WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2022, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 22 Jan 2022 HH:01:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Channel 2's Best Bets Divisional Round: NFL https://www.wbrz.com/news/channel-2-s-best-bets-divisional-round-nfl/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/channel-2-s-best-bets-divisional-round-nfl/ Sports Fri, 21 Jan 2022 7:42:33 PM Corey Rholdon Channel 2's Best Bets Divisional Round: NFL

Last week the NFL gave us some boring Wildcard matchup, hopefully the Divisional round will be more entertaining. There are 4 games being played, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. This week we are trying to improve from our 2-2-1 record last week, and hit the parley.

1. Titans -3.5

The first game on Saturday. Joe Burrow and the Bengals fresh off of their first postseason win in 30 years taking on the 1 seed in the AFC. I am going with the Titans in this one, because of their playoff experience and Derrick Henry coming back. I also don't like that the Bengals haven't won a road postseason game in franchise history. They are young team, and I think one more draft would help fill their holes, and become super bowl contenders. But for now, Tennessee's pass rush is going to be too much for Cincy.

2. Packers -5.5

Don't overthink this one. The Packers are the better team, and the game is going to be played in cold Green Bay. 

3. Bills + 1.5

I am not going with the safe pick. The Bills lost to the Chiefs last year in the AFC title game, now return to arrowhead to seek revenge. Buffalo has the better defense, Josh Allen is playing incredible, and the Bills are due.

4. Over 48: Rams at Bucs

I am not picking a winner of this one because I don't trust the Rams, and Tampa has way to many injuries. But I do know that a lot of points are going to be scored. In their first meeting the two teams combined for 58 points, I expect the same in this one.

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LSU-Arkansas gymnastics meet postponed due to COVID-19 issues https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-arkansas-gymnastics-meet-postponed-due-to-covid-19-issues/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-arkansas-gymnastics-meet-postponed-due-to-covid-19-issues/ Sports Thu, 20 Jan 2022 5:57:37 PM Emily Davison LSU-Arkansas gymnastics meet postponed due to COVID-19 issues

BATON ROUGE - LSU Gymnastics' Friday meet with the University of Arkansas is postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within the Arkansas program.

LSU announced via Twitter on Thursday that the Tigers' Southeastern Conference opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks will be delayed.

Plans to reschedule the event have not been made.

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Southern Lab's father-son duo attempting to lead the Kittens to first basketball state title in 16 years https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-lab-s-father-son-duo-attempting-to-lead-the-kittens-to-first-basketball-state-title-in-16-years/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-lab-s-father-son-duo-attempting-to-lead-the-kittens-to-first-basketball-state-title-in-16-years/ Sports Wed, 19 Jan 2022 8:47:54 PM Corey Rholdon Southern Lab's father-son duo attempting to lead the Kittens to first basketball state title in 16 years

BATON ROUGE - Southern Lab is under first-year head coach Harold Boudreaux, but they're playing like a veteran team.

The Kittens have proven that they're one of the best teams in Division 4, and a big reason is the play of Boudreaux's son Tyler Ringgold.

"He's made my job really easy by being committed to everything that I've touched on, knowing that I was going to come in, pushing him hard. He's taking it one day at a time," Boudreaux said.

Still getting his feet wet at his new job, Boudreaux, a former LSU basketball player, relies on mentorship and guidance from his former coach Dale Brown.

"It starts with his humanity, caring for the player first. Not so much a basketball player, but the human being that you are just a lot of things he's in still under his guidance under his mentorship is still you know, stays within me. I am able to pass it on to the other players," Boudreaux said.

At LSU, Boudreaux could be a 'coach on the floor' for Dale Brown. Now his son is becoming that for Lab.

"He's almost thinking what you want to do prior to him asking what should we do in a situation," Boudreaux said.

Lab is hoping the father-son duo can lead them to their first state title since 2005.

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LSU hoops falls to Alabama 70-67, Tigers 5th straight loss to the Tide https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-falls-to-alabama-70-67-tigers-5th-straight-loss-to-the-tide/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-falls-to-alabama-70-67-tigers-5th-straight-loss-to-the-tide/ Sports Wed, 19 Jan 2022 8:35:09 PM Corey Rholdon LSU hoops falls to Alabama 70-67, Tigers 5th straight loss to the Tide

TUSCALOOSA - The LSU basketball team lost their second straight game, falling to Alabama 70-67, after the Tigers couldn't overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half.

LSU held Alabama to 34-percent shooting, including 21-percent from 3. But had way to many turnovers, that lead to 21 Alabama points. The Tigers got into foul trouble again, allowing the Tide to shoot 32 free throws.

