- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn’t see the violent images until this week.

The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

Hours after the report, Goodell announced former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the league pursued and handled evidence as it investigated claims against Rice.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement that the investigation will be overseen by owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Goodell said that Mueller will have access to all NFL records and will have full cooperation from league personnel.

The law enforcement official said he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can’t confirm anyone watched the video. The person said he was unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because he wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice’s punishment.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress from both parties questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Twelve Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent Goodell a letter calling for greater transparency from the NFL, and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Goodell had not acted swiftly enough to punish Rice.

The letters by Heller and the House Democrats both state that the NFL’s prominence gives the league a special obligation to forcefully address issues of domestic violence.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers suspended veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson for the next two games following comments this week on a San Francisco radio station about the Ray Rice domestic violence case that were deemed insensitive.

The Pac-12 Networks also announced it had suspended Robinson for the next two weeks and that he would undergo sensitivity training. The 57-year-old Robinson spoke while co-hosting on KNBR radio Monday and said Rice’s now-wife, Janay, was partly to blame for not speaking up.


ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders, prompting one of the group’s leaders to say his community was greatly offended.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins said the meeting with CEO Steve Koonin was called off “at the last minute.” He later said he received a call from Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Tuesday night asking the appointment be postponed.

Hutchins said he needed to hear that request from Koonin, and because Koonin didn’t personally cancel the meeting, the group of 12 civil rights leaders showed up as planned. When they entered Philips Arena and were told there would be no meeting, Hutchins and the other leaders said they were insulted.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was “furious” running back Jojo Kemp predicted a victory over the Florida Gators and “rubbing it in their faces.”

Florida’s 27-game winning streak over the Wildcats didn’t stop Kemp from talking trash ahead of Saturday’s Southeastern Conference opener. The sophomore from DeLand, Florida, told the Louisville Courier-Journal Tuesday that “it’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.”

Stoops said on a conference call that he was “outraged and I talked to him about it. … He was trying to make light of some friends he has on this program but like I told him yesterday, ‘you think they’re gonna hear all that? They’re gonna hear the last five seconds of what you said.’ “

Kentucky (2-0) hasn’t beaten Florida (1-0) since 1986 (10-3 in Lexington) and last won in Gainesville 31-3 in 1979.


NEW YORK (AP) - The Ivy League-educated former head of New York Mets ticket sales sued the club, saying she was fired last month after insults and humiliation were hurled at her by the club owner’s son, a top team executive who she claimed was upset that she had a child without being married.

Leigh Castergine’s Brooklyn federal court lawsuit named Sterling Mets Front Office LLC and Jeffrey Wilpon, the club’s chief operating officer, as defendants. It sought unspecified damages and asked that the Mets be stopped from future discrimination.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Saku Koivu retired after an 18-year NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks and the Montreal Canadiens.

The four-time Finnish Olympic medalist and cancer survivor announced his decision through the NHL players’ association. The Ducks decided they wouldn’t attempt to re-sign Koivu earlier in the summer.

The 39-year-old Koivu spent his first 13 NHL seasons with Montreal, becoming the first European-born captain in the Original Six franchise’s history in 1999. He signed with the Ducks in 2009, playing five seasons on the West Coast before joining longtime friend Teemu Selanne in retirement.


ATLANTA (AP) - Fred Couples has been talking sports for 20 years at PGA Tour events. Now he can do it as host of his own radio show.

“The Fred Couples Show” will debut on SiriusXM PGA Tour on Sept. 25, the night before the Ryder Cup begins. Along with being a Masters champion, former No. 1 player in the world and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Couples is a renowned sports junkie.

It is not unusual for Couples to talk sports - NFL trades, hockey playoffs, pennant races - between shots while he’s warming up at golf tournaments. He said one of his caddies asked him this year, “Do you do this every week? How do get anything done?”

“I just go guy to guy and talk shop,” Couples said.

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