WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:08:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Outdoors Report: What's hot besides the weather http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-what-s-hot-besides-the-weather/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-what-s-hot-besides-the-weather/ Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 6:35:24 AM Hunter Robinson, John Jackson Outdoors Report: What's hot besides the weather

BATON ROUGE - A big Labor Day weekend ahead on the water. In this week's Outdoors Report, John Jackson takes a look around the state at what's still hot, besides the temperature.

Check out the video for more information.

 


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Ole Miss opens season with 35-13 victory over Boise State http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-opens-season-with-35-13-victory-over-boise-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-opens-season-with-35-13-victory-over-boise-state/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:32:26 PM AP Ole Miss opens season with 35-13 victory over Boise State

ATLANTA (AP) - Bo Wallace threw four touchdowns passes in a sloppy season opener, and No. 18 Mississippi pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 35-13 on Thursday night.

Shaking off Wallace's three first-half interceptions, the Rebels (1-0) got the victory before a sparse crowd in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. But it was hardly the sort of convincing performance they were hoping for entering the season with their highest ranking since 2009.

Ole Miss led only 7-6 entering the fourth quarter before finishing off Boise State (0-1) when Wallace threw for TDs on three consecutive throws, ruining the debut of new Broncos coach Bryan Harsin.

Cody Core hauled in a pair of TDs: a 30-yarder in the final minute of the first quarter, then a 76-yarder midway through the fourth after grabbing a short pass on a slant route and breaking free down the middle of the field.


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Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale 22-13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-fall-to-ravens-in-preseason-finale-22-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-fall-to-ravens-in-preseason-finale-22-13/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:23:40 PM AP Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale 22-13

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justin Tucker hit five field goals and the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

Baltimore (4-0) found the end zone only once on Tyrod Taylor's 8-yard pass to Deonte Thompson, but that was enough against the Saints (3-1), who struggled to score while quarterback Drew Brees got the night off.

Brees' backup, Luke McCown, completed all four of his passes, including a short touchdown toss to Travaris Cadet on his only series. But New Orleans managed only two more field goals by Derek Dinke after Ryan Griffin relieved McCown in the first quarter.

Both clubs gave many starters the night off. Taylor started for the Ravens, completing 10 of 17 passes for 105 yards, a TD and an interception.


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Texas A&M routs South Carolina in SEC opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-aandm-routs-south-carolina-in-sec-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-aandm-routs-south-carolina-in-sec-opener/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:22:31 PM AP Texas A&M routs South Carolina in SEC opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.

Hill's performance in his first career start proved there is plenty of life in the Aggies' offense without Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner and first-round selection in the NFL draft. Hill finished 44 of 60 with three touchdowns.

Hill was steady and confident in the pocket, leading Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to a 31-14 halftime lead and finishing up with the most passing yards allowed in Steve Spurrier's 10 seasons with the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1).

The Gamecocks played their first game since the departure of star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney - and it showed. South Carolina gave up seven TDs on A&Ms first 11 possessions.


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High school football jamborees kick off in Baton Rouge area http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-jamborees-kick-off-in-baton-rouge-area/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-jamborees-kick-off-in-baton-rouge-area/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 9:14:00 PM Seth Lewis High school football jamborees kick off in Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE - High School football began tonight in the Baton Rouge area as Dutchtown and Port Allen both hosted jamborees.

The Griffins played host to the Walker Wildcats, where Kajuan Coleman and Averee York both scored touchdowns to lead Dutchtown to a 33-0 victory.

In Port Allen, the Pelicans faced the Albany Hornets, as Port Allen picked up key contributions from Devon Hammond and Juwan Johnson on the way to a 14-0 Pelicans win.

Regular season action begins next week around Baton Rouge. 


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Local youth football league plays in Superdome http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-youth-football-league-plays-in-superdome/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-youth-football-league-plays-in-superdome/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:21:48 PM Alexa Vogue Local youth football league plays in Superdome

WEST BATON ROUGE - Two area youth football teams are getting the opportunity of a lifetime as they face off on their biggest stage yet.

Young athletes from Brusly and Port Allen are taking the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during their half-time show at Thursday's Saint's game.

Every year, youth teams from around the country are invited to play in an NFL atmosphere.

"They have a million little league teams and we were chosen," said League President Shawn Brown. "So I know I'm excited, and I'm sure the kids are excited."

The Port Allen Westside Bulldogs coach says this opportunity is especially significant for this group of kids.

"They don't get the opportunity to go vacationing or get out of town as much as maybe some other cities or other parishes," Brown said. "So this opportunity gives them the chance to get out, see more than the inner city, and enjoy themselves."

"We're very excited," said Jonathan Veal, a 7th grade player. "We've been waiting on this a very long time."


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Stewart to return to competition Sunday http://www.wbrz.com/news/stewart-to-return-to-competition-sunday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/stewart-to-return-to-competition-sunday/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 1:45:11 PM Jenna Fryer Stewart to return to competition Sunday

Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus after his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since Aug. 9, when he hit Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car event in upstate New York.

