11:40 Sportscast August 22, 2014

A week from today, many LSU fans will make their way to Houston for the season opener against the University of Wisconsin. The Tigers and Badgers will face off in a Top 25 matchup next Saturday at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8PM. David Fletcher, executive director of the Advocare Texas Kickoff, says even though the game is a thousand miles away from Wisconsin, they expect a large contingent of Badger faithful to make the trip…

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For Tiger supporters who still want to go, Fletcher says there is still a hand full of tickets left.

You can expect to see few big-name Saints make their preseason debut in Saturday’s preseason game in Indianapolis. Not only will quarterback Drew Brees see action after recovering from an oblique injury, but Cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Patrick Robinson are expected to play as well. Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is questionable for tomorrow’s game due to a stomach virus and fever he’s been battling this week.

McNeese State and UL-Lafayette announced yesterday that they will resume their long-standing football rivalry in 2016. The two teams will play September 10 in two years and the contest will be held at Cajun Field. Leaders from both schools say these games will create outstanding atmospheres.

The Alabama and LSU football teams each had 11 players on the Preseason Coaches All-Conference team to lead the way among all 14 Southeastern Conference squads. The SEC teams released Thursday had representatives from all 14 teams and half of them had 7 or more selections. The SEC begins the season on August 28th.

In the NBA, The Pelecans released their preseason schedule Thursday. New Orleans will play two games at the Smoothie King Center. The first October 14th against the Rockets and then October 16th versus the Thunder. The Pels will also play the Dallas Mavericks on October 23rd at the Century Link Center in Bossier City. The Pelican’s preseason schedule begins October 4th against the Miami Heat in Louisville, Kentucky.