LSU’s Plaisance selected for U.S. team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — LSU women’s forward Theresa Plaisance was one of 12 players selected to the USA basketball team for the World University Games in Russia, USA Basketball announced Sunday night.
Plaisance was one of two Southeastern Conference players to make the team, joining Tennessee’s Ariel Massengale.
LSU guard Danielle Ballard just missed the cut but was one of the few freshmen who were selected to try out. The 12-member team was selected and approved by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
This is the second time that Plaisance will compete for Team USA in international competition. The summer before arriving at LSU in 2010, she helped Team USA claim a gold medal at the FIBA Americas 18 Championship.
She is the fifth LSU player to make the USA World University Games team in program history and the first since Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus were part of the 2005 gold medal team.
The World University Games begin July 8 in Kazan, Russia, when Team USA meets Belarus in preliminary round play.
Sun Belt extends television deal
DESTIN, Fla. — The Sun Belt Conference, Cox Sports Television and Comcast Sports Southeast announced a one year extension of the Sun Belt Network on Monday — a partnership of the league and the two regional sports networks that has been in place since 2008.
The agreement will result in the continuation of broadcasts for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and softball for the 2013-14 season.
The Sun Belt Network will air seven high-definition football broadcasts this season as part of a minimum of 39 broadcasts the network will air.
The Sun Belt Conference may seek distribution with providers outside of CSS and CST. Contests are often available on ESPN3.com and ESPN GamePlan outside of the CSS and CST markets.
ULL’s Payton scores 24 in Reach USA loss
DIANJING, China — University of Louisiana at Lafayette Elfrid Payton scored a game-high 24 points, but Reach USA had a pair of game-tying shots blocked as Athletas de Lithuania escaped with a 71-69 win Sunday.
It was the last of six exhibition games between the teams during a cultural exchange in the Far East.
Payton went 12-for-21 from the field to post his fourth 20-point game of the tour, adding seven rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Murray State‘s Stacy Wilson was the only other player in double figures, finishing with 21 points.
Reach USA is 3-2-1 during the tour and will play two games this week.
gets C-USA tie-in
WASHINGTON — The Military Bowl is moving this season from RFK Stadium in Washington to Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
The Military Bowl will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference against one from Conference USA and will be played Dec. 27. ESPN will broadcast the 1:30 p.m. game.
The bowl has been at RFK since its inception in 2008, and the switch is only for this upcoming season. But Annapolis is likely to become the permanent home, with bowl organizers negotiating contracts with conference partners for 2014 and beyond.
Navy-Marine Corp Stadium was renovated in 2004 and holds 34,000. RFK Stadium seats more than 50,000 for football.
The Military Bowl’s average attendance has been about 27,000.
Xavier tennis players All-Americans
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Xavier (New Orleans) women’s tennis player Kourtney Howell was a first-team member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-America team.
Xavier’s Brion Flowers and Amanda Materre earned second-team honors.
On the men’s side, Loic Didavi is the first Gold Rush player to make the All-America first team twice.
Nikita Soifer, who’s on the second team, is the first Gold Rush sophomore to earn second team or higher. Kyle Montrel, an honorable mention All-American, is the program’s first freshman to be cited.
Players were selected by the All-America committee.
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