7:30 LRN Sportscast

The NFL has filed a legal response to a lawsuit filed that seeks to force the league to replay the NFC title game from the spot in which a penalty should have been thrown for pass interference on the Rams. The league says even replaying a few minutes of the game would be too costly and force a delay of the Super Bowl, which is set to be played February third.

A major change is coming with where high school championship games will be played. LHSAA principals voted on Friday to allow “select” schools to host their title games in football, basketball, baseball and softball at sites separate from public schools. Teurlings Catholic Principal Mike Boyer calls it a positive for the LHSAA…
Cut 14 (08) “…throughout the state.”
So starting next year, select schools with the higher seed in a championship game in football, basketball, baseball and softball, can decide to play that game at their school or at larger venue nearby.

The LSU men’s basketball team seeks to extend its winning streak to nine games when the Tigers visit Missouri tonight at 5 PM. Tremont Waters leads the Tigers as he’s averaging 14 points a game. Missouri is 1-4 in league play. LSU will have to watch out for sophomore guard Mark Smith, who is shooting 48-percent from three-point territory, but he’s questionable with an ankle injury.

Elsewhere, ULM looks to stay unbeaten at home this season when they host South Alabama at 2 PM. UL-Lafayette will face Troy in the Cajundome at 7 PM. The game features two of the top scorers in the Sun Belt, JaKeenan Gant for the Cajuns and Troy’s Jordon Varndado.

At 4 PM in Ruston, Louisiana Tech hosts preseason Conference USA favorite Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers are just 4-and-3 in league play, but they have nonconference wins over West Virginia, Arkansas, St. Mary’s and Wisconsin. Tech is 4-and-4 in league play.

And at 5:00 in the Smoothie King Center, the Pelicans will host the San Antonio Spurs.