Cajuns football season tickets available

LAFAYETTE – With the start of the Louisiana-Lafayette football season just over 10 weeks away, fans wishing to purchase season tickets can do so beginning Friday when tickets will be made available to the public.

Season ticket packages start for as low as $110 for a six-game schedule that features dates against in-state opponents Southern (Aug. 30) and Louisiana Tech (Sept. 6), plus Sun Belt Conference games against Georgia State (Oct. 4), Arkansas State (Oct. 21), South Alabama (Nov. 1) and Appalachian State (Nov. 22).

Reserved seating begins at $135 while fans can take advantage of the “Family 5-Pack,” which consists of five tickets per game, for $405. Corporate/Group tickets discounts are also available for groups of 25 or more.

Ragin’ Cajuns fans that purchase season tickets will also have the ability to print their tickets at home and will have mobile ticket access on their smartphone.

For more information, call the Ragin’ Cajuns ticket office at (337) 265-2357 or visit

Three UL-Lafayette players earn honors

LAFAYETTE — Junior Jace Conrad became the first University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball player to be tabbed a unanimous first-team All-American as he was one of three players selected to the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced Thursday.

Conrad, a second baseman, is joined on the first team by shortstop Blake Trahan, while Caleb Adams is listed as a second-team outfielder.

“It’s both an honor and a privilege for these guys to be recognized for the season they had,” coach Tony Robichaux said. “For Jace to be a unanimous first-team All-American really is a special honor and something that has never been done before. All three of them would say that their accomplishments were only made possible by the support of their teammates.”

The 2014 Sun Belt Player of the Year, Conrad has been named a first-teamer by all five publications this year.

Millsaps hires Brooks as Athletic Director

JACKSON, Miss. — Millsaps College has hired Josh Brooks as athletic director. Brooks is joining the Majors from his position as associate athletic director at the University of Georgia, where he has worked since 2008. Brooks is expected to begin his duties on July 7.

“This is an exciting hire for Millsaps, and we look forward to working with Josh in the years to come,” said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps.

Brooks also worked at the Louisiana-Monroe as a graduate assistant coach and director of football operations. Brooks began his career as a student manager at LSU.

Ex-champs Becker, Koukalova reach semis

HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands — Benjamin Becker of Germany reached his first ATP semifinals in almost 21/2 years when he beat the equally desperate Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the rainy Topshelf Open on Thursday.

Becker, who won his last ATP title here in 2009, was leading in the second set when their quarterfinal was interrupted for 90 minutes by rain. It didn’t help Pospisil, who has been dealing with a lower back strain and lost for the 10th time in 13 matches since the Australian Open.

In his first semi since Memphis in February 2012, Becker will face Joao Sousa, the Portuguese qualifier who put awat Dutch wild card Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-2.

On the women’s side, Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, who won her first tournament here in 2005, dispatched Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-2 6-4. She will face Coco Vandeweghe after the American qualifier defeated seventh seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-1.

The other semi features Zheng Jie of China against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, both winners of four titles on tour.

Alex Morgan helps U.S. women tie France

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Alex Morgan scored the second of her two second-half goals in the 85th minute to give the United States a 2-2 tie with France on Thursday night in an exhibition game.

Making her second appearance in six days for the national team after a seventh-month layoff because of a stress fracture in her left ankle, Morgan scored for the first time in more than a year.

Morgan scored the tying goal off a rebound, beating goalkeeper Sara Bouhaddi.

The U.S. star has 46 goals in 72 games for the national team. She returned to play Saturday night in the Americans’ 1-0 victory over France in Tampa, Fla.

France opened the scoring in the 27th minute on Louis Necib’s penalty kick.

Morgan came on in the second half for Heather O’Reilly, and tied it in the 57th minute with a shot from 25 yards that hit off the left post and deflected in.

The United States is 7-2-3 this year.

Indy 500 rookie Karam waits for next start

Indianapolis 500 rookie Sage Karam has been added to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship driver lineup for the June 29 Six Hours of the Glen.

Karam will join Scott Pruett and Memor Rojas in the No. 01 car driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Karam also drove for Ganassi at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. The 19-year-old Karam made a splash in May when he finished ninth in his IndyCar Series debut at the Indianapolis 500.

Compiled from The Associated Press and news releases.

The recent high school graduate and reigning Indy Lights Champion qualified 31st at the Brickyard.

The No. 01 car has won two of the five races of the Tudor United SportsCar season.