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  • Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

    ATLANTA (AP) — That super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff. The New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too.So after Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl, he perfectly summed up the 13-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams."Finally got a touchdown and the defense played the best game of the year," Brady said.In a season in which all sorts of offensive records were s...

  • After further (judicial) review: No do-over of Rams-Saints

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticketholders for a full or partial do-over of this year's NFC championship game because of a blown "no-call" by game officials was rejected Thursday by a federal judge.NFL officials have acknowledged that flags should have been thrown when a Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation time. The Rams won the Jan. 20 conference cham...

  • AP source: LSU, Orgeron in extension talks

    A person familiar with the situation says LSU and coach Ed Orgeron have begun work on the framework of a contract extension with the hope of putting it before the university system's board of supervisors in March.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because negotiations are ongoing and have not been announced.LSU went 10-3 with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Central Florida this past season, which was Orgeron's second full season in charge since he too...

  • Waters scores 36 to lead No. 19 LSU over Texas A&M, 72-57

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — LSU coaches and players had been encouraging Tremont Waters to stop being hesitant and take more open 3-pointers in the days leading up to Wednesday's game against Texas A&M.Waters took their advice to heart and it led to a huge night.The sophomore scored a season-high 36 points and made a career-best six 3s in carrying No. 19 LSU to its 10th straight victory, 72-57 over the struggling Aggies."I've been working on them. I just let them fly and...

  • Saints' Payton: ice cream, binge-watching, bring consolation

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton turned to ice cream, binge-watching and seclusion after his team's football season came to an excruciating end.Payton was finally ready on Wednesday to stand in front of reporters for his NFL-mandated, end-of-season media availability, some 10 days after New Orleans' 26-23 overtime loss in an NFC championship game marred by one of the most glaring officiating errors in NFL history — the non-call of pass interference and helmet-to-...

  • Lady Patriots triumph over Lady Tarpons

    The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team has had a leg up on just about everyone its faced in the past three or four years. But on Friday, an old nemesis again got in the way of the Lady Tarpons and their quest to win the District 7-4A Championship.South Lafourche lost 57-42 at Ellender in the House of Pain, the second-straight season the Lady Patriots defeat the Lady Tarpons in District play.The loss avenged South Lafourche’s early-season win over the Lady Patriots at a tournament...

  • Saints start offseason with odd mix of bitterness, optimism

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints punter Thomas Morstead is having a tougher time taking the high road after a second consecutive season ended in stunned disappointment — this time because of officiating, rather than an opponent's late-game heroics.Morstead drew headlines for his sportsmanship — not to mention an outpouring of financial support for his charitable endeavors — by volunteering to return to the field from the visitor's locker room in Minnesota for a require...

  • Lady Tarpons make a statement in district opener

    The South Lafourche High School girls’ basketball team made a clear statement on Friday night, they’ll be a huge factor in how the District 7-4A Championship chase plays out.The Lady Tarpons beat South Terrebonne 37-29 in the district opener, arguably the biggest win of the season for a youthful Lady Tarpons team that graduated the core of a roster that made the Class 4A State Semifinals last spring.South Lafourche is now 17-6 on the season and 1-0 in district play.In beating the Lad...

  • Column: Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl.On Sunday, the league might have made enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks.The most egregious gaffe came in the NFC title game in New Orleans. The Saints were in position to put away the Rams when Tommylee Lewis blatantly was interfered with inside the Los Angeles 5-yard line by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

  • Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans' bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was.And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.Officials could have cal...

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