LRN Sportscast 16:45 July 31

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office announces that formal charges will not be pursued against LSU football players Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Maquedis Bain. The D-A’s office says the decision is based on the request of the victim not to file charges and inconsistent and contradictory statements provided. The football players were arrested in June for allegedly breaking into an apartment and taking items that reportedly belonged to Jennings. The players, who were suspended, are expected to be re-instated to the team.

At Saints training camp…wide receiver Marques Colston has been moved to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list. Coach Sean Payton says they’ll be smart with Colston’s reps the rest of the way. The team’s all-time leading receiver is entering his 10th season.

Middle linebacker Donnell Ellerbe did not practice with the first team on Friday because of an undisclosed injury. That means rookie Stephone Anthony ran plays and drills with the first team.

LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri says next season, they want to have an established third starting pitcher and maybe even a fourth starter as well. Mainieri says the last couple of years, they’ve had a hard time winning in the postseason, because they only had two starters they count on.

He says several pitchers on last year’s roster are performing well in summer ball…
cut 20 (15) “….up there”
Mainieri also announced that Austin Bain underwent shoulder and he will not be available for fall practice.

Louisiana Tech infielder Mason Paxton was named the offensive player of the year in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League. Paxton hit .402 in 35 games for the Pompano Beach Clippers. The Texas native also drove in 36 runs and had eleven doubles.