WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:09:40 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 How the West has won http://www.wbrz.com/news/how-the-west-has-won-5-sec-west-teams-among-top-10-in-the-nation/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/how-the-west-has-won-5-sec-west-teams-among-top-10-in-the-nation/ Sports Mon, 15 Sep 2014 8:11:18 PM Chris Price How the West has won

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers continue to move up in the rankings, but they've got plenty of company from their division as five teams from the SEC West are currently ranked among the top 10 teams in the country. 

With Alabama at #3, Auburn at #5, Texas A&M at #6, LSU at #8 and Ole Miss at #10 there hasn't been a tougher time to compete in the West.

"I don't know if there's any other conferences that have five teams in the top 25," said Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, who will have to face all 5 teams this year.

"Honestly, if you came to LSU, that's why you came here, because you wanted to play the best," said LSU head coach Les Miles on Monday. 

SEC West teams are 19-1 this season, with the lone loss coming from Auburn's 45-21 win over Arkansas: West beating West.

A closer look at the standings reveals that among the West, Texas A&M has shown the most potent offense, with the Aggies leading the league in points per game (54) and yards per game (595). 

The LSU defense has been the class of the league on that side of the ball, with the Tigers giving up the fewest points (8) and yards (205) per game this season. 

The West will start to sort itself out more after this weekend: the only Western division matchup this week is LSU hosting Mississippi State.

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Vikings reinstate Peterson after abuse charge http://www.wbrz.com/news/vikings-reinstate-peterson-after-abuse-charge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/vikings-reinstate-peterson-after-abuse-charge/ Sports Mon, 15 Sep 2014 9:03:45 AM Jon Krawczynski Vikings reinstate Peterson after abuse charge

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating Adrian Peterson this week after he was charged with child abuse and say he will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the announcement Monday, one day Peterson was benched during a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots after he was charged for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch this summer.

The Vikings say they take the issue very seriously and have given it considerable thought. But they also say they want the legal process to take its course before making any final decisions.

Peterson's lawyer says the star player was just disciplining his child and did not mean to cause harm.

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Ole Miss handles ULL with ease in 56-15 romp http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-handles-ull-with-ease-in-56-15-romp-64598/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-handles-ull-with-ease-in-56-15-romp-64598/ Sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:06:14 PM AP Ole Miss handles ULL with ease in 56-15 romp

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Bo Wallace threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Vince Sanders, to lead No. 14 Mississippi over Louisiana-Lafayette 56-15 on Saturday.

Ole Miss (3-0) has never lost to Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2) and this one wasn't in doubt for very long. I'Tavius Mathers rushed for a 56-yard touchdown on the first drive and the Rebels pushed out to a 28-0 lead by midway through the second quarter.

Wallace completed 23 of 28 passes for an offense that gained 554 total yards. Sanders finished with a career-high eight receptions for 125 yards and touchdown catches of 14 and 24 yards.

Senquez Golson intercepted two passes, including one that was returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

Louisiana-Lafayette fell behind 49-6 by midway through the third quarter before scoring its only touchdown. Terrance Broadway completed 15 of 30 passes for 129 yards and three interceptions.

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Tulane tops Southeastern 35-20 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-tops-southeastern-35-20/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-tops-southeastern-35-20/ Sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 9:51:29 PM AP Tulane tops Southeastern 35-20

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tanner Lee threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulane to a 35-20 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.

A redshirt freshman, Lee has now thrown for eight touchdowns in three games. Lee spread his passes, throwing to seven different receivers. Xavier Rush pulled down two for 84 yards and Justyn Shackleford had four for 76 yards.

Sherman Badie, who totaled 80 yards rushing, scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter. Tulane (1-2, 0-1 American Athletic Conference) scored 21 unanswered points and led 28-3 at the half.

Southeastern (2-1) was led by Bryan Bennett who threw for 213 yards and one TD. Devante Scott pulled in five passes for 93 yards.

Trailing 35-13 in the final quarter, the Lions were beginning to close the gap, but the Tulane defense thwarted them as Sam Scofield intercepted Bennett and Taurean Nixon recovered a fumble with 4:36 remaining.

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Florida survives Kentucky in 3OT to extend winning streak to 28 http://www.wbrz.com/news/florida-survives-kentucky-in-3ot-to-extend-winning-streak-to-28/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/florida-survives-kentucky-in-3ot-to-extend-winning-streak-to-28/ Sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 9:47:44 PM AP Florida survives Kentucky in 3OT to extend winning streak to 28

GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) - Matt Jones' 1-yard plunge in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators' winning streak in the Southeastern Conference series to 28 games.

