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, 23 Oct 2014 09:10:48 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Royals beats Giants 7-2, even World Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/royals-beats-giants-7-2-even-world-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/royals-beats-giants-7-2-even-world-series/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:56:39 PM Ronald Blum Royals beats Giants 7-2, even World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.

Butler's single off Jean Machi drove in his second run of the night and put the Royals ahead 3-2. Perez lined a two-run double to the left-center wall for a three-run lead, and Infante homered into the left-field bullpen off Hunter Strickland.

Game 3 is Friday night in San Francisco.

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With Graham limited, Saints receivers doing more http://www.wbrz.com/news/with-graham-limited-saints-receivers-doing-more/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/with-graham-limited-saints-receivers-doing-more/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:52:49 PM APNewsNow With Graham limited, Saints receivers doing more

METAIRIE - Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the tight end recovers from a sore shoulder, it looks like Drew Brees won't have trouble finding other targets.

Recent performances by receivers Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks have left little doubt about that.

Colston and Stills are coming off of their best games of the season against Detroit's top-ranked defense; Colston had 111 yards on six catches, while Stills caught five passes for 103 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown.

Meanwhile, Cooks' 34 catches has the rookie tied with Graham for the team lead in receptions, an indication of Brees' growing trust in the first-round draft choice.

As the Saints prepare to host Green Bay on Sunday night, coach Sean Payton says he's encouraged by developments in the passing game.

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Record low TV viewership for World Series opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/record-low-tv-viewership-for-world-series-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/record-low-tv-viewership-for-world-series-opener/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:38:36 PM APNewsNow Record low TV viewership for World Series opener

KANSAS CITY, MO - Didn't stay up for Game One of the World Series? Don't worry. You were hardly alone.

The World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons.

According to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research, San Francisco's 7-1 win over Kansas City drew a 7.3 rating and 12.2 million viewers Tuesday night on Fox.

That broke the previous low of a 7.6 rating and 12.2 million for the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in 2012.

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No SEC hoops Surprise: Kentucky, Florida picked 1-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-sec-hoops-surprise-kentucky-florida-picked-1-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-sec-hoops-surprise-kentucky-florida-picked-1-2/ Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 9:37:20 AM Pete Iacobelli No SEC hoops Surprise: Kentucky, Florida picked 1-2

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Southeastern Conference's Final Four teams were picked to finish 1-2 in the league again this season with star-filled Kentucky chosen just ahead of defending champion Florida.

Kentucky got all 20 first-place votes from the media panel to finish with 280 points with Florida second, garnering 258 in the poll released Wednesday. The Wildcats and Gators both reached the NCAA tournament semifinals in April; Kentucky lost in the title game to Connecticut.

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison was the preseason player of the year. His twin brother Andrew made the all-SEC second team, which also included 6-foot-11 Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns.

Arkansas finished third in the voting, followed by LSU, Georgia, Mississippi and Missouri. Auburn was eighth, then Texas A&M, Alabama, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

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Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/bumgarner-pence-lead-giants-over-royals-7-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bumgarner-pence-lead-giants-over-royals-7-1/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:55:18 PM Ronald Blum Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1

KANSAS CITY, MO - Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.

In a matchup of streaking teams, the Giants won their seventh Series game in a row dating to 2010 and ended a perfect postseason for the Royals, who had been 8-0. San Francisco also ended the Royals' 11-game postseason winning streak dating to their 1985 title, one shy of the record set by the Yankees on two occasions.

Bumgarner extended his Series scoreless streak to 21 innings before Salvador Perez's seventh-inning homer, which also ended Bumgarner's record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless postseason road innings.

Shields allowed five runs and seven hits and needed 70 pitches to get nine outs.

The Game 1 winner has captured 15 of the last 17 titles.

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Cajuns survive thriller 55-40 over Ark. State http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-survive-thriller-55-40-over-ark-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-survive-thriller-55-40-over-ark-state/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 9:24:46 PM Michael Cauble Cajuns survive thriller 55-40 over Ark. State

The ULL Ragin Cajuns scored early and late and needed everyone one of their rushing touchdowns to hold off a surging Arkansas State on Tuesday night in Cajun Field.

