WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 16 Dec 2017 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Southern Jaguars rally in second half to beat FAMU 68-50 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-jaguars-rally-in-second-half-to-beat-famu-68-50/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-jaguars-rally-in-second-half-to-beat-famu-68-50/ Sports Fri, 15 Dec 2017 2:15:16 AM Michael Cauble Southern Jaguars rally in second half to beat FAMU 68-50

Baton Rouge - Playing in unfamiliar territory the Southern Jaguar men's basketball team took some time to find their bearings.  But when they did the Jaguars rallied with a dominating second half effort that buried Florida A&M with a defensive pressure that turned a tight ball game into a runaway affair.

Southern trailed by six at the halfway point after struggling to shoot just over 30% from the floor in the Seymour Gym on Thursday night.  The Jaguars and Rattlers were playing in the old mens' gym because the Clark Center had been set up for graduation day on Friday on the Bluff.

The Jaguars struggled to find their offense in the first half, but responded by outscoring the Rattlers (2-11) 43-19 after the break, holding FAMU to just seven made attempts from the floor and only one three shot make.

Sidney Umude came off the bench to led five Jaguars in double digit scoring with 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Southern combined for 14 steals as a team to come away with a non-conference home victory. 

Emanuel Sheperd collected a double-double with 10 points, a team-high 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.  Eddie Reese had 11 points and six assists while Jared Sam and Jamar Sandifer each added 13 points.

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LSU basketball team takes part in Christmas shopping spree http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-team-takes-part-in-christmas-shopping-spree/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-team-takes-part-in-christmas-shopping-spree/ Sports Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:02:00 PM Joe Hagan LSU basketball team takes part in Christmas shopping spree

BATON ROUGE- LSU basketball coach Will Wade and his team spent the afternoon helping some local kids celebrate Christmas. The team took 25 boys from the Baton Rouge Boys and Girls Club on a shopping spree in Walmart.

Coach Wade started the tradition while coaching at VCU and plans to keep it going during his time in Baton Rouge.

"I think it's important to be involved in whatever community you're in," said Wade. "It's a great day for the kids of the Boys and Girl's club and it's a great day for our program. Our guys had a blast."

Coaches and players capped off the Christmas trip by throwing a pizza party for the kids. Wade says the event is a great way to show his players, kids are looking up to them both on and off the court.

"It's an important reminder that people care about LSU, our guys are role models," said Wade. "It also allows us to give back and help people have a better Christmas."

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Epps leads LSU past Houston 80-77 http://www.wbrz.com/news/epps-leads-lsu-past-houston-80-77/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/epps-leads-lsu-past-houston-80-77/ Sports Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:34:04 PM APNewsNow Epps leads LSU past Houston 80-77

BATON ROUGE - Aaron Epps scored a career-high 26 points and Tremont Waters blocked a game-tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds as LSU defeated Houston 80-77 on Wednesday night.
Epps, who also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, put the Tigers (5-2) ahead by six points on a 3-point play with 57 seconds remaining. Rob Gray pulled the Cougars within three points at 80-77 on a 3-pointer less than 10 seconds later.
Following an LSU turnover, Houston (8-2) had a chance to tie it, but the 5-foot-11 Waters blocked Corey Davis Jr.'s 3-point attempt with six seconds to play. Devin Davis missed a long 3-point shot at the buzzer for the Cougars.
Waters had 17 points and six assists to go along with his first blocked shot of the season for the Tigers, who never trailed during the final 6½ minutes. Mays had 18 points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Gray and Corey Davis Jr. scored 20 points apiece for Houston, whose winning streak ended at seven games. Devin Davis had 14 points.
LSU: The Tigers extended their winning streak to three games with the tightly-contested victory. LSU won its other close game this season, edging Michigan 77-75 in Hawaii.
Houston: The Cougars fell short in their bid for their longest winning streak in 10 seasons. For the first time this year, Houston was outrebounded 38-33.
LSU will continue its six-game homestand when it faces Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
Houston returns home to meet Prairie View on Sunday.

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Former LSU tackle buys truckloads of bikes for young children http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-tackle-buys-truckloads-of-bikes-for-young-children/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-tackle-buys-truckloads-of-bikes-for-young-children/ Sports Tue, 12 Dec 2017 3:12:27 PM Jeremy Krail Former LSU tackle buys truckloads of bikes for young children

LOS ANGELES - LSU's former leading offensive tackle from the 2003 BCS Championsip-winning football team showed that even though he's left Louisiana, he still has a heart of gold.

