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~Red Beans & Blues Brunch~: DUE TO WEATHER: This event has been moved back to March 5. Join the Union Arts Council and the Union Parish Library as we host a Red Beans and Blues Brunch with local blues artist Slim Finley. Calendar

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:20:34 -0500
Peterson eager for return after judge overturns suspension

Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson exits following his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse, in New York(Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said on Friday he was keen to return to the field after U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned his suspension by the NFL. "It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players," Peterson said in a press release one day after Doty granted an NFL Players Association motion to vacate a previous ruling by an arbitrator. "It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love." The NFL has appealed the decision by Doty, who ruled that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson, the league's most valuable player in 2012, until at least April 15. The federal judge said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:36:57 -0500
Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic

PGA: The Honda Classic-Second RoundWorld number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:21:51 -0500
Golf-Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic

(Updates at close of day's play) PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 27 (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:14:56 -0500
McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 27, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaWorld number one Rory McIlroy admitted Friday he needs to sharpen up with the Masters only weeks away, as he looked set to miss the cut at the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland found just one birdie with five bogeys in a four-over-par 74 for a seven-over total of 147 that left him three shots over the projected cut line when darkness halted the second round of the rain-hit $6.1 million event in Florida. "I don't like missing cuts," said McIlroy, who last missed a cut on US soil at the 2012 US Open, but missed the cut at the European Tour's Irish Open last June. "You want to be playing on the weekend and I'm not there," added McIlroy, who was already looking forward to next week's World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:01:25 -0500
McIlroy caught in the crosswinds at Honda Classic

PGA: The Honda Classic-Second RoundWorld number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:42:12 -0500
Golf-McIlroy caught in the crosswinds at Honda Classic

World number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday. A missed cut for the top player in the world is an embarrassment but given the conditions, particularly the tricky winds, McIlroy did not seem overly concerned with his form.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:40:26 -0500
Pirates say sickened to see cap on 'Jihadi John'

The Pittsburgh Pirates says it is "absolutely sickening" to see one of their baseball caps worn by Mohammed Emwazi, named by British and US media as the Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John"The Major League Baseball team reacted to an old photo of Emwazi published Friday by Sky News showing him wearing a version of the Pirates' black hat bearing the club's golden letter "P" on the front. "The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride," the Pirates said in a statement.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:42 -0500
Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:53:30 -0500
Golf-Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:50:37 -0500
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