11:40 LRN Sportscast August 10

The Saints rallied for a 24-20 win over Jacksonville in last night’s preseason opener. New Orleans defense played much better in the second half. Rookie defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence had a big night as he had five tackles and two sacks. Coach Sean Payton says it was good to see for a guy who has battled injuries…
cut 28 (20) “…getting him”
Defensive end Jayrone Elliot also had a big game, with four tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Brandon Tate and Boston Scott also looked returning kicks. The next preseason game is a week from tonight in the Superdome against the Arizona Cardinals.

An NCAA committee has denied LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton’s appeal of a two-year suspension for tampering with a drug test. That means he will not be able to play this season, unless his attorney is able to convince the NCAA to grant Fulton a waiver.

Fulton could have been a starter for the Tigers this season. LSU defensive back Terrence Alexander says the focus during camp is to get better with or without Fulton…
cut 29 (15) “…every day”

Former LSU star and Redskins running back Derius Guice went down with a knee injury in last night’s preseason game. An MRI has diagnosed it has an M-C-L sprain.

ULM will ahve a 100-play scrimmage tomorrow. The News-Star reports the Warhawks are already dealing with injuries, senior cornerback Rhoy Williams is out for the year with a torn ACL and sophomore tight end Josh Pederson has been out with an undisclosed illness.