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December 28th

O.K.'s Corral: Allen, Mills make impacts as NFL rookies

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So much for not being drafted high.
Or, for that matter, being drafted at all.
Jordan Mills and Ryan Allen are only a year removed from their careers at Louisiana Tech University, yet have become valuable members of their NFL franchises.
Mills, a 6-5, 305-pounder, is already being regarded as one of the league’s top first-year offensive interior performers.
The Napoleonville product has become a young monster on the midway for the Chicago Bears.

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Texas A&M tops Techsters

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M came out on fire offensively, built a 26-point halftime lead and coasted to an 80-52 win over Louisiana Tech before 4,544 fans at Reed Arena Saturday night.
The Aggies (8-4) full court press forced some early Tech turnovers as Texas A&M hit its first eight shots from the field and shot 65 percent in the opening half en route to a 51-25 halftime lead.
All five Aggies starters scored in the opening eight minutes and when center Karla Gilbert converted a conventional three-point play at the 14:02 to mark of the first half, Texas A&M led 19-2.

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G-Men downed at Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — D.J. Balentine scored 20 points to lead Evansville over Grambling State 96-61 on Saturday.
Blake Simmons and Jaylon Brown both had 14 points for Evansville (7-6), while Egidiju Mockevicius and Duane Gibson added 10 points.
Grambling State (1-7) was paced by A’Torri Shine with 13 points while Antwan Scott added 10 points and six assists.
Evansville shot 60 percent from the floor, including 7 of 11 (64 percent) from beyond the arc. Grambling State went 25 of 67 (37 percent) from the field while hitting just 5 of 23 on 3-pointers.

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Lady Tigers to face UK

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Grambling senior forward Victoya Ricks (00) is averaging 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest heading into today’s game at the sixth-ranked University of Kentucky. GSU enters the game at 3-7 while the Wildcats are 11-1.

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2014 La. Sports Hall of Fame class announced

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Former Lady Techster Venus Lacy among induction group members
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NATCHITOCHES — Former Lady Techster and Olympic gold medalist Venus Lacy, who helped Louisiana Tech win the 1988 women’s basketball national championship, LSU product Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, and All-Star pitcher Shane Reynolds and and headline the eight-member 2014 Induction Class to be enshrined June 21 in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

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Lady Techsters release 2014 softball slate

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Louisiana Tech released its 2014 softball schedule on Monday and the 56-game slate features four tournaments, including a six-team home event to open the season, and a road contest against defending national champion Oklahoma.
Tech hosts the Lady Techster Invitational and will also participate in road tournaments hosted by the University of Texas, the University of Arkansas and Louisiana-Monroe

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2014 LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

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Date Opponent Time
Feb. 7-9 LA Tech Softball Tournament
Feb. 7 Tennessee-Martin 9 a.m.
Feb. 7 UT-Martin vs. St. Louis 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 7 St. Louis vs. Houston Baptist 1:30 p.m.
Feb 7 Houston Baptist vs. Wichita St. 3:45 p.m.
Feb. 7 Wichita St vs. Jackson St. 6 p.m.
Feb. 7 Jackson State 8:15 p.m.
Feb. 8 Jackson State vs. Houston Baptist 9 a.m.
Feb. 8 Houston Baptist vs. UT-Martin 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 8 UT-Martin vs. Wichita St. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 Wichita State 3:45 p.m.
Feb. 8 St. Louis 6 p.m.

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Religious renderings

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The Lincoln Parish Museum has received a new donation and display that will be up through early March.
James White, a Ruston native, is responsible for drawing the 78 different churches that are on display.
“I started drawing the churches in 1990,” he said. “Once I retired from (Louisiana) Tech (University) in 1995, it was my wife Donna who really pushed me to finish.”

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Safeguarding area students

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One day, Lincoln Parish Superintendent Danny Bell believes the school system will be able to look at a screen and tell exactly where every student in the school system is located.
While that day is likely far off, Bell said the school system is continually looking to upgrade the school security systems.

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Psychologists offer tips to lessen stress during the upcoming year

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With 2014 right around the corner, many people are looking to improve their lives by bettering themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
One New Year’s resolution many people have is to better manage their stress level next year. Local psychologists John Fergusson and Damion Cummins are offering tips to manage the stress that comes with everyday life.
Cummins, of Cummins Counseling, said there are six tips to managing stress levels:
• Know the difference between good stress and bad stress.

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