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Album: Mary Gauthier, The Foundling (Proper)

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Stricker to sit out Sawgrass event

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Pulitzer prize bypassed 'National Enquirer'

The National Enquirer failed to upset the US media establishment yesterday and land a coveted Pulitzer prize for its scoop about the extramarital affair of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

Treme: Better than The Wire?

Last night the first episode of David Simon’s follow-up to his Baltimore epic premiered on HBO in America. So how does Treme measure up? Sarah Hughes delivers the verdict

Forecast is wet – so the taps stay dry

Drying conditions at Cheltenham yesterday left the official going as good to soft, good in places, on the eve of the Festival. Some rain is expected later in the week, however, so a decision on the resumption of watering stays on hold.

Album: Galactic, Ya-Ka-May (Anti)

"Not your father's New Orleans record!" proclaims the cover sticker on Galactic's Ya-Ka-May, though methinks they protest too much: with guest appearances from Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Rebirth Brass Band, there's more than a hint of the Crescent City's old-school R&B here.

My Way: Chistian Scott, jazz trumpeter

'The best thing I ever did was to listen to myself'

Super Bowl XLIV: Payton leads Saints to heaven

New Orleans coach makes decisive call to ensure 31-17 upset win over Indianapolis

Leading article: Bowled over

The Super Bowl has always been the quintessence of modern Americana: the glitz, the hype, the ludicrously expensive commercials, the half-time rock'n'roll and the strange sport which only North Americans take seriously.

Super Bowl: 'This is the pinnacle of my life. Now I can die'

Super Bowl victory was far more than just a sporting triumph for a city still living with the effects of Hurricane Katrina, reports Rupert Cornwell

American Football: Mardi Gras in Miami as Saints win first Super Bowl



The New Orleans Saints completed their long-awaited transformation from chumps to champions by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the Super Bowl to claim their first NFL title.

American Football: Nuns on the run as Saints go marching on

Faith is central to the city ravaged by hurricane and two Sisters are praying for a super Sunday

American Football: A local boy out to end New Orleans' dream run

Rupert Cornwell on Peyton Manning, the Colts quarterback hoping to upset the folks back home in Sunday's Super Bowl

American Football: Hartley late kick fires Saints into Super Bowl

A Garrett Hartley overtime field goal edged the New Orleans Saints past the Minnesota Vikings and into their first Super Bowl late on Sunday.

American Football: Bush puts New Orleans on brink of Super Bowl

Reggie Bush contributed two touchdowns and more than 200 yards as the New Orleans Saints brushed aside the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Saturday 45-14 to reach the NFC Conference Championship game.

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