WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2021, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 23 Sep 2021 HH:09:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Fans' Choice Player of the Week 3: Episcopal's Ethan Carmouche https://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-player-of-the-week-3-episcopal-s-ethan-carmouche/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-player-of-the-week-3-episcopal-s-ethan-carmouche/ Sports Wed, 22 Sep 2021 6:21:03 PM Corey Rholdon Fans' Choice Player of the Week 3: Episcopal's Ethan Carmouche

BATON ROUGE - A tough, smart, and physical football player; that's a description of Knights running back Ethan Carmouche.

The captain ran all over Country Day last week, rushing for 211 yards and three scores, but this is not a surprise for someone who works so hard, both on the field and off.

"He's not the biggest guy out there, but just a hard worker who would do anything for the team, would do anything that the coaches asked for him, and he always gives 100%. Definitely, a guy that you want to represent your team on Friday night," Episcopal Head Coach Travis Bourgeois said.

"I definitely had some confidence going into week two because the game before that, I had three touchdowns. So I just wanted to go from there. I'm definitely physical. Whenever I see a guy in the hole, I'm going to meet him there," Episcopal running back Ethan Carmouche said.

Starting at linebacker last year, Carmouche made the transition of running back. Now, as a senior, he's leading on both sides of the field.

"He always has a smile on his face. As a team captain for us, he brings a lot of leadership skills, not a big vocal guy, but he leads by example. Every rep at practice, he gives 100% and just showing the younger kids and trying to lead the way," Bourgeois said.

"That's where it all starts because once you're a leader, you can show everybody what you're made out of," Carmouche said.

Carmouche is interested in playing college football, and he believes it's going to be on the defensive side at linebacker. Off the field, the senior also has plans on going to law school.

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LSU's full 2022 football schedule released; see it here https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-full-2022-football-schedule-released-see-it-here/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-full-2022-football-schedule-released-see-it-here/ Sports Tue, 21 Sep 2021 7:10:50 PM WBRZ Staff LSU's full 2022 football schedule released; see it here

BATON ROUGE - The Southeastern Conference unveiled the 2022 schedules for all of its teams Tuesday evening.

LSU's fall 2022 match-ups include a much anticipated home game against Southern University and a season opener against Florida State in New Orleans. 

See the Tigers' full schedule below.

Sept. 4 (Sun.) vs. Florida St. (New Orleans)
Oct. 1 at Auburn
Oct. 15 at Florida
Oct. 22 OLE MISS
Oct. 29 Open Date
Nov. 12 at Arkansas
Nov. 19 UAB
Nov. 26 at Texas A&M

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LSU-Auburn will kick off in primetime at Tiger Stadium https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-auburn-will-kick-off-in-primetime-at-tiger-stadium/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-auburn-will-kick-off-in-primetime-at-tiger-stadium/ Sports Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:55:10 AM WBRZ Staff LSU-Auburn will kick off in primetime at Tiger Stadium

BATON ROUGE - The Tigers will kick off their home game against SEC rival Auburn at night on national TV.

The SEC Network announced Monday the game will start at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and will air on ESPN. Both teams currently have a 2-1 record, with Auburn coming in at #23 in the latest AP rankings.

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Rough second half leads to 31-24 Southern loss to McNeese https://www.wbrz.com/news/rough-second-half-leads-to-31-24-southern-loss-to-mcneese/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/rough-second-half-leads-to-31-24-southern-loss-to-mcneese/ Sports Sun, 19 Sep 2021 1:01:47 AM Corey Rholdon Rough second half leads to 31-24 Southern loss to McNeese

BATON ROUGE- After a hot start where Southern took a 21-10 halftime lead, the Jags gave up 21 Second half points and lost to McNeese. The team came out flat in the second half, and had way too many mistakes. Head Coach Jason Rollins wants his group to learn from this experience.

"Told him the truth that we are a good football team, but we have to clean up going forward. Penalties and a turnovers is a recipe for momentum killing," said Southern Head Coach Jason Rollins.

One positive for this game is the Jags, they got their starting quarterback back. ladarius Skelton threw for three touchdowns in the first half, he has to play a complete game like that if southern wants a chance to win the SWAC.

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LSU Tigers look impressive on offense, beat Central Michigan 49-21 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-look-impressive-on-offense-beat-central-michigan-49-21/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-look-impressive-on-offense-beat-central-michigan-49-21/ Sports Sat, 18 Sep 2021 6:24:09 PM Michael R Cauble LSU Tigers look impressive on offense, beat Central Michigan 49-21

The LSU Tigers (1-1) got off to that hot start that fans have been asking for as they raced out to a 21-0 lead before finishing off the game with a 49-21 win over the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas (1-1) in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

Watch live postgame press conference here.

LSU's offense was led by a pair of freshmen stand-outs as receiver Deion Smith from Mississippi and running back Corey Kiner from Cincinnati helped pace a LSU offense that scored at least one touchdown in each of the four quarters to take the commanding win.

