16:45 LRN Sportscast

The Saints conclude their preseason schedule on Thursday with a home game against Baltimore. One of the position battles during fall camp has been at center. Based on playing time in the last preseason game, it appears Jonathan Goodwin over Tim Lelito will be the starting center, but Coach Sean Payton says he’s not ready to make that announcement…
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Another position battle is at field goal kicker, Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke are fighting to make the team. Payton says both kickers are good enough to be in the NFL.

The IndyCar Series announced today it plans to hold the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12th. The race will take place at NOLA Motorsports Park in suburban New Orleans.

Ragin Cajuns Coach Mark Hudspeth says kicker Stephen Brauchle has left the program and plans to transfer. That means Hunter Stover will handle the kicking duties this season. UL Lafayette opens the season on Saturday at home against Southern. The game will be available on ESPN 3.

On today’s SEC teleconference, Coach Les Miles made it seem that defensive tackle Quentin Thomas will play against the Badgers on Saturday. There was a concern the former Breaux Bridge star would be lost for the season, because of a torn biceps.

On the high school level…West Monroe quarterback Jon Randall Belton is out for the season, because of a torn A-C-L injury. Belton injured the same knee last year as well. He’s considered one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country for the 2016 class and a big reason why the Rebels were picked as one of the favorites to win the Class Five-A state championship. Dustin Mitchell will take Belton’s spot as the Rebels starting Q-B.