The Final Score Archives

Rod Walker: Peyton Manning feeling just fine with retirement

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDRetired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning answers questions Friday, June 24, 2016, during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

THIBODAUX — Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl win in February was a storybook ending to a storybook career. And as Manning reminded folks Friday, it was just that: an ending. There’s no football itch left that he needs to scratch. He even had the stats to prove it. 0-for-1. Those were… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Friday, June 24

TV CFL 7:30 p.m. Montreal at Winnipeg ESPN2 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES 2 p.m. Arizona vs. Okla. State ESPN2 7 p.m. TCU vs. Coastal Carolina ESPN GOLF 4:30 a.m. European — International Golf 11:30 a.m. Champions — Wisconsin Golf 2:30 p.m. PGA — National Golf 5:30 p.m. LPGA — NW Arkansas Golf GYMNASTICS 8 p.m. P&G championships NBC MAJOR LEAGUE… Continue reading →

Fun and Fitness Calendar for June 21

BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: June 24-26 at Belleview District Park, Plaquemine. Boys 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13-15 age groups. Cost: $250 per team. Format: Pool play, then single elimination. Three-game guarantee. Contact Dwayne Lambert (225) 279-6362 or Fundraiser tournament: June 25-26 at Blackwater Ballpark, Baton Rouge. Ages 10-under and 11-under. Cost: $200/team. Games will be 1 hour,… Continue reading →

Louisiana DA drops drug, gun charges; refuses to 'ruin' Alabama football players Cam Robinson, Laurence Jones' lives

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson (74) has a word with an official during a timeout in the first half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.

MONROE — The district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones on drug and weapons charges. Prosecutor Neal Johnson cited insufficient evidence in court documents filed on Monday. Calls to the district attorney's office by The Associated Press were not immediately returned. Robinson and Jones were arrested… Continue reading →

The wait is over: Cavaliers end Cleveland’s 52-year sports title drought by beating Warriors 93-87 in Game 7 of NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago. James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavs pulled off an… Continue reading →

The End: Cleveland finally rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

Bill Moris, front center, cheers along with Cleveland Cavaliers fans outside of Quicken Loans Arena during a watch party for Game 7 of the NBA basketball Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — More tears. Only this time, tears of joy. Cleveland’s championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last. On Father’s Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single mother, brought the title home. As the final seconds… Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Monday, June 20

TV COLLEGE WORLD SERIES 1 p.m. UCSB vs. Miami ESPNU 6 p.m. Oklahoma St. vs. Arizona ESPN DIVING 6 p.m. U.S. Olympic trials NBCSN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon Diamondbacks at Phillies MLB 6 p.m. CWS/Bos or SF/Pit MLB 7 p.m. Orioles at Rangers FSNO 9 p.m. Nationals at Dodgers ESPN SOCCER 1:30 p.m. Slovakia vs. England ESPN 1:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

‘I was crazy as a road lizard’: Jockey Gerard Melancon, who conquered many demons, relishes his chance to enjoy family and life

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- Gerard Melancon with his grandson, Emmitt, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at their home in Scott. This is Gerard's first Father's Day as a grandfather.

Sunday is Father’s Day, and jockey Gerard Melancon has much to celebrate. And he will, with a family cookout at his broodmare farm in Scott. Not only did Melancon recently reach 4,500 career victories, becoming only the 44th person in North American racing history to do so, but the 49-year-old Rayne… Continue reading →

LeBron, Cavs down Warriors, force Game 7

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) celebrates a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND — From the edge of elimination to the brink of history. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have pushed the NBA Finals to their limit. Game 7 is necessary. James scored 41 points, delivering another magnificent performance with the season on the line, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cavs sent the finals packing for… Continue reading →

Warriors’ Green vows to be better

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green answers questions before practice for Game 6 of the NBA basketball Finals, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Warriors Thursday night in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — For all the criticism of Golden State’s Draymond Green and his penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet. The critic: Green himself. Saying he let the Warriors down and that he was a “terrible teammate,” Green spoke on how it pained him… Continue reading →

Former Negro Leaguer David Malarcher finally gets due with La. Sports Hall induction

Photo provided by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame -- David Malarcher, Convent, La., native, will be inducted into the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is June 23-25 in Natchitoches.

