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Hornets Flat in Loss to Warriors

The Hornets appeared complacent in their now-routine errors on Wednesday night, dropping an away game to the always-fun Golden State Warriors. The final score was 98-88, a fairly predictable result against a focused Warriors squad competing for playoff position. New Orleans fell to 26-49 with the loss, still locked in with the league’s other bottom-feeders in a race-to-the-bottom for draft position.

Final Four and More

Women's Final Four Weekend Brings Plenty of Local Lagniappe

The male version of March Madness may command more dollars, but this year they're forced to go to Atlanta. The women, however, get to come to New Orleans, and this weekend the surviving female college basketball teams pack up their gym bags and touch down in the Big Easy for the Women’s Final Four. 

Fair Grounds Farewell: Napravnik, Amoss Among Season Leaders

After months of making the backstretch of Gentilly Boulevard their home, trainers and jockeys finally packed up their tack trunks, loaded their horses and set off toward a new destination, as the horseracing season came to a close with Saturday's Louisiana Derby. But before making way for JazzFest, the Fair Grounds tallied the points and announced the 2012-13 standings. 

Zephyrs Lose to Miami Marlins, Win With Major League Appearance

by Mike Horst

While Manager Ron Hassey probably isn’t thrilled about losing 7-0 in front of a home crowd of over 9,000, one has to suspect that he understands that winning Saturday’s exhibition game against the Miami Marlins would’ve been icing on the New Orleans Zephyrs’ cake. In terms of haggard sports cliches, the real victory was that the game was played in the first place.

Revolutionary's Road: Louisiana Derby Favorite Likely to Run for the Roses After Win

Under blue skies and surrounded by a festival, the favorite prevailed Saturday at the Fair Grounds' main event. After stalking the leaders early, Revolutionary made a move from the outside on the final turn, and surged into the lead. When it was over, the WinStar Farm horse ended up a neck in front of second-place finisher Mylute. The win was good for a qualifying spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Heat Singe Hornets, 108-89

by Ryan Ray

After dropping their first game in 28 appearances to the Chicago Bulls earlier this week, the Miami Heat came to New Orleans Arena Friday looking to get back to their winning ways. The Hornets didn't do much to stand in the way of King James and company, as the Heat dropped the Hornets, 108-89. The loss moves the Bees to 25-48 on the season.

Major League Debut: Zephyrs Host Miami Marlins in Opener

by Mike Horst

Springtime in New Orleans: The weather gets warmer, fest season builds to its Fair Grounds crescendo and the Zephyrs start another season of professional baseball in Metairie. The Zephyrs host their parent club, the Miami Marlins, in an preseason exhibition game at Zephyr Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Marlins are the first Major League Baseball team to visit Zephyr Field in 14 years.

Saints, Tigers Pal Around at LSU Pro Day

With football season not even close to beginning, South Louisiana witnessed what seemed like a pigskin fantasy Wednesday as the Saints and LSU came together to size up which Fighting Tigers might make good professionals. LSU's annual Pro Day once again featured a stacked lineup, as 28 players from the Tigers' 2012 roster worked out and interviewed with NFL teams -- including the Black and Gold - in advance of next month's NFL Draft.

Hornets Crash Back to Earth With Loss to Clippers

The Hornets held tight through three quarters Wednesday night, before letting Chris Paul and the Clippers pull away in the final frame. Careless execution and rookie mistakes were our undoing, as a fatigued Clippers team held the Bees to 14 points in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles’ 105-91 win ends New Orleans’ three-game winning streak against playoff teams and drops us to 25-47, as we remain in a dead heat for lottery position with eight other teams.

Hornets Snap Nuggets' Streak

by Mike Horst

The New Orleans Hornets were absolutely electrifying last night, pummeling the Denver Nuggets 110-86. Denver was riding a season-high 15 game winning streak coming into the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets would have no part in making it 16. Improbably, it was undersized reserve guard Brian Roberts who stole the show for the Hornets. The rookie dished out a career-high 18 assists and scored 13 points in only his second career NBA start.

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