Davis excels, leads Pelicans over struggling Heat

NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the struggling Miami Heat their seventh loss in eleven video games, one zero five-95 on Saturday night time.

LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans’ foot throughout a drive to the hoop late within the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. It was not sufficient for Miami, which gave guard Dwyane Wade and center Greg Oden the night off following Friday’s victory at Memphis.

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon also sat out with a sore left knee, but New Orleans got 14 points from Evans, 12 from Al-Farouq Aminu and 11 from Luke Babbitt.

Mario Chalmers scored 19 factors and Michael Beasley sixteen for Miami, which trailed for all however 18 seconds of the second half and trailed by as much as sixteen in the fourth quarter.

Babbitt was making his first start of the season and hit three three-pointers. The Pelicans had been 7 of 17 from lengthy range and hit 51 p.c (forty three of eighty four) of their shots from the sphere. Miami shot 50.7 % (37 of 73), however turned the ball over sixteen times, resulting in 19 New Orleans factors.

New Orleans, which has won two straight, additionally outrebounded Miami 38-33.

Toney Douglas started for Wade, but was called for his fourth foul after turning the ball over to Davis early in the third quarter and performed solely thirteen:fifty two.

The Pelicans led 76-seventy two after three intervals, but began to pull away early within the fourth even as Davis was resting on the bench. Anthony Morrow, who had 10 points, hit his second three to give New Orleans an eighty five-seventy six lead with nine minutes left.

Davis checked in shortly after, and put the Pelicans up ninety two-78 on a 21-foot bank shot as he was fouled by Chris Andersen. The lead bought as giant as sixteen on Austin Rivers’ free throws with 4:33 left and Miami never received closer than eight factors after that.

Miami opened the game on a 10-2 run, which turned out to be its greatest lead of the game. Then the Warmth acquired sloppy. The Pelicans scored off of turnovers by James, Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh throughout a 15-3 run, highlighted by Davis’ steal from Bosh for a breakaway dunk.

New Orleans took its largest lead of the primary half when Aminu’s layup made it 38-30, however James’ soaring alley-oop jam of a baseline inbound cross from Douglas sparked an 8-zero run that tied it.

Davis had 14 points in the first half, and his putback dunk put New Orleans up 43-38 earlier than Ray Allen’s 3 and James’ 19-foot fadeaway helped pull Miami to 45-43 at halftime.

Notes: The Pelicans’ victory was their first over Miami since November 2010… Bosh completed with 12 points for the Warmth and Allen had 10.

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Super Bowl Recap Seahawks open as 7-1 favorites for next season

Not surprisingly, the Seahawks are favored to make it back to the big game. (USATSI) 


The 2013 season has been in the books for less than an hour and for everyone but the Seahawks and their fans, we’re currently looking ahead to 2014. Although points didn’t quite end up as Peyton Manning and the Bronocos experienced hoped, there is some good news: they may the early favorites to return to the particular


Want to guess who Vegas likes to represent the NFC? yes, that’s right: the Seahawks.

Specifically, the particular Super Bowl XLIX chances look like this, according to Pregame. com’s R. J. bells:Seahawks: 7/1Broncos: 8/1
49ers: 8/1

Patriots: 12/1


Packers: 20/1 new orleans saints: 20/1

Falcons: 25/1Bengals: 25/1Panthers: 25/1

arme: 30/1 Chiefs: 30/1

silver eagles: 30/1

has: 30/1 capital: 30/1

Some notable omissions: rechargers, Ravens and Steelers.

New Orleans Police Report Provides Details on Allegations Against Darren Sharper for Sexual Assault

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Last week, Darren Sharper was arrested in reference to two alleged sexual assaults in Los Angeles. In addition to that investigation, the former NFL safety has been accused of raping a woman in his New Orleans condominium this past September. The Occasions-Picayune has further particulars on those allegations:

The woman advised police she went to a “couple” of bars, the place she consumed a “large amount of alcohol” on the night of Sept. 22 into the early morning of Sept. 23. She stated she met Sharper at one of the bars and he took her back to his house at 701 Tchoupitoulas St., in response to the report. That’s where she said the assault occurred someday on Sept. 23. “The sufferer stated she didn't consent to any sexual encounter,” the report says. She referred to as the police and gave her assertion to Particular Victims Unit Detective Derrick Williams the following day, Sept. 24 at 6:30 a.m., the report says.

The New Orleans investigation is ongoing and the LAPD has not yet launched details on the separate alleged incidents.



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Brutal conditioning test? ‘Chip Kelly pace’ at camp? New Orleans Saints seem serious about playing uptempo

(USA At present Sports activities Photos) The primary curious sign from New Orleans Saints camp was reviews of a brutal conditioning check that is not like most of the ones seen around the NFL.