Soon after the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Satchel Paige would in 1971 become the first Negro League player to enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, Convent native David Malarcher reacted with jubilation. Malarcher, who had toiled as a much-admired player and manager when the national pastime was divided by segregation, viewed Paige’s admission to… Continue reading →

Archie Manning receives honor in Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Dale Kelly, left, and Noah Kelly, 12, center, from Eagle Scout Troop 55 out of Broussard, meet football legend Archie Manning on Wednesday at the Doubletree by Hilton. Manning was attending a luncheon at the hotel, during which he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Around 300 Lafayette community business leaders gathered to honor former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning on Wednesday as he received the Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award at the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette. “I’m really humbled and honored,” Manning said. “Scouting has done great work for many generations, and I… Continue reading →

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving keep Cavaliers’ season alive with 112-97 win over Warriors in Game 5 of NBA Finals

Associated Press photoCleveland forward LeBron James dunks against the Warriors on Monday night in Oakland, Calif. James scored 41 points and had 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots in the Cavs' 112-97 win.

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James had 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, Kyrie Irving also scored 41 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers capitalized on the Warriors playing without suspended star Draymond Green, staving off NBA Finals elimination with a 112-97 victory in Game 5 on Monday night. James and Irving became the first teammates… Continue reading →

Veteran Lynx on verge of breaking own WNBA record for start to season

FILE - In this May 22, 2016, file photo, Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd, left, fouls Minnesota Lynx's Seimone Augustus late in the second half of a WNBA basketball game, in Seattle. The Los Angeles Sparks moved up four spots in The Associated Press power poll this week in second, behind Minnesota (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

MINNEAPOLIS — With the WNBA Finals still four months away, the benefit of a strong start to the season can be marginal. Minnesota’s 10-0 record is more for pride. Make no mistake, though. The Lynx are well aware they would set the league’s all-time mark for most consecutive wins to begin a season with 11,… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, June 14

BASEBALL MACHINE PITCH TOURNAMENT: Boys 6, 7 8 and girls 8 age groups. June 17-19 at Crescent Bend Park, Plaquemine. Cost: $200 per team. Format: Pool play, then single elimination. Three-game guarantee. Contact Dwayne Lambert (225) 279-6362 or TOURNAMENT: Boys 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13-15 age groups. June 24-26 at Belleview District… Continue reading →

James Anstiss wins LGA amateur title by three shots

James Anstiss of Hammond fired as 71 in the final round to win the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship on Sunday at Carter Plantation by three strokes over Hank Shaheen of DeQuincy. Anstiss finished with a 72-hole total of nine-under par 279 after posting rounds of 66-71-71-71. He is the first wire-to-wire 72-hole winner… Continue reading →

Anthony Thomas — the ‘A Train’ — set to roll into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on June 25

Advocate staff photo by {Patrick Dennis}.  Photo shot on {10-12-03}. Chicago Bears running back Anthony Thomas is brought down by cornerback Dale Carter (21) and linebacker Orlando Ruff, as defensive end Charles Grant (94) looks on.

Anthony “A-Train” Thomas learned his powerful running style by playing in the street. In the historic timber town of Winnfield, Thomas was a skinny but athletic little kid living with his mother at the H.Y. Bell Memorial Apartments, known to locals as “The Bells.” It was during mornings before the school bus arrived that Thomas and other… Continue reading →

Warriors win, move within game of NBA title

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry found his long-range touch and scored 38 points, Klay Thompson added 25 and the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of defending their title by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. Curry had scored just 48 total points in the first… Continue reading →

Video: Olympic hopeful trampolinists soar like superheroes -- with flips, twists and ‘triffis’ -- at Lafayette gym

Trampoline gymnast Nicole Ahsinger practices her routine in Lafayette, La., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The trials that begin June 11 in Providence, R.I., will decide which man and woman will represent the United States this summer in Rio de Janeiro, and which will be the two alternates. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LAFAYETTE — Trampoline gymnasts bounce so high, it looks like they might hit their heads or outstretched arms on the 34-foot ceiling at this south Louisiana gym. “No danger,” says Dmitri Poliaroush , coach of the U.S. national trampoline gymnastics team. He adds, a bit wistfully, “I wish.” The higher the bounce, the more twists and… Continue reading →

Oklahoma tops Auburn to win Women’s College World Series

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Oklahoma's Paige Parker pitches against Auburn during the third inning of the deciding game of the Women's College World Series on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY — After two losses to start the season, Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso wasn’t sure about her team full of freshmen and sophomores. By the end, those youngsters were in a dogpile in the pitcher’s circle with “Boomer Sooner” blaring from the speakers and thousands of crimson-clad fans celebrating. Sophomore Paige Parker pitched a complete game to help… Continue reading →

Former Teurlings Catholic great Brooks Badeaux enjoying time as assistant coach for Team USA under-18 national baseball team

The last two times he served as an assistant coach with Team USA, Lafayette native Brooks Badeaux struck gold with the U18 national baseball team. Four years later, Badeaux’s hopeful of repeating the feat. “If you aspire to get into coaching, it’s one of the coolest things,” Badeaux said. “It’s for the kids, and it’s awesome.… Continue reading →

