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Saints Face Potential Fines for Vitt Vicodin Theft, Report Says

Another offseason potentially brings another round of penalties for the Black and Gold. According to the Washington Post, the feds are considering a "hefty fine" against the Saints for a 2009 incident during which assistant coach Joe Vitt took Vicodin from the team's storage area.

New Orleans Listless in Last Home Game as Hornets

In New Orleans’ 2012-13 home finale — and last appearance ever at the Arena as “Hornets” — our boys appropriately served as spectators, as the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 107-89 victory. The highlight of the season’s final home game was Dirk Nowitzki, as he became only the 17th player to reach 25,000 career points. The loss dropped New Orleans to 27-54, making it all the more likely New Orleans will hold the league’s fifth-worst record — good for the fifth-best position in the draft lottery.

Hornets Nearly Upset Clippers

The Hornets showed a valiant effort in the absence of Anthony Davis and Greivis Vasquez, holding the Los Angeles Clippers — currently enmeshed in an intense battle for playoff seeding — to 45 percent shooting, while outrebouding them 48-41. Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes’ gritty play prevailed, however, helping to push the Clippers to a 96-93 victory. New Orleans now holds the league’s fifth-worst record, all the better to draft with.

Kobe Bryant Wills Lakers Past Hornets, 104-96

It’s a familiar scene by now: The Hornets hang tight with a playoff team through three quarters, only to fall apart in the fourth. While the Hornets held their own on the offensive end, they were completely unable to stop Kobe Bryant & company from getting to the line down the stretch. The Lakers ultimately outpaced us 104-96, dropping us to 27-51 for the season, currently the sixth-worst in the league.

NCAA Final 2 Cheerleaders Visit Pediatric Patients

Cheerleaders and mascots of U Conn and Louisville took some time out of their busy Final Four schedules to make a stop in the Tulane pediatric unit. The peppiest of the NCAA visited about a dozen patients in the unit, including the infant care center where excited youngsters with delighted eyes greeted them. 

Zephyrs Open Season Amid Relocation Rumblings

by Mike Horst

The New Orleans Zephyrs began their 2013 season in earnest this weekend amid reports of a potential move to suburban Houston. The good news is, they split a four game set against the Nashville Sounds, winning the series finale yesterday afternoon 3-1. The bad news is, this very well may be the beginning of the end of the Z’s in New Orleans.

Women's Final Four: UConn, Louisville Converge for Final Battle

Basketball left the streets and hit the Superdome court last night, as the 2013 Women's Final Four played out before thousands of fans. The night's drama saw a women's hoops behemoth  finally exact a measure of success against a team that had given it fits. Earlier, a team on a wild ride through the NCAA tournament punched a ticket to the championship game.

Hornets Out of Key in Jazz Loss

Friday night’s 95-83 loss to the Utah Jazz was another typical loss for the Hornets, marked by youth and inconsistency. Our bench went 2-of-25 from the field, with Ryan Anderson’s 10 misses leading the way. We didn’t get a lot of our starters either, especially after Eric Gordon got into a shouting match with coach Monty Williams. The result was a very unbalanced offense to compliment our mediocre defense. The Hornets fell to 26-50, the sixth-worst record in the league.

Final Four Trains Pint-Sized Players at Newman

by Catherine Semmes

As the NCAA Women’s Final Four teams get pumped for the big games, fellow female ballers are helping pint-sized players. Young athletes attended the Powerade NCAA Youth Clinic at The Isidore Newman School yesterday, and parents gathered in the auditorium to listen to lectures by expert panelists on the physical and academic wellbeing of student athletes.

Final Four Fan Philanthropy

Whether it’s California, Louisville, Notre Dame, or Connecticut that take home the Final Four trophy, the Crescent City is the biggest winner this weekend. The victors of the NCAA Women’s Basketball are dribbling into NOLA, and they’re bringing youth clinics, charity runs, and a Tourney Town with them.

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