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  • 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...

  • Saints redeemed secondary confident vs. high-powered Rams

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Marshon Lattimore and the Saints' secondary no longer look — or sound — haunted by the "Minnesota Miracle" touchdown pass that stunningly ended their playoffs one year ago."We don't panic. We don't do none of that," Lattimore said.

  • Rams-Saints Matchups

    The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough dashes of defense to negate the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams.Will that be the proper recipe?Here's how they match up:WHEN LOS ANGELES HAS THE BALLBalance is the keyword to the Rams' offense, starting with the NFL's most versatile running back, All-Pro Todd Gurley (30). Gurley not only led the NFL ...

  • Brees first game at 40 his biggest in 9 years

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees is about to play his first game as a 40-year-old — and his biggest game in nine years.When the Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game in New Orleans on Sunday, it'll be the first time Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, has played for the conference title since the 2009 season. Brees turned 31 shortly before the Saints defeated Minnesota en route to the franchise's lone Super Bowl.One of the enduring images from that champio...

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