LSU golf’s Winstead, Pierce honored

The honors continued to roll in for members of the national champion LSU men’s Golf program Thursday as Chuck Winstead was chosen National Coach of the Year by Golfweek.

Sophomore All-Southeastern Conference performer Brandon Pierce was also named a a Golfweek All-American third-team selection.

He was named the SEC Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to their first SEC Championship in 28 years. Winstead also coached the program to its first national championship in 60 years with a 4-1 win over the USC Trojans in the NCAA Championship Match just last week.

Three LSU women golfers recognized

Three LSU women’s golfers were named to Golfweek Magazine’s All-America teams.

Just like the Women’s Golf Coaches Association team announced recently, two LSU golfers are on the first team selected by Golfweek — senior Madelene Sagstrom and sophomore Caroline Nistrup.

Junior Elise Bradley was named to the honorable mention team.

Sagstrom became the first LSU women’s golfer to average under 72 strokes per round for a full season, averaging 71.48 for 33 rounds with two victories.

Nistrup averaged 72.41 strokes per round in posting six top 10s and a 12th place finish in the NCAA Championship individual competition.

Bradley finished No. 47 in the Golfweek rankings, and one of the most improved players in college golf, upping her ranking from triple figures at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Bradley, from Mandeville, won the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and was third on the team in stroke average at 73.70.

Laiche leads La. anglers in Central field

RIDGELAND, Mississippi Jamie Laiche from Gonzales heads into Friday’s final round of the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional in second place and leads the 14-angler Louisiana team after his second-day catch shot him to a 26-pound, 6-ounce total Thursday.

Texas team angler Albert Collins, in with a 27-3 total, leads the field composed of 14-angler state teams from eight states.

Pushing Laiche for Louisiana’s berth for November’s B.A.S.S. Nation Championship the Ouachita River in Monroe are Gonzlaes’ Ryan Lavigne (10th, 19-10) and Prairieville’s David Cavell (11th, 19-9).

UL-Lafayette adds basketball signee

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin announced Thursday the signing of former North Caddo High guard Kadavion Evans.

The addition of the 5-foot-11 Evans increased Louisiana’s 2015-16 signing class to five that includes Jerekius Davis (Jackson, Miss.), Jevonlean “Jay” Hedgeman (Pearland, Texas), Larenz Stalcup (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Tyrone Wooten (Memphis, Tenn.).

Evans, who was named to the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association All-State team, averaged nearly 25 points per game despite missing much of the 2014-15 year with an injury.

Judge orders Blazer plea deal unsealed

NEW YORK — A judge has ordered federal prosecutors to unseal the plea agreement between former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer and the U.S. government.

The New York Times, ABC, Daily News, Newsday and Bloomberg all asked last week that the plea agreement be unsealed.

U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie stayed his order until Monday, giving prosecutors time to unseal the agreement or say they intend to appeal his decision.

He also gave the government until Friday to apply to redact any portion of the agreement.

Blazer, the former No. 2 official of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, forfeited over $1.9 million at the time of his 2013 guilty pleas to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, tax evasion and other charges.

Nadal works hard in three-set victory

STUTTGART, Germany — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his grass-court season with a hard-earned three-set victory over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the Mercedes Cup on Thursday. Nadal needed 2 hours, 40 minutes to win 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press