Brees donates $1 million to alma mater

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, donated $1 million to the Purdue football program.

“We care so much about Purdue University,” Drew Brees said. “Purdue has meant so much to me, and it has provided so many things. From the education I received and playing for coach Joe Tiller, to winning a Big Ten championship and going to the Rose Bowl, to the relationships I was able to form with many of my teammates and meeting my beautiful wife ... we are so blessed and so thankful.

“We just want to show how much we believe in our university, in our football program, in our leadership and in the direction we are heading.”

Brees played for the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2000. He still holds Big Ten career records for passing attempts (1,678), completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692). In 2007, Brees made a $2 million gift to Purdue.

Father’s Day race

set for for Sunday

The New Orleans Track Club will host the annual Richard Newcomb Memorial Father’s Day Race on Sunday in Audubon Park. It’s a family-friendly event celebrating New Orleans area fathers and father-figures.

The race, which gets underway at 8 a.m., starts and finishes near the Magazine Street entrance to Audubon Park. There is a two-mile and half-mile course that follows the Audubon Park running and walking course.

Race-day registration opens on site at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Jesters to open stand against Knoxville

The New Orleans Jesters start a three-game home stand by hosting the Knoxville Force in a National Premier Soccer League game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pan American Stadium.

After Saturday’s game, the Jesters face the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves on Wednesday and the Georgia Revolution next Saturday.

AP source: Hawks reach buyout with Ferry

ATLANTA — A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a buyout of the final two years of general manager Danny Ferry’s contract.

The person said the buyout will be paid by the current ownership group, which has reached a deal to sell the team for $850 million to a group led by billionaire businessman Antony Ressler. The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.

The Hawks won a franchise-record 60 games and lost to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference final. Ferry spent the season on an indefinite leave of absence following racially derogatory comments he made last year.

Barkley’s mother

dies in Alabama

LEEDS, Ala. — The mother of NBA great Charles Barkley, Charcey Glenn, died at her home in Alabama.

The Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office says Glenn died Friday in her hometown of Leeds, east of Birmingham. She was 73.

Deputy medical examiner Derrick Perryman said a report lists the cause of death as kidney failure, and Barkley as the next of kin.

A pastor at First Baptist Church of Leeds says Glenn’s funeral is scheduled there on June 27.

Barkley grew up in Leeds before going on to play basketball at Auburn and then the NBA. He’s a member of the Hall of Fame and co-hosts TNT’s popular NBA show.

Glenn was active in her community and served as chair of the city water board.

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