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  • Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Penn State top 1st CFP rankings

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two from the Big Ten. Two from the Southeastern Conference. And the undefeated defending national champions on the outside looking in — for now.Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State were the top four teams Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff selection committee's first rankings of the season.Next up was Clemson, winner of two of the last three playoffs, followed by Georgia and Oregon.

  • NFL at 100: Saints top Falcons in post-Katrina 'Domecoming'

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The half-century-old rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints produced a moment so poignant that a statue was placed outside the Superdome to commemorate it.The 9-foot bronze, entitled "Rebirth," depicts the moment New Orleans special teams standout Steve Gleason dove to block Michael Koenen's punt in the opening minutes of the Saints' first game in the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina had torn open the stadium's roof — with...

  • Colonels grab dramatic road win at Incarnate Word, 27-23

    SAN ANTONIO, TX – Nicholls State University sophomore Julien Gums rushed for a career-high 178 yards and his second touchdown put Nicholls ahead in the final minutes as the No. 24/25 Colonels hung on for a 27-23 victory over Incarnate Word on Saturday evening at Benson Stadium.Gums was the workhorse for the Colonels on the game-winning drive, accounting for 68 of the 74 yards. His 1-yard touchdown run with 3:27 on the clock erased the UIW (5-4, 4-3 SLC) lead which it had just taken four mi...

  • Tarpons roll to third-straight, while Trojans fall

    A month ago, South Lafourche was winless and desperately searching for offensive answers. But on Friday night, they’ll be playing for a district championship.The Tarpons’ recent roll continued on Friday in a 30-7 win over Ellender, the team’s third-straight win of the season after an 0-6 start.With the victory, the Tarpons are now 3-1 in district play. They will take on Assumption Friday night and, if successful, they’ll earn a piece of the district title, a feat that not...

  • Streaking Saints intent on keeping momentum off bye week

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints are playing so well, they were not thrilled with having a week off, even though it occurred at what normally is the perfect time.Coming off a bye halfway through the season, New Orleans will take a six-game winning streak into its home matchup with Atlanta on Sunday. The most recent two were dominant — a 36-25 win at Chicago in which the Bears scored two touchdowns in the final 2:31, followed by a 31-9 victory at home against Arizona."Everybody has ...

  • LSU Linebacker Divinity has left the team

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says pass-rushing outside linebacker Michael Divinity has left the team for personal reasons.The announcement on Monday of Divinity's departure comes just six days before the No. 1 Tigers travel to second-ranked Alabama on Saturday in a clash of unbeaten teams with College Football Playoff implications.While Divinity tied for the team lead in sacks in 2018, he has played a reduced role this season because of the return of top edge pass rushe...

  • For playoff contenders, starting third has been bad news

    If the five-year history of the College Football Playoff has taught us anything it is this: Don't start off third in the initial rankings.The 13-member selection committee headed by Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens gathered at a hotel in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday to hammer out its first top 25 of the season. It will be revealed Tuesday night.It will provide the first look at what the committee is thinking about the contenders. LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State are all ex...

  • Saints fans mix rooting with Mardi Gras Indian-style chants

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It sounded like an indoor Mardi Gras Indian march.The Crunch Crew, an extended family of devoted Who Dats, gathered at a suburban-style house on Desire Drive in Gentilly Woods to watch the Saints tame the Bears on Oct. 20. Drums thundered, cowbells clanked, and everyone chanted call- and response-style rhymes toward the widescreen television on the living room wall."Who got the CheeWees?

  • Saints hit bye week gratified by their resilience, balance

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Michael Thomas' prolific receiving and Cam Jordan's pass-rushing prowess setting the tone, the Saints spent most of the past six weeks disproving the notion that they would sink without record-setting quarterback Drew Brees.Now Brees is back and in form, and the Saints will emerge from this weekend's bye on a six-game winning streak that has validated their Super Bowl-contending credentials and given them confidence in how well-balanced and resilient the...

  • Pelicans beat Nuggets for first victory of season

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans' matchup against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets looked troublesome on paper, yet a stunning performance by Jahlil Okafor lifted the Pelicans to their first win of the young season.Okafor scored 26 points, Brandon Ingram added 25 and the Pelicans beat the Nuggets 122-107 on Thursday night as New Orleans claimed it first victory in five games.The Pelicans' defensive performance — particularly against Jokic, the reigning first-tea...

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