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  • 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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    Lady Trojans secure huge road win against State Power

    For decades, the Vandebilt Catholic girls have owned a monopoly on local prep soccer. Not anymore.The Central Lafourche girls’ soccer team earned one of their biggest wins in program history on Tuesday night, traveling to Houma and defeating the powerful Lady Terriers 2-1.With the win, the Lady Trojans are now 12-4-4 on the season. By beating a prominent program like Vandebilt, Central Lafourche stated loudly that they intend to again chase the State Championship this winter — a...

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    Lady Tarpons flex muscles in dominant win over 5A power

    South Lafourche played quality basketball for the full 32 minutes on Tuesday night.In doing so, they made a statement: dominating and blowing out one of the top teams in Class 5A in the effort — showing just how good they can be with elite-level effort and intensity over a full game.The Lady Tarpons roared past Denham Springs 59-32 at The Tank, using balanced scoring and dominant defense to secure the win.Coach Rainie Terrebonne said the win was huge for her team, and boy, she’s not ...

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    Sports Mailbag: A Few Days Away from the Big Game!

    My, how things have changed in the past month! The obvious — you’re reading me on a different website and a different platform for the first time in 10 years.I have some wonderful people in The Lafourche Gazette offices to thank for that.And you’re also reading me in a new year, in a new sporting season and with LSU just days away from possibly winning the national championship.So let’s do this.One of my most popular editorial items in the past was a mailbag, so I de...

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    Tarpons, Trojans roll to big wins

    After losing three-straight games at the E.D. White Tournament, the South Lafourche basketball team had two options: get better or keep losing close, hard-fought games.On Tuesday night, they chose the first option, securing maybe their biggest win of the season.The Tarpons roared past Chalmette 54-32 on Tuesday night, using timely offense and suffocating defense to control the Owls throughout the win.South Lafourche is now 6-12 on the season. Coach Brian Callais said the recipe for the game...

  • Delay of game: National title on hold amidst 2-week wait

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ready to get right back on the field to play for another College Football Playoff title after the Tigers'hard-fought semifinal win over Ohio State last month.That changed once he woke up the next day."I was really sore so I was glad to get some extra time," he said.But there have been questions whether the longest break in the CFP's six seasons has been good for the sport, especially in the shadows of the NFL pl...

  • Payton: Saints identifying ways to shore up 13-win squad

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton and players who've been in New Orleans the past few years have endured a cruel kind of three-peat.Three straight seasons have ended with playoff loses in which the decisive points were scored on the final play. The latest loss Sunday came in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings, who also knocked the Saints out of the playoffs three seasons ago on a 61-yard touchdown as time expired in regulation.Bouncing back yet again would require a fra...

  • LSU's dream football season has merchandise flying off racks

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — John Lett has been an LSU football fan for decades, ever since he moved from Missouri to Baton Rouge to get his degree from the college. And even though he's seen some great Tiger teams that won college football national championships, he said he's never seen anything like this year's roster.Because the Tigers have been so good this season, Lett said he's been buying more purple and gold merchandise.

  • Saints rue uncharacteristic play after early playoff exit

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Narrowly missing out on an NFC playoff bye came back to haunt the Saints right away.A series of missed opportunities led to yet another excruciating exit from the postseason — this time in a 26-20 overtime loss at home to sixth-seeded Minnesota. The Vikings won three fewer games than the Saints in the regular season but outplayed them most of the way Sunday before winning on tight end Kyle Rudolph's 4-yard touchdown reception on the first series of the extra se...

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