The Final Score Archives

Rabalais: The Saints’ engine blows another rod for a stunning loss in Detroit

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) ORG XMIT: otkco215

Here in the Motor City, where they know about recalls all too well, the New Orleans Saints have a simple question: Can they have a do-over? Hit the reset button? Bring this defective lemon of a team back to the factory and fix the parts that always seem to go… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre’s NFL mark with 509th career TD pass, adds No. 510

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass to set the all time record during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento, and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre’s record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving him 510.… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

Umpire Don Denkinger still remembered for World Series call

Associated Press file photo by Patrick Sullivan -- Umpire Don Denkinger, left, watches St. Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell, right, stretch to catch the ball as Kansas City Royals batter Jorge Orta steps on first base during the ninth inning in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Denkinger ruled Orta safe, and the Royals went on to win the game and eventually the World Series.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Of course former umpire Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days. Chances are he’ll see himself, too. “Nobody wants to… Continue reading →

Giants-Royals: A capsule look at the World Series

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals: Season Series: Royals won 3-0. Projected Lineups Giants: Center fielder Gregor Blanco (.260, 5 homers, 38 RBIs); second baseman Joe Panik (.305, 1, 18); catcher Buster Posey (.311, 22, 89); third… Continue reading →

Giants’ Tim Lincecum still waiting his turn

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants poses during Photo Day on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Bernacchi/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Lincecum

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday’s workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi’s locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever. No words necessary. Lincecum, so far an unused reliever this postseason, is doing everything he can to stay involved… Continue reading →

Brad Keselowski keeps it going

Associated Press photo by John Bazemore -- Members of Brad Keselowski's crew celebrate after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski refused to be knocked down — not by Matt Kenseth, who jumped him from behind after a disastrous race at Charlotte, and not by garage-wide condemnation over his post-race meltdown. He kept his head up and arrived at Talladega Superspeedway determined to shake off a bad week that earned him… Continue reading →

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly upset Irish let game come to last call

Sunday, Brian Kelly’s biggest regret was that Notre Dame let a game with Florida State come down to a point where a penalty he still insisted should not have been called could have so much to do with the outcome. “I mean, you got to take the belt from the champion,” the Fighting Irish coach said Sunday,… Continue reading →

Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game

Associated Press photo by Kathy Kmonicek -- Boston guard Marcus Thornton, a former LSU standout, drives the ball to the basket between Brooklyn Nets guard Alan Anderson, left, and forward Mason Plumlee during the Celtics' 95-90 preseason win Sunday at Barclays Center in New York.

NEW YORK — Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game. There was a good reason he hadn’t been subbed out yet, though. In an experimental 44-minute preseason game, Sullinger had… Continue reading →

Monday’s broadcast highlights

TV NFL 11:30 a.m., Payton news conference, CST 2 p.m., Cowboys news conference, FSNO 7:15 p.m., Texans at Steelers, ESPN 11 p.m., Texans Wrap, FSNO COLLEGE FOOTBALL 12:30 a.m., Les Miles press luncheon, SEC+ COLLEGE SPORTS 6 p.m., SEC Now, SEC SOCCER 1:55 p.m., West Ham vs. Man-United, NBCSP WOMEN’S… Continue reading →

Florida State holds off Notre Dame with help of late pass interference penalty

Associated Press photo by MARK WALLHEISER -- Florida State's Rashad Greene returns a kickoff against Notre Dame during Saturday's game in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles took a fourth-quarter lead and held off a late Notre Dame drive to remain undefeated with a 31-27 win.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For a few seconds, it looked as if Everett Golson and Notre Dame had another streak-busting victory, this time against the reigning national champions from Florida State. As the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish celebrated an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, flags flew. The call: offensive pass interference. The touchdown was… Continue reading →

Kansas State beats Oklahoma after missed 19-yard field goal

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine is stopped short of the goal line by Kansas State linebacker Jonathan Truman (21) and linebacker Dakorey Johnson (32) in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Norman, Okla. The Wildcats won 31-30.

