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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 honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award winner, took… Continue reading →

Sunday: TV broadcast highlights

TV NFL-SUPER BOWL Noon -- Pregame Show -- NBC 5 p.m. -- Patriots vs. Seahawks -- NBC COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 11:30 a.m. -- Miami at Florida St. -- ESPNU 11:30 a.m. -- Oakland at Youngstown -- CST Noon -- Michigan at Michigan St. -- CBS 1:30 p.m. -- Utah at Southern Cal -- ESPNU… Continue reading →

Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis lead Hall of Fame class

Associated Press photo by Mark HumphreyMembers of the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015 are, from left,  running back Jerome Bettis; wide receiver Tim Brown; defensive end and linebacker Charles Haley; Bill Polian; Tyler Seau, son of the late linebacker Junior Seau, on behalf of his father; guard Will Shields; center Mick Tingelhoff; and Ron Wolf.

PHOENIX — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group. “I wish,” 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, “he was here in person… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos

Associated Press photo by DAVID ZALUBOWSKI -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

PHOENIX — Peyton Manning is still thinking over his future, making no commitment to returning to the Broncos for his 18th NFL season. “I’m taking some time to assess some things and to see,” Manning said Friday after accepting the Bart Starr Award in Phoenix. “Of course, I think that’s something that’s important to me, is… Continue reading →

Saturday’s sports on the air

TV NBA 8 p.m., Clippers at Spurs, ESPN COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Auburn at Tennessee, ESPN2 11 a.m., Boston Coll. at Clemson, FSNO+ 11 a.m., Providence at St. John’s, Fox 11 a.m., Wisconsin at Iowa, ESPN 11 a.m., Texas Tech at W. Virginia, ESPNU 11 a.m., Xavier at Seton Hall, FS1 11 a.m., Davidson at St. Joseph’s, NBCSP… Continue reading →

Amid growing trend, Oregon could bring in transfer quarterback

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.,left, looks to throw against Washington during the second half of an NCAA football game in Seattle. Adams, one of the best players in FCS, is considering a transfer to Oregon, where he could replace Marcus Mariota next season. Graduate transfer quarterbacks often create a stir but while fans hope they're getting the next Russell Wilson there is no guarantee the next guy makes an impact. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

College football’s free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota. FCS All-America quarterback Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington plans to be in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend visiting with Ducks coaches. Adams is on target to graduate by June. NCAA rules allow a player who has completed his degree to transfer… Continue reading →

At Australian Open, Serena Williams goes for 19th major title vs. Maria Sharapova

Madison Keys of the U.S. follows through on a shot to her compatriot Serena Williams  during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

MELBOURNE, Australia — It wasn’t until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she’s on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 on… Continue reading →

Deflategate: NFL says referee inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

Associated Press photo by CHARLES KRUPA -- Tom Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 226 yards in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18.

PHOENIX — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As the league’s investigation into the Patriots’… Continue reading →

Sam Houston State picked to win Southland Conference baseball title

FRISCO, Texas — Sam Houston State is favored to defend its Southland Conference regular-season baseball championship by a vote of the league’s coaches and sports information directors, the conference announced Wednesday. The Bearkats were the overwhelming favorites in the both the coaches’ and SID polls, receiving eight first-place votes and 138 points from the… Continue reading →

IndyCar Series drivers to take part in Bacchus parade

Associated Press/The Canadian Press photo by MARK BLINCH -- James Hinchcliffe stands in the pits after an IndyCar auto race in Toronto on Sunday, July 14, 2013.

Four Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and two drivers from the Mazda Road to Indy developmental ladder will be featured in the Krewe of Bacchus parade Feb. 15, IndyCar announced Wednesday. IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Carlos Munoz and Sage Karam will be joined by Mazda Road to Indy drivers Aaron Telitz and Neil Alberico on the Krewe… Continue reading →

Labor peace, new technology are on new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s mind

Rob Manfred (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

NEW YORK — Rob Manfred knows he’ll get pounded now that he’s baseball commissioner — his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball. “Probably good if I get hit hard,” he said, smiling and laughing, during an interview with The Associated Press. “A little more offense. We don’t… Continue reading →

In new court docs, Saints owner Tom Benson: Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, Renee Benson incapable of managing $1.7B empire

Associated Press photo by BILL HABER - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson poses for a photo with his wife Gayle Benson and his granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans Sept. 21.

