March 7, 2014 10:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the situation says Darren Sproles has been informed that the Saints will release him if they are unable to trade him before free agency begins. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club's decision, first reported by... more »
February 28, 2014 5:53 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints have placed their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham in order to protect the club's rights to its star tight end through next season.
The move means Graham, barring a holdout, will almost certainly play for New Orleans next season for no less... more »
February 16, 2014 7:03 PM
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Barack Obama is praising University of Missouri football player Michael Sam for announcing he is gay before the NFL draft. Obama says Sam's attitude is that he knows he can play great football and that he should be judged only on those facts. Sam could... more »
February 14, 2014 2:15 PM
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping two women. A district attorney's statement says Sharper will be arraigned Friday on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a... more »
February 12, 2014 1:39 PM
ST. LOUIS - Gregg Williams is returning to the Rams as defensive coordinator for the first time since he lost his job in New Orleans as fallout from the bounty scandal. The Rams announced the hiring Wednesday. A news conference introducing Williams will be Thursday. He will replace Tim Walton,... more »
February 9, 2014 8:10 PM
Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. Sam says: "I am... more »
February 2, 2014 1:22 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw will not appear on the network's Super Bowl coverage after the death of his father. Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness, Fox said Sunday. He was 86. Terry Bradshaw was with his family in Louisiana. Michael Strahan will replace Bradshaw... more »
February 1, 2014 6:19 PM
NEW YORK - Former Southern Jaguar great Aeneas Williams was recognized for his play at the professional level. Williams was one of seven NFL veterans elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2014 class was unveiled as a part of Super Bowl Weekend in New York.
Along... more »
January 31, 2014 11:27 AM
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is supporting the use of Redskins as the nickname for the Washington franchise, saying it has been "presented in a way that honors Native Americans." Goodell spoke Friday at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. He says he's been talking to Native American... more »
January 27, 2014 1:29 PM
JACKSON, Ms. - Mississippi could enact a law requiring public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered. The House and Senate have passed House Bill 48 (http://bit.ly/1cWl94o... more »
January 26, 2014 11:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said on Sunday that he's not interested in the NFL and will remain with the Tigers.
The comment, as relayed by LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette, came on the heels of a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Cleveland Browns... more »
January 20, 2014 3:16 PM
NEW YORK - He'll be wearing a coat and no doubt gloves. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be like most other folks at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J. - he'll be outside. The league says the commissioner will be sitting in the elements as he... more »
January 20, 2014 2:43 PM
NEW YORK- The NFL conference title games' television viewership is up big from last season. The Broncos' 26-16 win over New England for the AFC championship averaged 51.3 million viewers Sunday on CBS. That's up 22 percent from the early game a year ago between San Francisco and Atlanta. The... more »
January 19, 2014 9:26 PM
OMAHA, Neb. - Peyton Manning's foundation for at-risk youth will receive a $24,800 donation for all the times he shouted "Omaha!" during the AFC championship game Sunday. The donations were organized by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce after Manning's 44 pre-snap "Omaha!" calls during the Denver Broncos win over... more »
January 18, 2014 2:38 PM
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Department says former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape. LAPD says Sharper was arrested and booked Friday and faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. LAPD says it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults... more »
January 13, 2014 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - For the second straight year, LSU is facing a mass exodus of early departures.
Last year, 10 players left early for the chance to play in the NFL Draft: this year, seven players are leaving with eligibility still on the table, including offensive stars Jarvis Landry,... more »
January 13, 2014 12:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's top rusher and receiver are entering the NFL draft, along with one of the Tigers' starting offensive linemen. In separate announcements Monday, sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, junior receiver Jarvis Landry and sophomore right guard Trai Turner have confirmed their intentions to turn pro. Hill has... more »
January 12, 2014 10:42 AM
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia police say someone broke into a home belonging to Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson and stole a handgun and more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry. Investigators said Saturday the burglary happened sometime earlier in the week at Jackson's home in South Philadelphia, not far from the... more »
January 11, 2014 4:26 PM
NEW YORK - Bruno Mars will have help from the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he performs at the Super Bowl next month. Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show. Super Bowl halftime performers often have collaborators.... more »
January 11, 2014 3:41 PM
SEATTLE - Seattle got on the scoreboard early and often in the first half, riding three Steven Hauschka field goals and a Marshawn Lynch 15-yard touchdown scamper to a 16-0 halftime lead - and eventually finished New Orleans' comeback chances with a 23-15 win.
