The Final Score Archives

Brewers decline Rickie Weeks’ option

Milwaukee Brewers' Rickie Weeks gets a hit off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Daniel Corcino to drive in a run in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday it had voided the contract of former Southern University star Rickie Weeks. Weeks was set to make $11.5 million in 2015. The second baseman is now eligible for free agency. The Brewers had the right to void the salary because Weeks did not have 1,200 plate appearances… Continue reading →

Southern enters critical home stretch against Alabama State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn (25) carries the ball on a kickoff return against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums briefly deviated from the traditional “one game at a time” mantra to show his team the big picture. The Jaguars game against Alabama State on Saturday night starts a stretch of three games in as many Saturdays at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Southern won’t hit the road again until concluding November with… Continue reading →

Jaguars have their eyes on Alabama State’s Malcolm Cyrus

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Alabama State quarterback Daniel Duhart (15) hands the ball off to running back Malcolm Cyrus.

Alabama State’s opponents were happy to see running back Isaiah Crowell move on from the Hornets to the NFL after last season. He was named first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference after rushing for 1,121 yards and 15 touchdowns. Southern certainly saw enough of Crowell, who ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars even though they… Continue reading →

Four downs: Alabama State at Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A Southern University helmet sits on the sidelines before kickoff against Jackson State, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Southern's helmets featured a newly updated logo, courtesy of their equipment staff.

1. BALL SECURITY Alabama State has generally done well in turnover margin, but a lack of ball security cost it badly in a 37-36 loss to Alabama A&M last week. The Hornets have turned the ball over nine times this season, but four of them came last week, including two interceptions that… Continue reading →

State Football Capsules

McNeese State (5-2, 3-1 Southland) at Northwestern State (4-4, 2-2 Southland) WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches TV: None SERIES: McNeese State leads 42-20-1. STAT THAT MATTERS: Eleven of the previous 16 games… Continue reading →

LSU pitcher Christian Pelaez transfers; Danny Zardon is the leader at third base

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU coach Paul Mainieri

With only one week of fall practice remaining, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is looking toward the conclusion of what has been an injury-riddled camp. Redshirt freshman left-hander Christian Pelaez has been ruled out for the rest of the fall and decided to transfer to Miami Dade College once the fall semester ends in December.… Continue reading →

Southern draws inspiration from young J.J. Walker and his fight against brain cancer

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- An honorary member of the Southern football team, J.J. Walker, 11, center, runs out with the team following a pregame chant as the Jaguars exit their locker room before kickoff against Central Methodist.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums and his players speak proudly of the team’s ability to overcome adversity. The Jaguars have seen numerous teammates sidelined — some temporarily and some for the season — because of injury and academic certification issues. They overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to win an important game by a point at Alabama A&M three… Continue reading →

Leading a stunning turnaround, Broderick Fobbs is bringing tradition back to Grambling

Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs

Broderick Fobbs was built for this. The son of a football coach and former Grambling running back, Fobbs’ pedigree and upbringing speaks for itself. Talk to a few of his Tigers teammates from the 1990s, though, and they’ll say the 38-year-old first-year head coach showed his signs early. “He has always been a very focused and solid… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tigers host Auburn in soccer season finale

The LSU soccer team will host Auburn at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The match will be featured online on the SEC Network+. Fans can “Geaux Free!” to LSU’s season-finale, compliments of The Advocate. LSU (5-12-2, 1-8-1 Southeastern Conference) will try to snap a six-game conference losing skid. Auburn (10-5-3, 4-3-3)… Continue reading →

LSU football chat with Ross Dellenger, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans fill the playing field at Tiger Stadium after an upset win over Ole Miss, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.  LSU won, 10-7.

Get the latest news and notes and share your views on the LSU football team in this chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern football coach Dawson Odums wants fans to sellout final three home games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums talks to his players during a timeout against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

In this week's "Five Minutes With Dawson Odums" podcast, Southern coach Dawson Odums talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about the Jaguars' upcoming game against Alabama State on Saturday and how he would love for the team to get plenty of fan support for its last three home games of the season. Click… Continue reading →

Southern coach Dawson Odums not pleased with increase in penalties

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums signals his team into the locker room during pre game before kickoff against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern has been the least-penalized team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference virtually all season. But it isn’t anymore. The Jaguars were penalized a season-high 14 times for a season-worst 108 yards at Jackson State last week. That dropped them behind Mississippi Valley State, which has 63 penalties and an average of 66.8 yards per game. Southern has been penalized… Continue reading →

LSU women’s golfers combine for record

Associated Press photo by Michel EulerNovak Djokovic serves  Philipp Kohlschreiber during their first-round match at the ATP World Tour Master on Tuesday at Bercy Stadium in Paris. Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4.

SAN ANTONIO — The LSU women’s golf team held off the charge of three Southeastern Conference schools in the final round, setting a school record in the process, to capture The Alamo Invitational on Tuesday at the Briggs Ranch Course. LSU won its first tournament since the 2012 NCAA Regional by seven shots over Arkansas… Continue reading →

Southern offensive line keeps quarterbacks protected

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Offensive live coach Chennis Berry leads a drill during preseason camp.

