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Sugar Bowl junior tennis tournament returning, to serve as U.S. Tennis Association’s Southern Section event

From the late 1940s until the early 1990s, the Sugar Bowl Junior Tennis Tournament was one of the biggest local competitions for the area’s best young players. Beginning in November, it will be again. Details on what will be called the Allstate Sugar Bowl tennis tournament were announced Tuesday afternoon during a news conference at New Orleans’ City… Continue reading →

In 2017, Zurich Classic is set for April 27 to 30

Brian Stuard kisses the tournament trophy after winning the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Monday, May 2, 2016. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to lengthy rain delays all weekend. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be held April 27-30, 2017, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. The dates were finalized Monday when the PGA Tour announced its 2016-17 season schedule. The event remains the PGA Tour’s third tournament after the Masters; it was held April 28 to May 2 this year. Brian Stuard was the… Continue reading →

Scott Kushner: Pat Summitt, pioneer and visionary, combined generosity and competitiveness in a way rarely seen in the sports world

FILE- In this March 19, 2012, file photo, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt waves as she leaves the court after Tennessee defeated DePaul 63-48 in an NCAA tournament second-round women's college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill. Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women's game from obscurity to national prominence during her career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016. She was 64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

The same scene played out countless times. A young, intrepid yet intimidated reporter stood nearly trembling with an outstretched recorder as the interview subject walked closer. With every step, it became more apparent just how unprepared the neophyte was to deliver the line of questioning he had in mind. He was out of his element. Then,… Continue reading →

Hammond’s Mary Chauvin wins LWGA Amateur title

Mary Chauvin, a senior at Hammond High, birdied the last two holes at English Turn in New Orleans to capture the Louisiana Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship with a 1-up victory over Abbey Daniel of Covington. Daniel, a sophomore at Archbishop Hannan, won medalist honors in stroke play qualifying with a 2-over-par 74. Chauvin… Continue reading →

Tuesday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV BOXING 8 p.m. -- Cherry vs. Rhodes -- FS1 COLLEGE world series 7 p.m. -- Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina -- ESPN GOLF 2 p.m. -- PGA Professional Championship -- Golf MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. -- NYM/Was or Bos/TB -- MLB 6 p.m. -- Rangers at Yankees -- FSNO… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness Calender for Tuesday, June 28

Baseball TRYOUTS: Ascension Braves 12 AAA team. 6 p.m. July 22 at Robert Park, Gonzales. Contact Rusty Moran at (225) 588-6988 or Wayne Young at (225) 266-3332. BASKETBALL CAJUN Classic NATIONAL TUNE-UP: July 8-10 at North Central High and Opelousas Jr. High. Age groups: Boys 12-under to 16-under; girls 11-under to 13-under. Cost:… Continue reading →

Rod Walker shares LSWA sportswriter of the year honors; The Advocate claims sweepstakes top honor

NATCHITOCHES — The Advocate’s Rod Walker shared sportswriter of the year honors Sunday in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s annual writing contest for 2015. The results of the contest for writers, editors, photographers and sports information directors were revealed during an awards brunch that brought the organization’s summer convention to a close. Walker, who… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Monday, June 27

TV COLLEGE WORLD SERIES 6 p.m. Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina ESPN GOLF 2 p.m. PGA Pro Championship Golf MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m. Dodgers at Pirates MLB 6 p.m. NYM/Was or CHC/Cin MLB 6 p.m. Rangers at Yankees FSNO 9 p.m. Astros at Angels ESPN SOCCER 10:30 a.m. Euro: Italy vs. Spain ESPN2 1:30 p.m. Euro: England vs. Iceland… Continue reading →

Sheldon Mickles: New Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Ben Sheets capped his baseball career on his terms, just the way he wanted

Associated Press photo by H. Rumph Jr -- Atlanta Braves pitcher and former St. Amant standout Ben Sheets throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2012.

NATCHITOCHES — Ben Sheets didn’t need to make a comeback to Major League Baseball at the age of 34 in 2012 to prove anything. Signing on with the Atlanta Braves at midseason that summer after pitching in only 20 games between 2009 and 2011, the four-time all-star did it for another reason — and for… Continue reading →

Valeria Solovyeva captures tennis title

Photo by -- APRIL BUFFINGTON  Valeria Solovyeva celebrates her 2-1 set victory over Jennifer Elie during the women's singles championship game during the Southern Lifestyle Development Classic held at the LSU Tennis Complex on Sunday, June 26.

