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The New Orleans Saints wrapped up their three day mandatory minicamp last week and will be on break until training camp starts. Saints fans and players have gotten to see how new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak’s offense would run with quarterback Derek Carr under center. Carr says that Kubiak is pushing him to perfection.

Cut 16 (19) “… on my stuff.”

New Orleans will start their training camp at UC Irvine on July 24th.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is tonight and the Celtics just need one more win this season to be crowned the 2024 NBA Finals champions. The series is heading back to Boston and the Celtics have been perfect at home so far in the series. If the Celtics win tonight it will be their 18th NBA Championship which is the most of any franchise.

LSU baseball is losing a lot of talented players to the transfer portal this offseason. The Tigers have lost 10 players total which includes 6 pitchers and 4 position players. LSU’s most recent departing arm is left hander Javen Coleman. Coleman joins Sam Dutton, Nic Bronzini, Cam Johnson, Micah Bucknam, and Aiden Moffett as transferring arms.

The news isn’t all bad for the Tiger bullpen as LSU Head Coach Jay Johnson has added some arms through the portal, including freshman right hander Deven Sheerin from Mount Saint Mary’s. Sheerin averaged 14 strikeouts per nine innings last season and his fastball can get up to 98 miles per hour.

The College World Series saw some great baseball on Father’s Day as Florida State eliminated Virginia 7 to 3 and Tennessee took control of the winner’s bracket, after defeating North Carolina 6 to 1. Florida State and North Carolina will now play in an elimination game at 1 o’clock tomorrow.

Today Florida and NC State will play in an elimination game starting at 1 o’clock and then Texas A&M will face Kentucky for the driver’s seat in their side of the bracket at 6 pm.

 

4:45 LRN Sportscast June 14

LSU right-handed pitcher Sam Dutton has committed to Auburn. Dutton entered the portal earlier this week after starting 15 games over the last three seasons with the Tigers.

LSU basketball will miss out on top transfer prospect Coleman Hawkins. The Illinois forward was slated to visit LSU but has announced his commitment to Kansas State. The graduate transfer would have been head coach Matt McMahon’s top transfer addition, but the Tigers will instead rely on a top-10 high school recruiting class and solid transfer class.

Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson is joining Monty Williams’ Detroit Pistons staff after 14 years in New Orleans where he previously worked under Williams. Vinson is one of the NBA’s highest regarded shooting coaches and has helped improved the shooting of players like Lonzo Ball, Herb Jones, and Brandon Ingram.

Grambling men’s basketball coach Donte’ Jackson has been extended through the 2029 season. Jackson and the Tigers are coming off a successful season earning their first ever SWAC tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. In seven seasons at Grambling, Jackson has claimed three regular season SWAC crowns and three Conference Coach of the Year Awards.

The Saints concluded mandatory veteran minicamp yesterday and will be on break until training camp begins July 24. One of the biggest stories from the three days of practice was the sharp performance of quarterback Derek Carr and the offense under new coordinator Klint Kubiak. Kubiak says Carr has learned quickly…

Cut 16 (18) “…not satisfied.”

Saints training camp will be held at UC Irvine. New Orleans will kickoff preseason play against the Cardinals August 10th in Arizona.

Offseason addition defensive end Chase Young received good news this week after a visit with renowned neck specialist Dr. Robert Watson. Dr. Watson performed surgery on Young earlier this offseason and says the former second-overall draft pick will undergo more tests in about six weeks but plans to participate in training camp.

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The New Orleans Saints concluded their three day mandatory veteran minicamp yesterday and will be on break until July 24th, when their training camp begins. First year offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak says that the offense is making a lot of progress in his new scheme, but Kubiak also noted that the Saints defense is looking as tough as ever.

Cut 18 (16) “… make us better.”

The Saints will travel to the Cardinals on August 10th to open up preseason play.

Saints veteran running back Alvin Kamara missed the final day of the three day mandatory veteran minicamp yesterday. Kamara’s agent says that the move was contract-related and that Kamara made the move due to slow contract extension talks. Kamara is on the second to last year of the $77 million dollar extension he signed with the Saints in 2020.

