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    Playoffs very much on the table for Lafourche's prep basketball teams

    The high school basketball season is roaring into high gear, and all of our local teams are still in contention for postseason play.District play is under way in our local 5A district and also in our girls’ Class 4A district. In the boys’ Class 4A district, league play begins on Tuesday.As-of January 16, every, single Lafourche Parish school — boys and girls — has a shot at extending their season into the playoffs.SOUTH LAFOURCHEFor the Tarpons’ girls’ basketb...

  • Edwards-Helaire among 7 LSU players entering NFL draft

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dynamic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among seven players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter the NFL draft.Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry, and linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips also announced their intention to turn pro Wednesday.Edwards-Helaire rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns this season to go with 453 yards and o...

  • Coach O: National champ LSU ready to win more titles

    By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports WriterLSU coach Ed Orgeron is already thinking about what comes next for his national champions. More specifically, who comes next.Orgeron and the top-ranked Tigers completed a 15-0 season with a dominating and decisive win over No. 3 Clemson, 42-25, on Monday night.Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes and ran for another.

  • Panthers tab LSU's Brady as offensive coordinator

    By STEVE REED AP Sports WriterA person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms on a contract to make LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady their new offensive coordinator.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Panthers have not confirmed the move.Brady worked closely with Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the Tigers to a win over Clemson in the national championship game.Brady is the first s...

  • AP Top 25 Reality Check: A familiar top 10 looking to 2020

    The final Associated Press Top 25 of the season has a familiar look.LSU is No. 1 after winning the national championship. Add Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama and you have seven of the preseason top 10 teams finishing in the top 10 five months later.In fact, for the first time since 2006 every preseason top 10 team finished the season ranked.One last Reality Check for the AP Top 25, with an eye toward what's to come in 2020:No.

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    An LSU team that was one for the ages

    It takes a lot to get me to “relax” about a sports team that I love.I am the most superstitious person I know. I wear the same clothes for games, do the same things on gameday, and don’t shave my (now disgustingly long) beard throughout the duration of a season when things are going well.Add in my generalized anxiety disorder to the mix, and my lifelong passion for sports, and I admit: I’m usually a mess when it comes to my teams.I’m a biased, unobjective mess — a 165-pound ball of nerves w...

  • Column: LSU makes a persuasive case as the best team ever

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A year ago, Clemson made a pretty good case as the greatest team in college football history.It didn't take long for another group of felines to take the standard even higher.Take a bow, LSU.The top spot on that mythical pedestal belongs to these Tigers now.With a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback leading an offense for the ages and a defense that came into its own over the last six weeks, LSU competed a most perfect of seasons with a 42-25 dismantling of Clemson in...

  • Burrow, LSU cap magical season, beat Clemson 42-25 for title

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From small-town Ohio kid to Louisiana legend, Joe Burrow capped his record-breaking, Heisman-winning season by bringing a national championship to LSU.Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and finished off one of the most accomplished seasons in college football history by leading the top-ranked Tigers to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson on Monday night in the playoff final."He's one of the greatest players in LSU history," Tigers c...

  • Swinney, Orgeron leading evolution in coaching styles

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dabo Swinney can turn most any issue into an extended, persuasive sermon. If he was a salesman, we'd all probably be buying time shares.Ed Orgeron is as comfortable talking gumbo and jambalaya as he is the run-pass option, embracing his Cajun heritage and guy-next-door demeanor.Buttoned downed, they aren't."I just try to be myself," said Swinney, possessor of that amusing nickname and architect of the nation's most dominant program at Clemson."...

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    Lady Tarpons take momentum into district with rivalry win

    In the dress rehearsal before district play, the South Lafourche girls’ basketball team showed it could beat a rival on the road.The Lady Tarpons beat Central Lafourche 51-44 on Thursday night — a hard-fought win over a quality Class 5A foe.With the win, the Lady Tarpons are now 10-6 on the season. It was their second win in two days — both against 5A competition.It wasn’t easy. The Lady Trojans are much improved and, unlike in recent years, are a worthwhile foe.They...

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