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Lewis: Group of Five has a lot to prove in bowl games

Karl Benson likes to recall the night when, as commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference he advised Boise State’s Ian Johnson to run the Statue of Liberty play in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl that gave the BCS-busting Broncos a 43-42 overtime victory against Oklahoma and then to propose to his cheerleader girlfriend on national TV immediately afterward.… Continue reading →

Florida State lands three players on AP All-America team

Associated Press file photo by PHELAN M. EBENHACK -- Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tré Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Oregon and Alabama each have two, including a couple of Heisman Trophy finalists. Heisman winner Marcus… Continue reading →

Thursday: Broadcast highlights

TV NFL 6 p.m. -- Saints Outside the Huddle -- CST 7:25 p.m. -- Titans at Jaguars -- NFL LA. PREP FOOTBALL REPLAY 4 p.m. -- Livonia vs. Amite -- FSNO TEXAS UIL STATE FINALS 10 a.m. -- 2A Division II -- FSNO 1 p.m. -- 2A Division I -- FSNO 5 p.m. -- 3A Division II -- FSNO+… Continue reading →

Thursday: Chok’s Choices at the Fair Grounds

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his own handicapping website, BeychokRacing.com. Follow his on Twitter: @BeychokRacing. Race 1 4. King… Continue reading →

Astros welcome back Jed Lowrie; Dodgers drop Brian Wilson

Associated Press photo by PAT SULLIVAN -- New Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, center, stands between General Manager Jeff Luhnow, left, and Manager A.J. Hinch as he holds up his new jersey at a press conference Tuesday in Houston. Lowrie is returning to the Astros after two seasons in Oakland.

HOUSTON — One of the Houston Astros’ top priorities this offseason was to improve their infield, and the return of shortstop Jed Lowrie does just that. Lowrie played for the Astros in 2012 before he was traded to Oakland and spent two seasons with the Athletics. He rejoined the Astros on Monday when he agreed to a… Continue reading →

Wednesday: Broadcast highlights

TV NFL 4 p.m. -- Cowboys Insider -- FSNO COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m. -- Tennessee at N.C. State -- ESPN2 6 p.m. -- Arkansas St. at Miss. State -- SEC 6 p.m. -- Hampton at Illinois -- ESPNU 6 p.m. -- N. Florida at Florida St. -- FSNO 6:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU-Johnny Jones… Continue reading →

Lewis: Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff, Katy Perry and rumors of his untimely demise

Advocate staff photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning observes from a golf cart at the Manning Passing Academy at Guidry Stadium on Friday July. 12, 2013, in Thibodaux.

Archie Manning would like the world to know that the reason he left the College Football Playoff selection committee just before it was to begin its weekly deliberations was NOT because: A. He was pushing Ole Miss so much the other committee members got tired of it and kicked him out. B. He refused to… Continue reading →

Tuesday: Broadcast highlights

TV NFL 11:30 a.m. -- Payton news conference -- CST LA. PREP FOOTBALL REPLAY 10 a.m. -- Destrehan vs. Acadiana -- FSNO NBA 7 p.m. -- Jazz at Pelicans -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- Warriors at Grizzlies -- ESPN 9:30 p.m. -- Thunder at Kings -- ESPN COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 5… Continue reading →

Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. spark Giants over Redskins

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to rookie Odell Beckham Jr., and the Giants took advantage of an overturned touchdown at the end of the half to pick up a 24-13 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Manning, a former Newman High standout, and Beckham, a former LSU standout, combined… Continue reading →

Bengals rough up Johnny Manziel in first start

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs against Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — They chased him. They taunted him. They made him look scared. The Cincinnati Bengals dismantled Johnny Manziel. Woe, Johnny. Manziel spent his first NFL start being tormented and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns… Continue reading →

Sick, sore Peyton Manning leads Broncos to AFC West title

Associated Press photo by Lenny Ignelzi San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, knocks a pass way from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the first half of Sunday's game.

