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Free agent Adrian Peterson and Saints reportedly agree on contract

Free agent running back Adrian Peterson has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Although the Saints have not announced the deal, Peterson has told ESPN that he has agreed to play in New Orleans. The deal is worth a base value of $7 million.

"I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Peterson told ESPN. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity.

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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years, and he missed half of last season recovering from the latest head injury.

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Does Kobe Bryant miss playing basketball? No. He explains why

It’s almost hard to imagine that it’s only been a year since the last time we saw Kobe Bryant don the purple and gold Lakers uniform. Of course who could forget the 60-point performance in Bryant’s finale?

He has many memorable moments throughout his 20-year career with the Lakers. So you would think he would miss the game.

“No, I don’t,” Bryant said Monday on “Good Morning America.”

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Angels mailbag: Where to go from here?

Hello, Angels fans. As of today, your favorite baseball team is 8-12, on a 65-win pace, and its best starting pitcher is not going to pitch at least until June. The outlook is not great. So let’s answer some questions about the state of the team. As always, please submit mailbag questions through my Twitter account (@pedromoura) or via email at pedro.moura@latimes.com.

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Aaron Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral

Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.

Hernandez's mother, brother, fiancee and at least one defense attorney were among the dozens who attended the invitation-only service in his hometown of Bristol, Conn.

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Clippers' five takeaways from playoff loss to Utah Jazz

Here are takeaways from the Clippers' 105-98 loss to the Utah Jazz in their first-round NBA playoff series. Series is tied, 2-2.

1. The absence of Blake Griffin was felt all over the place for the Clippers in Game 4 Sunday night, but mostly on the inside during the Western Conference first-round playoff game against the Utah Jazz.

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