11:40 LRN Sportscast May 2nd

The Superdome’s governing body is moving ahead with the first phase of a planned 450 million dollar renovation of the iconic home of the Black and Gold. The first phase will cost 100 million dollars and remove ramps in favor of escalators and elevators, along with construction of a kitchen and food service area in a space currently used for parking. The renovation plan is part of a reported deal that would keep the Saints in the Superdome until at least the 2035 season.

Former LSU pitcher Aaron Nola had one of his best starts of the season yesterday as he helped the Phillies defeat the Tigers seven to three. Nola gave up one run in 5.2 innings pitched to lower his ERA to 5.06.

In the NBA playoffs…former Louisiana Tech standout Paul Millsap had 14 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to help the Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers. Portland’s 97-90 victory in the Mile High City last night evened that series at one game a piece. Game 3 is tomorrow night.

Freshman right-hander Cole Henry is still not available to pitch this weekend because of a sore elbow. And Coach Paul Mainieri has decided to move former Friday night starter Zack Hess to the bullpen. Mainieri says Ma’Khail Hilliard will start on Friday when the Tigers begin their series against Ole Miss. Mainieri says they’ll miss Henry, but he has confidence in Hilliard…
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In college baseball action last night, Southern rallied to beat Nicholls State six to five, while Southeastern held on a for a four to three win over McNeese.