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Saints suspensions overturned...Trying to save a season...All-American Tide

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 4:20pm  ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Paul Tagliabue (TAG'-lee-uh-boo) has overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league's bounty investigation of the club. The former NFL Commissioner says the players did take part in a performance pool that rewarded hard tackles and other plays that could justify fines, but the case was "contaminated" by coaches and others in the Saints' organization.

TORONTO (AP) -- The NHL and its players' union are planning another bargaining session tomorrow in an effort to save the hockey season. Talks broke off last week with each side blaming the other after they appeared to be making progress. More than 40 percent of the regular season schedule has been lost to the lockout, including the Winter Classic.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Knicks and Nets are squaring off in Brooklyn again tonight. The Nets come in at 11-8 riding a four-game losing streak. The Knicks have won 15 of 20 games this season. Brooklyn pulled out an overtime win in their last meeting.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alabama stands second behind Notre Dame in the college football rankings, but it is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans. The Crimson Tide placed four players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner. Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is the first-team quarterback.

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have welcomed Josh Brent back at the team's headquarters after the defensive tackle was accused of driving drunk and causing a wreck that killed practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Coach Jason Garrett says the team plans to support Brent in "every way" that it can. Brent attended a private memorial service for Brown in Dallas today.

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