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Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints made their final roster cuts on Saturday in preparation for Week One of the 2014 NFL Season. Among those left off the final 53 were veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem and cornerback Champ Bailey.

Bailey, who was also released by the Denver Broncos this year, was sidelined for three weeks during training camp with a foot injury. The 36-year old played 10 season with the Broncos before his release.

“Even though I’ve played 15 years, it doesn’t matter. Man, this is a production business,” Bailey said last week. “I think every guy going into training camp has to show what he can do. And, you know, I feel good. If they like what I do, then I’ll play a lot on Sundays. Plain and simple.”

A 29-year-old receiver, Meachem’s release is less shocking to most. The Saints have a plethora of young wide outs including Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, who sit at the bottom of the depth chart. Meachem caught 157 passes for 2,593 yards and 25 touchdowns during his six seasons in New Orleans.

The Saints also released both kickers they had brought to camp in Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke.

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(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

ThinkStock(HOUSTON, Texas) — Wisconsin held a 24-7 lead over No. 13 Louisiana State University (LSU) just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. When the final whistle blew, the 14th-ranked Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-24 comeback win by the Tigers who scored 21 straight points.

“We played sloppy, we did everything to the latest possible time before we decided to play best,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

Corey Clement’s two-yard touchdown run in the third made it a 24-7 Wisconsin lead before LSU turned it around. A pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals cut the deficit to 11 at the end of three quarters but the Tigers still struggled to find the end zone.

They finally broke through three minutes into the fourth as Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a 36-yard strike. Jennings then connected with Trey Quinn for a two-point conversion that made it a 24-21 Wisconsin lead.

LSU’s Jalen Mills then picked off a pass from Tanner McEvoy on the ensuing possession. Three plays later, Kenny Hilliard busted through the line for a 28-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback. Another interception by McEvoy sealed the deal for the Badgers who gained just 65 yards in the fourth quarter.

“They battled. They hung in there,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “I thought both teams fought like crazy. They made one more play than we did and won the game in the end.”

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(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

ThinkStock(HOUSTON, Texas) — Wisconsin held a 24-7 lead over No. 13 Louisiana State University (LSU) just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. When the final whistle blew, the 14th-ranked Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-24 comeback win by the Tigers who scored 21 straight points.

“We played sloppy, we did everything to the latest possible time before we decided to play best,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

Corey Clement’s two-yard touchdown run in the third made it a 24-7 Wisconsin lead before LSU turned it around. A pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals cut the deficit to 11 at the end of three quarters but the Tigers still struggled to find the end zone.

They finally broke through three minutes into the fourth as Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a 36-yard strike. Jennings then connected with Trey Quinn for a two-point conversion that made it a 24-21 Wisconsin lead.

LSU’s Jalen Mills then picked off a pass from Tanner McEvoy on the ensuing possession. Three plays later, Kenny Hilliard busted through the line for a 28-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback. Another interception by McEvoy sealed the deal for the Badgers who gained just 65 yards in the fourth quarter.

“They battled. They hung in there,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “I thought both teams fought like crazy. They made one more play than we did and won the game in the end.”

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USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BILBAO, Spain) — The United States began defense of their FIBA Basketball World Cup title with a 114-55 blowout over tournament newcomer Finland on Saturday. The US limited the Finns to just a pair of free throws in the second quarter, holding them to 0-for-17 from the floor.

“Our coaches were encouraging us to keep up that effort by telling us every timeout, every dead ball, they only had two points or whatever,” guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s just motivation to keep doing what we’re doing.”

The dominating effort continued into the third quarter as Finland ended up going 19 consecutive shots before one finally went in. by the time Tuukka Kotta’s basket dropped with 8:48 to play in the third, the Americans had already built up a 62-20 lead.

Klay Thompson came off the bench to lead all players with 18 points while Anthony Davis poured in 17 as well. The 59 point margin of victory is just the second highest in USA Basketball history, sitting behind a 79 point win over South Korea in 1990. The Americans will next take on Turkey in group stage play, a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.

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USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BILBAO, Spain) — The United States began defense of their FIBA Basketball World Cup title with a 114-55 blowout over tournament newcomer Finland on Saturday. The US limited the Finns to just a pair of free throws in the second quarter, holding them to 0-for-17 from the floor.

