LSU

Playing the what-if game: Tigers would’ve looked mighty different had last year’s early exits stuck around

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

LSU safety Ronald Martin asks himself the question a lot: What if the underclassmen from last season who left early for pro ball would have stayed another year? Imagine it. What if the reliable hands of Jarvis… Continue reading →

Music City Bowl

Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the… Continue reading →

Southern

Southern ends road trip at Baylor

The Southern men’s basketball team completes a quick road trip out West when it visits Baylor at 7 p.m. Monday in Waco, Texas. The game comes two days after the Jaguars (3-9) lost at Wyoming 57-39. That game continued a good-news, bad-news… Continue reading →

Saints

Packers clinch playoffs with 20-3 win over Bucs

Associated Press photo by Brian Blanco -- Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, a former Dutchtown star, sprints past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald on a 44-yard touchdown run during the Packers' 20-3 win Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

TAMPA, Fla. — Nothing Aaron Rodgers does as a quarterback surprises the Packers. The NFL’s top-rated passer shrugged off the flu and played most of Sunday with a strained left calf, leading Green Bay to a 20-3… Continue reading →

Pelicans

Anthony Davis’ huge night sends Pelicans past Thunder 101-99

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) as he shoots in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. New Orleans won 101-99. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Anthony Davis took the New Orleans Pelicans’ embarrassing loss to Portland on Saturday night hard. Scoring just seven points and grabbing six rebounds was far below his standards, and he centered the blame on himself.… Continue reading →

Preps

Madison Prep tops Northside to win tourney

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson collides with Northside's Brandon Ellis in the Madison Prep Classic Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Madison Prep used its length, strength and balance to wear down Northside and win its Madison Prep Classic on Saturday in the MPA gym. The Chargers won the championship game 66-51 in just under an hour. It was their second win in… Continue reading →

Video

Video: The Ragin' Cajuns' New Orleans Bowl dominance faces a tough test in Nevada

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth directs practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against Nevada. The game is at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Ragin' Cajuns are back in the New Orleans Bowl again with a matchup against Nevada on Saturday. Can Wolfpack stop the Ragin' Cajuns in the first game of the bowl season? Continue reading →

Audio

Podcast: Don't look for LSU to try to find another quarterback to fill out its 2015 recruiting class

LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field at halftime during an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. In this "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" hosted by Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff, Sonny Shipp of 247sports talks about how LSU probably will not look to add another quarterback to its 2015 recruiting class and… Continue reading →

State Schools

UL-Lafayette’s Andrea Hole leads All-Louisiana volleyball team

Andrea Hole, a senior setter of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was named the Louisiana Player of the Year in college volleyball on the All-Louisiana team selected for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Hole led her team to its first 20-win… Continue reading →

LSU Recruiting

Podcast: Don't look for LSU to try to find another quarterback to fill out its 2015 recruiting class

LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field at halftime during an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. In this "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" hosted by Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff, Sonny Shipp of 247sports talks about how LSU probably will not look to add another quarterback to its 2015 recruiting class and… Continue reading →

Recruiting

Newman’s Kendall Bussey commits to Tennessee

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Newman running back Kendall Bussey

Kendall Bussey first fell in love with the University of Tennessee when he visited the Knoxville campus six or seven years ago running track in the junior Olympics. Bussey is headed back to the Tennessee campus again: this time as a… Continue reading →

Outdoors

Notebook: Hunters for the Hungry can use deer, fish donations

Photo provided by SAM BARBERA -- Former LSU baseball player Justin Bowles holds a five-pound speckled trout he took last week on a Lake Pontchartrain trip to The Causeway with San Barbera. The two fishermen took their 25-per-man limits on 'opening night

There’s a line in an old prayer to St. Francis that reads, “It is in giving that we receive.” Those words have driven, at least in part during the past 20 years, Hunters for the Hungry efforts to share food with the less fortunate… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: Jimmy Graham’s goal-line gaffe sums up the Saints’ lost season perfectly

Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) strips the football from New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) after a reception near the goal line in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Falcons free safety Dezmen Southward (41) tackles. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

For once Sunday, Drew Brees was able to drop back in the pocket unhurried to find his favorite target open over the middle: tight end/wide receiver/amateur pilot Jimmy Graham. Graham leaped high on his basketball-trained pogo sticks and came down with the… Continue reading →

General Sports

NFL playoff picture beginning to clear up

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid meet on the field after an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Steelers won 20-12. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home. Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle also qualified, routing Arizona 35-6, and moved into a tie for… Continue reading →

Acadiana Preps

Madison Prep tops Northside to win tourney

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson collides with Northside's Brandon Ellis in the Madison Prep Classic Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Madison Prep used its length, strength and balance to wear down Northside and win its Madison Prep Classic on Saturday in the MPA gym. The Chargers won the championship game 66-51 in just under an hour. It was their second win in… Continue reading →

Acadiana Football 2014 Preview

Terrance Broadway is the Cajuns’ leading man

Advocate photo by Brad Kemp -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway poses at Cajun Field

In the weeks before he embarks on the most important season of his career, Ragin’ Cajuns senior quarterback Terrance Broadway clowned on the sideline at practice. As the second-unit offense and defense worked on the field, Broadway stared blankly into space as… Continue reading →