The Men’s College World Series is finally here and the second game will feature Florida State taking on Tennessee in an ACC versus SEC matchup at 6:00 pm. The Seminoles reached the College World Series after defeating UCF in their regional and sweeping UConn in the Tallahassee Super Regional. Tennessee reached the College World Series after defeating Southern Miss in their regional and then winning a tough series against Evansville in the Knoxville super regional.

The New Orleans Pelicans released their preseason schedule yesterday. The Pels will take on the Magic at home on October the 7th to start things off.

And what could be the final game of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks tips off tonight at 7:30 in Dallas. The Boston Celtics took a three game lead against the Dallas Mavericks after winning the last matchup in Dallas 106 to 99. The Celtics are now just one win away from their eighteenth NBA championship and first championship since 2008.

And the US Open is here and after the opening round of the historic tournament Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy are tied at five under par for the lead.

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The New Orleans Saints concluded their three day mandatory veteran minicamp yesterday and will be on break until July 24th, when their training camp begins. First year offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak says that Chris Olave will play a big part in the team’s offensive success this season.

Cut 17 (20) “… the wide-outs.”

Olave had 87 catches last season for 1,123 yards and five touchdowns.

Saints veteran running back Alvin Kamara missed the final day of the three day mandatory veteran minicamp yesterday. Kamara’s agent says that the move was contract-related and that Kamara made the move due to slow contract extension talks. Kamara is on the second to last year of the $77 million dollar extension he signed with the Saints in 2020.

The Men’s College World Series is finally here and the first game will feature North Carolina taking on Virginia in an all ACC matchup this afternoon at 1 o’clock. The Tarheels reached the College World Series after barely defeating LSU in their regional and sweeping West Virginia in the Chapel Hill Super Regional. Virginia reached the College World Series after defeating Mississippi State in their regional and then sweeping Kansas State in the Charlottesville super regional.

The New Orleans Pelicans released their preseason schedule yesterday. The Pels will take on the Magic at home on October the 7th to start things off. Then New Orleans will travel to Orlando on October 11th, Miami on October 13th, and finally Houston on October 15th to finish out the preseason.

And what could be the final game of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks tips off tonight at 7:30 pm in Dallas. The Boston Celtics took a three game lead against the Dallas Mavericks after winning the last matchup in Dallas 106 to 99. The Celtics are now just one win away from their eighteenth NBA championship.

 

4:45 LRN Sportscast June 13

The Saints wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp today, but running back Alvin Kamara left early due to ongoing contract disputes. The soon-to-be 29-year-old is entering what is effectively the final year of his current deal, and extension talks have stalled. Kamara just saw the 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey sign a two-year extension earlier this month but the team is hesitant to commit to the aging back whose production has decreased in recent years.

Also absent from practice was starting tight end Juwan Johnson. Johnson is scheduled to undergo foot surgery next week which will leave him sidelined for significant time into training camp.

Three LSU baseball players received All-American Honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Third Baseman Tommy White, right-handed pitcher Luke Holman, and left-handed pitcher Griffin Herring were all named to the Second-Team All-America squad. The trio was also joined by first baseman Jared Jones on the 20224 American Baseball Coaches Association All-South region first team. Second baseman Steven Milam, designated hitter Hayden Travinsky, and left-handed pitcher Gage Jump were named to the second-team.

LSU Baseball Head Coach Jay Johnson has already begun rebuilding his roster after losing nine players to the transfer portal so far with more expected to depart in the MLB draft. The Tigers will have to rely on bringing in transfers including junior college talent. Outfielder Tanner Reaves of Blinn College denied a scholarship from LSU for the 2024 season after hitting 20 homers his freshman season. A year later, Johnson says he’s ready to finally bring the versatile slugger to Baton Rouge…

Cut 17 (17) “…been committed.”

Reaves will join four other JUCO commits expected to join the Tigers next season.

The Pelicans announced their 2024 preseason schedule. Play will tip off in New Orleans October 7 against the Magic before heading to Orlando. The Pels will stay on the road as they visit the Heat the 13th and Rockets the 15th to close out preseason play.

