NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sean Payton arrived at the Superdome to see his first Saints game since being suspended the entire season in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. It allowed him the chance to see Drew Brees' attempt to break Johnny Unitas' half-century old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
At Brees' request, the NFL has allowed Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis to attend the game as long as they did not have contact with the team. Arrangements were made to place Payton in a suite and he was told not to speak with media.
Payton briefly stopped by a suite owned by Brees and chatted with the quarterback's wife, Brittany. Vitt was suspended six games and Loomis was docked eight.
WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.
Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.
But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.
While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.
Here are some photos to put it in perspective...
Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...
On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...
With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.
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In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.
In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds.
Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play.
The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.
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