On Tuesday, former Tiger and current Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth gifted more than 500 bicycles to children at his local elementary school. Whitworth showed up at Grape Street Elementary with 550 bikes loaded into the back of two 18-wheelers.

"To personally put your money where your mouth is and in what you personally believe in, it lets the kids know you're not just saying something because you're told to be there," Whitworth told the Los Angeles Times. "It's actually what you believe in, you're putting your stamp on it."

Whitworth said he was mindful to pick up the bikes at several different Wal-Marts as not to drain the enitre stock during the holidays.

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Eagles' Wentz is out for the season with torn left ACL http://www.wbrz.com/news/eagles-wentz-is-out-for-the-season-with-torn-left-acl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/eagles-wentz-is-out-for-the-season-with-torn-left-acl/ Sports Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:26:51 AM Associated Press Eagles' Wentz is out for the season with torn left ACL
PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Doug Pederson has confirmed that star quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss rest of the season and playoffs.
Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that confirmed the severity of the injury. Wentz was hurt late in the third quarter at Los Angeles. Backup Nick Foles rallied the Eagles (11-2) to a win that secured the NFC East title and put them in first place in the conference with three games remaining.
The Eagles have overcome several key injuries and now have to move forward without their most indispensable player. Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, return specialist/running back Darren Sproles, star linebacker Jordan Hicks and special-teams captain Chris Maragos already went down for the season.

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Zachary Broncos claim second Class 5A state title http://www.wbrz.com/news/zachary-broncos-claim-second-class-5a-state-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/zachary-broncos-claim-second-class-5a-state-title/ Sports Sat, 9 Dec 2017 10:06:19 PM WBRZ Sports Zachary Broncos claim second Class 5A state title

NEW ORLEANS - Zachary and sophomore quarterback Keilon Brown saved their best game for the biggest stage this weekend in the Superdome, claiming their second Class 5A state championship in the past three seasons with a 34-14 win over Hahnville Saturday night.

The Bronco offense, led by Brown, put up 27 points in the first half to take a 20-point lead into the locker room as they cruised to victory over 10th-seeded Hahnville.

Brown ran for 189 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a huge spark of momentum in the first half. The sophomore signal-caller also threw for 55 yards and a score on the night.

On the other side of the ball, the Broncos defense gave up up just 14 points with one of the state's best running backs in Hahnville's Anthony 'Pooka' Williams still putting up 211 yards in the title game.

Zachary caps off a state championship weekend where the Broncos join U-High, West Feliciana and Catholic to bring home the title trophies for teams in the WBRZ viewing area to end the 2017 season.

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Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma's Mayfield wins in landslide http://www.wbrz.com/news/walk-on-to-heisman-oklahoma-s-mayfield-wins-in-landslide/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/walk-on-to-heisman-oklahoma-s-mayfield-wins-in-landslide/ Sports Sat, 9 Dec 2017 8:26:12 PM Associated Press Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma's Mayfield wins in landslide

NEW YORK- Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football.

The brash, flag-planting Sooners star won a lopsided vote to become the sixth Oklahoma player to the win Heisman.

Stanford running back Bryce Love was the runner-up, making it five second-place finishes for the Cardinal since 2009. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman winner, was third, the best finish by a returning winner since Tim Tebow of Florida in 2008.

Mayfield is the third player to win the Heisman heading to the College Football Playoff. The second-ranked Sooners meet No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. He is the first senior to win the award since Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.

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Catholic Bears bring home 2017 Division I state title http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-bears-bring-home-2017-division-i-state-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-bears-bring-home-2017-division-i-state-title/ Sports Sat, 9 Dec 2017 3:04:23 PM WBRZ Sports Catholic Bears bring home 2017 Division I state title

New Orleans, LA - For the second time in three years, Catholic High is bringing back a state championship to Baton Rouge.

The Bears beat John Curtis 20-14 to claim the Division I State Title trophy on Saturday in the Superdome, bringing back the hardware to cap off their 12-3 season in Gabe Fertitta's first season as head coach.

Catholic quarterback Cameron Dartez winning the MVP award while throwing for 206 yards with one passing touchdown on the day for the Bears.

Another valuable performance game from defensive back Patrick Mensah who not only had the game-winning interception but also had the electric punt return to set up the go-ahead score in the second half.

After a scoreless first quarter, Catholic QB Cameron Dartez tossed a short pass to Austin Hood who works his magic 65-yards for the score to give the Bears a 7-0 lead that they took into the locker room at half.

