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June 18, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Even as they decried the NFL's process as unfair and "a sham," the four players suspended for their role in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty scandal appealed their punishments Monday to Commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters in New York. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, whose season-long suspension was the harshest penalty, left the appeals hearing after an hour. Vilma's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, said the NFL had requested an adjournment to the afternoon, but the lawyer and his client opted to leave, pulling out of the process entirely.
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April 22, 2013 | Wire reports
J.R. Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award on Monday after turning a role he didn't want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks' first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers' Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes. Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.
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December 11, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday overturned the case against the New Orleans Saints players involved in the bountygate scandal, vacating all discipline against them. Tagliabue, appointed to hear the latest round of player appeals, said that even though he affirms the factual findings of Commissioner Roger Goodell, and that those findings could justify fines, “this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization.” “Unlike Saints' broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged individual player misconduct in several different aspects,” Tagliabue said in a written statement.
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December 12, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
When he was commissioner of the NFL, Paul Tagliabue was often regarded as the smartest person in the room. Tuesday, he reminded us why. In ruling on the New Orleans Saints' pay-to-injure bounty case, Tagliabue somehow found a middle ground that made the suspended players look like the winners, while protecting the league against any potential damages. Tagliabue, appointed to hear the latest appeals of the four suspended players, affirmed the "factual findings" of Commissioner Roger Goodell but vacated any penalties to the players.
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October 19, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is stepping aside in the Saints bounty case appeals process and turning it over to former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Tagliabue will hear the second set of appeals from four players -- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove -- who were penalized for their roles in an alleged program that rewarded teammates for injuring or knocking opponents out of games. The player suspensions ran from a full season for Vilma to parts of the season for the others.
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December 12, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
When he was commissioner of the NFL, Paul Tagliabue was often regarded as the smartest person in the room. Tuesday, he reminded us why. In ruling on the New Orleans Saints' pay-to-injure bounty case, Tagliabue somehow found a middle ground that made the suspended players look like the winners, while protecting the league against any potential damages. Tagliabue, appointed to hear the latest appeals of the four suspended players, affirmed the "factual findings" of Commissioner Roger Goodell but vacated any penalties to the players.
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April 22, 2013 | Wire reports
J.R. Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award on Monday after turning a role he didn't want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks' first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers' Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes. Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.
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October 10, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The NFL reissued suspensions Tuesday to four players accused of involvement in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program. Three of the four punishments were modified. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, saw his suspension reduced from three games to one. The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight games to seven, with credit for five games served even though he's a free agent without a team. There is no change to the suspension of Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, who is still banned for four games.
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October 9, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
The NFL handed out modified suspensions Tuesday to four players involved in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, saw his suspension reduced from three games to one. The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, was reduced from eight games to seven. There is no change to the suspension of Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, who is still banned for four games. And linebacker Jonathan Vilma is still out for the season, although the league says he can keep the pay he earned for his six weeks on the physically unable to perform list.
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May 2, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Another shoe drop, another shock wave. The NFL dropped the hammer on the New Orleans Saints again Wednesday, punishing four players for their role in the bounty scandal, including a full-season suspension of linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith got eight- and four-game suspensions, respectively, and linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games. Hargrove now plays for Green Bay and Fujita for Cleveland.
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December 11, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday overturned the case against the New Orleans Saints players involved in the bountygate scandal, vacating all discipline against them. Tagliabue, appointed to hear the latest round of player appeals, said that even though he affirms the factual findings of Commissioner Roger Goodell, and that those findings could justify fines, “this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization.” “Unlike Saints' broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged individual player misconduct in several different aspects,” Tagliabue said in a written statement.
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October 19, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is stepping aside in the Saints bounty case appeals process and turning it over to former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Tagliabue will hear the second set of appeals from four players -- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove -- who were penalized for their roles in an alleged program that rewarded teammates for injuring or knocking opponents out of games. The player suspensions ran from a full season for Vilma to parts of the season for the others.
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October 10, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The NFL reissued suspensions Tuesday to four players accused of involvement in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program. Three of the four punishments were modified. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, saw his suspension reduced from three games to one. The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight games to seven, with credit for five games served even though he's a free agent without a team. There is no change to the suspension of Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, who is still banned for four games.
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October 9, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
The NFL handed out modified suspensions Tuesday to four players involved in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, saw his suspension reduced from three games to one. The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, was reduced from eight games to seven. There is no change to the suspension of Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, who is still banned for four games. And linebacker Jonathan Vilma is still out for the season, although the league says he can keep the pay he earned for his six weeks on the physically unable to perform list.
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June 18, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Even as they decried the NFL's process as unfair and "a sham," the four players suspended for their role in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty scandal appealed their punishments Monday to Commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters in New York. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, whose season-long suspension was the harshest penalty, left the appeals hearing after an hour. Vilma's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, said the NFL had requested an adjournment to the afternoon, but the lawyer and his client opted to leave, pulling out of the process entirely.
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May 2, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Another shoe drop, another shock wave. The NFL dropped the hammer on the New Orleans Saints again Wednesday, punishing four players for their role in the bounty scandal, including a full-season suspension of linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith got eight- and four-game suspensions, respectively, and linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games. Hargrove now plays for Green Bay and Fujita for Cleveland.
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April 20, 2002
NFL draft--Linebacker Scott Fujita played for California, not Stanford, as a Sports chart indicated Friday.
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September 14, 1996 | LANCE O'FALLON
In nonleague Southern Section games: Rio Mesa 22, Channel Islands 13--Carl Richardson (nine carries, 98 yards) scored from six yards on the Spartans' opening possession, capping a seven-play, 81-yard drive, and finished the scoring with a 60-yard run in the fourth period at Channel Islands. Channel Islands tied the score, 7-7, in the third quarter when sophomore running back Sean Biggs scored the first of two one-yard touchdown runs. Biggs finished with 95 yards in 21 carries.
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