The team missed senior guard Xavier Pinson for the third straight game. He is still recovering from a knee injury. Sophomore Tari Eason had another double-double with 26 points and 10 boards. 

The Tigers fall to 15-3 on the year and lose their 5th straight matchup to Alabama. LSU will travel to Tennessee on Saturday to face the Vols at 5 o'clock. 

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LSU ranked top 10 in D1 Baseball preseason poll https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ranked-top-10-in-d1-baseball-preseason-poll/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ranked-top-10-in-d1-baseball-preseason-poll/ Sports Tue, 18 Jan 2022 9:54:25 AM Dana DiPiazza LSU ranked top 10 in D1 Baseball preseason poll

BATON ROUGE - The Tigers landed in a top 10 spot on the D1 Baseball Preseason Top 25 rankings Tuesday morning.

The preseason poll for the 2022 college baseball season predicts LSU at the No. 8 spot with the Texas Longhorns ranked at No. 1 for the very first time since the predictions were first posted in 2015. The team returns with key players and elite coaching staff.

As for LSU, major head coaching positions have been recently filled across campus from baseball to football, even basketball. 

Over at Alex Box, Coach Jay Johnson has taken the lead and will begin his coaching career with the Tigers this season. Coach Johnson comes over to the Red Stick after years of coaching the Wildcats in Tucson at The University of Arizona.

The preseason poll is filled with SEC programs, taking over top five after Texas with Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The SEC leads all conferences with eight teams in the top 25, including LSU.

After LSU in the No. 8 spot comes Florida at No. 9 and North Carolina State at No. 10.

The LSU baseball season will kickoff at Alex Box Stadium against Maine on Feb. 18 in a three-game series.

Click here for the full 2022 Tiger Baseball schedule.

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Gordon McKernan jumps into NIL deals starting with LSU's Kayshon Boutte https://www.wbrz.com/news/gordon-mckernan-jumps-into-nil-deals-starting-with-lsu-s-kayshon-boutte/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/gordon-mckernan-jumps-into-nil-deals-starting-with-lsu-s-kayshon-boutte/ Sports Mon, 17 Jan 2022 10:20:33 PM Michael Cauble Gordon McKernan jumps into NIL deals starting with LSU's Kayshon Boutte

"Reading the tea leaves" personal injury attorney Gordon McKernan put his money where his mouth is in an attempt to keep some of LSU's best college football players in Louisiana.

McKernan sensed that LSU star receiver Kayshon Boutte was being approached by other SEC schools to enter the transfer portal and felt that a NIL or name, image and likeness deal might help persuade the New Iberia native that LSU is where he needed to be.

"Seeing that our star player number one draft choice in the upcoming draft first rounder for sure, was possibly thinking about jumping ship and go into a different school and I don't know what's true or what's not. But like any loyal LSU fan, you get concerned," McKernan said moved him to get involved in the NIL game.  "You kept waiting to see what was going to happen was any other business or someone going to jump in and give him a name image and likeness deal? And I just decided it was time to enter into that area and try to make a deal with him," McKernan added as he made his second of two NIL deals.

McKernan started his first NIL deal with LSU Lady Tiger Alexis Morris and feels like there are more on the way.  "I think there's a lot of value for helping a student athlete and at the same time helping our company so we're going to do it and hopefully you could do it across multiple sports," McKernan said.

Known for his aggressive advertising campaign for his law practices McKernan saw the NIL deals with LSU athletes as a way to both market for his business but also help the LSU community. 

"I understand that most people are not fanatical about their personal injury lawyer I get it right. I'm not selling chicken fingers and I don't do things that move people as well. But for me, it became abundantly clear that the fans and supporters that LSU is particularly football, basketball, baseball, they're fanatical about that. If I can attach myself and my brand to something like that, indirectly I get some of that fanaticism to me. And that's been a great thing already to see in the goodwill that it generates. So that's not I can't do this just a short term, one term, one time thing. It's got to be a long sustained project for me and that's what we're looking forward to doing."

McKernan says that while he plans to make a long-term play with NIL deals, he wants every business to know that no matter what your marketing or advertising budget may be you can get involved in the deals as well.

"You don't have to write a big check and you don't have to put someone on a billboard. I mean, if you're a mom and pop business in a small town in Louisiana, you have someone from that area, you can cut a deal with that individual that student athlete to come in endorse your business and you could give them a free meal as return or if you're a clothing store, you could give them garments to where and they were and they posted on social media. So there's so many ways that people can get involved in the businesses can support our local student athletes and still bring a benefit to their business."

McKernan hopes that is the case as LSU continues to build it's NIL brand and focus, while he tries to gather other local businesses to join the cause and contribute to the betterment of the Tiger's student athletes.

