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New City Park golf course hopes to attract more championship events

On Thursday morning, the annual Zurich Classic of New Orleans tees off at TPC of Louisiana in Avondale, bringing together many of the world’s top golfers, including defending champion Seung-Yul Noh, in pursuit of $6.9 million in prize money. Meantime, construction continues on a new $25 million golf facility among the majestic oaks in historic City… Continue reading →

Zurich Classic at a glance

FACTS & FIGURES When: Monday-Sunday Where: TPC Louisiana, Avondale Par: 36-36—72 (7,399 yards) Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes (stroke play) Cut: After 36 holes, the low 70 scores and ties advance to the final two rounds… Continue reading →

Bulls, Wizards, Rockets win first-round playoff games

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhChicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Zaza Pachulia in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series Saturday in Chicago.

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first postseason game in three years, Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls opened the playoffs with a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Rose was at his fearless best, driving hard to the rim in the early going, and mixed in… Continue reading →

Sunday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon -- Alabama at Missouri -- SEC 2 p.m. -- Florida at Miss. State -- ESPNU 3 p.m. -- Arkansas at Texas A&M -- SEC COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon -- Florida at Georgia -- ESPNU Noon -- C. Carolina at Liberty -- CST 2 p.m. -- Oregon at Stanford -- ESPN 6 p.m.… Continue reading →

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose top entry list for next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Jason Day (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Looking for a favorite in next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans? You’ll have plenty to choose from. The tournament released its final field of 156 players Friday for the tournament, which runs Thursday through April 26 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. The field includes nine former Zurich Classic champions, eight major championship winners and three… Continue reading →

Saturday’s broadcast highlights

Today’s broadcast highlights TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Tennessee at Kentucky, SEC Noon, Vanderbilt at S. Carolina, ESPN2 2 p.m., Florida at Miss. State, SEC 4 p.m., Santa Clara at TCU, FSNO 7 p.m., Alabama at Missouri, SEC 7:30 p.m., Arkansas at Texas A&M, ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11:30 a.m., Notre Dame spring game, NBCSP 5 p.m., Alabama spring… Continue reading →

Carlese Franklin displays all-around ability for VooDoo

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Mount Carmel pitcher Shelby Wickersham will be a key figure as the Cubs go into the state softball playoffs as a No. 2 seed in Class 5A.

Former McNeese State standout Carlese Franklin is coming off a Saturday night performance that mirrored Arena Football League ironmen of the past. During a 47-42 loss to Orlando, Franklin caught nine passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He also played defensive back, helping the New Orleans VooDoo curtail quarterback Randy Hippeard. Also on defense, he stepped in at… Continue reading →

Friday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 6 p.m. -- Vanderbilt at S. Carolina -- SEC 6 p.m. -- St. John’s at Creighton -- FS1 7 p.m. -- G. Canyon at N.M. State -- FSNO+ COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6:30 p.m. -- Baylor at Oklahoma -- FSNO 7:30 p.m. -- Alabama at Auburn -- ESPNU COLLEGE LACROSSE 5 p.m.… Continue reading →

‘Run Through History’ set for Sunday

There’s no question that New Orleans is a unique place. The people, the food, and the music are just a few things that are very much different here than in the rest of the nation. Even many of the road races are different, and the local “Run Through History” fits the bill. The run is touted… Continue reading →

Marucci Sports makes splashy hire with addition of Chuck Schupp

Marucci Sports, the Baton Rouge-based bat maker, announced a big-name acquisition Thursday that it hopes will help it bring more major league big names around to its growing brand. The company held a teleconference to announce the hiring of Chuck Schupp as its head of big league player relations. He was joined on the teleconference by Toronto Blue… Continue reading →

Thursday’s broadcast highlights

Today’s broadcast highlights TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 4 p.m., Inside LSU-Paul Mainieri, FSNO 4:30 p.m., Roger Cador Show, CST 5 p.m., Inside SLU-Matt Riser, CST 6 p.m., Tennessee at Kentucky, SEC 6:30 p.m., Vanderbilt at S. Carolina, ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 4:30 p.m., Spring Blitz, ESPNU COLLEGE SOFTBALL 8 p.m., Baylor at Oklahoma, ESPN2 COLLEGE SPORTS 5:30 p.m., Southeastern Report,… Continue reading →

The Zurich Classic builds up a strong field

Justin Rose, of England, reacts after missing a putt on the 16th hole during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

With exactly one week to go before the first tee shot, the Fore!Kids Foundation is putting the finishing touches on the 156-man field that will participate in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. While the deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Friday, tournament officials have commitments from three of the world’s top 10 players, nine former major… Continue reading →

Floyd Mayweather: Fans will have to decide if fight worth $99.95

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to fight Marcos Maidana in a welterweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. said fans will have to decide for themselves whether it’s worth $99.95 to pay to watch his fight with Manny Pacquiao at home. Personally, though, he said the richest fight in boxing history will be must-see TV. “From the matchup, it seems like an exciting fight,” Mayweather said… Continue reading →

