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Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, May 31

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: rsmith@brec.org. BASKETBALL Atchafalaya Classic Summer Showcase: Ages 9-under through 17-under. June 24-26 at North Central High School and Opelousas Junior High School. Cost: $175 per team; multiteam discount available. Call Kerrick Alexander at (225) 324-7205. MONDAY… Continue reading →

Sankey talks satellite camps, men’s basketball

Southeastern Conference commissioner, Greg Sankey, stands for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. SEC coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. The much-publicized issue of camps clearly isn’t dead, though the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in April… Continue reading →

Bowling column: Bowlers earn scholarship money at Adult-Youth event

So here’s the premise for the week. Take one very good format and turn it so that it becomes a big-money scholarship event for Louisiana youth. That’s in a nutshell what Marc Pater of the Louisiana Bowling Proprietors have done with what used to be the national Bowling Proprietors Association of America’s International Family Tournament format.… Continue reading →

A look at the Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, May 24

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: rsmith@brec.org. BASKETBALL MONDAY MORNING & LUNCH BUNCH GAMES: 6:30 a.m. Mondays & noon, Tuesdays/Thursdays, Istrouma Baptist Church gym, Baton Rouge. No fee. Call ML Woodruff (225) 295-0775, Ext 118. GOLF PURPLE PURPOSE CHARITY TOURNAMENT: 8 a.m.… Continue reading →

After Preakness win, Exaggerator and the victorious Desormeaux brothers are in line to face Nyquist again at the Belmont

Kent Desormeaux rides Exaggerator to win the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Anyone thinking Keith and Kent Desormeaux seemed strangely unemotional after the brothers from Maurice became the first sibling trainer/jockey combo to win the Preakness on Saturday with Exaggerator should have been around later. At least that’s the way Matt Bryan, Exaggerator’s principal owner, experienced it after the victorious party celebrated at a Baltimore steakhouse.… Continue reading →

Cajun double: Desormeaux brothers make history as Exaggerator charges for Preakness Stakes upset

Exaggerator with Kent Desormeaux aboard moves past Nyquist with Mario Gutierrez during the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Baltimore. Exaggerator won the race. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

But all that mattered to elder brother Keith was that Exaggerator captured the middle leg of the Triple Crown by 31/2 lengths over Cherry Wine, ridden by Lafayette native Corey Lanerie. Continue reading →

The rivalry resumes: Keith and Kent Desormeaux’s Exaggerator takes aim at front-runner Nyquist again Saturday at the Preakness

Trainer Keith Desormeaux, who will saddle Exaggerator in the 141st Preakness Stakes, shares a laugh outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

BALTIMORE — Keith and Kent Desormeaux fell 11/4 lengths short of becoming the first trainer-jockey siblings to team up and win the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later, the brothers from Maurice can make similar history in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes, where Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator takes yet another crack at unbeaten champion Nyquist. Exaggerator is… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, the Manning Award winner, is driven to be even better next season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Deshaun Watson, Quarterback from Clemson University, smiles while holding the Manning Award with Cooper Manning, right, the son of former New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning, and brother to former Colts and Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Giants QB Eli Manning, in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The Manning award is presented to the best college quarterback of the year.

Archie Manning had issues with his back Tuesday and had to miss the presentation of the Manning Award. But don’t worry, Archie. You’ll likely get to present the award to the same guy next year — at least if things go the way Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson plans. He’s not content with his stellar sophomore… Continue reading →

Cajundome renovations lead Louisiana IceGators to suspend operations for the 2016-17 season

Advocate file photo by Buddy Delahoussaye -- Icegators Blake Hietala (20) facing off against RiverKings Cullen Bradshaw (15) on April 15, 2016, at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — Without a place to call home for the early portion of the season, the Louisiana IceGators announced Monday that they are suspending operations for the 2016-17 season. The IceGators play their home contests at the Cajundome, which will undergo extensive renovations starting later this month. The arena is not expected to be completed until… Continue reading →

New Orleans’ Motagua soccer team seeks to become first amateur Louisiana team to advance in U.S. Open Cup tournament

Wearing a secondary kit, players of Club Deportivo Motagua New Orleans lift the second consecutive trophy they won while competing in the Louisiana Premier League earlier this year. Motagua debuts in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Via Facebook)

The first amateur soccer team from Louisiana to qualify for the modern Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will attempt to become the state’s first amateur team to advance in the single-elimination tournament Wednesday. Club Deportivo Motagua of New Orleans will be hitting the road in its U.S. Open Cup debut to… Continue reading →

Better understanding of USBC workings after a recent visit

Too many napkins with notes on things that happened while on a recent visit to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno for the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open: First of all, we are now officially less than a year from the start of the 2017 USBC Women’s Championship event at the River Center in downtown Baton… Continue reading →

Results not ideal, but 'Super Bowl-esque' feeling around Benson's horses in Kentucky Derby well worth it for GMB Racing

Mario Guitierrez rides Nyquist to victory during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

This wasn’t the Kentucky Derby finish they had hoped for at GMB Racing. But it didn’t make for such a bad start. Continue reading →

