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Tennessee makes it official, hires ex-Texas coach Rick Barnes

Former University of Texas head basketball coach Rick Barnes addresses reporters after being named head coach at the University of Tennessee Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When he gave his farewell news conference after an unwanted exit from Texas, Rick Barnes predicted he’d be coaching again “quicker than you probably think.” It turns out Barnes already had a pretty good idea where he’d end up. Barnes had begun talking to Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart about the Volunteers’ coaching… Continue reading →

From its platoon to a 9-man rotation, one thing remains the same: Kentucky keeps winning

Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. The 38-0 Wildcats advanced to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari’s platoon system has given way to a nine-man rotation that gives the Kentucky coach plenty of combinations. Who plays and how long hasn’t mattered to the top-ranked Wildcats. Platooning has been replaced by the immediate challenge of winning the school’s ninth championship and remaining undefeated along the way.… Continue reading →

Evangeline Downs prepares to open 50th season

OPELOUSAS — When Evangeline Downs general manager Bret Cox sat with his staff to prepare for the track’s 50th racing season, he wanted to accomplish three things. With opening night one week away, those three — refurbishment of the track itself, an upgrade in the racing staff to improve operations, and an attractive racing schedule… Continue reading →

Experts blast Alabama coach Nick Saban's handling of player arrested for domestic violence

Alabama coach Nick Saban watches the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Writers, commentators and authors are all sounding off on Alabama football head coach Nick Saban on how he handled the arrest and dismissal of defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. Tim Brando of Fox Spots tweeted, "Saban's news conference was his worst ever! This was not a press conference that needed to be won. That said, it was PR… Continue reading →

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky tops AP All-America team; LSU’s Jarell Martin is honorable mention

Arizona's Brandon Ashley, left, and Gabe York, right, try to block out Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky after a free throw during the second half of a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball. But the two do have a lot in common: Both are in the Final Four, and both are on The Associated Press’ 2014-15 All-America team. Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received… Continue reading →

Connecticut, Maryland score last two Women’s Final Four berths

Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) shoots over Dayton guard Andrea Hoover (24) during the first half of a regional final game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Monday, March 30, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Getting to the Final Four never gets old for Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season. “I love going to the Final Four. I don’t care how… Continue reading →

Tuesday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 6 p.m. -- Georgia Tech at Georgia -- SEC 6 p.m. -- C. Arkansas at Oklahoma -- FSNO+ 6:30 p.m. -- Houston at Baylor -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- UL-Lafayette at LSU -- CST NIT SEMIFINALS 6 p.m. -- Temple vs. Miami -- ESPN 8 p.m. -- Stanford vs. Old Dominion -- ESPN COLLEGE FOOTBALL 9… Continue reading →

Central coach Phil Godley looking for different outcome this time

If Central High School bowling coach Phil Godley is out looking for four-leaf clovers or puts some lucky coins in his pocket before Tuesday’s BR-NOLA prep bowling biregional, it is completely understandable when you remember the bad luck of the past two years. Both years, strong Central teams went down. It was an in-match back injury… Continue reading →

Alabama coach Nick Saban on signing troubled player now kicked off team: 'We're not apologizing for what we did'

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2015, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to his players in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal game against Ohio State in New Orleans. Saban is expected to address the media Monday, March 30, 2015,  after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend. Defensive back Geno Smith and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor are facing legal trouble again.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban and the Alabama football program are dealing with the weekend arrests of two Crimson Tide players in separate incidents, including a domestic violence case involving a player that some say should have never been on the team. Defensive back Geno Smith and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor are facing legal trouble again. Saban was unapologetic Monday about choosing… Continue reading →

Late rally lifts Kelly Kraft to Louisiana Open title

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Kelly Kraft missing the putt on 18 to leave him at -14 be still wins the championship on Sunday.

BROUSSARD — Kelly Kraft won his first collegiate golf tournament in Acadiana back in 2008, when his SMU team played in the Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club. On Sunday, he had another first and also won a nice trophy. But this time, the victory came with a $99,000 check — and with it… Continue reading →

Holes 13 and 14 drop Gibson down leaderboard

BROUSSARD — The 13th and 14th holes at Le Triomphe Golf Club usually determine the champion of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, and they also rank annually among the toughest holes on the Web.com Tour. Ask Rhein Gibson how tough they are. It was bogeys on those two holes that eventually cost the Australian native his first… Continue reading →

Monday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 8 p.m. -- Paul Mainieri radio show -- CST NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m. -- Connecticut vs. Dayton -- ESPN 8 p.m. -- Maryland vs. Tennessee -- ESPN COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 7 p.m. -- Wooden Award finalists -- ESPNU COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6 p.m. -- Georgia at Tennessee -- SEC HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7 p.m. -- McDonald’s… Continue reading →

Kentucky survives challenge from Notre Dame, advances to Final Four with 68-66 victory

Associated Press photo by Tony Dejak -- Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns holds part of the net in his teeth after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA Midwest Regional final Saturday in Cleveland. Towns scored 25 points.3

CLEVELAND — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky’s still perfect and still playing. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with 6 seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. The Wildcats (38-0) advanced… Continue reading →

Sam Dekker’s big shots boost Wisconsin to Final Four

Associated Press photo by Jae C. Hong -- Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker celebrates after a win over Arizona in the final of t he NCAA West regional in Los Angeles. Dekker scored 27 points in the Badgers' 85-78 win.

