Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sports Headlines For Thursday the 17th

SAINTS GO FOR SWEEP OF PANTHERS TONIGHT

If not a must-win, tonight’s game between the Saints and Panthers in Carolina is a “don’t lose” for each of these NFC South rivals. As gut-wrenching as New Orleans loss to Denver was on Sunday dropping their record to 4-5, the ‘fleur-de-lis-fellas’ are a game ahead of the defending NFC Champs in the standings.

Carolina watched a fourth-quarter 17-3 lead over Kansas City vanish into the “L” column last Sunday, sending the Panthers tumbling to 3-6. No team that started a season with a 3-7 record has made it to the post-season.

In the two teams’ previous meeting this year on October 16th, Drew Brees toasted the Panthers secondary for 465 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-38 win. He will be without his Pro Bowl blind-side protection tonight with Terron Armstead out with knee and quad injuries.

Tonight’s game is a “color rush” game. The Panthers will be suited up in all-blue uniforms while the Saints will wear white pants with white jerseys.
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LOCAL HOOPS FANS SHOULD BE IN HEAVEN THIS WEEKEND

The MetroPCS Battle on the Hardwood Classic, started by the coaching staff of Fair Park’s girls and boys teams and presented by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, tips off tonight at three different gyms.

The round-robin, non-tournament format, will be staged at Fair Park, Huntington and Captain Shreve starting today at 4:30. BTW’s gym will be utilized as well on Friday with a full slate of games Saturday morning and early afternoon at Fair Park and Centenary’s Gold Dome starting at 9am with the nightcap, featuring a rematch of last year’s Class 4A title tilt between Bossier and Washington-Marion tipping off at 8:30 Saturday night.

Tickets are $10 per game…. Or, $20 for a three day tournament pass.
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BAYLOR LOOKING AT LES TO TAKE OVER FOOTBALL PROGRAM?

Les Miles is on the short list of candidates for the Baylor head coaching position, according to CBS Sports. The report also lists former Louisiana Tech and current Cal Bears head coach Sonny Dykes and North Carolina’s Larry Fedora as other serious candidates.

Miles buyout from LSU is $9.6 million over the next six years, payable as long as he actively seeks a coaching post.
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SCHERZER, PORCELLO WIN CY YOUNG AWARDS

Cy Young Awards were doled out Wednesday.

Washington ace, Max Scherzer was an easy choice as the top pitcher in the National League, becoming the sixth pitcher to win the award in both leagues. He won the American League Cy Young award in 2013 with Detroit… a rotation that included Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander. Those two gents were the top two vote-getters for the American League Cy Young, with Porcello, now pitching for Boston, nipping his former teammate.

Porcello was voted first on eight ballots turned in by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America while Verlander received fourteen first place votes. However, all 30 voters named Porcello on their ballot somewhere, while two voters completely left Verlander off their ballots. This action caused some angst on twitter from Verlander’s significant other, Kate Upton as well as his brother.

MVP’s in both leagues will be announced today