Reports said it was like a CrossFit exercise, and quarterback Drew Brees compared it to a “10-minute wrestling match.”

Then it began to make sense when the Saints started practising.

The Patriots had a number of success operating an up-tempo offense, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly would not have some copyright on enjoying at a quick tempo. You are certain to see many NFL teams taking part in at a much quicker pace, we just don’t know but which squads will achieve this. It appears fairly doubtless that the Saints are going to be one of many groups that play much faster on offense, so look out NFL.

The Saints already played pretty quick, as their 1,067 plays ranked seventh within the NFL last yr. The Patriots performed even faster, with 1,191 performs. If the Saints play at that pace, and keep up last yr’s cross-run ratio of roughly 65-35 (though which may have been just a little inflated as a result of New Orleans’ defense was so unhealthy), then grab your pencils and let’s figure out what Brees would possibly be capable of do.

With 124 more performs, that’s about 80 extra passes for Brees. His common per attempt the final two years has been about eight yards. That would be 640 more yards. The last time Brees had Sean Payton calling plays, he threw for five,476 yards in 2011 and set the NFL record.

So is 6,000 yards in a season potential? It appears crazy but when all of the signs are correct and the Saints plan to play at a breakneck pace, it’s at the least a chance. Fantasy owners take note.

Payton was suspended final season. He had a whole lot of time to observe the rest of the league and think about 2013. Possibly he purchased right into a pattern that is gaining steam across the league: Quicker is better.


Jimmy Graham is in line for an extension

Jimmy Graham is in the final year of his contract (USA Today Sports Images)

The “Shutdown Countdown” is going full steam ahead. In addition to previewing each team, “Shutdown Corner” will be taking a brief look at each team’s salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the New Orleans Saints.

2013 Adjusted Cap Number: $124.619 million (11th-lowest adjusted cap number in the NFL in 2013)

2013 Cap Room Remaining: $5.173 million (11th-lowest available cap space, as of July 22)

Best Bargain: Center Brian de la Puente ping-ponged between the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers before finding a home in New Orleans in 2010. Over the last two seasons, de la Puente has started 28 of 32 games and is coming off a season where he played in all 1,107 of the Saints’ offensive snaps. According to Football Outsiders Almanac 2013, de la Puente had nine blown blocks in 2012, a rate of one blown block every 123.1 snaps that ranked 10th among interior offensive linemen. As a restricted free agent this offseason, the Saints placed a “Second Round” tender on de la Puente, which comes with a non-guaranteed base salary of $2.023 million, which would be the 20th-highest salary among NFL centers this season.

Potential Camp Cap Casualty: To create salary cap space, the Saints cut tight end David Thomas and renegotiated the contracts of Brodrick Bunkley, Ben Grubbs, Jahri Evans, Marques Colston, Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne and Roman Harper. With the Saints switching to a 3-4 defense, the 32-year-old Smith might have found himself on the bubble this summer. It will be interested to see how the veteran adjusts to the outside linebacker position, but at $3 million in base salary, Smith is unlikely to be going anywhere as he still has value as a pass-rusher in nickel packages.

Looming Contract Issue: Tight end Jimmy Graham is scheduled to earn $1.323 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2013, the fourth and final season of a $3.3 million rookie contract that included just $665,140 in guaranteed money. With 215 receptions for 2,648 yards and 25 touchdowns in his first three seasons in the NFL, Graham’s next contract is expected to come in at between $7-8 million per season with $15-20 million in guaranteed money. The Saints have a little bit of leverage at the moment as they will be able to use the franchise tag on Graham next offseason. If the salary cap remains flat, the tight end franchise tender is projected to be worth $5.894 million.

Long-Term Cash/Cap Outlook: The Saints’ front office will be busy getting salary cap compliant before the start of the 2014 league year. The “Top 51″ contracts for next season currently have $143.396 in salary cap commitments, the second-highest total in the NFL, trailing only the Dallas Cowboys. That figures includes $13.9 million for Smith, who is due a $1 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2014 league year and is slated to earn a $10.4 million base salary in the final year of his contract. The Saints have only 41 players under contract for the 2015 season, but have $129.1 million in salary cap commitments, the second-highest total behind, you guessed it, the Cowboys.

Previous salary cap outlooks

32. Oakland Raiders
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Arizona Cardinals
29. Buffalo Bills
28. Cleveland Browns
27. Tennessee Titans
26. Kansas City Chiefs
25. New York Jets
24. San Diego Chargers
23. Philadelphia Eagles
22. Miami Dolphins
21. St. Louis Rams
20. Minnesota Vikings
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Dallas Cowboys
17. Detroit Lions
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Indianapolis Colts