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LSU Men's Basketball drops to No. 13 in latest AP poll https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-basketball-drops-to-no-13-in-latest-ap-poll/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-basketball-drops-to-no-13-in-latest-ap-poll/ Sports Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:41:03 AM Associated Press LSU Men's Basketball drops to No. 13 in latest AP poll

A wild week of upsets led to big changes in the AP Top 25. Amid the chaos, a familiar team returned to the top.

Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga climbed back to the top of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday, ending Baylor’s five-week run. The Bulldogs had 25 first-place votes, 11 fewer than No. 2 Auburn, but edged the Tigers in overall points to take the top spot.

Auburn has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1999-2000 after moving up two spots. Arizona, Purdue and Baylor rounded out the top five.

Gonzaga (14-2, 3-0 West Coast) continued its roll since losing to Alabama on Dec. 4, stretching its winning streak to seven games with blowouts over BYU and Santa Clara last week.

The rest of the AP Top 25 didn’t fare quite as well, with 13 teams losing, including nine on Saturday. Eight teams lost to unranked opponents.

LSU dropped a spot to No. 13 after Arkansas rallied late to beat the Tigers at the PMAC on Saturday. Next up, LSU will travel to Alabama on Wednesday.

Baylor’s tenure at the top ended with losses to No. 18 Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. It was the first time the Bears lost consecutive home games in nearly six years and ended the reigning national champions’ winning streak at 21 games.

No. 16 Southern California also saw its undefeated season come to a crashing end with losses to Stanford and Oregon sandwiched around a win over Oregon State. Seton Hall dropped out of the poll from No. 20 after losing to DePaul and Marquette.

“They’re not very happy,” Bears senior Matthew Mayer said when asked the mood of the Baylor coaches.

Neither are UCLA’s. The Bruins climbed to No. 3 in last week’s poll and dropped six spots this week after losing 84-81 to Oregon in overtime. The win was the 700th of Ducks coach Dana Altman’s career and dropped UCLA six spots to No. 9 in this week’s poll.

“You’re either humbled and hungry like they were trying to pull off the so-called upset, or you’re arrogant without cause because we’ve won nothing,” an incensed UCLA coach Mick Cronin said.


Arizona wasn’t expected to be among the Pac-12′s elite in its first season under coach Tommy Lloyd, picked to finish tied for fourth in the preseason poll.

The Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 Pac-12) have surpassed those expectations and put themselves among the nation’s top teams with a free-flowing offense that can beat teams in multiple ways.

The nation’s highest-scoring team shot 51% and had 20 assists on 29 field goals in a 76-55 win over Colorado last Thursday. The Wildcats then overpowered Utah inside, outscoring the Utes 56-28 in the paint during an 82-64 win on Saturday.

Arizona climbed three spots in this week’s poll to No. 3, its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 2017-18.

“Obviously, they’re very, very talented, play super connected and are super athletic,” Utah coach Craig Smith said.


No. 17 Illinois had the week’s biggest climb, moving up eight spots after beating Nebraska and Michigan. No. 12 Kentucky climbed six spots after beating Vanderbilt 78-66 and blowing out No. 24 Tennessee 107-79.

No. 8 Wisconsin moved up five places following a 78-68 win over No. 19 Ohio State.

No. 16 USC had the biggest drop, losing 11 places and UCLA was next at six.


No. 22 Loyola Chicago moved into the poll for the first time this season following wins over Valparaiso and Indiana State. UConn moved back into the poll at No. 25 after beating St. John’s 86-78.

Alabama dropped out from No. 24 with losses to Auburn and Mississippi State. Seton Hall didn’t receive a single vote following its two losses to unranked opponents.


The Big Ten and Big 12 had five ranked teams each, followed by the SEC and Big East with four each. The Pac-12 had three ranked teams, with the ACC, American Athletic, West Coast and Missouri Valley notching one each.

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Football All-American Gage Larvadain having immediate impact for Southeastern hoops https://www.wbrz.com/news/football-all-american-gage-larvadain-having-immediate-impact-for-southeastern-hoops/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/football-all-american-gage-larvadain-having-immediate-impact-for-southeastern-hoops/ Sports Sun, 16 Jan 2022 10:57:03 PM WBRZ Sports Football All-American Gage Larvadain having immediate impact for Southeastern hoops

Southland conference Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American honors is a full season for most college football players. For Southeastern's Gage Larvadain, it's just the start. That's because the former Riverside standout is playing both football and basketball in his first season as a Lion. The freshman went straight from his outstanding season on the gridiron to having an impact with the Lions' basketball team that is currently riding the wave of a five game winning streak.