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LSU baseball has been rebuilding its roster after losing nine players to the transfer portal . The Tigers have received commitments from some talented portal players including many successful junior college players like Fullerton Junior College first baseman Trevor Schmidt. Schmidt hit 13 home runs last season and LSU Head Coach Jay Johnson says he can add some power into the Tigers lineup.

Cut 19 (18) “… some power.”

The Tigers have also bolstered their rotation with Zac Cowan and Camden Wicker of Wofford coming to LSU. Cowan was the sophomore ace for Wofford who finished this season with a 10 and 2 record and 124 strikeouts in 110 innings pitched. Wicker was a strong freshman right hander for Wofford who had a 4.28 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 75 innings of work.

The Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks last night 106 to 99. The Celtics are now up three games on the Mavs and are one win away from their eighteenth NBA championship and first championship since 2008.

Angel Reese had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Chicago Sky last night in their loss to the Connecticut Suns 83 to 75.

The LSU Lady Tigers will participate in year two of the ACC/SEC Challenge and this time the Tigers opponent will be women’s college basketball blue blood Stanford. Last year, LSU hosted Virginia Tech and collected LSU Head Coach Kim Mulkey’s 700th win.

And even though the Tigers are not in Omaha this year, you can still defend the Tigers Jello Shot Challenge Championship remotely. Mike Manning of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank says that Rocco’s Pizza Cantina has set up a QR code for Tiger fans to make donations and that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tiger fans defended their title. Manning says that LSU raised $60,000 for the LSU Campus Food Bank last year.

 

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LSU baseball has been rebuilding its roster after losing nine players to the transfer portal and more players are expected to leave after the 2024 MLB Draft. The Tigers have received commitments from different talented portal players including many successful junior college players like Pearl River left hander Connor Ware. Ware struck out 28 batters in 17 innings of work last season and LSU Head Coach Jay Johnson says he can have an immediate impact for the Tigers.

Cut 16 (10) “… for us.”

Johnson is also recruiting Blinn College Outfielder Tanner Reaves. Reaves hit 20 home runs his freshman season with Blinn and Johnson says that he’s ready for the versatile player to play for the purple and gold.

And Zac Cowan of Wofford has also committed to LSU. The sophomore ace for Wofford finished this season with a 10 and 2 record, a 3.35 ERA, and 124 strikeouts in 110 innings pitched.

In a close back and forth game the Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 106 to 99. The Celtics are now up three games on the Mavs and are one win away from their first championship since 2008.

Angel Reese had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Chicago Sky in a losing effort to the Connecticut Suns, 83 to 75 last night. The Chicago Sky are now 4 and 7 on the year.

The LSU Lady Tigers will participate in year two of the ACC/SEC Challenge and this time the Tigers opponent will be Stanford. Last year, LSU hosted Virginia Tech and collected LSU Head Coach Kim Mulkey’s 700th win, which made her the fastest coach in college basketball to do so.

And even though the Tigers are not in Omaha this year, you can still defend the Tigers Jello Shot Challenge Championship remotely. Mike Manning of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank says that Rocco’s Pizza Cantina has set up a QR code for Tiger fans to make donations. Manning says that LSU raised $60,000 for the LSU Campus Food Bank last year.

 

4:45 LRN Sportscast June 12

LSU Baseball has landed a commitment from Wofford right-handed ace Zac Cowan. Cowan was one of the most coveted prospects in the portal and will bring his talents to Baton Rouge after posting a 10-and-2 record and 3.35 ERA with the Terriers. The All-So-Con pitcher will look to compete for a starting slot with the Tigers next season. There have also been rumors he’ll be joined by Wofford freshman Camden Wicker. The righty logged a 4.28 ERA and started most of the year for the Terriers but has not made an official commitment.

Cowan is the third addition to LSU Coach Jay Johnson’s transfer class already featuring South Florida right-handed pitcher Chandler Dorsey and Indiana State slugger Luis Hernandez. Hernandez announced his commitment to the Tigers yesterday on the heels of a 23-home run season in Indiana. He finished with a .359 batting average and 76 RBI helping the Sycamores to a top 20-ranked season.

