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December 18th

Saints’ win not a thing of beauty

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It wasn’t pretty. The New Orleans Saints’ win over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon almost played out like a movie.
Let’s call it “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
Getting a win is always a good thing. Scoring 31 points when you’re not executing well on offense is a good thing. Reaching the 10-win plateau is a good thing.
But even with all that, it’s hard to feel good about the way the Saints played.
New Orleans outgained New York in total net yardage 416-294. The Saints won the rushing battle 131 yards to 124, and topped the Jets in passing yardage 285-170.

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Can son of ex-Tech star win NFL MVP award?

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Hard to believe, but in the long and storied history of the NFL, a wide receiver has never won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
Bu that might possibly change this year.
Unless the voters lost their reading glasses and can’t see or appreciate his head-turning statistics, Antonio Brown has to be in the conversation for the esteemed honor.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Catch-Me-If-You-Can Human Highlight Film could have his segment on the Sunday Best Plays of the Day.

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Thomas’ catches lead Saints to win

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An official briefly followed Michael Thomas back toward the Saints’ huddle, warning the receiver against continuing to toss the ball downfield to no one in particular as a way of celebrating his first-down catches.
The act was getting tiresome for those who had to retrieve the ball because Thomas kept coming through with clutch grabs to ensure New Orleans would keep the New York Jets at bay.

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December 16th

N.C. A&T sneaks past Grambling

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ATLANTA (AP) — North Carolina A&T won its fourth Historically Black College and University national title Saturday and did it while going unbeaten for the first time.
Lamar Raynard scored on a 1-yard sneak with 38 seconds left and the Aggies won their second Celebration Bowl in three years, defeating Grambling State 21-14.
“It’s a great feeling to make history,” the junior quarterback said.
N.C.A&T (12-0) claimed titles in 1990 and 1999 in addition to 2015, when the Aggies defeated Alcorn State 41-34 in the first Celebration Bowl.

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Williams credits fans for ‘snow’ win

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Carousing through a couple of sports topics — locally and nationally — on this Sunday morning:
“SNOW-ING” THEIR SUPPORT: It wasn’t as if Kyle Williams was dodging the media.
Any reporter who covers the Buffalo Bills knows he’s a stand-up guy, one of the first players whose locker they surround after every game.
But on this day, the veteran of 11 seasons in the NFL had something to say.

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Simsboro shoots downs Bearcats

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David vs. Goliath. Class B vs. Class 5A. Experience vs. inexperience. Speed against size.
There were plenty of ways to labels basketball game featuring Class C Simsboro at Class 5A Ruston, but it was the experience and speed possessed by the Tigers that made all the difference.
Simsboro broke open a tight game midway through the third quarter to pull away for a 67-49 win over the Bearcats at the RHS Gym Friday night.

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West takes down East in I-2o Bowl

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There was plenty of Lincoln Parish prep talent on the East Squad, but it was the West that came out on top Saturday afternoon in the second annual I-20 Bowl All-Star game at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.”
Benton quarterback Garrett Hable led the West to a 52-26 win, throwing for three touchdown passes and running for another to earn MVP honors.
Ruston linebacker Tahj Samuel, running back DeAndre Marcus and wide receiver Donald “Red” Johnson represented Ruston High School and were joined by Cedar Creek quarter LB Tripp Marcus and defensive lineman Ben Slusher on the East team.

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I-20 Bowl Photo Gallery

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Top Left: Ruston’s DeAndre Marcus scored on this 14-yard scamper for the first-score in Saturday’s I-20 Bowl.
Top Right: Cedar Creek’s Tripp Marcus (5) moves to try and make a tackle against the West.
Middle Left: Cedar Creek defensive end Ben Slusher (58) closes in to try and make a tackle for the East.
Middle Right: Ruston High School head coach Jerrod Baugh (far left) joined East head coach Jeff Fitzgerald (far right) and his staff in arguing Tahj Samuel’s ejection.
Bottom Left: Ruston receiver Donald “Red” Johnson (right) heads upfield after making a catch for the East.

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Locked up

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Man selected for parole under new law faces burglary charges

A Choudrant man who was selected for early parole and probation under Louisiana’s new Justice Reinvestment program has been arrested for burglarizing the same business that led to his 2014 conviction.

Jeffery Brian Davis, 47, of 4889 Hwy. 145, was arrested Thursday by Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies and charged with simple criminal damage to property and simple burglary in connection with a break-in at Waterworks District No. 3.

The waterworks office is located on Highway 80 between Ruston and Choudrant.

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The true holiday blues

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W inter weather and Christmas cheer fills Lincoln Parish this month when families and friends will gather together to celebrate their respective holiday celebrations.
For some; however, the changing of the seasons, traditions and even marketing of potential gifts can bring a sense of sadness, or “holiday blues.”
Sharon Kilcoyne, clinical director of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home family counseling center, said the holiday season is a time of happiness for many people, but in many cases, this is a time where many unwanted feelings can consume individuals.

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