Gators get another shot at W-M

With a tendency to play up or down to the level of their competition, this basketball season has been a roller coaster for the LaGrange Gators, who have alternated between impressive wins and disappointing losses.

The first week of District 3-4A play has been no different with the Gators (12-12, 1-1) losing to a Leesville team with a losing record, followed by an 18-point win over a DeRidder team that had won 14 consecutive games.

Cowboys show glimpse of potential: Shooters display accuracy promised before season

An 11-point lead was whittled to seven and Dave Simmons called timeout.

McNeese State, losers of three consecutive Southland Conference games, required 8 more minutes of competent basketball to complete its most impressive showing of the season.

Iowa's Oakley explains proposals to LHSAA

LAFAYETTE — Iowa Principal Michael Oakley had the opportunity to explain his collection of proposals on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Annual Convention agenda Wednesday at an open meeting at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center.

Principals and coaches from southern Louisiana attended the meeting — one of six throughout the state this week — to discuss the content of the agenda for the convention, which will take place Jan. 25-27 in Baton Rouge.

Hot-shooting Cowboys run past Central Arkansas, 82-27

The first half clock ticked down and Burton Coliseum was restless. Kalob Ledoux, he of one collegiate start prior to Wednesday evening, endured a trapping double team 20 feet from the basket. Facing the Central Arkansas bench instead of the net he intended to throw the ball through, Ledoux looked helpless. The McNeese State bench clamored for him to shoot.

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America but received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America but received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.

Bagwell drew 86.2 percent and Raines got 86 percent. Rodriguez had 76 percent — he received four more votes than the necessary 332 of 442 (75 percent).

Peterson, Foster tell kids it can be done: Path to pro baseball

Two former Southwest Louisiana high school baseball stars returned home and share their experiences on the road to becoming professional baseball players Saturday at Glad Tidings Church.

Atlanta Braves shortstop Jace Peterson of Hamilton Christian and McNeese State joined former Barbe High standout and LSU walk-on-turned-starter Jared Foster — now in the Los Angeles Angels organization — on stage in front of an eager crowd of all ages, telling motivating stories and answering questions.

“This was great,” Peterson said. “I play this game, and it’s my job and it’s on a big stage. But, for me, it’s no different than when I was in the Little League.”

All but 2 minor charges tossed against Steelers assistant

PITTSBURGH — All but the two least serious charges will be dropped against Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter stemming from an alleged altercation outside a bar hours after the team's Sunday playoff win against the Miami Dolphins, a prosecutor announced Thursday.

Watson, Clemson dethrone top-ranked Tide, 35-31

TAMPA, Fla. — College football's first national championship rematch was even better than the original, with an incredible twist at the end.

Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethroned the champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban's Alabama dynasty in a national

Steelers assistant coach accused of assault hours after win

PITTSBURGH -- Former Pro Bowl linebacker and current Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was charged early Monday with assaulting a doorman at a bar and a police officer who intervened hours after the team's wild card win over the Miami Dolphins.

The altercation happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, following the Steelers' 30-12 home victory over the Dolphins in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.

According to a criminal complaint, officer Paul Abel was working security at another nearby bar when he was told by an off-duty officer that the doorman at The Flats on Carson Street was being threatened by a Steeler.