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Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — As the NFL continues to dominate the headlines for the wrong reasons, Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones says that the owners are standing behind their maligned commissioner, Roger Goodell.

Goodell has been heavily criticized among fans and media for his recent handling of the Ray Rice suspension/fallout. Some have called for his job, but Jones says the league is sticking with him.

“Roger has done an amazing job for the game and that’s where I’m going with this,” Jones said on Sunday. “At the end of the day, there are a lot of issues, but it’s important to keep our eye on the game, the integrity of the game and what we want the game to be.”

“Along the way there are going to be mistakes, and when we see them we need to correct them. The game itself is about making mistakes and understanding being contrite, and go out and fix them and do better and then come back and have some success then. And so we’re having those kinds of days,” he continued.

Jones also added that a league meeting will be held in New York sometime this week.

Goodell has been the NFL’s commissioner since 2006.

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Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely to Miss His Next Start, Return Unknown

Matt King/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — With the Los Angeles Dodgers right in the middle of the stretch run of the regular season, they’ll be without starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for at least one start as he is dealing with left shoulder irritation.

Ryu was rocked in his most recent start Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. He gave up four earned runs in just one inning of work before leaving the game due to shoulder pain.

He is expected to fly back to Los Angeles on Monday to undergo an MRI.

“If he’s out, somebody else has to pick it up,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s kind of what the [Los Angeles] Angels did when [Garrett Richards] went down. Everybody thought it was the end of the world and, all of a sudden, they’ve been on fire without him.”

Ryu said that his latest injury was similar to the one that kept him out of action for nearly a month earlier in the season.

In his second season in Major League Baseball, Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts for the Dodgers.

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Reds Starting Pitcher Mat Latos Likely Out Rest of the Season

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos’ injury-plagued season is over. The team is shutting him down so he can get fully healthy and can start preparing for next season.

Latos was scheduled to start on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, but his start was skipped due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow.

Even though the injury is not considered to be serious, with about two weeks left in the regular season and the Reds playoff hopes all but lost, the team sees no reason to push him and risk further injury.

“We’re not going to try to force feed Mat his last few starts if he’s not feeling really good,” Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It doesn’t make much sense for us. I’d like him to pitch, but I don’t want to exacerbate an existing issue. He’ll have to come quite a ways to make that next start.”

Latos got a late start to the season as he recovered from elbow and knee issues, but was still effective this season when on the mound. In 16 starts, the 26-year-old Latos went 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA.

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Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Nick Laham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The debut of the new Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, went perfectly for three quarters. However, the Chicago Bears scored 21 points in the fourth to erase a 13-point deficit and beat the Niners 28-20 on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions, and added a fumble, in the final period while Jay Cutler tossed three touchdowns to help Chicago (1-1) make the comeback on the road. San Francisco (1-1) led 17-0 early in the second quarter, and upped that advantage to 20-7 after three.

Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Kaepernick twice in the fourth, giving the offense short fields to work with and plenty of time. His first interception, followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the 49ers quarterback, put the Bears on the San Francisco three yard line.

Cutler then found tight end Martellus Bennett in the endzone, giving Chicago a 21-20 lead. About four minutes later, Fuller intercepted Kaepernick again which eventually led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Brandon Marshall. The wide out finished with three touchdowns on an ankle that was feared to keep him off the field.

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Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — The Washington Redskins (1-1) dominated Jacksonville, 41-10 on Sunday, but did it without starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. The third-year signal caller was carted off the field after suffering a dislocated ankle in the first quarter.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played admirably in relief, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars (0-2).

Griffin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, but could miss the remainder of the season.

“I’m just trying to stay in a good place,” said Griffin. “Our spirits are high. We’re always thinking positive. We’ll see what happens tomorrow and whatever information comes out, we’ll know what the timetable is from there.”

This marks the second time in his career that Griffin faces a potential season-ending injury. In 2012, Griffin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, forcing him to miss the final four games of the regular season.

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Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MADRID) — Team USA dominated from the start and repeated as World Champion for the first time, defeating Serbia 129-92 in the FIBA World Cup gold medal game on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving was named Tournament MVP and scored 26 points in the final contest. Irving made all six of his three-point attempts, while the team went 15-for-30 from distance.

“Obviously we didn’t have a very close game all tournament, but for that to happen we had to play hard for 40 minutes and not relax and not give any inch while we were out there,” guard Stephen Curry said.

In total, the U.S. shot 58-percent from the floor in another blowout. The Americans dominated the tournament, posting an average margin of victory of 32.5 points per game. What made the performance more impressive is that it came without the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant. James Harden added 23 points for Team USA as eight different players scored in double figures.

Team USA has now won 63 consecutive games and qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski.

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

ThinkStock(ATLANTA) — Billy Horschel won his second consecutive FedExCup Playoffs event, the TOUR Championship, to take home the title and $10 million bonus at East Lake on Sunday.

Horschel shot a 2-under 68 and finished 11 under to hold off Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk by three shots.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Horschel said. “It hits me a little bit, but it still doesn’t hit me. I woke up this morning and I just had this sense of calm over me, which is a little unusual.”

“Just kept playing solid. The back-nine could of been a little cleaner, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Horschel continued.

Horschel is expecting a baby any day and his wife watched from home as he drilled his tee shot onto the green for a two-putt par to finish at 11-under 269.

“Hopefully, she’s not going into labor right now,” Horschel said.

McIlroy struggled on Sunday, but looks forward to playing at the Ryder Cup.

“I just got really frustrated and just couldn’t muster the energy to try and get something going again,” McIlroy said.

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Ray Rice to Appeal Suspension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension for his domestic violence case and then released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely after TMZ Sports released a video tape of him hitting his wife in an Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator in February.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension right and later instituted a six-game suspsension and a lifetime ban for a seond domestic violence offense.

Rice must file the appeal by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Hundley Goes Down But Nueheisal Steps Up To Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Football Texture/iStock Photo(ARLINGTON, Texas) –When star quarterback Brett Hundley left the game in the first quarter with a injured left elbow it was easy to think UCLA was in trouble. But backup Jerry Nueheisal put all doubts to rest by completing 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner with three minutes to play, as the No. 12 Bruins nip Texas 20-17 Saturday.

With UCLA down by four with just over three minutes to play, Nueheisal, who is the son of former UCLA coach Rick Nueheisal, completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton to seal the win.

“My first thought was excitement for Jerry Neuheisel. This kid is everything that’s right about college football and about UCLA,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. “I just thought, `Wow. You couldn’t write a better script than this right here. His dad was a great player here. For him to come to Texas and bringing his team from behind to get a win. It’s incredible. It’s awesome.”

Tyrone Swoopes completed 24 of 34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Texas (1-2).

Paul Perkins rushed for 126 yards to help UCLA improve to 3-0 as it heads into conference play.

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