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December 8th

OU’s Murray gets Heisman

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kyler Murray waited three years to fulfill the five-star potential he brought to college football. With one shot to deliver, Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner.
The Oklahoma quarterback won college football’s most prestigious individual award Saturday night, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and setting up a College Football Playoff matchup of Heisman winner versus runner-up.

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Lady Tigers to play Kansas today

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Shakyla Hill (above) and the Grambling State Lady Tigers (1-4) will play at Kansas at 2 p.m. today. Hill is averaging 15.4 points per game for the Lady Tigers.

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Lincoln Prep wins Arcadia tourney

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ARCADIA — Lincoln Preparatory School remained undefeated on the season as the Panthers captured the Arcadia High School Tournament championship Saturday night with a 74-37 win over the host team.
The Panthers (8-0) led 23-22 at halftime but roared out of the locker room in the second half, outscoring Arcadia 51-15 the rest of the way.
Chanse Robinson led the Panthers with 23 points while adding 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Isaiah Gray added 16 points, seven rebounds and one steal for the Panthers while Treun Ford added 11 points and four steals.

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Saints aim to get back on track against Bucs

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Buccaneers pulled off the biggest upset of the opening week of the NFL season, beating the Saints in a high-scoring shootout. Three months later, neither team is looking back.
New Orleans (10-2) is on the verge of clinching another NFC South title. Tampa Bay (5-7) is trying to escape a deep hole and climb back into playoff contention.
“It does feel like it’s been quite a while,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, reflecting on his team’s 48-40 loss to the Bucs in Week 1.

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Beat the bug by getting flu shot

Wintertime.
Leaves are fluttering though the air, as is the spirit of Christmas.
But unfortunately, the flu bug is, too.
According to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control data, Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season and the Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging people to not delay in getting a flu shot.
The flu vaccine is readily available for both children and adults throughout the state at health care providers and community pharmacies.

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Views from the Boathouse

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Remember: United we stand, divided we fall
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Only weeks after an important national election, a Republican president known for reaching across the aisle died. Leaders from both parties paid tribute to his civility and bipartisanship, saying the country could use more of that.
That was December 2006 and the president was Gerald R. Ford.
It happened again last week, when the recently deceased president was George H.W. Bush.
Both times a warring political system as a whole called a cease-fire to honor a president of another era for being everything it no longer is.
History repeated itself.

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Care enough to brighten lives of others

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Last week I stepped on Ebenezer Scrooge’s toes. We then discussed a very real phenomenon — concerning very special people — for whom holidays aren’t especially wonderful. 
    
As many of us enjoy birthday celebrations, then refer to “Christmas” as “the” time of Christ’s birth, some might be surprised/reminded of some interesting historical facts.

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O.K.’s Corral

Jaylon Ferguson: Shades of all-time Tech great DL Dean
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Since he exited Louisiana Tech University in the mid-1970s, I’ve waited patiently to see if the Bulldogs’ defensive interior could have a terrorizing pass rusher like Pro Football of Famer Fred Dean.
Few who have worn the Bulldogs’ colors have not been able to fulfill the high standards set by the former Ruston High School star.
Until now.
Jaylon Ferguson just might be a clone of “Mean Fred Dean.”
The 6-5 and 270-pound senior defensive end has compiled honors and records that put him among Tech’s all-time best players at that position.

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Dunkin’ Dogs outlast SFA in OT

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Last season, Louisiana Tech suffered a rare loss at home at the hands of Stephen F. Austin in a late-game thriller.
On Friday night in the William R. Johnson Coliseum, the Bulldogs were the ones delivering the rare home loss for SFA as they pulled out a 96-93 overtime victory over the Lumberjacks.

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Foul trouble costly for G-Men

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Grambling State falls 70-45 at Central Florida
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team battled foul trouble and went more than five minutes without a bucket in the second half Saturday as Central Florida proved to be too much in a 70-45 win over the Tigers at CFE Arena.
The Tigers trailed 24-23 late in the first half, but the Knights closed out the period on a 6-0 run and took a 30-23 lead into the break. Central Florida took advantage of the foul trouble midway of the second half and put together a 19-8 run and Grambling State could not recover down the stretch.

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