4:45 LRN Sportscast August 8

The New Orleans Pelicans will open the 2018-19 season by visiting the Houston Rockets on Wednesday October 17th in a game televised by ESPN. New Orleans will not play on Christmas Day, but they will be a part of the NBA’s lineup on Martin Luther King Junior Day as the Pels will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies in a game that will be televised at 4:30 on TNT. The rest of the schedule will be released at a later date.

The Pels have reportedly signed center Jahlil Okafor. The former Duke standout was the number three pick overall in the 2015 draft, but after a good rookie season, he hasn’t lived up to the expectations. In 22-games with the Nets last season, Okafor averaged just six points a game.

Former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry was the star of last night’s Hard Knocks episode on HBO. Landry went on a 98-second rant letting his fellow wide receivers on the Browns know that if they are not hurt, they should be practicing.

LSU’s first opponent, the Miami Hurricanes, will be without tight end Michael Irvin the Second, as he’s suffered a torn M-C-L. Irvin is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. Irvin the Second is expected to miss four months, after catching nine passes for 78 yards last season.

Bad news for the ULM Warhaks, senior cornerback Rhoy Williams has suffered a torn ACL and he’ll miss the upcoming season. Williams played in 12 games last season and had 38 tackles.

Ragin Cajuns Coach Billy Napier says sophomore Levi Lewis and senior Andre Nunez continue to get an equal amount of snaps at quarterback. Napier says a decision on who will start at Q-B could come this week, before they open the season Grambling State on September 1st.

The Saints begin the preseason tomorrow as they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s a big game for running backs Shane Vereen, Terrance West, Boston Scott and Trey Edmunds. The Black and Gold is looking for one of them to step up and fill the void of Mark Ingram, who is suspended for the first four games of the regular season.