LOS ANGELES — Just call him Sam Dagger. Sam Dekker hit five of Wisconsin’s 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 seed Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours… Continue reading →

IndyCar season rolling with the changes

NOLA Indy Car Logo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After an offseason that has lasted since Labor Day weekend and the cancelation of its planned first race, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off its racing season Sunday with the Firestone Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Sunday’s race on the city streets is the first of a season… Continue reading →

Here’s why Will Power, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay are the top three to beat in the IndyCar series

IndyCar driver Will Power races during the first practice session Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Power, a native of Toowoomba, Australia, finished as the championship runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He finally got the championship monkey off his back last year, and he’s on the pole for Sunday’s season opener at St. Petersburg. Power has been known as a road and street course ace with limited oval success, but he… Continue reading →

VooDoo opens season with 51-50 win

It appeared victory might slip away from the New Orleans VooDoo in their season-opener against Jacksonville on Saturday at Smoothie King Center. However, a reverse of less than a yard with 2:22 showing, following by a big sack allowed the VooDoo to edge the Sharks 51-50. “We just continued to fight and make big plays,” said… Continue reading →

Sunday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

LeftAlign.41RightAlign.167TV LeftAlign.41RightAlign.1671 p.m. -- Presbyterian at Liberty -- CST 2:30 p.m. -- Tennessee at Vanderbilt -- SEC 3 p.m. -- Oklahoma at Baylor -- FSNO+ LeftAlign.41RightAlign.1671 p.m. -- Louisville vs. Michigan St. --… Continue reading →

Rick Cochran III takes lead at Louisiana Open

BROUSSARD — Rick Cochran III went back to basics here Saturday, and that approach — and a red-hot putter — has him in striking distance of his first Web.com Tour victory. The tour rookie from Paducah, Ky., had four birdie putts of 12 or more feet, two of those among four straight birdies… Continue reading →

Smylie Kaufman finally smiling at Louisiana Open

BROUSSARD —Smylie Kaufman was finally smiling Saturday during the third round of the $550,000 Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Despite making his first cut on the Web.com Tour, the Birmingham, Ala., native wasn’t satisfied with his opening 71-69 rounds Thursday and Friday over the Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club layout. But a 6-foot eagle… Continue reading →

Rhein Gibson maintains 2-shot lead at Chitimacha Louisiana Open

BROUSSARD — Rhein Gibson had a chance to run away from the field Friday at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, but an unlikely hole cost him dearly near the end of his second round. But the Web.com Tour rookie shook off a double-bogey on Le Triomphe’s fifth hole — the second-easiest hole on the course through… Continue reading →

It’s a whole new ballgame as VooDoo opens regular season Saturday against visiting Jacksonville

Quarterback Adam Kennedy jumped right in when he signed with the Arena Football League’s New Orleans VooDoo last season. Three VooDoo quarterbacks had been injured, and there were seven weeks remaining in the season when Kennedy arrived. He had just been waived by the NFL’s Chicago Bears. “I arrived on a Wednesday and was… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Saturday, March 28

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Grambling at Southern, CST 1 p.m., Missouri at Texas A&M, SEC 3:30 p.m., Old Dominion at Mid. Tenn., CST 4 p.m., Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SEC NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Division II final, CBS 5 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Arizona, TBS 7:30 p.m., Kentucky vs. Notre… Continue reading →

Briefs

Fans can experience riding in a two-seat IndyCar or a high-performance sports car Saturday at Champions Square adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome,. The rides will be available from 9 a,m.-2 p.m, and all proceeds from the $20 cost from riding in the IndyCars will go to… Continue reading →

Gibson races to early lead at La. Open as play is suspended

BROUSSARD The morning wave had a big weather advantage in Thursday’s opening round of the $550,000 Chitimacha Louisiana Open. The biggest advantage was they got to finish. And nobody took bigger advantage than Rhein Gibson. The Australian-turned-Oklahoman carved up the 7,006-yard par-71 Le Triomphe layout on the way to a nine-under-par… Continue reading →

