After impressive showings at the NFL combine, La’el Collins, Danielle Hunter and Kwon Alexander keep it simple at LSU’s Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- 2015 LSU Football Pro Day.LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) is blocked by LSU center Elliott Porter (55).

With a spot in the first round of next month’s NFL draft virtually secured — perhaps a top-15 pick — LSU left tackle La’el Collins didn’t have to show much at the school’s Pro Day on Friday. Neither did defensive end Danielle Hunter or outside linebacker Kwon Alexander for that matter, even though they aren’t projected to… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints ‘highly interested’ in LSU CB Jalen Collins

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, left, is interviewed by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Friday during the school's pro day.

The Saints are taking a look at one of the draft’s fastest climbers. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins spent some time with New Orleans defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff during Friday’s pro day and left with the impression the team has a good amount of interest in him. “They said they’re highly interested,” said Collins, who many believed has… Continue reading →

In a wild affair, Kentucky beats LSU in 12 innings for series-opening win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche' (16) pitches against Kentucky, Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Strange hops, bizarre base-running bloopers and nearly a game-winning homer. This game was a wild one. For LSU, it was simply a stunning, sour home loss. Kentucky surprised LSU 5-4 in 12 innings Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, coming back from a two-run deficit in the seventh inning and winning it with a two-run… Continue reading →

LSU softball team loses at Kentucky in series opener

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Cold weather resulted in cold bats as the LSU softball team managed just one run on six hits in falling to the No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats 3-1 on Friday evening in the series opener at John Cropp Stadium. LSU (31-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) dropped its second Friday game this year. The… Continue reading →

LSU report: Four gymnasts land national honors

LSU gymnasts Rheagan Courville, Ashleigh Gnat, Lloimincia Hall and Jessie Jordan were honored as regular season All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women on Friday. All-Americans were determined by a gymnast’s regional qualifying score in the final GymInfo rankings released Monday. Gymnasts ranked Nos. 1-8 nationally on each event and the all-around received first-team… Continue reading →

LSU cornerback Jalen Collins says the Saints 'said they're highly interested' in him

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) celebrates as he comes off the field after his game-clinching interception with less than two minutes to go, in the game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

The Saints are taking a look at one of the draft’s fastest climbers. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins spent some time with New Orleans’ defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff at Friday’s pro day and left with the impression that the team has a good amount of interest in him. “They said they’re highly interested,” Collins said. “Talked… Continue reading →

Kenny Hilliard's fast time in the 40-yard dash highlights LSU Pro Day

LSU running back Kenny Hilliard runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  Kenny Hilliard

With only one month remaining until the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off in Chicago, a handful of former LSU players had one final opportunity to showcase their abilities at Pro Day on Friday afternoon. The event proved to be critical for the two former Tigers’ running backs, as both Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee ran the 40-yard dash and participated in… Continue reading →

Change brewing: From “Money” to “Hippo,” LSU’s defense changing under new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore linebacker Duke Riley fields questions from the media during LSU Football's annual media day at the LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Linebacker Duke Riley enjoys his new position on LSU’s defense. After all, who wouldn’t like to be called “Money.” “I like the name to be honest with you,” Riley said Thursday with a smile. The “Money” position is one example of the changes defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is implementing. They’re becoming more clear two-thirds of the way through… Continue reading →

Sagstrom-led Lady Tigers open tourney play

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Madelene Sagstrom drives the ball down the course at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at the University Club on Sunday.  Photo taken on Sunday, March 24, 2013. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT / NO SALES / TV OUT / FOREIGN OUT / LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT / GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT / 225 OUT / 10/12 OUT / IN REGISTER OUT / LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT / MANDATORY CREDIT : THE ADVOCATE/CATHERINE THRELKELD /

Madelene Sagstrom grew up in Sweden about a half hour from where golfing great Annika Sorenstam was born. By the end of the season, Sagstrom may carry the trophy named after Sorenstam back home to their native country. The LSU senior is a finalist for the Annika Award, given annually to the nation’s top college golfer.… Continue reading →

Live updates: Track the Tigers at LSU Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) buries Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Speedy Noil (2) during the second half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. Get the latest news and analysis on LSU football players as they chase their dreams making it to the National Football League during the LSU Pro Day on Friday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Among the players scheduled to participate in the pro day are La'el Collins, Kwon Alexander, D.J. Welter, Terrence Magee, Kenny… Continue reading →

Dellenger: LSU coach Paul Mainieri wants to keep Jared Poche as the Friday night guy... but I bet the coach elevates freshman Alex Lange to No. 1 before too long

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Alex Lange pitches Saturday, March 15, 2015, during their game against Ole Miss at Alex Box Stadium.

