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  • Saints' Payton eyes history in finale vs. Panthers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton wants to make history this weekend.How badly remains to be seen. That will be judged in part by the players he tries to win with when the playoff-bound Saints (13-2) host the reeling Carolina Panthers (6-9) on Sunday.With the Saints having clinched the NFC's No. 1 seed and Carolina out of the playoffs, this matchup has "low stakes" written all over it — except for one thing Payton made a point of mentioning."We have a cha...

  • Saints' Payton mum on rust vs rest considerations

    By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports WriterNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton bristled on Monday when pressed about whether he intended to protect certain starters from potential injury by sitting them out of New Orleans' anti-climactic regular season finale."We're going to prepare to play Carolina and continue to work on getting better in the areas we need to," Payton asserted. "I can't be any more clear; we'll approach it just like we would any regular seaso...

  • Saints cite miscues for recent scoring slippage

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dismisses the notion that the Saints' recent downturn in scoring is a sign of vulnerability.Either that or the 18-year veteran knows better than to acknowledge their past three opponents might have been on to something."Bottom line is this: Regardless of how those games played out for the first 3-1/2 quarters, we went into these last two games on the road, in the division, down at half, down going into the fourth quarter and found a way to win,"...

  • Saints seek top NFC seed, while Steelers eye division title

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — While Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan stressed that New Orleans doesn't fear going on the road in the playoffs, he readily acknowledged the advantages of staying in the Superdome.New Orleans (12-2) can lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a victory over visiting Pittsburgh (8-5-1) on Sunday."That would be huge," said Jordan, referencing what he calls "dome-field advantage."The Saints did fine on the road this season, going 7-1. They...

  • Saints' D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints still have one of the league's top-scoring offenses, but lately it's the defense that's been carrying the NFL's most complete team.On a night when Brees and the offense couldn't get much going and made some uncharacteristic mistakes, New Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in a 12-9 victory on Monday night, moving the Saints into position to lock up home-field advantage in the NFC pl...

  • Saints' sweep of Panthers never far from QB Newton's mind

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton keeps a black and yellow broom he was "gifted" by the Saints hanging in his locker, some omnipresent motivation after what happened a year ago when the Panthers met up with their NFC South rivals.New Orleans swept Carolina, winning both regular-season games in 2017 before eliminating the Panthers from the first round of the playoffs in January with a 31-26 win at the Superdome.The rematch is never far from Newton's mind."If you need any ...

  • Hill's unconventional climb making Saints a greater threat

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints third-string quarterback Taysom Hill never envisioned launching his body across the path of a punted ball when he arrived in New Orleans last season to serve as an understudy to record-setting passer Drew Brees.Yet his momentum-changing blocked punt in last week's comeback victory at Tampa Bay became just his latest highlight that has nothing to do with dropping back from the line of scrimmage and throwing a football.It has become increasingly apparent this ...

  • 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,"...

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