Valeria Solovyeva of Saratov, Russia, capped her run at the USTA Women’s Pro Circuit’s Southern Lifestyle Development Tennis Classic, defeating Jennifer Elie of New York 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 Sunday morning at the LSU Tennis Complex to win the singles title. Solovyeva won two singles titles on the International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit, including one earlier this year… Continue reading →

Manning Passing Academy: After his breakthrough freshman season, UCLA’s Josh Rosen wants even more as a sophomore

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen talks to reporters Friday, June 24, 2016, during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

THIBODAUX — Josh Rosen’s statistics in his first year at UCLA suggest the transition from California prep powerhouse St. John Bosco to college football in the Pac-12 isn’t all that difficult — at least for him. He became the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for the Bruins, and he had plenty… Continue reading →

Before Ben Sheets was an All-Star, he was a multi-sport standout at St. Amant — and now he’s in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Ben Sheets reacts after the final out of his complete game two hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Brewers home opener baseball game Monday, April 2, 2007, in Milwaukee.    (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

NATCHITOCHES — Ben Sheets admitted he was a little out of his element. “It’s different,” he said of his induction to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. “This is about telling us how great we are. I want to go pitch a game. I’ve always been more about doing something. “I can go… Continue reading →

Copa America: Americans fall to Colombia

Associated Press photo by MATT YORK -- Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona kicks the ball as United States defender DeAndre Yedlin defends during the Copa America third-place match Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Bacca beat goalkeeper Tim Howard by sliding to poke in a headed cross in the 31st minute, and the United States finished fourth in the Copa America with a 1-0 defeat against Colombia on Saturday night. After losing to Argentina 4-0 in the semifinals, the 31st-ranked U.S. was beaten by No. 3 Colombia for the… Continue reading →

PGA Tour cancels Greenbrier Classic because of West Virginia flooding

The PGA Tour canceled the Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, on Saturday because of devastating flooding in West Virginia. The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs has been was inundated with floodwater after heavy storms rolled into the state Thursday. Tour officials say the Old White TPC, the host course, suffered extensive damage and “is… Continue reading →

Lauren Herring, Ellen Perez win doubles final at LSU

Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez, both from Georgia, showed great chemistry in defeating Jamie Loeb and Ingrid Neel in the USTA pro women’s tennis tournament Saturday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Complex at LSU. This is the first time the tournament had an event at the new tennis stadium. LSU co-head coach Michael Sell reflects said the… Continue reading →

Trevor Knight has big plans as Aggies new starting quarterback

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  After throwing for 2,300 yards and leading Oklahoma to a 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl as a sophomore, Trevor Knight was relegated to a backup role last season.

THIBODAUX — Texas A&M needed a quarterback. Trevor Knight needed a place to play. Some might call it a match made in heaven. Knight prefers the term “a perfect fit,” which he said was the only thing that would draw him away from finishing his college career at Oklahoma. But after four… Continue reading →

Fun and Fitness Calendar for June 21

BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: June 24-26 at Belleview District Park, Plaquemine. Boys 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13-15 age groups. Cost: $250 per team. Format: Pool play, then single elimination. Three-game guarantee. Contact Dwayne Lambert (225) 279-6362 or Fundraiser tournament: June 25-26 at Blackwater Ballpark, Baton Rouge. Ages 10-under and 11-under. Cost: $200/team. Games will be 1 hour,… Continue reading →

Louisiana DA drops drug, gun charges; refuses to 'ruin' Alabama football players Cam Robinson, Laurence Jones' lives

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson (74) has a word with an official during a timeout in the first half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.

MONROE — The district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones on drug and weapons charges. Prosecutor Neal Johnson cited insufficient evidence in court documents filed on Monday. Calls to the district attorney's office by The Associated Press were not immediately returned. Robinson and Jones were arrested… Continue reading →

The wait is over: Cavaliers end Cleveland’s 52-year sports title drought by beating Warriors 93-87 in Game 7 of NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago. James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavs pulled off an… Continue reading →

The End: Cleveland finally rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

Bill Moris, front center, cheers along with Cleveland Cavaliers fans outside of Quicken Loans Arena during a watch party for Game 7 of the NBA basketball Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — More tears. Only this time, tears of joy. Cleveland’s championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last. On Father’s Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single mother, brought the title home. As the final seconds… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Monday, June 20

TV COLLEGE WORLD SERIES 1 p.m. UCSB vs. Miami ESPNU 6 p.m. Oklahoma St. vs. Arizona ESPN DIVING 6 p.m. U.S. Olympic trials NBCSN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon Diamondbacks at Phillies MLB 6 p.m. CWS/Bos or SF/Pit MLB 7 p.m. Orioles at Rangers FSNO 9 p.m. Nationals at Dodgers ESPN SOCCER 1:30 p.m. Slovakia vs. England ESPN 1:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

‘I was crazy as a road lizard’: Jockey Gerard Melancon, who conquered many demons, relishes his chance to enjoy family and life

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- Gerard Melancon with his grandson, Emmitt, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at their home in Scott. This is Gerard's first Father's Day as a grandfather.

Sunday is Father’s Day, and jockey Gerard Melancon has much to celebrate. And he will, with a family cookout at his broodmare farm in Scott. Not only did Melancon recently reach 4,500 career victories, becoming only the 44th person in North American racing history to do so, but the 49-year-old Rayne… Continue reading →

LeBron, Cavs down Warriors, force Game 7

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) celebrates a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND — From the edge of elimination to the brink of history. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have pushed the NBA Finals to their limit. Game 7 is necessary. James scored 41 points, delivering another magnificent performance with the season on the line, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cavs sent the finals packing for… Continue reading →

Warriors’ Green vows to be better

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green answers questions before practice for Game 6 of the NBA basketball Finals, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Warriors Thursday night in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — For all the criticism of Golden State’s Draymond Green and his penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet. The critic: Green himself. Saying he let the Warriors down and that he was a “terrible teammate,” Green spoke on how it pained him… Continue reading →

Former Negro Leaguer David Malarcher finally gets due with La. Sports Hall induction

Photo provided by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame -- David Malarcher, Convent, La., native, will be inducted into the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is June 23-25 in Natchitoches.