. Here are the highlights from Thursday's 11 a.m. LSU football and baseball chat with Adovcate sportswriter Ross Dellenger. On LSU freshman Alex Lange taking over as the Friday-night starter: Dellenger: "Yes. My guess is mid-to-late April. Paul Mainieri wants to keep Jared Poche as the Friday night guy because he's a year more experienced,… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says he sees 'great athleticism and range' in freshman offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles' eyes get big as he runs up to an official to protest a pass interference call against the Tigers, during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. LSU coach Les Miles told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has high hopes for freshman offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke. Valetine-Okeke, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound freshman who played at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Stockbridge, Ga., moved to the U.S. from Nigeria last year. He only played one season of organized football, but his raw… Continue reading →

Jarell Martin announces that he is leaving LSU to make himself eligible for the NBA draft

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU sophomore forward Jarell Martin announced Wednesday that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility to go pro.

In the end, LSU forward Jarell Martin didn’t feel like he needed to get an NBA evaluation to decide whether he should give up his final two years of eligibility and turn professional. After two seasons of college basketball, the 6-foot-10 Martin figured he was ready — mentally and physically — to take his game to the… Continue reading →

LSU report: SEC Network to televise Pro Day

Fans will get an opportunity to see LSU Pro Day up close as the SEC Network will be on site to televise the event beginning at noon Friday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. LSU’s Pro Day, which annually draws 100 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers and scouts, starts at 10 a.m. with each participant have their… Continue reading →

LSU freshman Greg Deichmann “option” at DH as he completes recovery from foot injury

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, left, shows Greg Deichmann how to better his bunt during practice in January.

Greg Deichmann smashed a ball to the left-center gap. It bounced once on the grass before hitting against the wall at Alex Box Stadium. Those watching gave a smattering of applause and encouragement. “He becomes an option now,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. Deichmann, a highly rated freshman from Brother Martin, had a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at the… Continue reading →

LSU forward Jordan Mickey and his dad say he has not made an NBA draft decision

LSU's Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over North Carolina State's Beejay Anya (21) during the first half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey and his father both said Tuesday night he has made no final decision about his future after a tweet earlier in the day indicated he was “leaning” toward applying for the NBA draft. Mickey’s father, James Wright, said Tuesday in a phone interview with The Advocate that while they filed the paperwork… Continue reading →

Happy homecoming: Ex-Tulane star, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro’s Tigers rout Tulane

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Tulane infielder Stephen Alemais (2) steals third base, beating the tag by LSU infielder Alex Bregman (8) while LSU infielder Conner Hale (20) watches at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Andy Cannizaro, the Tulane star-turned-LSU hitting coach, hoped that TU fans wouldn’t boo him before Tuesday night’s game. They probably wanted to afterward. Cannizaro’s group had 19 hits, Mark Laird had an inside-the-park home run and the Tigers rolled to a 13-7 win over the Green Wave on Tuesday night at Turchin Field — a celebratory… Continue reading →

LSU signee Benny Simmons named Gatorade national player of the year

Ben Simmons, right, of Montverde Academy, is surprised with the 2014-15 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year trophy by nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Montverde, Fla.  The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Photo/Gatorade, Susan Goldman, handout. ORG XMIT: GATORADE BOYS BASKETBALL 1

LSU basketball signee Benny Simmons is three for three. Simmons, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, from Montverde Academy in Florida, collected his third national player of the year award in the past two weeks Tuesday. During a lunchtime school assembly, Simmons was named the Gatorade boys player of the year. He will be able to put the award on… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings on battle with Brandon Harris: 'I don’t want anyone to get complacent'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings throws Saturday at LSU's first football practice of the spring.

Anthony Jennings drew praise from LSU coach Les Miles after Saturday’s spring scrimmage, saying he won the day over fellow quarterback Brandon Harris. Jennings is encouraged by his play and progress this spring, but to say he was as enamored with his performance as his coach would be stretching things. “Coach Miles… Continue reading →

LSU men’s golfers take 2nd at tourney

PALM CITY, Fla. — Tenth-ranked LSU finished second at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian on Tuesday. LSU led by a stroke going into the final round, but second-ranked Florida State, finished five strokes at 845, and LSU shot an 850. Leading the Tigers on Tuesday were Ben Taylor and Brandon Pierce… Continue reading →

Report: LSU assistant men's basketball coach Eric Musselman interviewed for the job at Nevada

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU associate coach Eric Musselman has been offered the men's basketball head coaching job at Nevada. The hiring is expected to become official Thursday at meeting of the Nevada Board of Regents.

. Evan Daniels, Scout.com's Director of Basketball Recruiting, reports that LSU assistant men's basketball coach Eric Musselman was one of three coaches who met with Nevada officials about their men's basketball opening. Nevada fired coach David Carter after the Wolf Pack lost to UNLV in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament earlier this… Continue reading →