Sports roundup: Saints following the wishes of suspended coach Payton … LSU's Shaver named national coach of the year … Where the Heat and Thunder are hottest on the court
Long-distance operator: The New Orleans Saints wrapped up their pre-training camp work Wednesday with a shorthanded, sloppy practice that interim coach Joe Vitt described as far from representative of the team's accomplishments over the past two months, reports The Times-Picayune. To the outside eye, the Saints—facing multiple suspensions to key executives and players as well as coach Sean Payton, and playing without their star quarterback Drew Brees—might seem a team in disarray. Those eyes lie, according to Vitt. "When Sean left here, there was one mandate—do your job—and these guys have definitely done their job," he says. Read the full story here.
Long may you run: LSU sprints and hurdles coach Dennis Shaver has been named the NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The No. 1-ranked Lady Tigers are just five days removed from winning LSU's 32nd track and field national championship. This is the second time Shaver has been named the national coach of the year in his eight years at LSU. Read more at the LSUsports.net website here.
Bouncing around the room: As the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder prepare to square off at 8 p.m. tonight for Game 2 of the NBA Finals (OKC is up 1-0 in the series), an interactive feature from The New York Times on the teams' shooting patterns reveal where they are most dangerous on the court. Click here to check it out and compare each player's strengths using court maps and analysis by Kirk Goldsberry, a geography professor at Michigan State.
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