• Postscript: After US sentence, Sharper goes to state court

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A week after he was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in federal court, disgraced ex-football star Darren Sharper is set for formal sentencing in state court to charges that he drugged and raped multiple women.

  • FILE- In this July 28, 2016, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley (90) hits a sled during the NFL football training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley has already demonstrated this preseason he can disrupt opponent’s ability to run and throw. His performance was among the bright spots in New Orleans 16-9 exhibition loss at Houston last Saturday night. He sacked projected Texans starting quarterback Brock Osweiler and ended the night with four tackles.  (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)

    Saints’ Fairley preparing for larger role on defensive line

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Nick Fairley hopes a combination of experience, good health and happiness in his personal life helps him realize his yet-to-be-fulfilled potential as an NFL defensive lineman.

  • A growing pile of debris sits outside the flood-ravaged home of Carolyn and James Smith in Denham Springs, La. on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016. Smith says she and four other adults will live for the time being in the travel trailer that one of her sons towed to the driveway after weekend flooding inundated the area. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

    Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — After floods devastated pockets of south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims of a disaster that prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged.

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, because the decision hasn't been announced. New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month that it wouldn't hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    AP source: NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

  • In this March 23, 2015, file photo, former NFL safety Darren Sharper, center, with his attorneys, Lisa Wayne, left, and Leonard Levine, right, appear in Los Angeles Superior Court. Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool, File)

    Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper arrives in court for sentencing

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them — double the sentence recommended by prosecutors.

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper awaits sentence in rape cases

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper has a sentencing hearing in federal court Thursday following an earlier multi-jurisdiction plea deal related to allegations he drugged and raped as many as 16 women in four states.

  • Pelicans to open preseason with game against Mavericks

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans says the team will open the preseason on Oct. 1 with a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana.