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LSU’s Ben Simmons scores more weekly honors from the SEC; Tigers’ NCAA tournament projections get a boost

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Ben Simmons (25) drives past Mississippi State forward Aric Holman (35), Saturday, February 6, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

For the sixth time this season, a member of LSU’s third-ranked 2015 recruiting class was honored by the Southeastern Conference on Monday. Forward Ben Simmons was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the fourth time to go with the player of the week award he won Dec. 7. Simmons averaged 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and… Continue reading →

LSU committee approves Maravich statue

An LSU committee that approves statues and other honorifics for former athletes has unanimously agreed to erect a statue of basketball legend Pete Maravich on campus after years of debate over the proposal. The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee was expected to take up the Maravich statue plan after the university’s Board of Supervisors recently expressed… Continue reading →

Tiger Athletic Foundation gave nearly $12M to LSU athletic department in 2014; other financials detailed in audit

Football is king at LSU. That’s now backed up by financial details in an audit of the Tigers’ athletic department released this week. LSU made more than $57 million on football in the 2014-15 academic year, and the Tiger Athletic Foundation donated nearly $12 million to the athletic department in 2014, according to the audit obtained by The Advocate.… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles to USA Today: 'We're going to apply a little more elbow grease in the passing game'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Les Miles addresses the crowd Wednesday during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash.

. LSU's passing game will get a little more "elbow grease" in the off-season, coach Les Miles recently told USA Today in a Q&A. "I think we’re going to apply a little more elbow grease in the passing game, we’re going to throw it more in practice and apply a greater amount of time… Continue reading →

‘In a zone:’ Antonio Blakeney’s breakout helped LSU blow past Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2), with LSU guard Keith Hornsby (4) and LSU forward Ben Simmons (25), holds his arm after falling and colliding with the base of the goal against Mississippi State, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

It was halftime of Saturday’s game with Mississippi State before LSU guard Antonio Blakeney realized he was in a zone. While that seems impossible, it was understandable considering he was red hot in the first 20 minutes of the Tigers’ 88-77 win in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. By the time LSU returned to its locker room, Blakeney… Continue reading →

LSU women fall 70-58 at No. 18 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Janee Thompson had 16 points and 10 assists, and No. 18 Kentucky used a strong first quarter to defeat the LSU women’s basketball team 70-58 on Sunday. Maci Morris added 14 points and Alexis Jennings 11 for the Wildcats (16-6, 5-6 Southeastern Conference), who shot 54 percent (27 of 50). Rina… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: ‘First place feels good’ for these LSU Tigers after Saturday’s win over Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Ben Simmons (25) flexes from the bench following a three-pointer by teammate Keith Hornsby against Mississippi State, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU Tigers are alone in first place in the Southeastern Conference. It’s quite an achievement. But don’t expect them to start throwing beads and doubloons out of the windows of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. For Mardi Gras-like revelry, you’ll have to find another address. “Nothing to see here,” LSU coach Johnny… Continue reading →

Tigers erase a slow start, stomp Mississippi State 88-77 to take sole possession of first place in the SEC

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) drives past Mississippi State guard Quinndary Weatherspoon (11), Saturday, February 6, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La. Blakeney was LSU's top scorer with 31 points.

LSU guard Antonio Blakeney was in a talkative mood Saturday afternoon. Fortunately for the Tigers, Blakeney and fellow guard Keith Hornsby did more scoring than talking. A lot more. Blakeney and Hornsby sparked a first-half scoring barrage that helped their team come back from an early 14-point deficit, and LSU went on to… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: New gymnastics facility could be beacon for LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The new LSU gymnastics training facility, Saturday, February 6, 2016, during an open house and ribbon cutting in Baton Rouge, La.

