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Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-hander among year’s best

Associated Press file photo by Julio Cortez -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a former LSU standout, makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in November in East Rutherford, N.J.

Some of them won the game, some of them saved the game, and others just made for some very impressive eye candy. Odell Beckham Jr., James Rodriguez, Richard Sherman and Aaron Harrison were among those who put their distinctive stamp on sports in 2014 with shots, catches and plays that nearly broke the Internet… Continue reading →

NFL roundup: Tony Romo sets Cowboys record in thrashing Colts

Associated Press photo by Brandon Wade -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, right, and Jeremy Mincey douse coach Jason Garrett after clinching the NFC East title with a 42-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Romo threw for 218 yards, giving him 32,971 for his career, passing Troy Aikman to become the Cowboys' all-time leader.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record for yards passing. The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions.… Continue reading →

Jameis Winston cleared under Florida State’s code of conduct

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was “insufficient to satisfy the burden of… Continue reading →

NFL playoff picture beginning to clear up

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid meet on the field after an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Steelers won 20-12. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home. Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle also qualified, routing Arizona 35-6, and moved into a tie for the top spot in the NFC West. The Seahawks (11-4) own the tiebreaker over the… Continue reading →

Today’s broadcast highlights

TV NFL 11:30 a.m. -- Payton news conference -- CST 2 p.m. -- Cowboys news conference -- FSNO 2:30 p.m. -- Texans news conference -- FSNO 7:30 p.m. -- Broncos at Bengals -- ESPN COLLEGE FOOTBALL 1 p.m. -- Miami Beach Bowl -- ESPN -- Brigham Young vs. Memphis 6 p.m. -- Rotary Lombardi… Continue reading →

Travis Wilson leads Utah to Las Vegas Bowl win

Utah linebacker Pita Taumoepenu, center, causes Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson to fumble during the second half of the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah won 45-10. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS — Utah quarterback Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Saturday, leading the No. 23 Utes to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Wilson rushed for a season-high 91 yards on 11 carries and completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards. Utah (9-4)… Continue reading →

Ainsley’s Angels program to play big part in Louisiana Marathon once again

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  Kevin Dufrene and Maj. Kim Rossiter push Amanda Turner, of Lake Charles, across the finish line during the Louisiana Half-Marathon on Sunday in Baton Rouge. The team is part of the Ainsley's Angels programs which provides ride-alongs for disabled children and adults in athletic events who would otherwise not be able to compete.

He watches NFL Network almost daily, but Harrison Veuleman switched to “SpongeBob SquarePants” for a second on Wednesday. “If you engage him in conversation,” his mother Amy said, “you better know the latest playoff seedings.” The 17-year-old St. Louis Catholic School junior is obsessed with football. He has his own St. Louis football jersey, though he’s… Continue reading →

Louisiana Marathon Tip Day Eight

Louisiana Marathon

Getting ready for race day Louisiana Marathon weekend — Jan. 16-18 — is almost here. Check in every day with The Advocate to get set. ... And go online for video links to help with the training. Most people start running as… Continue reading →

Sunday: TV broadcast highlights

TV NFL 10 a.m. -- Texans Countdown -- FSNO 11 a.m. -- Saints Game Plan -- CST Noon -- Falcons at Saints -- Fox Noon -- Chiefs at Steelers -- CBS 3 p.m. -- Texans Wrap -- FSNO 3:25 p.m. -- Colts at Cowboys -- CBS 7:30 p.m. -- Seahawks at Cardinals -- NBC 10:30 p.m. -- Saints Tonight… Continue reading →

Redskins beat Eagles 27-24, putting Philadelphia on brink of elimination

Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath (2) kicks a field goals during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 to give the Redskins a 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

LANDOVER, Md. — The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn’t any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as week ago, they’re now just about done in the playoff race, and they’re in no position to argue that they deserve any better. Penalties, missed… Continue reading →

This Week in the NFL

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles away from Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE: The Saints will be looking for a win, and hoping Johnny Manziel can lead the Browns over the Panthers to put N.O. into the playoffs The curtain lifted last week on the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland. It wasn’t pretty. At his… Continue reading →

