Thursday’s Sports Briefs

LSU women’s games slated for TV

The LSU women’s basketball team will have several games this season picked up for television broadcasts, highlighted by the Lady Tigers’ “Play 4K Game” against South Carolina on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU will host Florida at noon Sunday, Jan. 12, on ESPNU.

Three games will be on Fox Sports New Orleans: at Vanderbilt (Jan. 19), at Kentucky (Feb. 2) and at Texas A&M (Feb. 9).

Both of the Lady Tigers’ games with Tennessee will be on CSS and CST: at Knoxville at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, and at home at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

Other LSU games to be televised by CST are Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 17), Jackson State (Dec. 30), Texas A&M (Jan. 9).

Welterweight Ali takes decision over Krupp

Sadam Ali won a unanimous decision over Jay Krupp of New Orleans in their welterweight boxing match Monday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Krupp dropped Ali, a former Olympian, with a left hand in the waning seconds of the first round, but Ali came back strong.

Judges scored the bout 79-72, 78-71, and 77-72.

“I caught (Ali) really good in the first, but he made it out,” Krupp said. “(Ali’s) fans got really quiet after that. They didn’t expect that from me. If that round would have went on a little longer, I would have gotten him. I could tell he was shocked.”

Krupp (17-6, eight knockouts) used his peek-a-boo boxing style to rattle Ali with power punches on several occasions.

Nonetheless, Ali knocked down Krupp in Round 3 with a right-hand combination and again in the eighth to remain undefeated at 17-0 with 10 KOs.

“I’m ready for a rematch against Ali,” Krupp said. “I’m ready to make this fight happen again.”

Grambling begins search for coach

GRAMBLING — Grambling President Frank G. Pogue appointed a nine-member search committee to find a head football coach.

Athletics Director Aaron James said there is no timetable to find the coach.

Academies to play despite shutdown

A senior defense official said U.S. military academy football teams will be on the field this weekend, despite the ongoing government shutdown.

The official said Wednesday the decision affects this weekend’s games only, and future games will be evaluated as events unfold in the coming days.

The teams will be allowed to play because the games are paid for with nonappropriated funds, and have been long planned.

Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy in Annapolis, Md.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Non-appropriated funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.

Compiled from Advocate news services