Soon after the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Satchel Paige would in 1971 become the first Negro League player to enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, Convent native David Malarcher reacted with jubilation. Malarcher, who had toiled as a much-admired player and manager when the national pastime was divided by segregation, viewed Paige’s admission to… Continue reading →

Archie Manning receives honor in Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Dale Kelly, left, and Noah Kelly, 12, center, from Eagle Scout Troop 55 out of Broussard, meet football legend Archie Manning on Wednesday at the Doubletree by Hilton. Manning was attending a luncheon at the hotel, during which he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Around 300 Lafayette community business leaders gathered to honor former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning on Wednesday as he received the Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award at the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette. “I’m really humbled and honored,” Manning said. “Scouting has done great work for many generations, and I… Continue reading →

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving keep Cavaliers’ season alive with 112-97 win over Warriors in Game 5 of NBA Finals

Associated Press photoCleveland forward LeBron James dunks against the Warriors on Monday night in Oakland, Calif. James scored 41 points and had 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots in the Cavs' 112-97 win.

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James had 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, Kyrie Irving also scored 41 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers capitalized on the Warriors playing without suspended star Draymond Green, staving off NBA Finals elimination with a 112-97 victory in Game 5 on Monday night. James and Irving became the first teammates… Continue reading →

Veteran Lynx on verge of breaking own WNBA record for start to season

FILE - In this May 22, 2016, file photo, Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd, left, fouls Minnesota Lynx's Seimone Augustus late in the second half of a WNBA basketball game, in Seattle. The Los Angeles Sparks moved up four spots in The Associated Press power poll this week in second, behind Minnesota (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

MINNEAPOLIS — With the WNBA Finals still four months away, the benefit of a strong start to the season can be marginal. Minnesota’s 10-0 record is more for pride. Make no mistake, though. The Lynx are well aware they would set the league’s all-time mark for most consecutive wins to begin a season with 11,… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, June 14

BASEBALL MACHINE PITCH TOURNAMENT: Boys 6, 7 8 and girls 8 age groups. June 17-19 at Crescent Bend Park, Plaquemine. Cost: $200 per team. Format: Pool play, then single elimination. Three-game guarantee. Contact Dwayne Lambert (225) 279-6362 or TOURNAMENT: Boys 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13-15 age groups. June 24-26 at Belleview District… Continue reading →

James Anstiss wins LGA amateur title by three shots

James Anstiss of Hammond fired as 71 in the final round to win the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship on Sunday at Carter Plantation by three strokes over Hank Shaheen of DeQuincy. Anstiss finished with a 72-hole total of nine-under par 279 after posting rounds of 66-71-71-71. He is the first wire-to-wire 72-hole winner… Continue reading →

Anthony Thomas — the ‘A Train’ — set to roll into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on June 25

Advocate staff photo by {Patrick Dennis}.  Photo shot on {10-12-03}. Chicago Bears running back Anthony Thomas is brought down by cornerback Dale Carter (21) and linebacker Orlando Ruff, as defensive end Charles Grant (94) looks on.

Anthony “A-Train” Thomas learned his powerful running style by playing in the street. In the historic timber town of Winnfield, Thomas was a skinny but athletic little kid living with his mother at the H.Y. Bell Memorial Apartments, known to locals as “The Bells.” It was during mornings before the school bus arrived that Thomas and other… Continue reading →

Warriors win, move within game of NBA title

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry found his long-range touch and scored 38 points, Klay Thompson added 25 and the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of defending their title by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. Curry had scored just 48 total points in the first… Continue reading →

Video: Olympic hopeful trampolinists soar like superheroes -- with flips, twists and ‘triffis’ -- at Lafayette gym

Trampoline gymnast Nicole Ahsinger practices her routine in Lafayette, La., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The trials that begin June 11 in Providence, R.I., will decide which man and woman will represent the United States this summer in Rio de Janeiro, and which will be the two alternates. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LAFAYETTE — Trampoline gymnasts bounce so high, it looks like they might hit their heads or outstretched arms on the 34-foot ceiling at this south Louisiana gym. “No danger,” says Dmitri Poliaroush , coach of the U.S. national trampoline gymnastics team. He adds, a bit wistfully, “I wish.” The higher the bounce, the more twists and… Continue reading →

Oklahoma tops Auburn to win Women’s College World Series

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Oklahoma's Paige Parker pitches against Auburn during the third inning of the deciding game of the Women's College World Series on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY — After two losses to start the season, Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso wasn’t sure about her team full of freshmen and sophomores. By the end, those youngsters were in a dogpile in the pitcher’s circle with “Boomer Sooner” blaring from the speakers and thousands of crimson-clad fans celebrating. Sophomore Paige Parker pitched a complete game to help… Continue reading →