WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:12:01 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Saints' new secondary braces for Falcons http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-new-secondary-braces-for-falcons-67903/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-new-secondary-braces-for-falcons-67903/ Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 3:35:20 PM APNewsNow Saints' new secondary braces for Falcons

METAIRIE - Saints cornerback Terrence Frederick says the time he spent practicing alongside safety Pierre Warren in the offseason and training camp appears to be paying off at a crucial time.

The two went their separate ways after the preseason, with Frederick joining New Orleans practice squad and Warren getting cut before being signed to Minnesota's practice squad.

Now they're together again - not as reserves competing for roster spots but as starters trying to help the Saints make the playoffs.

The pair comprises part of a secondary overhaul that got results last Monday night in Chicago, but likely will be tested more against Atlanta on Sunday.

In Chicago, the Saints allowed 194 yards passing, well below their average of 257.1 yards per game, which ranks 26th in the league.

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Pelicans waive guard Gal Mekel http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-waive-guard-gal-mekel/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-waive-guard-gal-mekel/ Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:31:17 AM APNewsNow Pelicans waive guard Gal Mekel

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Pelicans have waived point guard Gal Mekel, who was acquired earlier this month.

The 6-foot-3, 191-pound Mekel was signed on Dec. 5 and appeared in four games for the Pelicans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.

A native of Israel, Mekel played in college at Wichita State and appeared in 31 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks, who also had Mekel on their roster during this past preseason before releasing him into free agency.

The move trims New Orleans' roster to 14.

The Pelicans, who won in Houston on Thursday night, next play at home on Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI http://www.wbrz.com/news/gold-medalist-michael-phelps-pleads-guilty-to-dui/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gold-medalist-michael-phelps-pleads-guilty-to-dui/ Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 9:00:34 AM Juliet Linderman Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

BALTIMORE - Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Baltimore almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in Baltimore City District Court on Friday morning. He was sentenced to a year and a half of probation.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old Phelps was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line while driving in a tunnel. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

A week after his arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months.

Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October. This is his second DUI conviction. Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2004 in another Maryland county.

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Blaire Bass: The Auburn Road to Recovery http://www.wbrz.com/news/blaire-bass-the-auburn-road-to-recovery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/blaire-bass-the-auburn-road-to-recovery/ Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:37:57 PM Seth Lewis Blaire Bass: The Auburn Road to Recovery

NEW ROADS, LA - Blaire Bass celebrated signing day like any other high school senior.

A big celebration in the gym of her school, Catholic of Pointe Coupee, surrounded by family and friends congratulating her as she signed with Auburn. But the road leading east to Auburn, Alabama was neither smooth nor easy. 

Bass was involved in a major car accident before her sophomore year that threatened her life and her ability to move.

"We prayed that she could walk," Blaire's mom, Melissa Bass said. "We didn't know. Probably 3 or 4 days when they got her up actually and she was a fighter."

Bass broke her arm, had multiple breaks in her leg, and a brain contusion. She required two rods, six screws, plastic surgery on her face and she needed a spine infusion. 

"Of course I was fortunate enough to be alive but I wanted to play softball," Blaire Bass said. "I wanted to get back on the field and get a scholarship that I have now so it was a frustrating time."

There were other disappointments along the way. Beth Torina and the LSU Tigers, once high on Bass, backed away after the injury. Meanwhile the hornets won the state title the following season, a championship bass had to watch from the sideline.

"I was not able to touch a softball for a whole year so I didn't know where I'd end up," Blaire said.

"Blaire's wanted to be successful," Lauren Doucet, Blaire's coach at Catholic of Pointe Coupee, added. "She said for a long time she wanted to play in the SEC to go to a large division one school she was determined and refused to be told no."

Blaire returned to the field as a junior, promptly hit .372 with 2 home runs and 21 RBI.
She earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers of Auburn, which she signed last month in November.

Blaire now says she feels even better than she did before the accident. It's due to her determination and will power, as the last thing she's looking for is the pity of other people.

"I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me for what I have," Blaire explained. "I can't control what I have. I just want to be a normal person working hard playing the sport that they love."

