MOSCOW — With just one jump remaining to secure a spot in his first career long jump final at the world championships, LSU alum Damar Forbes soared 26 feet, 1½ inches on his final attempt of Wednesday’s qualifying round to move into seventh place and earn his spot in the final.
Forbes managed a top jump of 25-6 through the first two rounds and was in 14th place.
Forbes, who graduated from LSU in May with his degree in sport administration, is a finalist on the world’s stage for the first time after also competing for Jamaica in the long jump when earning 20th place at the 2011 IAAF world meet.
Thursday’s action at the world meet will feature Jamaican international and Lady Tiger alum Nickiesha Wilson in the women’s 400-meter hurdles final, Jamaica’s Natoya Goule in the women’s 800 meters and the United States’ Kimberlyn Duncan in the women’s 200 meters .
DEFENSE KEY AS LADY TIGERS DEFEAT FRANCE ALL-STARS: In Barcelona, sophomore guard Danielle Ballard scored a game-high 16 points, including the go-ahead basket with 33 seconds left, and LSU women’s basketball team stayed true to its defense to hold off the France All-Stars 55-52 Wednesday night.
Less than 24 hours after suffering a tough 67-64 defeat to the same French team, the Lady Tigers put that loss behind them and forced France into numerous turnovers.
“We saw a lot of players make some key plays down the stretch,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “I was very pleased with our first year (players). We had a tough situation when (Theresa) Plaisance went out with foul trouble, but players responded on the defensive end. We got the stops needed to solidify the win.”
Next stop for the Lady Tigers is Barcelona, Spain. LSU plays the Catholic University of Murcia in Alicante on Saturday.
JOLLY FALLS IN EXTRA HOLES AT U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR: In Brookline, Mass., despite holding a 2-up lead with two holes to play, LSU junior Stewart Jolly dropped the final two holes before falling in extra holes to Scottie Scheffler in the first round of match play at the 113th United States Amateur Championship on Wednesday.
Scheffler, the U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, grabbed an 2-up lead on the front nine with back-to-back pars at the par-four third and fourth holes. Jolly battled back with an eagle at the par-four eighth and a par at the par-four ninth hole as they made the turn at all square for the match.
Jolly won his third and fourth holes in a row after making a bogey at the par-four 10th and a par at the par-four 11th holes to take his first 2-up lead.
TEAM CRACKS TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM PRESEASON TOP 25: The LSU soccer program cracked is ranked No. 25 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Top 25 poll.
LSU’s ranking by TopDrawerSoccer.com comes one week after earning a No. 22 national ranking in the BennettRank NCAA Division I Women’s College Soccer Preseason Ranking on Aug. 7.
The Tigers are among three Southeastern Conference programs ranked among the Top 25 teams in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com, joining No. 12 Florida and No. 13 Texas A&M in the preseason ranking.
TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Top 25
1, North Carolina. 2, Stanford. 3, Notre Dame. 4, UCLA. 5, Penn State. 6. Florida State. 7, Virginia. 8, Duke. 9, BYU. 10, Baylor. 11, Santa Clara. 12, Florida. 13, Texas A&M. 14, Marquette. 15, Portland. 16. Georgetown. 17, Illinois. 18, Maryland. 19, Wake Forest. 20, Denver. 21, San Diego State. 22, Boston College. 23, Michigan. 24. California. 25. LSU.
FOX TO TELEVISE GAME AT FLORIDA: The Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday afternoon 15 league soccer matches, including one involving LSU, will be featured on live television. The Tigers will face Florida on Fox regional networks when the two teams battle in Gainesville, Fla., at noon Oct. 20.
TEAM F eatured Twice On Television: In Birmingham, Ala., two of LSU’s road matches will be carried on television this season.
The Tigers will meet fellow Southeastern Conference Western Division co-favorite Texas A&M on Oct. 9 as part of ESPNU’s Wednesday Night volleyball package. The match will start at 7 p.m. LSU’s match at Auburn on Oct. 18 will be televised by Fox Sports Network and SportSouth. Match time will be 7:30 p.m.