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Sports in brief: Arbitrator rules NFL commissioner can mete out discipline in bounty scandal


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NEW YORK — An arbitrator ruled Monday that commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline Saints players for their role in a bounty system.

The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell's power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players. Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, took five days to determine that Goodell has the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement reached in August to end the lockout.

Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season and teammate Will Smith for four games. Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, now with the Packers, was suspended eight games, and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Browns, was docked three games.

Those players have appealed the suspensions. The players union later Monday said it would appeal Burbank's decision because it believes salary cap violations are involved in the payment. That would give Burbank the authority to rule on penalizing any players involved.

Dolphins sign fourth-rounder: The team signed running back Lamar Miller, its fourth-round draft pick from the University of Miami. Miller played in 23 career games with 13 starts. He gained 1,918 yards rushing with 15 touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 181 yards and one score.

League will select replacement officials: The NFL will start hiring and training possible replacement officials with a deal not completed with the NFL Referees Association. Talks between the league and officials broke down after two mediation sessions that followed nine bargaining negotiations since October. A session was held Sunday in New York, and the referees association said the league "terminated negotiations" Monday. The NFL said new demands made by the officials led to the end of talks.


Mosley, 40, elects to call it quits

"Sugar" Shane Mosley is retiring, ending a career in which he won titles in three weight classes, beat Oscar De La Hoya twice and never was knocked out.

He announced on Twitter that he was hanging up his gloves, saying he "loved every moment of it. Win, lose or draw."

Mosley, 40, lost three of his last four fights, including a dreary bout against Manny Pacquiao in May 2011. His last fight was May 5 on the undercard of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Mosley lost a lopsided decision to rising Mexican star Canelo Alvarez. Mosley retires with a record of 46-8-1.


Love qualifies for 23rd U.S. Open

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III qualified for the U.S. Open for the third time in the past six years with 2-under 139 in a qualifier at Scioto Country Club and Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Upper Arlington.

Love, who finished tied for 16th at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, said it never crossed his mind to go home rather than extend an already long week by playing 36 more holes.

"No. Like last year, statistically I hit the ball well enough at the U.S. and the British (Opens) to win," he said. "I definitely want to play." The U.S. Open is June 14-17 in San Francisco. Love, 48, will make his 23rd appearance.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Arbitrator rules NFL commissioner can mete out discipline in bounty scandal 06/04/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:14am]
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