Southern has used numerous combinations of players on its offensive line this season. But one thing that has remained constant is the line’s ability to protect the quarterback. The Jaguars have allowed the fewest sacks in the Southwestern Athletic Conference — just four in eight games. What’s more is only one of… Continue reading →

Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East, Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Anthony Clark  celebrates on the field following the Jaguars' 35-34 win over Alabama A&M Saturday, Oct. 11, at Louis Crews Stadium

Is Southern rounding into form to make another run at a SWAC championship? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East in this chat on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Johnny Jones has eye on tough SEC race

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU basketball coach Johnny Jones gives instructionsto his team during practice last season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

With 2½ weeks to go before his team’s regular-season opener against Gardner Webb, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones was thinking more Tuesday about what will come much later during the 2014-15 season. Jones gave a quick update on his team, which completed its third week of preseason practice later Tuesday afternoon, during his first monthly Tipoff Luncheon at… Continue reading →

Big plays remain the calling card for Southern’s Willie Quinn

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn slips the tackle by Jackson State's Kadora Smith on his way to the end zone on an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss.

All of Southern’s opponents know Willie Quinn’s ability to hurt them with big plays. He has done it catching passes, taking handoffs and fielding kickoffs and punts, and he has done it on a weekly basis. Still, nobody seems able to do much about it. “Willie’s probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with in my entire… Continue reading →

Podcast: The Southern University football team is rounding into championship form again

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Jaguars celebrate on the field following their 35-34 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lewis Crews Stadium

In this "Advocate Sports: Southern" podcast, Advocate sportswriter Les East talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about how the Jaguars' football team is getting healthy players back on the field and continuing to improve. Click here to listen to the podcast. Continue reading →

LSU volleyball win streak climbs to seven

Riding the wave of a big winning streak, the LSU volleyball team fought off a tough Georgia squad to extend its season-long streak to seven matches in a 3-1 (25-15, 17-25, 28-26, 25-20) victory Sunday. After taking the first set, the Tigers (12-7, 7-3 Southeastern) were put to the test by Georgia (10-11, 2-7), going into the intermission break… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern's Willie Quinn holds the ball out for referee Anthony Johnson after returning a punt return 81 yards for a touchdown against Jackson State on Saturday.

Coming up Southern (5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) returns home for the first time in four weeks when it plays Alabama State at 6 p.m. Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Hornets are 4-4 and 3-3 after a 37-36 defeat against Alabama A&M last Saturday. ASU led 20-7 at halftime but got… Continue reading →

East: Southern’s big win at Jackson State proves the Jaguars’ goals are well within reach

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks to his players after a Jackson State scoring drive Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern coach Dawson Odums was about to board the team bus for the ride back to Baton Rouge on Saturday night. The Jaguars had just beaten Jackson State 42-28 in a game that wasn’t as competitive as the final score might suggest. Odums was planning to start… Continue reading →

LSU point guard Josh Gray happy to be ‘back home now’

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Josh Gray hits a layup over a teammate as assistant coach David Patrick watches earlier this month at LSU's basketball practice facility.

After playing for five different basketball teams in the past five years, Josh Gray may have found a home. Actually, he found a home at home. After a long, arduous journey that took him from Lake Charles to four cities in Texas — Humble, Houston, Lubbock and Odessa — the 6-foot-1 point guard finally landed in Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts returns, forms potent duo with Austin Howard

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts celebrates in the end zone after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown against Jackson State on Saturday.

JACKSON, Miss. — A touchdown on the opening drive wasn’t enough to keep Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts on the field against Jackson State on Saturday night, but it did signify a new chapter in the Jaguars’ ongoing quarterback saga. Shorts easily punched in the opening score of Southern’s 42-28 victory at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.… Continue reading →

Southern 42, Jackson State 28: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Fans jump to their feet and the Southern bench comes alive as Jaleel Richardson runs 84 yards on a kickoff return against Jackson State on Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The touchdown gave the Jaguars a 33-7 lead, and Southern cruised to a 42-28 win.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED There won’t be a rematch in the SWAC Championship Game. Southern is playing its best football as the stretch run nears, though it still has to catch Grambling if it’s going to repeat as West Division champion. But defending East Division champion Jackson State is falling apart. The Jaguars came out and… Continue reading →

Southern defense excels on third down in 42-28 win at Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Surrounded by multiple Southern defenders, Jackson State's Jarius Moll drops to the ground during Saturday's game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Jaguars won 42-28.

JACKSON, Miss. — One of Southern’s biggest problems on defense this season has been an inability to stop opponents consistently on third down. The Jaguars entered their game against Jackson State on Saturday night in Mississippi Veterans memorial Stadium ranked last in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in third-down defense (45.3 percent). But Southern forced… Continue reading →

Southern gets early jump at Jackson State, cruises to 42-28 win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts celebrates in the end zone with teammate Willie Quinn after Shorts ran for a 5-yard touchdown against Jackson State on Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern and Jackson State both came out of open dates trying to set the tone for a strong finish. The Jaguars accomplished just what they wanted, but the Tigers continued sputtering the way they had entering the open date. Southern jumped to an early 27-0 lead and coasted to a 42-28… Continue reading →

Photos: Southern takes on Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Woods (99) holds onto his helmet on the sidelines before kickoff against Jackson State, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Southern's helmets featured a newly updated logo, courtesy of their equipment staff.

Jags travel to Jackson to take on the Tigers.… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Southern at Jackson State

1. UNDER CENTER Southern’s QB position is still a work in progress. Freshman Austin Howard has gone the distance in each of the last four games after relieving Deonte Shorts in the first three before Shorts was injured. Shorts is available after looking sharp in practice this week. “Austin has gotten better every week and he continues to get… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums era started in Jackson

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums reacts from the sideline as the final seconds tick away in Southern's victory over Jackson State in a SWAC football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. 9/22/12 MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

Dawson Odums is returning to the scene of his first game as Southern’s head football coach as the Jaguars visit Jackson State on Saturday night. It was a little more than two years ago when Southern last went to Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The university had just reassigned head coach Stump Mitchell after an uninspired 6-0 home… Continue reading →