Stewart hastily pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Stewart has been in seclusion since Ward's death. He returns to his No. 14 Chevrolet at Atlanta ranked 26th in the Sprint Cup standings.


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NFL increases penalties for domestic violence http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-increases-penalties-for-domestic-violence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-increases-penalties-for-domestic-violence/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:39:56 PM Howard Feindrich NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell says he "didn't get it right" in giving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suspension for allegedly hitting the woman who is now his wife.

He told teams to distribute to all players the memo in which he writes: "Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances."


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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact http://www.wbrz.com/news/rise-in-flags-makes-nfl-defenders-wary-of-contact/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rise-in-flags-makes-nfl-defenders-wary-of-contact/ Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:44:44 AM Howard Fendrich Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.

Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure they will. He also says that's a good thing.

What fans, coaches and defenders want to know is: Just how often will flags fly when games count next week? Just how much will cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers need to keep their hands to themselves?

Heading into Thursday's final exhibition games, the jumps from the 2013 preseason for three particular penalties were striking: 83 for illegal contact, up from nine; 137 for defensive holding, up from 28; 99 for illegal use of hands, up from 22.


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IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date http://www.wbrz.com/news/indycar-sets-april-12-new-orleans-date/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/indycar-sets-april-12-new-orleans-date/ Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 8:13:53 AM Brett Martel IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date

NEW ORLEANS - A person close to the situation says the IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is scheduled to take part in a press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race.

The IndyCar series confirmed in May that it planned to bring a race to New Orleans in 2015, but race calendar for next season had not been set at that time.

The race date coincides with the French Quarter Festival, which features outdoor concerts in the city.


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Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence http://www.wbrz.com/news/experts-want-to-see-nfl-act-on-domestic-violence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/experts-want-to-see-nfl-act-on-domestic-violence/ Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 1:25:52 AM Teresa M. Walker Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

NASHVILLE, TN - Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year.

Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women.

Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.

League officials may soon take action on the matter. A person familiar with the NFL's plans says the league is looking into increasing punishments for players involved in domestic violence. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made on such a decision.


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Gamecocks LB Moore won't start opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/gamecocks-lb-moore-won-t-start-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gamecocks-lb-moore-won-t-start-opener/ Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 7:46:39 PM APNewsNow Gamecocks LB Moore won't start opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the team's leading tackler last season, won't start the season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday night after missing a treatment session for a shoulder injury.

Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said sophomore Jonathan Walton would start over Moore, who led No. 9 South Carolina with 56 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman. Ward said the move was to make sure that Moore does what he's supposed to in the future.

Ward said Moore's injury would not keep him from playing early on in the season opener against the 21st-ranked Aggies.

Moore was a member of the Southeastern Conference's all-freshman team a year ago.

This is the first meeting between South Carolina and Texas A&M.

 


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Latest Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park http://www.wbrz.com/news/latest-astrodome-proposal-massive-indoor-park/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/latest-astrodome-proposal-massive-indoor-park/ Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 3:17:23 PM APNewsNow Latest Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

HOUSTON - The newest proposal for repurposing the Houston Astrodome and saving it from demolition envisions turning the now-empty stadium into the world's largest indoor park.

The pitch comes from Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the county's top elected official. He revealed his idea at a news conference Tuesday on the floor of the 49-year-old county-owned building.

Emmett said his idea would include spaces for festivals and other gatherings, as well as hiking, biking and fitness trails on the stadium's upper levels. He had no cost estimate or firm plan for its funding, though he suggested creating private-public partnerships to pay for it.

The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have been eager to demolish the iconic but derelict dome that's next to the new NRG Stadium.


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NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer http://www.wbrz.com/news/nba-unveils-new-rules-to-make-baselines-safer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nba-unveils-new-rules-to-make-baselines-safer/ Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:08:03 AM Brian Mahoney NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.

The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press.

The "escape lanes," the unoccupied area on either side of the stanchion to the closest photographer spot, will increase to 4 feet. Only 20 camera positions, 10 on each baseline, will remain, down from 40 during the 2010-11 regular season.

Thorn says changes were planned for "several years" and teams were informed in July, before Indiana's Paul George broke his leg crashing into the stanchion.


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Tulane player arrested for bicycle theft and student beating http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-player-arrested-for-bicycle-theft-and-student-beating/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-player-arrested-for-bicycle-theft-and-student-beating/ Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 7:01:56 PM Caroline McDougall Tulane player arrested for bicycle theft and student beating

NEW ORLEANS - Police arrested Tulane football player, Robert Kelley, 21, for allegedly beating up a fellow Tulane student and stealing his bicycle, according to WWL.

Kelley was booked on charges of simple robbery and simple battery on Aug. 4, and freed with a $10,000 bond.

