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Wednesday’s broadcast highlights

Today’s broadcast highlights TV College Baseball 9:30 a.m. Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt SEC 1 p.m. S. Carolina vs. Ole Miss SEC 4:30 p.m. Miss. State vs. Alabama SEC 8 p.m. Florida vs. LSU/Tenn. SEC GOLF 3 p.m. USGA, Four-Ball semis FS1 6 p.m. NCAA women’s finals Golf… Continue reading →

Sankey talks satellite camps, men’s basketball

Southeastern Conference commissioner, Greg Sankey, stands for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. SEC coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. The much-publicized issue of camps clearly isn’t dead, though the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in April… Continue reading →

Bowling column: Bowlers earn scholarship money at Adult-Youth event

So here’s the premise for the week. Take one very good format and turn it so that it becomes a big-money scholarship event for Louisiana youth. That’s in a nutshell what Marc Pater of the Louisiana Bowling Proprietors have done with what used to be the national Bowling Proprietors Association of America’s International Family Tournament format.… Continue reading →

A look at the Fun & Fitness Calendar for Tuesday, May 24

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: rsmith@brec.org. BASKETBALL MONDAY MORNING & LUNCH BUNCH GAMES: 6:30 a.m. Mondays & noon, Tuesdays/Thursdays, Istrouma Baptist Church gym, Baton Rouge. No fee. Call ML Woodruff (225) 295-0775, Ext 118. GOLF PURPLE PURPOSE CHARITY TOURNAMENT: 8 a.m.… Continue reading →

After Preakness win, Exaggerator and the victorious Desormeaux brothers are in line to face Nyquist again at the Belmont

Kent Desormeaux rides Exaggerator to win the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Anyone thinking Keith and Kent Desormeaux seemed strangely unemotional after the brothers from Maurice became the first sibling trainer/jockey combo to win the Preakness on Saturday with Exaggerator should have been around later. At least that’s the way Matt Bryan, Exaggerator’s principal owner, experienced it after the victorious party celebrated at a Baltimore steakhouse.… Continue reading →

Cajun double: Desormeaux brothers make history as Exaggerator charges for Preakness Stakes upset

Exaggerator with Kent Desormeaux aboard moves past Nyquist with Mario Gutierrez during the 141st Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Baltimore. Exaggerator won the race. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

But all that mattered to elder brother Keith was that Exaggerator captured the middle leg of the Triple Crown by 31/2 lengths over Cherry Wine, ridden by Lafayette native Corey Lanerie. Continue reading →

The rivalry resumes: Keith and Kent Desormeaux’s Exaggerator takes aim at front-runner Nyquist again Saturday at the Preakness

Trainer Keith Desormeaux, who will saddle Exaggerator in the 141st Preakness Stakes, shares a laugh outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

BALTIMORE — Keith and Kent Desormeaux fell 11/4 lengths short of becoming the first trainer-jockey siblings to team up and win the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later, the brothers from Maurice can make similar history in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes, where Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator takes yet another crack at unbeaten champion Nyquist. Exaggerator is… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, the Manning Award winner, is driven to be even better next season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Deshaun Watson, Quarterback from Clemson University, smiles while holding the Manning Award with Cooper Manning, right, the son of former New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning, and brother to former Colts and Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Giants QB Eli Manning, in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The Manning award is presented to the best college quarterback of the year.

Archie Manning had issues with his back Tuesday and had to miss the presentation of the Manning Award. But don’t worry, Archie. You’ll likely get to present the award to the same guy next year — at least if things go the way Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson plans. He’s not content with his stellar sophomore… Continue reading →

Cajundome renovations lead Louisiana IceGators to suspend operations for the 2016-17 season

Advocate file photo by Buddy Delahoussaye -- Icegators Blake Hietala (20) facing off against RiverKings Cullen Bradshaw (15) on April 15, 2016, at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — Without a place to call home for the early portion of the season, the Louisiana IceGators announced Monday that they are suspending operations for the 2016-17 season. The IceGators play their home contests at the Cajundome, which will undergo extensive renovations starting later this month. The arena is not expected to be completed until… Continue reading →

Monday: TV/radio broadcast highlights

TV College Baseball 6 p.m. -- Notre Dame at UNC -- ESPNU HOCKEY Noon -- Worlds: Finland vs. U.S. -- NBCSN Major League Baseball 6 p.m. -- Red Sox at Royals -- ESPN 9 p.m. -- Rangers at Athletics -- FSNO NBA playoffs 8 p.m. -- Thunder at Warriors -- TNT NHL playoffs 7 p.m. -- Lightning at Penguins… Continue reading →

New Orleans’ Motagua soccer team seeks to become first amateur Louisiana team to advance in U.S. Open Cup tournament

Wearing a secondary kit, players of Club Deportivo Motagua New Orleans lift the second consecutive trophy they won while competing in the Louisiana Premier League earlier this year. Motagua debuts in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Via Facebook)

