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  • Report: Saints clean house, fire Joe Vitt, several assistant coaches

    January 5, 2017 6:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt and several assistant coaches were fired Thursday, per reports by WWLTV. Vitt, Bill Johnson, Greg McMahon, Stan Kwan and James Willis were all fired , according to WWLTV reporter Lyons Yellin. Vitt served as the assistant head... more »
  • Drew Brees becomes owner of 3 Baton Rouge Dunkin' Donuts

    January 3, 2017 2:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints quarterback Drew Brees is continuing to expand his reach in the food business in Louisiana with the announcement Tuesday that he is partnering to open more than five dozen Dunkin' Donut stores in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria over the coming years. Brees,... more »
  • Attorney says he will appeal verdicts in Will Smith case

    December 14, 2016 11:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The attorney for the man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of retired Saints player Will Smith says they'll definitely appeal. Cardell Hayes' defense lawyer, John Fuller, told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune that he will "map out" the appeal this week. Hayes was found guilty of manslaughter for killing... more »
  • Surging Bucs hold off Saints 16-11 for 5th straight victory

    December 11, 2016 8:46 PM

    TAMPA - The streaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their playoff hopes by building an early lead and holding off Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 16-11 for their fifth straight victory on Sunday. Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run, Roberto Aguayo kicked three field goals and an improving... more »
  • Deliberations near in trial of ex-Saints star's killer

    December 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints star Will Smith was "executed" by an irate driver as Smith's wounded wife lay nearby during the chaos that followed an April 9 traffic accident, a prosecutor told a New Orleans jury Sunday during closing arguments in the shooter's trial. But a defense attorney said... more »
  • Closing arguments Sunday in Will Smith shooting

    December 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The defense has rested in the Will Smith shooting death case and the judge has set closing arguments for Sunday. On trial in New Orleans is Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in Smith's April 9 death. Hayes told the jury Saturday he fired only after Smith... more »
  • Witness, prosecutor clash over who was aggressor in Will Smith trial

    December 8, 2016 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Anger and anguish are evident in a New Orleans courtroom as a friend of the man who killed former Saints star Will Smith continues his testimony. Kevin O'Neal repeatedly said Thursday that Smith and at least two others charged at him and Cardell Hayes when they exited... more »
  • Widow testifies Will Smith wasn't aggressor

    December 6, 2016 8:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The second day of the Will Smith shooting death trial has ended after dramatic testimony from the widow of the retired New Orleans Saints star. Racquel Smith insisted that her husband was not the aggressor in an April 9 confrontation with 29-year-oild Cardell Hayes, who faces a... more »
  • Jury selection begins in Will Smith trial

    December 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Questioning of potential jurors is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith earlier this year. Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smith's death, and attempted second-degree murder in the... more »
  • Stafford throws for 341 yards, Lions beat Saints 28-13

    December 4, 2016 1:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and the Detroit Lions beat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints, 28-13 on Sunday. Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point... more »
  • Trial set Monday for suspect in ex-Saint Will Smith's death

    December 4, 2016 12:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The trial for the man charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith begins this week. Jury selection starts Monday in the trial of Cardell Hayes. Prosecutors say he rammed Smith's SUV, then shot Smith in the... more »
  • Judge in Will Smith shooting case to sequester jury

    November 16, 2016 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge says the jury hearing the murder case of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith will be sequestered during the upcoming trial. Local media outlets report Judge Camille Buras also decided Wednesday to move the start of jury selection back four days, to Dec. 5.... more »
  • Drew Brees-led Saints look to keep momentum against 49ers

    November 6, 2016 2:43 PM

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The New Orleans Saints started the season by losing three straight games, only to play themselves right back into contention behind improved play and Drew Brees' big arm. Brees and Co. won their first game before the bye week, then two out of the next... more »
  • All ready for trial next month in shooting of ex-Saints star

    November 2, 2016 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors and attorneys for the man accused of killing New Orleans Saints star Will Smith say they're ready for trial next month on charges including second-degree murder. Lawyers said after a hearing Wednesday that they expect about 100 potential jurors to be called to court Dec. 1... more »
  • FINAL: Saints upset Seahawks 25-20

    October 30, 2016 1:18 PM

    Drew Brees passed for 265 yards and a touchdown, scored on a quarterback keeper, and the New Orleans Saints overcame several big plays by Seattle to defeat the Seahawks 25-20 on Sunday. The victory wasn't assured until the New Orleans' much-maligned defense, which entered the game ranked 29th in the... more »
  • AP source: Dolphins to host Saints in UK in 2017

