Federer beats British qualifier Willis in straight sets

LONDON -- Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.

The seven-time champion — perhaps the greatest player of all time — showed little mercy Wednesday against Marcus Willis, a 772nd-ranked British qualifier who had never won a tour-level match until this week and has captivated the home nation with his improbable run.

Cowboys got their money's worth

At the end of the month, McNeese State loses perhaps the best value in college basketball.

Cowboys assistant coach Steve Welch is retiring, again, effective Friday. Welch has been the No. 2 assistant for Dave Simmons since 2009, when he decided retirement wasn’t his cup of tea the first time he tried it.

Nicholas sinks putt to win City Championship

As if the relentless heat was not enough on Sunday at Mallard Cove Golf Course, Matt Nicholas was faced with another high pressure situation with just a putt standing between him and another iBERIABANK Lake Charles City Championship. This time he made the putt to win by one stroke over Neithan Allen to claim his fourth championship and second in three years.

“That was one of the most fun rounds of golf that I have played in a long time,” Nicholas said. “It was very competitive. All day, anyone could have won that. It just kept flip flopping.”

Heading out to sea for rodeo

Early Friday morning there should be a good supply of local fishermen making steady casts into the Gulf as well as inland as the annual Southwest Louisiana Deep Sea Rodeo takes off.

In fact, there could be some fishermen who will be tossing in the dark as the 78th annual event has an official start time of 12:01 a.m. opening day.

US Open's Landry owns National record

The play of Port Neches, Texas, native Andrew Landry in the recent U.S. Open rang a few bells locally, mainly at The National in Westlake.

“Yes,” club pro Dave Kaspar said earlier in the week. “He does hold our club record. He set it in 2013.”

Federer beats British qualifier Willis in straight sets

LONDON -- Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.

The seven-time champion — perhaps the greatest player of all time — showed little mercy Wednesday against Marcus Willis, a 772nd-ranked British qualifier who had never won a tour-level match until this week and has captivated the home nation with his improbable run.

Putting aside sentimentality and ignoring the carnival-like atmosphere, Federer won the first seven games and sailed to a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 victory in a second-round match played under the Centre Court roof on another rainy day at the All England Club.

Gordon expresses interest in joining Ripa on 'Live'

SONOMA, Calif. — Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s new “Live” co-host — so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst.

Gordon is calling his final race of the season Sunday for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional career. The four-time NASCAR champion is in his first year in the broadcast booth, and he insisted Saturday he’ll be back next year when Fox resumes coverage of the first half of the season.

However, Gordon didn’t quash recent speculation that ABC is interested in him joining Ripa on “Live.” Gordon co-hosted with Ripa nine times during the “Live With Regis and Kelly” era.

LC's inspiring Joseph-Richard

Janice Joseph Richard fashioned the crowning achievement of her basketball career after being dealt a potential career-ending blow.

Arguably the lowest point in her life was when she had to step down as the head women’s basketball coach at San Jose State in 2006 because of breast cancer. From that abyss, she found new life in Louisiana and her hometown of Alexandria.

Her alma mater across the Red River, Louisiana College, was looking for a coach. The Wildcats had suffered through single-digit victory seasons the previous two years under two head coaches. That included a walkout of 13 players at one practice in protest of the coach the previous season.

Rain makes for frustrating start in worst US Open delay since '09

OAKMONT, Pa. — Even a rain-soaked Oakmont didn’t keep the U.S. Open from delivering its usual dose of frustration.

Just not the kind anyone expected.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, who had spent five days preparing on the firm and fiery greens of Oakmont, posed over a wedge into the 17th that landed behind the hole, spun back and kept rolling until it trickled down a slope into the bunker.

Hightower steady, sure at STM

After last football season, no one can ever say that Jim Hightower never took the St. Thomas More Cougars’ football program to the Superdome.

Of course, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame voting committee recognized before the 2015 season began that the lack of a Superdome appearance wasn’t enough to keep Hightower out of the museum in Natchitoches that honors the top sports figures in Louisiana history.

Four decades of incredible consistency was enough.