Sports for Wednesday (January 26, 2022)

Wake up with a load of information at the ready! Here is a snippet of sports for Wednesday, January 26th:


After 16 years with the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton stepped down as the teams’ head coach Tuesday afternoon. The winningest coach in team history, Payton’s crowning achievement was guiding the once dreadful franchise to the Super Bowl XLIV championship with a 31-17 win over Indianapolis to finish the 2009 season.

Payton’s 161 wins, capped by a 30-9 win over Atlanta to wrap up the 2021 season, is 68 more than Jim Mora, the Saints second-winningest coach. The 58-year old Payton did not label his move as retirement. During a lengthy, emotional press conference, Payton didn’t discount coaching again at some point, but more than likely his next gig will come off the field. “I’ve not spoken to anyone from a media outlet relative to doing television or radio,” he said, adding, “I think I’d like to do that. I think I’d pre pretty good at it.”

Before Payton arrived in 2006, the Saints had one playoff win, in their 34th season as a franchise in the 2000 playoffs. The Saints were 1-5 in the playoffs pre-Payton and 9-8 with him as the head coach.

Speculation on the next head coach centered on Dennis Allen, the teams’ defensive coordinator. Allen scheduled to interview for the head coaching post with the Bears Tuesday, but the Bears postponed in order to focus on finalizing a deal to make Ryan Poles their General Manager.

Allen served as the Saints Defensive Line coach from 2006-2007 before taking over as secondary coach through the 2010 season. Denver hired him to be their defensive coordinator for the 2011 season. In 2012 the Oakland Raiders named Allen their head coach where he served two seasons and four games of a third campaign, winning just 8 games while losing 28. New Orleans brought him back into the fold as a defensive assistant in 2015 serving under Rob Ryan. After dismissing Ryan during the season, the team promoted Allen to defensive coordinator. This past season, the Saints defense ranked 7th in total defense after finishing 4th in 2020. Allen served as head coach in Week 15 when Payton was sideline with Covid and helped guide the Saints to a 9-0 shutout of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The NFL Network also reported former Saints secondary coach and current Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn is under consideration to replace Payton.


Parkway’s girls soccer team delivered coach Shelley McMillian her 700th career win with an 8-0 shutout of North Caddo last night. McMillian is the first soccer coach in Louisiana history to reach 700 wins.


In his first year of eligibility, David “Big Papi” Ortiz was named on 77.9 percent of the ballots submitted by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America, eclipsing the 75% threshold to gain induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The slugger who helped the Boston Red Sox win three World Series, was the only player elected this year.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa all fell below the 75% mark in their 10th and final year of eligibility in the annual BBWAA balloting. Bonds is the career home run leader with 762; Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards and Sosa clubbed 609 home runs but all three have been stained by their ties to steroid use.Alex Rodriguez, also eligible for the first time, received only 34.3% of the vote, despite hitting 696 home runs and racking up 2,086 RBI ranking fourth all-time in both categories. A-Rod was suspended the entire 2014 season for violating Major League Baseball’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Ortiz hit 514 home runs in his career that included 14 years with the Sox and 6 seasons to begin his career in Minnesota. Ortiz was stellar in the clutch, hitting .455 with a .795 slugging percentage in Boston’s three World Series title runs. He accumulated three home runs and 14 RBI in those Series as well.


In the NBA Tuesday night, Philadelphia rode Joel Embid’s 42 point effort to a 117-107 win over the Pelicans. New Orleans kept close despite missing Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Devonte’ Graham and Jonas Valanciunas.

Former North Caddo star Robert Williams III had 13 points and a whopping 17 rebounds for Boston in their 128-75 blowout of Sacramento. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 36 points.

Dallas suffered more than a loss at Golden State last night… guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. suffered a broken bone in his left foot midway through the second quarter in a 130-92 loss to the Warriors. Steph Curry had 18 points and Klay Thompson added 15 for Golden State. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 25 points.

In other games, the Lakers eased past Brooklyn 106-96. LeBron James led LA with 33 points and James Harden paced the Nets with 33.Luke Kennard scored seven points in the final :09 seconds of the game, including a four-point play with 1.9 seconds remaining to lead the LA Clippers to a 116-115 win over Washington. San Antonio hammered Houston 134-104; Denver slipped past Detroit 110-105; Minnesota toppled Portland 109-107 and Toronto bested Charlotte 1125-113.


The 19th-Ranked LSU Tigers try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight when they host Texas A&M at 8pm in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The skid has sunk the Tigers to 3-4 in SEC play, tied for 8th in the league.Arkansas has regained their footing with a pair of wins in a row but will be tested in Oxford against Ole Miss at 6pm. Florida visits Tennessee and Vanderbilt travels to South Carolina to round out the SEC calendar tonight.

Last night, Georgia earned their first SEC win of the season with an 82-76 upset of Alabama in Athens, GA. Top-ranked Auburn struggled at Missouri but squeaked out a 55-54 win. 12th-ranked Kentucky lost control of their matchup at home against Mississippi State, blowing a 15-point second half lead before scrambling to win in overtime, 82-74.

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Tuesday Sports-January 25, 2022

Will he or won’t he? Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer went on a Dallas sports talk show Monday and reported Saints Head Coach Sean Payton is seriously considering retirement-but-Glazer added; “Sean (Payton) changes his mind every two seconds.”

Saints beat reporter for NewOrleans-Dot-Football, Nick Underhill reported Monday that Payton was at the Saints team facilities after two weeks’ vacation.