Tiger quarterback Max Johnson finished the game with 372 yards passing on 26 of 35 attempts with five touchdowns.

Smith paced a LSU receiving corp that saw four players catch five more passes led by Smith who nabbed five catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. 

Freshman tight end Jack Bech also pulled in five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.

LSU's rushing attack was stymied early, but once Corey Kiner started getting touches the Tigers were able finish the night with a modest 84 yards on 24 carries.

For the second week in a row the LSU defense both made plays and gave up some big ones on the other side. 

The Tiger defense finished with five sacks on the game and scored a defensive touchdown, but also allowed two big busts that led to Chippewas touchdowns that made this game appear closer than it the play on the field. 

LSU started the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown toss from Max Johnson to Deion Smith, where the freshman receiver went up over the defender to make the amazing catch.

From there, the LSU defense continued its solid play as they limited the Chippewas to consecutive three and outs.

The Tiger offense answered right back with a three-play scoring drive and another passing touchdown from Johnson to Smith to take the 14-0 lead.

LSU's defense got in on the scoring act as Derek Stingley forced a fumble on a short pass to the running back and Andre Anthony scooped and scored for the Tigers to take a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Previous notes from this story:

The LSU Tigers (1-1) will host Central Michigan (1-1) Saturday night in a game that LSU desperately needs to win—while also playing well.

The Tiger offense has struggled to start the season averaging just over 30 points a game but failing to find any consistent play in their first two match-ups of the season.

The Chippewas are also looking to find their footing as they were beaten by Missouri in their first game of the season, losing 34-24, but Central Michigan is coming off a week-two win over Robert Morris, where they won 45-0.

Central Michigan averages 238 yards per game rushing the ball with a big performance from tailback Lew Nichols, who has 214 yards this season with only two touchdowns.

LSU's rush defense has not been great so far. This season they were beaten up by the UCLA ground attack and allow an average of 130 yards per game.

Despite the defensive challenge, LSU will face a larger issue if the offense continues to struggle to find consistent momentum through both their rushing attack and passing game.

The kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game is televised on the SEC Network.

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Kelley throws for 444 yards, 4 TDs in SE Louisiana's win https://www.wbrz.com/news/kelley-throws-for-444-yards-4-tds-in-se-louisiana-s-win/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/kelley-throws-for-444-yards-4-tds-in-se-louisiana-s-win/ Sports Sat, 18 Sep 2021 4:31:28 PM Associated Press Kelley throws for 444 yards, 4 TDs in SE Louisiana's win

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Cole Kelley threw for 444 yards and four touchdowns to help Southeastern Louisiana beat Central Connecticut 56-10 on Saturday.

Kelley was 25-of-33 passing, and he also rushed for a touchdown. Kelley passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help SE Louisiana lead 28-3. Austin Mitchell topped 100 yards receiving by halftime.

Mitchell finished with 116 yards and a score, and CJ Turner added 119 yards receiving and two touchdowns for SE Louisiana (2-1), which dropped a 45-42 shootout at FBS foe Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

The Lions have scored 40 points or more in seven straight games — the longest such streak in school history — dating to last season.

Kelley connected with Mitchell for a 52-yard touchdown for a 14-3 lead. Jessie Britt capped a four-play, 55-yard drive with a 1-yard score for a 21-3 lead, and Taron Jones ran for a 2-yard score to make it 28-3.

Romelo Williams passed for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Central Connecticut (1-2), which travels to Miami (Fla.) next week to face its second ACC opponent in program history.

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High School Football Scores - Week 3 https://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-scores-week-3-145965/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-scores-week-3-145965/ Sports Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:30:12 PM High School Football Scores - Week 3