Catholic and John Curtis traded scores in the second half making it a 14-14 game until the Bears knocked in two field goals to make it a 20-14 lead for Catholic High with just a minute left in the title game.

The Bears defense held on late to grab and interception and stop the Patriots on their comeback quest and Catholic takes home the hardware in 2017 for the LHSAA Division I state championship. 

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West Feliciana Saints bring home 3A State Title http://www.wbrz.com/news/west-feliciana-saints-bring-home-3a-state-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/west-feliciana-saints-bring-home-3a-state-title/ Sports Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:08:14 PM Michael Cauble West Feliciana Saints bring home 3A State Title

New Orleans - The West Feliciana Saints made the fourth and final trip to the post-season count for their seniors, as they capped off their run with a Class 3A state title by beating Richwood 40-21.

The Saints had lost in the semi-finals in the previous three season, however with their shot in the Superdome on Friday night they made it count by winning the schools first title in football.

Devon "Smoke" Harris was named MVP of the contest after he helped break it open with a huge effort on special teams including a kick return for a touchdown to start the scoring in the second half and a single game record in the state championships with 167 return yards.

The Saints separated a tight ball game by scoring the final 17 points in the contest as Harris got into the endzone for the second time of the game racing in from six yards out to put his team in front 30-21.

West Feliciana running back Derek "The Burner" Turner also shined in this game as he had 13 carries for 140 yards. 

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University High wins Division 2 State Title over De La Salle http://www.wbrz.com/news/university-high-wins-division-2-state-title-over-de-la-salle/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/university-high-wins-division-2-state-title-over-de-la-salle/ Sports Fri, 8 Dec 2017 6:52:44 PM Michael Cauble University High wins Division 2 State Title over De La Salle

New Orleans - The University High Cubs football team won their fourth state title in nine tries as they exploded in the second half to race away from De La Salle to win the Division 2 Championship 45-19 over the Cavaliers.

Cubs junior running back and former WBRZ Fans' Choice winner Mike Hollins was named the MVP of the game after finishing the game with 124 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns for U-High.

The Cubs broke open a defensive battle near the end of the first half to lead it 17-10 at the break, and then came out in the second half of play and really took control with explosive rushing plays led by Hollins and Mike Martin as U-High scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.

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'Chances are higher' that Guice will stick with LSU after bowl game http://www.wbrz.com/news/chances-are-higher-that-guice-will-stick-with-lsu-after-bowl-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chances-are-higher-that-guice-will-stick-with-lsu-after-bowl-game/ Sports Fri, 8 Dec 2017 6:19:43 PM Jeremy Krail 'Chances are higher' that Guice will stick with LSU after bowl game

BATON ROUGE - LSU's star running back, Derrius Guice, says it's looking more and more likely he'll be spending another season with the Tigers.

On Friday, Guice responded to speculation on social media that he might skip LSU's appearance in the Citrus Bowl to stay healthy for the NFL draft, telling News 2's Michael Cauble there's a solid chance he'll stick around.

Guice whipped up a lot of questions when he took to social media Monday, saying he was undecided on whether or not he'd leave LSU for the NFL at the end of the season. But it's looking like we may get to see #5 spend one more year in Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers will take on #14 Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. 

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FINAL: Falcons 20, Saints 17 in Thursday night showdown http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-falcons-20-saints-17-in-thursday-night-showdown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/final-falcons-20-saints-17-in-thursday-night-showdown/ Sports Thu, 7 Dec 2017 7:40:48 PM WBRZ Sports FINAL: Falcons 20, Saints 17 in Thursday night showdown

Atlanta, GA - The Saints taking the show on the road to Atlanta looking to move one win closer to an NFC South crown and a playoff berth against the Falcons.

New Orleans marched down the field to take a 3-0 lead on their first drive of the game, but rookie running back Alvin Kamara was hit hard on the play before Will Lutz's field goal and stepped out of the ball game early in the 1st.

Kamara is questionable to return after being taken to the locker room to go through the NFL's concussion protocol.

The Falcons' Matt Bryant would also hit a chipshot field goal to tie the game 3-3 after thier first drive with 5 minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

Moving to the second, the Falcons' Devonta Freeman capped of a 15-play Atlanta drive with a 1-yard score to give the home team a 10-3 lead.

The Saints defense coming up big in back-to-back plays to end and start the half with an interception, with the 3rd quarter pick leading to a Drew Brees touchdown pass to Michael Thomas to give New Orleans a 17-10 lead early in the 3rd quarter.