NORMAN, Okla. — With a short field goal the only thing standing between Oklahoma and a late lead, Michael Hunnicutt just had to do what he’s done for more than three years: be automatic. No. 11 Oklahoma, trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, had finally had seized momentum after playing catch-up for much… Continue reading →

West Virginia takes down Baylor; Kansas State nips Oklahoma

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty (14) is tackled by West Virginia's Daryl Worley (7) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett threw three touchdown passes and West Virginia surprised sloppy No. 4 Baylor on Saturday, pulling away for a 41-27 win. The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) earned their first win over a top-five opponent since beating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season. West Virginia… Continue reading →

Dale Earnhardt Jr. out to win at Talladega to save season

Associated Press photo by Rainier Ehrhardt -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits Saturday to qualify for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Earnhardt, who qualified 28th, needs a win Sunday to stay alive in the Chase for the Cup.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — This magical season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes down to one race to save his championship hopes. NASCAR’s most popular driver must win Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to continue his quest for his first career Sprint Cup title. It’s a pressure-packed situation for Earnhardt, who knows that six-time and defending NASCAR… Continue reading →

Acquisition of James Shields helped push the Royals over the top

Kansas City Royals' James Shields kisses the trophy after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields. The franchise had long suffered through a forgettable cast of starting pitchers. Hot prospects flamed out. Free agents fizzled. And every… Continue reading →

Sunday’s highlights

TV NFL 11 a.m., Saints Game Plan, CST Noon, Saints at Lions, Fox 3:05 p.m., Chiefs at Chargers, CBS 3:25 p.m., Giants at Cowboys, Fox 7:20 p.m., 49ers at Broncos, NBC 10 p.m., Cowboys Game Night, FSNO 10:30 p.m., Saints Tonight, CST CFL 3 p.m., Edmonton at Saskatchewan, ESPN2 COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER 1… Continue reading →

Auto racing roundup: Terry Labonte calling it quits after Talladega

Associated Press photo by John Bazemore -- NASCAR driver Terry Labonte announces his retirement during a news conference Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Terry Labonte will compete in his final NASCAR race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The two-time Cup champion ran 26 full seasons at NASCAR’s top level, and a partial schedule the past decade. Labonte first announced his retirement in 2006, at home track Texas Motor Speedway, but he’s raced 41 times since. “You know,… Continue reading →

Every other year, it’s simply the Giants’ year

San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse celebrates after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a tune Tim Flannery once sung that he finds perfectly fitting to describe how his San Francisco Giants get the most out of themselves in the postseason. Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval mix with rookie faces, giving the Giants a seemingly unique ability to win every… Continue reading →

The time is now for No. 2 Florida State as it hosts No. 5 Notre Dame

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) talks to Syracuse's Darius Kelly, not shown, after teammate Dalvin Cook scored a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No one around the Florida State football team wants to call Saturday’s game against No. 5 Notre Dame a must-win. Reality could tell a different story. The No. 2 Seminoles last week dropped from the top of the rankings for the first time since Dec. 1, 2013, despite a 6-0 record. Florida… Continue reading →

Sources: Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets

Associated Press photo by Elaine ThompsonSeahawks receiver Percy Harvin stands on the sideline late in the second half of the team's  loss to Dallas.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks. Two people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press on Friday that Harvin, a star in last season’s Super Bowl but injury prone through his career, was headed to the Jets. The people spoke anonymously because the… Continue reading →

Lewis: Even Archie Manning is surprised by 6-0 Rebels

Welcome back, Saturday Six-Pack! Let’s look at six topics of interest for the weekend. 1 This summer, Archie Manning jokingly said he hoped he would have to recuse himself from the College Football Playoff deliberations when Ole Miss was discussed. Now, with the committee’s first meeting coming up after next week’s games, it looks like the Rebels are going… Continue reading →

Patriots hold on for 27-25 victory over Jets

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws as New York Jets defensive end Jason Babin (58) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the New York Jets that came down to the last play. Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt and the defensive tackle’s teammates rushed onto the field to celebrate their surprisingly tough win… Continue reading →

