11:40 LRN Sportscast May 20

The LSU baseball team opens its final regular-season series versus Texas A-and-M tonight, needing to win at least two games versus the Aggies in order to receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. LSU’s RPI is at 22.

For the Ragin Cajuns to get in the NCAA Tournament they need to win next week’s Sun Belt Tournament. But this weekend the Cajuns have a chance at winning the Sun Belt West if they have a good weekend against Troy and U-T-A falters at Georgia Southern. Louisiana Coach Matt Deggs
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Game one of the series versus Troy begins tonight at 6 PM. The Trojans had won eight in a row, before losing on Sunday to Arkansas State.

14th ranked Louisiana Tech will have Jonathan Fincher on the bump tonight as the Bulldogs host Old Dominion. Even though Tech is playing a Conference USA opponent, the two-game series will not count towards the conference standings.

Grambling and Southern won on the opening day of the SWAC Tournament. Later today, Grambling will face Jackson State, while the Jaguars will take on Prarie View.

Sports betting is another step closer to a reality in Louisiana as the Louisiana Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that would allow for sports beting parlors at riverboat casinos, racetracks and Harrah’s New Orleans. There would also be mobile sports betting and kiosks where bets can be made would be set up at bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Port Allen Senator Rick Ward says as far as he’s concerned 65-percent of voters approved the bill last fall.
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In 55 of the state’s 64 parishes, voters voted for a proposition to allow sports betting in their parish. The goal is for sports betting to become operational in Louisiana in time for football season.