NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls Saints ownership dispute unfortunate

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014:

. PHOENIX — Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, was asked at his Super Bowl news conference about the ownership dispute taking place in New Orleans over Tom Benson announcing his intentions to leave the Saints and Pelicans to his wife, Gayle,… Continue reading →


LSU board approves contracts of new LSU football coaches Kevin Steele, Ed Orgeron, four other assistants

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, New LSU football defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, LSU head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

SHREVEPORT – The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the contracts Friday of new LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Steele, hired to replace John Chavis earlier this month, has a two-year contract for $1 million… Continue reading →


Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (groin) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Clippers

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grimaces after falling to the court during the second half of Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets in New Orleans. Davis was helped to the locker room but later returned to the game. The Nuggets won 93-85.

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis' availability for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Smoothie King Center will be a game-time decision, Davis said.
“I'm not sure,” Davis said after Friday morning's shoot-around practice. “I'll know when I… Continue reading →


Tulane’s conference struggles continue

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tulane Green Wave head coach Ed Conroy calls a play in a NCAA basketball game between the Tulane Green Wave and the Temple Owls at Tulane University's Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

After a weak start this year, the American Athletic Conference is beginning to flex its muscles in men’s basketball. Lately, that strength has been too much for Tulane to handle. The Green Wave, picked last by the coaches before its… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces… Continue reading →


Easton quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith named to Parade All-America first team

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Deshawn Capers-Smith narrowly escapes the clutches of Plaquemine's Kenny Dotson during the Warren Easton vs. Plaquemine high school football game at Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Capers-Smith, is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, who committed to Texas A&M.… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds

Chok’s Choices for Friday, Jan. 30

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… Continue reading →


Comments sought on Amendment 40

Photo provided by SHAUN BERTRANDColby Bertrand strains to hold an amberjack the crew aboard the 24-foot 'Trial Run' estimated to weigh 100 pounds from a mid-January trip with his dad, Shaun, and four other anglers out of Cypress Cove Marina in Venice. The group hauled in four other amberjack, three scamps and several almaco jacks to complete their trip.

Other than conflicts over the federal data on red snapper to include under-reporting of the red snapper population in the Gulf of Mexico and recreational sector overfishing, the only steps taken during the first three days of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery… Continue reading →

General Sports

Peyton Manning still considering his future with the Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) watches the final seconds of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. The Colts won 24-13 to advance to the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

. PHOENIX (AP) — Peyton Manning is still mulling his future in the NFL.

At a breakfast Friday to receive the Bart Starr Award, the five-time MVP said he still hasn't made a decision about whether he'll return to the Denver Broncos next… Continue reading →