The Final Score Archives

Volleyball players adjust, get back on schedule

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Casey Jennings, left, tries to get the ball past Phil Dalhausser Saturday, May 23, 2015, during the AVP New Orleans Open beach volleyball tournament at Laketowns temporary complex in Kenner.  Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal beat Jennings and Billy Kolinski  19-21, 21-15, 15-13, to advance to the next round.

After being postponed a day by a torrential rainstorm that flooded parts of Kenner on Thursday, the organizers of the AVP New Orleans Open beach volleyball tournament had to make some repairs and some adjustments. So did the players. Instead of playing 16 matches on Friday with the goal of reaching Sunday’s finals, some rested. Some toured the… Continue reading →

At this year’s Indy 500, safety in an inherently unsafe sport has become the focus

INDIANAPOLIS — They call the Indianapolis 500 “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for its high speeds, rich history, enormous crowd and take-your-breath-away competition. This year, IndyCar is hoping the 99th running of the event won’t be a spectacle because of a serious on-track incident. Concern hangs over Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the cars of… Continue reading →

Suunday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m. -- American Athletic final -- ESPNU Houston vs. East Carolina Noon -- ACC Tournament final -- ESPN2 -- Florida State vs. N.C. State Noon -- Big 12 Tournament final -- FS1 -- Oklahoma State vs. Texas 3:30 p.m. -- SEC Tournament final -- ESPN2 -- Florida vs. Vanderbilt NCAA SOFTBALL-SUPER REGIONALS… Continue reading →

Third quarter vexes VooDoo in loss to Jacksonville

The New Orleans VooDoo lost its bid at a Saturday night comeback early in the third quarter. Trailing the Jacksonville Sharks by eight, quarterback Brian Reader was stripped by Joe Sykes, who also recovered the fumble. One play later, Derek Ross scored for Jacksonsville from 3 yards out, the pivotal moment in a 70-41 VooDoo loss at the… Continue reading →

Tennessee rules day in Junior Olympics boxing regional in New Orleans

There weren’t many winners from the state of Louisiana at the USA Boxing Junior Olympics regional championship Saturday, but in the eyes of James Joseph, they were all winners. “It doesn’t matter to me who won or loss any of the fights tonight,” said Joseph, the head trainer for the James Joseph School of Boxing and the host… Continue reading →

13-year-old Elijah Wilson ready for regional championship bout Saturday

Advocate file photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Elijah Wilson, 13, trains with James Joseph at Uppercut Boxing Gym, will be one of the boxer competing in the USA Boxing Junior Olympics Regional championship Saturday.

Emmett Wilson was once a professional boxer who had a 4-0 record with four knockouts, but he said the toughest competition he faced was never in the ring. It was his 4-year-old son, Elijah, who gave him the most trouble after his training sessions. “I would bring him and his bigger brother to the gym to… Continue reading →

Larry Beavers expected to return for VooDoo

Receiver Larry Beavers has spent the past six games on the New Orleans VooDoo sideline. Saturday night marks what could be his return to Arena Football League action. Beavers, a fourth-year pro of the league, is expected to be active for Saturday’s home against the Jacksonville Sharks (3-5). Kickoff is 7 p.m. at the Smoothie King… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Saturday, May 23

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 9 a.m. Big 12 Tournament FSNO+ Noon Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt SEC Noon CAA championship CST 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Tournament FSNO+ 3:30 p.m. LSU vs. Florida SEC 9 p.m. WCC Championship ESPNU NCAA SOFTBALL-SUPER REGIONALS 11 a.m. Auburn vs. UL-Lafayette ESPN Noon Florida vs. Kentucky ESPNU 2 p.m. LSU vs. Arizona ESPNews 2 p.m. Oregon… Continue reading →

Bensend has lofty volleyball goals

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Kerri Schuh of Milwaukee, Wis., left, and Jessica Stubinski of Houston, Texas battle Betsi Metter-Flint of Los Angeles , Calif., and Kelley Larsen of San Diego, Calif., during qualifying Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Coconut Beach in Kenner for the AVP New Orleans Open beach volleyball tournament. Schuh and Stubinski advanced to tournament play Friday.

Angela Bensend has a goal. “My goal as an individual is to, hopefully, one day be able to play in the Olympics,” said the former outside hitter on LSU’s volleyball team.… Continue reading →

Fun and Fitness calendar

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Ron Maestri on stepping down as UNO baseball coach: 'Coming back wasn’t something I was looking for'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UNO coach Ron Maestri watches as his Privateers take on LSU on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Alex Box Stadium.