Ian Carr wins fourth ‘Huey’ Bridge Run title

Advocate photo by Andrew Canulette -- Ian Carr

It’s said that death and taxes are the only things certain in life. Might as well add Ian Carr winning the Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run to the list. Carr, a 25-year Kenner resident and one of the metro area’s finest runners, won the 5 Kilometer (3.1-mile) race from East Bank to West Bank on… Continue reading →

'We're going after it': Team Benson thrilled at chances for Mo Tom, Tom’s Ready in Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Tom is led to his stall after a workout at Churchill Downs Monday, May 2, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The traveling party wasn’t supposed to be this big. Sure, there’s excitement in New Orleans — particularly at the compound the Saints and Pelicans share in Metairie — about Tom and Gayle Benson’s two horses in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. But Tom Benson, owner of both of the city’s major pro franchises,… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds to be open for Kentucky Derby

Most years, it’s almost impossible to bet on the Kentucky Derby at the Fair Grounds, even though the racetrack is owned by Churchill Downs. That’s because Derby Day — the first Saturday in May — usually conflicts with Jazz Fest’s second Saturday, and save for a single machine in the employee dining room, the Fair Grounds’ off… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl will be in prime time; Sugar Bowl CEO says Jan. 2 shouldn’t have negative effect on ratings

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  Louisiana Tech Bulldogs running back Kenneth Dixon (1) gets past Arkansas State Red Wolves linebacker Quanterio Heath (52) during the fourth quarter Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, of the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Louisiana Tech won 47-28.

Thanks to the Saints being conveniently out of town, the New Orleans Bowl will again be in prime time in December. “That’s what we are always hoping for,” bowl executive director Billy Ferrante said Wednesday after ESPN released its bowl schedule, which includes the New Orleans Bowl at 8 p.m. Dec. 17, The game will pit teams from… Continue reading →

New putter serves Brian Stuard well in playoff win

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)

After giving a new putter a trial run at the Valero Texas Open in his last PGA Tour start, Brian Stuard stuck it in his bag for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans that got underway Thursday. It felt good in his hands, even though Stuard finished in a tie for 55th at the… Continue reading →

Jamie Lovemark mulls missed opportunities at Zurich Classic

Jamie Lovemark hits out of a muddy spot next to the grandstand of the 18th hole during a playoff round of 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 was Jamie Lovemark’s to win. Three times. Tied Monday at 15-under with Byeong-Hun An, who had just finished with a birdie, Lovemark hit the front right edge of TPC Louisiana’s par-5 18th green in two shots. Eighty-five feet from the cup, Lovemark needed two putts to clinch his first PGA Tour victory,… Continue reading →

David Toms unsure of future after likely playing in final Zurich Classic

David Toms watches his drive on the 1st hole at the start of the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Saturday, April 30, 2016. The 3rd round of the tournament was suspended due to inclement weather.  (Advocate photo by MAX BECHERER)

While he hasn’t decided what his future will hold once he becomes eligible for the Champions Tour in January, former LSU All-American David Toms likely played his last round in his home state’s only PGA Tour event Monday. If it was, the 49-year-old Shreveport resident walked away in style after sinking an 8-foot birdie on the 18th… Continue reading →

Never-ending rain trims Zurich Classic to 54 holes with Monday finish; Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas are tied atop the leaderboard

Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela tees from the third hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The weather won again Sunday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. PGA Tour officials tried to get the rain-delayed third round in with an early-morning start Sunday, but golf was played for only 2½ hours before another weather system moved in and hovered over the TPC Louisiana layout to spoil all hopes of having a 72-hole… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: As soggy Zurich Classic takes the turn for Monday, you’ve got to root for the underdogs atop the leaderboard

Brian Stuard reacts after making birdie on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. Right is Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Before we get into which mere mortals could end up claiming the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, let’s first pay homage to the world heavyweight champion and still undefeated winner: Mother Nature. She reminded us silly humans once again who’s in charge, with enough relentless rain to suggest she wanted to see someone named Noah take the… Continue reading →

Third-round of Zurich Classic suspended; set to resume at 7 a.m. Monday — weather permitting

Vijay Singh talks on his phone as he walks down the 18th fairway after play was suspended due to inclement weather during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Updated 4:45 p.m.: PGA Tour officials suspended the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for the day at 4:40 p.m. following a 6-hour, 32-minute weather delay. The tournament will be shortened to 54 holes and players will try to return to the rain-soaked TPC Louisiana course at 7 a.m. Monday — weather permitting… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Zurich Classic remains under the weather

Light from a sign falls on the 18th hole as spectators walk through the rain after play was suspended due to inclement weather during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Saturday, April 30, 2016.  (Advocate photo by MAX BECHERER)

Here at the submarine pens known as TPC Louisiana, I’m starting to have my doubts whether they’re ever going to get in enough golf to officially declare a winner of this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Wonder if the tournament is insured? Silly question. They’ve managed to get to the halfway point of this year’s event, dragging… Continue reading →