The Falcons not going down without a fight in the fourth, as Ryan found Julio Jones in the endzone to tie the game at 17-17 with 10 minutes to play.

The Falcons add a field goal, giving the Saints and Drew Brees a chance to make another 4th quarter comeback but Brees throws an interception in the final minute to former LSU Tiger Deion Jones who clinches the game for a 20-17 Falcons win.

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Day 1 in the Dome: LHSAA state titles kick off http://www.wbrz.com/news/day-1-in-the-dome-lhsaa-state-titles-kick-off/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/day-1-in-the-dome-lhsaa-state-titles-kick-off/ Sports Thu, 7 Dec 2017 4:24:01 PM Day 1 in the Dome: LHSAA state titles kick off

New Orleans, LA - Three days of state championship football in the Superdome kicked off Thursday with the Class 1A title game.

The Kentwood Kangaroos were hoping to bring back the school's first state championship trophy, but they fell to West St. John 20-14 in the Class 1A championship game.

In the second game of the day, Ascension Catholic couldn't find the endzone as the Bulldogs fell 10-0 to Lafayette Christian Academy.

Here's a look at the weekend schedule:

Thursday, December 7

Class 1A - FINAL
(1) West St. John - 20 vs. (3) Kentwood - 14
Division IV - FINAL
(4) Lafayette Christian - 10 vs. (6) Ascension Catholic - 0
Division III - FINAL
(1) Notre Dame -16 vs. (3) Catholic (New Iberia) -33
Friday, December 8
Class 2A - Noon 
(6) St. Helena vs. (1) Welsh
Division II - 3:30 PM 
(1) De La Salle vs. (2) University
Class 3A - 7 PM 
(6) West Feliciana vs. (8) Richwood
Saturday December 9 
Division I - 12 PM 
(2) John Curtis vs. (4) Catholic
Class 4A - 3:30 PM 
(1) Karr vs. (2) Lakeshore
Class 5A - 7 PM
(10) Hahnville vs. (4) Zachary

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Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as head coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/tennessee-hires-alabama-assistant-jeremy-pruitt-as-head-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tennessee-hires-alabama-assistant-jeremy-pruitt-as-head-coach/ Sports Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:38:18 PM Associated Press Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as head coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach, capping a tumultuous search that cost an athletic director his job as the Volunteers attempt to recover from one of their most disappointing seasons.

The school scheduled a news conference for 6:05 p.m. Thursday to introduce Pruitt.

Pruitt’s hiring comes six days after former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer was named athletic director and put in charge of the coaching search. Fulmer took over for John Currie, who was suspended just eight months into the job as Tennessee investigates whether it can fire him for cause.

Pruitt replaces Butch Jones, who was fired Nov. 12 after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in Southeastern Conference competition in five seasons. Tennessee went 4-8 this season and set a school record for losses.

“Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria,” Fulmer said in a news release. “I’m certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee’s caliber. He’s driven to win at the highest level. He will honor our university’s values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes.

“I know Coach Pruitt will hit the ground running and go to work restoring our program to a championship level.”

Knoxville radio station WNML first reported that Pruitt had accepted the job.

Tennessee would love to see Pruitt match the success of Georgia’s Kirby Smart, who preceded Pruitt as the defensive coordinator on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff.

Pruitt has been Alabama’s defensive coordinator the last two years after spending two seasons in the same role at Georgia. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense last year. This season, Alabama again leads the nation in scoring defense and ranks second in total defense .

Alabama topped the nation in run defense last season and ranks third in that category this year. Tennessee’s run defense ranked 125th out of 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams this year.

Pruitt also was defensive coordinator for Florida State’s 2013 national championship team, which led the nation in scoring defense. He worked an initial stint on Alabama’s staff from 2007-12, when he helped the Crimson Tide win national titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The former defensive back played collegiately at both Middle Tennessee and Alabama.

In the 2013 and 2016 seasons, Pruitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

The selection of Pruitt ends a coaching search that had become embarrassing for Tennessee as it dragged on.

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Nov. 26 before that deal fell through amid a public backlash .

Reports linked Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm to Tennessee’s vacancy, but both stayed with their teams. North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren agreed to a contract with the Wolfpack on Thursday after speaking with Tennessee officials.

Currie met last week with Washington State’s Mike Leach and was forced out the next day.

Pruitt inherits a Tennessee program that is seeking to return to the prominence it enjoyed in the 1990s and early 2000s under Fulmer.

