24 teams representing SW La. in regionals

The regional round of the girls basketball playoffs will be held today with 24 teams from Southwest Louisiana looking to take the next step towards the state tournament in Hammond.

Joining the action this week will be the St. Louis Saints, who will host Academy of Our Lady in a Division II regional. The teams met in the regular season with St. Louis beating the Penguins 49-40 at the Saints’ early season tournament. Both teams had a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

Power, speed: Tigers living up to hype

BATON ROUGE — Almost lost amidst the pomp, circumstance and multiple Alex Box Stadium parachute jumps honoring the military this weekend, LSU was living up to the preseason hype, at least so far.

“I feel like the wedding planner this week with all the stuff we had going on,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said about the myriad of ceremonies to honor the armed forces, complicated by a rearranging of the schedule due to Friday’s nasty weather.

McNeese bullpen stifles Missouri State in 4-3 win, sealing Lake Area Classic

Returning a bullpen as deep as it does, McNeese State’s afforded almost an unheard of luxury. A quick hook for its starting pitchers is acceptable given the plethora of potential behind them. As is allowing a reliever who’s mowed down a potent order a tad longer leash.

'Thank God he's OK': Stony Brook pitcher Nick Montefusco rejoins team following collapse

Nick Montefusco, the Stony Brook pitcher who collapsed at Joe Miller Ballpark and required chest compressions and an automatic external defibrillator to resuscitate him, rejoined his teammates at the field prior to Sunday’s game against Rhode Island.

Jerry Sandusky's son Jeffrey arrested on child sex charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — One of Jerry Sandusky's sons was arrested Monday on multiple sexual offense charges involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested.

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, a stalwart supporter who attended many of his father's court proceedings, was charged with 14 counts,

To stand out at Super Bowl LI, ads are going for stunts

NEW YORK -- Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which — though it's not confirmed — she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won't be the only one making a big play for attention this year.

Advertisers from first timer 84 Lumber to veteran Hyundai are ramping up the marketing stunts in order to stand out from the crowd during the big game. Some will air live ads, ,or at least teasers for their campaigns; one will even shoot its commercial during the game. Others are deliberately courting controversy.

Super Bowl LI, in which the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots, is expected to be the biggest live TV event of the year.

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.