    October 30, 2016 1:02 PM

    MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints in an NFL regular-season game in the United Kingdom next season, a person familiar with the scheduling of the match tells The Associated Press. No details on a date, stadium, kickoff time or other international games were made available... more »
  • Alex Smith leads Chiefs past mistake-prone Saints, 27-21

    October 23, 2016 4:42 PM

    KANSAS CITY - Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 27-21 on Sunday. Spencer Ware ran for 77 yards to go with his 46-yard... more »
  • 14-year-old Saints fan with chronic illness gets surprise on GMA Play Video

    October 18, 2016 12:29 PM

    One 14-year-old Saints fan battling a chronic illness got the surprise of a lifetime on "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning. Coach Sean Payton offered 14-year-old Jarrius Robertson a contract to become an honorary New Orleans Saint. "You don't have to tell me twice!" Jarrius shouted as he signed... more »
  • Brees leads Saints past slumping Panthers, 41-38

    October 16, 2016 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, Will Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, and the New Orleans Saints pulled out a 41-38 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton... more »
  • Cam Newton cleared to play for against Saints

    October 15, 2016 6:08 PM

    CHARLOTTE - Cam Newton has been cleared from the NFL's concussion program and can play Sunday when Carolina visits New Orleans. The team said Saturday in a short statement that Newton had passed the league's concussion protocol. Previously, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the quarterback and 2015 league MVP was... more »
  • Brees, Saints stun Chargers in final minutes for 35-34 win

    October 2, 2016 8:04 PM

    SAN DIEGO - Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes in the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds to rally the New Orleans Saints to a stunning 35-34 victory on Sunday against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, who blew a 13-point lead by committing two crucial turnovers. Brees overcome two... more »
  • Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe out for Chargers game

    October 1, 2016 4:30 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints say linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is out for Sunday's game at San Diego. Ellerbe has not played a regular-season game because of a quad injury. He had been listed as questionable for the game and did not travel with the team to the West... more »
  • Saints' P.J. Williams recovering from concussion; to return to N.O.

    September 19, 2016 2:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams will be returning to New Orleans Monday afternoon after suffering a concussion during Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Williams was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and was diagnosed with a concussion. Head coach Sean Payton said that... more »
  • Trial in shooting death of retired Saints player delayed

    September 15, 2016 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The trial date has been pushed back for the suspect in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. Jury selection for the second-degree murder trial of Cardell Hayes is now set for Dec. 1, with opening statements scheduled for Dec. 5. The trial... more »
  • Carr, Raiders rally to beat Saints 35-34

    September 11, 2016 4:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oakland gambled with a 2-point conversion that Derek Carr converted with a pass to Michael Crabtree for the winning points with 47 seconds left to help the Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints 35-34 on Sunday. Carr hit Seth Roberts for a 10-yard touchdown setting up the... more »
  • Barth, McCain among final Saints cuts; Hoomanawanui on IR

    September 3, 2016 8:53 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints placed tight end Michael Hoomanawanui on injured reserve and cut 21 players - including recently acquired offensive lineman Khalif Barnes and defensive end Chris McCain - to trim their roster to the regular-season maximum of 53. One of the moves made by Saturday's deadline... more »
  • Saints acquire pass-rusher McCain from Dolphins

    August 29, 2016 9:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints have acquired defensive end Chris McCain from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a future draft choice. The Dolphins, who announced the trade Monday evening, did not disclose the draft pick they'd received. A person familiar with the deal, speaking on condition of... more »
  • Former Saints player Benjamin Watson tears right Achilles, likely out for season

    August 27, 2016 7:39 PM

    BALTIMORE - Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has torn his right Achilles tendon and is likely lost for the season. The injury occurred on Baltimore's first offensive play in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. Watson appeared to trip while running a pattern and slumped to... more »
  • Judge won't kick DA off ex-Saints player case

    July 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has refused to remove the New Orleans district attorney's office from the prosecution of a man who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. State Judge Camille Buras on Friday rejected arguments that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's... more »
  • Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case

    July 20, 2016 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the local district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints star Will Smith. Cardell Hayes is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Defense attorney John... more »
  • Popular ex-Saint McAllister joining game radio broadcasts

    June 16, 2016 12:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints star running back Deuce McAllister is joining the radio broadcast for Saints games. McAllister, whose appointment was announced by WWL radio on Wednesday, will serve as a color announcer alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson. McAllister, who remains the Saints' all-time leading rusher more... more »
  • Saints Hall of Famer Henry Childs dies at 65

    June 4, 2016 11:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL tight end Henry Childs, a Pro Bowl player with the New Orleans Saints who also had stints with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay, has died at age 65. Saints officials say Childs died in his native Thomasville, Georgia, on Friday. Saints... more »
  • Ex-officer friend of Will Smith gives DNA sample to investigators

