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Ellen DeGeneres was key to New Orleans Saints win over Oakland Raiders, she says |
Comedian and her 'Ellen Show' camera crew join the Black and Gold at training camp Friday in California.

New Orleans Saints return to practice today |
Team offers no update on kicker Garrett Hartley's injury

New Orleans Saints expect more from defense |
Offense appears to have gotten itself together for another run

Veteran New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Brown released |
First big surprise of initial cuts

New Orleans Saints defensive back Mark Parsons apparently has been released |
It appears that the New Orleans Saints have released defensive back Mark Parsons. Today, Parsons tweeted: "Well im Nola, its been real. I cant complain. Im on my way back to VA."

New Orleans Saints make it official, they signed kicker John Kasay |
He has made right at 82 percent of his field goal attempts

New Orleans Saints practice report: defensive end Will Smith excused from Tuesday's workout |
Saints Coach Sean Payton already has switched to regular season form, as it relates to issuing updates on his team's injury report. Payton said he wouldn't give an injury status or a practice participation report, like he did daily throughout the four weeks of training camp, until Monday when he is required to by the league. But there were 14...

Saints Announce Roster Moves to Reach 80-Man Roster

Saints-Raiders Review: Vanilla-flavored defense still seems lacking IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Saints cuts include DE Alex Brown; 10 others waived IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Kid Rock To Play Before Saints At Packers NFL Kickoff - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Saints Cut Roster To 80: Details - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Sean Payton wouldn’t be surprised if kickoffs are eliminated | ProFootballTalk
Saints coach Sean Payton joined PFT Live on Tuesday for a candid discussion that touched on several topics.  Given all the attention that has been paid to the shifting of the kickoff point from the 30 to the 35, I had to ask Coach Payton for his take.

Sean Payton expects at least "another good 5-6 years" in New Orleans | ProFootballTalk
It took the Saints a long time to find a head coach that could lead them to the promised land. They should be able to keep him for a while. There has been a lot of speculation about how long Sean Payton will stay with the Saints.

Saints to Open "Bud Light Tent and Patio" for the Regular Season

New Orleans Saints Release Fifth Player | Who Dat Dish
CB Mark Parson was released by the New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints release more players |
The total today has been 10

PFT Live – Segment 3: Sean Payton | ProFootballTalk
Saints head coach Sean Payton talks about pending roster cuts, expectations for the Saints this season, Reggie Bush, the new kickoff rule and more....

Payton Sought Out Bill Parcells How To Run Post-Lockout Camp

More Thoughts on the Preseason
Chicks in the Huddle's Eagles chick offers her thoughts on the Eagles preseason wins and losses (so far) and on some contract situations.

Saints make it official on Kasay, Brown - NFC South Blog - ESPN
As friend and former co-worker Scott Fowler first reported earlier Tuesday, John Kasay is staying in the NFC South. He has signed with the New Orlean


Fines for on-field misconduct totaled $2.9 million in 2010 | ProFootballTalk
One of the major stories of this preseason has been the same as one of the major stories of the last regular season: The NFL is cracking down on illegal hits, and fining players who break the rules.

Jeremy Shockey Saves Teammate From Choking To Death - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports