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Goodell: 'Tough year' for NFL, myself

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PHOENIX (AP) As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.

"As an organization, and as an individual, it's been a tough year," Goodell said Friday during his pre-Super Bowl news conference, "but a year of great progress, and I'm excited about the future."

Nearing the end of a season he acknowledged was filled with "plenty of challenges," Goodell was asked whether he thought he deserved a pay cut - "That's up to the owners," he replied - and whether he could envision resigning or being fired.

Woods in last after career-worst 82

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tiger Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro.

He never looked more lost on a golf course. (MORE)

Hawks beat Blazers as win streak hits 18

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.

Portland, which has lost four of five, led after each of the first three quarters but couldn't stretch the advantage to more than six points. (MORE)

James returns, Cavaliers extend run to 9

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed hot, beating the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.

Love led Cleveland with 23 points, including 16 in the first quarter, while Irving, who scored an arena record 55 points Wednesday against Portland, added 21. (MORE)

NFL to wait on possible Lynch discipline

PHOENIX (AP) The NFL won't decide on any discipline for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch until after the Super Bowl, commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Super Bowl news conference Friday.

Lynch has kept all his media appearances this week to five minutes or less and hasn't said much. He has also donned hats with logos of his own apparel line, which are not sponsored by the NFL. (MORE)

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