Ron Maestri confirmed Monday that he is stepping down at UNO’s baseball coach two seasons into his second stint on the job and 30 years after the first one ended. “I just recently decided this was it,” Maestri said after a meeting with school president Peter Fos. “Coming back wasn’t something I was looking for. “But… Continue reading →

All for the kids: Coach James Joseph thrilled to be in charge of hosting USA Boxing Junior Olympics regional championship

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- James Joseph trains with 9 year old Corey McGee at Uppercut Boxing Gym in Harvey on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

The walls of James Joseph’s office are littered with faces of all the people he has helped in his 40-year career as a boxing coach, but he still feels like he hasn’t reached his ultimate goal. He hopes all of that will change Saturday. Joseph will be in charge of hosting the USA Boxing Junior… Continue reading →

Scott Dixon wins Indy 500 pole

Ed Carpenter, left, and Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, talk as they wait for the start of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — One minute, Scott Dixon thought the numbers were a mistake. The next, he was sitting on the Indianapolis 500 pole. On one of the strangest qualifying days in Indy history, Dixon overcame rules changes, a revised schedule, the threat of rain and Team Penske’s powerful four-car lineup to earn his second Indy… Continue reading →


SEATTLE – Bob Hopkins, a 1978 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee whose basketball career at Grambling produced a state scoring record, died Friday in his adopted hometown at the age of 80. A celebration of life service Friday will follow an 11 a.m. mass in suburban… Continue reading →

American Pharoah prevails at Preakness, keeps Triple Crown dreams alive; Dallas Stewart’s Tale of Verve finishes second

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, wins the 140th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

BALTIMORE — Minutes before the Preakness, there was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack. But nothing — absolutely nothing — was going to stop American Pharoah ... especially the competition. Thunder rumbled as the starting gate… Continue reading →

Pro beach volleyball returns to New Orleans this week with the AVP New Orleans Open

AVP photo by MPU DINANI -- April Ross is one of the marquee players slated to compete in the AVP New Orleans Open this week in Kenner. She teams with Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion.

Sand, spikes and sunblock — that’s the atmosphere fans can expect this week at the AVP New Orleans Open in Kenner. Starting with Thursday’s open qualifying tournament, the four-day event at the Laketown complex will feature 16 men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams competing for $150,000 in prize money. Organizers are promising a festive… Continue reading →

Cleveland handles visiting VooDoo 64-42

In Cleveland, New Orleans’ Brian Reader threw six touchdown passes in the VooDoo’s 64-42 loss to the Cleveland Gladiators on Friday night. New Orleans (2-6) was outscored in each quarter and trailed 33-21 at halftime. Cleveland, a fellow member of the American Conference’s East Division, improved to 5-3. Roger Jackson caught three touchdown passes… Continue reading →

American Pharoah has dreaded rail for Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is held by trainer Bob Baffert at the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The Preakness Stakes horse race is Saturday, May 16.(AP Photo/Garry Jones)

BALTIMORE — Bob Baffert can only hope the finish of the Preakness Stakes turns out better than the position draw. The trainer watched in disbelief Wednesday as his Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah drew the dreaded No. 1 post position for Saturday’s second leg of the Triple Crown. A moment later, his other entry, Dortmund,… Continue reading →

Fun and Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, May 12

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Will Power wins Indianapolis Grand Prix

Associated Press photo by Michael ConroyWill Power takes the lead as Scott Dixon spins on the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power came to Indianapolis chasing more than a double. He wants a clean sweep. After Saturday, the defending IndyCar champion is halfway home. Power led 65 of 82 laps in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, holding off Graham Rahal for his first win of the season and first at the famed… Continue reading →

Whitworth talks to Bengals owners about future

Cincinnati Bengals veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, center, talks with rookie offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, right,  during their NFL football rookie minicamp held Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Cincinnati. At left is Whitworth's three-year-old son, Michael. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI — Bengals captain Andrew Whitworth got permission to attend rookie camp on Saturday and mentor the linemen who were taken in the draft. He also spent some time on the sideline clarifying his remarks to ownership. The 10th-year veteran from LSU talked to owner Mike Brown and other members of his family about comments… Continue reading →

Rattlers topple VooDoo

On Saturday night, the New Orleans VooDoo matched the effort of the Arizona Rattlers, the three-time defending champions of the Arena Football League. Then the second half ended the VooDoo’s chance at their biggest upset of the season. B.J. Coleman led Arizona to three consecutive scores to start the third quarter and the VooDoo, unable to… Continue reading →

‘West Bank proud:’ Jamie Sauer wins women’s title at Huey P. Long Bridge Run; two-time defending series champion Ian Carr tops among the men

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Women's runner Jamie Sauer of Belle Chasse crosses the finish line in Bridge City on Saturday in the Huey P. Long Bridge Run.

