Madison Prep basketball standout Brandon Sampson signs with LSU

Brandon Sampson said he took St. John’s decision to part ways with coach Steve Lavin last month as a sign. Ultimately, that sign led Louisiana’s reigning Mr. Basketball to sign with LSU on Monday morning. “Not everybody gets a second chance to get recruited,” Sampson said after signing a letter-of-intent with the Tigers. “It was… Continue reading →

On deck Tuesday: Tulane at LSU

Tulane (24-15) at LSU (34-6) When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Alex Box Stadium Rankings: LSU is the No. 1 team in the nation in all six polls. Tulane is not ranked. Projected starting pitchers: Tulane Jr. RHP Patrick Duester (4-3, 1.85 ERA) vs. LSU Fr. RHP… Continue reading →

Could LSU have college basketball's best freshman class next season?

Montverde Academy's Ben Simmons #20 in action against Oak Hill Academy in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 4, 2015 in New York City. Montverde won the game 70-61. (AP P

. The signing of Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep has college basketball observers thinking that LSU, and not Duke or Kentucky, could have the best freshman class in college basketball next year. Sampson, who chose LSU over St. John's, joins incoming freshmen Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy and Antonio Blakeney of Oak Ridge High School.… Continue reading →

LSU, Texas A&M series nearly completely sold out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Tigers prepare to take the field as they gather in a huddle before the first pitch against Kentucky, Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

. Did you want a seat for LSU’s games against Texas A&M this week? You’re – almost – out of luck. Two of the three games are hard sellouts, meaning there isn’t a single seat available, and the series opener Thursday has just a handful of tickets remaining. LSU and Texas A&M have a combined… Continue reading →

Around The SEC

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Kentucky right fielder Marcus Carson (15) is caught stealing third by LSU third baseman Conner Hale (20) in the second inning, Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Around The SEC brings you results and standings after each weekend of SEC baseball action. Series winners are in bold. Series sweepers are initalicized-bold. Auburn vs. Ole Miss LSU at Georgia Florida at Mississippi State Kentucky vs. Tennessee South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Missouri vs. Alabama Arkansas at Texas A&M Series Of The Week

  • Arkansas at Texas A&M: The Hogs handed the Aggies their first series loss of the… Continue reading →

  • LSU, Georgia baseball series finale canceled; Top 5 clash with A&M looms

    Advocate staff photo by ROSS DELLENGER -- Tarp covers the infield on a gray, rainy Sunday at Foley Field in Athens, Ga., where LSU and Georgia were supposed to play their series finale. The game was canceled.

    ATHENS, Ga. — LSU’s showdown in a few days with Texas A&M just got a lot more interesting. Whoever wins the series will likely have the lead in the Southeastern Conference. The series finale between LSU and Georgia scheduled for Sunday was rained out and won’t be made up, leaving the Tigers and Aggies in a tie for… Continue reading →

    LSU first baseman Chris Chinea X-ray negative for fracture, would have played Sunday

    Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Chris Chinea took a fastball to the chin Saturday at Georgia, but X-rays were negative Sunday. Chinea would've played Sunday if the Tigers and Bulldogs had finished their series as scheduled, coach Paul Mainieri said.

    ATHENS, Ga. — Paul Mainieri didn’t have a lot to smile about Sunday as he stared out of Georgia’s visiting dugout onto a tarp-covered, waterlogged Foley Field. There was one thing, though, that made the coach perk up: X-rays on Chris Chinea’s jaw came back negative Sunday morning. “Best news of the day,” the LSU coach said,… Continue reading →

    More physical and more confident, wide receiver Malachi Dupre is out to land a bigger role in the LSU offense

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) celebrates his first touchdown reception of the day with wide receiver Travin Dural (83) during LSU's spring game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    Lionel Williams had the play lined up. With about two minutes left in the first quarter of LSU’s spring game Saturday in Tiger Stadium, sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris reared back and fired a bullet deep down the right sideline. Williams, a safety, blanketed sophomore Malachi Dupre, running with the receiver step for step toward the end zone… Continue reading →

    Future bright for LSU gymnastics

    Photos provided by LSU / Chris Parent  --  Jessie Jordan placed eighth on the beam with a score of 9.825 as the NCAA individual championships.

