This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later, if you want to find out what actress Alfre Woodard likes to listen to relax or get inspired, we will tell you. But first, we want to talk football. This is the time when a number of schools are celebrating homecoming, but there was no homecoming football game at Jackson State University in Mississippi this past weekend. That's because a majority of players on the visiting team, Grambling State University, refused to play.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they are exercising their third-year contract options on forwards Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.
Exercising the option means both players will be under contract with the team this year, and through the end of next season.
Davis was the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He started 60 or the 64 games he played in last season, averaging 13.5 points, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. Davis was a 2013-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team member, leading all rookies in per-game rebounds, steals, blocks and double-doubles.
The New Orleans Saints gave up their first loss of the season to the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., 30-27.
Sunday's loss to the Patriots wasn’t the fault of the Saints' defense.
Rob Ryan’s squad gave the team two chances to win the game in the final minutes. All they needed was a first down and the game would be over. But the Saints’ offense blew both chances to run out the clock, and a rare poor punt by Thomas Morstead gave the Pats good field position.
New Orleans has been named a finalist to host Super Bowl LII in 2018, according to the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.
The New Orleans Saints organization and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will partner in making the official bid which, if awarded, would be the city's 11th Super Bowl and coincide with New Orleans' Tri-centennial that year.
The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Rodney Carney, the team announced today.
Carney, a 6'7", 205 lb. forward out of Memphis, was signed at the start of training camp. He's played in 299 career NBA games, with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.
Carney was drafted 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2006, and has career averages of 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 15.4 minutes per game.