Kentucky's Austin MacGinnis, who hit a 51-yarder to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, missed a 41-yarder to start the third extra frame.

Jones had consecutive big runs that put Florida at the 1 and then slammed through the line on second down for the game-winner.

The play of the game was Florida's fourth-and-7 conversion in the first overtime. Jeff Driskel floated a ball to the back corner of the end zone and found Demarcus Robinson for a 9-yard score.

Robinson finished with 15 receptions for 216 yards and two scores. He tied Carlos Alvarez's school record for catches in a single game.

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Southern falls to Northwestern State 51-27 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-northwestern-state-51-27/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-northwestern-state-51-27/ Sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 5:17:16 PM Chris Price Southern falls to Northwestern State 51-27

BATON ROUGE - Southern got a double dose of heartache on Saturday as Jaguars lost to Northwestern State 51-27, while off the field the Jags lost three more players to compliance issues. 

"I don't know any of my friends in the coaching profession going through it so they can't give me advice," said Odums after the game.

The Jags lost three defensive backs just minutes before the game: Safety Dionte McDuffy, defensive back De'Andre Woodland and defensive back Kevin King all failed to meet compliance regulations, adding to the seven players already finished for the season.

"It is what it is and I don't know what it is," Odums said. 

The Jags had no answer for Zach Adkins either. 

Adkins accounted for 5 touchdowns on the day, which tied Bobby Hebert for most in Deamons history. 

The Deamons jumped out to a 17-nothing lead after a Northwestern State fumble return for a touchdown. 

The Jaguars responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Austin Howard to Willie Quinn, but that's as close as it got.

The Deamons answered right back with a touchdown of their own to make the score 24-7 and the rout was on.

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Central moves to 2-0 with big win against Morgan City http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-moves-to-2-0-with-big-win-against-morgan-city/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-moves-to-2-0-with-big-win-against-morgan-city/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:17:31 PM Chris Price Central moves to 2-0 with big win against Morgan City

CENTRAL - The Central Wildcats lit up the scoreboard Friday night, beating Morgan City 51-27.

Xavier Lewis scored the first points for Central, taking a 20 yard run in for a score: a two point conversion put the Wildcats up 8-0 in the first.  

The Tigers made things interesting early as a Tyler Sansone pass was tipped and picked off deep in Wildcats territory - the Tigers ran in the pick-six and closed the gap to 16-7.

From there it was all Central as the Wildcats improve to 2-0 with the win.  

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Wicks shines again as Plaquemine downs Brusly 47-20 http://www.wbrz.com/news/wicks-shines-again-as-plaquemine-downs-brusly-47-20/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wicks-shines-again-as-plaquemine-downs-brusly-47-20/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:04:52 PM Chris Price Wicks shines again as Plaquemine downs Brusly 47-20

BRUSLY - D'Morea Wicks tallied almost 250 yards of offense and 3 touchdowns in the first half for Plaquemine, as the Green Devils built a big lead early and beat Brusly 47-20 Friday night. 

Wicks had his way in the first half, running for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns, while adding 103 yards passing with another touchdown to build a 35-12 halftime lead. 

Plaquemine improves to 2-0 on the season with the win. 

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Catholic throttles Mandeville in Skippers' house http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-throttles-mandeville-in-skippers-house/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-throttles-mandeville-in-skippers-house/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 9:51:34 PM Chris Price Catholic throttles Mandeville in Skippers' house

MANDEVILLE - Derrius Guice had 135 yards and 2 touchdowns as Catholic High took down Mandeville 48-0 on Friday night at the home of the Skippers. 

The Bears began with a Grayson Walsh touchdown catch that put Catholic High up 7-0 at the end of the first. 

Catholic picked it up in the second quarter, adding a field goal, another Ian Brian touchdown throw, and then the Bears added a trick play as Walsh caught a ball at midfield and then tossed it to Guice on the hook-and-lateral: Guice ran it in for a 59 yard yard touchdown. 

The Bears led 31-0 at the half, and improve to 2-0 with the win as Mandeville falls to 0-2 this season.