Sylester Thiel remembered for his impressive life of bowling

I hope you don’t mind if I do a little “Throw Back” Tuesday bowling column this time around. A “young” man I met for the first time in 2005 at the River Center for the then, American Bowling Congress Tournament, earlier this year made tournament appearance No. 71 at the event at the National Bowling Stadium in… Continue reading →

For Tuesday June 7: Fun & Fitness Calendar

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: BASKETBALL Atchafalaya Classic Summer Showcase: Ages 9-under through 17-under. June 24-26 at North Central High School and Opelousas Junior High School. Cost: $175 per team; multiteam discount available. Call Kerrick Alexander at… Continue reading →

In his only fight promotion, Don Hubbard brought Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks title bout to New Orleans

Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sept. 15, 1978. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS103

Among Don Hubbard’s most-prized mementoes of a long, colorful and often controversial career spent in local political activism, promotions, business, and, for the past 15 years, as the proprietor of a sumptuous bed and breakfast on St. Charles Avenue, is a handsome ring, given to him almost four decades ago by the man the world was remembering… Continue reading →

Preakness-winning jockey Kent Desormeaux in alcohol rehab, still plans to ride in Belmont

FILE - In this May 21, 2016, file photo, Exaggerator (5), with Kent Desormeaux, aboard moves past Nyquist, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, on the way to winning the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Next Saturday there'll be no Triple try. No Kentucky Derby winner, either. And no sellout crowd. Just Preakness winner Exaggerator taking on 3-year-olds he's already beaten and a few others in their first Triple Crown race.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File)

ARCADIA, Calif. — Preakness Stakes-winning jockey Kent Desormeaux has gone to alcohol rehabilitation but will return in time to ride Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes next weekend. “It was time to take a sober look at my life and take this step,” Desormeaux said in a brief statement issued Saturday through his agent, J.R. Pegram.… Continue reading →

Tour de Louisiane on tap for Saturday

The Tour de Louisiane bicycle stage race is one of the more difficult competitions avid cyclists can enter in the Gulf South each year. The 45th annual race is set for Saturday and Sunday on the north shore. While cyclists of varying abilities will participate, the tour champion will emerge after posting the fastest cumulative time in… Continue reading →

Zephyr Field won't host SEC baseball tournament; event staying in Hoover

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. DESTIN, Fla. – The Southeastern Conference baseball tournament is staying right at home. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Friday that SEC schools voted to keep the tournament in Hoover, Alabama, where it has been played since 1998. The length of a new contract with Hoover is still to determined. Hoover beat out four other contending sites, including Zephyr… Continue reading →

Former Cajuns star, Crowley native Alyson Habetz back in WCWS with Alabama

Over the course of her coaching and playing career, Crowley native Alyson Habetz has enjoyed a front-row seat to one of the NCAA’s burgeoning championship events. Habetz, a first baseman on Louisiana-Lafayette’s first World Series team in 1993, returns to Oklahoma City for the 11th time with the University of Alabama, where she’s served as an assistant coach.… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, May 31

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: BASKETBALL Atchafalaya Classic Summer Showcase: Ages 9-under through 17-under. June 24-26 at North Central High School and Opelousas Junior High School. Cost: $175 per team; multiteam discount available. Call Kerrick Alexander at (225) 324-7205. MONDAY… Continue reading →

Sankey talks satellite camps, men’s basketball

Southeastern Conference commissioner, Greg Sankey, stands for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. SEC coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. The much-publicized issue of camps clearly isn’t dead, though the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in April… Continue reading →

Bowling column: Bowlers earn scholarship money at Adult-Youth event

So here’s the premise for the week. Take one very good format and turn it so that it becomes a big-money scholarship event for Louisiana youth. That’s in a nutshell what Marc Pater of the Louisiana Bowling Proprietors have done with what used to be the national Bowling Proprietors Association of America’s International Family Tournament format.… Continue reading →

A look at the Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, May 24

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: BASKETBALL MONDAY MORNING & LUNCH BUNCH GAMES: 6:30 a.m. Mondays & noon, Tuesdays/Thursdays, Istrouma Baptist Church gym, Baton Rouge. No fee. Call ML Woodruff (225) 295-0775, Ext 118. GOLF PURPLE PURPOSE CHARITY TOURNAMENT: 8 a.m.… Continue reading →

After Preakness win, Exaggerator and the victorious Desormeaux brothers are in line to face Nyquist again at the Belmont

Kent Desormeaux rides Exaggerator to win the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Anyone thinking Keith and Kent Desormeaux seemed strangely unemotional after the brothers from Maurice became the first sibling trainer/jockey combo to win the Preakness on Saturday with Exaggerator should have been around later. At least that’s the way Matt Bryan, Exaggerator’s principal owner, experienced it after the victorious party celebrated at a Baltimore steakhouse.… Continue reading →