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Sep 11, 2014

Goodell gets support and criticism after NFL orders new Rice probe

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A major advertiser expressed support for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, while a women’s advocacy group called for his resignation in the mounting controversy over his handling of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence case.

The NFL late on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Mueller III to lead an inquiry into how the league dealt with evidence in the case, particularly security video from an elevator showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee and now-wife Janay Palmer with a punch.

Sep 11, 2014

NFL says looking into report it had Ray Rice video in April

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NFL said on Wednesday it was unaware of any of its officials obtaining a video five months ago showing former player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator, but it will “look into” a report that it received the clip in April.

A law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press he had sent the video of the February incident to a league official in April because he wanted the NFL to have it before deciding how to punish Rice.

Sep 10, 2014

NFL’s Goodell says he doesn’t believe his job is in jeopardy

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Embattled National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said he did not believe his job was on the line over his handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.

In a CBS This Morning interview that aired on Wednesday, Goodell said flatly, “No,” when asked if his job was in peril.

Sep 9, 2014

NFL’s Buffalo Bills to be sold to owners of city’s NHL franchise

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The owners of the Buffalo Bills reached an agreement on Tuesday to sell the National Football League franchise to Terry and Kim Pegula, who already own the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

Terry Pegula, 63, a natural gas development and real estate mogul, has been a popular figure in Buffalo for his commitment to keep the franchise in western New York state.

Sep 9, 2014

Hawks discipline general manager for racial comments about Deng

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks said on Tuesday they would discipline general manager Danny Ferry for making racially charged remarks, the latest incident that has raised concerns about racial attitudes in the franchise’s front office.

The team did not reveal what steps it was taking, but Ferry, a former NBA player who has been the Hawks’ general manager since 2012, said he had no plans to resign. Ferry defended himself in a statement on Tuesday, saying he was simply repeating words used in the team’s scouting reports.

Sep 9, 2014

Ray Rice’s wife rips media as video puts NFL on defensive

Sept 9 (Reuters) – Ray Rice’s wife defended the former
Baltimore Ravens running back on Tuesday after a video showed
him knocking her out, and assailed the media for its handling of
an incident that put the U.S. National Football League on the
defensive.

“I woke up this morning, feeling like I had a horrible
nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest
friend,” Janay Rice wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to
accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself.”

Sep 9, 2014

Wife of ex-NFL player Ray Rice rips media for elevator video backlash

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The wife of embattled former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice defended her husband on Tuesday and criticized the media for its handling of their domestic violence incident.

“I woke up this morning, feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself.”

Sep 8, 2014

NFL’s Ravens cut Ray Rice after new domestic violence video

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice on Monday after a video surfaced showing the three-time Pro Bowl running back punching his then-fiancee during an argument earlier this year.

A previously released video showed Rice dragging an unconscious Janay Palmer from an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino, but the new one was taken from inside the elevator.

Sep 7, 2014

Olympic champion Ohno trains for biggest challenge yet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting.

It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will have television cameras documenting his every stride.

Sep 6, 2014

Triathlon-Olympic champion Ohno trains for biggest challenge yet

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting.

It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will have television cameras documenting his every stride.