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LSU women get third straight win with 82-64 win over Vanderbilt https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-get-third-straight-win-with-82-64-win-over-vanderbilt/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-get-third-straight-win-with-82-64-win-over-vanderbilt/ Sports Sun, 16 Jan 2022 1:57:12 PM WBRZ Sports LSU women get third straight win with 82-64 win over Vanderbilt

The No. 12 LSU Women’s Basketball team defeated Vanderbilt, 82-64, in the We Back Pat Game on Sunday afternoon inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for their third straight win.

LSU was led in scoring by both Faustine Aifuwa and Alexis Morris, who both finished with 20 points. 

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Khayla Pointer's game winner gives LSU a 87-85 overtime win over Missouri https://www.wbrz.com/news/khayla-pointer-s-game-winner-gives-lsu-a-87-85-overtime-win-over-missouri/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/khayla-pointer-s-game-winner-gives-lsu-a-87-85-overtime-win-over-missouri/ Sports Thu, 13 Jan 2022 9:23:27 PM Corey Rholdon Khayla Pointer's game winner gives LSU a 87-85 overtime win over Missouri

The LSU women's basketball team holds on for their 16th win this year as they beat Missouri 87-85 in overtime. Guard Khayla Pointer hit the game winner with 5 seconds left. She would finish a team high 21 points.

LSU had an 11 point half time lead but Missouri came out firing in the second half, shooting 8 for 12 from deep. The Tigers were led by Guard Lauren Hansen who had 17 points in the half.

LSU had 4 players score more than 15 points in the win. The Lady Tigers improve to 16-2 on the year and 4-1 in SEC play. 

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Channel 2's Best Bets Wildcard Weekend: NFL https://www.wbrz.com/news/channel-2-s-best-bets-wildcard-weekend-nfl-148862/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/channel-2-s-best-bets-wildcard-weekend-nfl-148862/ Sports Thu, 13 Jan 2022 9:15:25 PM Corey Rholdon Channel 2's Best Bets Wildcard Weekend: NFL

Playoff football is here! Wildcard weekend in the NFL, with 6 games being played from Saturday to Monday. In the regular season our Best Bet$ went 76-55-3. We struggled last week with the Rams blowing a 17 point lead, but don't worry we won't be making the same pick again.

1. Bill -4

These two teams have meet in a snowy Buffalo field before, with the Patriots winning 14-10. But these are two different teams this time around, the Bills are healthy and maybe playing their best football of the year. New England on the other hand has lost 3 of their last four including a loss to the Bills at home in week 16. I also really like Josh Allen in this weather, he wasn't afraid to throw the football, while the Patriots were with Mac Jones. This ones is going into Buffalo's favor.

2. 49ers +3

I might take the 9ers moneyline. This is the perfect matchup for them, as they don't turn the ball over and play really good defense. San Francisco is coming off a comeback win over the Rams to get into the playoffs over the Saints. I also really just don't trust the Cowboys in the playoffs. Until Dak and company can prove that they can win playoff games then I will continue to pick against them.

3. Cardinals +4

Two teams that know each other very well. The Cardinals won the first matchup, and the Rams won the second. The reason I am going with Arizona is because of the Rams giving up that big lead last week. After the game Los Angles said that they struggled to hear in the second half. They were at home... This week, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford wife asked fans not to sell their tickets for the playoff game. That doesn't sound like a confident football team.

4. Over 49: Raiders at Bengals

Two high flying offenses going at it in Joe Burrows first playoff game. I expect this game to be highly entertaining and have a lot of points. The Raiders are coming off of an emotional overtime win to get into the playoffs. 

5. Under 46: Eagles at Bucs

Philly has been playing grind it out, low scoring games all year and it's been working the past 10 weeks. With all the injuries for the Bucs. I really don't see this one having a ton of points. But who knows with Tom Brady quarterbacking the Bucs.

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Southeastern downs Tougaloo for 4th straight win, remaining unbeaten at home https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-downs-tougaloo-for-4th-straight-win-remaining-unbeaten-at-home/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-downs-tougaloo-for-4th-straight-win-remaining-unbeaten-at-home/ Sports Thu, 13 Jan 2022 1:13:32 AM WBRZ Sports Southeastern downs Tougaloo for 4th straight win, remaining unbeaten at home