D-D Breaux has become famous for her glittering attire, but her happiness at Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony for her LSU gymnastics team’s new practice facility outshone anything she could have pulled out of the closet that morning. “I’ve waited my entire life for this moment,” said Breaux, who in her 39th year as LSU’s coach is… Continue reading →

Faster than he looks, ‘baller’ Beau Jordan takes hold of left field

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Beau Jordan (24) runs through third base on his way to score in the third inning during the Purple and Gold World Series, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium has a bullpen just inside the left-field fence. Bryce Jordan lingered there into the late hours of April 2, his task to catch LSU’s continuing carousel of relief pitchers in a game tied at 5 after 13 innings. His twin brother, Beau, was making his first conference start just feet away in left field.… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers gear up for No. 18 Kentucky

The LSU women’s basketball team doesn’t have much time to dwell on its shortcomings against No. 11 Mississippi State. Another ranked opponent is waiting right around the corner. The injury-stricken Lady Tigers, losers in seven of their past eight games, will begin the final six-game stretch of Southeastern Conference play when they… Continue reading →

LSU’s Mikiah Brisco runs season best in 60 meters

Photo by BRYAN WAYNE/LSU Sports Information -- Mikiah Brisco sprints after receiving the baton from Jada Martin during a semifinal heat in the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA track and field championships Thursday in Eugene, Ore. LSU won the semifinal heat in 43.32 seconds, which turned out to be the fourth-fastest time of the day.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sophomore Mikiah Brisco gave the LSU women’s track and field team a sweep of the short sprints when she claimed a win in the 60 meters at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday. Brisco, a former Baton Rouge High School star, recorded a season’s-best time of 7.23 seconds to take the… Continue reading →

LSU opens second half of SEC play Saturday against Mississippi State; Tigers try to keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Oklahoma, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

In a crazy college basketball season — no one seems to know what’s up and what’s down — the LSU men know one thing: They need to put their best foot forward over the next nine games. Thanks to six nonconference losses, the Tigers know they need to make up some ground in Southeastern Conference play to secure… Continue reading →

LSU softball notebook: Solid freshman class primed to make an impact right away; Constance Quinn returns her focus to the diamond

With all but one everyday starter returning and most of last year’s rotation back, LSU softball coach Beth Torina understandably has great expectations for her team this season. But that doesn’t mean this season’s crop of freshmen will take a back seat to the veterans. Torina spoke highly of her freshmen Friday… Continue reading →

With Ashleigh Gnat eyeing perfection third straight week, LSU opens tough, five-week SEC slate

LSU's Ashleigh Gnat vaults during the finals of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo/ Hal Yeager)

It began on floor. LSU assistant coach Bob Moore entered the gym to recruit Ashleigh Gnat, who progressed from a round-off double layout to a tuck full-in to a tuck-and-a-half punch front, each tumbling pass a bit harder than the last. Knat sauntered to vault, executing a Yurchenko full, then a Yurchenko one-and-a-half before throwing the Yurchenko… Continue reading →

Offensive lull sinks LSU in blowout loss to Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Alexis Hyder (20), center, attempts to keep the ball away from Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15), left, and Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2), Thursday, February 4, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU’s offense was efficient enough in the first and and fourth quarters Thursday night. The problem was what happened in between them. After hanging around during the opening period, the Lady Tigers couldn’t keep up with No. 11 Mississippi State in a 71-52 loss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU (8-15, 2-7 Southeastern) scored only 16… Continue reading →

Rummel star Kristian Fulton signed with LSU on Wednesday — and a family tie made it even more special

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Archbishop Rummel senior Kristian Fulton, considered the top prospect in Louisiana, signs with LSU during a ceremony Wednesday in Metairie.

Moments after the “L-S-U ... L-S-U” chants died down and the throng of media finished asking Kristian Fulton questions, Michelle Fulton bent down and whispered three words in her son’s left ear. “Greatness begins here,” she said, a reference to a slogan LSU sent Fulton in his offer letter. Fulton, the five-star cornerback from Rummel, smiled.… Continue reading →

LSU’s 2016 signing class: Get the inside scoop on all 23 signees

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity

Edwin Alexander Defensive tackle 6-foot-2, 310 pounds St. Thomas Aquinas/Hammond Committed: April 18, 2015 247Sports position rank: 8 247Sports composite rating: Four stars AT A GLANCE Committed to LSU in his sophomore season, during which he amassed more than 40 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He withdrew his commitment… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Les Miles is a hugger, a survivor and the clear winner of this year’s national signing day

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Les Miles addresses the crowd Wednesday during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash.

Michigan landed the nation’s No. 1 player. Texas made a Texas-sized 11th-hour push, including talking a longtime commitment out of playing in Baton Rouge. Alabama cleaned up, as usual. But let there be no debate: On this 2016 national signing day, there was no bigger winner than LSU coach Les Miles. LSU emerged… Continue reading →