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Lions opt not to give Ndamukong Suh the franchise tag

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:24
DETROIT — Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Detroit Lions did not use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle. The deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players came and went Monday, and the Lions did not say anything publicly about their decision. There was only a report early in the day on the team’s website saying the franchise tag’s price of around…
College football notebook: SEC’s Mike Slive leery of making freshmen ineligible
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:24
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said it would be best to wait until after the NCAA’s new initial eligibility standards take effect in 2016 before considering whether to keep freshmen off the field. Slive said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that if the goal is to improve graduation rates and grade-point averages, “we have to remember that each college student has his or her own academic challenges.” “To put a blanket…
High schools gearing up for run at state crowns
Monday, 02 March 2015 23:24
It’s coming down to the final weeks for season play for area high schools, and going into play Monday, three local boys teams and one girls team remained undefeated in the Baton Rouge area districts. On the boys-coed side, Dutchtown is leading Division 1 with a perfect 8-0 mark with St. Amant in second at 6-1. In Division 2, Central is 8-0 and they have a two-game advantage over Zachary at 6-2 with Broadmoor in…
Louisiana Grand Prix schedule announced
Monday, 02 March 2015 20:20
The three-day weekend of the inaugural 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will feature 11 races, with the main event set for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, organizers announced Monday. “We are very excited and proud of the racing lineup we have development for our inaugural event,” said Tim Ramsberger, vice president and general manager of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. “We look forward to announcing soon information about our off-track ancillary entertainment…
AVP to kick off domestic tour with New Orleans Open
Monday, 02 March 2015 20:20
Keri Walsh Jennings’ run at a fourth Olympic gold in women’s beach volleyball will include a stop in the New Orleans area. On Monday morning, Jennings, the most decorated athlete in her sport, attended a news conference announcing Kenner as the site to kick off the AVP’s 2015 domestic tour. It’s part of a two-year deal in which AVP and local officials hope will blossom into a long-term agreement. The AVP New Orleans Open will…
In Louisiana Racing Commission meeting, Fair Grounds president Tim Bryant lauds new turf course
Monday, 02 March 2015 19:20
When the Fair Grounds made $200,000 worth of improvements to its much-maligned turf course in May, track officials expected those improvements to slowly affect the race course fiscally over the coming years. At a scheduled progress report with the Louisiana Racing Commission on Monday, Fair Grounds president Tim Bryant said the improved turf course already has made a major impact. “The turf course has been great this year — maybe even a little better than…
Carnival time a boom for Schiffer’s training regimen
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Thomas Schiffer runs in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.Editor’s note: Each Sunday, the New Orleans Advocate is following three local runners during the course of their training for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic. Following is the latest installment on Thomas Schiffer. When the Carnival season rolls around each winter, it’s a struggle for almost everyone to stay true to their typical exercise regimen.
Kentucky wins SEC men’s basketball title
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles each scored 18 points and top-ranked Kentucky rolled past No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. The long-awaited marquee matchup of the SEC’s top two teams belonged to the undefeated Wildcats (29-0, 16-0) on both ends as they earned their 46th league title and halted a three-game losing streak against the Razorbacks (23-6, 12-4). Tyler Ulis added 14 points and Devin…
First black Latino star Minnie Minoso dies
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
CHICAGO — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox. It was one amazing ride for the seemingly ageless slugger, who died early Sunday morning after helping clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers, including a…
Jimmie Johnson pulls away for 4th Atlanta win
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
HAMPTON, Ga. — Likely locking up a run at his record-tying seventh championship before it even turns to spring, Jimmie Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps to go Sunday, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson started near the back after failing to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues. But the No. 48 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track at the end…
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