Two stories in the newspaper this week guaranteed to me that NFL training camps are under way. The first, of course, is the only story that New Orleans football fanatics are talking about, that the Saints descended upon the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia to begin another positively certain Super Bowl quest. The second story meant the same thing in my own peculiar linkage of thoughts when swarms of mayflies descended on the Midwest in their annual suicide mating rituals!
The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker Todd Davis to a three year contract and waived/injured cornerback A.J. Davis.
Todd Davis played his collegiate football at Sacramento State. He appeared in 45 games for the Hornets and finished with 351 tackles and 9.5 sacks.
As a senior, Davis was named to the FCS second-team All-America team by the Sports Network and was a first-team All-Big Sky selection.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints' rookie Brandin Cooks is trying to make up for lost time on fresh legs.
After missing the first two weeks of OTAs and minicamp, Cooks caught a short pass Thursday at New Orleans' last offseason practice and sprinted 50 yards to the end zone - with no one chasing him.
Cooks missed earlier workouts while taking classes at Oregon State. He is back with the team for the first time since rookie minicamp.
I don’t believe either the Saints or Jimmy Graham want an arbitrator to decide whether the talented pass-catcher is called a tight end or a wide receiver. If the arbitrator rules Graham is a tight end, the Saints’ qualifying offer of $7 million stands, and team gains some immediate leverage in the bargaining of a new contract. If Graham wins, he would stand to receive a one-year qualifying offer of more than $12 million that represents an average salary of the top wide receivers.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints met Tuesday for arbitration on his contract.
Graham filed a grievance through the players' union. He contends he should be considered a wide receiver, not a tight end, when the team designated him with the 2014 franchise tag. The difference in salary would be more than $5 million.
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank is conducting the meetings that also involve the NFL Players Association, the NFL's Management Council, and the Saints.
San Antonio defeated Miami Heat 104 to 87 to claim the NBA championship Sunday night.
The Spurs dominated the series, winning four games to one.
The victory snaps the Heat's two-year championship run, and hands the Spurs its fifth franchise win.
Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA title Sunday night as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 104-87.
The Spurs completed the series at home after winning Games 3 and 4 in Miami.
Martin Kaymer held off the field to claim the US Open Championship Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2.
Kaymer, of Germany, won the tournament easily after taking a six-stroke advantage into the start of the weekend.
The San Antonio Spurs will meet the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. The Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime to win the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City Saturday.
This is a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals, the first back-to-back rematch since 1998, when Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls repeated over Karl Malone's Utah Jazz.
Miami — the NBA's two-time defending champion — eliminated Indiana from the East finals Friday night, also in six games.
Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl by NFL owners.
The owners rewarded the Vikings for arranging to build a new stadium on the site of the old Metrodome by choosing Minneapolis over New Orleans and Indianapolis.
The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.
Minneapolis' new $1 billion stadium is scheduled to open in 2016.
New Orleans has staged the Super Bowl 10 times, tied with South Florida for the most, but its bid might have been damaged by the blackout that interrupted the 2013 title game.