“Our coaches were encouraging us to keep up that effort by telling us every timeout, every dead ball, they only had two points or whatever,” guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s just motivation to keep doing what we’re doing.”

The dominating effort continued into the third quarter as Finland ended up going 19 consecutive shots before one finally went in. by the time Tuukka Kotta’s basket dropped with 8:48 to play in the third, the Americans had already built up a 62-20 lead.

Klay Thompson came off the bench to lead all players with 18 points while Anthony Davis poured in 17 as well. The 59 point margin of victory is just the second highest in USA Basketball history, sitting behind a 79 point win over South Korea in 1990. The Americans will next take on Turkey in group stage play, a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.

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(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.

“We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Now I think we can relax and go play football.”

Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around.

The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State’s P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAAF: (2) Alabama 33 (1-0) – West Virginia 23 (0-1)

(4) Oklahoma 48 (1-0) – Louisiana Tech 16 (0-1)

(5) Ohio State 34 (1-0) – Navy 17 (0-1)

(6) Auburn 45 (1-0) – Arkansas 21 (0-1)

(7) UCLA 28 (1-0) – Virginia 20 (0-1)

(11) Stanford 45 (1-0) – UC Davis 0 (0-1)

(12) Georgia 45 (1-0) – (16) Clemson 21 (0-1)

(17) Notre Dame 48 (1-0) – Rice 17 (0-1)

(20) Kansas State 55 (1-0) – SF Austin 16 (0-1)

(22) Nebraska 55 (1-0) – Florida International 7 (0-1)

(23) North Carolina 56 (1-0) – Liberty 29 (0-1)

(24) Missouri 38 (1-0) – South Dakota State 18 (0-1)

MLB: Chicago White Sox 6 (61-74) – Detroit Tigers 3 (73-61) – Game 1

Detroit Tigers 8 (74-61) – Chicago White Sox 4 (61-75) – Game 2

Chicago Cubs 5 (61-74) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (71-63) – Game 1

Toronto Blue Jays 2 (68-67) – New York Yankees 0 (70-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (71-64) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (65-71)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (66-70) – Boston Red Sox 0 (59-76)

Philadelphia Phillies 7 (62-73) – New York Mets 2 (63-73)

Houston Astros 2 (58-79) – Texas Rangers 0 (53-82)

Miami Marlins 4 (66-68) – Atlanta Braves 0 (71-65)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (78-56) – Minnesota Twins 2 (59-76)

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick wins the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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ESPN: Michael Sam Released by Rams

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but came up short as all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. He was beat out by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.

“You know what, it’s not going to be like the draft,” Sam said earlier this week. “I’m very confident that I’m going to sleep really well tonight and I’m very confident I’m going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL.”

Sam made headlines before the NFL scouting combine when he announced that he’s gay. He’d be the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Even with a chip on his shoulder, Sam was unable to prove to Rams coaches that as a seventh round pick, he should make the team.

Despite being let go, Sam had a very productive preseason. In four preseason games, he’s recorded 11 tackles while also registering three sacks.

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Jets Part Ways with WR Stephen Hill

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Stephen Hill experiment is over in New Jersey.

The-23-year-old receiver was cut by the New York Jets Saturday.

The Jets selected the 6-foot-4 Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hill’s NFL career got off to a hot start catching two touchdowns in his first regular season game, but it was all downhill from there. According to ESPN Stats & Information, over the last two seasons, Hill recorded the second-lowest reception percentage of any player that was targeted at least 100 times.

During his two seasons with the Jets, Hill played in 23 games, catching 45 balls, for 594 yards and four touchdowns.

The Jets will now rely upon Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson as their main receivers to start the season.

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Jets Part Ways with WR Stephen Hill

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Stephen Hill experiment is over in New Jersey.

The-23-year-old receiver was cut by the New York Jets Saturday.

The Jets selected the 6-foot-4 Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hill’s NFL career got off to a hot start catching two touchdowns in his first regular season game, but it was all downhill from there. According to ESPN Stats & Information, over the last two seasons, Hill recorded the second-lowest reception percentage of any player that was targeted at least 100 times.

During his two seasons with the Jets, Hill played in 23 games, catching 45 balls, for 594 yards and four touchdowns.

The Jets will now rely upon Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson as their main receivers to start the season.

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