Saints

Kenny Vaccaro settling into familiar role

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhBears quarterback Jay Cutler slides as Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro makes the tackle during the second half of Monday's game in Chicago.

Kenny Vaccaro went through the reports written about him last season. He didn’t like what he was reading. The critics called him a jack of all trades, someone who was good at a lot of things but was great at nothing.… Continue reading →

LSU

Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl

Live updates from Nevada vs. the Ragin' Cajuns in the New Orleans Bowl, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

. Advocate sportswriters are on hand for live stats and updates from the Nevada-Ragin'Cajuns game in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Pelicans

With another tough back-to-back looming, the Pelicans are out to stay strong on defense

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) is sandwiched between New Orleans Pelicans defenders Omer Asik (3) and Jrue Holiday (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Just after going on a scoring surge in which they averaged more than 111 points per game, the New Orleans Pelicans posted a big victory in Houston on Thursday night by relying on strong defense. Coach Monty Williams said before the… Continue reading →

Tulane

Tulane gets first look at American Athletic Conference divisions, opponents

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane cheerleader, Carly Swan cheers before the college football game between Tulane and Georgia Tech at the new Yulman Stadium at Tulane University in New Orleans on September 5, 2014.

The dates aren’t set, but Tulane’s four-year path through the American Athletic Conference is fully laid out. The league announced its football schedules from 2015-18 on Thursday afternoon, allowing the public a first glimpse into how The American will operate when it begins division… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: Domination of the hibernating Bears gives Saints a lift

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. The Saints won 31-15. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO — It’s been a crazy, unpredictable, hard-to-define, upside-down cake of a season for the New Orleans Saints. But there are worse things than coming into Week 15 of the regular season 5-8. There are the Chicago Bears. In… Continue reading →

Preps

Weather won’t dampen LHSCA football game

SHREVEPORT — The return of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star football game didn’t happen a year ago. The East and West squads practiced for three days, only to have weather conditions cancel the game. There was rain… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds

Thursday: Chok’s Choices 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

No-fee boat launch opens in Leeville

Photo provided by JIM BREAUX The year's Big Kahuna Alex Heintze shows off the year's heaviest bass among the age-group winners in this year's Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs. This 5.64 pounder earned him the award at the club's annual awards fete held last week at Bass Pro Shops. Heintze also earned the King Fishermen title in the 15-18 year-old age group, an honor shared with Justin Watts from Denham Springs in the 11-14 age group and Wyatt Campbell among the 7-10 year olds competing in the club's monthly tournaments with their dads and other adult anglers.

There’s good news for the folks who like to fish Leeville-area waters. Janet Rhodus sent word that the Leeville boat and kayak launch is open with two slips for boats and two spots to launch kayaks. There’s room for 60 vehicles/trailers and she said… Continue reading →

General Sports

This Week in the NFL

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles away from Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE: The Saints will be looking for a win, and hoping Johnny Manziel can lead the Browns over the Panthers to put N.O. into the playoffs The curtain lifted last week on… Continue reading →