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Woodlawn victorious over Madison Prep 35-16 http://www.wbrz.com/news/woodlawn-victorious-over-madison-prep-35-16/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/woodlawn-victorious-over-madison-prep-35-16/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 9:42:47 PM Seth Lewis Woodlawn victorious over Madison Prep 35-16

BATON ROUGE - Woodlawn picking up a comfortable win over Madison Prep 35-16. 

The Panthers picking up touchdowns on the ground and in the air from quarterback Charles Brooks.

Woodlawn moves to 2-0 on the year while Madison Prep drops to 1-1.

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Springfield pulls out Double OT thriller over Walker http://www.wbrz.com/news/springfield-pulls-out-double-ot-thriller-over-walker/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/springfield-pulls-out-double-ot-thriller-over-walker/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 9:31:54 PM Seth Lewis Springfield pulls out Double OT thriller over Walker

WALKER - Springfield pulling out a thriller in double overtime over Walker 43-42. 

After the Wildcats pulled ahead 42-35, the Bulldogs scoring and deciding to go for two to end the game. 

Walker led 27-0 in the 2nd quarter, but after a weather delay, Springfield stormed back by outscoring them 35-8 to force overtime.

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Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence http://www.wbrz.com/news/hawks-gm-ferry-takes-indefinite-leave-of-absence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hawks-gm-ferry-takes-indefinite-leave-of-absence/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 1:42:19 PM APNewsNow Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence after making racially charged comments about a potential free agent.

The team's CEO, Steve Koonin, made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Koonin has resisted calls that Ferry be fired but says "it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing. "

The GM made inflammatory comments about Luol Deng in a conference call with Hawks owners in June, as the team was deciding whether to pursue the free agent. Ferry described Deng as someone who "has a little African in him" and could be disruptive in the locker room.

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Holiday, Anderson gear up as Pelicans camp nears http://www.wbrz.com/news/holiday-anderson-gear-up-as-pelicans-camp-nears/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/holiday-anderson-gear-up-as-pelicans-camp-nears/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 8:25:51 AM Brett Martel Holiday, Anderson gear up as Pelicans camp nears

METAIRIE - Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has been feeling the best kind of pain this week - that general muscle soreness that comes from finally playing the sport he loves again.

Sharp-shooting forward Ryan Anderson will have that same feeling in a week or so, and he can't wait.

The prominent pair of Pelicans have been medically cleared for 5-on-5, full-speed court action after months of rehabilitation from surgery.

Neither has played since last January. A frightening collision with Gerald Wallace in Boston left Anderson with a herniated disk in his neck. Holiday, meanwhile, was sidelined with a stress fracture in his right tibia.

Holiday says he's still trying to regain his rhythm on the court. Anderson says he feels normal and not hesitant to return.

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Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, negligent killing http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-guilty-of-culpable-homicide-negligent-killing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pistorius-guilty-of-culpable-homicide-negligent-killing/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:57:38 AM Hunter Robinson Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, negligent killing

PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the murder trial against Oscar Pistorius says the double-amputee athlete is guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that Pistorius was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

She read her conclusions for a second day Friday after saying there was not enough evidence to support a murder conviction for Pistorius' killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his home. He said he mistook her for an intruder, while the prosecution said he killed her intentionally after an argument.

The judge has said that Pistorius was negligent, which lead to the convictions for culpable homicide and negligent killing. The sentence for such a crime is at the judge's discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to years in prison.

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Ravens overcome a week of distraction with win http://www.wbrz.com/news/ravens-overcome-a-week-of-distraction-with-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ravens-overcome-a-week-of-distraction-with-win/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:04:01 AM Hunter Robinson Ravens overcome a week of distraction with win

BALTIMORE, MD - Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night.

Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video of him striking his then-fiancee surfaced Monday. By the end of the day, the three-time Pro Bowl star had been cut by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

The Ravens (1-1) shrugged off the distraction to bounce back from a season-opening loss at home to division rival Cincinnati.

Bernard Pierce took over for Rice to gain 96 yards on 22 carries as part of a ground game that finished with 157 yards. Flacco went 21 for 29 for 166 yards and two TD passes to tight end Owen Daniels, and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals.

Pittsburgh (1-1) managed only two field goals and committed three turnovers.