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Outdoors Report: Bow Shopping http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-bow-shopping/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-bow-shopping/ Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 9:48:16 PM Seth Lewis Outdoors Report: Bow Shopping

PORT ALLEN - Even in the outdoor world there are last minute shoppers looking for the right gift for their kids. John Jackson shows how you can put the perfect bow on your shopping list.

Bows are the perfect gift for kids that love outdoors, but maybe your stuck on if you should purchase a professional bow or kids bow for that kid. At Spillway Sportsman, they provide the perfect tweener bow, that can grow with your kid for the next four to five years.

The bow is not only one that can legitimately hunt deer, but it can also double as a bow dad's can use on a limited drawing and bow fish with. It's also great for women and smaller framed men, as they max out at about 40-50 pounds. 

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Pelicans soar past Rockets 99-90 http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-soar-past-rockets-99-90/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-soar-past-rockets-99-90/ Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 9:12:42 PM Associated Press Pelicans soar past Rockets 99-90

HOUSTON (AP) - Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

The Pelicans trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before using a 7-0 run to take a 79-73 lead and they didn't trail again. Ryan Anderson scored the last five points on that spurt to help New Orleans snap a six-game skid in Houston.

Jrue Holiday added 16 points with 10 assists for New Orleans and Anderson had 16 points.

James Harden scored 21 and Dwight Howard had 17 points with 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost for just the second time in nine games.

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LSU defeats UAB 79-70 on the road http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-uab-79-70-on-the-road/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-uab-79-70-on-the-road/ Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 8:57:59 PM Associated Press LSU defeats UAB 79-70 on the road

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jarell Martin and Keith Hornsby combined to score 49 points to help LSU overcome an early 11-point deficit and defeat UAB 79-70 Thursday night.

Martin scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Hornsby added 24 points. They combined to score 16 points in the first 8½ minutes of the second half, as the Tigers roared back after trailing 39-33 at halftime.

Jordan Mickey added 13 points and eight rebounds and blocked seven shots for the Tigers (8-2), who won their fourth consecutive game.

UAB made three 3-pointers in the first five minutes to jump out to a 17-6 lead. The Blazers (4-7) remained in front for the rest of the half, using a 3-pointer by Robert Brown to take a 39-33 halftime lead.

LSU scored six straight points to open the second half, tying the game at 39. Moments later, a 3-pointer by Jalyn Patterson gave the Tigers their first lead since the opening minute at 44-42.

LSU quickly pulled away from there, using an 11-2 run in less than three minutes to build a 60-51 lead.

UAB closed the gap to 65-62 with six minutes left, but the Tigers used back-to-back fast-break baskets as part of a 10-3 run to increase their advantage to 75-65.

The Blazers, who lost for the fifth time in seven games, made one more shot from the field and two more 3-pointers than LSU. But the Tigers were 16-of-18 at the foul line, compared to only 3-of-4 for UAB.

Robert Brown led the Blazers with 20 points and five assists.



LSU: Jordan Mickey failed to reach double figures in rebounds for only the fourth time in nine games. He is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The Tigers made 56.7 percent of their shots in the second half (17-of-30).

UAB: Freshman William Lee, the Alabama high school player of the year in 2013-14, had 13 points and five rebounds in his second start of the season. After pulling to within 65-62 late in the second half, the Blazers made only one shot over the next 5½ minutes.


LSU hosts Charleston on Monday.

UAB visits Chattanooga on Monday.

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Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park http://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-sues-over-elevator-shaft-fall-at-fenway-park/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-sues-over-elevator-shaft-fall-at-fenway-park/ Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:41:26 PM APNewsNow Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

BOSTON - A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company.

Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against Fenway Sports Group and Otis Elevator Co. of Farmington, Connecticut. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

The suit says Scotland fell when a closed elevator door opened when she brushed up against it, and she suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, facial fractures and dental damage.

A Red Sox spokesperson declined to comment on the accident, but said all Fenway Park elevators are safe and the team wishes Scotland well.

Messages were left Thursday for an Otis Elevator spokeswoman.