Travis Ishikawa’s three-run homer sends Giants to the World Series

San Francisco Giants St. celebrate after a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the Shot That Shook the Bay. Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end a National League Championship Series, a three-run shot that gave the San Francisco Giants a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. These every-other-year Giants will face the Royals… Continue reading →

Friday’s broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Fresno State at Boise State, ESPN 8 p.m., Temple at Houston, ESPNU HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Episcopal at Dunham, CST 7 p.m., Covington at Fountainbleau, Cox4-NO 7 p.m., St. Martinville at BBHS, Cox4-Laf. 7 p.m., Live Oak at Walker, MeTV 7 p.m., Central… Continue reading →

Decision soon on Roger Goodell testimony in Ray Rice case

Associated Press photo by JOHN MINCHILLO -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York on Oct. 8. A neutral arbiter is expected to decide early next week whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify during an appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Thursday.

A neutral arbiter is expected to decide early next week whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify during an appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Thursday. Goodell said last week he’d leave the decision to former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was picked by the commissioner… Continue reading →

Talladega tense place for many, but not Kevin Harvick

Associated Press photo by Chuck BurtonKevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Bank of America 500 on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Guaranteed a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn’t race at all. Four of NASCAR’s top drivers will see their title hopes come to an end at Talladega, where the… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Alabama, Oklahoma face possible playoff elimination

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight (9) celebrates a touchdown by teammate Samaje Perine during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Florida State will whittle the field of unbeatens in major college football when they meet Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida. Big game for sure, but the loser can take heart that their playoff hopes, while damaged, won’t be destroyed. For playoff contenders that have already lost once, teams such as Alabama and… Continue reading →

Wait over, Royals bound for World Series

Associated Press photo by ORLIN WAGNER -- Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. The Royals advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals are once again baseball royalty. They are… Continue reading →

VooDoo’s new coach, general manager talk about their plans

The New Orleans VooDoo, on Wednesday morning, revealed its new management, the Arena Football League franchise’s attempt to better itself on the field and in the community. New coach Dean Cokinos called inheriting last season’s 3-15 squad, “an opportunity.” “We have the ground floor to work, to get this to the next level quickly,” said Cokinos,… Continue reading →

Jets hope to turn season around against Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored Patriots on Thursday night. “We’re desperate, to say the least,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Thursday, Oct. 16

TV MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., Cardinals at Giants, FS1 NFL 6 p.m., Saints Outside the Huddle, CST 7:25 p.m., Jets at Patriots, CBS 9:30 p.m., Texans Huddle, FSNO COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5 p.m., Inside SLU-Ron Roberts, CST 6:30 p.m., Va. Tech at Pittsburgh, ESPN 7 p.m., Colorado Mines at Ft. Lewis, CST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 6 p.m., Dru Nettles… Continue reading →

Kevin Faulk, Yvette Girouard among inductees to Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Advocate file photo by Justin Best -- Former LSU running back Kevin Faulk

Two members of Acadiana’s brand-new Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame trio had to leave home to realize their athletic dreams and reach the pinnacle of their sport. After that was done, both returned home. The third of the trio? Well, she never really left, finding success within the confines of her native Louisiana. Now, Jake Delhomme,… Continue reading →

Tuesday’s sports briefs

Mainieri to speak at Andonie Museum LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Andonie Sports Museum on LSU’s campus (3828 West Lakeshore Drive). To RSVP call (225) 578-3838. Tulane, UNO to play baseball exhibition Tulane baseball’s exhibition contest against UNO at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Saturday has been moved up… Continue reading →

Tuesday’s broadcast highlights

Today’s broadcast highlights TV MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m., Orioles at Royals, TBS 7 p.m., Cardinals at Giants, FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m., Jaguars-Dawson Odoms, CST 7:30 p.m., Inside LSU, CST 8 p.m., Les Miles Radio Show, CST 9 p.m., Les Miles news conference, CST 9 p.m., SEC Film Room, SEC NFL 5:30 p.m., Cowboys Insider, FSNO COLLEGE BASKETBALL… Continue reading →