The Final Score Archives

One more time: In the twilight of his career, Peyton Manning has learned to adapt, but can that yield a super finish in Super Bowl 50?

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning yells to his team during the second half in an NFL football divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning’s body is no longer fit to play football. Not at this level. Not in Super Bowl 50, at the pinnacle of the sport, when his counterpart (Carolina star Cam Newton) is one of the most physically gifted football players of all time. Physically, Manning is no… Continue reading →

Recruiting stunts helping coaches stand out in social media

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Rashan Gary, of Paramus, N.J., talks to members of the media in Atlanta, while on hand to receive the Bobby Dodd national high school lineman of the year award at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. The defensive tackle from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey and most-wanted recruit in the country is weighing whether to play for one of those Southern power programs such as Alabama and Clemson or head to Michigan to be part of the Wolverines' rebirth under Jim Harbaugh. Clemson recently gave Garys mother a cake. Every little gesture can help. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

In the wacky world of recruiting, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sleeping over at a prospect’s house somehow makes perfect sense. Just ask Gerry DiNardo, who used to coach in the Big Ten himself. “We felt like whatever we could do to distinguish ourselves within the rules, we would do,” said DiNardo, who coached at Indiana… Continue reading →

Despite long odds, Emery, Tulane ready for No. 1 UConn

Like almost every girl who grows up playing basketball, Taylor Emery wanted one day to be at least considered good enough to play for UConn. But even though she was a Parade All-American and Miss Florida Basketball at Freedom High in Tampa, Florida, the Huskies never showed any interest. “Maya Moore, she was my… Continue reading →

Randall Little wins Howell Park Polar Bear Open

Randall Little fired a 3-under-par 69 to win the championship flight of the Howell Park Polar Bear Open golf tournament on Saturday, while Suzanne Seefield had a net score of 68 to clip Tracy Simoneaux (69) for the ladies championship. Michael McDonald (even-par 72 finished second in the championship flight, followed by Gregg Barthe in third (even-par 72).… Continue reading →

SEC West quarterbacks help lead South team to win at Senior Bowl

Associated Press photos by BRYNN ANDERSON -- South team quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State looks to pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. — Dak Prescott didn’t want to let his turn at the Senior Bowl end quietly. The Mississippi State quarterback’s first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory… Continue reading →

P-B-U: Jalen Mills, Harlan Miller each break up a touchdown pass as South’s starting cornerbacks in the Senior Bowl

Associated Press photos by BRYNN ANDERSON -- South team quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State looks to pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. – Jalen Mills and Harlan Miller represented Louisiana defensive backs just dandy during Saturday’s Senior Bowl. They both stole touchdowns. “We got some pretty good DBs in the state of Louisiana,” a smiling Miller said. On Saturday in front of a national audience on watching on NFL Network, Mills, a former LSU star, and Miller, a… Continue reading →

Jay Hopson hired as Southern Miss football coach

Associated Press photo by Eric Christian SmithAlcorn State coach Jay Hopson poses with the Eddie G. Robinson Trophy after Alcorn State defeated Grambling 49-21 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Gameon Saturday in Houston.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Miss hired Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson as its next football coach. Southern Miss Athletic Director Bill McGillis announced the hiring Saturday. Hopson replaces Todd Monken, who left last week after three seasons to become offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hopson became the first white head football coach in… Continue reading →

Havoc turns the tables, thumps IceGators 6-1

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — One night after being embarrassed on their home ice by the Louisiana IceGators, the Huntsville Havoc got some revenge. Scott Henegar scored six points, recording a hat track and three assists, to lead the Havoc to a 6-1 home victory. John Lidgett contributed two goals to the winning effort. Huntsville’s… Continue reading →

Disqualified Louisiana Marathon runner didn't care about winning race, but 'just didn't want to quit'

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Mandy West was disqualified from her first place position Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 during the Louisiana Full Marathon downtown Baton Rouge.

Mandy West, the 39-year-old Olympic Trials hopeful who was disqualified after finishing first at the Louisiana Marathon for receiving aid from a bicyclist despite multiple warnings, told Runner's World the incident was a "very unfortunate miscommunication" while also adding she "did not care at all about winning that race." West, who did not return phone messages and emails from The Advocate… Continue reading →

New York native Marcus Beckford’s boxing career taking off as he trains under Beau Williford in Lafayette

Alexander Williford, Beau Williford

LAFAYETTE — Since he relocated to Lafayette and began training with Beau Williford at the Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club, things have changed quite a bit for Marcus Beckford. The native of Uniondale, Long Island, New York, came to Acadiana in June sporting a 1-1 professional boxing record with three draws, and the welterweight (147-pound)… Continue reading →

Lewis: It’s a super time for Manning family

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

By now, Archie Manning has his pre-Super Bowl Week routine down pat. As anyone with a son quarterbacking one of the teams for the sixth time in the past 10 years should. Come to think of it, though, there isn’t anyone else who has ever been in Archie’s shoes. So as usual,… Continue reading →

