly transparent when in use, giving fans behind the baskets a view to the court that was previously obstructed.

The NBA introduced the shot clock for the 1954-55 season and it has been positioned on top of the backboard since 1977.


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Michael Phelps poses in pool alongside baby son Boomer http://www.wbrz.com/news/michael-phelps-poses-in-pool-alongside-baby-son-boomer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/michael-phelps-poses-in-pool-alongside-baby-son-boomer/ Sports Thu, 7 Jul 2016 8:57:42 AM APNewsNow Michael Phelps poses in pool alongside baby son Boomer

Michael Phelps has shown his son around the pool.

Phelps and fiancee Nicole Johnson have posted Instagram photos of baby Boomer Phelps in the water alongside his Olympic superstar dad.

Phelps writes with one posted Wednesday that "the little man loved the water" and they both got some extra laps in. Little Boomer also has an Instagram account in his own name. A photo posted on it shows the baby and his parents with a message that he can't wait until he gets to "learn to swim from daddy."

Johnson gave birth to Boomer on May 5.

Phelps is looking to add to his  record of 18 Olympic gold medals when he swims at the Rio Games next month.


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