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. Seven different players scored for London, including Dane Fox who also had three assists, as the Knights crushed the Erie Otters 7-2 on Saturday. Scott Harrington, Vladislav Namestnikov, Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert, Josh Anderson and Andreas Athanasiou also scored for the Knights (19-5-1). Connor Brown and Luke Cairns responded for the Otters (3-22-0). Michael Houser made 10 saves for the win while Tyson Teichmann turned aside 33 shots in defeat. London went 1-for-4 on the power play as Erie failed to score on either of their two opportunities with the man advantage. Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Niagara 4, Sarnia 2; Saginaw 4, Peterborough 3; Sudbury 6, Barrie 5; Guelph 4, Plymouth 1; Owen Sound 5 Sault Ste. Marie 2. At Erie, Pa., Harrington scored 45 seconds into the game to give the Knights a quick 1-0 lead. Cairns responded for the Otters at 8:26 and three minutes later Brown would score short handed giving Erie a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Unfortunately for the Otters, Fox tied the game six minutes into the second period. Athanasiou and Matt Rupert followed that up to make it 4-2 London heading into the third period. Namestnikov added to the lead 59 seconds into the third before Ryan Rupert scored at 3:07. Anderson added one more at 8:12 to make it 7-2 for London. --- IceDogs 4 Sting 2 At Sarnia, Ont., David Pacan scored two goals as Niagara (14-10-2) defeated the Sting (15-5-5). --- Spirit 4 Petes 3 At Saginaw, Mich., Tadeas Galansky stopped 38 of 41 shots, leading the Spirit (10-15-2) past Peterborough (14-8-3). --- Wolves 6 Colts 5 At Barrie, Ont., Michael Sgarbossa had a goal and two assists to lead Sudbury (12-10-1) past the Colts (13-9-3). --- Storm 4 Whalers 1 At Guelph, Ont. Scott Kosmachuk and Tanner Richard each scored twice as the Storm (11-9-4) defeated Plymouth (17-8-3). --- Attack 5 Greyhounds 2 At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Mike Halmo and Joseph Blandisi each scored twice as Owen Sound (13-11-4) beat the Greyhounds (14-11-1). Ryan Mathews Jersey
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. Watch the game live on TSN and TSN HD at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Toronto is No. 7 in the East standings and is one game behind Philadelphia and Washington. Santonio Holmes Jersey
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. Moseley had extensive damage to his rotator cuff and labrum. He made just one start, against Los Angeles on April 7. He was placed on the disabled list the next day and an MRI exam revealed the damage.ATLANTA -- The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players union was not pleased with. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday at an owners meeting that because this is a playing rule, the league can apply it unilaterally. "We have a vote of the membership and can implement," McKay said. "Some of us felt we were remiss that we took it out of the rule book -- high school and college makes it mandatory -- and in our mind that is how it should be and will be in 2013. "We have some work to do with the union." McKay said the league will meet with NFL Players Association representatives on the issue, something they have discussed in the past. But the NFLPA argued that the move should be negotiated. "Any change in working conditions is a collectively bargained issue," the union said in a statement. "While the NFL is focused on one element of health and safety today, the NFLPA believes that health and safety requires a comprehensive approach and commitment. We are engaged in and monitor many different issues, such as players access to medical records, prescription usage and the situation with professional footballs first responders, NFL referees. "We always look forward to meeting with the NFL to discuss any and all matters related to player health and safety." The pads rule would not go into effect on the field until next year so equipment manufacturers can work on safety and comfort. Commissioner Roger Goodell couldnt see any negatives to adding the thigh and knee pads. "We have raised the issue of mandatory pads for at least three years now," he said. "I believe the technology has improved, the pads are far better than a decade ago, they allow better performance and are more protective. Every other level of football uses the pads." Former All-Pro safety Troy Vincent, now an NFL vice-president, explained why there could be pushback from the players. "Its psychological. Less pads you are faster, skinnier, thats just the way I was introduced to the (pro) game," he said. "Its a culture shift. They will adjust." Goodell pointed out something a Nike executive told him recently: NBA players are wearing more pads from the hips down than NFL players. "There is something wrong with that," Goodell said. Should a player not havve the pads on when he enters a game, he will be sent off the field by a game official. LaMarr Woodley Jersey
. "Its the same as if he ran on without a helmet," McKay said. "It is a safety rule." Goodell said he expects evidence in the Saints bounties case would be made public after all the player appeals and grievances have been heard. Release of any documents also could be delayed by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilmas defamation lawsuit against Goodell after the commissioner suspended Vilma for the entire 2012 season. The owners also voted to move the trading deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8, and to allow one "marquee" player placed on injured reserve to return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after the eighth week. That player must be on the 53-man roster after the final preseason cut. Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, could fall into that category. Suggs recently underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. If the Ravens believe Suggs can make it back in midseason, as the linebacker has predicted, they could use the IR special designation for him. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft likes the adjustment because he knows firsthand how devastating an injury to a star player can be. "Its good because I think it keeps the excitement in the game," Kraft said. "I know when we lost Tom Brady there was a feeling he could have come back at the end of the year. It would have been great for the fans, and I think every team has someone in that category." Goodell said the league is closer to a decision on what to do with the Pro Bowl, which he called "not a competitive game" last January. He wants more discussions with the players about how to improve the quality of the game, but dropping it entirely still is possible. "The issue is we recognize it is an all-star game, but we also believe fans expect more from an NFL game," he said. "If we believe we can achieve that, we want to give them every opportunity to do that." Only New Orleans, site of next years Super Bowl, and Honolulu are being considered if the Pro Bowl is held. The league approved the Buffalo Bills playing one regular-season game every year from 2013-17 in Toronto, extending that international series. Expansion of the international series in London could come as early as next year, Goodell added. ' ' '