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  • Surging Saints brace for desperate Eagles

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If the Philadelphia Eagles are to snap out of their Super Bowl hangover and re-establish a measure of credibility to their title defense, this would be the week to do it.The Eagles (4-5) visit the Superdome on Sunday to take on the Saints (8-1), whose eight straight victories represent the longest active winning streak in the NFL.When the season began, the Eagles' visit looked like one of the tougher games on New Orleans' schedule. Now, odds makers are listing th...

  • Colonels trounce rival Southeastern to earn Southland title

    THIBODAUX, La. - For the second time in program history, the Nicholls State University football team is Southland Conference champions. The No.

  • LSU, former coach Les Miles agree to $1.5M buyout settlement

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU and Les Miles have completed a $1.5 million lump-sum settlement that relieves the university of paying its former coach an additional $5 million through 2023.Vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva says the agreement allows both parties to "move on."Miles was fired four games into the 2016 season, but was due a buyout of around $12.9 million at the time.LSU was able to pay Miles' buyout in installments over about eight years, but the s...

  • With Saints, Marshall plans to rediscover "greatness."

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Brandon Marshall takes nothing for granted when discussing his opportunity to join the Saints' seemingly inevitable march to the postseason."Let's not jump ahead. I've got a lot of learning to do and a lot of catching up," Marshall said after his first practice with New Orleans on Wednesday.

  • Mays scores 19, No. 22 LSU tops Memphis 85-76

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Skylar Mays' soaring, one-handed, frenzy-inciting jam on a determined drive down the lane made it clear he won't always be overshadowed by the highly regarded recruits that have made LSU basketball relevant again.Mays scored 19 points, transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams added a career-high 14, and No. 22 LSU held off a relentless effort by first-year coach Penny Hardaway's Memphis squad, 85-76 on Tuesday night."It felt good, mainly because it could get ...

  • As many as 9 SEC schools could have 1st-round draft picks

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Alabama set an SEC record with 12 players taken in the 2018 NFL draft, including four in the first round.The top-ranked Crimson Tide are sure to have several high draft picks in next year's draft, too, but there are players at many other SEC schools that are also likely to hear their names called in the first round of the 2019 draft.According to several mock draft boards the SEC could have first-rounders from as many as nine schools.Not surprisingly the to...

  • Saints, Brees piling up points at franchise-record rate

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The dynamic Saints running back duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara agree that the word "savage" best describes New Orleans' offense.Certainly, the Saints are scoring so often, and in so many ways, it's enough to bruise defenders' egos."I'm glad we don't have to play them," Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone said Monday, a day after New Orleans broke the 50-point mark in a victory over Cincinnati.Even by the lofty standards offensive-...

  • Fourcade helps Nicholls to 47-14 win over Stephen F. Austin

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Chase Fourcade threw three touchdown passes in the first half as Nicholls jumped out to an early lead and coasted to a 47-14 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.Nicholls (7-3, 6-2), which has won six of its last seven games, entered the game in a tie atop the Southland Conference with Incarnate Word and McNeese.Fourcade finished the evening with four touchdown tosses and 261 passing yards.

  • No. 10 LSU, Orgeron, eye Tigers' best season since 2012

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Although LSU cannot win the Southeastern Conference championship, victories in its next two games will result in a regular season that exceeded expectations by a wide margin.The 10th-ranked Tigers need to beat Rice this Saturday and Texas A&M in College Station the following week for their first 10-win regular season since 2012. That probably also would put LSU in a New Year's Six Bowl.So while coach Ed Orgeron hoped the Tigers could contend for a championsh...

  • Brees passes Favre with 3 TDs, Saints crush Bengals 51-14

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Drew Brees and the Saints rocked Paul Brown Stadium from the opening drive, scoring every time they got the ball except for the last one.Then they cranked up the music in the locker room until the cinderblock walls were vibrating, too.For New Orleans, it was as much fun as it gets in the NFL.Brees threw three touchdown passes in a blistering first half, moving ahead of Brett Favre for second place on the career list, and New Orleans rolled to its eighth straight victory S...

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