Fox 8 in New Orleans Olivia Vadal and Sean Fazende asked Saints owner Gayle Benson about Payton’s intentions and she replied, “Who knows? We’ll find out soon enough I guess. I don’t think any of us know, but he’ll let us know soon enough.


Despite missing leading scorer Brandon Ingram, the New Orleans Pelicans earned a 117-113 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers, who were without their top dog in Domantas Sabonis. With Sabonis on the sideline, the Pelicans controlled the paint, outscoring Indiana in the middle 64-32. Jonas Valanciunas racked up 16 points and 12 rebounds, former LSU Tiger Garrett Temple added 14 points and Texas-Ex, Jaxson Hayes added 14 points and seven rebounds. While that trio did their damage inside, Devonte Graham and Josh Hard paced the Pelicans with 25 and 22 points respectively. That’s two wins in a row for the Pelicans who face the 76ers tonight in Philadelphia.


The SEC announced their co-Players of the Week Monday afternoon. Arkansas forward Jaylin Williams and Auburn forward/center Walker Kessler were named co-Players of the Week.

Williams, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound sophomore from Ft. Smith, Ark., averaged 16.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M. He had career-highs with 19 points against South Carolina and six steals against Texas A&M. Williams recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds against the Aggies.

Kessler, a 7-foot-1, 255-pound sophomore from Newnan, Ga., averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in wins over Georgia and No. 12 Kentucky. Kessler registered his third-straight double-digit performance in league play with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field against UK. He also tallied seven re- bounds and two blocks.

The SEC Freshman of the Week is Auburn forward Jabari Smith, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound freshman from Tyrone, Ga., averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 re- bounds and 2.5 assists per game in wins over Georgia and No. 12 Kentucky. Smith extended his team-leading double-digit scoring streak to 16 games with 14 points and seven rebounds against UK. He also recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the victory over Georgia.


As we barrel toward the high school basketball post-season, we check on local schools and their standing in the power rankings, particularly schools ranked in the Top 10 of the Power Rankings.

In Boys hoops, Class 4A Non-Select, Huntington resides in the 6 spot with Woodlawn at number 10. Bossier occupies the Number 2 position in Class 3A. Lakeview is the top team in Class 2A with Many at number 10. Simsboro and Zwolle are ranked 1st and 2nd in Class B. Evangel is ranked 6th in the Select Division II rankings. Calvary comes in at number 3 in the Division IV power rankings.

On the girls side, Parkway is number 2 in the Non-Select 5A power rankings with Ruston fifth and Benton tenth. In Class 4A, Huntington slides into the 8 spot. Mansfield is ranked 5th in 3A, Lakeview number two in Class 2A and Homer is fifth in Class 1A.

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Monday Sports (January 24, 2022)


Kansas City beat Buffalo 42-36 in overtime on a Patrick Mahomes touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to advance to their fourth straight AFC Championship, where they will face Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.

There were three lead changes and one tie, with 25 points scored in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. 

Josh Allen fired a 27-yard touchdown to Gabriel Davis with 1:54 to play in the fourth quarter to give Buffalo – 29-26 lead. Five plays and :52 seconds later, Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill on a 64-yard touchdown to give Kansas City the lead again, 33-29. Allen needed just :49’seconds to swing the lead back to the Bills, hitting Davis over the middle on a 19-yard rope to make it 36-33 with :13 seconds to play. 

Mahomes was able to engineer 44 yards of real estate acquisition in those waning moments to set up Harrison Butker for the game-tying 49-yard field goal as time expired.

The Chiefs received the kick in overtime, and Mahomes made short work of the Bills defense, moving 75 yards in just eight plays, the last 8 yards on the toss to Kelce in the back, right corner of the end zone for the game-winner.

Mahomes finished 33-of-44 for 378 yards and 3  TD’s.  He added 69 yards and one TD rushing. Tyreek Hill had 11 catches for 150 yards and one score. Kelce finished with 9 grabs for 96 yards and one TD.

Allen completed 27-of-37 passes for 329 yards and 4 TD’s. Davis set an NFL playoff record with four touchdown catches on 201 yards receiving.


There will be a new Super Bowl champion after the Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay 30-27 on a walk-off 30-yard Matt Gay field goal in the NFC Divisional playoffs Sunday.

The Rams built a 27-3 a lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter on a Matthew Stafford Quarterback sneak leaving Tom Brady in his biggest hole since Atlanta led his Patriots 28-3 in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI. 

The Bucs climbed all the way back after Rams running back Cam Akers lost his second fumble of the game at the LA 23-yard yard line with just over two minutes to play. The Buccaneers tied the game at 27-all on a Leonard Fournette 9-yard touchdown run with just :42 seconds to play. 

The Rams moved from their 25-yard line to the Bucs 12 yard line on the strength of two Stafford to Cooper Kupp connections that covered 64 yards. As the clock ticked toward all zeroes, Gay booted the Rams into the NFC Title Game next Sunday where they will host San Francisco. 


Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will interview for the New York Giants head coaching job today. A New Jersey native, Quinn’s favorite team growing up? The New York Giants. 

Quinn has already interviewed for the head coaching posts with the Bears, Broncos, Vikings and Dolphins. 


11th-ranked LSU was upset by Florida in Gainesville 73-72.  Khayla Painter led LSU (17-3, 5-2) with 26 points. Florida (15-5, 5-2) picked up their third win over a Top-25 team in their last five outings.


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