Saturday’s sports on the air

TV COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m., New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Nevada, ESPN 1 p.m., FCS: New Hamp. vs. Illinois St., ESPNU 1:20 p.m., New Mexico Bowl: Texas-El Paso vs. Utah State, ESPN 2:30 p.m., Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State vs. Utah, ABC 3 p.m., Div. II Championship: MSU-Mankato vs. CSU-Pueblo, ESPN2… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights Friday, Dec. 19

Today’s broadcast highlights TV COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2 p.m. NAIA Championship ESPNU Southern Oregon vs. Marian 6 p.m. NCAA Div. III final ESPNU UW-Whitewater vs. Mt. Union 7 p.m. NCAA FCS Semifinal ESPN2 Sam Houston St. vs. North Dakota St. TEXAS UIL STATE FINALS Noon 4A Division II FSNO 4 p.m. 4A Division I FSNO 8 p.m. 5A Division II… Continue reading →

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations warms up mlb

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 1959 file photo, a rebel solider from Fidel Castro's army holds the bat of Detroit catcher Charley Lau who's playing ball in the Cuban winter league in Havana, Cuba. Three years later, in 1962, Castro banned professional sports in Cuba. The Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 announcement that the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean nation could usher in a new era in U.S.-Cuba baseball relations, which were strained after the Castro revolution and the U.S.-led economic embargo.  (AP Photo, File)

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it’s hard to see the downside. Just don’t expect too much, too soon. Barely two hours after President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement Wednesday in Washington, both MLB and… Continue reading →

Little-known coach has Memphis off to record-setting start

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Joerger gestures from the sideline in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis coach Dave Joerger is constantly thinking of new plays for his Grizzlies or tweaking something he saw from another team that might benefit his squad. He just needs a better way of remembering that nugget of information. “I’m not very smart,” Joerger said with a laugh. “I don’t write stuff… Continue reading →

Transition game: Rondo heading to Mavs

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON — The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston’s last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson… Continue reading →

Florida State lands three players on AP All-America team

Associated Press file photo by PHELAN M. EBENHACK -- Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tré Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Oregon and Alabama each have two, including a couple of Heisman Trophy finalists. Heisman winner Marcus… Continue reading →

Thursday: Broadcast highlights

TV NFL 6 p.m. -- Saints Outside the Huddle -- CST 7:25 p.m. -- Titans at Jaguars -- NFL LA. PREP FOOTBALL REPLAY 4 p.m. -- Livonia vs. Amite -- FSNO TEXAS UIL STATE FINALS 10 a.m. -- 2A Division II -- FSNO 1 p.m. -- 2A Division I -- FSNO 5 p.m. -- 3A Division II -- FSNO+… Continue reading →

Thursday: Chok’s Choices at the Fair Grounds

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his own handicapping website, BeychokRacing.com. Follow his on Twitter: @BeychokRacing. Race 1 4. King… Continue reading →

Astros welcome back Jed Lowrie; Dodgers drop Brian Wilson

Associated Press photo by PAT SULLIVAN -- New Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, center, stands between General Manager Jeff Luhnow, left, and Manager A.J. Hinch as he holds up his new jersey at a press conference Tuesday in Houston. Lowrie is returning to the Astros after two seasons in Oakland.

HOUSTON — One of the Houston Astros’ top priorities this offseason was to improve their infield, and the return of shortstop Jed Lowrie does just that. Lowrie played for the Astros in 2012 before he was traded to Oakland and spent two seasons with the Athletics. He rejoined the Astros on Monday when he agreed to a… Continue reading →

Wednesday: Broadcast highlights

TV NFL 4 p.m. -- Cowboys Insider -- FSNO COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m. -- Tennessee at N.C. State -- ESPN2 6 p.m. -- Arkansas St. at Miss. State -- SEC 6 p.m. -- Hampton at Illinois -- ESPNU 6 p.m. -- N. Florida at Florida St. -- FSNO 6:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU-Johnny Jones… Continue reading →

Lewis: Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff, Katy Perry and rumors of his untimely demise

Advocate staff photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning observes from a golf cart at the Manning Passing Academy at Guidry Stadium on Friday July. 12, 2013, in Thibodaux.

