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January 21st, 2017

Dunkin’ Dogs down Mean Green

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The Mean Green hung around for the first half, but that was all they could muster as Louisiana Tech used a second half run to put things away in a 81-57 win over North Texas on Saturday night in the Thomas Assembly Center.
A 24-3 run spanning slightly less than seven minutes early in the second half, was the deciding factor in the dominating effort from the Bulldogs (14-6, 6-1 Conference USA).

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Ex-GSU star Donnell ready for comeback

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Two NFL seasons ago, Larry Donnell was in the bright spotlight that defines New York.
There were few fans in the “Big Apple” who weren’t aware of the former Grambling State University star that had risen from an undrafted free agent in 2011 to one of the league’s best short yardage receivers as a tight end.
In that magical season of 2014 the 6-6 and 265-pound native of Ozark, Alabama, caught 63 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns.
Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants called him “my favorite big man target.”

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Late plays by freshmen spur Techsters

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DENTON, Texas — With Louisiana Tech clinging to a two-point lead in the final minutes of Saturday’s Conference USA game at North Texas, the Lady Techsters turned to a pair of freshmen to seal the victory.
Anna McLeod and Daria McCutcheon combined to score nine straight points during a 90 second span and sophomore Kierra Anthony recorded a steal and hit four straight free throws lifting Louisiana Tech to a 72-65 win over North Texas before 1,098 fans at the Super Pit in a game that saw 11 ties and 17 lead changes.

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Ribeiro leads G-Men past Jackson State

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GRAMBLING — Nigel Ribeiro poured in 20 points, including four 3-pointers to lead Grambling State to a 72-57 win over Jackson State Saturday night in Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Remond Brown added 12 points and Chase Cormier 10 for Grambling (8-12, 3-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 7-1 at home.
Grambling led 22-20 with 4:54 remaining in the first half before a Ribeiro 3-pointer ignited the G-Men, sparking a 16-0 run to close out the first half with GSU on top 38-20 at intermission.

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Wells, McConathy had special friendship

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Editor’s note: The following story about former Louisiana Tech basketball star Mike McConathy and his longtime, special friendship with Lanky Wells was written by O.K. Davis for the Ruston Daily Leader in the early 2000s.
The friendship began back in the mid-1970s.
More than 30 years later, it’s stronger than ever.
Mike McConathy and Lanky Wells were teammates and roommates when they were both members of the Louisiana Tech University basketball program.
Their careers overlapped, beginning in 1974 and ending in 1977.

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1966-67 Tech men’s hoops team honored

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Whenever March comes around every year, people flock to their televisions to watch the madness that is “The Big Dance.”
Even though the phrase “Big Dance” was not coined until 1977, 10 years earlier the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team was going dancing for the first time in program history.
It was a big team doing the dancing too. The Bulldogs were intimidating, intimidatingly tall that is, with three players that stood at 6-feet-10-inches or above, including freshman Charlie Bishop who became the program’s first ever 7-footer.

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Lady Tigers shoot down JSU, 90-85

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State turned up the intensity in the second half Saturday afternoon as the Lady Tigers defeated Jackson State 90-85 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers led 40-38 at halftime after starting strong, building its first double-digit advantage of the contest at 13-2 on a pair of Jazmin Boyd free throws, but never could quite pull away for good from JSU until time eventually ran out on the visitors.

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Milstead: Schools to maintain diversity

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The Lincoln Parish school system will maintain student diversity balance despite no longer being under the watchful eye of the United States Department of Justice, school Superintendent Mike Milstead said Friday.

But in order to do that, the Ruston school attendance zones will eventually have to be redrawn, he said.

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Local businessman helps community

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When a community like Lincoln Parish continues to support one local businessman’s ventures, he feels it necessary to give back to the community.
Don Robertson, co-owner of Jim Taylor Ford and founder and managing partner of Rocketfast Car Wash, has been an active community member for more than two decades.
The Arkansas native has mostly put his efforts toward helping the future by enhancing the quality of Lincoln Parish students.

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Don’t let your retirement be ‘roadblocked’

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In your life, you will want to take many journeys. Some are physical — perhaps you’ll finally visit the French Riviera or the Caribbean. Others involve personal growth — one day, you’ll finally become fluent in that foreign language you’ve been studying. But of all the destinations you can identify, few will be as important as retirement — specifically, a comfortable retirement. And that’s why it’s so important to consider the “roadblocks” you might encounter on your road to the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.
Here are five of the most common obstacles:

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