The attorney for suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma says a ledger of under-the-table cash bonuses and fines for Saints players shows no proof of bounties placed on targeted opponents. Lawyer Peter Ginsberg said Saturday the leaking of the ledger shows how “misguided and irresponsible’’ NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been in handling the bounty probe. People familiar with the ledger told the Associated Press Friday that the document indicates payments for plays called “cart-offs’’ and “whacks.’’ Ginsberg said the commissioner interviewed the person who kept the ledger, and knows that “the ‘whacks’ and ‘cart-offs,’ though regrettably named, were descriptions of good, clean, legal plays, and that any dirty or penalized play resulted in fines.’’ Ginsberg is representing Vilma both in the player’s appeal of his season-long suspension and in a defamation lawsuit against Goodell. The defamation lawsuit was filed in US District Court in New Orleans and Goodell has until July 5 to respond to it . . . Vikings fullback Jerome Felton was arrested Friday in Eden Prairie, Minn., on suspicion of driving while impaired and refusing to submit to a chemical test. Felton was released from jail after posting $12,000 bond . . . The million-dollar home of Eddie George and his wife in Nashville will be auctioned off June 7 - to the surprise of the Georges. An accountant for the couple told The Tennessean the Georges have been trying to modify their loan for several months. He said he submitted more loan modification paperwork and never received notice that a foreclosure was underway.
Seattle’s Hernandez to make next start
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is expected to make his next scheduled start after injuring his back while making a pitch in the second inning of Friday’s 7-4 loss to the White Sox. He remained in the game for three more innings. Hernandez gave up three home runs and issued four walks in a no-decision. The 2010 Cy Young winner, 4-4 with a 3.42 ERA this season, is 1-3 with a 6.14 ERA in his last five starts . . . An MRI on Jose Contreras revealed the Phillies reliever has a torn ligament and tendon in his right elbow and will likely miss the rest of the season . . . Twins righthander Carl Pavano will return to Minneapolis Sunday to have an MRI on his sore right shoulder. Pavano is 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA over his last five outings . . . The Orioles acquired outfielder-first baseman Steve Pearce from the Yankees for cash and designated utilityman Bill Hall for assignment . . . Roy Oswalt threw two scoreless innings in his first minor league start for the Rangers’ Triple A Round Rock affiliate against visiting Albuquerque. Oswalt signed with Texas on Tuesday . . . The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department is investigating Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval in a sexual assault case. “No charges have been filed. He was not arrested, he was not detained,’’ deputy sheriff April Skalland said. “He was interviewed with his lawyer present and he cooperated.’’ Sandoval is on the disabled list following May 4 surgery to remove a broken bone in his left hand.
Sacred Heart eliminated from NCAAs
Drew Farber had four hits, including a home run and five RBIS, and Travis Bradley pitched into the seventh inning to help UNC Wilmington (39-22) beat Sacred Heart, 13-4, in an elimination game in the Raleigh (N.C.) Regional of the Division 1 baseball tournament. Farber’s homer was one of five for the Seahawks. Rocco Gondek hit a two-run homer for Sacred Heart (25-32). Nick Leiningen took the loss . . . Defending softball champion Arizona State staved off elimination with a 6-0 win over LSU in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Sun Devils will have to beat Oklahoma twice Sunday to advance to Monday’s championship series.
Prince leads Sky to victory in overtime
Epiphanny Prince had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and Sylvia Fowles added 20 to lead the Chicago Sky to a 94-92 overtime win over the host Atlanta Dream in WNBA play. Angel McCoughtry had 33 points for Atlanta . . . Tamika Catchings had 16 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 91-68 rout of the visiting New York Liberty. Plenette Pierson had 24 points for the Liberty . . . Michael Phelps won the 400-meter individual medley and Allison Schmitt swam the fastest time ever in America in the 200-meter freestyle at the Austin (Texas) Elite meet. Schmitt finished in 1 minute 55.04 seconds, just .08 short of her own American record set in Rome in 2009. It was the second-fastest time in the world this year and came against Olympic hopeful Missy Franklin, who was second in 1:57.91 . . . Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic champion making a comeback after 12 years, won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.35 at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Grand Prix swim meet . . . China’s Liu Xiang won the 110-meter hurdles in 12.87 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., which would’ve tied the world record but was wind-aided. Cuba’s Dayron Robles, who owns the record, was scheduled to run in the meet but had visa trouble and pulled out.