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  • Davis' 44 points, 18 rebounds, helps Pelicans top Thunder

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis smiled slightly and joked about his relative youth when the topic of his heavy workload came up.His nearly 40 minutes on the court against Oklahoma City was hardly an anomaly this season, but Davis isn't ready to plead for more rest yet.Davis scored 44 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night."Whatever coach needs me to do, the team needs me to do to ...

  • Robinson, Brooks rally No. 24 Houston past LSU, 82-76

    HOUSTON (AP) — Galen Robinson Jr. heard the "LSU! LSU!" chants with Houston down 15 points in the second half."It really touched a nerve, so I was like, 'There's no way I'm quitting, no way we are losing this game.'" Robinson said.

  • Ingram making his mark on Saints history

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mark Ingram insists his march into Saints history was never fueled by criticism that he was a bust during his underwhelming first few NFL seasons.That doesn't mean the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner with Alabama, and 2011 first-round draft choice by New Orleans, was able to tune out such slights entirely."I know people wanted me out, calling me a bust, this and that. I heard all that stuff my first few years, but I never really paid attention to the naysayers,"...

  • Brees leads 2nd-half comeback, Saints beat Buccaneers 28-14

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are a long way from where they want to be.For now, though, repeating as NFC South champions for the first time in franchise history feels pretty good."Goal No. 1 was to win the division again and we were able to do that," Drew Brees said Sunday after throwing for one touchdown and running for another to help the Saints rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-14."I like the way we won this game.

  • Saints aim to get back on track against Buccaneers

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Buccaneers pulled off the biggest upset of the opening week of the NFL season, beating the Saints in a high-scoring shootout. Three months later, neither team is looking back.New Orleans (10-2) is on the verge of clinching another NFC South title.

  • Saints left tackle Armstead back at practice

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are closer to getting back their second-highest-paid offensive player as they try to rebound from a first loss in more than two months — and lock down a playoff berth.Starting left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice Wednesday, marking his first time in pads since his pectoral injury at Cincinnati in Week 10. The injury cost Armstead three games, including New Orleans' loss last Thursday night in Dallas, when the Cowboys' de...

  • Devin White is first LSU linebacker to win Butkus Award

    LSU's Devin White is the Butkus Award winner as the best linebacker in the country.The winner was announced Wednesday. White is the first LSU player to win the Butkus in its 34-year history and the third straight winner from a Southeastern Conference school. Roquan Smith of Georgia won it last season and Reuben Foster of Alabama was the winner in 2016.White, a junior, led the 11th-ranked Tigers with 115 total tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, He also had three sacks, five pass breakups...

  • No. 7 UCF to face No. 11 LSU in Fiesta Bowl

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Central Florida's bid for another self-proclaimed national championship goes through the desert.Snubbed by the College Football Playoff for the second straight season, the seventh-ranked and undefeated Knights will face No. 11 LSU in the New Year's Day Fiesta Bowl."It's not a playoff.

  • Brees, Saints never find rhythm as 10-game win streak ends

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Drew Brees didn't have a completion until the final play of the first quarter. His final pass, one he was trying to throw away, got intercepted.And things certainly weren’t much better in between for Brees and the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, whose 10-game winning streak ended in a 13-10 loss at the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night."We didn't really find a rhythm pretty much the whole game," Brees said. "We may have had one dece...

  • Cowboys, Saints both thriving defensively lately

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan doesn't sound interested in reviewing how the Saints gave up 48 points in Week 1 or 37 points in Week 3."Early in the year, they gave up some points and yards and things like that, but you just really look at them in their last I guess three or four ballgames," Linehan said.The more recent version of New Orleans' defense hasn't allowed more than 17 points in any of its past three games."They&...

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