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson argued in a civil court filing on Tuesday that he has ample justification to make his wife Gayle the inheritor of his teams instead of relatives he had previously tapped for that role. The latest jab in Benson’s family drama came in response to a lawsuit from his daughter, Renee… Continue reading →

College football: Arkansas’ Jeff Long to lead CFP selection committee again

IRVING, Texas — Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced Long was re-elected by his fellow committee members to lead the 13-person panel. Long was responsible for leading the committee’s weekly meetings and being… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning has much to consider as he thinks about coming back to the Broncos

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass, breaking Brett Favre's mark, to set the NFL record, during a football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he’s weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships. General manager John Elway said “the bottom line is we want him back.” So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until… Continue reading →

Tuesday: TV broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 5 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- FSNO 6 p.m. -- Tulsa at Tulane -- ESPN News 6 p.m. -- Vanderbilt at Georgia -- SEC 6 p.m. -- Nebraska at Michigan -- ESPN 6 p.m. -- West Va. at Kansas St. -- ESPN2 6 p.m. -- Pittsburgh at Va. Tech -- ESPNU 6 p.m.… Continue reading →

The Advocate Sports Tweets of the Week from Jan. 18 to 25

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

You never know what you are going to see or read on the AdvocateSports twitter account from the members of the Advocate's sports department to some of the people we follow. Here are the highlights:Continue reading →

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman doubts any punishment for Patriots

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) takes the field prior to the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in the AFC championship game. “I think the perception is… Continue reading →

Bill Haas follows in his father’s footsteps with a victory at the Humana Challenge

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, poses with Bill Haas and the trophy after Haas won the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge. Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 AT&T National. He won the 2010 event for… Continue reading →

At Humana Challenge, Matt Kuchar blows lead; Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas, Michael Putnam tied

Associated Press photo by CHRIS CARLSON -- Erik Compton hits from the tall grass on the first hole during the third round of the Humana Challenge on Saturday in La Quinta, Calif.

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Matt Kuchar stumbled late in the third round of the Humana Challenge, handing the lead to Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam. Two strokes ahead after a birdie on the par-5 14th, Kuchar bogeyed three of the final four holes Saturday for a 1-under 71 on PGA West’s… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Monday, Jan. 26

TV NBA 7 p.m., 76ers at Pelicans, FSNO COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Syracuse at N. Carolina, ESPN 6 p.m., Delaware St. at NC Central, ESPNU 7 p.m., Gardner-Webb at Campbell, CST 8 p.m., Texas at Iowa St., ESPN 8 p.m., Prairie View at UAPB, ESPNU 9 p.m., Johnny Jones radio show, CST COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas… Continue reading →

Cubs legend and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at age 83

FILE - In this 1970 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. (AP Photo/File)

CHICAGO — Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of “Mr. Cub.” Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83. The… Continue reading →

SMG, commission extend venue agreement

The Superdome Commission and SMG have extended the company’s venue management agreement for another five years through 2022. The vote came on Friday at the monthly meeting of the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District board, more commonly known as the Superdome Commission. SMG’s contact also covers the Smoothie King Center, Zephyr Field and the Alario Center.… Continue reading →

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

Corey Batey is seen during the Vanderbilt rape trial on Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015, in Nashville in Tenn. Brandon Vandenburg and Batey, along with two other former football players, are accused in the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old neuroscience major in a dorm room at the Nashville university. All four have pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photos and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s judgment. Neuropsychologist James Walker testified Friday that… Continue reading →

Michael Putnam leads Humana Challenge; John Peterson, Patrick Reed on his heels

Associated Press photo by Chris CarlsonPhil Mickelson watches his bunker shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Humana Challenge on Thursday at the La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Michael Putnam made nine birdies in an 11-hole stretch Thursday and finished with a 9-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead in the Humana Challenge. In ideal conditions in the Coachella Valley, Putnam birdied Nos. 7, 9 and 10 on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Private Course and ran off six in… Continue reading →

Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with Patriots’ deflated football

Denver Broncos' DeMarcus Ware has his picture taken after a practice session at Luke Air Force Base for the NFL Football Pro Bowl Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with the football he intercepted against New England in last week’s AFC championship game. Talking after his Pro Bowl team practiced at Luke Air Force Base on Thursday, he said he merely wanted to keep the ball as a souvenir. “Some guys, you make a big… Continue reading →

Past Super Bowls have been marked and changed by great trick plays

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2006, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) leaps into the end zone past Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant on on a 43-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the fourth quarter during the Super Bowl XL football game in Detroit. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Trick plays stand out in a Super Bowl a little like clown suits at a cocktail party. In this highest-of-high-stakes contest, the appetite for NFL coaches whose strategies lean more conservative than not is typically low for gadgets and gimmicks. Surprising the other team with a safety blitz or deep pass, sure, but the risk of true… Continue reading →

Jeff Gordon anounces 2015 will be his last season as a full-time driver

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, driver Jeff Gordon wits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Once unstoppable on the race track, Gordon has now gone 13 years without a championship. Now, at 43 years old, he feels he's got one of the best championship shots of his career. And, he wants nothing more than title No. 5.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Jeff Gordon, the wildly popular four-time NASCAR champion, said Thursday he will retire as a full-time driver after the 2015 season. The 43-year-old Gordon is coming off one of his best seasons in years. He won four times in 2014, including the Brickyard 400. Gordon did not officially call his decision a retirement because there is "always the possibility I'll compete in… Continue reading →

Patrick Reed set for Humana Challenge title defense

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014, file photo, Patrick Reed, right, hugs his caddie Kessler Karain after winning the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Reed left everyone behind last year in the Humana Challange. This year, he's trying not to get too far ahead of himself. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Reed left everyone behind last year in the Humana Challenge. This year, he’s trying not to get too far ahead of himself. “That’s one thing I’m going to do, hopefully, different this time than I did last time defending,” said Reed, set to begin his title defense Thursday. In… Continue reading →