    May 6, 2016 3:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - There are new developments in the investigation into the shooting death of former New Orleans Saint player Will Smith. WWL-TV reports retired New Orleans Police Captain Billy Ceravolo, who had dinner with Smith and others on the night he died, has turned over DNA samples to... more »
  • Saints draft Buckeye WR Thomas in 2nd round

    April 29, 2016 9:06 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Thomas, who was picked 47th overall, caught 56 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes. His selection comes... more »
  • Saints draft defensive lineman Rankins with 12th pick

    April 28, 2016 10:02 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft. The 6-foot-1, 299-pound Rankins starred at Louisville, where he played defensive tackle and had six sacks, as well as 13 tackles for losses last season. The selection provides... more »
  • State police nix request to take over Will Smith death probe

    April 17, 2016 3:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of Louisiana State Police has rejected a request to take over investigating the death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. The request was from John Fuller, attorney for 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, who's accused of gunning Smith down. State police Col. Mike Edmonson wrote... more »
  • Slain former Saints defensive end to be laid to rest

    April 16, 2016 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Funeral services are to be held for former defensive end Will Smith, who was shot and killed a week ago. A private funeral and burial are to be held Saturday. Smith died a week ago after police say he was shot by 28-year-old Cardell Hayes during a... more »
  • In Saints' black, gold, fans pay homage to Smith

    April 15, 2016 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans of slain defensive end Will Smith are paying homage to the former New Orleans Saints football star. Hundreds of fans in their black and gold jerseys gathered Friday to a visitation held at the Saints' practice facility at a suburb of New Orleans. Smith... more »
  • Suspect in Smith shooting described as 'mild-mannered' guy

    April 14, 2016 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A minister and a former coach describe the man accused of gunning down former Saints player Will Smith as a soft-spoken man who always calls older women "ma'am" and was a team leader in high school. Minister Sha'Teek Nobles and Lee Green, who coached Cardell Hayes from... more »
  • Attorney: Will Smith did not brandish gun

    April 13, 2016 12:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for the family of Will Smith says the former New Orleans Saints star did not brandish a gun or have it on him before he was shot to death. Peter Thompson, an attorney for the Smith family, gave an account of the shooting Wednesday based... more »
  • New Orleans police find gun in Will Smith's car

    April 12, 2016 6:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An official police statement was released Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m. saying that a loaded gun was found in Will Smith’s car, according to reports by WWL . A second loaded gun was found in the car driven Cardell Hayes, responsible for the shooting death of Smith after... more »
  • WATCH: Baker, Hokie Gajan's hometown, remembers sports legend Play Video

    April 12, 2016 1:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saint and LSU running back Hokie Gajan died Monday night following a battle with cancer, WWL-TV reports. Gajan also spent time as a scout and radio broadcaster and color analyst for the Saints. He was 56-years-old. Earlier Monday, Gajan was placed in intensive care... more »
  • Saints announce preseason game opponents

    April 7, 2016 4:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans Saints have announced their four preseason game opponents for the start of its upcoming 50th season. The Saints will play their first two games on the road starting with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium and then go on to face the Houston Texans... more »
  • Federal court hearing set on Sharper's latest plea deal

    March 22, 2016 4:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal court hearing is scheduled for former NFL star Darren Sharper, who has pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges involving the drugging and rape of women in four states. Tuesday's hearing in New Orleans is the first for Sharper since he decided to maintain his guilty plea... more »
  • New plea deal in ex-NFL star's US drug, sex assault case

    March 2, 2016 6:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL star Darren Sharper has made a new plea deal with federal prosecutors in New Orleans in a drug and sexual assault case. Court documents filed Wednesday don't give any details on the new agreement. That filing comes two weeks after a federal judge rejected an... more »
  • Falcons release team's all-time leading receiver White

    March 2, 2016 5:48 PM

    ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have released Roddy White, who holds the franchise career records for most catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches. White's role in the offense declined in 2015 under first-year coach Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The Falcons announced the release of the 34-year-old White... more »
  • Superdome listed on National Register of Historic Places

    February 17, 2016 8:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Superdome has been named to the National Register of Historic Places despite an objection by the state, which owns the stadiums. The 76,000-seat home of the Saints was launched in August 1975. Amanda Keith, a Tulane University student in the Master of Preservation Studies program in... more »
  • Documents: Ex-NFL star Sharper has new plea hearing Thursday

    February 16, 2016 9:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal court documents show that former NFL star Darren Sharper has a new plea hearing set for Thursday, further indication that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off. Earlier this month, court records showed that Sharper had renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors... more »

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