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June 19th, 2017

Pit Bulls are not always dangerous

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There is a news article from Utah that tells the story of an 8-year-old boy hopping his neighbors’ fence to retrieve a ball that had gone over into the other yard. When the boy landed in the yard, three pit bulls attacked him. He was bitten and dragged a few feet before his mom made it to the yard to save him.

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Somewhere in the ballpark

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I was having lunch the other day with my childhood-friend-turned-billionaire, Ty “Tycoon” Pendergrass, when the subject of the baseball park in Dubach came up.
“You do realize that we had one the finest baseball parks in the state of Louisiana. It was one of the only high school parks at the time with lights, a lit manned scoreboard and a press box,” Ty said.”
I hadn’t thought of that in years. I just assumed all ball parks were that nice.

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Give Peach Fest a chance

On Friday, the 67th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival will begin, and residents from all over the state will make their way to Ruston to celebrate.
This year, attendees will be able to enjoy a little more time at the event free of charge as no admission will be collected until the events of Friday evening begin.

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Doug Williams deserved new Redskins’ title

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Time for another “Buddy’s Blog Banter.”
Today, we put the highlight marker on various individuals with local connections who have been making news in the sports world:
DOUG WILLIAMS: Finally, after months of speculation, Doug Williams received a more than appropriate and much-deserved upgrade in his job description for the Washington Redskins.
The former head coach and All-American quarterback at Grambling State University is now, while absent of actually carrying the label, the new general manager of the franchise for whom he enjoyed his greatest days as a professional.

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June 17th

LSU rallies past FSU

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OMAHA, Neb. — Trailing throughout its College Baseball World Series opener, No. 4-seed LSU put together a two-run eighth-inning and battled past Florida State, 5-4, on Saturday night in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
LSU (49-17) faced a 4-3 deficit with one out and Cole Freeman on first base after single in the eighth inning when a beach ball came into play in right field to halt the game momentarily.

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Holiday camp scores big

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Daylon Edwards (left), a 10-year-old heading into fifth grade at Ruston Elemetary School, was among the young athletes who participated in the Holiday Basketball Camp conducted by Justin Holiday (right) Saturday at Louisiana Tech’s Lambright Intramural Center.
Proceeds from the camp went to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Louisiana.

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Astros, Yanks giving faithful plenty of fun

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If only they were still in different leagues.
Then, as many of us who love the game so much could do, we could root for an eventual collision course in the World Series.
But, of course, that won’t happen.
We will just have to settle for seeing if either the Houston Astros or New York Yankees capture their divisional championships in the American League and reach the Fall Classic.
Right now, and barring a major meltdown this summer, the ‘Stros and Bronx Bombers are money in the coffer to finish atop their divisions. Houston in the West and New York in the East.

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Former Bulldog Allen is gold medal winner

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John Allen uncovered some sparkling gold recently.
For the former Louisiana Tech University javelin throwing star, the prize was unveiled at the annual National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, on the campus of Samford University.
Allen had a gold-plated finish in the 65-69 age division with a mark of 150-8.5 (45.94 meters).
The West Monroe product was tops in a crowded, highly-competitive field that numbered 36 entries.

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Servant leadership leads to honor for Donohoe

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Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the Class of 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees to be enshrined on June 24 in Natchitoches.
Sue Donohoe has led a Forrest Gump-like existence in college athletics, traveling light with a humble and approachable attitude rare in big-time sports, yet always ending up near the center of landmark events in what’s been a rapidly changing landscape during the past 35 years.

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The question: Doodle soc or go wacky?

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To be a serious bass fishermen today, you might need to mortgage the house and hold off on paying for your kid’s college tuition for a few years. Some bass boats cost more than the first house I bought brand new. With reels with computer chips and rods made of the latest space-age materials, fishing line the diameter of a spider web but strong enough to pull a mule out of a bog, and don’t get me started on lures.

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