Image: Jones Kelleher

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LSU football players mull decision to leave early http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-players-mull-decision-to-leave-early/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-players-mull-decision-to-leave-early/ Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:37:35 PM Chris Price LSU football players mull decision to leave early

BATON ROUGE - Les Miles is faced once again of the prospect of players leaving early for the NFL draft, although this year's group of LSU applicants is fewer than the past few seasons. 

Players like defensive end Danielle Hunter and guard Vadal Alexander have said they'll wait until after the bowl game until they decide their futures, while wide receiver Travin Dural says he'll return for next season. 

Miles says he gives his players informal advice while they wait on their "draft grades," a scouting report from the NFL which tells players which round they might be taken in the upcoming draft. 

"Conversations are informal until we get the advice from the NFL, and when the NFL comes back and says when it is that is likely when they would be drafted, then things become a little more...there's more information to deal with, decisions can be made more effectively," Miles said.

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LSU holds Gymnastics 101 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-holds-gymnastics-101/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-holds-gymnastics-101/ Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:30:05 PM Jake Terry LSU holds Gymnastics 101

BATON ROUGE - In front of a supportive crowd of 1,308 fans inside the Maravich Center, the preseason third-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted a 196.950 at Gymnastics 101 to close out fall practice Wednesday night.


Several Tigers performed well in the showcase event, led by Jessie Jordan's team-leading 39.500 in the all-around as well as Rheagan Courville's 39.450 total.


"Gymnastics 101 is an opportunity for the team to get out of the practice gym and into the competition arena with a competitive setting," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We're really trying to solidify our lineups and learn about our team under pressure."


LSU responded well under that pressure to earn outstanding scores on bars and beam. Jordan delivered a solid bars routine to tally a 9.925, and sophomore Shae Zamardi put together a quality routine with a stuck landing to score a 9.90. Jessica Savona and Randii Wyrick also provided great routines to tie for third on bars with matching 9.875's.


Freshman Erin Macadaeg showed off her strong beam skills with a phenomenal 9.95 performance to lead the way. Courville posted a 9.90 to place second on beam, and returning beam All-American Sydney Ewing tallied a 9.875 to take third.


"Tonight was awesome," Breaux said. "We know what we can do on vaulting and floor, and that was not our focus tonight. What we were really trying to do was test our depth and stability on bars and beam, and this team proved they are good on all four events."


Courville placed first on vault with a 9.90, and Jordan finished with a team-best 9.90 on floor, followed closely by Savona's 9.875.


Gymnastics 101 marked the conclusion of fall practice for the Tigers. They will turn their attention to the new year and the 2015 regular season opener against Iowa at 7:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 9 inside the Maravich Center.


"This team has set lofty goals. We want to hang a national championship banner in this arena. We want to win an SEC championship," Breaux said. "There are very few teams that have won national championships, and we want to move into that sorority. This team believes they can do it, so we are excited to open the season and get going."


Season tickets are available at a cost of $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-12. Fans can purchase season tickets by visiting www.LSUtix.net, calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.


Fans can follow LSU gymnastics on the team's social media outlets: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter, @LSU_gym on Instagram and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.



Gymnastics 101



#3 LSU - 196.950


Individual (Includes select competitors)


All-Around - 1. Jessie Jordan 39.500, 2. Rheagan Courville 39.450


Vault - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.90


Bars - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.925, 2. Shae Zamardi 9.90, t3. Jessica Savona 9.875, t3. Randii Wyrick 9.875


Beam - 1. Erin Macadaeg 9.95, 2. Rheagan Courville 9.90, 3. Sydney Ewing 9.875


Floor - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, 2. Jessica Savona 9.875



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Brett Beard headed to Live Oak as new football head coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/brett-beard-headed-to-live-oak-as-new-football-head-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brett-beard-headed-to-live-oak-as-new-football-head-coach/ Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:29:54 PM Chris Price Brett Beard headed to Live Oak as new football head coach

BATON ROUGE - After two successful seasons at Woodlawn High, Brett Beard will take over Live Oak as the new head coach of the Eagles. 

Beard guided the Panthers to back-to-back playoff appearances, and this past season led Woodlawn to a regular season win over Warren Easton, at the time the #1 team in the state in Class 4A. 

Beard takes over an Eagles team that finished 4-6 in 2014. 

