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South Carolina 24 | LSU 52 FINAL
10/24/2020 3:41pm

After going a perfect 3 for 3 on the opening drive, freshman QB TJ Finley capped off the 75 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run to give LSU an early 7-0 lead.Just as quickly as the Tigers scored, the Gamecocks answered. Running back Kevin Harris with a 45 yard touchdown run to tie it at 7.37 yard field goal by Cade York made it 10-7 LSU.Start of the second quarter featured Finley hitting Terrace Marshall in the back corner of the end zone to make it 17-7 LSU.45 yard field goal by Parker White trimmed the LSU lead to a touchdown.After an interception, Finley went back to work hitting Terrace Marshall for a 51 yard strike for six to make it 24-10 LSU which was immediately added to with a pick 6 from Elias Ricks to add another 7 making it 31-10 at the half. In his first two quarters of collegiate football TJ Finley was 14 for 18, 216 yards and 2 touchdowns plus one rushing touchdown. Terrace Marshall being the recipient of those two touchdown passes.South Carolina continued to hurt the Tigers on the ground in the second half. Kevin Harris ripped off a 49 yard run to get SC into Tiger territory which ended with Harris taking it in for the score from 1 yard out, making it 31-17 LSU.LSU special teams finally got into the action with a Trey Palmer 95 yard kickoff return touchdown. Tigers rolling 38-17.Ty Davis-Price had been a constant force in the run game all night and decided the third quarter was the best time to set up shop in the end zone. A 4 yard rush gives the Tigers 45 points and a 28 point lead.4th quarter the lead grew as did the rushing yards. John Emery got into the score column with a 3 yard run to give the Tigers 52 points, their largest total of the season.Falling asleep for the majority of the 4th quarter, South Carolina scores a meaningless touchdown on a Josh Vann 5 yard touchdown reception. Still a huge hole to climb out of at 52-24.Permalink Comments

It's 'TJ Time': Coach O names Tigers' starting QB for Saturday
10/22/2020 6:09pm

BATON ROUGE - LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron confirmed to the media Thursday evening that Ponchatoula native TJ Finley will be the first quarterback onto the field in their game against South Carolina on Saturday night.Couldve been a flip of a coin. I want to play them both. I want to see what they can do, Coach Orgeron said.Orgeron said both Finley and fellow freshman Max Johnson will see playing time in the game, however, Finleys ability to navigate practices this week in the lead-up to kickoff was the determining factor for who would get the start.Finley is a 66, 242 pound pocket-passing quarterback who had shown a commitment to improving while on campus as he tightened up his body mass and lost a significant amount of weight in advance of the season.LSU will be replacing Myles Brennan, a junior who has started the first three games of the season but was injured with a significant lower-body injury according to Coach Orgeron in the Missouri game.&nbspHeres Finleys Bio from the LSU Sports website:The top quarterback in the state of Louisiana in 2019 &hellip Prepped at Ponchatoula High School in Ponchatoula, Louisiana &hellip Rated a three-star pro-style quarterback by 247Sports and Rivals &hellip Three-year starter for Ponchatoula High School &hellip Accounted for 72 touchdowns during his high school career 58 passing, 14 rushing &hellip Completed career-high 168 passes as a senior for 2,738 yards to go along with 21 touchdowns &hellip Rushed for eight touchdowns as a senior &hellip Amassed 28 touchdowns during his junior season, 23 through the air and five on the ground &hellip Passed for 2,736 yards in 2018 &hellip Accumulated a total of 7,357 yards through his three years at quarterback &hellip coached by Hank Tierney &hellip Will enroll at LSU in January of 2020.&nbspPermalink Comments

Fans' Choice Award Winner 2020: Week 3 - Ryan Armwood
10/21/2020 9:53pm

BATON ROUGE- Episcopal running back Ryan Armwood has been on a tear during the 2020 season.Coming into last weekend, Armwood had 8 touchdowns through two weeks of play. He added 4 more against Catholic Pointe Coupee to earn him the Fans Choice Award for week 3.For Armwoods full story, click the link above.Permalink Comments

ESPN reports Pelicans hire new head coach
10/21/2020 1:11pm

NEW ORLEANS - Stan Van Gundy has been hired as the seventh head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans according to reports from ESPN on Wednesday.Van Gundy has been working as a television analyst since his last coaching job in the NBA, where he was the president of basketball operations and coach of the Detroit Pistons from 2014 through 2018.The 61 year-old Van Gundy has a 523-384 record with head coaching gigs in Miami, Orlando and Detroit. His teams have made the playoffs in eight of his 12 seasons.&nbspIn his 11 seasons in the league, Van Gundys teams have finished in the top half of the league 10 times in defensive rating.The Pelicans have a young but talented roster and Van Gundys firm coaching style and how it jives with the team will be a key piece to any potential success.Permalink Comments