Archie Manning would like the world to know that the reason he left the College Football Playoff selection committee just before it was to begin its weekly deliberations was NOT because: A. He was pushing Ole Miss so much the other committee members got tired of it and kicked him out. B. He refused to… Continue reading →

Tuesday: Broadcast highlights

TV NFL 11:30 a.m. -- Payton news conference -- CST LA. PREP FOOTBALL REPLAY 10 a.m. -- Destrehan vs. Acadiana -- FSNO NBA 7 p.m. -- Jazz at Pelicans -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- Warriors at Grizzlies -- ESPN 9:30 p.m. -- Thunder at Kings -- ESPN COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 5… Continue reading →

Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. spark Giants over Redskins

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to rookie Odell Beckham Jr., and the Giants took advantage of an overturned touchdown at the end of the half to pick up a 24-13 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Manning, a former Newman High standout, and Beckham, a former LSU standout, combined… Continue reading →

Bengals rough up Johnny Manziel in first start

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs against Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — They chased him. They taunted him. They made him look scared. The Cincinnati Bengals dismantled Johnny Manziel. Woe, Johnny. Manziel spent his first NFL start being tormented and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns… Continue reading →

Sick, sore Peyton Manning leads Broncos to AFC West title

Associated Press photo by Lenny Ignelzi San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, knocks a pass way from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the first half of Sunday's game.

SAN DIEGO — Peyton Manning was sick and sore. He took four bags of intravenous fluid between Saturday night and Sunday morning and then hurt his right thigh in the second quarter, requiring more treatment. It was all good, though. Nothing a victory and a fourth straight AFC West title won’t cure. Manning… Continue reading →

Monday's broadcast highlights

TV NFL 2 p.m. -- Cowboys news conference -- FSNO 2:30 p.m. -- Texans news conference -- FSNO 7:15 p.m. -- Saints at Bears -- ESPN 10:30 p.m. -- Saints Tonight -- CST LA. PREP FOOTBALL REPLAYS 10 a.m. -- Livonia vs. Amite -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- Warren Easton vs. Neville -- FSNO… Continue reading →

Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan for thirf on NBA scoring list

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the game ball and acknowledges the crowd during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list in Minneapolis, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant has reached rarefied air. The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant entered the game needing nine points to pass the icon with whom he is often compared. He got the… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning exits game with thigh injury

Associated Press photo by Lenny Ignelzi San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, knocks a pass way from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the first half of Sunday's game.

SAN DIEGO — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning came out of Sunday’s game against the Chargers in the second quarter due to a thigh injury. He also was suffering from flu-like symptoms. Manning came out after a play on which he threw a block for C.J. Anderson. Officials initially ruled Anderson scored, but on… Continue reading →

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Associated Press photo by Julio CortezOregon quarterback Marcus Mariota poses with the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday in New York.

NEW YORK — Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy winner. The Ducks’ understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college football’s most prestigious individual award. “I’m humbled to be standing here today,” Mariota said, reading an… Continue reading →

This Week in the NFL

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cleveland. The Colts won 25-24. (AP Photo/David Richard)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE: Johnny Manziel makes his NFL debut as a starting quarterback as the Cleveland Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals The good thing about the Saints playing Monday night is that your afternoon will be free to watch other games. And by other games, what we really… Continue reading →

First steps important as Louisiana Marathon weekend gets closer

Louisiana Marathon

Like clockwork, the excuses begin. “I can’t do that, I’m not a runner,” someone inevitably will tell Pat Fellows. “I’ve got knee problems,” another will say. “I’m too fat,” another adds. Fellows, the co-founder of the Louisiana Marathon, hears the familiar excuses from people interested in changing their lifestyles by beginning a running or… Continue reading →

Army-Navy: Midshipmen make it 13 in a row

Associated Press photo by PATRICK SEMANSKYNavy celebrates after recovering an onside kick attempt by Army late in the fourth quarter of the Army-Navy game, Saturday in Baltimore. Navy won 17-10.

