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NEW YORK -- Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the Saints bounty scandal and Scott Fujitas meeting was postponed. <a href="http://www.nfljerseysusawholesale.biz/">nfl jerseys wholesale</a>. Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee which he hurt during the preseason and couldnt come to New York, the NFLPA said. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices around 4 p.m. EDT, about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did not make themselves available to reporters. Fujita requested a video conference but the league rejected that idea. NFL officials wanted face-to-face meetings and plan to reschedule a session with the linebacker. Fujita did not play in the season opener against Philadelphia because his suspension was only lifted two days before the game, and he wasnt able to practice on his knee, which he injured during an exhibition game against Detroit. The 33-year-old made his season debut for Cleveland on Sunday. He started at strongside linebacker and was credited with four tackles in 36 plays during the Browns 34-27 loss to the Bengals. The players had to meet with Goodell after the suspensions he placed on them were lifted by an appeals panel. Fujita, Smith, Hargrove and Jonathan Vilma were penalized by Goodell for their roles in the New Orleans bounty program, which ran from 2009-11. The NFL says coaches and players offered cash rewards for big hits during that time frame, though the players deny they were attempting to injure opponents. The commissioner met Monday with Vilma, still a New Orleans linebacker. He and his attorney were given a sworn statement from former Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting. "What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided," Vilmas attorney, Peter Ginsberg said on Monday night. "I dont know what Gregg Williams motives are, but I do know that any suggestion by Williams that Jonathan put up $10,000 as an incentive for his teammates to injure another player is absolutely false." Vilma tweeted on Monday night that Williams was "bullied to sign the affidavit," saying Williams signed it on Friday. <a href="http://www.nfljerseysusawholesale.biz/">wholesale jerseys</a>. The Russian looked like a safe bet to become a top 10 player when she cracked the top 50 in 2008 and broke into the top 20 two years later. <a href="http://www.nfljerseysusawholesale.biz/">wholesale jerseys usa</a>. The two showed Monday night why they have the Royals excited for 2012. Cabrera became the first Kansas City player in 11 years to reach 200 hits and Paulino (4-6) won for the third time in his last four decisions as the Royals topped the Minnesota Twins 7-3. BARCELONA, Spain -- Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 in their second all-Spanish final in two weeks to claim his sixth Barcelona Open title Sunday. The top-ranked Spaniard won his 29th straight match at the clay court event when the fourth-seeded Ferrer hit his backhand wide. "It is a dream for me to win here six times," said Nadal, whose sole loss at Barcelona came against another countryman, Alex Corretja, in 2003. "I think it will be difficult to repeat. Six years is a long time in the life of a tennis player." It was Nadals 45th career ATP title and his second consecutive trophy after beating Ferrer at Monte Carlo in straight sets April 17. Nadal won at Barcelona from 2005-09, including finals victories over Ferrer in 2008 and 2009, before sitting out last years edition to rest. "I feel bad for David because no one deserves to win here more than him for what it means to him and the work he has put in to reach three finals," Nadal said after improving his career record against Ferrer to 13-5, including a 5-0 record in finals. Nadal has beaten Ferrer 10 straight times on clay since losing to him in 2004. Ferrer has played in four finals this year, winning two and finishing as runner-up to Nadal twice. The 24-year-old Nadal became the first player to win two tournaments six or more times -- he has won Monte Carlo seven times -- in the tours Open era. His 31st clay court title also moved him into third place all time. The last time he lost on his preferred surface was to Robin Soderling at the 20009 French Open. <a href="http://www.nfljerseysusawholesale.biz/">wholesale nfl jerseys</a> "I think my first set today was my best of the season," Nadal said. "My forehand was also better today. Last week I felt like I wasnt causing enough pain for my opponents with my forehand, but today I could change its direction and send it down the line." Both players struggled to hold their serve in a match that saw six breaks for Nadal and three for Ferrer. "He served better in the first set, but we both struggled with our serves and there were a lot of breaks," Ferrer said. "We have both had better days." Nadal hit one of his patented left-hand drives into the corner to break Ferrer in the first game of the second set, but Ferrer began to show some of the fight from Monte Carlo when he tested Nadal before falling 6-4, 7-5. The second-highest-ranked Spanish player saved a break point to hold in the third game and broke Nadals serve when he forced Nadal to return long in the fourth, pulling even at 2-2. As Ferrer reduced his errors, Nadals volleys started to drift wide and he was broken for a second straight game when Ferrers forehand winner gave him a 4-2 lead. But Nadal responded, swatting Ferrers drop shot to break him in the seventh game, and he broke his opponent again in his next service game to regain the lead for good when Ferrers cross shot landed wide. "I dont know why, but I wasnt able to keep up the rhythm of play," Ferrer said. "I didnt serve well in the second set at this important moment when maybe I had a chance." ' ' '
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