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  • LSU basketball coach regrets not meeting with LSU officials

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade acknowledged making "some mistakes" when he refused to speak with school officials in March regarding a leaked FBI wiretap transcript that raised questions about whether he committed recruiting violations.Wade spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since March 7, the day before he was suspended indefinitely by the university. He answered questions wearing a purple LSU wind-breaker during the opening day of the Southe...

  • Saints' Brees eager to try new things in 19th NFL season

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A playful grin widened across Drew Brees' face while he discussed lining up as a receiver for the read-option plays the Saints installed last season for third-string quarterback Taysom Hill."If they're going to split me out as much, I'm going to need to have some routes that at least I can start working on," Brees said Thursday after a voluntary offseason practice.It sounded like he was joking, but anything's possible.The 40-year-old quarterba...

  • Saints rookie Mack hopes hard lessons at Notre Dame pay off

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Rookie tight end Alize Mack thinks playing with Drew Brees in New Orleans' prolific offense will help him fulfill the potential he never realized at Notre Dame."This offense really allows me to put my talents on display. And that's why I'm really excited.

  • Griffin touts new Pelicans hires as Davis decision looms

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin asserted Tuesday that luring new general manager Trajan Langdon away from a playoff team in Brooklyn is an example of positive momentum in New Orleans that should make Anthony Davis reconsider his trade request.Griffin said he hopes to meet with Davis in Los Angeles, where Davis has an offseason home, around the time player agents are hosting workouts in southern California for clients that are eligible for the NBA's...

  • Pelicans hire Trajan Langdon as general manager

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans' GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.Langdon, whose hiring was announced by the Pelicans on Sunday, is a former Duke and NBA player who also played professionally in Russia, Turkey and Italy. The 43-year-old from Alaska has served as Nets assistant GM since 2016 and helped rebuild Brooklyn into a squad that qualified for the ...

  • Pelicans going at own pace after hitting NBA lottery jackpot

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the NBA city most familiar with "gris-gris," folks see no small measure of poetic justice in the fact that their team will dictate the fate of a coveted prospect named Zion.Mystical explanations aside, the Pelicans are in the driver's seat now — but say they're in no hurry to disclose their plans for likely pick Zion Williamson or disgruntled All-Star Anthony Davis.A franchise that looked downtrodden for months since Davis requested a mid-seaso...

  • New Orleans wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1

    CHICAGO (AP) — Zion Williamson has never been to New Orleans.That may be changing very soon.The Pelicans bucked seriously long odds Tuesday night, winning the NBA draft lottery and the right to have the first chance at selecting the former Duke star next month — and potentially pairing him with Anthony Davis, in what would immediately become one of the league's most intriguing frontcourt duos."I don't believe the universe makes mistakes," said David Griffin, who is ...

  • Saints safety draws high praise from coaches at rookie camp

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Former Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson completed all of two rookie minicamp practices when Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn predicted that defensive coordinator Dennis Allen would find a way to carve out playing time for New Orleans' fourth-round draft choice."It's limitless what this player can do," Glenn said Saturday. "We're just excited to have him and I'm sure DA's going to make schemes to be able to use this player, to...

  • Browns rookie cornerback Williams looks the part

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — With a bright smile, easygoing nature and similar facial expressions, rookie cornerback Greedy Williams looks like a young Chris Rock.He's a dead ringer for the comedian."I tell people, that's my father," Williams joked.The only rock the Browns need him to be is in their secondary.After questions about his toughness and tackling dropped him to the second round of last week's NFL draft, Williams was selected by Cleveland, which traded up three spots ...

  • Saints GM Loomis: Draft trades true to team philosophy

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton left no doubt about their willingness to give up multiple draft picks — in the present and future — to go after prospects they like.New Orleans began the draft not slated to pick until near the end of the second round — 62nd overall — and with no other selections in the first four rounds.Two trades later, the Saints had acquired Texas A&M center Erik McCoy 48th overall and Florida sa...

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