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  • LSU brings improved special teams to Auburn

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The last two times LSU and Auburn met, special teams figured prominently.Now 12th-ranked LSU is hoping noticeable improvements in its kicking game can tip the balance at No. 7 Auburn on Saturday.New kicker Cole Tracy, a graduate transfer from Division II Assumption College, already has booted two field goals of 50 yards or more and has yet to miss any of his five attempts.

  • Saints' Drew Brees braces for improving Browns

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is in his 13th year playing for the Saints — and it's been about that long since he's beaten the Cleveland Browns.Brees' first game with New Orleans was a victory at Cleveland in 2006. The Browns have won the past two meetings in 2010 and 2014."Man, they've been tough games against these guys," Brees recalled this week as he prepared for his latest clash with Cleveland on Sunday.While the Saints (0-1) made the playoffs last seas...

  • Saints not worried about unbalanced offense _ yet

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees isn't worried about the Saints' conspicuously heavy reliance on the passing game during a season-opening loss.On one hand, the result begs the question of how much the four-game suspension of running back Mark Ingram is affecting New Orleans' ability to gain advantages in time of possession from running the ball. At the same time, one game does not make a trend and it's hard to be overly critical of an approach that produced 475 yards and 40 ...

  • No. 12 LSU, No. 7 Auburn in pivotal SEC West showdown

    Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season:GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn: LSU's the lower-ranked team, but has won eight of the last 11 meetings in this series.

  • Saints' Payton focuses on accountability after stunning loss

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton spent the first part of Monday urging players and his own coaching staff to acknowledge everything they did wrong heading into a surprising season-opening loss to Tampa Bay."Today's a tough day in our league, obviously, after a loss like that," Payton said. "It wasn't a good tape.

  • No. 12 LSU unhappy with passing game as No. 7 Auburn looms

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Preseason talk about LSU relying more on its passing game this season has transitioned into a search for explanations about why that hasn't happened during the 12th-ranked Tigers' first two games.New quarterback Joe Burrow has completed fewer than half of his pass attempts for 291 yards so far. LSU might be in trouble if not for the emergence of senior running back Nick Brossette, who has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in victories over Miami and Southeastern Lo...

  • Trojans win thriller, while Tarpons struggle against rival

    The beautiful thing about sports is that whether you’re a 70-year-fan or a youngster attending your first-ever game, there’s always that chance that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before that leaves you in awe.Just ask the folks who attended Central Lafourche’s game with Carver on Friday night. They were witnesses to one of the wildest, craziest finishes in the history of the Trojans football program.Carver led the Trojans 18-15 late in the fourth quarter an...

  • Saints defense humbled by Buccaneers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore sat on the turf with his hands on his knees, disconsolate as he watched Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans coast into the end zone after beating him for a 50-yard touchdown.It was a stark contrast to last November, when Evans caught one pass for 13 yards and received a one-game suspension after blindsiding Lattimore during a scuffle in the Saints' 30-10 victory at the Superdome.This time, the Buccaneers' offense socked t...

  • No. 11 LSU struggles in stints, defeats SE Louisiana 31-0

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly a third of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow's yards passing came on a heave up for grabs as time expired in the first half.Tigers receiver Stephen Sullivan rose up and snagged it over a crowd of players and held on to the 40-yard touchdown catch as his helmet popped off.That play was indicative of how No. 11 LSU beat Southeastern Louisiana by a convincing 31-0 score on Saturday night.

  • Dauphine romps as Tulane rolls over Nicholl State 42-17

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Corey Dauphine broke free for two long scoring sprints in the first half and Tulane rolled over Nicholls State 42-17 on Saturday night.Dauphine, who finished with 152 yards on six carries, rushed for 107 yards and two scores on just two carries in the first half. Dauphine got loose for scores of 38 and 69 yards in successive possessions to give Tulane a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.Nicholls, coming off a 26-23 upset of Kansas in overtime last week, closed to 28-...

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