7:30 LRN Sportscast

The Saints will not have their starting center for tomorrow’s game against Carolina. Erik McCoy has been placed on the COVID-19 restricted list, but receiver and return specialist Deonte Harris was removed from the list and is eligible to play after serving a three-game suspension.

On the injury front, receiver Tre’Quan Smith has been ruled out with a chest injury. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead practiced on a limited basis Friday and is questionable for Sunday. Mark Ingram, Ty Montgomery, Bradley Roby, Carl Granderson, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey are also listed as questionable.

LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price has opted out of the Texas Bowl and he’s also not returning for his senior season as the Baton Rouge product is entering the NFL draft. On the coaching front, LSU has reportedly hired Jamar Cain to be the Tigers new defensive line coach and run game coordinator. Cain was actually at Oklahoma the last two seasons but followed Lincoln Riley to USC.

In Ruston today, college basketball fans can ring in the new year by watching Louisiana Tech take on Western Kentucky at 1 PM in a game that will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The Bulldogs are 10-and-3 and coming off a 79-56 win over Marshall to tip-off Conference USA play. Western Kentucky is playing its first league game today and they are 8-and-5 overall and have victories over Ole Miss and Louisville.

The Ragin Cajuns are at Coastal Carolina. Both teams won their Sun Belt opener, while ULM is at Appalachian State. Both teams lost their conference opener.

The Pelicans begin 2022 by facing the defending NBA champs as New Orleans is in Milwaukee to take on the Bucks. Pels starting center Jonas Valanciuansas has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and will miss the next five days. But New Orleans top player off the bench, Nickeil Alexander-Walker has cleared health and safety protocols.

And tonight’s the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans as Baylor faces Ole Miss in the Superdome.