Wednesday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV NBA 6 p.m. -- Hornets at Raptors -- ESPN 7 p.m. -- Spurs at Pelicans -- FSNO 8:30 p.m. -- Pacers at Grizzlies -- ESPN COLLEGE BASEBALL 6 p.m. -- Louisiana Baseball Show -- CST 9 p.m. -- Inside LSU-Paul Mainieri -- CST COLLEGE SOFTBALL 3:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU-Beth Torina --… Continue reading →

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, former Abramson High School player Ike Taylor retires from NFL

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2011, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor sits on the bench during the first half of the NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Pittsburgh. Taylor announced his retirement Tuesday, April 14, 2015, ending a 12-year career in which he helped lead the Steelers to two Super Bowl victories.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Cornerback Ike Taylor kept beating the odds in his 12-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and fellow New Orleans native Ryan Clark insisted Tuesday the Crescent City heritage played a huge role in Taylor’s success. Taylor, a graduate of Abramson High School who attended Louisiana-Lafayette, announced his retirement Tuesday in a story on the Steelers’ website.… Continue reading →

Steve Stricker commits to play in the Zurich Classic

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo shows Steve Stricker readies a drive during a pro-am round at the Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii. Stricker finished the year with just over $4.4 million, the third-highest total

After making his return to competitive golf over the weekend at the Masters, Steve Stricker committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans next week. Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced Monday that Stricker, who tied for 28th in the Masters in his first start since back surgery last fall, will participate in the Zurich… Continue reading →

Top prospect Kris Bryant stays ‘in the moment’

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Kris Bryant of the Iowa Cubs bats in the top of the third inning against the New Orleans Zephyrs on Monday at Zephyr Field. Bryant, considered the top prospect in baseball, batted .425 and had nine homers, three doubles and 15 RBIs in spring training. He is expected to be called up to the majors late this week or early next week when  his Super Two status deadline passes.

Kris Bryant had the look of a man not worrying over that which he has no control. A week ago, when the Chicago Cubs sent him to Triple-A Iowa in an anticipated move, Bryant said he was displeased. He said he’s over it now. “I don’t think about the future, I don’t think about the past,” said Bryant,… Continue reading →

Amazing playoff finals cap prep bowling season

Random thoughts on the bowling I saw this weekend either in person or on the television: On Friday in Lafayette at Acadiana Lanes, I was pleased to watch and cover the annual state high school championships, won by the St. Scholastica girls and the Brother Martin boys. Both teams beat Central in the championship round. It was certainly quite… Continue reading →

Fun and Fitness Calendar

BASEBALL MAJOR LEAGUE PITCH, HIT & RUN: 1 p.m., April 25, Emmitt Douglas Park, 10th Street, New Roads. Boys & girls in 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 & 13-14 age groups. No fee. Birth certificates required. Winners advance to Sectional competition. Call Greg Johnson (225) 718-3238. Email: BASKETBALL YOUTH TOURNAMENT: April 18-19, Family Christian… Continue reading →

Tuesday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 3 p.m. -- Maryland at Liberty -- CST 6 p.m. -- UA-Birmingham vs. Alabama -- SEC 6 p.m. -- Dallas Baptist at Oklahoma -- FSNO+ COLLEGE FOOTBALL 4:30 p.m. -- Spring Blitz -- ESPNU 11 p.m. -- Draft Academy -- SEC HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 5:30 p.m. -- SCCHS vs. Rummel… Continue reading →

Reed caves in 3-wood, ties for 22nd

Patrick Reed reacts after holing out from the bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 10, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed had a hole-in-one early in Sunday’s final round of the Masters, but not the kind you’d like to make. On the par-5 second, Reed hit his 3-wood off the tee and felt something strange. “It felt like there was no golf ball,” Reed said. “I looked down and the entire face of my club… Continue reading →

After series of cautions turns it into a timed race, James Hinchcliffe wins inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--NOLA Motorsports Track President Kristen Engeron, second from left, celebrates with winner James Hinchcliffe, center, Helio Castroneves, left, who finished second, and James Jakes, right, who finished third at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday.

James Hinchcliffe was not sure his crew’s risky strategy would work when they radioed it to him in his car. In the end, though, the huge gamble won him the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale. In a caution flag-dominated, time-shortened race on a wet track,… Continue reading →

Lewis: A sweet finish for team owner Sam Schmidt and his new friend, NOLA Motorsports Park boss Laney Chouest

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Sam Schmidt, owner of Peterson Motorsports, right, talks with Ruth Chouest, left, after his driver, James Hinchcliffe, won the IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana Sunday, April 12, 2015, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale. Helio Castroneves was second, and James Jakes third.