HAMMOND, La. – Playing their first home game in 44 days, the Southeastern Louisiana University men's basketball team used a 9-2 run in the game's final minutes to defeat Tougaloo College, 77-72, Wednesday night at the University Center to remain undefeated at home this season.
The Lions (8-9) shot 58 percent from the field for the game on 32-for-55 shooting. SLU was also 9-for-12 from the free throw line (75 percent) on their way to holding off the Bulldogs.
Southeastern was led by Jalyn Hinton with 16 points while Gus Okafor and Roscoe Eastmond each had 15 points to pace SLU.
SLU, despite not trailing for the final 19 minutes of the game, was tested by the Bulldogs who kept the game within striking distance the rest of the game.
Southeastern had a 66-62 lead with five minutes remaining before going on a 9-2 to take their biggest lead of the night, 75-64, with under a minute to go to pick up the victory.
The win was Lions' fourth straight overall and their fourth straight this season at the home (4-0).
Next up, SLU will open Southland Conference play Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host Northwestern State (4-13) in the University Center.
Fans can watch the broadcast on ESPN+ while audio play-by-play of Wednesday's game will also be available at LionSports.Net/ListenLive. Links to live stats will also be available at the Southeastern men's basketball schedule page at LionSports.Net.

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LSU hoops beats Florida 64-58 for 3rd straight win https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-beats-florida-64-58-for-3rd-straight-win/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-beats-florida-64-58-for-3rd-straight-win/ Sports Wed, 12 Jan 2022 8:22:13 PM Corey Rholdon LSU hoops beats Florida 64-58 for 3rd straight win

It was a gutsy performance by the LSU basketball team in Gainesville. The Tigers were without their starting point guard Xavier Pinson due to a knee injury, and two of their best big men (Tari Eason and Efton Reid) fouled out early in the second half.

But LSU held on to beat Florida 64-58, improving to 15-1, and 3-1 in SEC play. The Tigers were led by senior Darius Days who had 20 points on 9 for 14 shooting, and guard Eric Gaines who had a career high 15 points. 

"Tougher the circumstance, the better we are. Now it doesn't get much tougher that. We're on the road without, you know two of our three leading scorers. We're in a hostile environment, a place we've played terribly at for a long time. It was a total team effort and we just dug it out. It wasn't pretty but it's not going to be pretty with this group. But we're fighters man fighters, and that's what we do. And that's what our program is about. And I was proud of our guys," said head coach Will Wade.

LSU shot 50 percent from the field and only allowed the Gators to shoot 36 percent from the floor. The Tigers will be back at the PMAC on Saturday to face Arkansas at 1 pm. 

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LSU's road gymnastics meet postponed due to COVID https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-road-gymnastics-meet-postponed-due-to-covid/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-road-gymnastics-meet-postponed-due-to-covid/ Sports Wed, 12 Jan 2022 5:59:40 PM Michael Cauble LSU's road gymnastics meet postponed due to COVID

LSU gymnastics has just started their 2022 season, but already it's being put on hold as COVID protocols in the SEC have postponed the Tigers upcoming road meet at Missouri.

A release from LSU stated that the Tigers gymnastics "meet scheduled for Friday, January 14 has been postponed due to COVID protocols within the LSU gymnastics program."

LSU had their opening meet opponent moved around twice as they were scheduled to face off against a team from the West coast, however COVID travel restraints forced them to pull out long ago.  West Virginia then stepped in to take on the Tigers in the opener only to back out due to COVID concerns forcing LSU to pencil in Centenary as a late addition.

As for the LSU and Missouri meet, LSU said that the "opportunity to reschedule the meet will be evaluated."

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Georgia snaps 41-year title drought with 33-18 win over Bama https://www.wbrz.com/news/georgia-snaps-41-year-title-drought-with-33-18-win-over-bama/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/georgia-snaps-41-year-title-drought-with-33-18-win-over-bama/ Sports Tue, 11 Jan 2022 5:32:14 AM Associated Press Georgia snaps 41-year title drought with 33-18 win over Bama

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Confetti rained down on Georgia. The Bulldogs fans chanted “Kir-by, Kir-by!”

Four decades of pent-up emotion were unleashed Monday night as the Bulldogs snapped a frustrating national championship drought by vanquishing their nemesis.

Stetson Bennett delivered the biggest throws of his storybook career and Georgia’s defense sealed the sweetest victory in program history, beating Alabama 33-18 in the College Football Playoff for its first title in 41 years.

“I’ve never been around a group of players that really wanted it so bad and wouldn’t be denied,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “I told the guys in the locker room, just take a picture of this.”

Smart, a Bulldogs defensive back in the mid-1990s, returned to his alma mater in 2016 after helping Nick Saban build a dynasty as an assistant at Alabama.

Georgia has become an elite program under Smart, but has not been able to chase down its Southeastern Conference rival. Until now.

“This was for all the glory, we took it,” defensive tackle Jordan Davis said.

And they did it the way Alabama has broken their hearts so many times in recent years: Coming from behind and finishing with a flourish.