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Still feeling the disappointment from two nights earlier, LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux was finally able to smile Sunday. While the pain and anguish from missing out on Super Six finals at the NCAA championships was still there, and will be for quite some time, Breaux sent six athletes to the… Continue reading →

    Tigers break 28-year drought, win SEC men’s golf crown

    Advocate file photo by LIZ CONDOLSU men's golf coach Chuck Winstead

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The No. 7-ranked LSU Tigers lifted the Southeastern Conference golf championship trophy for the first time in 28 seasons Sunday as they turned a three-shot deficit entering the final round into a three-shot victory with a winning score of 13-under par 827. Not since the sophomore season of the great David… Continue reading →

    Rabalais: Tough to separate reality from illusion in an LSU spring game full of encouraging signs

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Running back Leonard Fournette, left, is stopped for a five yard loss on a swing pass, by a crunching hit by linebacker Duke Riley (40) during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    The LSU spring game was wrapped in intrigue from the start. Would they even play with the ever-present threat of rain we’ve had here lately, or just build an ark and donate it to charity? The leaden skies looked swollen with rain, but the game was a dry run. “It never rains in Tiger… Continue reading →

    LSU’s spring game settles little as quarterbacks post solid numbers

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Brandon Harris stretches the ball over the goal line at the end of a long keeper, despite the efforts of defensive back Russell Gage (39), left,  in the second quarter of LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    LSU’s quarterback competition is far from over. At least that’s what Saturday’s spring game indicated. The afternoon included 28 points, three passing touchdowns, no interceptions and a number of burned defensive backs in the first half alone, resulting in a 45-6 rout by the White team. Junior Anthony Jennings’ start couldn’t have gone better if he… Continue reading →

    Coach Ed Orgeron keeps pushing LSU defensive linemen

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron watches play during LSU spring football game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    Ed Orgeron deflected any nostalgia after LSU’s spring game Saturday, only once professing his well-documented love for Tiger Stadium and his excitement to finally be on its sideline in a coaching capacity. No, Saturday was about his players. He sequestered them in a far corner of Tiger Stadium. Just Orgeron and his linemen, away… Continue reading →

    LSU spring game notes: Les Miles says DT Travonte Valentine remains suspended

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach  Cam Cameron, left, talks with quarterback Brandon Harris (6), as Harris checks plays after calling a time out,  during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    LSU football coach Les Miles confirmed after Saturday’s spring game that defensive tackle Travonte Valentine is suspended from play and has been instructed to attend class and to take care of his business. “If he does that and handles behavior, there will be a future for him here,” Miles said. “Otherwise, we’re not certain.” After his team’s first… Continue reading →

    LSU spring game: Three and out

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mike the Tiger greets some fans in the south end zone, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    1. What we learned The competition continues into the offseason at quarterback. The spring game gave some hopeful signs of improved play from Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, but we’ve seen this act before. Harris looked like he would claim the starting job after last year’s spring game but ended up an inconsistent… Continue reading →

    Double aces: LSU gets pitching gems in doubleheader sweep of Georgia

    Georgia's Daniel Nichols (33) catches the ball at first base during an SEC baseball game between the University of Georgia and LSU on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)

    ATHENS, Ga. — LSU played a pair of aces Saturday. The Tigers took home the whole pot. Starters Alex Lange and Jared Poché threw 13 combined innings of nine-hit, two-run ball and LSU swept a doubleheader over Georgia with 4-1 and 9-1 wins, securing a Southeastern Conference road series in stifling fashion at Foley Field.… Continue reading →

    On deck: LSU at Georgia (Sunday)

    University of Georgia photo by SEAN TAYLOR -- Georgia's Daniel Nichols (33) catches the ball at first to get the out during an SEC baseball game between the University of Georgia and LSU on Saturday.

