Saints violated NFL's Bounty Rule'

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Saints violated NFL's Bounty Rule'

NEW YORK -- The NFL says that New Orleans Saints players maintained a bounty program over the last three seasons that targeted opponents with the intent to injure them. The league disclosed the findings of an investigation Friday, saying between 22 and 27 defensive players and at least one assistant coach were involved. No punishments have been handed out yet, but they could include suspensions and fines.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is troubled because the system "involved not just payments for performance,' but also for injuring opposing players. The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity." The league's investigation shows the pool for the bounty program may have surpassed 50,000 at its height during the 2009 playoffs. New Orleans won the Super Bowl that season.

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

The Celtics reportedly are "expected" to talk to the Mavericks about a deal for Andrew Bogut, according to scout.com, but negotiations would be "dependent on what bigger move Boston can make".

Bogut, 32, is in the final year of his contract. The 7-foot center, while healthy, has played in only 26 games this year and is averaging just three points a game. But he's also averaging 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes, and rebounding has been one of the Celtics' big areas of weakness this year. The C's rank 27th in the league in reboundinh, and 26th in defensive rebounding.

According to scout.com, the Mavs would part with Bogut for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's first-round draft choices.

 

Evan Drellich: Back end of Red Sox bullpen is cause for concern

Evan Drellich: Back end of Red Sox bullpen is cause for concern

Tom Giles and Evan Drellich discuss concerns over the Red Sox bullpen.