Bennett connected with Adonai Mitchell on a 40-yard touchdown to give No. 3 Georgia a 19-18 lead with 8:09 left and then hooked up with Brock Bowers for a 15-yard TD on a screen to put the Bulldogs up eight with with 3:33 left.

The final blow came from Georgia’s dominant defense. Kelee Ringo intercepted an underthrown deep ball down the sideline by Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young.

“I just saw the ball in his hands and that was all she wrote,” said safety Lewis Cine, the game’s defensive MVP.

With just over a minute left, Ringo took off behind a convoy of blockers and went 79 yards, Smart chasing and yelling at him to go down so he wouldn’t risk a fumble. The touchdown set off a wild celebration by the relieved Georgia fans who packed Lucas Oil Stadium.

“There’s going to be some property torn up in Indianapolis tonight,” Smart said, paraphrasing the late Georgia play-by-play man Larry Munson.

The Bulldogs (14-1) hadn’t won a national title since freshman Herschel Walker led them there in 1980. If simply snapping the drought wasn’t good enough, doing it against No. 1 Alabama (13-2) made it even better.

“I cried, so pretty good,” Bennett said when asked how it felt.

Saban’s Tide had won seven straight against the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs lost two SEC championship games, including one five weeks ago, and the 2018 CFP title game to Alabama under Smart.

“I told them we burned the boats. The only way home was through them,” Smart said. Mission accomplished.

Bennett, the former walk-on turned starter, finished 17 for 26 for 224 yards and no interceptions.

For most of the first three quarters, the first CFP title game to be a rematch of a regular-season game was an ol’ fashion SEC defensive struggle in the heart of Big Ten country.

The first touchdown came with 1:20 left in the third quarter. After James Cook broke a 67-yard run to get the Bulldogs into the red zone, three more running plays — and a facemask penalty by Alabama — got them into the end zone. Zamir White went in standing up from a yard out with massive defensive tackles Jalen Carter and Davis leading the way as blockers. The Bulldogs led for the first time, 13-9.

After Alabama added another field goal, the Tide caught a break on strange turnover.

As Bennett was being taken down deep in Georgia territory, he tried to throw the ball away. The ball slipped loose, and bounced toward the sideline, seemingly harmless. Alabama’s Drew Sanders casually caught it as he was jogging out of bounds.

Surprisingly, the ruling on the field was a fumble, recovered by the Tide and replay upheld it, giving the Tide the ball in the red zone. A few plays later, Young eluded the rush and found Cameron Latu for a 3-yard touchdown that put Alabama up 18-13 with 10:14 left.

Once again, it seemed as if Georgia would not be able to break the ’Bama curse.

Bennett was 13 for 22 for 141 yards as the next drive started, and you could practically hear all skeptical Georgia fans wondering why Smart didn’t turn to his four-star back-up QB, J.T. Daniels, for a spark.

As he has done so many times during a career that started on the scout team and took a detour through junior college in Mississippi, the small-town Georgia kid nicknamed The Mailman came through.

Bennett completed all three of his passes for 68 yards, including a long strike to Mitchell for a touchdown with 8:09 left that gave the Bulldogs a one-point lead after a failed 2-point conversion.

The Bulldogs’ defense clamped down on Young, forcing a three-and-out on the Tide’s next drive, and then Georgia went to work on sealing a long-awaited championship.

“It’s a little tough that I let them down today,” Young said. “I’ve got to do better with it.”

The sophomore finished 35 for 57 for 359 yards with two interceptions, playing without his top two receivers for most of the game. All-American Jameson Williams went out early in the second quarter with a knee injury, and John Metchie III was injured in the SEC title game.

Young was sacked three times after Georgia didn’t bring him down once in the first meeting.

“We played a heck of a game against a heck of a team for the first three quarters of the game,” said Saban, who was denied his eight national title, seventh with Alabama in the last 13 years. “Nobody can take the SEC championship away from this team, the Cotton Bowl championship.

“We just didn’t finish the way we needed to finish.”

After more than 40 years, it was Georgia’s time to finish.

“You put as much time as we do in this thing, blood, sweat, tears,” Bennett said, ’it means something.”

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Attorney Gordon McKernan inks NIL deal with star LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte https://www.wbrz.com/news/attorney-gordon-mckernan-inks-nil-deal-with-star-lsu-receiver-kayshon-boutte/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/attorney-gordon-mckernan-inks-nil-deal-with-star-lsu-receiver-kayshon-boutte/ Sports Mon, 10 Jan 2022 6:05:06 PM Michael Cauble Attorney Gordon McKernan inks NIL deal with star LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte

Seeing a need to step in and try and keep some of the local talent in Baton Rouge, attorney Gordan McKernan partnered with star LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte for an NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) deal that is expect to help keep Boutte in purple and gold for the upcoming 2022 Tiger season.

