football

New Orleans Saints
4:28 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye: Saints Trade Tight End Graham To Seattle Seahawks

The New Orleans Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

Graham, a fan favorite, set numerous club records and was a potent tool in the Saints’ offensive arsenal — but had suffered from nagging injuries and declining performance this past season.

Graham will be sent to Seattle along with a fourth-round draft pick, in exchange for Seattle center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The Saints now have three of the first 44 2015 draft picks.

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Sports
7:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Orleans Saints Are Using Big Data To Help Avoid Injuries

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told an audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston about how he is using new RFID technology to get better data about players and avoid injuries.
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke on a panel last Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, about how coaches are using new technology to get better data about players.

For the first time during the 2014 season, every NFL player in the league was outfitted with digital tracking devices in their shoulder pads to record exactly how far and how fast they were moving in each practice.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: Tom Benson's Journey To The Top

Tom Benson, pictured with wife Gayle and granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc, grew up in the St. Roch neighborhood and graduated from Brother Martin High School and Loyola University.
Credit Chuck Cook

When Tom Benson purchased the New Orleans Saints in 1985, the team had never had a winning season. Over the course of 30 years, Tom has helped reshape the team to become one of the NFL's most popular teams and a source of community pride throughout the Gulf South. 

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Coastal Desk
5:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Why Do We Measure Wetlands Loss In Football Fields?

Bayou Dularge in Terrebonne Parish.
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What happens when you combine the most popular sport in the U.S. with one of the most dire environmental situations in the country? The catchy analogy that a football field sized piece of Louisiana coastal wetlands is lost every half-hour.

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Sports
8:27 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

New Orleans weekend sports recap: Saints finish season with a win, Pelicans split home and away

The woeful Buccaneers looked like they were going to beat the Saints on Sunday. But New Orleans came back to take the lead with just under two minutes to play. Junior Galette added a sack for a safety to seal the deal.

New Orleans finished the season with a four-game winning streak on the road.

The Saints’ 7-9 record tied their other two lows in the Sean Payton era: 2007, and 2012 — the Bountygate year.

Louisiana Tech won the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday.

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New Orleans Saints
11:34 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Sean Payton and Rob Ryan discuss roster moves and the future in Friday press conference

Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan answered questions from the media after practice on Friday, Dec. 26.

The Saints will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 28. Kickoff is at noon.

The following transcript of the Saints media availability was created and provided by the New Orleans Saints organization.

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Post-Practice Media Availability

Friday, December 26, 2014

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Sports
10:49 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Turnovers Help Louisiana Tech Take Bowl Win In Dallas

The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, where the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs beat the Illinois Fighting Illini last Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
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Call it a bad game and great victory for Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs used big plays to make up for an uneven overall effort to take a 35-18 victory over Illinois at the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech finished the season 9-5 overall, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 6-7.

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College Football
5:37 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Louisiana Tech Will Face The Fighting Illini In The Heart Of Dallas Bowl

The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, where the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini this Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Illinois Illini will close out the 2014 season in style at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Kick off is this Friday at noon on ESPN.

Mark Haslett, of NPR member station KETR in Dallas, says the Bulldogs are six-point favorites over Illinois.

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Sports
5:51 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Forbes: LSU Is The Fifth-Most Valuable College Football Team In The U.S.

Forbes magazine says the LSU Tigers are the 5th most valuable team in college football.
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LSU football is worth $103 million, according to a new valuation in Forbes magazine, NOLA.com reports.

That makes the Tigers the 5th-most valuable team in college football.

Texas led the way with a team worth $131 million, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama.

Forbes said the team has revenue of $88 million and a profit of $50 million. The magazine gave LSU high marks for its contract, which sends $7.2 million back to the school each year.

New Orleans Saints
4:26 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Saints Drop Series, Season, In Loss To Atlanta

The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon in a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was their second loss to the Falcons this year.

The Saints needed the win, or a Carolina loss to the Cleveland Browns, to keep their playoff hopes alive. They got neither.

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