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Bounty Appeals
11:22 am
Fri June 22, 2012

NFL Denies Witness Retractions in Bounty Probe

The NFL is denying accusations that it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.

Lawyer Peter Ginsberg, who represents suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma, made the accusations when punished players appeared earlier this week for an appeal hearing, a full transcript of which has been obtained by The Associated Press.

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Saints Appeals
1:41 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ex-Saint Hargrove Says It's Not His Voice in Clip

NEW YORK — Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove says it's not his voice saying "Give me the money" in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the New Orleans bounty program.

Hargrove spoke Tuesday outside NFL headquarters.

Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma each attended appeals hearings for their suspensions with Commissioner Roger Goodell at the league offices in Manhattan on Monday.

Saints Arbitration
10:50 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Arbitrator Upholds Goodell in Hargrove Suspension

NEW YORK — An arbitrator has ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove for the New Orleans bounties program.

Hargrove, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, appealed their suspensions and will appear before Goodell next Monday.

College Baseball Super Regional
8:30 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Stony Brook tops LSU 3-1 to even NCAA series

BATON ROUGE — Tyler Johnson threw a three-hitter and allowed an unearned run, and Stony Brook defeated LSU 3-1 on Saturday to even the super regional series at one game each.

LSU (47-17) could not muster the late-inning magic of the series opener, when the Tigers hit three game-tying homers before winning a rain-postponed game in the 12th inning Saturday morning.

Johnson improved to 12-1, and now Stony Brook (51-13) is one victory from its first College World Series, with the final game of the best-of-three series slated for Sunday.

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Saints Bounties
10:52 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Vilma's Lawyer Challenges Ledger

The attorney for suspended New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma says a ledger of cash bonuses and fines for Saints players shows no proof of bounties placed on targeted opponents. Lawyer Peter Ginsberg says the leaking of the ledger shows how "irresponsible" NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been in handling the bounty probe. 

NBA Draft Lottery
9:37 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Hornets Hit Lottery

NEW YORK — The New Orleans Hornets have won the NBA's draft lottery and the No. 1 pick overall. After a difficult season in which they traded All-Star Chris Paul, the Hornets have a shot to add another superstar. Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis is widely considered the best player available. 

The Listening Room
4:38 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Intelligence Squared Debate Series: College Football

Corruption and a growing concern for head injury have put college football in the spotlight. Are football program's millions in profits exploitation? Or are they still a celebration of amateur sport?

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Hornets Tax Break
9:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Gov. Jindal Signs 10 Year Tax Break for Hornets

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a 10-year, $37 million tax break for the New Orleans Hornets, part of the state's deal to keep the NBA team in Louisiana.

Jindal announced the signing Tuesday, in a list of bills that he agreed to enact into law.

The bill by Jefferson Parish Rep. Cameron Henry, a Republican, extends an existing tax break that saves the Hornets $3.7 million a year through Louisiana's Quality Jobs Program. The rebate will be extended through the 2024 NBA season.

NBA Lottery: Hornets
9:16 am
Wed May 30, 2012

With 2 Picks, Hornets Eagerly Await Lottery Fate

There finally could be some good news for the Hornets, who suffered through a miserable season as part of the fallout from the Chris Paul trade.

The deal that led to lots of losing in New Orleans also yielded two picks in Wednesday night's NBA draft lottery.

With luck — something that has been in short supply for the Hornets lately — New Orleans could end up with two of the top overall picks in the June 28 draft.

Or if the tough luck continues, the worst-case scenario is that they'll pick seventh and 13th overall.

New Orleans Saints
3:04 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

New Saints president to teach Loyola class

New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha.
Loyola University

Dennis Lauscha, a graduate of Loyola University and the newly promoted president of the New Orleans Saints, will return to his alma mater to teach a course on the business of professional football at the university's inaugural Alumni College.

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