The Saints could never fully... more »
January 9, 2014 10:09 PM
METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints got out-toughed in their last game in Seattle, a 34-7 loss in early December.
What did the Saints learn?
The Seahawks are going to play bump-and-run coverage at the line of scrimmage with the Saints receivers.
The key to beating the... more »
January 5, 2014 6:47 PM
The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violating the league's media policy. Lynch stepped in front of a camera Friday and spoke for less than 90 seconds. It was his first time taking questions from the media all season, having politely declined every previous time.... more »
January 5, 2014 5:42 PM
METAIRIE - Sean Payton says the New Orleans Saints' last-second playoff victory at Philadelphia on Saturday is even better than the 26-24 margin indicates. Coming off the first road playoff win in franchise history, the Saints play at NFC top-seed Seattle this Saturday. "Certainly when you watch the tape, the... more »
January 3, 2014 8:10 PM
There will be no local television blackouts in the NFL this weekend. The Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers said Friday that their weekend wild-card playoff games are sellouts. Normally, teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in their local market. The... more »
January 3, 2014 2:40 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina's Bruce Ellington has picked football over basketball, giving up his final seasons in each sport to enter the NFL draft. The 5-foot-9 Ellington played point guard for the Gamecocks basketball team and was a receiver on the football squad the past three seasons. But it was... more »
January 2, 2014 2:46 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans is declaring for the NFL draft. Evans, a redshirt sophomore, was a consensus All-American and a Biletnikoff Award finalist this season. He had 69 receptions for a school-record 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He also set a school record with 279... more »
December 30, 2013 3:44 PM
ATLANTA - Tim Tebow has his next football job - talking about the sport on TV. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network, but says he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL. ESPN, which runs the channel, announced... more »
December 30, 2013 1:24 PM
TAMPA - Last year's mass exodus to the NFL certainly took its toll on this year's LSU defensive squad.
Ten Tiger underclassmen declared early for last April's NFL draft, leaving Les Miles the hard decision of playing 14 true freshman in 2014.
Sports 2's Chris Price has more... more »
December 30, 2013 10:43 AM
SAN DIEGO - The NFL says referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday. Succop was wide right on the kick, and... more »
December 29, 2013 10:57 PM
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Rob Chudzinski following one season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak. Chudzinski had only been in place since Jan. 11, when the Ohio native and lifelong Browns fan was hired for his dream position by owner Jimmy Haslam... more »
December 29, 2013 10:50 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas - Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy had 131 yards and a receiving score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 in a win-or-go-home game for the NFC East title Sunday night. The Cowboys (8-8), with Kyle Orton filling in two... more »
December 29, 2013 10:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees passed for four touchdowns and ran for another score, and New Orleans clinched a wild card spot with a 42-17 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Three of Brees' scoring strikes were longer than 40 yards - 76 to Kenny Stills, 44 to Lance Moore... more »
December 25, 2013 10:47 PM
METAIRIE - Drew Brees sounds as if he's fine with coach Sean Payton's commitment to stick with rookie left tackle Terron Armstead in a game New Orleans may have to win to make the playoffs. Armstead made his debut Sunday in a 17-13 loss at Carolina. Three times, the player... more »
December 23, 2013 7:23 PM
METAIRIE, La. - With the Saints still trying to lock up a playoff spot, coach Sean Payton's theme this week is to focus on what his team can control and tune out all the uncertainties. Payton has even made the unusual move of quickly ending any speculation about safety Kenny... more »
December 23, 2013 5:39 PM
IRVING, Tx. - Dallas coach Jason Garrett says Tony Romo hasn't been ruled out for a winner-take-all finale against Philadelphia after injuring his back against Washington. Garrett says Monday that Romo will get treatment and be evaluated daily. He adds the Cowboys were looking to add a third quarterback behind... more »
December 22, 2013 12:42 PM
CHARLOTTE - Cam Newton led a game-winning, 65-yard drive with :28 remaining to seal a Panthers victory over the Saints 17-13.
