Goodell to meet Bountygate Players, Gay North Dakota Football Player gets the Boot, A’s McCarthy released, US Soccer beats Jamaica + Free Plays for Tuesday, September 12, 2012

Goodell to meet Vilma and other Saints

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has agreed to meet with all four players suspended for their alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, Goodell will meet with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. Goodell’s original suspensions were vacated by a three-man appeals board last week and all four players were subsequently reinstated by the league.

Vilma’s statement ….

“I’m expecting a fair meeting, unlike the June 18 appeals hearing. We can all benefit from transparency regarding evidence and witnesses instead of using conjecture or hearsay to come to inaccurate conclusions. I look forward to getting this accomplished.”

Gay kiss costs NDST player his football gig

A freshman linebacker on North Dakota State was dismissed from the football team after sharing a kiss with his 65-year-old lover in the press box of a game at Snow College in Pueblo, Colorado. Jamie Kuntz, out with a concussion, was videotaping the 63-17 loss for his team when the kiss “just happened”. Football coach Chuck Parsons told Kuntz in a letter that he was removed from the team not because he was gay but for lying about the kiss. A teammate apparently saw the kiss and told coaches, Kuntz said. When Parsons confronted Kuntz on the bus ride back to North Dakota, Kuntz told him the man he kissed was his grandfather. Kuntz was booted under the “conduct deemed detrimental to the team” category outlined in guidelines in the team’s player’s manual. Parsons specifically noted the manual’s section on “lying to coaches, teachers or other school staff.” Kuntz, who was on partial scholarship, left school after the incident.

A’s McCarthy released from the hospital

Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was discharged from the hospital yesterday less than a week after undergoing brain surgery. McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Angel’s Erick Aybar resulting in a fractured skull and epidural bleeding on the brain. McCarthy showing that he was in good spirits tweeted …..


Good news out of Oakland.

US beats Jamaica 1-0 in quick turnaround rematch

US men’s soccer rebounded from a 2-1 loss in Jamaica last week with a 1-0 win over the Reggae Boyz last in Colombus, Tuesday night. The US dominated the first half outshooting Jamaica 7-0 and hitting the woodwork three times. Hercules Gomez finally broke the ice on a free piece in the 59th minute and the Americans were able to hold on in a much more competitive second half. The win puts the US back in a tie for the lead of it’s group in World Cup qualifying play.

Seattle’s proposed NBA arena deal

A deal has been reached between the Seattle City Council and a prospective owner that would bring the NBA back to Seattle on terms to build a new sports arena near Safeco Field. Chris Hansen, head of an investment group looking to bring the NBA back to Seattle, made a major concession in agreeing to go into pocket for substantially more money than originally planned to get the council onboard.

NHL Labor talks back on for Wednesday

With the two sides reportedly still far apart and a lockout looming, the NHL and the NHLPA will meet Wednesday to try and hammer out a deal to save the 2012-2013 season. The current CBA expires on midnight Saturday prompting a lockout. It would be the NHL’s fourth work stoppage since 1992. More than 250 players are set to attend the NHLPA meetings Wednesday and Thursday here to discuss the current state of CBA negotiations. The board of governors will meet Thursday at the NHL offices here and could authorize Commissioner Gary Bettman to proceed with a lockout on Saturday if a new collective bargaining agreement hasn’t been reached.

Free Plays

(MLB) Miami (Johnson)/Philadelphia (Lee) Under 7 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) San Diego (Richard) +125 over St Louis (Lohse) 6:35 PM EST

(MLB) Washington (Lannan) -106 NY Mets (Harvey) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Oakland (Griffin) +114 over Anaheim (Santana) 10:05 PM EST