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May 10, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson unexpectedly fired general manager Randy Mueller and took over the job himself yesterday, citing differences in management style. Mueller was named NFL executive of the year in 2000 when the Saints went 10-6 and won their first playoff game. "This was totally a bolt from the blue. I'm in shock," Mueller said. "He asked me to resign. I refused. When I refused, he fired me. " Benson said events leading to Mueller's release had been building because of communications problems.
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April 14, 2012
  Jannero Pargo hit five three-pointers and scored 17 points, and Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams each had 16 as the visiting Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic, 109-81, on Friday. The Hawks earned their third straight win over the Magic this season and have now won six consecutive regular-season meetings over their division mates. Orlando lost its second straight and fell to 1-4 without center Dwight Howard, who sat for the fifth time in seven games with back spasms.
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November 7, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Tom Benson was a no-show for New Orleans' loss to Chicago yesterday in Baton Rouge, La., staying true to his promise never to return to the city where last week he swatted at a TV news camera and argued with a heckling fan. However, Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, did attend the game. LeBlanc, who carries the title owner/executive, is Benson's heir apparent. After the Saints' loss to Miami a week ago, Benson fired off an e-mail to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue saying his trip to Baton Rouge was a "total disaster," adding that he and his family members could have been injured or killed and that he would no longer attend games in Baton Rouge either this season or if any Saints games are scheduled there in '06. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel later said Benson wrote the e-mail out of frustration and still may attend one of the remaining games scheduled for Baton Rouge.
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December 31, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
The New Orleans Saints will return to Louisiana in 2006, that much seems certain. Exactly when and where they will play games gets a little fuzzier. The owner says maybe as early as September in the hurricane-ravaged Superdome. The NFL commissioner says, "It's too early to say . . . " The two made separate statements yesterday about the team's future, and while both were upbeat, Paul Tagliabue was far more cautious. "There are a lot of things yet to be accomplished to make it more than a 1-year arrangement," he said after meeting with Saints players and coaches for about 5 hours in their current home of San Antonio.
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November 4, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has not yet decided whether he will be at Sunday's game in Baton Rouge, La., and frustration caused him to send an e-mail to the NFL saying he would not attend any more games at LSU's Tiger Stadium this season or next. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said that Benson was upset by his treatment by fans after the Saints' 21-6 loss to Miami on Sunday in Baton Rouge. Benson, who attended the game with his wife, Gayle, granddaughter and grandson, was involved in an altercation with a WWL-TV cameraman and a fan as the owner and his family left the stadium near the end of the game.
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May 10, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson unexpectedly fired general manager Randy Mueller and took over the job himself yesterday, citing differences in management style. Mueller earned NFL Executive of the Year honors in 2000 for a rebuilding job that helped the team gain its first playoff victory. "This was totally a bolt from the blue. I'm in shock," Mueller said. He met yesterday morning with Benson, a day after returning from a two-day trip around Louisiana to promote Saints ticket sales.
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January 6, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A month ago, Tom Benson promised to improve the moribund New Orleans Saints, but no one knew then just how quick and devastating the changes would be. The owner cut short a vacation in Florida and returned to the Big Easy carrying a meat cleaver. When Benson was finished, the Saints' entire front office had been cut loose. Benson arrived in his office early yesterday and by 10 a.m., Mike Ditka was holding an impromptu news conference in the parking lot. In addition to the coach, Benson also fired president/general manager Bill Kuharich and senior vice president Terry O'Neil, the team's "capologist.
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January 28, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Muhsin Muhammad has parlayed the best season by a Carolina Panthers receiver into a new five-year deal with the team. The Panthers yesterday announced they had signed a new contract with Muhammad, who had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. Terms of the deal were not released, but the Associated Press said the contract is worth $22.5 million and includes a signing bonus of about $7 million. "I'm happy that everything is finally done," said Muhammad, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time after catching an NFC-leading 96 passes for 1,253 yards and eight touchdowns.
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June 21, 2012 | Associated Press
Anthony Hargrove says it wasn't him. In a 13-minute, nearly 1,500-word prepared statement, Hargrove emphatically said it was not his voice in the video clip used as evidence in the New Orleans Saints' bounty investigation. One day after Hargrove and three of his former Saints teammates formally appealed their suspensions, the Green Bay Packers defensive end held an informal news conference outside the NFL offices in Manhattan. In a passionate, direct tone, Hargrove maintained his innocence.
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September 6, 1992 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Compared to some of their high-profile rivals in the National Football League, the New Orleans Saints are almost a forgettable bunch. A team decidedly low on superstars, charisma and thrilling offensive schemes, the Saints indulge in flamboyance only after a victory, in the cornball celebration dance of team owner Tom Benson. But underneath their anonymous execution and lunch-pail persona, the Saints do some remarkably good work consistently, thanks to the driving force of head coach Jim Mora.
