The Final Score Archives

Fair Grounds makes changes to purses

The Fair Grounds has restored approximately $2.7 million in purses for the upcoming thoroughbred season and revised other projections upwards after being ordered to do so by the Louisiana Racing Commission on Tuesday. The revisions include upping the purse for the Louisiana Derby from $600,000 to $750,000 and the Louisiana Oaks from $300,000 to $400,000. The… Continue reading →

Jamie McMurray bests Chase drivers to win pole

Jamie McMurray celebrates after winning the pole with his son, Carter, after qualifying for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR’s championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, set a qualifying record with a lap of 99.905 mph to nudge the six championship-eligible drivers who had advanced… Continue reading →

First-time coaches litter NBA landscape, including Quin Snyder

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, center left, talks to Gordon Hayward during the Jazz's preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif. Snyder is one of nine new coaches this season, one of four--New Yorks Derek Fisher, Golden States Steve Kerr and Clevelands David Blatt are the others--to have a head-coaching job in the NBA for the first time. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Quin Snyder needed two hands to count all the places he’s called home of late. Austin, to Philadelphia, to Los Angeles, to Moscow, to Atlanta and now to Salt Lake City. That’s six stops in a span of about four years, meaning he and his wife are pretty good at… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Saturday, October 25

Today’s broadcast highlights TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m., Royals at Giants, Fox COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., UAB at Arkansas, SEC 11 a.m., Texas at Kansas State, ESPN 11 a.m., Rutgers at Nebraska, ESPN2 11 a.m., Minnesota at Illinois, ESPNU 11 a.m., North Texas at Rice, FSNO 11… Continue reading →

Royals stifle Giants 3-2 to take 2-1 lead in the World Series

Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SAN FRANCISCO — Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San… Continue reading →

Fall starting line marks race season for N.O. area

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Crescent City Classic gets underway on Poydras Street by the Mercedes Benz Superdome Saturday, April 19, 2014.

When people think of road races in the greater New Orleans area, they almost automatically think of the Crescent City Classic — a hyper-popular 10K race that attracts thousands of participants each year. Long-time area race director Chuck George thinks that’s the case, but George also knows that there is room for many other races in… Continue reading →

Failures in oversight worsened North Carolina academic fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve… Continue reading →

Emmanuel Sanders, Peyton Manning carry Denver past San Diego

DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.… Continue reading →

With Locker hurt, Mettenberger gets chance in start

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) chases Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in a NFL preseason football game between the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans in the Superdome in  New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday.… Continue reading →

Failures in oversight worsened academic fraud at North Carolina

Associated Press photo by GERRY BROOME -- Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students.

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier.… Continue reading →

The Tennesseean: Titans plan to start Zach Mettenberger against Texans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The Tenneseean is reporting that The Titans plan to start rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. To read the complete Tennesseean story, please click here.Continue reading →

Ike Taylor returns to practice

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor returned to practice on Wednesday just one month after breaking his right arm. Taylor, a former Louisiana-Lafayette standout, practiced in a limited capacity, running sprints and doing individual drills. He suffered a compound fracture in his right arm when teammate Lawrence Timmons slammed into it with his helmet… Continue reading →

NBA owners vote down lottery reform

NEW YORK — NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league’s draft lottery system, staving off efforts to curb tanking for the time being. The proposal was defeated 17-13 on Wednesday at the league’s board of governors meetings. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events after appearing earlier in the week that… Continue reading →

Auto racing glance

NASCAR Sprint Cup Site: Martinsville, Virginia. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 8-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, 12:45… Continue reading →

Video: Tennessee men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has fond memories ofhis days at LSU

Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference NCAA men's college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall talks at SEC media days about being on former LSU coAch John Brady's staff for four seasons from 1997 to 2001. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Teams are starting to notice Vanderbilt sophomore center Damian Jones

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III and Vanderbilt's Damian Jones fight for the ball during the game between LSU and Vanderbilt on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Vanderbilt sophomore center Damian Jones, who played at Scotlandville, talks at SEC media day about how he is excited about the upcoming season. Jones averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team last year.… Continue reading →

