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Tech alum to play in Super Bowl XLIX

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Ryan Allen, the starting punter of the New England Patriots, will be playing today in one of the world’s biggest sporting events — Super Bowl XLIX.
“It’s crazy,” Allen said. “Now that we are here and hitting the ground running, we have time to grasp what were doing (the week heading to the game). It’s surreal and I’m very blessed to be here.”
Before he was averaging 46.4-yard punts, which in some way helped his current team make it to the big game, he was helping another team in it’s pursuit to bowl games — the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs.

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Khalil: That’s not how Islam should be understood

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Media sound bites linking all Muslims to terrorism is an unfair portrayal of Islamic followers, the president of the Islamic Center of Monroe said Thursday.
“That’s not how Islam should be understood,” Mahmoud Khalil said.
Khalil, a cardiologist and Syrian native, spent just more than an hour explaining Islam and Muslims to a mostly student audience of about 75 people gathered at Louisiana Tech University for a presentation sponsored by the Muslim Student Association.

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Ernie Banks: a childhood hero dies

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I figured Ernie Banks would never die.
Not “Mr. Cub.” Not the unofficial ambassador of baseball or the eternal optimist.
Not the always smiling, always upbeat native of Dallas who became one of the game’s greatest players as a shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, which he played for in each of his 19 years in the major leagues.
Banks, who recently passed away at the age of 83, was one of my favorite players while growing up.
In fact, he was a close second to my No. 1 hero — Mickey Mantle.

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Former Tech president joins school’s athletic legends

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Former Louisiana Tech University president Dan Reneau, who retired from that position on June 30 of 2013, became the 88th member inducted into the Tech Athletics Hall of Fame during a Saturday ceremony held prior to the Bulldogs’ home win over Marshall. The Hall of Fame Committee votes to induct a five-to-six member class every other year. In alternate years, either a team or a significant individual (non-athlete) can be voted on by the committee and inducted into the Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Bulldogs surge past Marshall

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Louisiana Tech overcame a sluggish start Saturday, heating up late in the first half and never looking back as the Bulldogs defeated Marshall 81-57 in Conference USA play before a crowd of 4,731 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
But it sure didn’t look like that would happen early on.
Tech was forced to face its largest home deficit of the season nine minutes into the game as Marshall built a 22-9 advantage.
But then the Bulldogs seemed to receive a wake-up call, heating up in a hurry to pull ahead by double-figures at the half at 44-30.

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GSU splits doubleheader with UAPB

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GRAMBLING — Shakierya McClindon poured in 27 points Saturday to lead the Grambling State Lady Tigers to a 75-63 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers (6-13 overall, 3-5 SWAC) also got 17 points from Klintisha Martin and 12 points from Monisha Neal.
Chelsey Johnson led the Lady Tigers on the boards with 10 rebounds.
MEN
UAPB 65, GSU 53

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Techsters take down Thundering Herd

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HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Kelia Shelton’s free throw with .8 seconds remaining lifted Louisiana Tech to a 68-67 win over Marshall, capping a wild ending that saw the Thundering Herd overcome a late 13-point deficit at the Cam Henderson Center.
Tech (11-9, 6-3 Conference USA) took a 57-44 lead on a pair of Chrisstasia Walter free throws with 6:04 to play in the game, but Marshall (13-7, 5-4 C-USA) came fighting back behind the play of Leah Scott and AJ Johnson down the stretch.

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Buddy's Blog: Allen punting his way into Patriots’ heart

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Yes, usually mum and non-revealing Bill Belichick has his moments when he can be as talkative and forthright as an insurance salesman.
Consider the subject of punting and specifically Ryan Allen.
In a recent interview, the New England Patriots’ head coach expounded extensively on the progress and contributions made by the second-year punter from Louisiana Tech University.
Let the record show, in fact, that a nearly 400-word (considered in “War and Peace” terms for him) response was unveiled by Belichick on the subject.
Here it is:

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Predicting duck hunting success no easy job

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Tom Pearson and Larry Reynolds have something in common. Pearson is meteorologist for KNOE TV in Monroe; Reynolds is waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Both are charged with making predictions.
When Pearson nails it on his weather forecast, he no doubt breathes a sigh of relief; when he gets it wrong, his sigh is a result of frustration and he hears the murmurs of those who depend on his weather reporting for planning outdoor ventures.

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Meetings set for proposed hunting seasons

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host seven public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules, and regulation changes and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2.
The meeting dates and locations include:

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