16:45 LRN Sports

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton tells Pro Football Talk that he’s close to finalizing a new contract with the team. Payton didn’t give any details on the contract extension, but said he sees himself with the Black and Gold for at least the next four to five years. The head coach also expressed confidence that the team will work out a contract extension with quarterback Drew Brees, who is entering the last year of his deal.

In the NBA tonight…the Pelicans host the Oklahoma City Thunder. We’ll see how Anthony Davis bounces back from a nine point performance in a losing effort to Washington on Tuesday.

In college hoops tonight…ULM is at South Alabama. The Warhawks are on a five game winning streak. The Ragin Cajuns have lost three in a row and they are at Troy. And Louisiana Tech hosts North Texas. The Bulldogs are in fourth place in Conference USA and the top four teams will receive a bye to the quarterfinals in the conference tournament.

Two big upsets in college baseball last night as a pair of teams ranked in the top ten go down in defeat. Fifth ranked LSU blew an eight-run lead and lost to Lamar 12-11. Third baseman O’Neal Lochridge blasted a three-run homer in an eight-run second inning for the Tigers, but LSU’s pitching staff couldn’t hold the lead. They walked eight batters and hit four others. Rough outing for Riley Smith as he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings.

In Ruston, Louisiana Tech defeated sixth ranked UL Lafayette six to two. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the fifth inning. Raphael Gladu and Marshall Boggs each drove in two runs and Tyler Clancy struck out a career-high nine hitters to earn the victory on the mound.

In other action….Sacramento State doubled up Northwestern State four to two, Alabama crushed Nicholls State 13-1, Southeastern Louisiana thumped Alcorn State 15 to 3 and Tulane blanked Alabama A-and-M seven to nothing.