The Saints did not only start a new placekicker on the road with the NFC South Division in the balance, New Orleans will also start a rookie left... more »
December 20, 2013 6:52 AM
METAIRIE - Experience tells Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins that forcing turnovers is a state of mind. In that case, New Orleans' defense has some thinking to do. During the past seven games, the New Orleans has forced two turnovers - a league low during that span. That's left the Saints... more »
December 9, 2013 2:19 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. - Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end. Arizona coach Bruce Arians has confirmed that Mathieu tore an ACL and sustained further damage in his left knee and will undergo surgery. Mathieu, who earned the nickname "Honey Badger" in his days at LSU,... more »
December 8, 2013 8:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Carolina Panthers took their first two drives of the first quarter in for a pair of field goals, but ever since then the Saints have regained control of the contest.
New Orleans would start the second quarter with two straight scoring drives ending with Marques... more »
December 5, 2013 8:38 PM
METAIRIE - Malcolm Jenkins doesn't envision New Orleans' defense crumbling for a second-straight week, no matter how similar the challenges of stopping Russell Wilson and Cam Newton may be. Jenkins can point to the Saints' No. 8 ranking in total defense as the basis for his rationale. He'd also like... more »
December 5, 2013 2:14 PM
CHARLOTTE, NC - Cam Newton is learning he doesn't have to do it all for the Carolina Panthers. And the Panthers are winning games as a result. Eight straight, as a matter of fact. Coach Ron Rivera said Carolina's dynamic and athletically gifted third-year quarterback no longer feels he has... more »
December 4, 2013 9:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fans were in appreciation of Zach Mettenberger's contributions to the LSU football team Wednesday as they learned he will not play in a bowl game due to a knee injury.
Mettenberger was hit in his left knee during LSU's game against Arkansas Friday. The university said... more »
December 4, 2013 6:20 AM
SEATTLE- Seahawks fans rocked the stadium so hard during Monday night's matchup with New Orleans that seismic instruments registered small tremors at various points in the game. A magnitude 1 or 2 quake was recorded during Michael Bennett's 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The game registered on nearby seismic... more »
November 19, 2013 3:47 PM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - These are strange times for the Atlanta Falcons. They are 2-8, have lost four in a row and are pretty well assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints (8-2). Players such as quarterback Matt Ryan... more »
November 17, 2013 5:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - For the Saints, it's been about overcoming turnovers and mistakes all game long.
All 17 San Francisco points have come after New Orleans has turned over the ball.
The 49'ers lead 17-14 and currently have the ball at the Saints' 28 yard line to start... more »
November 17, 2013 4:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - San Francisco's Phil Dawson nailed a 55-yard field goal, but the Saints responded with a 1-yard run from Jed Collins to take the lead 14-10 with left 1:58 in the half.
Travaris Cadet started the drive off with a long kickoff return to get the ball... more »
November 17, 2013 4:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS -The 49'ers respond to the Saints' 97-yard touchdown drive with a TD pass of their own.
Anquan Boldin hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from San Fran QB Colin Kaepernick.
New Orleans lost the ball on a muffed punt by Lance Moore that set up San... more »
November 17, 2013 4:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints offense finally got going at the end of the first quarter against a stingy San Francisco defense.
Drew Brees connected on a three-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill to cap the scoring drive.
Both teams had punted in their first two possessions.
... more »
November 17, 2013 3:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints(7-2) will attempt to knock off the team who beat them in the 2011-12 NFC Divisional Game and stay atop the NFC South Division.
The Carolina Panthers trail the Saints with a 6-3 record and play New England on Monday Night Football.
One record... more »
November 11, 2013 8:24 AM
MIAMI - Embattled Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito told Fox Sports that teammate Jonathan Martin sent him a threatening text message only a week before their relationship mushroomed into a harassment case that has prompted an NFL investigation.
Incognito said he didn't take the threat seriously, which he says... more »
November 6, 2013 1:07 PM
DAVIE, Fl. - A leadership vacuum may be partly to blame for the troubled relationship between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, which has left both players sidelined and the team in turmoil. The ongoing saga has raised questions whether coach Joe Philbin and his staff were... more »
October 27, 2013 2:59 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints rookie, Kenny Stills, is had a career game against the Buffalo Bills.
