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Rod Walker

New Orleans, LA
Sports Writer, The New Orleans Advocate — The Advocate (New Orleans)

Sports columnist for The New Orleans Advocate. But every now and then, we'll talk about things other than sports.Mississippi born and raised.

Super Saints fan Jarrius Robertson not letting liver disease stop him from inspiring others — Jarrius Robertson is 14, but doesn't look a day older than 9 or 10. Doctors thought he'd never make it past 1 or 2. Robertson, or Li'l JJ as everybody calls him, was born with biliary atresia, a liver disease that affects his growth.

Saints give back to community as part of NFL's Hometown Huddle on Tuesday — Saints offensive lineman Tony Hills grew up a lot like all the kids surrounding him Tuesday at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. "Low income; living from apartment to apartment; mom had to work a lot to make ends meet; violence in the area," Hills recalled.

Rod Walker: Saints' Wil Lutz calm, cool, collected before, during, after biggest kick of his life — Wil Lutz didn't look like a kicker who had just made the biggest, most redemptive kick of his 22-year-young life. His face during postgame interviews Sunday was just as stoic as it was five weeks ago, when his 61-yarder sailed wide left at the end of the New Orleans Saints' season-opening loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Live Updates: Saints try to build momentum, take on Carolina Panthers at Superdome — The Saints got their first win of the season out of the way in dramatic fashion, and they've had a week to lick their wounds. Now, they seek to build on that momentum as the reeling Panthers roll into town. The Saints (1-3) capitalized on a host of late-game errors by the Chargers to win 35-34 in Week 4.

St. James vs. Lutcher battle is as big as it gets around the parish — This time, Dwain Jenkins is on the other side ... the east bank side. It's the side he belongs on, considering Lutcher is his alma mater. Jenkins is in his first season as head coach at Lutcher after spending the past three seasons as head coach at St. James.

St. Aug rises up from dismal start, now braces for Catholic League showdown with Curtis — Three weeks ago, who would have guessed that St. Augustine would ever make an appearance in this weekly column listing the best games of the week? The Purple Knights were reeling, losing their first three games, including a pair of double-digit losses to Scotlandville and Landry-Walker. Going back to last season, St.

Inspired by his blind mother, Rummel's Derrick Munson quickly became a man on and off the field — Collette Franklin has never seen any of the 60-something tackles her son has made this season. Nor did she see any of the 158 tackles and six sacks Derrick Munson made last season on his way to being Defensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate's all-metro team.

Jared Butler sparks Riverside's comeback over Newman — Fittingly, Jared Butler intercepted Newman's desperation pass to the end zone on the final play of the game Friday. The Butler did it all game. Well, at least in the second half when he took over at quarterback and breathed some life into the Riverside offense.

De La Salle continues to take care of business, rolls past KIPP 66-18 — Julien Gums admits that he and his De La Salle teammates are looking forward to the highly anticipated District 9-3A showdowns later in the season against St. James and Lutcher. But the Cavaliers showed once again Thursday night that they aren't looking too far ahead.

New Orleans Pelicans' Buddy Hield on Hurricane Matthew: It's a scary time — As Buddy Hield prepared for his Smoothie King Center debut Tuesday night, his mind is also back home in the Bahamas. "It's a scary time when you have a hurricane coming to the Bahamas, especially coming to our islands," Hield said after Tuesday morning's shootaround. "People work hard down there."
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Oct 21, 2016

De La Salle is clicking. Leading St. James 41-6 with 7:32 left in third.

Oct 21, 2016

RT @rwalkeradvocate: Keytaon Thompson, #HailState commit, threw six TDs Thursday night. He has now accounted for 32 TDs in @LandryWalkerHS

Oct 21, 2016

Keytaon Thompson, #HailState commit, threw six TDs Thursday night. He has now accounted for 32 TDs in @LandryWalkerHS 6 game win streak.

Oct 20, 2016

RT @ScottDKushner: FINAL: #Magic 114, #Pelicans 111 OT. NO blows a 23-point lead. Anthony Davis looked strong but Pels finish preseason just 1-5.

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