Abbeville 43, Vermilion Catholic 0

Alexandria 49, Marksville 7

Amite 27, Sumner 7

Ascension Christian School 47, Ben Franklin 22

Ascension Episcopal 32, North Vermilion 0

Avoyelles 34, Eunice 7

Baton Rouge Episcopal 25, Country Day 20

Beau Chene 39, Mamou 34

Benton 41, Richwood 12

Bossier 39, Logansport 14

Brusly 33, West Feliciana 30

Bunkie 31, Pickering 8

Calvary Baptist Academy 62, Arcadia 0

Captain Shreve 22, Union Parish 21

Cecilia 48, Denham Springs 44

Cedar Creek 38, Delhi 6

Central - B.R. 48, Belaire 0

Central Hinds Aca., Miss. 43, Riverfield 27

Central Private 47, Independence 12

Church Point 25, RHS 0

DeQuincy 21, South Beauregard 14

DeRidder 28, Jennings 27

Delcambre 34, Gueydan 7

Delta Charter 30, River Oaks 16

Dutchtown 37, Covington 15

E.D. White 7, Assumption 0

Easton 42, Scotlandville 28

Erath 29, St. Louis 21

Franklin 20, Berwick 7

Franklinton 45, Fontainebleau 20

General Trass (Lake Providence) 26, Bastrop 6

Glenbrook 48, Lincoln Preparatory School 14

Grant def. Block, forfeit

Haughton 40, B.T. Washington 0

Haynesville 40, Junction City, Ark. 28

Helen Cox 42, Livingston Collegiate Academy 7

Highland Baptist 14, St. John 10

Holy Cross 27, Chalmette 10

Homer 69, Ringgold 0

Huntington 38, Parkway 31

Iota 47, Crowley 6

Iowa 48, Sulphur 29

Jesuit 52, Riverdale 0

Jonesboro-Hodge def. Vidalia, forfeit

Kaplan 31, Northwest 28

Karr 33, John Curtis Christian 19

LaSalle 32, Merryville 20

Lafayette 31, Carencro 28, 2OT

Lafayette Christian Academy 14, Acadiana 13

Lake Charles College Prep 37, Southwood 0

Leesville 50, LaGrange 14

Lena Northwood 24, Ville Platte 0

Liberty 52, East Iberville 0

Live Oak 14, St. Michael 0

Loreauville 41, Kinder 8

Lutcher 62, West Harrison, Miss. 34

M.L. King Charter 20, Istrouma 7

Madison Prep 42, Parkview Baptist 3

Mangham 35, Caldwell Parish 7

Many 50, North DeSoto 0

Minden 34, North Webster 27

Montgomery def. Beekman, forfeit

Morgan City 34, Covenant Christian Academy 22

NDHS 27, Comeaux 7

Natchitoches Central 34, West Ouachita 6

Neville 28, Jena 8

Newman 28, Vandebilt Catholic 0

North Caddo 50, Bolton 14

Northeast 20, Broadmoor 0

Northshore 31, Lakeshore 10

Oakdale 33, Oberlin 7

Opelousas Catholic 20, Port Barre 0

Ouachita Christian 47, Sicily Island 12

Pine 35, Pearl River 25

Pine Prairie 48, Buckeye 12

Plain Dealing 56, Magnolia School of Excellence 22

Pointe Coupee Catholic 44, St. Martin's 14

Ponchatoula 37, St. Helena 6

Port Allen 31, Livonia 0

Rayville 32, Lakeview 6

Red River 54, Mansfield 44

Rosepine 55, East Beauregard 20

Ruston 50, Airline 0

Sacred Heart 19, Basile 0

Saint Paul's 17, New Iberia Catholic 13

Salmen 27, Bogalusa 6

Seminole, Okla. 35, Evangel Christian Academy 14

Shreveport Northwood def. Loyola College Prep, forfeit

Slaughter 24, Centerville 20

Southern Lab 48, McKinley 12

Southside 28, Opelousas 6

St. Edmund Catholic 43, Tara 0

St. Frederick Catholic 28, Tensas 0

St. Martinville def. Breaux Bridge, forfeit

St. Mary's 31, Holy Savior Menard 17

St. Thomas More 63, Plaquemine 0

Sterlington 34, Oak Grove 16

Teurlings Catholic 52, Barbe 25

Tioga 7, Pineville 6

Varnado 26, Northlake Christian 14

Walker 56, Mandeville 28

Warren, Ark. 42, Franklin Parish 10

Washington-Marion 43, Peabody 22

Westgate 35, New Iberia 3

Westlake 40, Vinton 12

Westminster Christian 16, Hanson Memorial 13

Winnfield 24, Delhi Charter 8

Woodlawn (BR) def. Madison, forfeit

Woodlawn (SH) 48, North Central 0

Wossman 28, Green Oaks 0

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LSU, Caesars Sportsbook enter sponsorship agreement https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-caesars-sportsbook-enter-sponsorship-agreement/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-caesars-sportsbook-enter-sponsorship-agreement/ Sports Fri, 17 Sep 2021 3:09:57 PM Associated Press LSU, Caesars Sportsbook enter sponsorship agreement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU and Caesar’s Sportsbook announced Friday that they have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement, making Louisiana’s flagship state university the first in the Southeastern Conference to enter a financial partnership with a gambling company.

The value is “multiple millions” of dollars, a person familiar with the agreement said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the value of the contract has not been announced. The person also said there are no plans to place a sportsbook in Tiger Stadium or other LSU game venues included in the deal.

The deal comes as Louisiana, already home to several land-based or riverboat casinos, prepares to permit legal sports betting. The state’s Gaming Control Board is accepting casino applications for sports betting licenses.

The deal also comes as national rules governing college sports have begin to allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL) without jeopardizing their eligibility. It remains unclear with players older than 21 will be able to participate in any of Caesar’s advertising campaigns at LSU or around the state.

Caesars also recently bought naming rights to the Superdome, the home stadium of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, after the New Orleans sports venue’s pervious naming deal with German automaker Mercedes-Benz expired over the summer.

