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November 28th, 2016

Patriot Guard takes stand

They train, often in harsh conditions. They go to the battlefront and witness scenes worse than the goriest of made-for-TV movies. They do their jobs, day in, day out, with perhaps only their families back home to support them.
Then they come home, either on leave or at the end of their hitch, and find few options for mental “decompression.” The situation can result in a soldier’s taking his life.
The suicide rate among all U.S. military veterans has risen 35 percent since 2001, according to research by the Department of Military Affairs.

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Williams is Bills’ ‘wise man’ on defense

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Don’t get that rockin’ chair out just yet for Kyle Williams.
He may be 33 — “old” by some NFL standards — but he’s playing like he’s 23 in this, his 11th season.
Every one of those years have been spent in one place, which is about as rare as Odell Beckham, Jr., or Antonio Brown passing up an end zone celebration
Williams fits the city of Buffalo perfectly.
Hard-working, consistent, gritty, relentless.
Bills’ fans are marked by those qualities and that’s why they love the former Ruston High School and LSU All-American. His No. 95 jersey is one of the team’s best sellers.

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Tech defeats Maryland-Eastern Shore

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It was redemption day for Louisiana Tech veterans Erik McCree and Jacobi Boykins.
Four days after both had one of their worst shooting performances of their career, the duo combined for 44 points which included eight 3-pointers to propel the Bulldogs to a 74-53 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday afternoon inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
McCree and Boykins went through a first half stretch of making 25 straight points for Tech (3-2), but the ’Dogs only held a five-point edge at intermission.

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November 26th

Oeaux yeah!: LSU makes right move

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I have some sports writer friends who disagree, but I for one was pleased to see LSU name Ed Orgeron as the permanent head coach of the Tigers football team on Saturday.
No, I didn’t see it coming. I figured LSU athletics director Joe Allevea was going for the “sexy splash” move by bringing in a big name, but apparently better senses prevailed in light of the Tigers’ big win over Texas A&M Thanksgiving night.

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Cougars season comes to end

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BATON ROUGE — Cedar Creek’s season came to a crashing halt Friday night as the Cougars fell 56-0 to Southern Lab in Louisiana High School Div. IV semifinals action.
The Kittens (8-5), the defending Div. IV state champions, overpowered the Cougars in the trenches, totaling 505 yards of offense, including 363 on the ground.

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Is Tech pro HOF group on rise again?

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A six-pack worth of Sunday morning sports topics:
JJ NEXT IN PRO HALL?: In a technical sort of way, Louisiana Tech University could have its fourth Pro Football Hall of Fame representative in 2017.
Say what?
Here’s the connection: Jimmy Johnson, one of the NFL’s coaching icons (most notably with the Dallas Cowboys) had his very first job in the profession at Tech.
He joined the Bulldogs’ staff as an assistant in 1965.
That’s the only year he was in Ruston before moving on to Picayune High in Mississippi as an assistant n 1966.

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G-Men take Bayou Classic

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Martez Carter had 279 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as Grambling defeated Southern 52-30 to claim the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title in the Bayou Classic on Saturday.
The Tigers (9-1, 9-0) advanced to the SWAC title game for the second consecutive year. They’ll face East Division champion Alcorn State next Saturday in Houston.

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Golden Eagles soar past Bulldogs

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech didn’t save its best for last Friday, failing to overcome several missed opportunities as Southern Mississippi defeated the Bulldogs 39-24 in the regular-season finale Friday at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
But the Bulldogs, who had a seven-game win streak snapped by USM, had already won Conference USA’s Western Division and will take on Eastern Division champion Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the league championship.

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GSU men split road basketball games

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NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ervin Mitchell made six 3-pointers and scored 36 points — both career highs — and Averyl Ugba had 17 points and 16 rebounds to help Grambling State beat Savannah State 110-104 on Saturday in the Emerald Coast Classic.
Mitchell scored 21 points in the second half and Ugba has totaled 43 points and 36 rebounds in his last two games. Grambling State lost to the University of Texas- Rio Grande 101-93 in overtime on Friday.

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Lady Techsters crank up offense

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For the first time in more than a dozen years, Louisiana Tech eclipsed the 100-point plateau as the Lady Techsters rolled to a 103-63 win over NAIA foe LSU-Alexandria Saturday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (2-2) dominated from start to finish, shooting 59 percent from the field, held the Generals to only 33 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 56-24 as the Lady Techsters bounced back from a heartbreaking overtime loss at Clemson Tuesday.

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