The Cajuns won 55-40 as both teams traded four touchdowns in the final five and a half minutes of the game.

Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns for the Cajuns who remain undefeated in Sun Belt play.

ULL racked up 419 rushing yards in the game with McGuire setting the pace with 265 yards averaging nearly 14 yards per carry.

The Cajuns improve to 4-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference.

Mark Hudpseth and his team are back in action next Saturday hosting South Alabama at Cajun Field.

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Beckham's star on the rise http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-s-star-on-the-rise/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-s-star-on-the-rise/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:56:39 AM AP Beckham's star on the rise

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The first-round draft pick has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants' No. 1 playmaker in a span of roughly three weeks.

Add in the injury fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz and Beckham might be the most important person on the Giants' offense, with the exception of quarterback Eli Manning. The LSU product is clearly a rising star, with potential given some more playing time.

Don't forget, Beckham missed almost all of training camp, five preseason games and four regular-season games before getting on the field.

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LSU's White earns weekly honor from LSWA http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-white-earns-weekly-honor-from-lswa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-white-earns-weekly-honor-from-lswa/ Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:54:28 AM AP LSU's White earns weekly honor from LSWA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and LSU all scored important conference victories on Saturday and players from those schools won this week's state player of the week honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams had a big game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff to earn Offensive Player of the Week, while Tech's Terrell Pinson stood out earning not only state Defensive honors, but an ESPN helmet sticker as well after a win over UTSA. The special teams honor went to Tre'Davious White who had a punt return for a score in the LSU win over Kentucky.

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Archie Manning excuses himself from playoff committee http://www.wbrz.com/news/archie-manning-excuses-himself-from-playoff-committee/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/archie-manning-excuses-himself-from-playoff-committee/ Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:58:59 PM APNewsNow Archie Manning excuses himself from playoff committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time.

Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he has while moving around and will be unable to travel to the meetings.

The committee will issue its first rankings Oct. 28 and announce the four teams in the national championship field on Dec. 7. The semifinals will be Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The title game will be Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Mike Tranghese will take Manning's spot to work with Oliver Luck on the Mountain West and Steve Wieberg will join Tom Jernstedt in evaluating the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Saints look for silver lining after losing to Lions http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-look-for-silver-lining-after-losing-to-lions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-look-for-silver-lining-after-losing-to-lions/ Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:52:44 PM AP Saints look for silver lining after losing to Lions

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton is starting this week by emphasizing the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.

With his players mystified by their inability to close out close games, Payton is steering clear of the kind of criticism that could shatter the increasingly fragile psyche of a team struggling to come to grips with its 2-4 start.

Payton says that it is clear by the Saints performance in Detroit that his team is improving overall, particularly on defense, but needs to learn how to "finish." The 24-23 loss to the Lions marked the third time this season that the Saints have lost a lead in the last two minutes.

New Orleans returns to action next Sunday night at home against Green Bay.

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Miles sees improvement with top 3 Ole Miss looming http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-sees-improvement-with-top-3-ole-miss-looming/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-sees-improvement-with-top-3-ole-miss-looming/ Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:51:05 PM AP Miles sees improvement with top 3 Ole Miss looming

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles says the Tigers are demonstrating improvement in all phases and enjoying a recent resurgence that has lifted them back into the Top 25 as a visit from third-ranked Mississippi approaches.

Miles says the Tigers' offensive line is blocking better in the running and passing game, while the defense is better prepared than it has been all season to deal with a quarterback as talented as the Rebels' Bo Wallace.

Miles also is pleased with recent big plays in the kick- and punt-return game that helped LSU roll to a 41-3 victory over Kentucky.

LSU has won two-straight SEC games and rushed for 303 yards against the Wildcats last Saturday, but Ole Miss has one of the top-rated defenses in the nation.