As part of its deal with LSU, Caesars Sportsbook will receive naming rights for the new Caesars Sportsbook Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium, as well as signage throughout Death Valley beginning on Saturday, Sept. 18 for LSU’s home game against Central Michigan. Caesars also post additional signage at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (basketball), Alex Box Stadium (baseball) and have a presence on LSU’s mobile sports app.

“We share a clear vision of how athletics and entertainment can come together to enhance the fan experience,” LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward said. “We are excited to join with Caesars to make that vision a reality.”

Caesars has been steadily expanding its business operations in Louisiana and is set to undergo “large-scale” renovations transforming Harrah’s New Orleans to Caesars New Orleans, as well as Isle of Capri casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Horseshoe Lake Charles.

In its announcement, Caesars said it is “committed to working with the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling, regulators and the community to provide responsible gaming resources to all eligible sports bettors in the state.”

It also stated that it will not market to students or fans under the age of 21 or “highlight gaming offers inside campus facilities.”

Caesars also has committed to creating an annual scholarship fund to support LSU students from Louisiana.

“LSU athletics programs have always exemplified excellence, and at Caesars, we couldn’t be happier to partner with such an iconic brand in college athletics,” said Chris Holdren, Co-President of Caesars Digital. “We have a proud legacy in Louisiana, and bringing LSU fans and alumni closer to the sports they love while also offering scholarship opportunities will help us build upon that.”

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After being displaced by Ida, Saints expected to return to Superdome in week 4 https://www.wbrz.com/news/after-being-displaced-by-ida-saints-expected-to-return-to-superdome-in-week-4/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/after-being-displaced-by-ida-saints-expected-to-return-to-superdome-in-week-4/ Sports Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:43:51 AM WBRZ Staff After being displaced by Ida, Saints expected to return to Superdome in week 4

NEW ORLEANS - The Saints will finally return to the Superdome more than a month after Hurricane Ida forced the team out of New Orleans.

Coach Sean Payton said the team will be back in their home stadium after finishing back-to-back away games over the next two weeks. That would put the Saint back in the dome on Oct. 3 for the team's week four match-up against the New York Giants. 

The Saints were forced to play their week one home game against Green Bay in Jacksonville this past weekend due to widespread power outages across New Orleans caused by Hurricane Ida. The team will next take on the Panthers in North Carolina this Sunday and then the Patriots at New England in week three.

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Fans' Choice Player of the Week 2: Liberty's Kaleb Jackson https://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-player-of-the-week-2-liberty-s-kaleb-jackson/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-choice-player-of-the-week-2-liberty-s-kaleb-jackson/ Sports Wed, 15 Sep 2021 5:41:27 PM Corey Rholdon Fans' Choice Player of the Week 2: Liberty's Kaleb Jackson

BATON ROUGE - Winning the first game in program history is special, but rushing for 260 yards and five touchdowns is even more impressive. Junior Kaleb Jackson can do it all, and the running back believes he's just getting started.

"I'm a big dude, about 210 pounds right now, and you know I'm still really really fast. I'm working on my pass-catching right now. I think I am a good receiving back. And I'm definitely getting stronger," Liberty running back Kaleb Jackson said.

"There's really nothing that he can't do. I mean, he runs the ball well between the tackles, he runs it outside on the perimeter, he's got top-notch speed, he's got breakaway speed, he never gets caught, he can catch it out of the backfield, he blocks in pass protection. So, he's really a do it all back," Liberty Head Coach Drey Trosclair said. "He's a pleasure to coach, and he's a really talented kid."

In the first game in program history, the Liberty Patriots didn't just win but dominated White Castle 49 to 7, a performance Jackson will remember forever.

"I was on cloud nine! It was one of the best moments of my life. First varsity high school football game we did came out and did that," Jackson said.

"We only had two punts in the whole game. We put up a ton of points early 21 nine in the first quarter. Both sides of the ball played well. We had four forced turnovers on defense. So, I mean the offensive side of the ball, obviously, they had a lot of things happen well, and you know we put up 49 points, and we only gave up seven. So, I think both sides of the ball played really well," Trosclair said.

The offers are already starting to pour in for Jackson as he currently has eight, and as the season goes on, you can expect him to have much more.

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LSU Tiger baseball announces schedule for Jay Johnson's first season https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tiger-baseball-announces-schedule-for-jay-johnson-s-first-season/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tiger-baseball-announces-schedule-for-jay-johnson-s-first-season/ Sports Wed, 15 Sep 2021 3:31:36 PM Michael R Cauble LSU Tiger baseball announces schedule for Jay Johnson's first season

BATON ROUGE - LSU Tiger baseball announced its 56-game 2022 baseball schedule as new head coach Jay Johnson prepares to open his first season at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers are busy preparing for fall ball, working on fundamentals, strength and conditioning under the former Arizona head coach.

LSU will start with its first official fall practices October 8.

