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Former WR Goodman sues NFLPA

By The Sports Xchange   |   July 2, 2015 at 12:47 AM
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Former NFL wide receiver Richard Goodman is suing the NFL Players Association, accusing the union of negligence for failing to ensure his former agent was certified.

The NFLPA regulates those who represent players in their individual contract negotiations.

Goodman, who played with the San Diego Chargers from 2010 to 2012, is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 in a civil suit that was filed Tuesday night in Broward (Fla.) County Court.

The 30-page lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by FOX Sports, accuses the NFLPA of "negligence, gross negligence and breach of fiduciary duty." The complaint stems from about $61,000 that Goodman was forced to pay when a $25,000 loan in 2010 was taken out in his name by agent James Burnoski. Goodman claims Burnoski forged his signature to receive the loan and then defaulted.

Goodman, 27, claims he never would have continued to use Burnoski as his agent had it been known that his NFLPA certification and mandatory liability insurance had lapsed when he failed to pay for both.

Goodman signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2010. He appeared in 26 games, mostly on kickoff returns. He caught one pass for 25 yards and was released in the 2013 preseason.

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Women's World Cup: Own goal sends Japan to final

By The Sports Xchange   |   July 2, 2015 at 12:46 AM

An own goal by England in second-half stoppage time gave Japan a 2-1 win in the Women's World Cup semifinals Wednesday in Edmonton, Alberta.

Japan will aim for back-to-back titles when it faces the United States on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Japanese will attempt to join Germany, champions in 2003 and 2007, in winning consecutive Women's World Cup championships after advancing on the latest goal ever to decide a semifinal in the event's history.

Facing her goal as she attempted a clearance, England defender Laura Bassett miskicked the ball and saw it bounce off the under side of the crossbar and over the goal line.

Goal-line technology confirmed the call, and moments later, the game was over. Bassett and the England players were left devastated as the Japanese players celebrated on the field at Commonwealth Stadium.

The result was all the more stunning considering England carried the play through much of the second half, creating the majority of the scoring chances.

The first half featured an exchange of penalty-kick goals, both coming after controversial calls by the referee.

In the 32nd minute, England defender Claire Rafferty pushed down Saori Ariyoshi as the Japan defender was taking the ball into the penalty area. The foul appeared to occur slightly outside the line, but the referee whistled for a penalty kick.

After a long delay while awaiting a move from England goalie Karen Bardsley, Japan midfielder Aya Miyama knocked in the shot.

Nine minutes later, Japan forward Yuki Ogimi was called for a foul against England defender Steph Houghton in the box. Houghton didn't go down after the initial contact, raising the appearance that she dived to get the ball.

England midfield Fara Williams scored on the ensuing penalty kick to tie the score 1-1.

Bardsley exited in the second half due to an injury for the second game in a row.

The United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 Tuesday in the first semifinal in Montreal.

The Japan-USA final will be a rematch of the 2011 final won by Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie.

Germany and England will meet in the third-place match Saturday in Edmonton.

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