Weekly wrapup: Cox captures Howell Park Shootout

Jeff Cox was the overall winner and the low front-nine winner, and Lam Hill was the low back-nine winner and finished second overall in the Howell Park Sunday Shootout. The format is is low front-nine winner, low back-nine winner and overall champion. Cox fired a 36 for the low front-nine score and a 71 for the… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness calendar

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AFC title game is more than Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady ... but it’s definitely that, too

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes as offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, back, looks on during an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in Denver on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Tom Brady and Peyton Manning still earn top billing in Sunday’s AFC championship between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. It’s just that their 17th meeting no longer features a pair of icons in their considerable prime. While Brady remains as good as ever, Manning is clearly in his twilight. Abraded,… Continue reading →

NFC championship game: Heisman Trophy winners Cam Newton and Carson Palmer meet for a Super Bowl berth

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton calls an audible at the line of scrimmage during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. Arizona and Carolina play in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 24, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton and Carson Palmer have a few things in common. Both were Heisman Trophy winners. Both were No. 1 overall draft picks. And both have strong arms, each throwing for 35 touchdown passes this season while positioning themselves as league MVP candidates. Palmer’s Arizona Cardinals finished the regular season first… Continue reading →

Drive, Chip, Putt registration begins Tuesday

Registration begins Tuesday for the fourth annual Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, to be held April 2, 2017, at Augusta National Golf Club. There will again be two local qualifiers and one sub-regional qualifier in Louisiana. Local qualifiers will be May 28 at the David Toms Golf Academy in Shreveport and June 21 at… Continue reading →

IceGators score 4-3 shootout victory at Mississippi

Jeremy Boyer and Geordie Wudrick scored in a shootout to lift the Louisiana IceGators to a 4-3 victory over the Mississippi RiverKings on Saturday night in Southaven, Mississippi. Mississippi came up empty on its four shootout tries against Louisiana goalie Brad Barone. The RiverKings had forced overtime with a goal from Ryan Marcuz with less than five… Continue reading →

Lewis: Peyton Manning’s legacy is secure; but what comes next is still a mystery

Associated Press photo by David ZalubowskiBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning takes part in passing drill with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler during practice Wednesday in Englewood, Colo.

Peyton Manning isn’t concerned about his rivalry with Tom Brady, his legacy, where he’ll be playing next season, if he’ll be playing next season, whether he’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live again or even the $4 million he could realize by quarterbacking the Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game plus Super Bowl 50.… Continue reading →

‘I don’t think she’s a cheater:’ Director details Mandy West’s disqualification after finishing first at Louisiana Marathon

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE   Mandy West was disqualified from her first-place position Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, during the Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge.

Mandy West, a 39-year-old professional basketball player-turned-elite runner who was attempting to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials at Sunday’s Louisiana Marathon and ended up finishing first among women, was disqualified after she had a biker meet her at certain points with nutrition and liquids after being repeatedly warned it could result in disqualification, race director Jonathan… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness Calendar for January 19

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Justin Bui defeats A.J. Rice 670-635 for Jon Juneau Memorial title

Justin Bui added his name to a distinguished list of winners by going wire-to-wire to win the Jon Juneau Memorial Scratch Masters tournament at Circle Bowl and a first prize of $3,000. Bui was the leading qualifier and top seed after the qualifying rounds and easily defeated four players in the three-game bracket rounds by averaging 226… Continue reading →

Disqualified Louisiana Marathon runner an ex-star basketball player who began running later in life for fun, 'for work'

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE   Mandy West was disqualified from her first-place position Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, during the Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge.

Mandy West, the disqualified female marathon winner in Sunday’s Louisiana Marathon, was a two-time First Team All Ivy League basketball player... Continue reading →

It’s Brady vs. Manning again after Peyton’s Broncos top the Steelers 23-16 to reach the AFC title game

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning yells to his team during the second half in an NFL football divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER — Get ready for Brady-Manning XVII. Peyton Manning earned one more and possibly final game against his rival by leading the Denver Broncos to a come-from-behind 23-16 win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on a blustery Sunday afternoon. That set up an AFC championship game next weekend in Denver… Continue reading →

Panthers hold on, score 31-24 victory over Seahawks to reach NFC title game

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) celebrates his touchdown with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four games into his playoff career, Cam Newton recognizes the key element to success. He calls it “Big Mo,” and there couldn’t have been a better example than Carolina’s 31-24 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Emphatically backing up their superb regular season with one of the most dominant halves in football history, the… Continue reading →

Josh Ordway, Amany Ishaq score Louisiana Marathon titles

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Josh Ordway places first Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 in the Louisiana Marathon.

There was an Olympic feel to Sunday’s fifth annual Louisiana Marathon, one that could lead to unfathomable growth for the race in years to come. The marathon’s male winner, Josh Ordway, came to Baton Rouge with the sole purpose of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. He wasn’t able to hit the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Marathon’s first female finisher, Mandy West, disqualified after ‘receiving assistance,’ marathon official says

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE   Mandy West was disqualified from her first-place position Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, during the Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge.

