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CANTON, Ohio -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his "horrible mistake. Vontae Davis Jersey ." "We just cant make up the discipline," Goodell said. "It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was in this matter." Goodell stressed that the Baltimore running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program following his domestic violence arrest. "Weve dealt with it in a serious manner, and were very confident that this young man understands where he is and what he needs to do going forward," Goodell said. "I think whats important here is Ray has taken responsibility for this. Hes been accountable for his actions. He recognizes he made a horrible mistake that is unacceptable by his standards, by our standards. And hes got to work to re-establish himself." Goodell spoke a day before the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was his first opportunity to answer questions regarding Rice since disciplining him July 24. A day earlier, Rice apologized at training camp in his first comments since the suspension. He called his actions "totally inexcusable" and acknowledged he must live with this for the rest of his life. The six-year veteran will miss the Ravens season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game against Pittsburgh. Rice allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer, now his wife, on Feb. 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 27-year-old player has been accepted into a diversion program and upon completion could result in the charges being expunged. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games in 2010 after being accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student. That suspension was eventually reduced to four games. Goodell said, unlike Roethlisberger, Rice had not had off-field problems before. "If its a first offence, someone whos had a strong background of being very responsible in the community, doing the right things and not violating other policies or anything else that reflect poorly on the NFL, then we would take that into account," Goodell said. "And when theres a pattern, we also take that into account on the other side." Many critics contend Rices suspension is insufficient when compared to longer suspensions for players who violate the leagues substance abuse policy. Goodell noted there is a policy in place to determine punishment based on the number of times a player tests positive. "You have to respond to facts here. You have a lot of people voicing their opinions," Goodell said. "But I think its important to understand that this is a young man who made a terrible mistake." Goodell also stressed that Rice acknowledged he was wrong and promised to speak out against domestic violence. The commissioner said it was important he had the chance to meet with both the player and Palmer. "What I want to see is success stories," Goodell said. "I want to see people, when they make a mistake, I want to see them take responsibility, be accountable for it and make a difference going forward. I hope thats what Ray Rice is going to do." On other league matters, Goodell declined to comment on possible suspensions for three players implicated in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal last season, but he said theyve fulfilled league requirements so far. Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry were all implicated in the episode, which prompted tackle Jonathan Martin to quit the team. "There are different issues with different individuals," Goodell said. "The bottom line is everything is proceeding. Theyre doing what theyve been asked to do. And that we will make individual decisions if necessary." Pouncey is still with the Dolphins. Jerry is with the New York Giants. 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The league announced Thursday that Tom Higgins is leaving that post effective immediately.Great Britain could be handed two extra bronze medals from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after 14 Russian athletes tested positive for doping. It was revealed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week that 31 athletes from 12 countries, competing in six different sports, could be banned from this years Olympics in Rio after 454 doping samples from Beijing were re-tested.The tests were focused on the doping samples of those athletes who are expected to go to Rio this summer.And the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has been notified by the IOC that 14 of the 31 athletes are Russian. Russia to criminalise doping Russia aim to make doping a criminal offence by 2017 The ROC has not identified the 14 athletes but they have been named by Russian media and they include several medallists from Beijing. There are allegedly 11 track and field athletes, two weightlifters and one rower on the list.The athletes involved still have the chance to have their B samples tested, but if the positive tests are confirmed, and their results annulled, it could see Britains bronze medal tally from Beijing rise from 15 to 17. Abakumova finished just ahead of Sayers in 2008 Maria Abakumova is allegedly one of the athletes involved after winning the silver medal in the womens javelin in China, an event in which Britains Goldie Sayers finished fourth and could now be promoted to third place.The British quartet of Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney came fourth in the mens 4x400m relay and they could also be handed a bronze medal if allegations that Denis Alekseyev, who was a member of the bronzze-medal winning Russian team, is involved prove to be correct and he is disqualified. Frank Gore Jersey. Andrew Steele and 4x400m team-mates Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney are in line for a Beijing bronze Tatiana Firova, who won a silver medal as part of Russias 4x400m relay squad, is another athlete allegedly under suspicion and Britains Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro and Nicola Sanders could be upgraded to fourth from fifth place as a consequence.Sotherton, who won bronze in the heptathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympics, says if the medals are to be awarded to Britain it will be frustrating news for Britains performance director at the time, Dave Collins. This has touched not just athletes, but people within in the sport, she said.Our performance director in Beijing, Dave Collins, basically got sacked because he didnt reach his medal target, he only got four out of the predicted five. Kelly Sotherton has sympathised with Dave Collins after he was axed after Beijing If the other two do get medals, it would mean he should have got six and his target was five. Would he have been sacked then?Russia was suspended by the IAAF, athletics world governing body, in November after being accused of state-sponsored doping in a report commissioned by WADA.A decision on whether they will be reinstated for the Rio Olympics will be announced on June 17. Also See: 14 Russians failed tests Russia to criminalise doping Russian official says sorry IOC calls for investigation Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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