Tennessee hasn’t won the SEC Eastern Division since 2007 and hasn’t captured a conference title since its 1998 national championship season. This marks Tennessee’s fourth coaching search since Fulmer was forced out in 2008.

Tennessee opened this season in the AP Top 25 but ended up winless in SEC competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933. It closed the year with a 42-24 loss to Vanderbilt, the fourth time in the last six years the Vols lost to the in-state rival they’ve historically dominated.

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LSU's Derrius Guice to make NFL Draft decision after bowl game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-derrius-guice-to-make-nfl-draft-decision-after-bowl-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-derrius-guice-to-make-nfl-draft-decision-after-bowl-game/ Sports Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:14:07 AM Jeremy Krail LSU's Derrius Guice to make NFL Draft decision after bowl game

BATON ROUGE - LSU's star running back, Derrius Guice, says he's still unsure whether or not he's going to enter the next NFL Draft, and he won't know until the Tigers' last game of the season.

Guice took to social media Monday to express his frustration with this past season, especially concerning his missed expectations. The running back has missed multiple games in LSU's 9-3 run due to a knee injury. 

"Thanks to my coaches and teammates and loyal tiger fans for uplifting me when I was down and keeping me positive," Guice wrote, "This season is not what I expected for myself and I know most didn’t expect it as well, so sorry to disappoint!"

This has been my face all year... started in camp when I injured my knee... played throughout most of the pain until some games I couldn’t. Many say they miss the old Guice, I do too. No player wants to be injured or play injured. I did the best I could this year for my team. We have grown so much this year as a football program and will only get better from her. Thanks to my coaches and teammates and loyal tiger fans for uplifting me when I was down and keeping me positive.. this season is not what I expected for myself and I know most didn’t expect it as well so sorry to disappoint! I’m finally 100% thank the lord???? my decision to leave or stay is still in the air and I will not know until after the bowl game so respect that! Love you all ??

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Guice wrapped up his post by saying he's unsure if he'll back for the Tigers next season, saying he's still considering submitting himself for the NFL Draft. He says he should have a decision for fans after the team's final game.

The Tigers will take on #14 Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. Kickoff is at noon. 

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LSU center named finalist for national college football award http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-center-named-finalist-for-national-college-football-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-center-named-finalist-for-national-college-football-award/ Sports Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:47:44 AM WBRZ Staff LSU center named finalist for national college football award

BATON ROUGE - LSU junior Will Clapp is a finalist in the race for the Rimington Trophy, which honors the best center in all of college football. 

The award's committee announced Clapp as a finalist Monday morning, along with Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman and Ohio State’s Billy Price.

The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, December 7, 2017, immediately preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. 

The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams. While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually; the Rimington Trophy committee uses the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America to determine a winner.

Clapp has started at three different positions over the last three years. The New Orleans native has started 35 straight games throughout his career and helped pave the way for Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams this season. They became the third duo in school history to feature a 1,000-yard rusher and 700-yard rusher in one season.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

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BACK TO ORLANDO: No. 17 LSU will face No. 14 Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/back-to-orlando-no-17-lsu-will-face-no-14-notre-dame-in-the-citrus-bowl-on-new-year-s-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/back-to-orlando-no-17-lsu-will-face-no-14-notre-dame-in-the-citrus-bowl-on-new-year-s-day/ Sports Sun, 3 Dec 2017 1:52:50 PM Trey Couvillion BACK TO ORLANDO: No. 17 LSU will face No. 14 Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day

Click HERE to watch the live conference with Head Coach Ed Oregeron.

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers are headed back to Orlando.

The 17th ranked Tigers will face off against the 14th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their second straight trip to the Citrus Bowl.

The Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 1 at 12:00 p.m. You can watch the game on WBRZ.

LSU defeated the Louisville Cardinals and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson in last year's Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve. The Tigers dominated on defense to win 29-9.

This will be the 12th all-time meeting between the Tigers and Irish. Notre Dame leads the series at 6-5. LSU lost to Notre Dame 31-28 in the 2014 Music City Bowl, the most recent meeting between the two teams.

