CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints still have one of the league's top-scoring offenses, but lately it's the defense that's been carrying the NFL's most complete team.On a night when Brees and the offense couldn't get much going and made some uncharacteristic mistakes, New Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in a 12-9 victory on Monday night, moving the Saints into position to lock up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs."I believe in us, game in and game out, first quarter to fourth quarter," defensive end Cam Jordan said. "If it comes down to a crucial play, I believe in us."The Saints (12-2) held an opponent to 17 points or fewer for a sixth straight game. They limited Newton to 131 yards passing, sacked him four times and forced two turnovers. Carolina (6-8), which lost its sixth straight, had just 247 yards and 13 first downs. The Panthers' only scores came on a trick play on fourth down and an interception return on a … [Read more...] about Saints’ D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers
Associated Press Published 12:49 AM EST Dec 18, 2018 Charlotte, N.C. — New Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton, and the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Saints’ defense, which has been among the best in the league the last six weeks, held the former MVP to 131 yards passing, sacked him four times and forced two turnovers on a night when Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t get much going. Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and Brees had 203 yards passing for the Saints (12-2), who took a one-game lead in the NFC over the Rams. The Saints close the season at home against Pittsburgh and Carolina; the Rams visit Arizona and host San Francisco. Carolina’s only scores came off a trick play on fourth down – a 50-yard touchdown pass from running back Christian McCaffrey to tight end Chris Manhertz – and an interception return … [Read more...] about Monday’s NFL: New Orleans Saints’ D puts clamps on Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer Updated 10:53 pm CST, Monday, December 17, 2018 New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) scrambles against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) scrambles against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Photo: Jason E. Miczek, AP Photo: Jason E. Miczek, AP Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) scrambles against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) scrambles against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, … [Read more...] about Saints’ D puts clamps on Newton in win over Panthers
Keith Laing The Detroit News Published 12:01 AM EST Dec 17, 2018 Washington — The furious backlash against General Motors Co.’s restructuring, delivered by official Washington, may be a harbinger of things to come. Even as the Detroit automaker executes a plan to cut 8,000 salaried employees, idle four U.S. plants and imperil 3,300 hourly workers, its crosstown rivals are quietly reshaping their footprints to account for dramatically shifting demand and to bolster their cash hoards to fund next-generation technology. The result is likely to be frustration, confusion and yet more pushback from constituencies outside the executive suites: Why are automakers booking billions in North American profits on fatter profit margins acting like companies desperately managing an imminent recession? And how can they justify the actions when two of Detroit’s three automakers owe their survival to U.S. taxpayers amid the global financial meltdown? GM and … [Read more...] about New GM faces old headwinds in D.C.
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 12:02 AM EST Dec 16, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: I’m 70, Caucasian, slim and was diagnosed with osteoporosis five years ago. Before that, I took Fosamax for five years. I take 1,000 mg calcium citrate, 3 mg boron and a multivitamin containing 2,000 IU vitamin D. An X-ray showed three compression fractured vertebra. I read that taking more than 1,000 IU of vitamin D can cause bone mass loss! I started crying thinking that I caused the fractures from taking too much vitamin D. I’ve stopped the multivitamin and just take 500 IU of the vitamin D. I’m outside an hour a day. Do you know of bone mass loss from too much? V.W. Dear V.W.: Low levels of vitamin D are a common and treatable cause of bone loss, which can lead to fractures. It’s a good idea to check the vitamin D level in people with known osteoporosis. There remains controversy about the optimum level of vitamin D, but a level between 30 and 50 ng/mL is generally … [Read more...] about Doc: Does too much vitamin D cause bone mass reduction?