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Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Charlie Villanueva posted 27 points, seven
rebounds and six assists, as the Milwaukee Bucks held on to defeat the Atlanta
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three-game win streak in late December. Luke Ridnour chipped in 12 points with
nine helpers, while Charlie Bell came off the bench to record 16 points in the
win. Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 24 points, while Joe Johnson added 22 points
and nine assists for Atlanta, which has fallen in four of five games. Josh Smith
finished with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in defeat. It was an 87-74
lead in favor of Milwaukee going to the fourth. The Bucks suddenly went cold
from the field and Flip Murrays three-pointer cut the Hawks deficit to five,
97-92, with just over four minutes left. Sessions layup with 1:10 to go was the
only Bucks field goal in the final 5 1/2 minutes. But an 11-for-12 effort from
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7.5 ticks left brought Atlanta within two, 106-104. Ridnour hit two from the
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ORLEANS —The NFL on Thursday provided a federal judge with what it says is
evidence Commissioner Roger Goodell did not improperly pre-judge the four
players suspended in the bounty investigation. The evidence includes a copy of a
letter the NFL Players Association sent the league on March 7 asking Goodell to
delay punishment of players implicated in the bounty probe. It also includes a
sworn declaration from Goodell in which he states he was prepared to hand down
player discipline at the same time he announced suspensions for coaches and
executives on March 21. Goodells declaration states he held off after verbally
agreeing to do so in a phone conversation with union head DeMaurice Smith.
Attorneys for Vilma, who has sued separately, and NFLPA lawyers representing the
three other punished players have argued Goodell showed improper bias with
comments he made before sending the players notice of their suspensions on May
2. Attorneys for the players have been given until Friday to file their own
evidence and briefs on the matter. Vilmas consolidated lawsuits include a
defamation claim against Goodell. Vilmas attorney, Peter Ginsberg, has argued
Goodell made reckless and false statements about Vilma being the ringleader of a
bounty program that offered cash for injuring targeted opponents. Vilma has
asked U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to grant a temporary restraining order
that would allow him to return to the Saints while his case proceeds, and the
judge has said she would be inclined to rule in his favour, but will hold off
until she is comfortable she has jurisdiction to do so. Berrigan has indicated
that she might prefer to see how separate proceedings called for in the leagues
collective bargaining agreement play out. One item still pending is the NFLPAs
appeal of system arbitrator Stephen Burbanks ruling that Goodell had the
authority to serve as arbitrator on the bounty matter because of the
commissioners stance that the violations represented “conduct detrimental” to
the league, as opposed to standard on-field violations, which would call for an
arbitrator other than the commissioner. A three-member appeal panel is expected
to review Burbanks decision late this month, and if it rules in the players
favour, that could negate the need for further action in federal court. In the
meantime, the judge has urged all sides to try to settle the matter with the
help of a federal magistrate. Wes Welker Womens Jersey. Vilma has been
suspended the entire season and he is currently barred from Saints headquarters,
where he was hoping to rehabilitate from off-season knee surgery. Saints
defensive end Will Smith has been suspended for the first four regular season
games and is currently participating in training camp. Two former Saints who are
still active also were suspended: Green Bay defensive end Anthony Hargrove was
penalized eight games and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita three games.
Goodells discipline of non-players included a full-season suspension for Saints
head coach Sean Payton, a half-season suspension for general manager Mickey
Loomis and a six-game suspension for assistant head coach Joe Vitt. Former
Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.
Goodell also fined the Saints $500,000 and docked the club second-round draft
picks in 2012 and 2013. The NFLs initial bounty reports, made public in early
March, described Saints players taking part in a bounty pool that lasted from
2009 through 2011. The reports also said the Saints specifically targeted
several star players for injury, including quarterbacks Brett Favre and
Kurt Warner in the 2009-10 playoffs. However, during hearings for the players
lawsuits, seven current or former Saints, along with Vitt, have testified under
oath that there was no pay-to-injure program. They have said they only took part
in a pay-for-performance pool that provided cash bonuses primarily in the
hundreds for big plays such as sacks, forced fumbles and interceptions, and
collected fines for missed assignments and penalties including unnecessary
roughness. They have also testified that violent sounding terms coaches used to
track pool payments, such as “whacks, knockouts and cart-offs,” were all for
clean tackles. Still, Goodell has seized upon the fact that player testimony
indicated that “cart-offs,” while legal, described hits that caused tackled
players to take themselves out of games, at least briefly, to gather themselves
or be checked by trainers. Goodell said during the weekend of Pro Football Hall
of Fame inductions that players have essentially acknowledged the Saints
performance pool paid for injuries ’ ’ ’ 

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