RELATED STORY: Disqualified marathon runner a former star basketball player who began running later in life for fun, 'for work' Mandy West, a Nike Running specialty account executive from St. Louis who was the first female finisher at the Louisiana Marathon, was disqualified shortly after the race Sunday for “receiving assistance,” Marathon co-founder Danny Bourgeois said. Bourgeois said… Continue reading →

Hail Mary to Hail Larry: Packers force overtime, then fall to Cardinals on Fitzgerald touchdown

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores the game winning touchdown as Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels (76) defends during overtime of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald’s brief but brilliant overtime heroics trumped another Hail Mary by Aaron Rodgers and the Arizona Cardinals escaped with a 26-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night to advance to the NFC championship. Fitzgerald turned a short pass into a 75-yard gain on the first play of overtime to set up… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning and the Broncos are ready for Ben Roethlisberger and the banged-up Steelers

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) is hit by Baltimore Ravens free safety Kendrick Lewis as Baldwin scores a touchdown during an NFL football game in Baltimore. The Seahawks face the Carolina Panthers in a playoff game Sunday; a key matchup will be Baldwin against Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

DENVER — The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t have his leading rusher or his top receiver against the league’s best defense Sunday. So what? The Steelers (11-6) are deep even without All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot), and the Broncos insist Big… Continue reading →

Patriots beat Chiefs 27-20 to score another spot in the AFC title game

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots’ late-season slump didn’t mean much when the playoffs came to New England. Kansas City’s 11-game winning streak mattered even less. With Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman coming back from injuries to help Tom Brady return to his Super Bowl MVP form, the Patriots earned a spot in the AFC title… Continue reading →

Ted Marchibroda remembered for his innovations, friendly persona ... and wins

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 1975, file photo, Baltimore Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda,front center, and quarterback Bert Jones watch the Colts defense at work during second quarter action with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. Marchibroda has died at age 84. Team officials made the announcement Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, after confirming the death with his family. (AP Photo/File)

INDIANAPOLIS — Former NFL coach Ted Marchibroda charmed players with his soft-spoken personality and his innovative concepts. Fans appreciated his down-to-earth descriptions and his ability to win games. On Saturday, the NFL lost one of its great innovators. After confirming the death with his family, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Marchibroda died at age 84. He coached the Colts… Continue reading →

IceGators edge RiverKings in 3-2 shootout victory

S outhaven, Miss. — For the second time in a month, the Louisiana IceGators and the Mississippi RiverKings played to a shootout. For the second time in a month, the shootout ended in the Louisiana IceGators’ favor. Geordie Wudrick tied the game with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation before… Continue reading →

Patriots, beset by another strange story, focus on Chiefs

Associated Press file photo by BILL WIPPERT -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walks the field before a game at Buffalo on Sept. 20.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots would have loved to spend the week with nothing else to worry about except Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Then Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chandler Jones wandered over to the local police station, shirtless and disoriented, leaving his house reeking of burnt marijuana. Suddenly, the defending Super Bowl champions… Continue reading →

Packers say they’re no underdog at Arizona

Associated Press file photo by ROSS D. FRANKLIN -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Cardinals linebacker Dwight Freeney during their last meeting Dec. 27 in Glendale, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Three weeks ago, the Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers by 30 points. No one should expect that kind of blowout when the teams meet again Saturday night, this time in the NFC divisional playoffs. “I think these guys definitely come back here with a bad taste in their mouth,” said Patrick Peterson, the Arizona… Continue reading →

Tampa Bay Bucs get ‘an experienced teacher’ in new coach Dirk Koetter

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have named Dirk Koetter the 11th head coach in franchise history, Friday, Jan. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

TAMPA, Fla. — Dirk Koetter is confident the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of becoming relevant again. The long-time NFL assistant became the team’s fifth coach in eight years Friday, assuming the task of transforming a team that has finished last in its division five consecutive seasons into playoff contenders. Koetter, an… Continue reading →

Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for game at Denver; DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown are out

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, right, who is following NFL concussion protocol, catches a pass tossed by a teammate in front of offensive coordinator Todd Haley during an NFL football practice, in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The Steelers face the Denver Broncos in an NFL Divisional playoff football game in Denver on Sunday. Brown did not participate in the team workout. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw in practice Friday but remains questionable for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against Denver. Roethlisberger is dealing with a sprained right shoulder sustained in last weekend’s wild-card win over Cincinnati. Roethlisberger was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant in the final major workout before the… Continue reading →

IceGators acquire Zac Frischmon from Fayetteville, deal Ben Rubin

LAFAYETTE — In their quest to add scoring punch in advance of a meeting with the Mississippi RiverKings, the Louisiana IceGators brought aboard forward Zac Frischmon from Fayetteville in exchange for Ben Rubin. “(Friday) was the first day I got to see Zac practice, and he has tremendous skating abilities,” IceGators coach Drew Omicioli said.… Continue reading →