Freshman Briana Holman helped lead LSU back to the NCAA volleyball tournament and her strong play earned her Player of the Year honors on the All-Louisiana Louisiana Sports Writers Association volleyball team announced Saturday.
Holman, one of several young stars on this year’s team, also shared the Freshman of the Year honors with Tea Juric of Tulane.
The Green Wave had three members on the first team and the Coach of the Year selection Sinisa Momic, who led Tulane to the nation’s largest turnaround from 2012 to 2013.
VAL D’ISERE, France — Lindsey Vonn skied to the side and clutched her knee in pain in the World Cup downhill race won by Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland on Saturday.
Vonn, with boyfriend Tiger Woods watching on in the finish area, lost her balance and her left ski went up in the air, putting all her weight on her surgically repaired right knee as she skied off course.
She didn’t fall but grimaced as she pulled up, clutching her knee in a worrying sign ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Mark Grace to hitting coach of Class A Hillsboro, 16 months after the former All-Star left his broadcasting job following a second DUI arrest.
Grace was a minor league hitting instructor last season. He also served a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program last spring. His new role was announced by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Doug Drabek, the 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner, is returning as Hillsboro’s pitching coach for a second season.
The meeting was brief. A few minutes tops.
Temple Athletic Director Kevin Clark didn’t mince words. Standing inside the football team’s indoor practice facility earlier this month, Clark scanned the crowd of dozens of student-athletes — none of them football players — and told them the financially strapped athletic department was cutting their sport at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.
There weren’t a lot of details. No lengthy question and answer session. Sitting alongside his 16 teammates on the men’s gymnastics team, sophomore Evan Eigner sat in stunned silence.
“No matter how you slice and dice this, it all comes down to an issue of the amount of resources you put into an entity like this and how serious you are. You may have some great laws on the books, and maybe Louisiana’s statutes about ethics across the board and integrity of your public officials are very stringent. ... But if there is a lack of the enforcement mechanism and a lack of enforcement capacity behind those efforts, then those laws don’t really mean an awful lot.
Deadline is Monday
Monday is the deadline for submitting activities and events for The Advocate’s Outdoors 2014 Calendar scheduled to be published Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.
• Event’s name, time, date and location including the site, address and city.
• All fees.
• Age limits or skill-level requirements and any other particulars for the event, including beneficiaries.
• Full name of contact person with the area code and phone number.
Send to: Joe Macaluso, Advocate Outdoors, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821; FAX Attention: Outdoors, (225) 388-0318. Email: outdoors@ theadvocate.com.
This wish comes tempered with thoughts of several longtime friends who won’t be with us, and prayers for their families and friends who miss them during this most cherished of holidays.
It’s also a time to relish the good things that happened in Louisiana’s outdoors this year.
Tops on that list is a thankful prayer that we were spared from a major storm.
Next is the position taken by our state’s marine fisheries managers and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to drive the continuing discontent among recreational fishermen over federal management of red snapper.