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NEW ORLEANS — It appears that running back Mark Ingram’s career with the New Orleans Saints is over.,Kamara was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year two years ago and was even more productive last season as Ingram missed the first four games of the season while suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.,Ingram, who had the only 1,000-yard rushing seasons of his eight-year career in 2016 and 2017, had just 645 rushing yards while Kamara had 883 rushing yards in addition to catching 81 passes for 709 yards.,In 2017, Ingram and Kamara were the first teammates to each have 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.,Murray rushed for 788 yards in his last season in Oakland, 842 in his first season in Minnesota and 578 last season. read more

Most of the drama centered around Anthony Davis, whose agent tried his damnedest to force a trade from New Orleans to Los Angeles ahead of last Thursday’s deadline.,But despite Rich Paul’s best efforts to bully the Pelicans into making a move, Davis is still in New Orleans, where he’ll remain until the trade frenzy really kicks up this summer.,But Davis’ camp really didn’t want to wait until this summer, and really wanted their player to join forces with LeBron James in L.A. Paul just so happens to represent the Lakers’ superstar/NBA commissioner.,According to Sean Deveney of the Sports News, the Celtics were none-too-pleased with Paul’s antics during the Davis drama, accusing him of planting the story that Kyrie Irving was no longer set on signing a long-term deal with the Celtics in the summer, and wanted to join the Knicks instead:

The Celtics were annoyed by the story of Irving having eyes for New York, not because of Irving, but because they felt the story was planted by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, in order to scare the Pelicans into thinking Boston would back off making a trade offer for Davis in July if Irving left.,After Irving declared his intentions to re-up with Boston at an October season ticket holder event, we hadn’t heard anything about his future until Davis let the world know he wanted out of New Orleans. read more

ESPN, along with other media outlets, reported Thursday afternoon that the Pelicans sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round draft picks.,Mirotic, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, both of which are career highs.,The Pelicans also officially announced Thursday that the team had acquired forward Markieff Morris, as well as a 2023 second round draft pick, from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Wesley Johnson.,Morris is a former lottery pick was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, one spot before his twin brother and Kansas University teammate Marcus.,In 26 games (13 starts), the former lottery pick out of Syracuse averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis will play the rest of the season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans afterall.,The ensuing weeks saw the superstar Davis’ relationship with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall, his relationship and desire to play alongside LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps handling of the situation dominate regional and national headlines.,“Anthony Davis will play the remainder of the 2018-19 season for the New Orleans Pelicans,” Demps wrote in a statement.,Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games.,Davis is a three-time All-NBA First Team selection, has been named to the All-Defensive Team three times, selected as an All-Star six times and is a yearly candidate for league MVP.

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, with all due respect to local football fans following the Rams' Super Bowl defeat, thinks his team has some similarities to the NFL champion New England Patriots.,"I think early on they were facing a ton of adversity," Pelinka said on a conference call with reporters Friday to discuss his team's NBA trade deadline deals.,The Clippers' deal opened a roster spot, and Pelinka said the team is evaluating "a handful" of players to fill it -- either now or closer to the March 1 deadline to add a player and have him be playoff eligible.,Continuing the Patriots' parallel, Pelinka compared Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman to the players the Lakers added, noting how New England found its rhythm after the slot receiver returned from a four-game suspension, much the same way he hopes the Lakers find their stride now.,Pelinka confirmed a Los Angeles Times report that detailed Johnson's plan to meet the team in Philadelphia -- Pelinka said Johnson is attending a reunion celebrating Michigan State's 1979 NCAA championship as he makes his way west to east.

∫ Former Wheeling Park all-state quarterback Cross Wilkinson has received a nice honor with the University of Toledo football team.,∫ Former Linsly School hoop standout Dylan Harrison is enjoying a solid sophomore season at Ohio Valley University.,∫ Wheeling Park hoop standout Keondre King is a nominee for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American basketball game.,∫ Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. is enjoying a banner men’s basketball season under the guidance of former Wheeling Park hoopster D.P. Harris.,∫ Kudos go out to former Wheeling Park all-state point guard Kylie McKennen.

By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — The fact that the Pelicans could trade Anthony Davis without the Celtics being able to make an offer is hard enough for Boston fans to handle at the moment.,While the news since last summer has been largely about stars not interested in being LeBron’s sidekick—George’s decision to re-sign with the Thunder, Jimmy Butler not having the Lakers on his reported preferred list and Kawhi Leonard reportedly favoring the Clippers—a source close to the Celtics confirmed that Kyrie Irving is genuinely interested in reuniting with his former Cavaliers teammate.,What’s odd is that Kyrie nugget was buried at the bottom of Bucher’s column on the Davis trade request.,Davis demanded a trade from New Orleans on Monday, and if the Pelicans deal him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, the Celtics would have to sit out the sweepstakes if Irving isn’t part of the deal due to the NBA’s “Rose Rule.”,Boston has been long-enamored by Davis and Danny Ainge has the young talent and future draft picks to make an enticing offer this summer, but they may not even get a shot at adding the franchise-altering talent of Davis. read more

Earlier that month, San Francisco Mayor Elmer E. Robinson had lost a bet to Chicago Mayor Martin H. Kennelly, after wagering that Cal would defeat Northwestern in that year’s Rose Bowl.,A week before the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game in 1967 (known later as Super Bowl I), Donald A. Tilleman, the mayor of Green Bay, Wis., sent a telegram to his counterpart in Kansas City, Mo., betting him a block of Wisconsin cheese that the Packers would win, and proposing that prime steaks would make for a good prize.,After the Packers lost in the NFC championship game to the Giants, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg received a special delivery that contained 10 pounds of cheese spread, 20 aged strip steaks and three pounds of chocolate — plus a pair of cheese-wedge sunglasses for good measure.,Thus began the era of mayors wearing rival teams' jerseys, flying the winner’s flag above city hall or singing the national anthem at their next game.,In April 1997, more than two months after the Packers defeated the Patriots in that year’s Super Bowl, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Mayor Paul Jadin still hadn’t collected the winnings from his bet with the mayor of Providence, R.I., Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., who would later be sent to federal prison on racketeering charges.

USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ return to action definitely wasn’t "back in no time," as he promised post-Christmas, but it was worth the wait for the Los Angeles Lakers.,In a thrilling 123-120 overtime victory over the local rival Los Angeles Clippers, James put his team ahead for the final time on a nerveless jump shot with just over a minute remaining to set up the win.,So much for the Lakers watching James’ playing time carefully as he came back from a groin strain sustained against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.,At the time of the injury, James seemed mightily relieved that the groin strain he sustained was not more serious.,Back when James got hurt while reaching for a loose ball against the Warriors, a partnership with Davis was nothing more than a mere possibility, and one far more likely to happen later than sooner. read more

Redoing last weekend's controversial NFC title game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints would mean a pricey delay of the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL said Friday.,In a legal filing, NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said replaying even a few minutes of the NFC championship game because of a missed passed interference call would force a delay for an event that demands an investment of "more than $100 million," the New Orleans Advocate reported .,Siclare's sworn affidavit was submitted by the NFL to get one of two pending lawsuits over officiating moved from state civil court to New Orleans federal court.,The league cited a federal law that allows a defendant to automatically remove a state class-action lawsuit to federal court when the parties are from different states and the amount of the damages sought by the plaintiffs exceeds $5 million.,But the far bigger cost, Siclare suggested, would be if the Feb. 3 Super Bowl is delayed by a court in order to rewind the clock and replay all or a portion of the NFC title game— a result urged by the plaintiffs and much of "Who Dat Nation," which is also listed as a plaintiff.