NEW ORLEANS – All four players punished in the NFL’s bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do not believe he can be impartial.
One of the people also says New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending.
Vilma has been on the Saints’ physically unable to perform list while continuing his comeback from offseason surgery on his left knee but may be activated after the first six weeks of the regular season.
Vilma is suspended for the season, while Smith is suspended four games. Hargrove’s suspension was reduced from eight to seven games and Fujita’s was cut from three games to one.
Around the NFL
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III took part in a full practice and appears set to play in the Redskins’ game Sunday against Minnesota. Police in suburban Detroit are investigating after a motorist who says he was sideswiped by Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. The Jets put Darrelle Revis (knee) on season-ending injured reserve.
NFL fines roundup
Tennessee safety Michael Griffin was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Minnesota receiver Michael Jenkins. Fined $15,750 were Green Bay linebacker Nick Perry, Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons, St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn and San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram. Colts defensive end Cory Redding was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness against the Packers’ Cedric Benson.
Around the links
Justin Rose shot a 5-under 66 to beat European Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood by a stroke to win the eight-player World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey, and earn a career-best $1.5 million. John Mallinger opened a four-stroke lead in the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif., making an eagle and two birdies on the final four holes for a 9-under 62.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defending champion Na Yeon Choi took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a 4-under 67 to reach 10 under. In Conover, N.C., Dan Forsman shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic.
Late goal lifts US
Eddie Johnson scored twice, including the winning goal in second-half injury time, lifting the United States to the verge of advancing in World Cup qualifying with a nervous 2-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda in St. John’s, Antigua.
Oakland snaps IPFW’s win streak
Oakland has IPFW’s number, and the number is two. That’s how many losses the Golden Grizzlies (12-9, 5-4 Summit League) have given the Mastodons this season after Friday’s 3-1 win at the Gates Center. The loss ended an eight-match winning streak for IPFW (17-4, 7-2). Emily Spencer led IPFW with 14 kills, while Hailie Ripley and Kendall Wienkes had 12 each. IPFW fell into a first-place tie in the Summit League with IUPUI (14-7, 7-2).