According to the warrant application, on July 30th, Kelley and a few football players approached the victim outside a popular student bar on Broadway and started to rough-housing him. Afterwards, somebody took his bike and placed it in a portable toilet "to mess with him."

The victim reported that Kelley followed him after he retrieved his bike.

"Mr. Kelley became angry and punched (the victim) in his right abdomen area," Detective Sgt. Scott Meunier wrote. "The victim advised that he fell to the ground in pain and Mr. Kelley jumped on top of him and began to beat him."

Later that night, Kelley took back the bicycle for good before pouncing on the victim again. The victim reported suffering minor scrapes and bruises.

According to Sgt. Meunier, Kelley later confessed.

"I then interviewed the suspect, Mr. Robert Kelley, who admitted taking the bicycle from the victim and hiding it. He also admitted to receiving a telephone call from the victim asking for his property back and advised that he hung up on him," Meunier wrote.

Kelley's attorney issued the following statement:

"The allegations that Robert Kelley intended to rob or harm the alleged victim are not supported by credible evidence.

"The alleged victim knows Mr. Kelley and has spent time with Mr. Kelley as well as multiple members of the Tulane football team. There was never any intent by Mr. Kelley to either harm the alleged victim or deprive him of his property.

"We do believe that the alleged victim was harmed and struck by other persons later that evening. And we believe that other incident is supported by credible evidence. However, Mr. Kelley was not present or in any way involved in that other incident."

Tulane football coach, Curtis Johnson, said Kelley struggled with academics and was absent from spring drills last year.

The running back is not currently with the team and his status at the university is not known, but Kelley is due back in court on Sept. 9 for a status report.

 

 


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NFL, FIFA, other officials meet about concussions http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-fifa-other-officials-meet-about-concussions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-fifa-other-officials-meet-about-concussions/ Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 2:50:27 PM Barry Wilner NFL, FIFA, other officials meet about concussions

NEW YORK - Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions.

The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of scientific and medical personnel, representing contact sports such as football and rugby to noncontact competitions such as equestrian, took part.

Dr. Rich Ellenbogen, chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, says the various sports organizations "need to look at all variations of what is being done around the world."

FIFA's chief medical officer, Dr. Jiri Dvorak, insists that the team doctor has final say over players returning to action after an apparent head injury. FIFA was criticized during the World Cup for not effectively policing concussions.


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American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/american-soccer-player-tim-howard-has-book-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/american-soccer-player-tim-howard-has-book-deal/ Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:42:10 AM Hunter Robinson American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal

NEW YORK - American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal.

Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that "The Goalkeeper" will be available in adult and young adult editions.

In a statement issued through HarperCollins, the 35-year-old Howard says he was eager to share the highs and lows of his life and career, including his battles with Tourette's Syndrome, and hopes to inspire others.

World Cup fans were dazzled this summer by Howard's record-setting 16 saves in the Americans' 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round. He recently agreed to a multiyear deal to serve as a commentator for NBC Sports Group.


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Lance Abshire racing to the top http://www.wbrz.com/news/lance-abshire-racing-to-the-top/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lance-abshire-racing-to-the-top/ Sports Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:40:41 AM Brian Holland Lance Abshire racing to the top

BATON ROUGE - At 14 years old, Lance Abshire has established himself as one of the best young cyclists in the state...and the country.

At the National Championships in Wisconsin this summer, Lance finished second in both the time trials and the road race.

Both he and his father expect big things from the up-and-comer.

Sports 2's Chris Price has more on this story.


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More schools are mixing beer, football at college stadiums http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-schools-are-mixing-beer-football-at-college-stadiums/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-schools-are-mixing-beer-football-at-college-stadiums/ Sports Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:01:02 PM ERIC OLSON More schools are mixing beer, football at college stadiums

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players.

A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. They're among 21 on-campus football stadiums where any fan of legal age can grab a brew. That's more than twice as many as five years ago.

Most schools continue to keep alcohol restricted to premium seating areas, if they allow it at all. But offering alcohol is increasingly attractive for some campuses, especially for cash-strapped athletic departments outside the Power 5 conferences. Those schools, especially, are looking for ways to keep fans coming to stadiums instead of sitting at home or at sports bars.


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Colts' Wayne hoping to get on field vs Saints http://www.wbrz.com/news/colts-wayne-hoping-to-get-on-field-vs-saints/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/colts-wayne-hoping-to-get-on-field-vs-saints/ Sports Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:08:53 AM Michael Marot Colts' Wayne hoping to get on field vs Saints

INDIANAPOLIS - New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees should be back at his old job Saturday night, leading the Saints prolific offense against Indianapolis.

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne hopes he'll be lucky enough to play.

Brees has recovered from a strained left oblique muscle in time to play in the most significant week of the preseason. He's seen limited action this month in an effort to get healthy.

Wayne has not played in a game since mid-October when he tore the ACL in his right knee.

While he says he's ready, coach Chuck Pagano has played it safe with his six-time Pro Bowler. Pagano calls him a game-time decision.


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