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NFL files grievance, claims Vilma’s lawsuit violates CBA

NEW YORK – The NFL filed a grievance with the players’ union asking Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to drop his defamation lawsuit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league claims Vilma’s suit violates the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout. A clause in the CBA, which the NFL said the union agreed to, bars NFL Players Association members from suing the league or any clubs.

Vilma has been suspended for the 2012 season by Goodell for his role in the Saints’ bounties program that the NFL said was conducted for three years. Vilma also is seeking an injunction to stop that suspension from taking effect.

Broncos’ linebacker Williams fails a second drug test

DENVER – Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams failed a second performance-enhancing drug test after he failed his first test, according to reports filed in his lawsuit against the National Football League.

According to The Denver Post, court records also allege that Williams dropped a bottle from his waist area while he was providing a urine sample for a third test.

Williams is facing a six-game suspension for his first failed performance-enhancing drug test. Williams contends the league violated protocol in collecting urine samples.

Last month, a federal judge dismissed a bid by Williams to overturn the suspension.

USA Basketball

Last year’s world MVP leads USA to a 54-point victory

LAS VEGAS – Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the U.S. Olympic basketball team to a 113-59 victory over the Dominican Republic on Thursday night in an exhibition game.

The MVP of the world basketball championship two years ago, Durant came off the bench to shoot 9 of 11 from the field, making 5 of 6 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

Andre Iguodala added 18 points, and Carmelo Anthony had 13 for the Americans, who were without All-Star forward Blake Griffin. He returned to Los Angeles for evaluation Thursday after experiencing discomfort after practice Wednesday in his left knee, the same one that bothered him in the playoffs.

The Clippers, who just signed Griffin to a five-year, $95-million extension, said the All-Star forward will undergo an MRI and be examined by the Clippers’ medical staff upon his arrival. He also will be examined Sunday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, and his status will be updated after that.

Alternate Anthony Davis took Griffin’s place and was in uniform against his college coach, John Calipari of national champion Kentucky.

Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks shot 1 of 12, and the Dominicans’ other NBA player, Francisco Garcia, missed all three attempts.


Lamoriello, Modano, Olczyk make the U.S. Hall of Fame

NEWARK, N.J. – Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey’s longtime general manager, who has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference crowns, was named Wednesday to this year’s induction class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Former players Mike Modano, who won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, and Eddie Olczyk, who won one with the New York Rangers, also are a part of the class that will be enshrined in the fall.

Four college teams to play outdoors hockey in Chicago

CHICAGO – Notre Dame will play Miami of Ohio, and Minnesota will play Wisconsin in an outdoor college hockey doubleheader Feb. 17 at Soldier Field.

The Hockey City Classic will be the first outdoor game in the modern era for three of the schools – Miami, Minnesota and Notre Dame.

Chicago hosted the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in 2009 when the Chicago Blackhawks played the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.

Associated Press