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  • Saints defense optimistic it can hold up without Rankins

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints third-year defensive tackle David Onyemata plans to spend Tuesday — the players' usual day off — performing some extra conditioning work at club headquarters.He is among a trio of defensive linemen likely headed for more snaps against one of the best offenses in the NFL with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.Sheldon Rankins, the Saints' most productive interior defensive lineman, won't play in the NFC title game against the Los Angeles...

  • Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse.After all, Payton's Saints won a Super Bowl with the help of a surprise onside kick nine years ago, and now New Orleans is one home victory away from its first Super Bowl since then — thanks to a pair of aggressive and pivotal fourth-down play calls when the Saints were trying to come back from a two-touchdown deficit."We needed to shift momentum and we were able to, fortunately, and tak...

  • Saints WR Thomas unstoppable force for Eagles defense

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Drew Brees sermonized his teammates in a pregame huddle, Michael Thomas hung on every word from his quarterback.Thomas seemed mesmerized as Brees pumped up the Saints, never taking his eyes off the Saints star.Then, Thomas ripped apart Philadelphia's defense with 12 receptions for a team playoff record of 171 yards and the winning touchdown as New Orleans beat the defending champion Eagles 20-14 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game.Brees targeted Thomas ...

  • Davis parlayed Saints deal into career year, playoff debut

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Demario Davis reflected on his decision to sign with New Orleans last offseason, the reasons the linebacker listed had little to do with the style of defense the Saints played or even the role the club envisioned for him.Mainly, he said, it was the opportunity to play on the same team as Drew Brees — who Davis sees as the game's greatest quarterback — and the likelihood of experiencing the playoffs for the first time in his seven-year career."Th...

  • Saints: Payton used Lombardi Trophy, cash, as motivation

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Lombardi Trophy, stacks of cash totaling more than $200,000 and a Super Bowl ring — flanked by armed guards — were among the sights Saints players saw when they showed up at team headquarters this week to prepare for their playoff opener.Several players said after practice Wednesday that coach Sean Payton put the iconic silver trophy and the approximate amount of bonus money paid to Super Bowl-winning players on display to remind them of what could be t...

  • Recently banged-up Saints line showing signs of healing

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Saints starting right guard Larry Warford came out of the trainer's room, he scooped a mini basketball off the floor of the locker room and casually executed a quick, spinning dribble around a teammate.Combine that with left tackle Terron Armstead practicing for the first time in more than two weeks and versatile left guard Andrus Peat asserting that a recent hand injury wouldn't slow him down, and things are starting to look up for New Orleans' recent...

  • Waters, Bigby-Williams lead LSU past Alabama, 88-79

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU point guard Tremont Waters was sitting on the floor when he broke Alabama's back.Waters capped his 19-point, seven-assist performance by rifling a pass under the hoop from a seated position to set up Darius Days' dunk, and LSU defeated Alabama 88-79 on Tuesday night."He should be on the baseball team at LSU," Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said while discussing Waters' pivotal pass that helped stunt Alabama's late comeback bid. "...

  • Saints stressing Eagles' transformation since previous game

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints linebacker A.J. Klein gushed over the poise and postseason accomplishments of Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles.Philadelphia had better hope Klein is right, because the Superdome was home to Eagles starter Carson Wentz's worst game this season before he went out with a back injury.Bringing heavy pressure amid the deafening din of the Superdome, the Saints stifled Wentz in a 48-7 rout back in mid-November, holding him to season worsts of 57.6 percent passi...

  • South Lafourche Bass Masters complete 2018 season

    Another year is “in the books”, and for the South Lafourche Bassmasters 2018 was unlike any other.Third-year member Quintin Gondran of Raceland did what was thought to be impossible, running away with Angler of the Year by way of a perfect score.By winning six out of the year’s twelve monthly tournaments, Gondran finished with 300 points—something never done before in the club’s history.An avid hunter, Gondran fished only the months of March through October, taking ...

  • Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 'Bama for national title

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dabo Swinney kissed the championship trophy and proclaimed this Clemson team the greatest of all time.He's got a case.With stunning ease — and a freshman quarterback — Clemson toppled college football's greatest dynasty again to become the first perfect playoff champion.Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national champio...

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