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Central Florida holds on against Tulane 20-13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-florida-holds-on-against-tulane-20-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-florida-holds-on-against-tulane-20-13/ Sports Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:45:58 PM AP Central Florida holds on against Tulane 20-13

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - UCF's defense came up with a pair of late fourth down stops, helping the Knights hold on for a 20-13 American Athletic Conference victory over Tulane on Saturday.

The Knights (4-2, 2-0 AAC) survived four turnovers and late penalties to preserve the win.

Both sides were sloppy on offense, combining for six turnovers. UCF quarterback Justin Holman had a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but was intercepted twice by Tulane (2-5, 1-2).

It was enough for UCF coach George O'Leary to pull him in favor of Nick Patti in the second quarter. The change lasted three series, before Holman was reinserted to begin the second half.

In his second straight start at quarterback, Tulane's Nick Montana finished 18 for 42 for 147 yards and two interceptions.

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SEC scoreboard: Bama routs A&M, Ole Miss sets up showdown with LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-scoreboard-bama-routs-aandm-ole-miss-sets-up-showdown-with-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-scoreboard-bama-routs-aandm-ole-miss-sets-up-showdown-with-lsu/ Sports Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:39:10 PM Chris Price SEC scoreboard: Bama routs A&M, Ole Miss sets up showdown with LSU

BATON ROUGE - The top-billed game in the SEC this weekend turned out to be a dud, as Alabama beat up on Texas A&M 59-0, just one of many lopsided games in the league on Saturday. 

While the Tide rolled, Ole Miss ran its perfect record to 7-0 as the Rebel Bear beat Tennessee 34-3. 

The result means that LSU will host the Rebels with their highest ranking (#3) since 1963, when the Rebels came to Baton Rouge and beat LSU 37-3. In fact, the Rebels have only been ranked in this game 4 times since 1963. 

Around the SEC East, South Carolina picked up a win over Furman 41-10, Georgia got off to a big lead against Arkansas and then held off a late rally to win 45-32.

Florida turned the ball over 6 times in a loss to Missouri 42-13, as the Tigers won despite just 119 yards of offense. The Gators are now 2-3 in the SEC, while Missouri improved to 2-1 in league play. 


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Catholic survives scare from Dutchtown 20-17 http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-survives-scare-from-dutchtown-20-17/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-survives-scare-from-dutchtown-20-17/ Sports Fri, 17 Oct 2014 9:46:03 PM Chris Price Catholic survives scare from Dutchtown 20-17

DUTCHTOWN - A last-second field goal attempt by Dutchtown fell short, and Catholic high escaped with a 20-17 win on Friday night. 

The Bears built a 13-9 lead in the 3rd quarter, and extended it with a 20-yard touchdown catch to make the score 20-9. 

With LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron looking on, the Griffins battled back, as Fitell Bolding took a handoff down to the 1 yard line, leading to a Griffins score to make it 20-15. 

A 2-point conversion made the score 20-17, and that's how it finished as Justin Reid's last-second field goal from 49-yards out was blocked to keep the Bears perfect in district 5-5A.

The Bears are the only undefeated team in the district. 

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Cowboys won't suspend alleged underwear bandit http://www.wbrz.com/news/cowboys-won-t-suspend-alleged-underwear-bandit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cowboys-won-t-suspend-alleged-underwear-bandit/ Sports Wed, 15 Oct 2014 2:14:19 PM APNewsNow Cowboys won't suspend alleged underwear bandit

IRVING, TX - Dallas running back Joseph Randle won't be suspended after his arrest on a shoplifting charge.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday the Randle would be fined "significantly" but would play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft between $50 and $500 after he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store at a suburban Dallas mall on Monday.

The arrest came a day after one of Randle's best games in two seasons with Dallas in a 30-23 victory against Super Bowl champion Seattle. He had a 38-yard run and a key tackle on a late kickoff.

The Cowboys (5-1) play their first NFC East opponent in the Giants (3-3).