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Judge: Pistorius can't be found guilty of murder http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-pistorius-can-t-be-found-guilty-of-murder/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-pistorius-can-t-be-found-guilty-of-murder/ Sports Thu, 11 Sep 2014 5:52:06 AM Gerald Imray Judge: Pistorius can't be found guilty of murder

PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in Oscar Pistorius' trial said Thursday he can't be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian will be convicted of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said she felt Pistorius acted negligently when he fatally shot Steenkamp. She then stopped delivering her judgment and adjourned until Friday when a formal verdict in the case that has riveted much of South Africa and the world is expected.

While the judge did not announce any formal verdicts she indicated Pistorius would not be convicted on premeditated murder or a lesser murder charge, but that may be vulnerable to being convicted of culpable homicide, or in other words a negligent killing.

That normally carries a five-year jail sentence in South Africa, but it can be changed by a judge depending on the specific circumstances of the killing.

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NFL: Former FBI director will probe Rice case http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-former-fbi-director-will-probe-rice-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-former-fbi-director-will-probe-rice-case/ Sports Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:13:41 PM NFL: Former FBI director will probe Rice case

NEW YORK - The NFL says former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement that the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will grant Mueller access to all NFL records, the statement said.

The NFL's announcement came after a law enforcement official told the AP on condition of anonymity that he sent a tape of Rice striking his then-fiancee at a casino to an NFL executive in April. Goodell has maintained that no one at the league had seen the tape prior to Monday, when it went viral online.

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Source says Rice video sent to NFL http://www.wbrz.com/news/source-says-rice-video-sent-to-nfl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/source-says-rice-video-sent-to-nfl/ Sports Wed, 10 Sep 2014 2:15:24 PM Rob Maadi Source says Rice video sent to NFL

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week.

The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."

The official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says the NFL never followed up. The person can't confirm if anyone at the NFL watched the video.

The person said he shared the video - which he was unauthorized to release - because he wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice's punishment.

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LSU taking Louisiana Monroe seriously http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-taking-louisiana-monroe-seriously/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-taking-louisiana-monroe-seriously/ Sports Tue, 9 Sep 2014 9:41:38 PM Chris Price LSU taking Louisiana Monroe seriously

BATON ROUGE - LSU has been in these types of games before and they've lost these types of games before, which is why when Louisiana Monroe comes to Death Valley on Saturday, they will have the Tigers full attention. 

While some fans might bemoan a second-straight non power 5 conference opponent for the Tigers, head coach Les Miles reminded the media on Monday that the Warhawks have won games against Arkansas (2012) and Alabama (2007). 

The Tigers themselves also escaped a game against Troy in 2008, a 40-31 come-from-behind win that still resonates with Miles.

"I tell you, Troy came into our stadium as you remember not too long ago, and we had to come roaring from behind to get victory," Miles said on Monday. 

This year, the Warhawks are 2-0 with wins over Wake Forest and Idaho. 

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JJ Walker makes his Southern debut http://www.wbrz.com/news/jj-walker-makes-his-southern-debut/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jj-walker-makes-his-southern-debut/ Sports Tue, 9 Sep 2014 9:19:32 PM Seth Lewis JJ Walker makes his Southern debut

In case you missed it, Saturday marked the debut of a guy everyone in the Jaguars locker room regards as a natural born superstar. The 5 star prospect out of West Feliciana, JJ Walker

JJ hitting the field with his Jag teammates for the first time since signing with the team in March. But that wasn't the first time we were introduced to JJ here at WBRZ. We first met him in 2012, when he wanted to tackle bad guys at the same time he was beginning his battle with DIPG, a rare brain tumor that has a 6 to 12 month life expectancy. Over two years later, JJ, leading Southern out of the tunnel a special moment not just for he and his family.

"It was an inspiration to other kids." JJ Walker said. "It was pretty good, yeah. I loved it. And I liked when we rocked back and forth"

JJ's favorite reason for the joining the team is simple

"For me I have brothers now"

Brothers like Brian McCain, the Jags starting fullback and JJ's best friend on the team."We were able to spend time together this summer." Brian McCain said. "We went to see transformers. We had a great time. We ate a lot of popcorn, skittles and everything."

For McCain, he picks up a friendship that will last well beyond his playing days.

"i'm looking forward to keeping in touch with him and hanging out with him for the entirety of life"

And for JJ, he can up what McCain means to him in three poetic words.

"Happiness, courage and love."

JJ says he plans to attend every Southern home game that he can. As the Jags are undefeated this year when he's in attendance. Reporting on Southern, I'm Seth Lewis, WBRZ Sports 2.




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