Saints

Should the Saints sign veteran linebacker Lance Briggs? Sports Illustrated says the two would be a good fit

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (55) and cornerback Charles Tillman (33) walk back to the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Greg A. Bedard of Sports Illustrated ranks the top free agents from 51 to 100 on Tuesday, and he says two would be a good fit for the New Orleans Saints and one former Saint should look for future employment elsewhere. Bedard… Continue reading →

LSU

LSU baseball pregame: LSU vs. Stephen F. Austin at Alex Box

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley, center, breaks between teammates Connor Hale and Grayson Byrd after hitting a three-run triple that scored Hale, Michael Papierski and Byrd during Saturday's first game at Alex Box Stadium. Fraley also scored after Princeton shortstop Billy Arendt committed an error.

. Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our postgame blog. Continue reading →

Pelicans

Pelicans fall 102-93 in Dallas to snap 5-game winning streak

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

DALLAS — It had to end sometime, right? After five games and five improbable victories without superstar forward Anthony Davis, after a long and draining road trip from Denver after a game the night before, after outrunning the Dallas Mavericks… Continue reading →

Tulane

Welcome back, Green Wave: Tulane baseball back in Top 25 poll for first time in a while

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--Tulane's Garrett Deschamp, 1, reaches for the ball as Creighton's runner Nick Lopez, 4, lands safely on first base during a college baseball game against Tulane and Creighton University at Tulane in New Orleans, Sunday, on March 1, 2015.

Tulane baseball is making its way back onto the national scene. After a four-year absence in the rankings, the Green Wave (10-2) have cracked into D1Baseball.com’s No. 25 spot and the NCBWA’s No. 30 position, following a 4-1 week that… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: It’s cold outside, but Lady Tigers are riding a hot streak

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Beth Torina coaches against Memphis, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The weather at Tiger Park on Tuesday was chilling. The home team couldn’t be hotter. The LSU softball team returned from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in posh Palm Springs, California, over the weekend with another sack full of victories, five of… Continue reading →

Preps

John Curtis’ Hunter Dale signs with Washington State

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- After intercepting a pass, Hunter Dale of John Curtis shakes off D'Vante Dotson of University High during second quarter of the Division II state championship game.

Analyzing his college football recruiting saga, John Curtis defensive back Hunter Dale knows what he would have done differently — learn to say thanks, but no thanks. It’s something Dale said he struggled with during this multi-year process, which ended Monday… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds

Chok Choices: Sunday at the Fair Grounds

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his… Continue reading →

Outdoors

March the time freshwater fishing starts to peak

Associated Press photo/DARIO FERRARILa gigantesco pesce gattoIn this picture provided by Italian fishermen Dino and Dario Ferrari, taken on Feb. 19, and made available Feb. 26,  Dino Ferrari poses for a picture with an 8-foot, 10-inch long catfish caught in the Po River in the outskirts of Mantova, a town about 99 miles southeast of Milan, northern Italy.

March is the month south Louisiana celebrates bass fishing, and does it in a big way. It’s a time when we catch our heaviest bass, a period when species in the sunfish family take to the warming waters to move from their wintertime… Continue reading →

General Sports

Lions opt not to give Ndamukong Suh the franchise tag

The Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, file)

DETROIT — Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Detroit Lions did not use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle. The deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition… Continue reading →