News & Notes 6.28.11

Edward Rife (Courtesy NBC4i.com)

Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director Meet Alone: The Associated Press reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith met today without players or owners.  The private meeting opened four days of labor talks set in Minnesota.

Tattoo Parlor Owner Connected to OSU Scandal Pleas Guilty:   ESPN reports that Edward Rife was found guilty of drug and money laundering charges.  Federal investigators also accuse Rife of buying Ohio State football memorabilia from players.

Judge Approves Dodgers’ Bankruptcy Funding: SI.com reports a Delaware judge gave the Dodgers the go-ahead for a $150 million bankruptcy financing arrangement.  The approval is on a interim basis pending a July 20 hearing.

Supreme Court Won’t Revive Clemens Defamation Suit:  The Associated Press reports that the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal  filed by Roger Clemens regarding his suit against his former trainer, Brian McNamee.  The lawsuit was previously thrown out by a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for lack of jurisdiction.  McNamee claimed he injected the former ace with HGH and steroids.

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