SAN DIEGO — Peyton Manning was sick and sore. He took four bags of intravenous fluid between Saturday night and Sunday morning and then hurt his right thigh in the second quarter, requiring more treatment. It was all good, though. Nothing a victory and a fourth straight AFC West title won’t cure. Manning… Continue reading →

Monday's broadcast highlights

TV NFL 2 p.m. -- Cowboys news conference -- FSNO 2:30 p.m. -- Texans news conference -- FSNO 7:15 p.m. -- Saints at Bears -- ESPN 10:30 p.m. -- Saints Tonight -- CST LA. PREP FOOTBALL REPLAYS 10 a.m. -- Livonia vs. Amite -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- Warren Easton vs. Neville -- FSNO… Continue reading →

Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan for thirf on NBA scoring list

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the game ball and acknowledges the crowd during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list in Minneapolis, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant has reached rarefied air. The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant entered the game needing nine points to pass the icon with whom he is often compared. He got the… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning exits game with thigh injury

Associated Press photo by Lenny Ignelzi San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, knocks a pass way from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the first half of Sunday's game.

SAN DIEGO — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning came out of Sunday’s game against the Chargers in the second quarter due to a thigh injury. He also was suffering from flu-like symptoms. Manning came out after a play on which he threw a block for C.J. Anderson. Officials initially ruled Anderson scored, but on… Continue reading →

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Associated Press photo by Julio CortezOregon quarterback Marcus Mariota poses with the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday in New York.

NEW YORK — Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy winner. The Ducks’ understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college football’s most prestigious individual award. “I’m humbled to be standing here today,” Mariota said, reading an… Continue reading →

This Week in the NFL

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cleveland. The Colts won 25-24. (AP Photo/David Richard)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE: Johnny Manziel makes his NFL debut as a starting quarterback as the Cleveland Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals The good thing about the Saints playing Monday night is that your afternoon will be free to watch other games. And by other games, what we really… Continue reading →

First steps important as Louisiana Marathon weekend gets closer

Louisiana Marathon

Like clockwork, the excuses begin. “I can’t do that, I’m not a runner,” someone inevitably will tell Pat Fellows. “I’ve got knee problems,” another will say. “I’m too fat,” another adds. Fellows, the co-founder of the Louisiana Marathon, hears the familiar excuses from people interested in changing their lifestyles by beginning a running or… Continue reading →

Army-Navy: Midshipmen make it 13 in a row

Associated Press photo by PATRICK SEMANSKYNavy celebrates after recovering an onside kick attempt by Army late in the fourth quarter of the Army-Navy game, Saturday in Baltimore. Navy won 17-10.

BALTIMORE — The game was over, and it was time for Navy to celebrate its 13th straight victory over Army. After the Midshipmen stood respectfully for Army’s alma mater, defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony hoisted Ken Niumatalolo on their shoulders to give the winningest football coach in Navy history a free ride in… Continue reading →

Sunday: Broadcast highlights

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NFL 10 a.m. -- Texans Countdown -- FSNO 11 a.m. -- Saints Game Plan -- CST Noon -- Bucs at Panthers -- Fox Noon -- Steelers at Falcons -- CBS 3 p.m. -- Texans Wrap -- FSNO 3:25 p.m. -- 49ers at Seahawks -- Fox 7:20 p.m. -- Cowboys at Eagles -- NBC COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30… Continue reading →

Will Muschamp ‘excited’ to be Auburn defensive coordinator

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Former Florida coach Will Muschamp speaks during a news conference at Auburn on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn hired Muschamp as defensive coordinator Friday, hoping he can rebuild a defense that struggled badly late in the season.

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn hired former Florida coach Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator Friday, hoping he can rebuild a defense that struggled badly late in the season. “I’m excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. “Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college… Continue reading →

Sunbean wins second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic, pushes earnings past $1 million

Photo by LYNN ROBERTS/Hodges Photography -- Sunbean, with Corey Lanerie aboard, pulls ahead in the deep stretch to capture the 24th running of the $150,000 Louisiana Chammpions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Sunbean is Louisiana’s newest millionaire. Evelyn Benoit’s 4-year-old gelding came from behind in his closing stride to claim his second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, pushing his earnings past $1 million. Benoit adds her second million-dollar horse to Brittlyn Stable’s resume — along with former back-to-back-to-back Classic winner Star Guitar… Continue reading →

Too Dim finishes fast to win Louisiana Champions Day Sprint

Photo by LOU HODGES JR./Hodges Photography -- Too Dim with jockey Miguel Mena aboard wins the 24th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Too Dim started slow. But boy, did he finish fast. The 5-year-old colt, left in the gate by the mature field Saturday afternoon at the Fair Grounds, recovered from a spotty start to settle into a charge which ended with a winning showdown against favorite Heitai at the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. Too Dim’s worst-to-first journey through six… Continue reading →

