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Drew Brees Ranks 52nd Best Athlete in the World

Today, ESPN released the second annual World Fame 100, the global network's ranking of the biggest names in sports. Repping Who Dat Nation for two years in a row is Drew Brees, one of the 33 American athletes to make the list. 

Winners: Trombone Shorty & Scott Van Pelt Team Up (Video)

Jon Batiste was not the only local making a late night television debut this week. Over at the House of Mouse, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue picked up a weekly spot on Scott Van Pelt’s new 11p.m. (CST) ESPN SportsCenter “Winners” segment.

Former Saint Eddie "Boo" Williams Talks Depression

Depression was taboo in America for generations. Perhaps no place more than a locker room is the disease regarded as a pariah. An article by Jim Trotter published today attempts to shed life on the issue amongst NFL players. At the center of the piece is former Saints tight end Eddie “Boo” Williams.

SEC Network Ready for Liftoff

With college football season around the corner, the SEC Network is set to hit small screens for the first time Thursday (8-14). Debuting at 5 p.m. CST, the ESPN-backed TV station will feature Louisiana sports legends like the Manning family and Shaquille O'Neal for the opening program.

Cox Cable Adds SEC Network

The SEC Network found one taker in its long search for cable suitors, and it will make LSU fans in New Orleans happy. Cox Communications announced Wednesday that it will make the new ESPN channel available in all of its markets, including the Crescent City.

Report: 49ers' Brooks Fined for Brees Hit

San Francisco 49ers defender Ahmad Brooks said he felt his fourth quarter hit on the Saints' Drew Brees cost his team the game. Now, the sack that gave Breesus "go-go gadget neck" will cost the linebacker in his wallet. The NFL fined Brooks about $16,000 for the hit, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Les Miles Runs Red Light on ESPN (VIDEO)

It's the thick of LSU-Bama Week, but the Mad Hatter isn't seeing red yet. The Bayou Bengals Head Football Coach took ESPN reporter Kaylee Hartung for a ride Tuesday during the sports network's look "Inside the Program." During the interview, Miles showed off his vaunted anticipation skills by running a red light.

Measure of a Manning

'Book of Manning' Puts Family Before Football

They debuted for the season in a rap video, but the Mannings are set to appear on TV Tuesday night in a much more earnest look at the life of football's first family. NoDef got a sneak peak at the new ESPN/SEC documentary, 'The Book of Manning.'

ESPN: NOLA Mob Boss Fixed Battle of the Sexes

Mob boss Carlos Marcello spent plenty of time in court over the years. But it’s his dealings in the pro shop that are making headlines these days. Adding yet another layer of mystery to his shady dealings, the Little Man has now been unofficially linked to the alleged rigging of the infamous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis matches between tennis all-stars Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs., according to a recent article at

French Quarter Becomes Super Bowl Central: Photo Essay

If the Mayor's fact-spittin' and CBD gridlock aren't enough indication that Super Bowl XLVII is almost here, a stroll through the French Quarter will do. The Vieux Carre is slated to become the backdrop for the world's largest media convergence, and that requires a little setup. Click through for a photo essay of the progress as of Friday:

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