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Smylie Kaufman pulls out of Wells Fargo Championship

Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, citing tendinitis dating to last month’s Masters. Kaufman tweeted he hopes to be able to compete in what would be his first start in The Players next week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “Bummed to have… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: Showcasing Fournette-like impact, Romero named Tigers’ starting catcher

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU catcher Jordan Romero's improved defense complements his big bat: a .340 average and 33 RBIs, both second on the team, and a team-leading seven homers.

Paul Mainieri likened Saturday’s 8-2 loss against Ole Miss, in which LSU played without Jordan Romero, to Les Miles’ football team playing without Leonard Fournette. That soon won’t be the case. Touching on an array of topics at his monthly Luncheon at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, Mainieri named Romero his everyday starting… Continue reading →

‘It’s a possibility’: Former LSU DT Travonte Valentine says he could potentially return to the Tigers

Champagnat's Nathaniel Holloway (31) and Travonte Valentine (75) chase after Victory Christian quarterback Caleb Lewis (2) during their high school days in 2013. Lewis, a walk-on, is now LSU's fourth-string quarterback. Valentine says he could rejoin the Tigers.

Travonte Valentine, a once-highly touted high school star who was dismissed last summer from LSU, said he has a “50 percent chance” to rejoin the program and play this season. The LSU staff, specifically coach Les Miles, has not made a decision on Valentine’s future on returning, but the team has been in contact with… Continue reading →

LSU softball finishes SEC schedule on a roll, awaits its tournament seeding

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's Sahvanna Jaquish (2) watches her solo home run clear the fence in 2nd inning of LSU's game vs Texas Tech Sunday in LSU's Tiger Park.

The LSU softball team is done with the Southeastern Conference regular season, but it has plenty of work left to do. The 12th-ranked Tigers are taking final exams this week , and they will conclude the regular season when they face No. 10 Washington in a three-game non-conference series Saturday and Sunday at Tiger Park. But even… Continue reading →

Rare stagnant day by LSU offense costly in Saturday’s loss at Ole Miss

Mississippi pitcher James McArthur (26) pitches against LSU during an NCAA college baseball game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle, via AP)/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

OXFORD, Miss. — Going 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position “is just baseball,” LSU’s Bryce Jordan said after his team’s offense did just that in Saturday’s 8-2 loss at Ole Miss. There was a caveat to the burly designated hitter’s explanation, though, delivered in a forceful, frank tone. “Bottom line, we’ve just got to execute… Continue reading →

Without suspended Romero, LSU can’t find timely hits in series-ending loss at Ole Miss

Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- LSU's Kramer Robertson steals second as Ole Miss infielder Errol Robinson snags a high throw during Saturday's game at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss — With nobody out, a runner on second and his team down four runs in a game it eventually lost 8-2 at Swayze Field, LSU’s Kramer Robertson squared to bunt. The ball bounced in the wet dirt, settling two feet from home plate before Henri Lartigue picked it up and threw to first base.… Continue reading →

LSU softball takes two from Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 12 LSU softball team produced 10 runs on 11 hits to defeat Arkansas 10-6 in the series opener for both teams at Bogle Park on Saturday. That game was suspended because of bad weather on Friday. LSU rallied for five runs over the final two innings to… Continue reading →

LSU relay team lowers NCAA-leading 4x100 time

Not even a near four-hour weather delay could slow down the LSU track and field teams in their regular-season finale as the Tigers lowered their NCAA-leading time in the 4x100 meter relay and the teams combined for six NCAA Top 10s and seven event wins at Saturday’s LSU Invitational at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. LSU’s… Continue reading →

‘They take care of every LSU guy': LSU’s Lamar Louis signs free agent deal with Arizona Cardinals

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU linebacker Lamar Louis during LSU Pro Day held at the LSU football practice facility on Monday, March 14, 2016.

The Arizona Cardinals were the first to call former LSU linebacker Lamar Louis at the conclusion of the NFL draft on Saturday.

He verbally committed to them soon afterward.

Louis, a 5-foot-10, 222-pounder who went undrafted, plans to sign a free agent deal with the Cardinals, he confirmed Saturday evening. The Breaux Bridge native will participate in the Cardinals’ rookie… Continue reading →

Later than expected, but LSU lineman Vadal Alexander nabbed by Raiders in final round of NFL Draft

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander

Vadal Alexander had to wait a little longer than expected to hear his name called.

Projected by some as a second-to-third round draft pick, the former LSU offensive lineman went to the Oakland Raiders as the 234th overall pick in the seventth round Saturday. He was the fifth Tiger taken this year, following linebacker Deion Jones, fellow offensive lineman Jerald… Continue reading →

Former LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins selected by Steelers in fourth round

Advocate filephoto by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins, rightcongratulates running back Leonard Fournette after a touchdown in the Music City Bowl.