Lewis: For Evelyn Benoit, Champions Day Classic is only the start of big Fair Grounds dreams

Photo by Hodges Photography -- Sunbean, with Corey Lanerie aboard, captures the 24th running of the $150,000 Louisiana Chammpions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Sunbean became Evelyn Benoit’s second Louisiana-bred $1 million winner Saturday, joining her Star Guitar by winning the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds. “This is the impossible dream,” Benoit said. But it’s going to take many millions more for Benoit to achieve perhaps a truly impossible dream — buying and upgrading the Gentilly facility. “I… Continue reading →

Auburn hires Will Muschamp to be defensive coordinator

Associated Press photo by JAMES CRISP -- Former Florida coach Will Muschamp

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn hired former Florida coach Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator Friday, hoping he can rebuild a defense that struggled badly late in the season. “I’m excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. “Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college football who has… Continue reading →

Lewis: Louisiana Champions Day brings the state’s horsemen together ... at least briefly

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Trainer Patrick Mouton shows some love to Louisiana Champions Day Classic entry Louisiana Flyboy on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Imagine Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day at the Fair Grounds as a family reunion for the state’s racing community — except that a rich, old aunt has died without a will, so everyone’s fighting over her estate. “This is our Breeders’ Cup day when we show off all of our best horses,” said veteran trainer Patrick Mouton… Continue reading →

One King’s Man seeks one big win in Louisiana Champions Day Classic

When Kenneth Ramsey saw One King’s Man for the first time, he leaned over to his trainer, Joe Sharp, and said he thought they might have found a Louisiana-bred horse than can give them a shot at the Louisiana Champions Day Classic. One King’s Man had been claimed on three different occasions over the past year, but… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds notebook: 2008 champion Oughta Be A Cat returns

Oughta Be A Cat finally will be back at his old stomping grounds. The former Louisiana Champions Day Classic winner who once strolled around the tracks of the Fair Grounds as a champion returns Saturday and will be leading the post, the first former winner to do so in the history of the race. Eric… Continue reading →

Chok’s Choices for Louisiana Champions Day, Dec. 13, 2014

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his own handicapping website, BeychokRacing.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Saturday, Dec. 13

Today’s broadcast highlights TV COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina at N. Dakota St., ESPN 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, CBS 7 p.m., Heisman Trophy ceremony, ESPN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, FHSAA 6A final, CST… Continue reading →

Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon, Amari Cooper prepare for scandal-free Heisman ceremony

Associated Press photo by MARK J. TERRILL -- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, right, dives in for a touchdown against UCLA on Oct. 11. Oregon quarterback Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

NEW YORK — It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.… Continue reading →

Army-Navy: Midshipmen put 12-game win streak on line

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, Army's Trent Steelman salutes after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Philadelphia. It takes a special person to attend college classes, fulfill military obligations and hustle through football practice. It's all in a day's work for the participants in the Army-Navy game, and that is precisely why this rivalry is all about mutual respect.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

BALTIMORE — Navy’s unprecedented 12-game winning streak against Army has increased the pressure on both teams Saturday. The Cadets are desperate to snap a slide that began when the current crop of players were in grade school. The Midshipmen are determined to maintain the upper hand in a series that began in 1890. “The streak is out there. Everybody… Continue reading →

Drew Stanton injury yet another blow to Cardinals

Associated Press photo by JEFF ROBERSON -- Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton leaves the field after suffering a knee injury Thursday at St. Louis.

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have taken another big injury hit, but it could have been worse. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that quarterback Drew Stanton will not require surgery on his injured right knee. “We feel he definitely has a chance to be back this season,” the coach said. “We just don’t know when.” Asked if there… Continue reading →

MLB winter meetings: Red Sox bolster rotation quickly

Associated Press photo by GREGORY BULL -- Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley, a former Southeastern Louisiana star, delivers against the San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt in spring training last year. MIley appears on his way to the Boston Red Sox.

