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04/09/2012 - 4:42pm
Goodell upholds penalties on Saints

The NFL on Monday notified Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt that commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the existing suspensions levied for their role in a bounty system ran by the team over a three-year period.

Payton will miss the entire 2012 season and will begin serving his suspension on April 16. Vitt's suspension (six games) will begin at the start of the 2012 regular season, as will the suspension for Loomis (eight games).

Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams hasn't appealed his indefinite suspension.

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04/09/2012 - 3:28pm
Lineup: Ellsbury back in leadoff spot

TORONTO -- The Red Sox look for win No. 1 of the 2012 season on Monday night at Rogers Centre, and will do so with Jacoby Ellsbury back in the top spot in the lineup. 

Ellsbury hit second on Sunday for the Sox in the 13-12 loss to the Tigers, with Nick Punto in the leadoff spot. Punto returns to the bench on Monday, as Kevin Youkilis goes back to third base and hits in the cleanup position. Felix Doubront makes his first start of the season for the Sox and will be opposed by Henderson Alvarez, who held the Sox scoreless in six innings last September 5 in his only career appearance against Boston.

Here is the Red Sox batting order against Alvarez: 

Ellsbury, CF

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Youkilis, 3B

Ortiz, DH

Ross, LF

Sweeney, RF

Saltalamacchia, C

Aviles, SS

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04/09/2012 - 1:12pm
NFL denies Saints' appeal on penalties

The NFL announced Monday that commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld all discipline against three members of the Saints coaching staff and front office, including the one-year suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton for his role in the team's bounty program. Payton will start serving his suspension April 16.

Punishments include those assigned to general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) and assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games).

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who accepted a job with the Rams after the season, remains suspended indefinitely.


04/09/2012 - 1:02pm
Julien: McQuaid's status 'up in the air'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid did not participate in Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, the only notable absence for the B's as they prepare for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. 

McQuaid went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins' March 29 game against the Capitals, with the Bruins defenseman cutting his eye, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period. 

The plot thickened a bit regarding his actual injury after Monday's practice, as Claude Julien would not term McQuaid's injury an eye injury, but an "upper-body injury." Asked whether the team was treating the injury as a concussion, Julien declined response. 

"Peter [Chiarelli] addressed [McQuaid's status] yesterday, and every day we keep going back to the same guys," Julien said. "It's day-to-day. It's playoff time, and it's day-to-day, so that'...

04/09/2012 - 7:53am
Mashup: Tebow speaks to 15,000 at service

An estimated 15,000 people showed up in Georgetown, Texas, to hear Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speak at an Easter service Sunday. Tebow questioned professional athletes who claim they are not role models. "Yes, you are," Tebow said. "You're just not a good one."

Asked by the church's pastor what needed to change in America, Tebow said: "First and foremost is what this country was based on: one nation under God. The more that we can get back to that."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


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