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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana sports news from The Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have as many as five night games on their 2014 regular season schedule, which begins with road games in Atlanta and Cleveland. The schedule, released Wednesday night, has New Orleans playing its home opener in Week 3 against Minnesota.

AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton says the club hasn't decided whether to exercise a 2015 team option on running back Mark Ingram's contract. New Orleans already has exercised a similar option on defensive end Cameron Jordan worth $6.97 million in base salary.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After becoming the only LSU player other than Shaquille O'Neal to block 100 shots in a season, Jordan Mickey has decided to remain with the Tigers at least one more year. Mickey made his announcement alongside LSU coach Johnny Jones on Wednesday. He says the feedback he's received from the NBA is that he needs "to get bigger, stronger and faster" before turning pro.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Richard Petty is scheduled to return to the race track this weekend for the first time since the March 25 death of his wife, Lynda. The seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver missed races at Martinsville, Texas and Darlington as he mourned.

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