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LSU moves up in final regular-season polls http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-moves-up-in-final-regular-season-polls/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-moves-up-in-final-regular-season-polls/ Sports Sun, 3 Dec 2017 11:04:45 AM Trey Couvillion LSU moves up in final regular-season polls
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers are ranked No. 17 in the final College Football Playoff top 25 rankings. 
LSU also moved to No. 16 and No. 14 in The Associated Press and Amway coaches polls respectively.
Saturday saw a lot of action between top-25 teams, as conference championships were played across the country.
In the final AP Top 25 of the regular season, the Alabama Crimson Tide was No. 4 and the Ohio State Buckeyes were No. 5. The poll was released about an hour before the College Football Playoff pairings were to be revealed. The final spot in the final four came down to a debate between the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes. In the AP media poll, Alabama received 1,307 points to Ohio State's 1,300.
Clemson finished the regular season No. 1, followed by Oklahoma and Georgia.
Wisconsin was No. 6, followed by Auburn, Southern California, Penn State and UCF. The 10th-ranked Knights are the last unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision and matched their best ranking ever. UCF finished the 2013 season 10th.
Boise State moved into the rankings at 25th.
AP Poll
3Georgia12-11409 3
4Alabama11-11307 1
5Ohio State11-21300 3
6Wisconsin12-11162 3
7Auburn10-31123 3
8USC11-21101 3
9Penn State10-21008—
10UCF12-0983 2
11Miami10-2948 4
12Washington10-2820 1
13TCU10-3816 3
14Notre Dame9-3632 1
15Stanford9-4629 1
16LSU9-3599 1
17Oklahoma State9-3549 1
18Michigan State9-3487 1
19Memphis10-2475 3
21Washington State9-3342—
22Virginia Tech9-3323—
23South Florida9-2115—
24Mississippi State8-4103—
25Boise State10-359NR
Coaches Poll
3Georgia(2)12-11416 3
4Alabama11-11312 1
5Ohio State11-21298 2
6Wisconsin12-11162 3
7USC11-21140 2
8Auburn10-31085 4
9Penn State10-21006 1
10UCF12-0986 1
11Miami10-2934 4
12Washington10-2855 1
13TCU10-3807 1
14LSU9-3638 2
15Notre Dame9-3628 2
16Stanford9-4607 1
17Oklahoma State9-3522 1
18Memphis10-2485 4
19Michigan State9-3474—
21Washington State9-3310 1
22Virginia Tech9-3302 1
23Mississippi State8-4134 1
24South Florida9-2126 1
25Boise State10-372NR

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NFC South showdown: Saints defeat Panthers 31-21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfc-south-showdown-saints-defeat-panthers-31-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfc-south-showdown-saints-defeat-panthers-31-21/ Sports Sun, 3 Dec 2017 3:31:31 PM WBRZ Sports NFC South showdown: Saints defeat Panthers 31-21

UPDATE: Saints beat Carolina 31-21.

New Orleans, LA - The Saints back in the Superdome for a battle for first place in the NFC South against Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Alvin Kamara put the Saints on the board on their opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run on 4th and goal to give New Orleans a 7-0 lead over Carolina.

The Panthers respond right back with a rushing score of their own by Jonathan Stewart to make it a 7-7 ballgame with 5:09 to go in the 1st quarter.

The Saints ground game showing why they are one of the best in the NFL with Mark Ingram marching down the field on a 72-yard run to set up a short TD run for himself to give the Saints a 14-7 2nd quarter lead.

After a Carolina botched punt, the Saints took over deep in Panthers' territory where Brees' soon found Michael Thomas for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7 Saints with 6 minutes to go until the break.

Saints took a 21-14 lead into the locker room but made that a 14-point lead fast with Kamara's second touchdown on the day.

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Zachary, West Feliciana advance to state championships http://www.wbrz.com/news/zachary-west-feliciana-advance-to-state-championships/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/zachary-west-feliciana-advance-to-state-championships/ Sports Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:46:10 PM WBRZ Sports Zachary, West Feliciana advance to state championships

Baton Rouge, LA - The Broncos and Saints join Catholic and U-High in the Superdome next weekend with big wins Friday night.

Zachary went on the road and stunned No. 1 West Monroe, beating the Rebels 29-27.

The Broncos will face Hahnville in the Class 5A state championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Closer to home, the West Feliciana Saints took down Jennings 45-26 to move on to the Class 3A state title game vs. Richwood on Friday at 7 p.m.

Prep scores from around Louisiana:

Class 1A
Kentwood 19, Oak Grove 7
Class 2A
Welsh 28, Many 18
Class 3A
Richwood 15, Kaplan 8
Class 4A
Karr 20, Easton 12
Lakeshore 33, Rayne 0
Class 5A
Hahnville 43, Acadiana 42, OT
Zachary 29, West Monroe 27

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