LSU

Tigers at perfect time to peak in SEC play

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU Tigers forward Jarell Martin (1) drives the ball past Auburn Tigers forward Jordon Granger (25), Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

After learning its lessons the hard way at times, the LSU men’s basketball team can still get where it wants to get in the final week of the regular season. That would be finishing among the top four teams in the Southeastern Conference… Continue reading →

Southern

Southern set for first midweek baseball game, visiting Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks his players in a game against UNO earlier this month.

By now most college baseball teams have played at least a couple of midweek games. They’ve had opportunities to look at a series of pitchers, let young players get their feet wet and experiment with the lineup and batting order — all… Continue reading →

Saints

The maturation of Kenny Stills: Route breakdown shows receiver made significant growth in 2014

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills, right, showed significant growth between his first and second series in the NFL.

It’s often said that NFL players make the most growth between their first and second years in the league. So much of that first year is spent figuring things out. Figuring out where the meeting rooms are located. Figuring out how to… Continue reading →

Pelicans

Anthony Davis nears return, could play Wednesday as Pelicans begin homestand

Siodelined by a right shoulder sprain, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, welcomes forward Quincy Pondexter to the court during player introductions before facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The New Orleans Pelicans could have a lot of help when they begin a three-game homestand Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons. All-Star power forward Anthony Davis has been listed as questionable, meaning he could play. Davis has missed… Continue reading →

Preps

Vermilion Catholic too tall, savvy for White Castle in girls Class 1A semifinals

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- White Castle's Skylar O'Bear drives against Vermilion Catholic defenders Tuesday during the Class 1A girls basketball semifinals in the Burton Coliseum.

LAKE CHARLES —White Castle High girls basketball coach Tammy Pierce pushed her team to success all season by telling them the amount of fight in the dog mattered more than its size. The scrappy Bulldogs took their… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: Tigers starting to look dangerous at the right time

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Jordan Mickey dunks over Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody in the second half Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Moment by moment, possession by possession, by each rebound and dunk and block and steal, the LSU Tigers may finally be evolving into the basketball team we all thought it could be. The latest evidence: Saturday’s 73-63 over Ole Miss. For just… Continue reading →

Audio

Podcast: This week's games are critical to LSU's NCAA tournament hopes

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU players show their disappointment after a last second shot failed in LSU's 69-71 loss.

The LSU men's basketball team plays games at Texas A&M (Tuesday) and Florida (Saturday). Two wins solidifies LSU's NCAA tournament hopes, which already are good. A split of the two games keeps the status quo. Losing both games could put the Tigers' hopes… Continue reading →

State Schools

T.J. Carpenter, Nicholls State outlast UNO 89-79 in OT

Nicholls State scored the first eight points of overtime and never looked back, as they escaped with a 89-79 victory over the UNO men’s basketball team at the Lakefront Arena on Monday night. T.J. Carpenter paced the Colonels (8-18, 5-11… Continue reading →

LSU Recruiting

Nation’s top-ranked 2016 cornerback, Saivion Smith, commits to LSU

IMG Academies photo by Casey Brooke Lawson -- IMG Academy's Saivion Smith

Dozens of highly touted prospects who flooded LSU’s campus last weekend for the school’s annual junior day were banned from walking on Tiger Stadium’s playing field. From the club level, they could only look upon that green grass. Florida cornerback Saivion Smith, though,… Continue reading →

Recruiting

State College Signees

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Dunham's Chase Day (32) attempts to move the ball despite a block from a Northeast defender Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at the Dunham School Stadium.

Louisiana Tech Rhashid Bonnette, WR, 6-0, 160, Loreauville HS Jordan Bradford, DT, 6-2, 270, St. Stanislaus HS, Bay St. Louis, Miss. Brandon Brinson, DE, 6-3, 220, Ellender HS, Houma… Continue reading →

Outdoors

March the time freshwater fishing starts to peak

Associated Press photo/DARIO FERRARILa gigantesco pesce gattoIn this picture provided by Italian fishermen Dino and Dario Ferrari, taken on Feb. 19, and made available Feb. 26,  Dino Ferrari poses for a picture with an 8-foot, 10-inch long catfish caught in the Po River in the outskirts of Mantova, a town about 99 miles southeast of Milan, northern Italy.

March is the month south Louisiana celebrates bass fishing, and does it in a big way. It’s a time when we catch our heaviest bass, a period when species in the sunfish family take to the warming waters to move from their wintertime… Continue reading →

Video

Video: Members of the USS Louisiana celebrate LSU athletics

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Golden Band From Tigerland plays during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. The members of the USS Louisiana, stationed in Bangor, Washington at the Kitsap Naval Base, gave a shout out to LSU athletics. Here it is:Continue reading →

General Sports

SEC roundup: Kentucky survives trip to Georgia, improves to 30-0

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and Georgia forward Cameron Forte (11) battle for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Athens, Ga. Kentucky won 72-64. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 1 Kentucky overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to keep its perfect season intact, beating Georgia 72-64 on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (30-0, 17-0 Southeastern) had won their previous five games by an… Continue reading →

Acadiana Preps

Vermilion Catholic reaches girls’ Class 1A championship game

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Vermilion Catholic's team celebrates Tuesday after beating White Castle in the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles to reauch the Class 1A girls basketball championshp game.

LAKE CHARLES —Vermilion Catholic guard Ashailee Brailey couldn’t contain her enthusiasm. “We’re making history man,” Brailey said. The statement came after Brailey put an exclamation point on Vermilion Catholic’s 57-46 victory over White Castle High in a… Continue reading →