Tigers face two tough challenges to their spot atop the SEC standings

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Keith Hornsby (4) celebrates a three-pointer by pointing to a teammate against Mississippi State, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU basketball team loves being in first place in the Southeastern Conference standings with eight games left in the regular season. Loving it is one thing. Being comfortable is another. The Tigers can enjoy their ascent to the top of the standings, which they achieved Saturday when they bashed Mississippi State and Texas A&M… Continue reading →

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Preps

Plaquemine boys stave off persistent Tara

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Tara's Tywon Buckley goes in for a layup as Plaquemine's Kirkland Jones defends Tuesday night in Plaquemine.

PLAQUEMINE — Tara’s chances at reaching the state playoffs received a boost this week, and the Trojans put forth a playoff-caliber effort Tuesday night at Plaquemine. The Trojans (8-15, 5-2) were credited with a forfeit win this week over Belaire,… Continue reading →

State Schools

SUNO women hold on to top Dillard

The Southern-New Orleans women’s basketball team scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to take control against visiting Dillard on Monday night. The Knights made sure all their hard work paid off in the end with a defensive stop, preserving… Continue reading →

Outdoors

January data shows more ducks in January

Advocate file photo by JOHN BALLANCEBundled against a frigid January morning during last year's duck season, Ducks Unlimited biologist Tom Moorman holds a prized wigeon taken on a hunt on the east side of the Mississippi River near Buras. The latest compilation of Louisiana's duck survey estimates, especially since the 2000 season, shows more ducks appear to find winter home in Louisiana than November and December, when hunter effort is greater than it is in January.

Youngsters fortunate enough to have chances to get into East Zone blinds Saturday had the last shots on ducks overwintering in Louisiana. It was the second of that zone’s two-day allowance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for hunters 15 and younger. For… Continue reading →