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  • Delpit caps unusual season for LSU with trip to title game

    Grant Delpit has had an unusual season.LSU's star safety switched positions early in the year to compensate for an injured teammate. Later in the season, he was the injured player and the Tigers' defense suffered from Delpit being limited by a sore ankle.That didn't stop Delpit from winning the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back or keep No. 1 LSU (14-0) from reaching the College Football Playoff with a perfect record.In a case of fortuitous timing for the Tigers, Del...

  • Saints eager to tackle tougher road to Super Bowl

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second time since 2011, a Saints team coached by Sean Payton and quarterbacked by Drew Brees has finished a regular season 13-3, only to learn that was not good enough to secure a top-two playoff seed in the NFC and a first-round bye.In both cases, remarkably, New Orleans was edged out by the same two franchises: Green Bay and San Francisco.The Saints' 2011 postseason ended in the divisional round in San Francisco in one of the most thrilling and heartbreakin...

  • Replay dominated sports in 2019, and expect more this year

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the moment two officials failed to throw a flag for obvious pass interference on a play that helped decide the NFC championship — stunning the players, coaches and millions of fans — officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019.No matter the sport, fans and competitors were frustrated by inconsistent standards and rules that prevent some obvious mistakes from being changed. But those same fans and competitors also complain about long delays...

  • Some of 2019's most memorable games decided by blown calls

    The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs.The Auburn Tigers were sure they'd get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let it go.Not long after, the guys in stripes weren't so lax, whistling a disputed foul that sent the Cavaliers to the line for the winning free throws.Some of the year's most memorable games were decid...

  • Saints finish 13-3 but miss out on first-round bye

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It turns out 13 wins weren't enough to earn the New Orleans Saints a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.The runaway winners of the NFC South will have to win an extra game if they hope to reach the Super Bowl. They'll be the No.

  • Waiting game: 15 days between CFP semifinals, championship

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The matchup is set for a tantalizing College Football Playoff national championship game.On one side, defending champion Clemson, with its 29-game winning streak. On the other, unbeaten and No.

  • LSU cruises, Clemson survives for title game clash

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — LSU has the Heisman-winning quarterback and Clemson brings the 29-game winning streak. The College Football Playoff has delivered another doozy for its title game, and it features two teams of Tigers who haven't lost a game this season.They pushed through the CFP semifinals Saturday in drastically different ways.

  • Breathtaking: Burrow throws 7 TDs, LSU routs Oklahoma 63-28

    ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers turned in a first half for the ages, a breathtaking offensive display even as their coordinator grieved a horrific tragedy from his box high above the field.This team from the bayou is truly something special.With one more victory, it will be a national champion.In his first game as a Heisman Trophy winner, Burrow threw for seven touchdowns and 493 yards as No. 1 LSU romped to a stunning 63-28 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifi...

  • Saints' mental, physical toughness tested in latest win

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints' playoff readiness was tested during their trip to Tennessee.The results were mostly encouraging.After a first quarter plagued by penalties and defensive breakdowns, the Saints were down by two touchdowns on the road, in the rain, against a Titans team also trying to earn a postseason berth. New Orleans' response was emphatic; the Saints outscored Tennessee 38-14 the rest of the way to win by 10."Definitely a tough situation," Sai...

  • Playoff matchups: OU slowdown vs LSU; Clemson keys on Young

    The four College Football Playoff teams rank in the top five nationally in points per game and yards per game.For defenses to determine who wins this championship, there might be a turnover here, a sack there and a couple of clutch red-zone stops.Coaches who faced each team say there are several key matchups that could decide Saturday's semifinals:No. 1 LSU (13-0) vs. No.

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