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Payton will coach son's team

An NFL-imposed suspension won't stop Sean Payton from coaching in 2012.

The New Orleans head coach says his season away from the pro game will afford him more time with his two children, and he'll help coach son Connor's football team.

Payton makes his family home in Dallas, but spent part of this week in New Orleans, playing in the Zurich Classic pro-am with PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer.

Payton was received warmly by fans at the TPC Louisiana and his gallery included some wearing "Free Sean Payton" T-shirts. The coached signed autographs and posed for photos.

Payton also criticized a recently reported allegation that general manager Mickey Loomis' Superdome booth was rigged so he could eavesdrop on opposing coaches between 2002 and 2004. Payton calls the allegations, "Hogwash."


Samuel flies to Falcons

Asante Samuel was willing to restructure his contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons.

"I wanted to be a Falcon, so we made it work," Samuel said.

The Falcons gave up only a seventh-round draft pick Wednesday when they acquired the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Falcons announced the trade after Samuel agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5 million deal.


Dewart wins at Penn Relays

Ithaca College senior Emma Dewart (Barker) won the heptathlon at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Falling just nine points shy of her own school record, she powered to a 378-point victory with her 5,006-point performance.

Dewart, who led the field following day one of competition, won two of the final three events. She was victorious in the long jump with a mark of 5.49 meters to hit the ECAC qualifier and score 697 points. She placed second in the javelin with a 30.00-meter toss for 477 points, before crossing the finish line of the 800-meter run first in 2:23.44 good for 777 points.


Miller leaves Bona to join Bills

Sports Information Director Dallas Miller has resigned his position at St. Bonaventure University to accept a position with the Buffalo Bills, Director of Athletics Steve Watson announced Wednesday.

Effective today, Miller joins the Buffalo Bills as Manager of Digital Media.

From News Staff and wire service reports