Former LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 123rd pick in the fourth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Continue reading →

Alex Lange tosses his second straight complete game in 6-3 win against Ole Miss

Oxford Eagle photo by THOMAS GRANING -- LSU pitcher Alex Lange fires to the plate during a game against Ole Miss at Swayze Field on Friday in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Kramer Robertson spoke briefly with Alex Lange, tapping the pitcher once before he returned to the mound to face Ole Miss’ No. 2 hitter, Ryan Olenek, with two runners on base and LSU trying to protect a one-run lead. Lange needed one pitch. Olenek rolled it to Robertson, who began a… Continue reading →

LSU catcher Jordan Romero ejected after play at plate; Paul Mainieri shares his thoughts

Oxford Eagle photo by THOMAS GRANING -- LSU's Jordan Romero collides with Ole Miss catcher Henri Lartigue at the plate during Friday's game at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss. Romero was ruled out and ejected on the play.

Before Mainieri could argue with Maners, tempers flared and benches momentarily cleared. Order was restored and Mainieri proceeded with his protest. Mainieri gave his version of events: “My first argument was, (Romero) should have been safe. How is that any different than what happened yesterday?” he said. Mainieri was referring to a play in Friday’s… Continue reading →

On deck: LSU at Ole Miss (Saturday)

LSU's Jordan Romero (28) celebrates after a two-run home run during an NCAA college baseball game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., Friday, April 29, 2016. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Swayze Field, Oxford Miss. RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 15. Ole Miss is ranked as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 13. RECORDS: LSU 28-15, 11-9 SEC; Ole Miss 32-12, 11-9 PROJECTED STARTERS:Continue reading →

'We’re Debo Birds': LSU's Deion Jones goes to Falcons in 2nd round

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- From left, Tahonas Jones, her son, LSU linebacker Deion Jones, Deion's agent Jason Rosenhaus, and his grandfather Caster Tucker during an NFL watch party, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Harvey, La.

A year ago, Deion Jones had started one college football game, had never finished a game with more than five tackles and had never sacked a quarterback. On Friday night, surrounded by friends and family at his aunt’s home in Harvey, the kid they call “Debo” became an instant millionaire — and a dirty bird, too.… Continue reading →

Silent night: Deion Jones is LSU’s lone NFL draft pick through 3 rounds

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower (46) celebrates LSU safety Jalen Mills (28) sacking Alabama quarterback Jake Coker (14) during the first half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.

In recent years, the LSU football team has produced a slew of NFL draft picks, especially in the early rounds. That trend has not continued this year. Linebacker Deion Jones was the only former Tigers player selected in the first three rounds, going to the Atlanta Falcons with the 52nd overall pick in the second round… Continue reading →

Special treatment: Ex-LSU punter Jamie Keehn and snapper Reid Ferguson seek the right fit in the NFL

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As the LSU offensive line blocks, LSU punter Jamie Keehn (38) punts during the first half Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

Jamie Keehn and Reid Ferguson have faced the facts, and the ex-LSU specialists — Keehn a punter and Ferguson a long snapper — are perfectly fine admitting them. “The norm is snappers don’t get drafted,” Ferguson said. “Last year, one snapper got drafted, and he was the first since 2008.” “With our position,” said Keehn, the… Continue reading →

Star-studded field on tap for LSU Invitational

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER LSU's track and field coach Dennis Shaver talks with Takeia Pinckney after she ran the women's 200-meter dash in a meet last month at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

With a little under two weeks to go before the Southeastern Conference championships, the LSU track and field teams will host a mini-preview of that meet in the final competition of the regular season Saturday. A stealthy field will compete for honors in a scored meet in the LSU Invitational at Bernie Moore Stadium. Field events begin… Continue reading →

LSU softball team’s opener at Arkansas is suspended by rain

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The opening game of the Southeastern Conference softball series between No. 12 LSU and Arkansas was suspended Friday by weather and will be resumed at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with the Tigers leading 9-4 in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs in the inning and LSU batting, play was halted… Continue reading →

LSU baseball tests ‘one of the best arms in the league;’ Ole Miss center fielder passes in Tigers' 1-run loss

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss infielder Ryan Olenek scores as the ball gets away from LSU catcher Jordan Romero during the first inning of Thursday's game at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Sitting on the charter bus to Oxford, LSU third base coach Nolan Cain and Paul Mainieri conversed about the arm of J.B. Woodman — one Cain classified as “probably one of the best in the league.” “We still wanted to be aggressive,” Cain said. The Ole Miss center fielder was prepared. Woodman, who… Continue reading →

On deck: LSU at Ole Miss (Friday)

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Alex Lange

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday WHERE: Swayze Field, Oxford Miss. RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 15. Ole Miss is ranked as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 13. RECORDS: LSU 27-15, 10-9 SEC; Ole Miss 32-11, 11-8 PROJECTED… Continue reading →

NCAA reverses course, allows satellite camps; LSU, SEC opposed what Joe Alleva called ‘recruiting camps’

Associated Press/Bradenton Herald file photo by TIFFANY TOMPKINS -- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, center right, watches defensive coordinator Don Brown, left, work with Cheyenn Robertson during spring practice in Bradenton, Fla. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a ban on satellite camps Thursday.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a proposed ban on satellite camps Thursday, rebuffing a request from powerhouse conferences in the South and clearing the way for coaches to hold clinics far from their campuses this summer. The board’s decision came almost three weeks after the Division I Council approved a proposal prohibiting Bowl Subdivision coaches… Continue reading →