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series
10/20/2020 10:28am

ARLINGTON, Texas AP &mdash A World Series like no other opens Tuesday night with Clayton Kershaw&rsquos Los Angeles Dodgers pursuing redemption, Kevin Kiermaier&rsquos Tampa Bay Rays seeking acclaim and Major League Baseball relieved just to reach the championship of the pandemic-delayed season.Buzz figures to be dampened, with attendance down to about 11,000 in the smallest crowd for a Series game since roughly 1909.The entire Series will be played on artificial turf for the first time since 1993, at new $1.2 billion Globe Life Field, home of a Texas Rangers team eliminated on Sept. 20. Traditional postgame victory celebrations are barred. But surroundings are largely irrelevant to the favored Dodgers and under-the-radar Rays.Los Angeles, baseball&rsquos biggest spender, is back in the Series for the third time in four years as it seeks its first title since 1988.Plate umpire Laz Diaz will be masked &mdash along with the rest of the crew.&ldquoI don&rsquot know if you watched Game 7 last night but it sure felt like postseason to me,&rdquo Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said Monday, after the Dodgers rallied to beat Atlanta 4-3 at Globe Life for the NL pennant. &ldquoThe back and forth, the momentum shifts, big plays, big swings, big pitches &mdash that was as much of a playoff feel as I&rsquove ever experienced.&rdquoTampa Bay, among the major leagues&rsquo poorest draws and lowest-salaried rosters, made it this far only once before and lost to Philadelphia in 2008. Perennially unable to get a new ballpark built, the Rays have said they are exploring splitting future seasons between St. Petersburg, Florida, and Montreal.While the Rays beat Houston for the AL pennant on Saturday night in San Diego, they had to wait until Monday to travel, allowing the Braves to vacate space in the Dallas at Las Colinas - Four Seasons, where the Dodgers have been bivouacked since before the Division Series started Oct. 6. Los Angeles had an optional early afternoon workout with the stadium roof closed, and the Rays had a full practice in the evening under autumn twilight.&ldquoWe&rsquoll be able to get out there tonight, get a feel for the surroundings of the field and how the ball bounces,&rdquo Rays outfielder Austin Meadows said. &ldquoI&rsquom excited for there to be fans. It&rsquos been a long time coming.&rdquoThe winner will give its city a 2-1 advantage in major U.S. sports league titles during the novel coronavirus pandemic following championships by the NHL&rsquos Tampa Bay Lightning on Sept. 28 and the NBA&rsquos Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 11.Both teams reflect imprint of Andrew Friedman, the Rays&rsquo general manager from 2005-14 and the Dodgers&rsquo president of baseball operations since.&ldquoSome of my best friends in life are there,&rdquo the 43-year-old Friedman said. &ldquoWe joked when I left the team that we were going to meet up in the World Series one day, and for it actually to happen is surreal.&rdquoAfter attendance dropped from 68.5 million to 0 during the shortest regular season since 1878 and the first two rounds of an expanded postseason also were played without fans, Major League Baseball sold about 28 capacity for the NL Championship Series, which averaged 10,835 for the seven games at 40,518-capacity Globe Life Field. The Rays arrived in Dallas on Monday after playing the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series at empty Petco Park in San Diego.Still, it was an accomplishment for MLB after a regular season in which 45 games were postponed for COVID-19-related reasons but just two were not made up. Rookie outfielder Randy Arozarena, the Cuban defector who led the Rays&rsquo offense with seven homers in the playoffs, missed the first month of the shortened season after contracting COVID-19 and didn&rsquot play his first game until Aug. 30.&ldquoI was throwing sim games May, June in Dallas, thinking about, man, are we going to even play this season&rdquo said Kershaw, the Dodgers&rsquo Game 1 starter. &ldquoIs this going to be a wasted year in everybody&rsquos career and things like that Is this going to a be a wasted year for the Dodgers with the team that we have So yeah, I think to be able to be here now and be four wins away from getting to win a World Series I think is really a testament to a lot of people to be able to make this season happen, a testament to the players, even to Major League Baseball that we were able to get to this point. I&rsquom super thankful for that.&rdquoKershaw, a 32-year-old left-hander with three Cy Young Awards and an MVP trophy, is 175-76 in the regular season but 11-12 in the postseason, including 1-2 in the World Series. He has been slowed this month by a reoccurrence of back spasms.Tampa Bay starts Tyler Glasnow, a 27-year-old righty whose fastball averages 97.5 mph and who grew up in California admiring Kershaw. It will be the Rays&rsquo first game in front of fans since spring training was interrupted on March 12 and close to the end of a lengthy bubble existence.Glasnow and his teammates are looking forward to the end of the Series, when he can go to a bar or sit at a restaurant.&ldquoHugging someone or seeing family,&rdquo he said. &ldquoJust being able to be a normal person again.&rdquoThis will be the first World Series entirely at one ballpark since 1944 between the Cardinals and Browns at Sportsman&rsquos Park in St. Louis &mdash and the fourth overall. The Yankees and Giants shared New York&rsquos Polo Grounds in 1921 and 1922.&ldquoIt&rsquos a fast ground,&rdquo Arozarena said through a translator. &ldquoI&rsquom not sure there&rsquoll be a lot of homers. There&rsquos good pitchers on both sides.&rdquoLos Angeles had a $95.6 million payroll on Aug. 1, according to figures compiled by MLB. Tampa Bay was 28th at $28.9 million, ahead of only Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Rays eliminated the Yankees $83.7 million and Houston $81.4 million during the AL playoffs.&ldquoRegardless of payroll, we know we can compete with anybody,&rdquo Meadows said.Added Friedman: &ldquoPayrolls don&rsquot decide the standings and I think we see evidence of that every year.&rdquoTampa Bay is known best for innovative thinking and hard-throwing relievers, referred to by manager Kevin Cash as a &ldquowhole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 miles an hour.&rdquo&ldquoThey didn&rsquot make it to the World Series on accident,&rdquo Dodgers star Mookie Betts said. &ldquoIt&rsquos not going to be easy by any means.&rdquoPermalink Comments

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