Jamie Sauer has lived in the New Orleans area for only three years. But after moving from San Diego, she is proud to call Belle Chasse home. Sauer, a YMCA instructor, military wife and mom, sported a smoky gray racing bib Saturday during the Huey P. Long Bridge Run. Those in the race who… Continue reading →

Clemson, South Carolina could miss regionals

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- South Carolina pitcher Jack Wynkoop is 7-4 with a 2.45 ERA this season, but the Gamecocks are struggling overall, with a sub-.500 record in Southeastern Conference play.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s been four decades since an NCAA baseball tournament did not include either Clemson or South Carolina. This year, the Palmetto State’s two powerhouse programs are having a tough time making a case for an invitation to the 64-team field. With little more than two weeks until the NCAA playoff teams… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning stays mum on Deflategate

Associated Press photo by The Indianapolis StarBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning, speaks with media Friday in Indianapolis. The Broncos quarterback returned to Indianapolis on Friday night to host a fundraiser for the local childrens hospital named in his honor.

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning tried to take the air out of “Deflategate” on Friday. Even the evasive Broncos quarterback couldn’t make the questions disappear. Two days after The Wells Report implicated Tom Brady and two team employees for underinflating footballs, Manning returned to his first NFL home and attempted to sidestep the issue three… Continue reading →

Howard, Hamels lead Phillies past Mets

Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard, right, follows through after hitting a home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Philadelphia. Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard homered and drove in two runs, Cole Hamels outpitched Matt Harvey and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 3-1 Friday night. Hamels (2-3) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight. Harvey (5-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings for… Continue reading →

VooDoo look to continue upward path against Arizona

Backup quarterback Brian Reader came off the bench last week to become the unexpected hero, helping to end the New Orleans VooDoo’s four-game losing skid. Now, Reader is aiming for more heroics. He wants to lead the VooDoo (2-4) to their first back-to-back wins of the season. On Saturday night, Reader is scheduled to make his… Continue reading →

Na, Kelly top the leaderboard at TPC

Martin Kaymer, of Germany, hits from the sand on the 15th fairway, during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 8, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jerry Kelly and Kevin Na headed into the weekend at The Players Championship with another chance at winning the PGA Tour’s biggest and richest event. Thanks to a clutch putt by Tiger Woods rarely seen of late, he made the cut on the number and gets to keep… Continue reading →

Forever a Raven: Ed Reed signs with Baltimore, retires

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) during the second half half of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ed Reed came into the NFL as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and now he’s leaving as one. The nine-time Pro Bowl safety, a St. Rose native whose last game with the Ravens was their victory against San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, formally announced his… Continue reading →

NFL notebook: Tom Brady says deflated footballs can’t detract from Patriots’ latest Super Bowl title

SALEM, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn’t detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title. “Absolutely not,” Brady told a friendly crowd in his first public appearance since an NFL investigation concluded Brady likely knew Patriots… Continue reading →

Texas looks to Germany for Astrodome plans

Judge Ed Emmett, Harris Countys highest elected official, right, talks with Tropical Islands chief horticulturist Bernd Green, left, in Brand, near Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Tropical Islands, where ambitious entrepreneurs planned to revive Germany's zeppelin industry. A delegation from Texas toured the facility to see if lessons learned by the Germans can be applied to converting the Houston Astrodome _ the world's first multi-purposed domed stadium, which hasn't been home to a sports team since 1999 and has been closed to all events since 2009. (AP Photo/David Rising)

BRAND, Germany — It rose on a former Soviet airfield south of Berlin, a towering hangar bigger than a dozen football fields where ambitious entrepreneurs planned to revive Germany’s zeppelin industry. That dream died in 2002 when funding ran out, but the building was reborn as a massive popular tropical theme park, complete with a rainforest,… Continue reading →

Weekly wrapup: Seth Holley wins championship flight at Dumas Memorial

Seth Holley fired a 67-74—141 to win the championship flight of the Dumas Memorial golf championship over the weekend at Dumas Golf Club in Baker. The format was individual stroke play, and par was 72. Mike Drury (71-71—142) was second in the championship flight, followed by Shane Starns (72-70—142) and Jeremy Gautreaux (72-71—143). Luke Gower… Continue reading →

Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is headed to the Preakness

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, left, feeds Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah a carrot at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, May 3, 2015. Baffert won his fourth Derby, and first since 2002.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras. Reluctant at first, the Kentucky Derby winner perked up when trainer Bob Baffert offered the colt’s favorite snack. American Pharoah pricked his ears upon hearing the click of cameras and struck a… Continue reading →