16:45 Sportscast August 1, 2014

The annual Black and Gold Scrimmage will be held Saturday and Saints running back Mark Ingram says he’s ready…:
CUT 1 (15) “I think is important”
On an interesting note from training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, veteran defensive back Champ Bailey missed Thursday’s walk through and Friday’s padded practice. When asked about the absences coach Sean Payton says he doesn’t talk about injuries during training camp. After the scrimmage the Saints have a break on Sunday then preparations continue on to the preseason game happening next Friday on the road against the Rams.

Former U-High defensive end Tim Williams was one of three Alabama players suspended by coach Nick Saban according to an al.com report Friday. Neither he norm linemen Brandon Ivory or Jarren Reed were at the last practice. Williams chose Alabama after being recruited by LSU. The suspension is apparently for a violation of team rules and Saban said they can work themselves back onto the team.

LSU has released its August Football practice schedule. The team reports to campus on Sunday then it’s down to business with Varsity practice on Monday morning.

According to Klout, a San Francisco based company that measures online social influence, LSU coach Les Miles is the most influential coach on social media.

And also speaking of The Tigers, Sports Information Director Michael Bonnet says LSU has sold out of season football tickets for the 11th straight year. It’s a school record 74,350 tickets.

Former Saints Safety Steve Gleason is being inducted into his Alma mater’s athletic Hall of Fame. Washington State University announced Thursday that Gleason will be the lone member of the halls 2014 class and will be honored in an in-game ceremony during a home football game in the fall.

The Sun Belt basketball schedules are out. UL-Lafayette opens league play with a road game against Arkansas-Little Rock on December 30th.