The Tigers will start Friday, February 18, as they kick off the season by hosting Maine in a three-game series against the Bears.

In all, LSU will play nearly half of its regular-season games against teams that made it to the NCAA Regionals or Super Regionals.

LSU will play two fall exhibition games in Alex Box Stadium against New Orleans on Sunday, November 7, and UL Lafayette on Sunday, November 14.

The non-conference schedule includes a trip to Minute Maid Park in Houston for the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.

LSU will face Oklahoma at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, March 4; Texas at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 5; and Baylor at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 6.

The 30-game Southeastern Conference slate begins with a weekend home series versus Texas A&M on March 18. The Tigers will also play host to league foes Auburn, Missouri, Georgia and Ole Miss.

LSU will travel to play Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

Fans can register for tickets here. 

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After being displaced by Ida, Southeastern football takes on road warrior mentality https://www.wbrz.com/news/after-being-displaced-by-ida-southeastern-football-takes-on-road-warrior-mentality/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/after-being-displaced-by-ida-southeastern-football-takes-on-road-warrior-mentality/ Sports Tue, 14 Sep 2021 7:14:06 PM Corey Rholdon After being displaced by Ida, Southeastern football takes on road warrior mentality

HAMMOND - For the first time since Hurricane Ida, the Southeastern football team returned  home to practice. The Lions are going to have to be road warriors this year, as their first five games are all away from home.

"These guys been on the road, man... It's a tough situation for him because there was a lot of uncertainty. While we were gone, nobody knew the damage that they had at home and what the lack of power even water, along with their families. You know keeping up with their families knew how they were going through some things. So, this was a tough situation but to be back at home. The campus is pretty much cleaned up. I think the city's done a heck of a job getting the power back up, so the guys are excited. They're happy to be back," Southeastern Head Coach Frank Scelfo said.

The resilient Lions have overcome so much adversity this year that quarterback Cole Kelley believes the team is closer than ever.

"This team, extra special group man. I mean I say that with 100-percent genuineness. This group is real special. We've been through a lot, and there's nothing that the world can throw at us that we can't handle. I truly believe that after this pandemic, after the hurricane everything you know, there's nothing that we can be... Once you deal with real life issues like that as a team and get through them as a team, then stuff on the field seems a lot easier and a lot smaller to deal with," quarterback Cole Kelley said.

For a team with aspirations of winning a conference title and making a deep run into the postseason, the good news for the Lions is that their last six games are at home in Strawberry Stadium.

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Michael Thomas and several Saints coaches test positive for COVID https://www.wbrz.com/news/michael-thomas-and-several-saints-coaches-test-positive-for-covid/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/michael-thomas-and-several-saints-coaches-test-positive-for-covid/ Sports Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:15:03 AM WBRZ Staff Michael Thomas and several Saints coaches test positive for COVID

NEW ORLEANS - Wide receiver Michael Thomas and some members of the Saints coaching staff have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus days after their blowout victory over the Packers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that eight people, including six of the team's offensive coaches, tested positive for the virus Tuesday. It's unclear whether the cases will impact the Saints' game against Carolina this weekend, but a source within the organization told ESPN they would be "just fine."

Thomas was on the injured reserve list for the team, and has since been moved to the COVID reserve list. 

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Displaced Saints rout struggling Rodgers and Packers 38-3 https://www.wbrz.com/news/displaced-saints-rout-struggling-rodgers-and-packers-38-3/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/displaced-saints-rout-struggling-rodgers-and-packers-38-3/ Sports Sun, 12 Sep 2021 3:50:17 PM Associated Press Displaced Saints rout struggling Rodgers and Packers 38-3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston and the hurricane-displaced Saints looked right at home in northeast Florida against Green Bay with a 38-3 victory — no doubt to the delight of fans rebuilding homes and lives back in New Orleans.

Winston passed for five touchdowns, New Orleans intercepted reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers twice, and the Saints kicked off the post-Drew Brees era with a strikingly dominant opening victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The game, originally scheduled for the Superdome, was moved while the New Orleans area continues to clean up wreckage left by Hurricane Ida, which struck southeast Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 29, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the same region.

After canceling their final preseason game and practicing two weeks in the Dallas area, the Saints looked as sharp and inspired as any club with such distractions could have hoped.

Winston, who led the NFL with 30 interceptions in his last season as a starter with Tampa Bay in 2019, was largely judicious and accurate in going 14 of 20 for 148 yards without an interception.

Juwan Johnson, who came in with four career catches and was converted from receiver to a tight end this offseason, had two TDs.

Green Bay fans seemed to outnumber Saints fans in a crowd announced at 35,242 for what was officially a Saints home game. But they left disappointed in a day that could not have gone much worse for Rodgers, who was pulled with nearly 11 minutes left. He finished 15 of 28 for 133 yards and no TDs. He led one drive to a field goal at the end of the first half.

