Sports briefs

Maravich Center floor undergoes makeover

It wasn’t quite “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when it came to the playing surface of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, but the LSU athletic department was looking for a flashier, new look for the court used by the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The makeover was completed Thursday morning when the last coats of finish dried. Fans can see it in person Saturday night when the volleyball team holds its annual Purple-Gold scrimmage in the main arena.

One of the more notable things that will be evident for those at the Maravich Center and especially for those watching on television around the country is the new Tiger head logo at midcourt under the returning primary LSU logo. Also, a two-tone stain design highlights the area inside the purple 3-point shooting arc.

Both baselines feature the word “Tigers” in gold, while the sideline opposite the main camera positions and the two benches has the venue name – Pete Maravich Assembly Center — in white.

“The design of this logo and the court was a collaboration of our staff, coaches and our administration,” said LSU senior associate athletic director, Eddie Nuñez. “Our goal from the beginning was to give the court a reenergized look and to showcase the LSU brand with the new Tiger head logo.

“We are very pleased with the way everything has turned out on this project from start to finish.”

Lsu soccer to host La. Tech on Friday night

With nearly three weeks of preseason training done, the LSU soccer team opens its season against Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Friday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

Admission to LSU’s nine home matches during this season is free.

Louisiana Tech is coming off a 12-5-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to open up our 2013 season right here on our home field (Friday) night,” LSU coach Brian Lee said.

The Tigers defeated Nicholls State 4-1 in an exhibition match last Friday.

The freshman duo of Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher scored goals and assisted each other’s goals early in the first half. Senior midfielder Emily Cancienne and junior striker Jodi Calloway added goals.

Pitcher to join lsu baseball team in 2014

Pitcher Henri Faucheux joined the LSU baseball program for the 2014 season and will start attending classes Monday, when the fall semester begins.

Faucheux, a native of LaPlace, transferred to LSU from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The 6-foot, 185-pound junior left-hander was a two-time high school All-American at Riverside Academy in Reserve.

“Henri is a solid college left-handed pitcher who has a mid-to-high 80s fastball and a big, sharp, overhand curveball that will eat up left-handed hitters with regularity,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said.

LSU will begin conditioning drills and individual workouts Sept. 3.

The Tigers start their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on Sept. 29.

Pelicans sign forwards Thomas, Onuaku

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans signed forwards Lance Thomas and Arinze Onuaku.

The 6-foot-8 Thomas rejoins the Pelicans after appearing in 101 games (19 starts) over the past two seasons with New Orleans.

He averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game.

Onuaku, a 6-foot-9 forward, has appeared in 43 games over two seasons in the NBA Development League. He played in 38 games (32 starts) in the 2012-13 season for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. Onuaku averaged 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game.

SLC baseball tourney going to Sugar Land

FRISCO, Texas — The Southland Conference and the Sugar Land Skeeters have agreed to a two-year contract that will return the league’s 2015 and 2016 baseball tournaments to Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, the SLC and the professional team announced Thursday.

Constellation Field, home of the Skeeters, an Atlantic League minor league team, was the site of the 2013 Southland Tournament.

Spencer named FG paddock analyst

NEW ORLEANS Following the recent announcement of Katie Mikolay Gensler’s maternity leave, Fair Grounds has hired Brian W. Spencer to replace the long-tenured Fair Grounds Paddock Analyst for the 2013-14 thoroughbred meet.

Spencer, 30, hails from Illinois, where he works for Arlington Park as their part-time Paddock Analyst and press box assistant. Spencer has worked in racing for the better part of the past 15 years with a general focus on handicapping and fan education.

The Fair Grounds thoroughbred racing season starts Nov. 22. It will extend 84 days, highlighted by Louisiana Derby on March 29.

Nicholls State baseball to hold walk-on tryouts

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State baseball team will hold walk-on tryouts at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ray E. Didier Field.

Equipment will not be provided and proof of insurance, full-time enrollment at Nicholls State and registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse is required.

SWAC soccer tourney moves to Houston

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Thursday its soccer tournament is moving to Houston. The SWAC Soccer Tournament will be Nov. 7-10 at Houston Amateur Sports Park .

Compiled from news releases