Panthers beat Saints as injuries mount up

Nov 18, 2016

Panthers beat Saints as injuries mount up

When Luke Kuechly was carted off the field with a concussion, the tears streaming down his face as he left, it appeared the Carolina Panthers might be ready for another collapse. Their defensive leader was gone and another big fourth-quarter lead was crumbling. Instead, ...

Aug 19, 2016

Sharper sentenced to over 18 years for rape

Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them — double the sentence recommended by prosecutors. One of Sharper’s victims — the only one to speak at his sentencing hearing ...

New Orleans mourns slain former player, team leader Smith

Apr 12, 2016

New Orleans mourns slain former player, team leader Smith

People across Louisiana sought Monday to process the news that one of the Saints’ much-loved players, former defensive end Will Smith, was shot in the back Saturday night in what police called a deadly act of road rage. Smith, 34, arrived in New Orleans ...

Former Saints defensive end Smith killed

Apr 11, 2016

Former Saints defensive end Smith killed

Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot and killed Saturday after a traffic accident. An emailed statement from New Orleans city coroner Jeffrey C. Rouse said that Smith died “of multiple gunshot wounds” after a traffic accident in the city’s Lower Garden ...

Mar 18, 2016

Saints sign Laurinaitis, Sanford

The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker James Laurinaitis and safety Jamarca Sanford to free-agent contracts. The Saints, who announced the moves Thursday, say Laurinaitis has signed for three years and Sanford for one year. The 29-year-old Laurinaitis, who starred at Ohio State, has ...

Payton refutes speculation, will stay as coach of Saints

Jan 7, 2016

Payton refutes speculation, will stay as coach of Saints

Saints coach Sean Payton smiled often and answered questions for a full hour while team owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis looked on from a few meters away. More introspective, laid back and talkative than usual, Payton appeared refreshed and eager to ...

Lions hold on to beat Saints

Dec 22, 2015

Lions hold on to beat Saints

For all the arm talent Matthew Stafford has displayed in his seven NFL seasons, it was his efficiency and decision-making that sparked the Detroit Lions to a big lead and helped prevent them from squandering it. Stafford completed 22 of 25 passes for 254 ...

Panthers remain unbeaten

Dec 7, 2015

Panthers remain unbeaten

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers displayed composure in the clutch. That’s what unbeaten teams do. Newton passed for five touchdowns, capped by a 15-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery with 1:05 to go, and the Panthers clinched the NFC South with a 41-38 ...

Brees, Watson lead Saints past high-flying Falcons

Oct 16, 2015

Brees, Watson lead Saints past high-flying Falcons

Ben Watson sank to his knees at the back of the end zone with both arms raised, looked up at the frenzied Superdome crowd and absorbed the adulation. This was more like it. Drew Brees passed for 312 yards, Watson racked up a career-high ...