Because James Carville’s Uptown home isn’t fully Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, wheelchair-bound IndyCar owner Sam Schmidt couldn’t get inside during a pre-Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana party last Thursday night. So NOLA Motorsports Park owner Laney Chouest came outside in the courtyard to meet with Schmidt, a former driver paralyzed in a 2000 practice crash.… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Monday, April 13

TV NBA 7 p.m., Pelicans at Timberwolves, FSNO COLLEGE BASEBALL 8 p.m., Paul Mainieri radio show, CST COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., SEC Storied: Shaq & Dale, SEC COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6 p.m., Kentucky at Florida, SEC 6 p.m., Florida St. at Louisville, ESPNU MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m., Yankees at Orioles, ESPN 7 p.m., Angels at Rangers, FSNO+ PRO SOCCER… Continue reading →

Drivers laud officials for getting race in

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--James Jakes, right, who finished third, battles Gabby Chaves on a wet track at turn 12 at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday in Avondale.

Fans who came to see some of the fastest racing in the world were subjected to what amounted to a turtle race for much of the afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park on Sunday. But for the drivers who participated in the rain-hampered, yellow flag-rampant, time-shortened Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, that the race was run at… Continue reading →

Simona de Silvestro pleased with her effort

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan, left, spins out at Turn 12 almost hitting Simona De Silvestro at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday in Avondale.

Simona de Silvestro arrived in New Orleans as a one-race entry for the inaugural Verizon Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. Forty-seven laps later, de Silvestro exited in fourth place at NOLA Motorsports Park, a performance that could catapult her into improved prominence in Indy Car. Sunday’s race on a 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course ended under caution because of… Continue reading →

Turning Point: James Hinchcliffe’s one-stop pit strategy nets win

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Eventual winner James Hinchcliffe leads a pack of drivers at Turn 12, including Helio Castroneves, who finished second, and James Jakes, who finished third, at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday in Avondale.

There are many twists and turns to any Verizon IndyCar Series race, but in a wet race, there comes a point that defines the race for the winner, and that was relatively early in Sunday’s inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. For James Hinchcliffe, the moment came when he pitted on Lap 13 of… Continue reading →

Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana: Three up, three down

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Race fans brave the rainy weather before the IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana Sunday, April 12, 2015, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale.

Thumbs up 1 HONDA: After a race where only three of its drivers finished in the top 10 with none in the top five, through some clever strategy, the manufacturer managed to put three cars in the top five and another in the top 10 with Graham Rahal in eighth. 2 SIMONA… Continue reading →

Victor Franzoni holds on to win USF2000

It was a tough fourth race for the USF2000 championship, but it ended up well for Afterburner Autosports’s Victor Franzoni as he held off Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing’s Nico Jamin on the last lap of the race Sunday. The race was part of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale. Franzoni’s car… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The Masters is still Jordan Spieth’s to lose, but some Sunday drama may be coming our way

Jordan Spieth hits out of the gallery on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Beauty, tradition and drama. They’re the holy trinity of Masters week. On the final day of worship at Augusta National Golf Club, it looks like we’re going to get all three after all. Jordan Spieth’s lead bounced from huge to enormous Saturday. A birdie on the par-3 16th put him to 18-under-par… Continue reading →

Sunday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m. S. Carolina at Florida SEC Noon USM at W. Kentucky CST 2 p.m. Baylor at Texas Tech FSNO+ 3 p.m. Campbell at Liberty ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. Ole Miss spring game SEC 7:30 p.m. South Carolina spring game SEC 9:30 p.m. Georgia spring game SEC COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2:30 p.m. Miss. State at Missouri SEC 6 p.m. Florida St. at Louisville ESPNU COLLEGE LACROSSE… Continue reading →

Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to start at 1:45 p.m. after rain washes out qualifying; Juan Pablo Montoya awarded pole position

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Takuma Sato splashes water on Ryan Hunter-Reay during qualifying Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park.

After losing to Mother Nature on Saturday, officials at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana are hoping for much better luck Sunday despite an ominous weather forecast. A torrential downpour made for rough driving conditions Saturday afternoon before lightning in the area caused qualifying to be canceled. Officials then changed the schedule for race day… Continue reading →

Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana notebook: Lafayette driver Sarah Montgomery brings determined to make mark

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- The trophies for the top three finishers for the first Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on display Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Rookie Sarah Montgomery’s first race this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park started with a splash — albeit not the kind the Lafayette native wanted. A driver in front of her kicked up a gush of water off rumble strips, slowing down her Team ALARA Racing No. 14 car. She dropped from ninth to last before working her way into… Continue reading →

Orlando edges VooDoo

The New Orleans VooDoo trailed in the second quarter after two big plays by Orlando Predators return man Brandon Thompkins. The VooDoo never caught up, losing 47-42 in an Arena Football League game on Saturday Smoothie King Center. The loss was the second consecutive for New Orleans (1-2) after winning its season… Continue reading →