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Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-rejects-ncaa-concussions-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-rejects-ncaa-concussions-deal/ Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 4:01:19 PM Michael Tarm Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

CHICAGO - A federal judge has rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as too broad.

U.S. District Judge John Lee in Chicago issued a 21-page ruling Wednesday denying preliminary approval. He did say the deal could be altered to address his concerns, which include the scope of the proposal. At an October hearing, he raised similar concerns, saying, "The settlement, as it's constituted, includes every athlete for all time."

Under the settlement, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions. It would also create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes for brain trauma, and set aside $5 million for research.

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Panthers' Newton practicing 8 days after crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/panthers-newton-practicing-8-days-after-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/panthers-newton-practicing-8-days-after-crash/ Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:16:36 AM Steve Reed Panthers' Newton practicing 8 days after crash

CHARLOTTE, NC - Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Newton, wearing a long sleeve black shirt under his red practice jersey and a helmet, participated in all of the team drills Wednesday and did some throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. He didn't do much running.

Coach Ron Rivera is expected to address Newton's status for Sunday's game against the Browns later Wednesday.

Newton missed last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after flipping his truck in a two-vehicle wreck on Dec. 9. Newton suffered two transverse process fractures and was hospitalized overnight after the crash.

The fourth-year quarterback is 3-8-1 this season as Carolina's starter.

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Davis, Southern U rout Champion Baptist 114-50 http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-southern-u-rout-champion-baptist-114-50/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-southern-u-rout-champion-baptist-114-50/ Sports Tue, 16 Dec 2014 7:12:05 PM Michael Cauble Davis, Southern U rout Champion Baptist 114-50

Keith Davis had 22 points with nine rebounds and Tre Lynch chipped in 20 points as Southern rolled past Champion Baptist 114-50 on Tuesday night.

The Jaguars (3-8) shot 64.4 percent from the field, out-rebounded the Tigers 53-18 and had six players in double figures. Southern dominated inside, finishing with 25 layups and five dunks.

Adrian Rogers scored 14 points, Joell Hopkins added 13 and Jared Sam and Trelun Banks each had 12. Sam grabbed 10 boards and blocked two shots.

Champion Baptist, which trailed 44-0 before falling 116-12 last season against Southern, was held to 19-of-61 shooting. Cody Conner paced the Tigers with 17 points and seven boards, while Stephen Hunt and David Garner had eight points apiece.

Davis hit five layups, a dunk and a jumper to move out to a 29-19 lead. Southern rolled to a 57-23 halftime lead and coasted in the second half.

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LSU hoops brings Christmas cheer to children at OLOL http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-brings-christmas-cheer-to-children-at-olol/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-brings-christmas-cheer-to-children-at-olol/ Sports Tue, 16 Dec 2014 8:05:17 PM Chris Price LSU hoops brings Christmas cheer to children at OLOL

BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's basketball team visted with children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Tuesday afternoon, singing Christmas carols for the children and their families and trying to spread some holiday cheer.  

"It was one of the best off-the-court team experiences I've ever had," said Tigers guard Keith Hornsby, who, coincidentally, was mocked by his teammates as having the worst singing voice (his father Bruce is a recording artist). 

"I didn't bring my "A" game for the caroling," Hornsby joked. 

Head coach Johnny Jones and his team distributed autographed basketballs, team posters and other items for the children, who enjoyed the singing and the extra attention.

"The kids get so excited to see someone who cares about them," said Maddie Dumas, who works at OLOL. 

The Tigers return to the court Thursday night, when they face UAB in Birmingham. 

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Brain-injury program working with NFL players http://www.wbrz.com/news/brain-injury-program-working-with-nfl-players/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brain-injury-program-working-with-nfl-players/ Sports Tue, 16 Dec 2014 1:46:14 PM APNewsNow Brain-injury program working with NFL players

LANSING, MI - A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes.

Representatives with the Eisenhower Center announced Tuesday that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program.

The residential neuro-rehabilitation facility is based in Ann Arbor.

The program provides intense treatment for soldiers and athletes recovering from concussions, mild traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems. It evolved from the Eisenhower Center's transitional treatment program to help military members deal with brain injuries.

