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Super Bowl parade for the Saints

NFL

The New Orleans Saints will celebrate their first-ever Super Bowl victory with a parade Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. (et) in front of the Superdome. The parade will end at Convention Center Boulevard. The Saints beat Indianapolis, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV Sunday night in Miami. The Saints flew home Monday afternoon and touched down at Louis Armstrong International Airport in front of excited fans. The game was watched on television by approximately 106.5 million people, making it the most watched event in U.S. history. That topped the last episode of M*A*S*H, which drew 105.97 million viewers in 1983.

The Cleveland Browns have officially parted ways with troubled wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, terminating his contract Monday less than 24 hours after his season-long suspension was lifted. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the days leading up to the Super Bowl that Stallworth would be reinstated following Sunday's marquee event; Stallworth sat out the 2009 season for violating the league's policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct. Stallworth served 24 days of a 30-day jail sentence and received 10 years of probation as part of a plea agreement on a DUI manslaughter charge from March. Stallworth joined the Browns for the 2008 season as a free agent and caught a career-low 17 passes for 170 yards with a touchdown in just 11 games. He was hampered by a quadriceps injury for much of the season.

NHL

Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey announced Monday he is stepping down from his post, and is handing the reins over to Pierre Gauthier. Gauthier, who served as the Canadiens' assistant GM since July 2006, will take over as both general manager and executive vice president, while Gainey will remain in the front office in an advisory role to Gauthier. The 56-year-old Gauthier came to the Habs in 2003 after serving with the Anaheim and Ottawa organizations, beginning his career with the Quebec Nordiques from 1981-93 in the scouting department. Gainey had served as the team's general manager since June 2003, and the Habs have posted a 241-176-46-7 record with four playoff appearances since his hiring.

The Dallas Stars activated center Mike Ribeiro from injured reserve on Monday. Ribeiro missed 15 games after undergoing a procedure to repair a throat contusion, which included a tracheotomy. He was hurt January 6 against the Rangers when New York's Chris Higgins caught Ribeiro's neck with his stick. The 29-year-old Montreal native has skated in 43 games this season, recording 10 goals and 23 assists. Ribeiro has led Dallas in scoring each of the previous three seasons and had appeared in 125 consecutive games prior to the injury. The Stars went 8-7-0 in his absence.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kansas remained the top team in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll, while Syracuse moved up one spot to No. 2. The Jayhawks regained the top spot last week after spending the first eight weeks of the season atop the rankings before their lone loss of the season on January 10 at Tennessee. Following Kansas and Syracuse, which garnered eight first-place votes, is Kentucky, Villanova and West Virginia.

NBA

Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman was named the replacement for injured Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy Monday for the NBA All-Star Game to be held February 14 in Dallas. Kaman, a seventh-year pro, is in the midst of his best NBA season averaging a career-high 20.2 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 49.7 percent from the field through 44 games. The oft-injured 7-footer will be making his first All-Star appearance. It was announced Saturday that Roy would be held out until after the break to help heal a strained right hamstring.

MLB

The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Randy Winn. Terms of the deal were not released. Winn spent the last four-plus seasons with the Giants, and in 2009 hit .262 with a .318 on-base percentage, two home runs and 51 RBI in 597 plate appearances. Over 149 games last season, Winn also stole 16 bases. The 35-year-old has played with Tampa Bay, Seattle and San Francisco over his 12 major league seasons, making the AL All-Star team in 2002.

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