11:40 LRN Sportscast July 26

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas’ absence is the big storyline at training camp, but the battle for starting center will be an important one to watch. Free-agent signee Nick Easton and rookie Erik McCoy will battle to replace the retired Max Unger. Coach Sean Payton is looking forward to the competition
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It will also be a big camp for wide receiver Cam Meredith, who only caught nine passes last season after signing as a free agent.

Louisiana Tech announces that J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park will remain at its current location. The baseball stadium needs to be rebuilt following an EF 3 tornado that destroyed a number of athletic facilities in April. The school decided the baseball field will remain at the historical location due to its unique setting. A timetable has not been set on construction.

There are reports that U-L Lafayette Football Coach Billy Napier will receive a one-year contract extension. Napier led the Cajuns to the Sun Belt Championship game in his first season as head coach in Lafayette.

The Louisiana Outdoor Expo and Boat Show is this weekend at the newly renovated Cajundome and Convention Center in Lafayette. Organizer Rob Kirkpatrick says there’s something for everyone at this three-day event
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Tickets are $12.50 for adults, while kids five and under get in for free.