McKernan spoke with Matt Moscona on After Further Review, an afternoon radio program where he McKernan said he felt there was a need for local businesses to step in and stop competing schools from coming in and poaching LSU's talent.

"The thought that other schools, particularly SEC schools could come in here and have their way with our top players, it was time to make a stand, to draw a line in the sand and say we've got to start, we're going to stop and this is not going to happen," McKernan said on the afternoon radio show.

This is the second NIL deal that McKernan has sponsored, his first coming with LSU women's basketball player Alexis Morris.

"There seems to be a heightened awareness or intensity all over for the business community and people who do want a benefit to having a student-athlete like Kayshon as part of their brand or promoting their brand, you can see that, it's palpable a lot more calls are going on, there's a lot more energy to it," McKernan said of local business realizing this need.

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Scotlandville's Dorian Booker growing into body, new role with Hornets https://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-dorian-booker-growing-into-body-new-role-with-hornets/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-dorian-booker-growing-into-body-new-role-with-hornets/ Sports Mon, 10 Jan 2022 3:10:21 PM WBRZ Sports Scotlandville's Dorian Booker growing into body, new role with Hornets

Dorian Booker is at the center of yet another magical run with Scotlandville basketball. Standing at almost 6'10, Booker garners alot of attention both on and off the court. Much of this due to a six inch growth spurt in just one year. He outgrew his old school at West Feliciana and transferred to Scotlandville, who's hoping that his great work ethic and focus on the game will have the interest of college coaches growing just as fast.

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LSU women pick up huge road win over Auburn 76-48 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-pick-up-huge-road-win-over-auburn-76-48/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-pick-up-huge-road-win-over-auburn-76-48/ Sports Mon, 10 Jan 2022 2:48:01 PM WBRZ Sports LSU women pick up huge road win over Auburn 76-48

After their 13-game win streak was snapped on Thursday against #1 South Carolina, #13 LSU women's hoops got back to the winning ways with a 76-48 road win against Auburn. The win moves LSU to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. 

“You’ve got to go on the road if you want to be a good team and you’ve got to steal some victories,” Coach Mulkey said. “We’ve done that. We’ve gone on the road and we’ve won two (in the SEC). Now what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to protect home court.”

The Tigers will return to the friendly confines of the PMAC this week starting on Thursday against Missouri tipping off at & PM, followed by Vanderbilt Sunday at noon. 

Khaylya Pointer had her fifth double-double of the season, leading LSU with 24 points and 10 rebounds. She also had six assists. Faustine Aifuwa also played well with 10 points and five rebounds. Hannah Gusters scored in double figures for the first time since the season opener, scoring 13 points in Sunday’s win.

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LSU great Kevin Faulk to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-great-kevin-faulk-to-be-inducted-into-college-football-hall-of-fame/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-great-kevin-faulk-to-be-inducted-into-college-football-hall-of-fame/ Sports Mon, 10 Jan 2022 2:44:38 PM Michael Cauble LSU great Kevin Faulk to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Louisiana legend and LSU running back Kevin Faulk will be inducted into the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame later this year. 

Faulk is credited with helping to turn around LSU football in the early 1990's when he committed to play for his home-state team.  The Carencro native is the SEC’s leader in career all-purpose yards and the school’s all-time leading rusher.

“All praise goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Faulk said. “This is an honor that wouldn’t be possible without my great teammates, coaches and everyone who helped me along the way. It’s a tremendous honor but for me, but it was a team effort. I’m so humbled and honored to be included among the great list of players and coaches in the Hall of Fame Class for 2022.”

Faulk, who just wrapped up a three year run as the LSU running backs coach, becomes the 11th LSU player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame following on the heels of former LSU Tiger Glenn Dorsey who was inducted in during the 2021 season.

More information from the LSU release can be seen below:

The 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will officially be inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6.

A 1996 first-team all-American as an all-purpose player, Faulk still holds the all-time SEC record with 6,833 all-purpose yards, a mark that was fourth in FBS history when he finished his career. During that 1996 season, he led the SEC in all-purpose yards and ranked second in the league in rushing. Faulk followed up his all-America campaign by leading the SEC in rushing during both his junior and senior seasons, and he also topped the league in scoring as a senior. The three-time first-team All-SEC selection was the first player in LSU history to average more than 100 yards per game during his entire career.

