Now the senior member of the safety corps, Kenny Vaccaro is ready for the Saints to lean on him

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) celebrates a tackle against Green Bay Packers in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

As Kenny Vaccaro positions himself in the box and sets up, he surveys the offense. It’s second-and-18, and the Saints are trailing 20-10 with 13:53 remaining in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but whatever the New Orleans safety… Continue reading →


Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger's AP Top 25 vote

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims (7) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 48-14. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →


Anthony Davis scores career-high 43 as Pelicans beat Jazz

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) takes a shot while defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half of their NBA Basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The New Orleans Pelicans won 106 - 94. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

SALT LAKE CITY — Anthony Davis wanted to come out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans end their road swing with a win. He got off to a fast start and kept it going. Davis had… Continue reading →


Tulane falls 34-6 at East Carolina

Associated Press/The Daily Reflector by SCOTT DAVIS -- East Carolina's Justin Hardy makes a catch as Tulane's Parry Nickerson tries to defend during the second quarter of Saturday's game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Hardy set the record for most career receptions in Football Bowl Subdivision history with the catch, and the Pirates won 34-6.

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Tulane stayed within shouting distance of heavily favored East Carolina until the final 10 minutes Saturday, but the Pirates just kept their feet on the gas. Shane Carden completed 31 of 44 passes for 358 yards and… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Taking stock of the LSU defense, the Saints’ chances as a huge weekend looms

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU place kicker Trent Domingue (14) kicks off during the first half Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

News, notes and observations from the week that was and looking ahead to two huge games this coming weekend … Don’t look now, but LSU’s defensive numbers are approaching what we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing from… Continue reading →


Rummel grinds out win over Teurlings Catholic

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- Archbishop Rummel High School's Kristian Fulton, grabs a hold of Teurlings Catholic's Noah Harris during a state quarterfinal playoff game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Teurlings Catholic coach Sonny Charpentier looked back on his team’s 28-20 playoff loss Saturday and contemplated his team’s “missed opportunities ... that turnover,” and those “men up front” of victorious Rummel. Rummel scored the first half’s only touchdown of Saturday’s Division I select… Continue reading →


Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton cashes in with $325 million deal

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MIAMI — The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a 13-year, $325 million contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It’s the most lucrative deal for… Continue reading →


Duck season off to flying start

Advocate staff photo by GARY KROUSEOpening week haulOutdoors writer and media show host Don Dubuc, left, joined former Baker, LSU and New Orleans Saints player and Saints broadcast analyst Hokie Cajun, center, for a trip with Ryan Lambert, right, from Lambert's lodge for Thursday's hunt on the east side of the Mississippi River across from Buras. As has been the case for opening-week Coastal Zone duck hunts, these hunters' take included teal, pintails, gray ducks, a wigeon and a lone poule d'eau. A cold front bringing rain and north winds moving across the coastal parishes Sunday will be reinforced by another, but dry, cold front predicted for Tuesday. The fronts should move more ducks into the state and the winds and chillier temperatures should move more birds into the range of shooters for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday week.

The best way to assess the first week of the duck season is the eyeball test. Because thousands of eyes were on the skies across south Louisiana for the past eight days, this first week passed with flying colors — colors like gray as… Continue reading →