7:30 LRN Sportscast

Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been placed on the NFL’s reserve-COVID-19 list after testing positive for the coronavirus. And there’s a possibility he could miss a playoff game next week. New Orleans can still get the first seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. For that to happen, the Saints need to beat the Panthers tomorrow, the Packers have to lose to the Bears and Seattle must defeat San Francisco. Saints safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will also miss Sunday’s game due to COVID.

Ohio State won last night’s Sugar Bowl and the Buckeyes will battle Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 11th in Miami. The Crimson Tide knocked off Notre Dame as former Amite (A-meet) star Devonta Smith caught seven passes and scored three touchdowns,

Also yesterday, Georgia defeated Cincinnati 24-21 and Northwestern knocked off Auburn 35-19.

The Ragin Cajuns men’s basketball team started Sun Belt play last night with an 83-77 overtime win over Texas State. Devin Butts hit a career-high six three-pointers and finished with 22 points. Mylik Washingon had 21 points and eleven rebounds.

ULM also won its Sun Belt opener as the Warhawks defeated Arkansas State 84-72. Russell Harrison had 17 points.

Louisiana Tech was also a winner last night as the Bulldogs dribbled past Marshall 75-68, Kenneth Lofton and Isaiah Crawford each scored 15 points to help Tech win its Conference USA opener.

LSU is at Florida this afternoon. The Tigers are 6-1, while the Gators are 4-1. Tip-off is at 1 PM.

Southland Conference play begins today with Nicholls hosting Sam Houston at 5 PM in a game that can be seen on ESPN-plus.

The Pelicans host the Toronto Raptors. New Orleans beat the Raptors in the season opener and they are 3-and-2 on the season. The Raptors are 1-and-3. Tip-off is at 6:30.