Connections abound for first day at La. Open

BROUSSARD Glen Day could have parlayed an advantage on the field in this week’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Instead, he and a long-time friend are just having fun. The 49-year-old Day, playing on a Web.com Tour exemption that allows players preparing for the 50-and-over Champions Tour, found another Tour veteran of sorts to caddie for… Continue reading →

VooDoo hoping improved defense leads the way

The New Orleans VooDoo enter Saturday night’s season opener against the Jacksonville Sharks at the Smoothie King Center with a young defense. That’s not to say the unit lacks talent. Defensive back Cameron McGlenn, last season’s leading playmaker on defense, said he expects this spring’s mix of old and new teammates to showcase an increased athletic ability, an effort… Continue reading →

Broadcast highlights for Thursday, March 26

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 4 p.m., Inside LSU-Paul Mainieri, FSNO 5 p.m., Inside SLU-Matt Riser, CST 6 p.m., Alabama at Florida, SEC 6:30 p.m., Ole Miss at Arkansas, ESPNU NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT 6:15 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Wichita State, CBS 6:45 p.m., Wisconsin vs. N.Carolina, TBS 8:45 p.m., Kentucky vs. West Virginia, CBS 9:15 p.m., Arizona vs. Xavier, TBS… Continue reading →

Kentucky prepared to face ‘Press Virginia’

Kentucky head coach John Calipari corrals a ball during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Cleveland. Kentucky plays West Virginia in a regional semifinal on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Nothing has rattled Kentucky to this point. Unbeaten and unblemished, the Wildcats have handled every challenge this season. They’re 36 for 36 in their run at hoops immortality. An interesting test awaits. Big Blue is about to face something it hasn’t seen — a relentless, choking West Virginia press that has buckled… Continue reading →

Early season wins crucial on Web.com Tour

BROUSSARD — Winning early in the season on the Web.com Tour provides more than a confidence boost. It can pave the way toward earning one of those precious PGA Tour cards, which will go to the top 25 regular-season money winners and the top 25 finishers in the four-tournament finals series on the Web.com Tour.… Continue reading →

Veterans say good start key at Louisiana Open

Advocate file photo by Bryan TuckChitimacha Louisiana Open winner Casey Wittenberg tees off during the final round in 2012.

BROUSSARD — To win at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, you have to go low and you have to do it early. That’s the consensus of three players who should know, on the eve of the $550,000 Web.com Tour event that begins at 7:35 a.m. Thursday at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.… Continue reading →

Wednesday’s broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 2 p.m., Virginia at Liberty, CST 5 p.m., Roger Cador Show, CST 5:30 p.m., Arkansas at Memphis, CST 6 p.m., Cincinnati at Tennessee, SEC 8:30 p.m., Louisiana Baseball, CST 9:30 p.m., Inside LSU-Paul Mainieri, CST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 5:30 p.m., Curtis at St. Charles (taped), WHNO NIT MEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Murray St. at Old Dominion,… Continue reading →

Southeastern rallies to win thriller over ULM

In a game of multiple lead changes, Southeastern Louisiana scored the go-ahead in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday at Alumni Field to knock off the UL-Monroe 7-6 for its fifth straight baseball win. Southeastern (20-7) had already come from behind three times to either tie or take the lead over ULM (12-10) when it scored the winning… Continue reading →

Michael Smith, Brian Rowell hope to catch spark at Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Advocate file photo by LIZ CONDOBrian Rowell hits onto the green alongside his caddy Micah Ellis, left, in the third round of the Mary Bird Perkins Merrill Lynch Open at the Santa Maria Golf Club in 2010.

BROUSSARD — Michael Smith and Brian Rowell are both trying to catch that lightning in a bottle again this week. The two Lafayette golfers are in the main field for the $550,000 Chitimacha Louisiana Open Presented by NACHER, hoping that this time is the charm, the opportunity, the springboard to professional success. Smith and Rowell are… Continue reading →

Rickie Fowler among new commitments for Zurich Classic

Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans has added four more commitments to its field with fan favorite Rickie Fowler and three members of the winning 2014 European Ryder Cup team announcing their intention to participate in the PGA Tour event next month. Eleventh in the official world golf rankings, Fowler, a two-time member of the U.S. Ryder… Continue reading →

Mississippi State hires ex-UCLA coach Ben Howland to lead men’s basketball program

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State hired former UCLA coach Ben Howland to lead its basketball program. The university announced Howland’s hiring Monday night. He’ll be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. The 57-year-old coached at UCLA for 10 years, leading the program to three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008. But the Bruins… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Tuesday, March 24

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 6:30 p.m., LSU at Tulane, CST 6:30 p.m., Oklahoma at TCU, FSNO NIT MEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Miami at Richmond, ESPN 8 p.m., Vanderbilt at Stanford, ESPN COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6 p.m., South Alabama at LSU, SEC MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL… Continue reading →