LSU

'Terrible shooting day' dooms LSU in road loss to lowly Mississippi State

LSU guard Keith Hornsby (4) and Mississippi State guard I.J. Ready (15) dive for a loose ball in the second half of a NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Mississippi State won 73-67. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Battling through a foot injury, Jordan Mickey produced one of the best games of his LSU basketball career Saturday. Unfortunately, the other half of the Tigers’ big two-man tandem down low, Jarell Martin, suffered… Continue reading →

Southern

Jaguars finish strong to pull away from Alcorn State 65-56

LORMAN, Miss. — The Southern men’s basketball had slow second-half starts in road games against Alabama A&M and Alabama State last weekend. The slow start at Alabama A&M made a victory more stressful than it otherwise would have been, and the… Continue reading →

Saints

Forget talk of legacies and dynasties — Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX is meaningful in its own right

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

PHOENIX — A decade ago, when the Patriots raised their third banner in four years, it was impossible to think New England would ever be in a situation where people felt they needed to obtain a fourth banner to cement their so-called dynasty.… Continue reading →

Pelicans

Quincy Pondexter brings a little bit of everything to the table for the Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER - New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter (20) runs the ball in towards the basket with the help of teammate, Ryan Anderson (33) as Philadelphia 76ers players, K.J. McDaniels (14) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12), play defense during the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

The NBA is a league of labels. Except for a handful of well-rounded superstars, front offices and coaching staffs slap personnel into neatly packaged categories to ensure the arsenal is appropriately versatile. There are shooters, post defenders, shot-blockers, rebounders, floor spacers and… Continue reading →

Preps

New LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine not seeking quick fix to LHSAA issues

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks to the members attending the group's annual convention last week.

Eddie Bonine has repeatedly said he’s a “white board” kind of guy. Those words have probably elicited a few snickers from skeptics around the state. “Do they make one that big?” “Does the LHSAA own stock in… Continue reading →

Video

Video: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans talks about loss to Denver, injury to forward Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams talks to guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans scored 25 points and had six rebounds, four turnovers and two assists in the team's 93-85 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Audio

Podcast: LSU will be glad it didn't lose Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson to Georgia

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --East Jefferson linebacker Ronte Ladmirault (right) breaks up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (center) during the first half of a week six game on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at JoeYenni Stadium in Metairie.

. In this week's "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks to guests Rene Nadeau of SportsNola.com, Derek Ponamsky of BayouBengalsInsider.com and Newman coach Nelson Stewart about the impact of LSU getting a commitment from Riverdale… Continue reading →

State Schools

State college basketball report

MEN SCORES, SCHEDULE Saturday Mississippi State 73, LSU 67 Southern 64, Alcorn State 56 Temple 55, Tulane 37 UL-Lafayette 72, Texas State 63 Incarnate Word 69, Nicholls State 58… Continue reading →

LSU Recruiting

The Advocate’s Super Dozen: Star power like 2014 is lacking, but plenty of talent remains if you seek it out

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Plaquemine's Brian Jordan brings down Easton's Tyron Johnson during the Warren Easton vs. Plaquemine high school football game at Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Welcome to Pine. One stoplight. No post office. Two gas stations. And one dang good football player. Derrick Dillon may not have grown up in Baton Rouge or New Orleans or Lafayette or Shreveport or Monroe, but… Continue reading →

Recruiting

The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen: Louisiana’s top high school football recruits

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University fullback Nick Brossette tries to stiff arm Parkview Baptist cornerback KJ Drummer in the Division II championship game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The class is especially loaded at running back, with a pair of star backs from Baton Rouge in Derrius Guice (Catholic) and Nicholas Brossette (University). Guice and Brossette are considered to be two of the nation’s best backs. Throw in fullback David Ducre (Lakeshore), and the depth of the class at the position is even deeper. Continue reading →

Outdoors

Falling water levels in Atchafalaya sparking run on sac-a-lait

Photo provided by MICHAEL LONDONLast-day trophyJames London said he’s been hunting a family friend’s land near his East Feliciana Parish hometown of Wilson for more than 20 years, but never had a chance to take a trophy like this giant 8-point buck. ‘It’s my biggest deer ever. I’ve taken 8-point bucks in the past, but nothing like him,’ the nursing assistant said. London, who hunts with a .308 Remington, said the buck crossed a trail 35 yards from his stand on the final day of the modern firearms season in the Wilson area.

Great news from the Atchafalaya Spillway. Since the middle of the week, folks have been cashing in on falling water levels and abundant sunshine. The combination of those factors has increased water temperatures in the Spillway’s midsection, and the sac-a-lait have responded. Most of… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces… Continue reading →

General Sports

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of the Saints' 44-23 win Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After early season troubles, the Saints defensive line has been hitting its stride.

PHOENIX — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive… Continue reading →

Acadiana Preps

New LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine not seeking quick fix to LHSAA issues

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks to the members attending the group's annual convention last week.

Eddie Bonine has repeatedly said he’s a “white board” kind of guy. Those words have probably elicited a few snickers from skeptics around the state. “Do they make one that big?” “Does the LHSAA own stock in… Continue reading →