Setting 11 school records by career’s end, Faulk still holds LSU career marks for rushing yards (4,577), rushing touchdowns (46), all-purpose yards (6,833) and 100-yard rushing games (22). The 1995 SEC Freshman of the Year ranks fourth in the conference in career rushing yards and is tied for third in career rushing touchdowns. A two-time LSU MVP, Faulk led the Tigers to two top-15 final rankings and three bowl victories, earning offensive MVP honors following the 1995 Independence Bowl after setting LSU bowl records with 234 rushing yards and 271 all-purpose yards. Faulk owns LSU’s single-game all-purpose yards record (376 vs. Houston, 1996), and ranks fifth in school history with 832 punt return yards. He is also a member of the LSU Athletics and State of Louisiana Sports halls of fame.

Faulk will become the 11th former LSU player enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame joining end Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley (Class of 1956), end Ken Kavanaugh Sr. (Class of 1963), halfback Abe Mickal (Class of 1967), quarterback Doc Fenton (Class of 1971), safety Tommy Casanova (Class of 1995), halfback Billy Cannon (Class of 2009), halfback Jerry Stovall (Class of 2010), running back Charles Alexander (Class of 2012), quarterback Bert Jones (Class of 2016), and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (Class of 2020).

Former LSU coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame include Dana Bible (Class of 1951), Biff Jones (Class of 1954), Bernie Moore (Class of 1954) and Charles McClendon (Class of 1986).

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Southeastern Lions football finishes ranked in FCS polls https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-lions-football-finishes-ranked-in-fcs-polls/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-lions-football-finishes-ranked-in-fcs-polls/ Sports Mon, 10 Jan 2022 2:09:38 PM Michael Cauble Southeastern Lions football finishes ranked in FCS polls

The Southeastern Lions football team finished the year ranked 15th in the final 2021 Stats Perform FCS and AFCA FCA Coaches top 25 polls.

Southeastern’s ranking in the final polls makes it three straight years that the Lions finished amongst the nation’s top 25 programs.

SLU is one of six FCS programs that has been ranked in the top 25 to end each of the past three seasons, along with North Dakota State, James Madison, South Dakota State, Villanova and Kennesaw State.

The No. 15 ranking also marks Southeastern’s highest under head coach Frank Scelfo and the program’s highest final billing since the 2014 season (14th – Stats Perform, then Sports Network; 12th – AFCA).

The SLU offense led FCS in scoring offense (45.1 ppg), completion percentage (72.8) and first downs (376), while also ranking among the national top five in third-down conversion percentage (52.1, 2nd), fourth-down conversion percentage (70.0, 5th), passing offense (407.2 ypg, 2nd), passing efficiency (173.35, 2nd) and total offense (551.8 ypg, 2nd).

Behind a stalwart offensive line that featured five All-Southland Conference selections, consensus All-American and Southland Player of the Year Cole Kelley spread the ball around to a multitude of talented skill players highlighted by the all-conference quartet of Austin Mitchell, Nolan Givan, Gage Larvadain and Taron Jones.

The Southeastern defense finished eighth in the FCS with a Southland-high 17 interceptions. All-American Zy Alexander led SLU and finished eighth in FCS with six interceptions. The Lion secondary will feature three All-Americans in 2022 in Alexander, Ferlando Jordan and Brandon Barbee.

SLU will open spring practice on March 8. The Lions will open the 2022 season at UL Lafayette on Sept. 3.

Stats Perform FCS Top 25

Team (First-place votes)                   Record            Points  Prv.

  1. North Dakota State (50)                  14-1                 1,250   3
  2. Montana State                                 12-3                 1,173   7
  3. James Madison                              12-2                 1,165   2
  4. South Dakota State                         11-4                 1,051   11
  5. Sam Houston                                  11-1                 1,046   1
  6. Montana                                          10-3                 1,008   5
  7. Eastern Washington                        10-3                 924      4
  8. Villanova                                         10-3                 919      6
  9. ETSU                                              11-2                 879      9
  10. Sacramento State                          9-3                   745      8
  11. Kennesaw State                            11-2                 740      10
  12. UIW                                              10-3                 682      13
  13. UT Martin                                     10-3                 654      16
  14. Missouri State                               8-4                   531      12
  15. Southeastern                                9-4                   522      18
  16. Southern Illinois                            8-5                   504      21
  17. UC Davis                                      8-4                   439      14
  18. South Dakota                                7-5                   326      17
  19. Holy Cross                                    10-3                 319      24
  20. Dartmouth                                     9-1                   281      19
  21. Stephen F. Austin                         8-4                   268      20
  22. Jackson State                                11-2                 259      15
  23. Northern Iowa                              6-6                   132      NR
  24. Princeton                                       9-1                   116      23
  25. Florida A&M                               9-3                   114      22

Others Receiving Votes: Mercer 76, South Carolina State 35, Rhode Island 23, Sacred Heart 23, Eastern Kentucky 15, Davidson 12, Harvard 8.

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