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Saints set to play in Hall of Fame Game

The Sports Xchange

--According to FoxSports.com, the Saints have volunteered to play in the NFL's preseason opener at the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5.

Citing a league source, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported later Thursday afternoon that the Saints will play in game against a still-to-be-named opponent.

The appearance would coincide with the induction of former Saints tackle William Roaf into the Canton shrine. Roaf played with the Saints from 1993 to 2001 before finishing his stellar career with the Kansas City Chiefs (2002-05).

The Saints last played in the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007.

--Season-ticket renewal notices were mailed out by the Saints last week, and there was good news for fans as prices for most of the 73,000 seats in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will remain the same as in 2011.

Some tickets in the upper reaches of 12 corner sections of the lower level of the Superdome have even been reduced by $20 per game because of construction changes and now sell for $80 each.

The Saints will play 10 home games this season with their eight regular-season contests against Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego and Kansas City.

--Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister, one of the more beloved players in franchise history along with Archie Manning, Rickey Jackson and Sam Mills, has been selected for induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

McAllister, the team's all-time leading rusher and a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his eight seasons with the club, was one of eight people chosen for the Class of 2012 by a 30-person Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel.

Former Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Bucs running back Warrick Dunn, a Baton Rouge native, is also among the honorees along with former LSU and NFL running back Terry Robiskie and former Baltimore Colts wide receiver Roger Carr, a Louisiana Tech product.

The official induction ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 23 in Natchitoches, La., capping three days of festivities.

--The third race at New Orleans' famed Fair Grounds Race Course on Feb. 11 was won by Saint Brees, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt owned by New Orleans horseman Louie Roussel III and car dealer Ronnie Lamarque.

Saint Brees took control of the 5 1/2-furlong race in the home stretch and paid $7.20 to win with jockey James Graham -- not Jimmy Graham the tight end -- aboard.

Saint Brees was sired by 1992 Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy and is also a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

"When you're a really good team, obviously you have really good players. And when you have really good players, other teams want your really good players. So if somebody comes in with an offer we can't match, that can happen." -- Saints GM Mickey Loomis, on the possibility of losing some players during free agency.

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