Saturday’s sports briefs

Pardo leads LSU volleyball to win

HOUSTON — The LSU volleyball team garnered a season’s best .385 hitting percentage, and Malorie Pardo sparked a trio of hitters to double-digit kills as the Tigers secured their first sweep of the season over Arkansas-Little Rock (25-18, 25-12, 25-23) Friday to open the first day of the Rice Invitational.

LSU (4-0) won its first match of the season away from the Maravich Center and improved to 3-0 all-time against UALR (1-3).

LSU soccer falls on road to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — A game-tying goal by junior striker Jodi Calloway in the 31st minute was not enough for the visitors as the LSU soccer team lost 2-1 to Minnesota to kick off the Minnesota Gold Classic.

LSU faces Southern California at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Jolly leads LSU golfers in Georgia

ROCKY FACE, Ga. — Stewart Jolly fired an even-par 72 in his opening round of the 2013 fall season to guide the No. 9-ranked LSU men’s golf team into a tie for sixth place overall with a team score of 9-over par 297 on the first day of the 25th annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic on Friday at The Farm Golf Club.

Jolly is in a tie for 10th place with six other golfers while posting a team-best even-par 72 in the opening round of the championship.

Tulane adds Wilkins to men’s basketball staff

Tulane men’s basketball coach Ed Conroy announced the addition of Anthony Wilkins to the staff as the Director of Basketball Operations.

Wilkins comes to Tulane after serving one season as a member of the staff at his alma mater Kent State.

Louisiana-Lafayette to have 15 home games

LAFAYETTE — Fifteen home games, including five against teams that appeared in postseason play last season and six contests against Louisiana schools, highlight the 2013-14 Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball schedule released Friday.

The Cajuns tip off with consecutive home games against Louisiana College (Nov. 9) and McNeese State (Nov. 12) before taking to the road for four straight games as part of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, none of which will be in Hawaii.

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Pitino among 12 to be enshrined in Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Rick Pitino has spent nearly half his life as a coach. Just because he’s going into the Basketball Hall of Fame doesn’t mean he’s thinking about the end of his career.

He’s 60 years old and said he’d love to coach when he’s 70.

Pitino reaches another milestone in a career that includes NCAA championships with Kentucky and Louisville when he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. He’ll be joined by 11 others.

They are former NBA All-Stars Gary Payton, Bernard King and Richie Guerin, former ABA All-Star Roger Brown, former college coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis, former WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, African-American basketball pioneer E.B. Henderson, NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik and former Brazilian great Oscar Schmidt.

Knicks’ J.R. Smith suspended 5 games

NEW YORK — New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA on Friday for violating the anti-drug program.

Smith, coming off offseason surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games for which he is eligible and physically able to play. Smith had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy that will keep him from joining the Knicks when they open training camp late this month.

Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season and helped shoot the Knicks into the playoffs before struggling in the postseason. He averaged 18.1 points during the regular season.

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