BALTIMORE — The game was over, and it was time for Navy to celebrate its 13th straight victory over Army. After the Midshipmen stood respectfully for Army’s alma mater, defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony hoisted Ken Niumatalolo on their shoulders to give the winningest football coach in Navy history a free ride in… Continue reading →

Sunday: Broadcast highlights

TV
NFL 10 a.m. -- Texans Countdown -- FSNO 11 a.m. -- Saints Game Plan -- CST Noon -- Bucs at Panthers -- Fox Noon -- Steelers at Falcons -- CBS 3 p.m. -- Texans Wrap -- FSNO 3:25 p.m. -- 49ers at Seahawks -- Fox 7:20 p.m. -- Cowboys at Eagles -- NBC COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30… Continue reading →

Will Muschamp ‘excited’ to be Auburn defensive coordinator

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Former Florida coach Will Muschamp speaks during a news conference at Auburn on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn hired Muschamp as defensive coordinator Friday, hoping he can rebuild a defense that struggled badly late in the season.

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn hired former Florida coach Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator Friday, hoping he can rebuild a defense that struggled badly late in the season. “I’m excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. “Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college… Continue reading →

Sunbean wins second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic, pushes earnings past $1 million

Photo by LYNN ROBERTS/Hodges Photography -- Sunbean, with Corey Lanerie aboard, pulls ahead in the deep stretch to capture the 24th running of the $150,000 Louisiana Chammpions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Sunbean is Louisiana’s newest millionaire. Evelyn Benoit’s 4-year-old gelding came from behind in his closing stride to claim his second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, pushing his earnings past $1 million. Benoit adds her second million-dollar horse to Brittlyn Stable’s resume — along with former back-to-back-to-back Classic winner Star Guitar… Continue reading →

Too Dim finishes fast to win Louisiana Champions Day Sprint

Photo by LOU HODGES JR./Hodges Photography -- Too Dim with jockey Miguel Mena aboard wins the 24th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Too Dim started slow. But boy, did he finish fast. The 5-year-old colt, left in the gate by the mature field Saturday afternoon at the Fair Grounds, recovered from a spotty start to settle into a charge which ended with a winning showdown against favorite Heitai at the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. Too Dim’s worst-to-first journey through six… Continue reading →

Lewis: For Evelyn Benoit, Champions Day Classic is only the start of big Fair Grounds dreams

Photo by Hodges Photography -- Sunbean, with Corey Lanerie aboard, captures the 24th running of the $150,000 Louisiana Chammpions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Sunbean became Evelyn Benoit’s second Louisiana-bred $1 million winner Saturday, joining her Star Guitar by winning the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds. “This is the impossible dream,” Benoit said. But it’s going to take many millions more for Benoit to achieve perhaps a truly impossible dream — buying and upgrading the Gentilly facility. “I… Continue reading →

Auburn hires Will Muschamp to be defensive coordinator

Associated Press photo by JAMES CRISP -- Former Florida coach Will Muschamp

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn hired former Florida coach Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator Friday, hoping he can rebuild a defense that struggled badly late in the season. “I’m excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. “Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college football who has… Continue reading →

Lewis: Louisiana Champions Day brings the state’s horsemen together ... at least briefly

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Trainer Patrick Mouton shows some love to Louisiana Champions Day Classic entry Louisiana Flyboy on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Imagine Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day at the Fair Grounds as a family reunion for the state’s racing community — except that a rich, old aunt has died without a will, so everyone’s fighting over her estate. “This is our Breeders’ Cup day when we show off all of our best horses,” said veteran trainer Patrick Mouton… Continue reading →

One King’s Man seeks one big win in Louisiana Champions Day Classic

When Kenneth Ramsey saw One King’s Man for the first time, he leaned over to his trainer, Joe Sharp, and said he thought they might have found a Louisiana-bred horse than can give them a shot at the Louisiana Champions Day Classic. One King’s Man had been claimed on three different occasions over the past year, but… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds notebook: 2008 champion Oughta Be A Cat returns

Oughta Be A Cat finally will be back at his old stomping grounds. The former Louisiana Champions Day Classic winner who once strolled around the tracks of the Fair Grounds as a champion returns Saturday and will be leading the post, the first former winner to do so in the history of the race. Eric… Continue reading →

Chok’s Choices for Louisiana Champions Day, Dec. 13, 2014

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his own handicapping website, BeychokRacing.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Saturday, Dec. 13

Today’s broadcast highlights TV COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina at N. Dakota St., ESPN 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, CBS 7 p.m., Heisman Trophy ceremony, ESPN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, FHSAA 6A final, CST… Continue reading →