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Sep 10, 2014 6:34 PM

Update on the latest in sports:

The Associated Press


Source: NFL had Rice video in April

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) A law enforcement official says he sent a video of former Ravens Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago. 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."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has repeatedly said the league asked for but could not obtain the video of Rice hitting Janay (jah-NAY) Palmer, who is now his wife, at an Atlantic City casino in February.

The league says it has no record of the video, and no one in the league office had seen it until it was released by TMZ Monday.

When asked about the voicemail Wednesday, NFL officials repeated their assertion that no league official had seen the video before Monday.


Goodell under fire

UNDATED (AP) The National Organization for Women has called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') to resign in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, saying the league has a violence against women problem.

NOW says the league should appoint an independent investigator to look into violence against women, sexual assault and stalking. The NFL has been criticized for its handling of the domestic violence case involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice.

In addition, twelve Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to Goodell questioning his handling of the Rice incident.

Goodell has sent a memo to the 32 NFL teams reiterating that the league sought, but did not see, the video of Rice punching his then fiancee until Monday.


Hawks cancel meeting with civil rights leaders

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 says 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.

The group asked for the meeting to discuss racially charged comments by Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.


Orioles win again

UNDATED (AP) Wei-Yin Chen took a perfect game into the sixth inning on way to Baltimore's 10-6 win over Boston. Chen retired the first 16 hitter he faced to improve to 15-4. He went seven innings giving up a run on three hits. Caleb Joseph homered and drove in three runs for the AL East-leading Orioles who have won 11 of 14. Baltimore exploded for six-runs in the third inning off of starter Brandon Workman who lost his ninth straight decision .

The Twins-Indians game in Cleveland has been postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday.

The tie at the top of the American League Central will be broken today when the Royals and Tigers close out their series in Detroit.

The Tigers have won the first two games to pull into a deadlock for first in the division with Kansas City. James Shields takes his 13-7 mark to the mound for KC while Rick Porcello will be trying to join teammate Max Scherzer as a 16-game winner.

Both the Braves and Brewers have fallen 1 1/2 games back in the NL wild card race. Milwaukee has dropped 13 of 14 heading into tonight's home game against Miami. Even ace Wily Peralta has struggled heading into his scheduled start. The 15-game winner has lost his last three starts with a combined 10.29 ERA.

The American League wild card race is closer, with Seattle just a half game back of the spots held by Oakland and Detroit. The Mariners go with hot right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (hee-sash-ee ee-wah-koo-mah) at home against Houston. He's 14-6 with a 2.97 ERA including 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last eight starts.


Newton practices with Panthers

UNDATED (AP) Cam Newton returned to Panthers practice Wednesday, throwing the football with good velocity. The Carolina quarterback threw the ball with good velocity despite wearing a thick flak jacket to protect his injured ribs. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday he expected Newton to start against the Detroit Lions on Sunday after missing the season opener at Tampa Bay.

Elsewhere around the NFL;

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long will undergo surgery and is out indefinitely with a left leg injury sustained in the opening loss to the Vikings. Coach Jeff Fisher says that Long would be placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list, which would sideline him at least six weeks.

Browns starting running back Ben Tate will miss Sunday's game against New Orleans with a sprained knee. He suffered the injury in the season-opening loss to Pittsburgh. Rookie Terrance West is expected to start in Tate's place.

The Bengals have placed tight end Tyler Eifert on the short-term injured reserve list with a chance to return at midseason from an elbow injury. Eifert hurt his right elbow during Sunday's win at Baltimore. He'll miss practice for six weeks while the elbow heals.

San Diego has lost veteran center Nick Hardwick for the season with a recurring neck stinger. Hardwick left Monday night's loss at Arizona with a sprained ankle. There was no word at that time about a neck injury. He's been the Chargers starter since his rookie year in 2004.

Outside linebacker Jonathan Abraham has left the Arizona Cardinals and is considering retiring after 16 seasons in the NFL. The 36-year-old Abraham sustained a concussion in Monday night's victory over San Diego. Abraham ranks ninth on the NFL's career sacks list with 133 .


France stuns Spain

MADRID (AP) France shocked previously unbeaten Spain 65-52 in the quarterfinals of basketball's World Cup. Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) paced France with 15 points, while Pau Gasol (POW guh'-SAWL') led Spain with 17. Spain appeared to be a major threat to beat the United States in a possible final.

France will take on Serbia in the semifinals on Thursday.

The United States meets Lithuania in the other semifinal.


Ducks extend coach

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Boudreau is 111-55-22 in nearly three seasons with the Ducks, transforming an underachieving club into a championship contender. Anaheim won the Pacific Division title in each of the past two seasons.


Ex-Habs captain retires

TORONTO (AP) Longtime Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu (SA'-koo KOY'-voo) has retired after 18 seasons, all but five of which were spent in Montreal. He won four Olympic medals with Finland, including a silver medal in their 2006 loss to rival Sweden in the final.

In 1999, Koivu was chosen as the first European-born captain in Canadiens history.

He finished his career with 255 goals and 577 assists in 1,124 NHL games.


Hall of Famer Starr has stroke

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is recovering from a mild stroke. Starr's family says in a statement released by the Green Bay Packers that the 80-year-old Starr had the stroke last week.

The family says Starr is functional and making progress every day.

Starr led the Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl championship and was Green Bay's head coach from 1975-83.


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