    WHEN: Noon Sunday WHERE: Foley Field, Athens, Georgia RANKINGS: LSU is ranked in the top 3, and as high as No. 1, in all six major polls. Georgia is not ranked. PROJECTED ROTATION: Sunday — LSU, Fr. RH Austin Bain (0-1, 3.29) vs. UGA, TBA TV: None ONLINE STREAMING: Online only at SEC Network-Plus, which is accessible at… Continue reading →

    Men golfers close gap on Bama

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Seventh-ranked LSU cut Alabama’s lead in the SEC men’s golf championships to three strokes after the second round as they fired the lowest team score of the day at 8-under par 272 on Saturday. The top two teams from last year’s tournament will battle it out again as Alabama tops the leaderboard at 17-under… Continue reading →

    NCAA gymnastics notebook: LSU will have several competitors in Sunday’s individual finals

    Florida's Kytra Hunter looks back during her vault attempt at the NCAA women's Gymnastics Championships Friday, April 17, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    FORT WORTH, Texas — As shocking as LSU’s exit from the team competition was Friday night at the NCAA gymnastics championships, it was not the end of the Tigers’ season. Six LSU gymnasts will compete Sunday in the individual event finals after finishing among the top four and ties among the gymnasts in the evening semifinal session.… Continue reading →

    LSU’s spring-game spotlight falls on quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings again

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings

    Brandon Harris sat quietly in front of an LSU-logoed backdrop Thursday, giving measured, thoughtful answers to media questions in advance of Saturday’s spring game. Voices around him swirled and mixed together with the weight of expectations for him that hung in the air two days before what could be one of the most pivotal days of the… Continue reading →

    LSU spring game: Three things to watch

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman wide receiver D.J. Chark catches a pass in a drill during practice at LSU's Charles McClendon Practice Fields, Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

    Everyone will have their eyes on LSU’s quarterbacks. But here are three more spring game issues worth attention: 1 Wide receiver Not all the passing game woes were Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris’ fault. The young receivers made their share of mistakes in 2014. Improvement is the… Continue reading →

    Guard Shanice Norton signs with LSU women’s basketball team

    The LSU women’s basketball team added a player in the spring signing period when guard Shanice Norton signed her National Letter of Intent, the school announced Friday. Norton is a 5-foot-8 native of London who spent the past two seasons at the Potter’s House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. She played AAU basketball for the Jacksonville Lady… Continue reading →

    LSU report: Women’s tennis team advances to SEC semifinals

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 24 LSU defeated No. 7 Texas A&M 4-3 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament for just the third time. Down 5-2 in the third set with elimination hanging in the balance, LSU sophomore Skylar Holloway reeled off four of five games to push the match to… Continue reading →

    LSU Spring game rosters, injured players, times of interest, Travonte Valentine tweets

    Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU offensive lineman, Garrett Brumfield (78), left, participates in a drill Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

    LSU released its spring game rosters earlier Friday. They are below. Here are some nuggets: Quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, running back Darrel Williams and receiver John Diarse will play for both teams – White and Purple – in the spring game. The White Team appears to include most, if not all, of the starters.… Continue reading →

    Video: CBS News on LSU’s Lloimincia Hall, not your ‘typical’ gymnast; Says Hall: ‘So what? Let’s have some fun’

    Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU gymnast Lloimincia Hall photographed in LSU's practice facility Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

    As the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship gets set to begin on Friday, all eyes will be on LSU senior Lloimincia Hall. She’s the number one gymnast in the country for floor routine, with seven perfect 10s over her college career. But Hall has achieved success in a way different than most gymnasts, reports CBS News.… Continue reading →