Sports in Brief: Soccer to implement goal-line technology

Posted: July 06, 2012

FIFA finally embraced goal-line technology for soccer Thursday, approving two systems for use, beginning in December, at the seven-team Club World Cup in Japan. FIFA also plans to use a system in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the approved Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems would provide "99 percent security" that a notorious refereeing error which helped eliminate England at the last World Cup would not be repeated.

"There is no 100 percent guarantee in life. In the past we didn't have accurate systems, but I have to say, 'Thank you, Lampard,' " Blatter said, referring to England midfielder Frank Lampard, whose clear goal against Germany did not count in South Africa two years ago.

The Premier League is expected to adopt one of the systems - which can cost up to $250,000 per stadium to install - during next season. Major League Soccer has also expressed interest.

NFL: The players union filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling commissioner Roger Goodell "incurably and evidently biased."

The suit was filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. It claims Goodell violated the league's labor agreement by showing he had predetermined the guilt of players punished in the bounty probe before serving as the arbitrator for their June 18 appeal.

The NFL responded that the action is an "improper attempt to litigate" and said there is "no basis for asking a federal court to put its judgment in place of the procedures agreed upon with the NFLPA in collective bargaining."

AFL: The Arena Football League has named Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh MVP of the Week for his stellar performance in Friday's 83-79 victory over Tampa Bay. Raudabaugh connected on 24 of 37 passes for 415 yards and 11 touchdowns, the second-most in AFL history.  

HORSE RACING: Delaware Park canceled racing for Saturday because of the excessive heat brought on by the region's second heat wave of the summer. The National Weather Service has predicted Saturday's high to reach 101 degrees, which would pose health risk to horses, riders, and participants. Racing is expected to resume Monday.

HARNESS RACING: Driver Dave Palone, 50, broke Herve Filion's North American record for career victories when he piloted Herculotte Hanover to victory in the eighth race at Washington, Pa.'s, the Meadows.

The win was the 15,181st of Palone's 30-year career. The Waynesburg, Pa., native began racing in 1982 and earned his first victory in 1983. Heinz Wewering of Germany holds the world record for career harness racing wins, with more than 16,000 and counting.

LOCAL: La Salle senior swimmer Blase Szyszko has been selected as the Atlantic Ten Conference's representative on the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

- Wire and staff reports

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