The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players - or 28 percent - to suffer from Alzheimer's disease or at least moderate dementia someday. Former players have sued, accusing the league of hiding what it knew about concussions and brain injuries to keep players on the field.

Current Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria and former quarterback Eric Hipple attended Tuesday's announcement.

"Nearly one-third of all retired NFL players will suffer from a long-term cognitive problem," Hipple said. "The players and veterans who have gone through the After the Impact program have learned a lot from each other and helped each other on the path to recovery."

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Saints topic of national discussion after Monday night win http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-topic-of-national-discussion-after-monday-night-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-topic-of-national-discussion-after-monday-night-win/ Sports Tue, 16 Dec 2014 8:44:30 AM Brock Sues Saints topic of national discussion after Monday night win

The future for the New Orleans Saints looks a bit brighter this morning after their Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears that placed them back atop the NFC South. The national sports press is abuzz with discussion about what the win portends for the future of the Who Dat Nation, and there's plenty of articles around the web to dive into to try to wrap your head around the bigger picture for the "black and gold".

New Orleans station WWL-TV has pieced together a handy pack of links from around the web to get caught up on the Saints fortunes. If you've got some time to kill and what to see what sports writers are thinking about the destiny of the team, check out the following stories:

-Saints shock their season back to life - Mike Triplett, ESPN.com

-Saints back in first place - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

-South could still be won by team without losing record - Curtis Crabtree, ProFootballTalk.com

-Saints march back into NFC South lead - Chris Wesseling, NFL.com

-Saints hosting playoff game could make visitors uncomfortable - Giancarlo Ferrari-King, Bleacher Report

-We still don't know what to make of the Saints - Doug Farrar, CNNSI.com

Don't forget to tune in to WBRZ News 2 at noon when our Sports Team will talk about the new NFC South leaders further.


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Shut down the rumor mill, Miles staying at LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/shut-down-the-rumor-mill-miles-staying-at-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shut-down-the-rumor-mill-miles-staying-at-lsu/ Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 6:05:53 PM Trey Schmaltz Shut down the rumor mill, Miles staying at LSU

BATON ROUGE- Les Miles will not be going to Michigan.

Miles told sports reporters after practice Monday, he was not interested in the head coaching job at his alma mater. In fact, he said, he had not even been contacted about the job.

Miles said reporters could report what he told them, but asked that his voice and likeness not be recorded, WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble said.

Brady Hoke was fired at the end of the regular season. Miles' name was tossed around as a possible replacement, the third time his name has been mentioned as being a head coach candidate at Michigan.

Miles makes $4.3 million a year plus incentives.

The Tigers face Notre Dame in Nashville's Music City Bowl in 15 days.
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Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab NFC South lead http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-beat-bears-31-15-grab-nfc-south-lead/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-beat-bears-31-15-grab-nfc-south-lead/ Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 9:09:52 PM Michael Cauble Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab NFC South lead

CHICAGO - Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC South lead.

The Saints (6-8) moved into first place ahead of Carolina (5-8-1) and Atlanta (5-9) and came away with the win after dropping four of five. They also rebounded from a 41-10 loss to the Panthers.

Brees, shaky last week, was spectacular this time.

He completed 29 of 36 passes and reached the 4,000-yard mark for the ninth straight year. He threw two touchdown passes to Josh Hill and another to Marques Colston.

Pierre Thomas had five catches for 83 yards. David Hawthorne had three of New Orleans' seven sacks and the Saints intercepted three of Jay Cutler's passes to bring his NFL-leading turnover total to 24.

The Bears dropped to 5-9.


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Saints lead Bears 24-8 in 4th quarter http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-lead-bears-24-8-in-4th-quarter/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-lead-bears-24-8-in-4th-quarter/ Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 7:11:02 PM Chris Price Saints lead Bears 24-8 in 4th quarter

CHICAGO - Still in control of their own playoff destiny, the New Orleans Saints played strong against the Chicago Bears Monday night, taking a 24-8 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, and the Saints defense forced two turnovers to take command of the game at the break.  

The Saints can take first place in the NFC South with a win, and if they win out they will make the playoffs.  

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