Buffalo interim coach gets advice from Ed Orgeron

AMHERST, N.Y. — University at Buffalo interim football coach Alex Cross was seeking advice from a former colleague on how to handle his new role. Former Southern California interim coach Ed Orgeron called Cross last weekend, and Cross asked him to encourage his team after Jeff Quinn was fired. Orgeron delivered via Skype, issuing what Cross called a spot-on… Continue reading →

Madison Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after Pence hit a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.… Continue reading →

Cowboys release Michael Sam; Bucs sign KR Trindon Holliday

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Michael Sam walks along the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, another setback as the NFLs first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis… Continue reading →

Wozniacki puts Sharapova’s bid for top ranking on hold

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

SINGAPORE — Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month’s New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second-straight time, having also won in the fourth round… Continue reading →

LSRC orders Fair Grounds to restore $2.7 million in purses

Members of the Louisiana State Racing Commission ordered the Fair Grounds on Tuesday to add $2.7 million that it was holding pending litigation back to the track’s purses for the upcoming thoroughbred meet. The commission held a meeting to determine whether the track had statutory authority to withhold the money, which a group of quarter horse owners, trainers and… Continue reading →

Broadcast highlights for Wednesday, Oct. 21 2014

TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m. -- Giants at Royals -- Fox COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m. -- Media Days-SEC -- ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Jaguars-Dawson Odoms -- CST 7:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- CST 8 p.m. -- -- Les Miles Radio Show -- CST 9 p.m. -- Les Miles press conference --… Continue reading →

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. a rising star

Associated Press photo by LM OTERONew York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham celebrates his touchdown reception in front of Dallas Cowboys' Barry Church (42), Justin Durant (52) and others during the second half Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick from LSU has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants’ No. 1 playmaker in a span… Continue reading →

Florida athletic director says coach Will Muschamp is still being evaluated

Florida head coach Will Muschamp looks up at the clock during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Missouri won 42-13. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Will Muschamp is getting at least another game to turn things around. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said Monday that he will continue to evaluate the season — and likely Muschamp’s future — “as it plays out.” That means Muschamp will be on the sideline when the Gators (3-3, 2-3… Continue reading →

Archie Manning takes leave of absence from College Football Playoff’s selection committee

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Family patriarch Archie Manning fields questions from the media during the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy held at Nicholls State in Thibodaux on Friday, July 11, 2014. Buy this photo

A week ago, Archie Manning was talking about how you learn to expect the unexpected in college football. “Somebody told me a long time ago that that thing is oblong, so it bounces funny,” he said. “You don’t know who’s going to beat who or who’s going to get hurt or who’s going to get suspended. There… Continue reading →

Monday’s broadcast highlights

TV NFL 11:30 a.m., Payton news conference, CST 2 p.m., Cowboys news conference, FSNO 7:15 p.m., Texans at Steelers, ESPN 11 p.m., Texans Wrap, FSNO COLLEGE FOOTBALL 12:30 a.m., Les Miles press luncheon, SEC+ COLLEGE SPORTS 6 p.m., SEC Now, SEC SOCCER 1:55 p.m., West Ham vs. Man-United, NBCSP WOMEN’S… Continue reading →

Umpire Don Denkinger still remembered for World Series call

Associated Press file photo by Patrick Sullivan -- Umpire Don Denkinger, left, watches St. Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell, right, stretch to catch the ball as Kansas City Royals batter Jorge Orta steps on first base during the ninth inning in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Denkinger ruled Orta safe, and the Royals went on to win the game and eventually the World Series.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Of course former umpire Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days. Chances are he’ll see himself, too. “Nobody wants to… Continue reading →

Giants-Royals: A capsule look at the World Series

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals: Season Series: Royals won 3-0. Projected Lineups Giants: Center fielder Gregor Blanco (.260, 5 homers, 38 RBIs); second baseman Joe Panik (.305, 1, 18); catcher Buster Posey (.311, 22, 89); third… Continue reading →