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How to watch the LSU vs McNeese game https://www.wbrz.com/news/how-to-watch-the-lsu-vs-mcneese-game/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/how-to-watch-the-lsu-vs-mcneese-game/ Sports Thu, 9 Sep 2021 4:42:14 PM WBRZ Staff How to watch the LSU vs McNeese game

LSU will play McNeese at home on Saturday night, and it will not be available on traditional TV channels.  It will only be able to be viewed on the SEC Network+ and ESPN+ via their apps. 

You can also listen to the LSU Sports Radio Network broadcast for free on the LSU Sports Mobile App, on a computer at LSUsports.net/live, on the flagship radio station Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, and on all radio network affiliates.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

The following are FAQ on how to watch the game via both streaming services as well as contact information for those fans seeking guidance on how to watch.

 Fans seeking guidance for games on SECN+/ESPN+ may be directed to ESPN Customer Care:


Q: If a game is on ESPN+ or SEC Network+, can I watch it on TV?
A: SEC Network+ and ESPN+ are not television channels, but they are available via the ESPN App on your TV through connected streaming services and devices.


Q: What is the difference between SEC Network and SEC Network+.
A: SEC Network is a live 24-hour television network. SEC Network+ is a complementary digital platform providing hundreds of additional digital only events to fans through the ESPN App on connected devices. SEC Network+ is not a television channel.


Q: What is the difference between SEC Network+ and ESPN+?
A: SEC Network+ is complementary to SEC Network offering exclusive digital events. It is accessible with your TV provider credentials and is available via the ESPN APP on smartphones, tablets, connected streaming devices or espn.com/watch.

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 14.9 million subscribers. ESPN+ requires a standalone subscription separate from your TV provider credentials. It is available to stream through the ESPN App on your favorite connected streaming devices and ESPN.com.

Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu w/ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu w/o ads).


Q: If a game is airing on both SEC Network+ and ESPN+ simultaneously, where do I watch?
A: Both streams will be available in the ESPN App. SEC Network authenticated subscribers of AT&T TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH Network, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Optimum, Sling TV, Spectrum TV, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios, Xfinity TV, YouTube TV, Vidgo, members of the NCTC, as well as those with access to SEC Network through TV connected devices, can watch the game via SEC Network+. If you do not have access to SEC Network, you can access games via a subscription to ESPN+.


Q: ESPN+ is a paid subscription. Do I have to pay separately to access SEC Network+?
A: No. SEC Network+ is complementary


Q: Will the games on SEC Network+ and ESPN+ look any different?
A: These games will have the same production value as games across all ESPN networks. For games airing simultaneously on SEC Network+ and ESPN+, both feeds will have the same on-air commentators and game coverage.


Q: Am I able to watch the network on my mobile phone or similar device?
A: Yes, SEC Network is available on SECNetwork.com and on connected devices. It is accessible with your TV credentials and can be accessed through the ESPN App on smartphones, tablets, connected streaming devices or espn.com/watch via participating providers.


Q: Can I pay to subscribe to SEC Network or SEC Network+ online, Pay-Per-View or via ESPN3 if I can’t get it on TV?
A: No. However, with a cable or satellite subscription you can access the network using your TV credentials through the ESPN App on smartphones, tablets, connected streaming devices or via espn.com/watch.

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Southern fights off pesky Miles College in Pete Richardson Classic https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-fights-off-pesky-miles-college-in-pete-richardson-classic/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-fights-off-pesky-miles-college-in-pete-richardson-classic/ Sports Sun, 12 Sep 2021 12:05:43 AM Southern Athletics Southern fights off pesky Miles College in Pete Richardson Classic

BATON ROUGE, LA-- Southern dominated the second half to defeat Miles College 41-24 in front of an announced crowd of 16,225 at the Pete Richardson Classic on the campus of Southern University. 

A game time decision on the starting quarterback, head coach Jason Rollins went with junior Glendon McDaniel who led the Jaguars dominant rushing attack. SU pounded the ball all night for 393 yards and five rushing touchdowns against the Golden Bears, led by Craig Nelson with 134 yards off eight carries, Devon Benn with 69 off thirteen carries, Kobe Dillon with 57 yards off six carries and McDaniel with 60 yards off eight carries. Marquis McClain led the team in receiving with 49 yards of 2 grabs and a score. 

The SU defense had a bend but don't break mentality all night long led by strong safety Tamaurice Smith with eight tackles. Davin Cotton and Kennen Tate added seven tackles each, Ray Anderson finished the night with six tackles along with Camron Peterson, Tyler Judson and Letrelle Johnson added five tackles respectively. 

 SU racked up 461 offensive yards (138 passing and 323 rushing) while the Golden Bears finished with 402 total yards (202 passing and 200 rushing).

Claude Newell, III led the way for Miles going 15-of-22 for 194 yards and a 21-yard TD strike to Jed Adetoye. 

