16:45 LRN Sportscast August 24

The Saints first round picks left practice early today. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore left during individual drills, while left tackle Ryan Ramczyk exited early in team drills with the Houston Texans. Coach Sean Payton said after practice that he thought they would bounce back and be ready to play Saturday versus the Texans.

In preseason action tonight…Carolina is at Jacksonville. Jaguars first-round pick Leonard Fournette will not play because of a foot injury, but Cam Newton will make his first appearance of the preseason for the Panthers.

LSU basketball will begin conference play in 2018 by hosting Kentucky. The tigers will travel to Texas A&M and Arkansas and then come back to host Alabama on January 13th.

Louisiana Tech’s schedule was also finalized today. The Bulldogs will play 18 games against Conference USA opponents and it will start December 28th at Western Kentucky. The big nonconference games for the Dunkin Dogs are against Alabama and Texas and they’ll also host UL Lafayette at the Thomas Assembly Center.

Could Donnie Alexander become the next LSU linebacker that goes from unknown player to a high draft pick. Alexander has added about 15 pounds so he can play inside linebacker in the SEC. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda says he’s been impressed with Alexander during training camp…
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Alexander and the Tigers will take on BYU on September 2nd.