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  • Brees breezes for TD in only series, Saints top Jets 28-13

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Drew Brees got in, marched down the field and got out.It was a breezy preseason debut for Brees, who threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas to cap his only drive, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the New York Jets 28-13 on Saturday night."Any time you can go down and get points, get a touchdown, that's good," Brees said. "Felt like it was pretty efficient, for the most part.

  • Louisiana beats Hawaii 9-5, moves to Little League final

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Louisiana's Reece Roussel had a two-run single that broke the Little League World Series tournament record for hits with 15. At the time, it seemed like a footnote.His hit in the sixth inning Saturday that gave Louisiana a 7-0 lead over Hawaii turned out to be the most important of all his hits at the LLWS.

  • Reality Check: Why your Top 25 team could tank in 2019

    Sorry to be a bummer at a time of the year usually reserved for hope and optimism, but there is a decent chance your favorite college team is going to be a big disappointment this season.The preseason AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank is out. There were no real surprises at the top. Defending champion Clemson is No.

  • Hill rallies Saints to 19-17 victory over Chargers

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Taysom Hill has been the quintessential all-purpose player the past two seasons. On Sunday, he showed again what makes him such a valuable weapon for the New Orleans Saints.Hill had 191 yards of offense and directed three second-half scoring drives to help the Saints rally for a 19-17 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.In a game where Philip Rivers and Drew Brees were sideline observers, Hill supplied most of the quarterback highlights.

  • New Orleans Superdome to be renovated before 2024 Super Bowl

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades.The 44-year-old domed stadium, which has hosted seven Super Bowls, will see its ramp system removed and replaced with elevators and escalators, club and suite levels expanded, new entry gates erec...

  • A time-out for the NFL in 'NOLA no-call' lawsuit

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the NFL can hold off, for now, on providing documents and answering questions in a New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit over referees' failure to call crucial penalties in a January playoff game won by the Los Angeles Rams.Attorney Anthony LeMon says the state's highest court issued the stay order Wednesday while it considers the league's appeal of a lower court judge's ruling allowing his suit against the leag...

  • Vikings debut new offense in 34-25 preseason win over Saints

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kirk Cousins enjoyed his first true taste of Minnesota's new offense — both from under center and watching from the sideline.Cousins was flawless in his lone series in Minnesota's new offensive scheme, backup Sean Mannion delivered a scoring pass under a heavy rush, and the Vikings defeated New Orleans 34-25 in the preseason opener for both clubs Friday night.The game marked the Vikings' first test of their new offense directed by coordinator Kevin Stef...

  • Saints want no more lawsuit on the playoff's 'NOLA no-call'

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were badly burned by the "Nola no-call," but the New Orleans Saints have joined the NFL in opposing a fan's lawsuit seeking damages over the missed penalty that helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the Saints in a January playoff game and move on to the Super Bowl.The lawsuit by attorney and self-proclaimed fan Anthony LeMon resulted in a state judge's recent order that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three game officials submit to questions in Sept...

  • Saints' Brees describes "kinship" with Pelicans' Williamson

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn't see himself and Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and sports.Brees sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans' pro sports scene, and is eager to share what he's learned if it can help Williamson understand the task — and opportunity — at hand."Certainly, I am always going to be there for Zion," Brees said after practic...

  • Ryan Leaf uses his story to help other former NFL players

    Ryan Leaf spent most of his time in prison alone and angry until a military veteran persuaded the former No. 2 overall NFL draft pick to stop self-loathing long enough to help fellow inmates learn to read.Now the once-star college quarterback who is widely considered the biggest bust in league history is helping former players adapt to retirement and hopefully cope far better than he did.Leaf's personal life spiraled out of control after his pro career ended and his addiction to painkillers ...

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