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Defense and balanced rushing attack power LSU to season opening win over McNeese 34-7 https://www.wbrz.com/news/defense-and-balanced-rushing-attack-power-lsu-to-season-opening-win-over-mcneese-34-7/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/defense-and-balanced-rushing-attack-power-lsu-to-season-opening-win-over-mcneese-34-7/ Sports Sat, 11 Sep 2021 11:45:25 PM LSU Athletics Defense and balanced rushing attack power LSU to season opening win over McNeese 34-7

BATON ROUGE — LSU’s defense pitched a shutout until the waning minutes and Cade York twice set Tiger Stadium records, as the Tigers bounced back with a 34-7 victory over McNeese on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (1-1) returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 18, when Central Michigan (1-1) visits Tiger Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. CT matchup on the SEC Network. Pregame on the LSU Sports Radio Network begins at 4:30 p.m.

York, a preseason all-American, made field goals of 55 and 56 yards to twice break the Tiger Stadium record for longest field goal. The previous mark was 54 yards setup by Wade Richey against Kentucky in 1996.

The Tigers defense had allowed only 67 yards midway through the fourth quarter when McNeese (0-2) put together its only scoring drive of the contest – 79 yards in five plays.

LSU recorded eight sacks and forced 12 punts.

Tigers starting quarterback sophomore Max Johnson finished 18-of-27 passing for 161 yards with three touchdowns, while freshman Garrett Nussmeier saw his first action at LSU late in the third quarter. He finished 3-of-10 passing for 19 yards.

Freshman running back Corey Kiner led LSU with 11 carries and 56 yards with a touchdown. LSU ran for 126 yards.

After the LSU defense forced McNeese into a three-and-out on the opening possession of the game, the Tigers drove 62 yards in 10 plays, with the march culminating in a 19-yard scoring pass from quarterback Max Johnson to wide receiver Trey Palmer. The catch marked Palmer’s first career TD reception.

The touchdown came on a fourth-and-2 play, marking the second fourth-down conversion of the possession for LSU. The drive was also highlighted by a 21-yard run by true freshman Armoni Goodwin, who was making his first career collegiate carry.

The Cowboys drove to the LSU 43-yard line on their next possession, but a third-down, seven-yard quarterback sack by freshman defensive lineman Maason Smith ended the threat.

Later in the first quarter, McNeese had possession on the LSU 42-yard line after a turnover on downs, but the Tigers’ defense forced another three-and-out that was followed by a Cowboys’ punt.

The Tigers recorded the first turnover of the game at the 7:44 mark of the second quarter when McNeese running back Stephon Huderson fumbled, and LSU defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy recovered at the Cowboys’ 28-yard line. Roy was also credited with forcing the fumble on the play.

LSU capitalized on the opportunity, as Johnson connected with wide receiver Kayshon Boutte on a three-yard touchdown pass to cap a three-play, 28-yard drive and increase the Tigers’ lead to 14-0.

The Tigers widened the gap to 17-0 with 1:41 left in the first half, when Cade York nailed a 55-yard field goal, the 11th 50+ yard three-pointer of this career. The kick, which ended a 19-yard, nine-play possession, marked the longest field goal in Tiger Stadium history.

The LSU defense dominated the first half, limiting McNeese to only 53 yards of total offense.

With its defense keeping the Cowboys’ offense bottled up throughout the third quarter, LSU benefited from favorable field position and moved 49 yards in seven plays to seize a 24-0 advantage. Johnson’s six-yard scoring pass to Boutte – marking the fifth time this season the duo has combined on TD toss – capped the drive with 2:47 remaining in the period.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, York surpassed the Tiger Stadium record he set earlier in the contest, as he booted a 56-yard field goal to increase the margin to 27-0. The kick marked the second time in York’s career that he has kicked two 50+ yard field goals in one game; he also accomplished the feat versus Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium on November 30, 2019.

LSU freshman running back Corey Kiner burst 23 yards to paydirt with 7:37 left in the contest, culminating a three-play, 50-yard march that boosted the lead to 34-0.

McNeese scored its only points of the evening with a five-play, 79-yard drive that culminated with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cody Orgeron to Carlo Williams. The Cowboys added the PAT and trailed 34-7.

Attendance was announced as 94,220.

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LSU Athletics taking donations for victims of Hurricane Ida https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-athletics-taking-donations-for-victims-of-hurricane-ida/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-athletics-taking-donations-for-victims-of-hurricane-ida/ Sports Sat, 11 Sep 2021 5:57:45 PM Logan Cullop LSU Athletics taking donations for victims of Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE - LSU Athletics will be accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Ida on Sunday.

Donations will be collected at the Rouses on Burbank from 1 to 3 p.m.

The organization is asking for: cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, first aid supplies, and paper products. Water and drinks will be supplied by Coca-Cola of Baton Rouge and will not be collected.

LSU Athletics said items will be distributed to areas in multiple communities impacted by Hurricane Ida.

