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Chris Miller
January 11, 2018 - 1:30 pm
LSU center Will Clapp today announced he intends to go pro. #foreverLSU pic.twitter.com/QAu2MP9sMx — Will Clapp (@w_clapp) January 11, 2018 He's the latest to declare early, following the lead of running back Derrius Guice, pass rusher Arden Key, tackle Toby Weathersby, and defensive backs Kevin...
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Chris Miller
January 11, 2018 - 10:46 am
The Saints are underdogs as they prepare for the NFC Divisional playoff round in Minnesota, but there are some signs for hope. The game opened with the Vikings as 3½-point favorites, according to the handicapping site Goldsheet.com. It has now moved to 4½-5 points, depending on who's taking the bet...
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Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden answers questions during an NFL football press conference Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 09, 2018 - 6:23 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden finally decided the time was right to finish what he nearly achieved in his first stint in Oakland and deliver another Super Bowl title to the Raiders. Nearly 16 years after he was traded to Tampa Bay following a crushing loss in the "Tuck Rule" game in New England...
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Chris Miller
January 09, 2018 - 7:54 am
It's a Who Dat playoff road trip -- the Saints are on their way to Minneapolis for the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs. Calling your travel agent? Bob Bourg of Destination Management there's some interest in taking the trip up north: "We've been getting a few calls," Bourg told WWL First News...
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January 06, 2018 - 10:57 pm
By BRETT MARTEL | Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton takes a small measure of comfort in New Orleans' regular-season sweep of Carolina. It means the Saints (11-5) play the Panthers (11-5) in the Superdome, where New Orleans hasn't lost a playoff game since 1992 and is 4-0...
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January 06, 2018 - 10:52 pm
By GREG BEACHAM | Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons showed the upstart Los Angeles Rams what playoff poise is all about. Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced from...
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January 06, 2018 - 7:22 pm
By DAVE SKRETTA | Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota led Tennessee to three second-half touchdowns, incredibly throwing one of his TD passes to himself , and the Titans rallied from a 21-3 deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 on Saturday for their first playoff win in...
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January 06, 2018 - 4:18 pm
By ARNIE STAPLETON | Associated Press In the topsy-turvy NFC playoffs, only the Falcons return from last year, and they sneaked in as the sixth and final team. They narrowly avoided the same fate as the Cowboys, Seahawks, Packers, Giants and Lions — all sitting this one out. The top five seeds are...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2001, file photo, then-Oakland Raiders' coach Jon Gruden is shown during a press conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach. A person with knowledge of the team's plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
January 05, 2018 - 3:42 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago. There was a Super Bowl trip the following season when Oakland lost to Gruden's Buccaneers and another playoff appearance in 2016 under Jack Del Rio that garnered little...
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January 03, 2018 - 2:32 pm
By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor LSU isn’t out of the woods yet when it comes to keeping its defensive coordinator from bolting to an SEC West rival. Texas A&M is taking another run at hiring Dave Aranda, two sources told Tiger Rag, and this time the Aggies brought their checkbooks...
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