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  • Saints get revenge for 'miracle' in 30-20 win over Vikings

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No miraculous play was needed for New Orleans to win this game in Minnesota, no where-were-you moment that instantly went viral.Drew Brees and the Saints simply scored some revenge for their last-second loss in the playoffs last season by taking advantage of two key turnovers, including a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by P.J. Williams, in a 30-20 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night."This one had a little extra special meaning," Brees said, fl...

  • Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 25 with 1st CFP rankings

    Something to keep in mind as the College Football Playoff selection committee prepares to release its first rankings of the season on Tuesday: In the four-year history of the CFP, the top of the committee's first rankings have never matched The Associated Press poll that immediately preceded it.Three times the CFP and AP have had three of the same four teams in the top four, but never in the same exact spots. Last season, the two rankings had only two of the same teams in the top four. Twice...

  • No. 23 LSU enters new season with high hopes, heavy hearts

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Second-year LSU coach Will Wade has recruited his way into the national rankings.Time will tell if a No. 23 Tigers team relying on a sophomore point guard, a senior transfer from Oregon and trio of highly touted freshmen can fulfill that promise — all while they cope with the recent fatal shooting of a teammate.The death of forward Wayde Sims, a Baton Rouge native whose father also played for LSU, will be forever intertwined with the Tigers' season."I...

  • LSU's Orgeron hopes coaches demand change to targeting rule

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron hopes coaches will band together and demand changes to NCAA football's targeting rule and how it is enforced.Orgeron's suggestion comes just days after a target foul called last weekend LSU linebacker Devin White, a penalty which triggered White's suspension for the first half of the fourth-ranked Tigers' next game against No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 3.Orgeron said he favors rules designed to protect players' heads, however, he said the...

  • Giants trade cornerback Eli Apple to New Orleans Saints

    The New York Giants have sent "the other Eli" to the New Orleans Saints.Not Eli Manning. Eli Apple.The Giants on Tuesday traded the cornerback who was the 10th pick overall in the 2016 draft to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020.Like all trades, it will not be official until Apple passes a physical.The move marks the second time in a week the Giants (1-6) have parted ways with a recent first-round draft pick. Last week, they waived tackle Ereck Flo...

  • Davis scores 34, Pelicans top Clippers 116-109

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis did exactly what New Orleans has come to expect and Pelicans newcomer Elfrid Payton showed his hometown more of what he has to offer when clutch play is in demand.Davis highlighted a 34-point, 13-rebound, five-block performance with a left-wing 3 with less than two minutes remaining, Payton added a back-breaking 3 in the final minute of his first 20-point performance for the Pelicans, and New Orleans remained unbeaten through three games with a 116-109 vict...

  • Trojans, Tarpons both lose tough road games

    David almost slayed Goliath at Tom B. Smith Stadium on Friday night.But at the end of the day, the mighty Terrebonne High School Tigers made one, last play, which enabled them to narrowly escape the onslaught from underdog Central Lafourche.The Tigers beat the Trojans 25-17 on Friday night, improving to 8-0 on the season, while the Trojans dropped to 5-3.The game was close throughout a surprising defensive struggle given that both teams have explosive offenses.The Trojans had a chance to possibl...

  • Defense leads No. 5 LSU past No. 22 MSU, 19-3

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Boos rained down from the Tiger Stadium stands, even as quarterback Joe Burrow kneeled to close out No. 5 LSU's latest convincing victory over a ranked opponent.It was an unusual scene spawned by an unfortunate play that could carry considerable implications going forward.Michael Divinity Jr.'s interception set up Nick Brossette's short touchdown run, Cole Tracy kicked four field goals, and LSU beat No.

  • Brees makes exclusive 500 club, beats Ravens for first time

    BALTIMORE (AP) — So, Drew Brees finally beat the Baltimore Ravens. Years from now, the remarkable New Orleans quarterback will hopefully recall the comeback he engineered and 500th career touchdown pass — and not the unusual fashion in which the Saints won the game.By virtue of the first missed conversion in Justin Tucker's seven-year career, the Saints pulled out a 24-23 victory Sunday.The Ravens were the only team Brees had never beaten. Granted, the teams meet only once every ...

  • Mirotic, Davis push Pelicans past Kings, 149-129

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Anthony Davis wasn't soaring to the rim to slam down alley-oop lobs, Nikola Mirotic was burying a barrage of 3s that had the crowd chanting his name.By the end of the night, the New Orleans Pelicans were getting a standing ovation for their highest single-game point total in franchise history.Mirotic scored 36 points, Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the pace-pushing Pelicans continued their torrid start to the season with a 149-129 victory over ...

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