1140 Sportscast 7/26

Texas and Oklahoma have announced that they are leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, which would make the SEC a 16-member league. 24-7 sports college football writer Brandon Marcello says this might mean the end of the Big 12.

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This could make the SEC even more dominant as one of the premier conferences in college athletics.

The New Orleans Saints and Caesars Entertainment have announced a 20-year, exclusive naming rights deal that rename the stadium as the Caesars Superdome.  The Caesars Superdome will host Super Bowl LIX in 2025.

LSU swimmer Brooks Curry has won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay team.  Curry swam in the preliminaries and his team finished first in their heat.  He was replaced for the final by Caeleb Dressel, but all swimmers who participate in prelims or finals receive a medal.

LSU cornerbacks Elias Ricks and Derek Stingley Jr. have both been named to the Jim Thorpe award watch list.  The Thorpe award is presented each year to the best defensive back in college football.  Also, LSU linebacker Damone Clark was named to the Butkus Award watch list, presented to the best linebacker in the country.

The U-S Men’s Basketball team lost for the first time in Olympic competition since 2004 as France closed the game on a 16 to 2 run to win 83-76. Former Pelican Jrue Holiday led the U-S with 18 points. This was not an elimination game however, so team USA’s gold medal hopes are still alive.

Former University High golfer Patrick Reed has been added to the USA Golf team after Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19. A positive COVID test has also knocked Spain’s Jon Rahm out of the Olympic golf tournament.

Former LSU star Aaron Nola was on his game yesterday as he allowed four hits and struck out nine in 8.2 innings as Philadelphia held on for a two-to-one win over Atlanta.