The first amateur soccer team from Louisiana to qualify for the modern Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will attempt to become the state’s first amateur team to advance in the single-elimination tournament Wednesday. Club Deportivo Motagua of New Orleans will be hitting the road in its U.S. Open Cup debut to… Continue reading →

Better understanding of USBC workings after a recent visit

Too many napkins with notes on things that happened while on a recent visit to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno for the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open: First of all, we are now officially less than a year from the start of the 2017 USBC Women’s Championship event at the River Center in downtown Baton… Continue reading →

Ian Carr wins fourth ‘Huey’ Bridge Run title

Advocate photo by Andrew Canulette -- Ian Carr

It’s said that death and taxes are the only things certain in life. Might as well add Ian Carr winning the Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run to the list. Carr, a 25-year Kenner resident and one of the metro area’s finest runners, won the 5 Kilometer (3.1-mile) race from East Bank to West Bank on… Continue reading →

Results not ideal, but 'Super Bowl-esque' feeling around Benson's horses in Kentucky Derby well worth it for GMB Racing

Mario Guitierrez rides Nyquist to victory during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

This wasn’t the Kentucky Derby finish they had hoped for at GMB Racing. But it didn’t make for such a bad start. Continue reading →

'We're going after it': Team Benson thrilled at chances for Mo Tom, Tom’s Ready in Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Tom is led to his stall after a workout at Churchill Downs Monday, May 2, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The traveling party wasn’t supposed to be this big. Sure, there’s excitement in New Orleans — particularly at the compound the Saints and Pelicans share in Metairie — about Tom and Gayle Benson’s two horses in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. But Tom Benson, owner of both of the city’s major pro franchises,… Continue reading →

Huey P. Long run differs somewhat from other Bridge Run series races

In this year’s Louisiana Bridge Run Series, the Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run stands out. That’s partly because the two other races in the popular series are not using bridges this year because of construction on the spans on which they typically are held. But it’s also because the Huey P. Run seems to have… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl will be in prime time; Sugar Bowl CEO says Jan. 2 shouldn’t have negative effect on ratings

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  Louisiana Tech Bulldogs running back Kenneth Dixon (1) gets past Arkansas State Red Wolves linebacker Quanterio Heath (52) during the fourth quarter Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, of the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Louisiana Tech won 47-28.

Thanks to the Saints being conveniently out of town, the New Orleans Bowl will again be in prime time in December. “That’s what we are always hoping for,” bowl executive director Billy Ferrante said Wednesday after ESPN released its bowl schedule, which includes the New Orleans Bowl at 8 p.m. Dec. 17, The game will pit teams from… Continue reading →

New putter serves Brian Stuard well in playoff win

Brian Stuard kisses the tournament trophy after winning the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Monday, May 2, 2016. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to lengthy rain delays all weekend. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

After giving a new putter a trial run at the Valero Texas Open in his last PGA Tour start, Brian Stuard stuck it in his bag for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans that got underway Thursday. It felt good in his hands, even though Stuard finished in a tie for 55th at the… Continue reading →

Jamie Lovemark mulls missed opportunities at Zurich Classic

Jamie Lovemark hits out of a muddy spot next to the grandstand of the 18th hole during a playoff round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Monday, May 2, 2016. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to lengthy rain delays all weekend. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans was Jamie Lovemark’s to win. Three times. Tied Monday at 15-under with Byeong-Hun An, who had just finished with a birdie, Lovemark hit the front right edge of TPC Louisiana’s par-5 18th green in two shots. Eighty-five feet from the cup, Lovemark needed two putts to clinch his first PGA Tour victory,… Continue reading →

David Toms unsure of future after likely playing in final Zurich Classic

David Toms watches his drive on the 1st hole at the start of the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Saturday, April 30, 2016. The 3rd round of the tournament was suspended due to inclement weather.  (Advocate photo by MAX BECHERER)

While he hasn’t decided what his future will hold once he becomes eligible for the Champions Tour in January, former LSU All-American David Toms likely played his last round in his home state’s only PGA Tour event Monday. If it was, the 49-year-old Shreveport resident walked away in style after sinking an 8-foot birdie on the 18th… Continue reading →

Never-ending rain trims Zurich Classic to 54 holes with Monday finish; Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas are tied atop the leaderboard

Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela tees from the third hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The weather won again Sunday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. PGA Tour officials tried to get the rain-delayed third round in with an early-morning start Sunday, but golf was played for only 2½ hours before another weather system moved in and hovered over the TPC Louisiana layout to spoil all hopes of having a 72-hole… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: As soggy Zurich Classic takes the turn for Monday, you’ve got to root for the underdogs atop the leaderboard

Brian Stuard reacts after making birdie on the second hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. Right is Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Before we get into which mere mortals could end up claiming the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, let’s first pay homage to the world heavyweight champion and still undefeated winner: Mother Nature. She reminded us silly humans once again who’s in charge, with enough relentless rain to suggest she wanted to see someone named Noah take the… Continue reading →