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High School Football Scores - Week 2 https://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-scores-week-2-145757/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-football-scores-week-2-145757/ Sports Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:59:18 PM Associated Press High School Football Scores - Week 2


Abbeville 18, Central Catholic 12

Alexandria 59, St. Thomas More 35

Ascension Episcopal 56, Pointe Coupee Catholic 22

Assumption 34, Plaquemine 12

Avoyelles 80, Carroll 28

B.T. Washington 44, Bolton 14

Bastrop 16, Ferriday 0

Baton Rouge Catholic 20, Acadiana 0

Baton Rouge Episcopal 42, East Feliciana 35

Beau Chene 38, Port Barre 12

Belaire 16, Northeast 6

Benton 49, Barbe 40

Bogalusa 42, Pine 28

Brusly 14, Parkview Baptist 7

C.E. Byrd 18, Tioga 3

Calvary Baptist Academy 58, Glenbrook 14

Carencro 45, Southside 21

Cecilia 41, RHS 7

Central - B.R. 40, Tara 6

Church Point 32, Kaplan 8

Covington 34, Franklinton 21

Crowley 34, Northwest 28, OT

Delhi Charter 21, D'Arbonne Woods 14

Denham Springs 58, East Iberville 0

Donaldsonville 40, Port Allen 18

Dutchtown 38, Evangel Christian Academy 7

East Beauregard 54, Pickering 35

Erath 28, DeQuincy 21

Eunice 33, Jennings 18

General Trass (Lake Providence) 56, Wossman 22

Grand Lake 26, Lake Arthur 15

Grant 36, Mamou 30

Gueydan 22, Lena Northwood 20

Hamilton Christian Academy 45, Highland Baptist 21

Hanson Memorial 32, Delcambre 27

Haynesville 54, Magnolia School of Excellence 0

Homer 49, Plain Dealing 0

Huntington 40, Mansfield 20

Iowa 41, Kinder 18

Istrouma 55, Livonia 20

Jena 40, Vidalia 6

Jonesboro-Hodge 41, West Ouachita 20

Lafayette Christian Academy 47, Lafayette 27

Lake Charles College Prep 56, Franklin Parish 6

Lakeside def. Block, forfeit

Lakeview 40, Beekman 0

Lincoln Preparatory School 46, Ringgold 0

Live Oak 35, Pearl River Central, Miss. 34

Loreauville 27, North Vermilion 20

Loyola College Prep 61, Logansport 44

Mandeville 27, Dunham 6

Many 61, DeRidder 26

Mentorship Academy 38, Baker 8

Minden 48, Green Oaks 6

Morgan City 12, Jeanerette 6

Neville 28, Ouachita Parish 6

New Iberia Catholic def. Breaux Bridge, forfeit

North Webster 53, North Caddo 30

Northshore 41, Salmen 34

Oakdale def. Ville Platte, forfeit

Oberlin def. North Central, forfeit

Opelousas 20, Bossier 19

Ouachita Christian 35, Oak Grove 21

Parkway 42, North DeSoto 13

Patterson 19, Franklin 12

Pearl River 42, Pope John Paul 21

Pineville 28, Holy Savior Menard 7

Prairie View 18, Franklin Academy, Miss. 0

Rayville 50, Montgomery 46

Red River 63, Arcadia 12

River Oaks 34, Tensas 12

Sacred Heart 35, Marksville 7

Shreveport Northwood 27, Haughton 20

Slaughter 28, Varnado 26

Springfield 56, Broadmoor 8

St. Edmund Catholic 35, Basile 21

St. Frederick Catholic 7, Cedar Creek 6

St. John 14, Central Private 10

St. Martinville 27, New Iberia 16

St. Mary's 38, Buckeye 6

St. Michael 34, Albany 0

Sterlington 35, Mangham 13

Teurlings Catholic 36, Comeaux 15

Union Parish 43, Airline 20

University (Lab) 34, Woodlawn (BR) 14

Washington-Marion 21, Northside 14

Welsh 34, Vinton 20

West Feliciana 32, Glen Oaks 6

Westgate 55, West St. Mary 20

Westlake 43, Berwick 10

Westminster Christian 34, Northlake Christian 7

Winnfield 31, Caldwell Parish 10

Zachary 41, Saint Paul's 2

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LSU board votes to name PMAC court after Coach Dale Brown https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-board-votes-to-name-pmac-court-after-coach-dale-brown/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-board-votes-to-name-pmac-court-after-coach-dale-brown/ Sports Thu, 9 Sep 2021 2:54:58 PM WBRZ Staff LSU board votes to name PMAC court after Coach Dale Brown

The LSU Board of Supervisors voted Friday to name the basketball court inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center the "Dale Brown Court."

Dale Brown was the head coach of the LSU men's basketball team from 1972 to 1997, participating in 13 NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986. Brown was chosen as SEC Coach of the Year four times and was picked as National Coach of the Year in 1981.

He is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  

Read more about Dale Brown HERE. 

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