Zurich Classic notebook: Weather disruptions becoming a theme on PGA Tour

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which is the 25th PGA Tour event of the 2015-16 season, isn’t the only tournament to be plagued by bad weather this season. Severe thunderstorms suspended the opening round Thursday for 4 hours, 52 minutes after only 11 golfers completed their rounds. The other 145 players in the field had to return… Continue reading →

Zurich Classic: A few minutes with … Sir Nick Faldo

Musician Kenny G, left, laughs as actor Clint Eastwood, right, is embraced by his caddie Nick Faldo, second from right, on the first tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the celebrity challenge event of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

It’s hard to believe that Sir Nick Faldo, 58, is in his 10th year as a broadcaster with CBS. The six-time major champion (three Masters, three British Opens) spoke to The Advocate this week about what keeps him busy when not calling golf, the state of the game worldwide, and his must-have dish when he visits New Orleans:… Continue reading →

From the gallery: Quick takes from Saturday at TPC Louisiana

Sunday’s weather at TPC Louisiana More rain likely, a 60 percent chance. High temperature around 80. Leading/Lurking First-round co-leader Brian Stuard jumped back in front at 12-under, one ahead of Jhonattan Vegas and Jamie Lovemark. Five players were four back at 8-under. Scott Stallings charged to 7-under with three straight… Continue reading →

Teeing off: Your primer for Sunday at the Zurich Classic

What to watch After a second extensive rain delay, tournament officials will attempt to restart third-round play at 7:30 a.m. There’s a possibility the tournament could end Sunday night, but it’s not likely. Unusual finish Players are being sent off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees in groups of… Continue reading →

Zurich Classic pairings for Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday tee times for players who did not start the third round of the Zurich Classic on Saturday; 16 groups were on the course when play was suspended at 5:30 p.m. (36-hole score in parentheses) No. 1 tee 7:35 a.m.: Derek Ernst (137), Lucas Glover (138), Chris Kirk (138) 7:45 a.m.: John… Continue reading →

With jockey Kent and trainer Keith eyeing a title with Exaggerator, the Desormeaux clan will be out in spades at the Kentucky Derby

Jockey Kent Desormeaux, left, and trainer J. Keith Desormeaux, right, celebrate after Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby horse race, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

MAURICE — “Are we still going?” Harris Desormeaux asked Brenda, his wife of 52 years, with just enough touch of doubt to make the visitor wonder whether he was serious. After all, how often do you get a chance to see your sons become only the third set of siblings to reach the Kentucky Derby… Continue reading →

Russell wins rain-shortened APT Merrill Lynch Open

ST. FRANCISVILLE — Jordan Russell stood on the ninth tee box during the final round of the Adams Pro Tour’s Merrill Lynch Open on Saturday with a three-shot lead. The par-5 hole had yielded a lot of birdies and some eagles during the week, and he was hoping to pad his advantage. Then a horn… Continue reading →

NFL Draft Roundup: Gathers goes from hardwood to gridiron; several La. products hear names on final day

Baylor forward Rico Gathers pulls in a rebound against Southern forward Keith Davis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 70-66.

The Dallas Cowboys have nabbed a full-time college basketball player in this year’s NFL Draft.

As strange as that may sound, Rico Gathers garnered attention from several teams before going off the board as the 217th overall pick in the sixth round Saturday. Standing at 6-foot-7 and 276 pounders, the native of LaPlace looks the part of a… Continue reading →

Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas are atop the leaderboard at 11-under after two days at the Zurich Classic

Jamie Lovemark makes a putt on the 18th green during the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Friday, April 29, 2016. (Advocate photo by MAX BECHERER)

Friday turned out to be another long day at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But the sun and accompanying heat, humidity and wind that greeted players who returned early to complete their first rounds didn’t seem to affect Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas — at least not on their scorecards. Both… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: The careers of ex-LSU standouts David Toms and Ben Taylor cross paths in a meaningful way at the Zurich Classic

Former LSU player Ben Taylor reacts after sinking a putt on the 6th hole at the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Friday, April 29, 2016. (Advocate photo by MAX BECHERER)

David Toms has made exactly 600 more PGA Tour starts than Ben Taylor. Somewhere in his golf bag, he probably has clubs older than his much younger LSU protégé. Their paths crossed Friday at TPC Louisiana in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Toms, the Tiger in winter, rekindling an old fire. Taylor, the cub by comparison… Continue reading →

Zurich Classic notebook: Friday’s 81 ends Smylie Kaufman’s visit to TPC Louisiana early

After returning Friday morning to TPC Louisiana to resume his first round in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman had things going his way. Under bright, sunny skies, a stark contrast to the dark clouds and thunderstorms that caused a nearly five-hour delay Thursday, things were looking up when Kaufman carded three… Continue reading →

Defending champion Justin Rose is on the wrong side of the projected cut line at the Zurich Classic

Justin Rose watches his drive on the 9th hole during the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Friday, April 29, 2016. (Advocate photo by MAX BECHERER)

On a steamy, blustery day at sun-splashed TPC Louisiana when many players were seeing red, defending Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Justin Rose couldn’t see anything on the greens. “I struggled,” he said Friday. “I just couldn’t get it going. I couldn’t see a putt. I couldn’t read a putt. I couldn’t sniff a putt.… Continue reading →