Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Goodell: Pro Bowl improved this year

HONOLULU — At least one key NFL executive thinks play improved at the Pro Bowl this year: commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell said Monday during a one-hour question and answer session on the social network Reddit that he thought the game improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii.

"I watched the game and noticed the improved quality of the game," Goodell said.

The NFC dominated the AFC 62-35 on Sunday in a game that had some highlight-quality plays but quickly became lopsided.

Goodell interacted with fans during an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, a popular message-board style website. He answered 14 questions.

The league has said it plans to decide on the future of the Pro Bowl by April. Pro Bowl players immediately defended their play after the game.

"I think he got what he asked for," said Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who set a Pro Bowl record with 10 catches.

COWBOY TWICE LIMIT: Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit the night he was arrested after a car accident, said police in Grapevine, Texas. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 percent; Texas presumes impairment at 0.08.

FORMER NINER ARRESTED: Former 49er Kwame Harris was been charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges from an August beating involving a former boyfriend, said a prosecutor and defense lawyer in San Mateo, Calif. Defense lawyer Alin Cintean said Harris identifies as gay, but "is not very public about it." A county judge set a late April trial date for Harris, a former offensive tackle.

FREENEY CASE: Michael Stern of Miami pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in Los Angeles in connection with swindling about $2.3 million from Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney. Stern faces up to 10 years in prison; he's scheduled to be sentenced May 6.

BRONCOS: Left tackle Ryan Clady needs surgery after injuring his right shoulder in the regular-season finale, the Denver Post reported.

LIONS: Ex-Broncos general manager Brian Xanders was named senior personnel executive.

PANTHERS: Former Miami All-American quarterback Ken Dorsey was named quarterbacks coach. Jim Skipper (running backs) and Al Holcomb (linebackers) were also named assistants.

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