BOSTON — Just like that, the Boston Red Sox have a starting rotation again. With two deals announced on Thursday and a third coming soon, the Red Sox have rebuilt their starting rotation this offseason almost as quickly as they took it apart during the summer. Hours after trading for Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello, Boston signed righty Justin Masterson… Continue reading →

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress suffers season-ending injury

Associated Press file photo by STEVE HELBER -- Kentucky coach John Calipari and forward Alex Poythress

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A somber hush hovered over Kentucky basketball players Friday, replacing the jovial atmosphere that usually exudes from this group of Wildcats. They were just coming to grips with the sudden loss of one of their leaders for the rest of the season, junior forward Alex Poythress. Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson… Continue reading →

Bears assistant apologizes for criticizing team

In this recent file photo, New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is shown.  A person familiar with the situation says Spagnuolo, Carmichael, and Kormer are three strong candidates on the Saints staff to step in as interim coach.  The Saints are trying to regroup from penalties handed down by the NFL for running a bounty program. The league suspended head coach Sean Payton for a year, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six. (AP Photo/File)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer called it a case of speaking out of turn and his reeling team is making every attempt to push his public criticism of quarterback Jay Cutler into the past. Kromer, the former interim coach for the Saints, admitted Friday that he asked for the forgiveness of… Continue reading →

College football: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota wins Maxwell and O’Brien

Oregon's Marcus Mariota passes (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s outstanding player. Mariota was presented with the prize Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney. It was his third major award of the night. Earlier in the evening, he received the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback… Continue reading →

Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Cavaliers

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scored 26 points in a 103-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursday’s game that they would be without LeBron James. They couldn’t have found a less sympathetic opponent. Oklahoma City, which struggled without injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the first month of the season, took advantage of the short-handed Cavaliers with a 103-94 victory.… Continue reading →

Cardinals kick their way to 12-6 victory over Rams

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) makes a catch against St. Louis Rams' Janoris Jenkins (21) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS — Drew Stanton hopped off the field to the bench and was carted off with a right knee injury. For the second straight meeting against the St. Louis Rams, the Arizona Cardinals lost a quarterback. They won both times, thanks to strong defense. Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the… Continue reading →

Old-style swaps dominate MLB winter meetings

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Yoenis Cespedes follows through on a RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Right-handed pitching prospect Alex Wilson also will go to Detroit as part of the trade, the person said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

SAN DIEGO — Baseball’s winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids. Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, Dan Haren and Howie Kendrick were among the All-Stars dealt by the time teams headed… Continue reading →

Heitai is sprinting toward more success at the Fair Grounds

Photo provided by Hodges Photography/Amanda Hodges Weir -- Diego Saenz pilots Heitai to victory in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 14, 2013.

Heitai fooled them all — even his trainer. Made Karl Broberg playfully take a shot at himself after watching one of his colts win. “I don’t know what a real race horse is,” he said, “but that’s as close as I’m going to get to having one.” That came from Broberg last November… Continue reading →

Friday: Broadcast highlights

TV NBA 7 p.m. -- Cavaliers at Pelicans -- FSNO NFL 5 p.m. -- Texans Weekly -- FSNO COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Inside SLU-Ron Roberts -- CST 7 p.m. -- UTC at New Hampshire -- ESPN2 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon -- FSHAA 5A final -- CST -- Godby… Continue reading →

Sunbean racing into the record books

Photo provided by Evangeline Downs -- Sunbean, ridden by Richard Eramia, owned by Evelyn Benoit and trained by Ron Faucheux, approaches the finish line to win the Legends Classic on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Evangeline Downs in Lafayette.

Brittlyn Stable’s Sunbean will be chasing much more than another victory. With a victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at The Fair Grounds, Sunbean officially eclipses the $1 million mark for lifetime earnings and places himself in elite company amongst some of the best Louisiana-bred horses ever. “I’ve been training for about five years… Continue reading →

Thursday: Chok’s Choices for Fair Grounds

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his own handicapping website, BeychokRacing.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.Continue reading →

Wisconsin stunned by Gary Andersen’s departure

Associated Press photo by MICHAEL CONROY -- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen watches from the sideline during the first half of the Big Ten Conference game against Ohio State on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez hopes to move quickly to find a new head coach after Gary Andersen’s stunning departure to Oregon State. Alvarez hoped to have a replacement by the 17th-ranked Badgers’ bowl game Jan. 1. Alvarez said that the Wisconsin seniors asked him to coach in the Outback Bowl against Auburn, and that he… Continue reading →

Army-Navy: All about respect, bigger than a game

Associated Press file photo ERIC GAY -- Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo

BALTIMORE — Not many players have to wake up before dawn, fulfill military obligations, attend classes and then grind through football practice. For the athletes at Army and Navy, it’s all in a day’s work. That is why respect is the operative word in this longtime rivalry. With the exception of their game against Air Force,… Continue reading →