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Cajuns race to early lead, hold on for 34-10 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-race-to-early-lead-hold-on-for-34-10-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cajuns-race-to-early-lead-hold-on-for-34-10-win/ Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 9:24:43 PM Michael Cauble Cajuns race to early lead, hold on for 34-10 win

ULL Ragin Cajun head coach Mark Hudspeth challenged his team to light the spark early in their road game at Texas State and his team responded right away.

Right out of the gate former Capitol quarterback Terrance Broadway connected with Elijah Maguire on a 62 yard touchdown toss on the second play of the game and the Cajuns raced out to a 21-3 halftime lead over the Bobcats.

Broadway finished the night with 14 of 21 passing for 225 yards a touchdown and an interception. He also contributed 113 yards on the ground as the Cajuns cruised past the Bobcats 34-10 for their second straight win.

Maguire had a pair of touchdowns and fellow back
Alonzo Harris rushed for 79 yards and a score.

The Cajuns are back in action Tuesday night in Cajun Field as they host Arkansas State.


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Alabama player forfeits cash in drug investigation http://www.wbrz.com/news/alabama-player-forfeits-cash-in-drug-investigation/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alabama-player-forfeits-cash-in-drug-investigation/ Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:39:45 PM APNewsNow Alabama player forfeits cash in drug investigation

TUSCALOOSA, AL - Alabama player Kurt Freitag has waived any right to nearly $5,000 seized during a drug investigation.

Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Brad Almond on Tuesday ordered the money turned over to the District Attorney and the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force.

Court documents filed Monday showed that authorities had seized 112 grams of marijuana and $4,661 from the sophomore tight end's dorm room on Oct. 7. No criminal charges have been filed.

Spokespeople for Tuscaloosa Police and the university have declined comment because the investigation is continuing.

Freitag signed a waiver saying that he would not contest the forfeiture of the money.

Court filings show that agents witnessed and recorded a drug transaction involving Freitag based on information from a confidential informant.

Freitag hasn't played this season.

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SEC commissioner Mike Slive retiring http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-commissioner-mike-slive-retiring/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-commissioner-mike-slive-retiring/ Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:54:08 AM Russell Jones SEC commissioner Mike Slive retiring

NEW YORK - The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that Commissioner Mike Slive would step down from the position he has held for 13 years.

Slive said he will retire on July 31, 2015. The 74-year-old commissioner said he's undergoing treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with in the 90's.

"I have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first," Slive said. "I consider my health situation a temporary detour in a remarkable road that has allowed me to meet amazing people, experience incredible events and celebrate historic victories. I will relish my final year in this position and look forward to being the biggest fan of the SEC for many years to come."

The SEC said a national search for his successor would begin this fall.

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NBA to test 44-minute game, 4 shorter than normal http://www.wbrz.com/news/nba-to-test-44-minute-game-4-shorter-than-normal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nba-to-test-44-minute-game-4-shorter-than-normal/ Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:34:55 AM APNewsNow NBA to test 44-minute game, 4 shorter than normal

NEW YORK - The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday as the NBA experiments with a shorter game.

The contest will be four minutes shorter than the NBA's standard 48-minute game. The league says Monday that the teams will play four 11-minute quarters, one minute shorter than normal.

There also will be only two mandatory timeouts per quarter. There are three mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth quarters of the 48-minute game.

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LSU, Nicholls, NW La. St. players win LSWA honors http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-nicholls-nw-la-st-players-win-lswa-honors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-nicholls-nw-la-st-players-win-lswa-honors/ Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 9:59:42 AM APNewsNow LSU, Nicholls, NW La. St. players win LSWA honors

BATON ROUGE - A freshman running back, a 19-tackle effort by a linebacker and an outstanding effort for a punter won this week's honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Leonard Fournette of LSU gained 140 yards in his first start in the 30-27 win on the road at Florida, while linebacker Davin Bovie had 19 tackles in Nicholls State's 42-20 win over Stephen F. Austin. Northwestern State punter Andy Wickman had four punts inside the 20 including one that put Incarnate Word deep in its own territory and the ensuing possession led to a fumble and Demon touchdown in Northwestern State's 49-12 win.

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