Tuneup: LSU players hoping to iron out things against McNeese before critical two-game stretch

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- New LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele lines up Tigers defenders for a drill Saturday in the indoor practice facility.

LSU wants more than just a win against McNeese State on Saturday night. Players emphasized playing well and executing their assignments in the season opener, especially with back-to-back Southeastern Conference contests at Mississippi State and against No. 6 Auburn immediately following their tilt with the Cowboys. The front-loaded schedule gives both the offense… Continue reading →

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Southern loses nickelback Rhaheim Ledbetter for opener

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Rhaheim Ledbetter stretches on the field before kickoff against Alcorn State in the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Southern won’t have starting nickelback Rhaheim Ledbetter for its season opener at Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Coach Dawson Odums said Tuesday that Ledbetter, a senior who became a starter after transferring from Florida before last season, is academically ineligible.… Continue reading →


Pelicans agree to terms with forward Jeff Adrien

The New Orleans Pelicans came to terms with forward Jeff Adrien on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Monday night, sources close to The Advocate confirmed. This makes the second non-guaranteed deal the Pelicans have inked this offseason. Adrien joins summer league standout Bryce DeJean-Jones as an invitee… Continue reading →

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Brusly offensive lineman Akkai Ward pledges to Cajuns

Brusly senior offensive lineman Akkai Ward had every intention of leaving Louisiana-Lafayette’s campus with a scholarship offer in hand from the Ragin’ Cajuns in an on-going recruiting process. With each step from the school’s indoor practice facility to the nearby parking lot… Continue reading →


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MONDAY FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957.… Continue reading →

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St. Thomas More holds off Teurlings rally

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  St. Thomas More's Sarah Trotter, left, goes up for a block as Teurlings Catholic's MacKenzie Marze  attacks in a  volleyball match Tuesday at Teurlings.

LAFAYETTE — The Teurlings Rebels came back from two sets down to force a deciding fifth set, but ultimately dropped the match to St. Thomas More. When Teurlings went down 2-0, Rebels coach Terry Hebert said the third set could… Continue reading →