The former Oklahoma Sooner had three receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon.
The Saints beat the Bills 35-17.
Drew Brees had another tremendous day. The Saints... more »
October 27, 2013 2:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints finally got their offense going thanks to two touchdown throws to tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a first quarter of penalties and miscues, Drew Brees finally got the offense firing on all cylinders - starting with a long 69-yard touchdown pass to rookie wideout... more »
October 27, 2013 12:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints forced a fumble deep in the Bills territory on the first play from scrimmage, but kicker Garrett Hartley missed a 47-yard field goal to take no points from the opportunity.
Thad Lewis left the game after the sack, but came back in the game... more »
October 24, 2013 9:10 AM
LONDON- The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series. The NFL had announced earlier this month that it would play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders as the designated... more »
October 24, 2013 9:03 AM
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning wasn't in pads today because of a sore ankle as the Denver Broncos began preparations for the Washington Redskins.
After stretching with his teammates, Manning donned his helmet but was strictly an observer as his backups took snaps during the first part of practice... more »
October 8, 2013 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON - Avoiding direct answers to questions about whether "Redskins" is a racial slur or if the team should change its name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league needs to "make sure we're doing what's right." During a news conference Tuesday at the end of the league's fall meetings,... more »
October 8, 2013 1:59 PM
WASHINGTON- The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
It will be the most games the league has played abroad in one year.
This season, Minnesota beat Pittsburgh in September, and Jacksonville will host San Francisco... more »
October 2, 2013 8:24 PM
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice Wednesday and was working with the first team after missing last week's game with a concussion, while running back Darren McFadden is still sidelined by a... more »
September 30, 2013 10:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints are cruising to the finish line in the matchup of undefeated teams on Monday Night Football.
Garrett Hartley nailed a 29-yard field goal, as the New Orleans currently lead the Dolphins 38-17 with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Drew Brees has already... more »
September 30, 2013 10:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints kept racking up gaudy offensive numbers in the second half, as Drew Brees tied his own NFL record with 300 or more passing yards in a game for the ninth straight regular season game.
Brees is currently 23-for-31 for 337 yards passing and four... more »
September 30, 2013 9:39 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints opened up the second half with the same offense that opened up their 11-point halftime lead in the first half.
Drew Brees hit tight end Benjamin Watson for a four-yard touchdown score and then to Jimmy Graham for a 43-yard touchdown grab to extend... more »
September 30, 2013 9:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS -The Saints' defense has come up with two turnovers in the game - a fumble and an interception of Miami's quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Drew Brees and the offense took over at the Miami 23 yard line after a Jabari Greer interception.
Brees converted the opportunity into... more »
September 30, 2013 8:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints put a little more distance between them and the Dolphins with a 27-yard touchdown toss from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham.
Graham, who was double-covered on the play, jumped over Dolphin defenders to reel in the jump ball in the end zone.
New... more »
September 30, 2013 8:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS -The first quarter in front of a Monday Night Football audience was dominated by quarterbacks.
Miami's Ryan Tannehill went 3-for-4 for 21 passing yards in leading the Dolphins down the field for a field goal; New Orlean's Drew Brees completed eight of his 10 passes in the... more »
September 30, 2013 7:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints had no trouble engineering a score on their first drive of the game, a six-play, 82-yard drive capped by a five-yard touchdown scamper by Darren Sproles.
On his 18-yard completion to Kenny Stills during the drive, Drew Brees passed the 47,000 career passing yards... more »
September 30, 2013 7:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints will meet with the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in a battle of 3-0 teams.
New Orleans comes into tonight's game 10-2 with head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees on Monday night games.
Miami's quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the NFL's... more »
September 26, 2013 9:53 AM
NEW YORK - The National Football league struck a deal to show game highlights and other video content on Twitter ahead of the short messaging service's initial public offering of stock.
The deal is part of Twitter's "Amplify" program, which lets TV broadcasters show ad-supported video clips in users'... more »