Nicholls head coach Mike Silva is heading to Jonesboro, Arkansas to coach the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Silva had a very successful two years at Nicholls where he led the Colonels to two NCAA regionals and was named the 2023 Southland Coach of the Year.

The Saints began mandatory minicamp yesterday as stars such as Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore returned to the practice field. Players and fans got early looks at a revamped offense under new Offensive Coordinator Klint Kubiak. The former 49ers assistant’s scheme will feature much more motion and creativity which Kamara says he’s excited for…

Cut 9 (10) “…you’re doing it.” 

Defensive Back Alontae Taylor missed today’s activities with an oblique injury, but Head Coach Dennis Allen said he should be back in time for training camp set to start July 24.

Former LSU Beach Volleyball stars Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss were officially selected to represent Team USA at the Paris Olympics this Summer. The duo is currently ranked 2nd in the world and will have the chance to bring home the gold playing under the Eiffel Tower. Nuss says it’s a dream come true…

Cut 17 (10) “…very excited.”

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LSU baseball is currently being hindered and helped by the new NIL and transfer portal landscape in college athletics. LSU head coach Jay Johnson spoke to the media about the growing tension he faces in trying to develop young players with the growing appeal of the transfer portal when they don’t get playing time immediately.

Cut 20 (22) “… overcome that.”

LSU baseball has been rebuilding its roster after losing nine players to the transfer portal including sophomore center fielder Paxton Kling. The Tigers have received commitments from some talented portal players including Indiana State slugger Luis Hernandez. Hernandez is coming off a stellar 2024 season batting .359, hitting 23 home runs, and having a 1.114 OPS.

Former LSU Beach volleyball players Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss have made the US Olympic beach volleyball team. The duo will represent the US in the upcoming Paris Olympics and call themselves team TKN, and Kloth says that the two have formed a sisterly bond over the years that they have played together.

Cut 16 (15) “… any other way.”

The Paris Olympics beach volleyball tournament starts July 27th and ends on August the 9th.

Nicholls head coach Mike Silva is heading to Jonesboro, Arkansas to coach the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Silva had a very successful two years at Nicholls where he led the colonels to two NCAA regionals and was named the 2023 Southland Coach of the year.

And Paul Skenes was given a standing ovation as he exited the mound against the Saint Louis Cardinals last night. The Pittsburgh Pirates star threw 103 pitches in an eight strikeout performance over 6 and a third innings.

 

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LSU’s baseball season ended just two outs away from hosting a super regional and while some fans are focused on what could have been, LSU Head Coach Jay Johnson is focusing on what did happen. Johnson spoke to the media after the Tigers loss in the Chapel Hill Regional championship and he says that he’s learned a lot from this year’s team.

Cut 18 (15) “… can be.”

In the meantime, LSU baseball has been rebuilding its roster after losing nine players to the transfer portal including Outfielder Paxton Kling. The Tigers have received commitments from some talented portal players including USF pitcher Chandler Dorsey and Indiana State slugger Luis Hernandez. Hernandez is coming off a stellar 2024 season batting .359, hitting 23 home runs, and having a 1.114 OPS.

Former LSU Beach volleyball players Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss have made the US Olympic beach volleyball team and the duo will represent the US in the upcoming Paris Olympics. Nuss and Kloth will be the first two former LSU Beach volleyball players to ever be in the Olympics and Nuss says that it all started in Baton Rouge.

Cut 15 (15) “… helps a lot.”

The duo had a perfect 36 and 0 record in their final season with LSU and they now rank second in the world.

The New Orleans Saints minicamp started yesterday and some familiar faces were at the mandatory practices. Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore both participated.

Nicholls head coach Mike Silva is heading to Jonesboro, Arkansas to coach the Arkansas State Red Wolves after the organization hired him yesterday. Silva had a very successful two years at Nicholls where he led the colonels to two NCAA regionals and was named the 2023 Southland Coach of the year.