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June 21, 2012 | Associated Press
Anthony Hargrove says it wasn't him. In a 13-minute, nearly 1,500-word prepared statement, Hargrove emphatically said it was not his voice in the video clip used as evidence in the New Orleans Saints' bounty investigation. One day after Hargrove and three of his former Saints teammates formally appealed their suspensions, the Green Bay Packers defensive end held an informal news conference outside the NFL offices in Manhattan. In a passionate, direct tone, Hargrove maintained his innocence.
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April 14, 2012
  Jannero Pargo hit five three-pointers and scored 17 points, and Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams each had 16 as the visiting Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic, 109-81, on Friday. The Hawks earned their third straight win over the Magic this season and have now won six consecutive regular-season meetings over their division mates. Orlando lost its second straight and fell to 1-4 without center Dwight Howard, who sat for the fifth time in seven games with back spasms.
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December 31, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
The New Orleans Saints will return to Louisiana in 2006, that much seems certain. Exactly when and where they will play games gets a little fuzzier. The owner says maybe as early as September in the hurricane-ravaged Superdome. The NFL commissioner says, "It's too early to say . . . " The two made separate statements yesterday about the team's future, and while both were upbeat, Paul Tagliabue was far more cautious. "There are a lot of things yet to be accomplished to make it more than a 1-year arrangement," he said after meeting with Saints players and coaches for about 5 hours in their current home of San Antonio.
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November 7, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Tom Benson was a no-show for New Orleans' loss to Chicago yesterday in Baton Rouge, La., staying true to his promise never to return to the city where last week he swatted at a TV news camera and argued with a heckling fan. However, Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, did attend the game. LeBlanc, who carries the title owner/executive, is Benson's heir apparent. After the Saints' loss to Miami a week ago, Benson fired off an e-mail to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue saying his trip to Baton Rouge was a "total disaster," adding that he and his family members could have been injured or killed and that he would no longer attend games in Baton Rouge either this season or if any Saints games are scheduled there in '06. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel later said Benson wrote the e-mail out of frustration and still may attend one of the remaining games scheduled for Baton Rouge.
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November 4, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has not yet decided whether he will be at Sunday's game in Baton Rouge, La., and frustration caused him to send an e-mail to the NFL saying he would not attend any more games at LSU's Tiger Stadium this season or next. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said that Benson was upset by his treatment by fans after the Saints' 21-6 loss to Miami on Sunday in Baton Rouge. Benson, who attended the game with his wife, Gayle, granddaughter and grandson, was involved in an altercation with a WWL-TV cameraman and a fan as the owner and his family left the stadium near the end of the game.
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May 10, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson unexpectedly fired general manager Randy Mueller and took over the job himself yesterday, citing differences in management style. Mueller earned NFL Executive of the Year honors in 2000 for a rebuilding job that helped the team gain its first playoff victory. "This was totally a bolt from the blue. I'm in shock," Mueller said. He met yesterday morning with Benson, a day after returning from a two-day trip around Louisiana to promote Saints ticket sales.
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May 10, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson unexpectedly fired general manager Randy Mueller and took over the job himself yesterday, citing differences in management style. Mueller was named NFL executive of the year in 2000 when the Saints went 10-6 and won their first playoff game. "This was totally a bolt from the blue. I'm in shock," Mueller said. "He asked me to resign. I refused. When I refused, he fired me. " Benson said events leading to Mueller's release had been building because of communications problems.
SPORTS
January 28, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Muhsin Muhammad has parlayed the best season by a Carolina Panthers receiver into a new five-year deal with the team. The Panthers yesterday announced they had signed a new contract with Muhammad, who had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. Terms of the deal were not released, but the Associated Press said the contract is worth $22.5 million and includes a signing bonus of about $7 million. "I'm happy that everything is finally done," said Muhammad, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time after catching an NFC-leading 96 passes for 1,253 yards and eight touchdowns.
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January 6, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A month ago, Tom Benson promised to improve the moribund New Orleans Saints, but no one knew then just how quick and devastating the changes would be. The owner cut short a vacation in Florida and returned to the Big Easy carrying a meat cleaver. When Benson was finished, the Saints' entire front office had been cut loose. Benson arrived in his office early yesterday and by 10 a.m., Mike Ditka was holding an impromptu news conference in the parking lot. In addition to the coach, Benson also fired president/general manager Bill Kuharich and senior vice president Terry O'Neil, the team's "capologist.
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January 6, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Mike Ditka bet just about everything on Ricky Williams this season. Yesterday, he paid with his job. Ditka was fired by the New Orleans Saints after three straight losing seasons, and he said he would never coach again. Beloved in Chicago for 11 seasons after leading "Da Bears" to the Super Bowl in 1986, Iron Mike could not stop a downward slide in New Orleans that saw the Saints finish 3-13 to match the second-worst record in franchise history. "We tried, but we didn't get it done," Ditka said.
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