Patriots offense rarely slowed on their way to the Super Bowl

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the ball after catching a five-yard touchdown pass during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super Bowl against the defending champion… Continue reading →

The Advocate Sports' Tweets of the Week for Jan. 11-18

. The most interesting tweets on The Advocate Sports' Twitter Account on all things sports for the week of Jan. 11 to 18? Click here to see the results.Continue reading →

A day later, Seahawks’ wild rally continues to amaze

Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

RENTON, Wash. — A day later, it was still hard to fathom how the Seattle Seahawks are headed to their second straight Super Bowl. Even for those directly involved in Seattle’s stunning comeback to win the NFC title. “A little bit,” said wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who caught the winning 35-yard touchdown in overtime of… Continue reading →

NFL notebook: Gary Kubiak signs deal to coach Broncos coach

File-This Sept. 30, 2012, file photo shows Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak waving a red flag to challenge a first down call in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Houston. Kubiak is John Elway's No. 2 again. The Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president was hashing out a four-year contract with his former backup QB, Kubiak,  to become the team's head coach, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak has signed a four-year contract to coach the Denver Br Kubiak’s relationship with general manager John Elway goes back 32 years, when they entered the NFL together in 1983. Kubiak spent nine seasons as Elway’s backup quarterback and 11 more as Denver’s offensive coordinator, including the final four years of Elway’s Hall of Fame… Continue reading →

As the arrival of her first child draws closer, (former) jockey Rosie Napravnik relishes her new role with husband/trainer Joe Sharp

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jockey Rosie Napravnik is taking time off while expecting her first child but still excercises horses at the Fair Grounds for husband/trainer Joe Sharp.

Two months after she announced her pregnancy and subsequent racing retirement to the world, nationally renowned jockey Rosie Napravnik was taking a rare break in the Fair Grounds office of her trainer/husband, Joe Sharp. On Dec. 29 at 10 a.m., Napravnik and Sharp already had been in the stable area for five hours — tending… Continue reading →

Legendary jockey Julie Krone says the door to Rosie Napravnik’s return is always open

Jockey Julie Krone speaks during a news conference at Aqueduct Raceway in New York Thursday, April 8, 1999. Krone, horse racing's most successful female jockey and the only woman to ride a winner in a Triple Crown race, announced her retirement, ending an 18-year career. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

Julie Krone, thoroughbred racing’s original pixie princess, yelped in delight and maybe a bit of personal reflection when she heard Rosie Napravnik, a more recent female riding sensation, described as a “rock star” — especially at the Fair Grounds, where she won four straight riding titles before retiring to give birth to her first child. “Yes! Exactly!… Continue reading →

Bowling: Southern Scratch Masters come rolling back this weekend

It’s hard to believe the Jon Juneau Memorial Southern Scratch Masters will be held this weekend at Circle Bowl for the 15th time. Has it really been that long since Fred Anson won the first event in 2000 or that the tournament namesake, Jon Juneau, would win back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002 before losing his battle… Continue reading →

Adam MacDowell, Aimee Newsom take Louisiana Marathon titles

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Adam MacDowell finishes first place in the full marathon Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, during the Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge.

As the two had before the first three Louisiana Marathons, co-founder Danny Bourgeois and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne stood together conversing Sunday morning, “The Star-Spangled Banner” being sung in the background before the gun sounded. The duo looked up to see a familiar sight: A gaggle of geese, flying east-to-west in a V-formation, took off above the… Continue reading →

From bucket lists to wedding proposals, runners had plenty of reasons to take to the streets at the Louisiana Marathon

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- A runner celebrates as he crosses the finish line Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, during the Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge.

The goal of a first-time marathon runner can sometimes be as simple as finishing the race. At Sunday’s Louisiana Marathon, the majority of runners were so well-prepared that completing the race was a foregone conclusion. Even for novice runners, it seemed the race was only a matter of time. Katti Smith, who traveled with her… Continue reading →

Patriots demolish Colts 45-7 to claim AFC title, Super Bowl spot opposite Seahawks

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates LeGarrette Blount's touchdown during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no coach or player has gone more: the Super Bowl. They earned their trip with the second-most lopsided AFC title game victory ever. The New England Patriots’ dominant duo earned a sixth trip to the Super Bowl with a 45-7 wipeout of… Continue reading →

Seahawks stun Packers 28-22 in overtime to return to the Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse catches the game-winning touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SEATTLE — The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away. Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions. “You have the belief these guys have in one another, there is nothing you can’t do,” coach Pete Carroll said after an implausible comeback… Continue reading →

First-time racer Ryan Brehm wins Louisiana Quarter Marathon

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Keith Kotar of Texas crosses the finish line as the first male finisher of the Louisiana 5K on Saturdayin downtown Baton Rouge.

Ideal weather conditions and more than 2,000 runners met in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday morning, and a family atmosphere took over as the fourth annual Louisiana Marathon weekend running festival kicked into high gear. Three races were staged: the Louisiana Quarter Marathon, the 5K sponsored by The Advocate and the Louisiana Kids Marathon. The 5k had the… Continue reading →