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O.K.’s Corral

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Rangers ready for an even brighter future
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Notes, observations and other tid-bits along the sports beat while remembering how gosh-awful the Texas Rangers’ pitching staff was once upon a time (and seemingly not all that long ago):
• If you’ve been enjoying the success of the Texas Rangers for the last two years — World Series berths both times — then start preparing for what should be an even brighter future.
The Rangers have the potential to be the “New York Yankees” of the Southwest in upcoming years.

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’Dogs defeat Aggies

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LOGAN, Utah — Using some defensive tenacity and final quarter scoring, Louisiana Tech University improved its Western Athletic Conference record to 2-1 with a 24-17 victory over Utah State (2-5, 0-2) at Romney Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Both of the Bulldogs’ conference wins have come on the road, with an earlier 24-11 victory being achieved at Idaho.
Tech (3-4), which will celebrate homecoming with a WAC game against San Jose State on Saturday at 3 p.m., also won its fourth consecutive conference contest on the road.

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GSU nips Valley in OT

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GRAMBLING — Tigers’ Head Coach Doug Williams was a gambling Grambling man Saturday night.
And fortunately for Grambling State’s homecoming crowd, it was like father, like son.
Doug Williams and his coaching staff called a late audible Saturday, inserting his son D.J. Williams in at quarterback for an overtime period after a solid performance from starter Frank Rivers.

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Tech in ‘super conference’ picture?

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While the Big East considers its next move on expansion, it is now being asked to consider a plan that would create a nation-wide football conference incorporating between 28 and 32 teams in four divisions from Conference USA, the Mountain West Conference as well as the Big East.
According to sources from those conferences, the plan was devised as a way that the Big East could ensure its place as one of the six conferences receiving automatic BCS bids.

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Alumni, others to gather for homecoming

If it’s late October, it must mean Louisiana Tech University is about to celebrate another homecoming.
Sure enough, that’s what is on the university calendar for this weekend, as a variety of events are planned for alumni, students and townspeople.
Highlighting the big weekend, of course, will be a showdown of Western Athletic Conference teams.

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Man comments on nuclear power

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Nuclear power is good for Louisiana’s economy and environment. The Waterford 3 and River Bend reactors supplied Louisiana with 18 billion megawatts of electric power last year. They did this safely, affordably and reliably without polluting our air or water.
Safety is a top priority. In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, efforts have been made to apply lessons learned from the cascade of failures at the Japanese plant. Yet, despite the enormity of the damage done by the earthquake and tsunami — entire villages were swept away and more than 10,000 people died — only one life was lost at the Fukushima reactor site, and that was due to the tsunami, not radiation. The prompt evacuations by the Japanese government greatly reduced the chance that anyone will be harmed by radiation.

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Grateful to be an American

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I do not know what will have happened between the time I am writing this visit with you on Friday morning and when you are reading this on Sunday morning. I have found, as I try to predict the future, that my crystal ball is foggy and has many cracks in it; so, I’ve tried to remember that there are two days and two days only that I never worry about — tomorrow and yesterday. I’ve found as long as I can stay in the present, I’m having a good day.

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Come together, right now

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Oct. 15 — despite the fact that the website Brainy History lists almost 200 reasons why it should be, it’s just not a day of the year that just jumps out as one for the history books. However, for me and for lots of other folks, that’s no longer true.
And it won’t be for the obvious reasons. No unexpected event occurred and will now dominate headlines worldwide until the next unexpected event takes place. No celebrity scandal broke out to fan the flames of public outrage or curiosity. No new discovery was made to prompt debate and monopolize the talk show circuit.

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RHS: Spirited comeback

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’Cats show second half spunk against Rebels
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WEST MONROE — The eyes told the story.
Yes, Ruston High lost to West Monroe, 38-21, in a District 2-5A game at Rebels Stadium on Friday night.
But if there’s an uplifting, hopeful message for the Bearcats (4-4, 0-2) — they haven’t defeated WMHS since 1990 — it is this: RHS gave the No. 6 ranked Class 5A team in the state and a perennial contender for an Louisiana High School Athletic Association title a big run for their money in the final half.

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Cougars stay on big roll, win 61-20

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PLAIN DEALING — Can anybody stop the “Cedar Creek Express?”
The No. 8 Class 1A ranked Cougars (7-1) registered their third consecutive game of 60-plus points here Friday night with a 61-20 rout over Plain Dealing (5-3).
Cedar Creek also completed a successful three-game road trip and will return home Friday for a huge District 2-1A battle against No. 1 state ranked Monroe Ouachita Christian.

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