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

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints outside linebacker Victor Butler, who was seen as a key free agent acquisition in 2013, has been included among eight cuts made by New Orleans as the club prepares to close out the preseason with a roster of 75 players. New Orleans brought in Butler from Dallas, where he had played his first four NFL seasons.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract. Salmons, whose acquisition was announced by the club Tuesday, has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl. Brees' wife, Brittany, gave birth Tuesday. Brees tweeted that his wife and baby girl are happy and healthy. The newest addition will be the sister of three young boys.

HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Carter hit his 32nd homer, a three-run drive in the eighth inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Tuesday night. Oakland starter Jason Hammel had retired 10 straight batters when he was replaced by Luke Gregerson for the eighth inning.

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