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PepsiCo boss backs Goodell
NEW YORK (AP): PepsiCo Inc CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL's problems handling domestic violence, calling some players' behaviour "repugnant", but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is "a man of integrity".
The boss of the maker of Pepsi, Gatorade and Doritos, one of the league's biggest advertisers and sponsor of last year's Super Bowl half-time show, issued a statement late Wednesday that criticised the league but also expressed optimism that it can fix its problems.
The league and its teams are under fire over how they are handling several players with domestic violence allegations against them. An investigation has been launched into whether Goodell knew about or saw a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee earlier than he said.
The praise from a woman CEO of one of the largest food-and-drink makers in the world could give Goodell a boost as he faces continued calls for his resignation.
Most major sponsors have voiced disapproval, with Budweiser beermaker Anheuser-Busch, another one of the biggest, saying it was "increasingly concerned" about the situation.
Cardinals player arrested
PHOENIX (AP): Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said yesterday.
The details surfaced in a law-enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early yesterday.
The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire for violent off-the-field encounters involving some of the league's marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.
The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy.
Europa win for Inter
PARIS (AP): Three-time European champion Inter Milan opened their Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk yesterday.
Defender Danilo D'Ambrosio scored moments after Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan was sent off.
Inter top Group E after Saint-Etienne's 0-0 draw away to Azerbaijan side Qarabag Agdam.
There were also wins for Group E rivals Dynamo Moscow and PSV Eindhoven.
Forward Aleksandr Kokorin and midfielder Aleksei Ionov scored Dynamo's goals in a 2-1 win at Greek side Panathinaikos, while a penalty from Dutch striker Luuk de Jong earned PSV a 1-0 home win against Estoril.
In Group C, the favourites dropped points as Premier League side Tottenham were held to 0-0 at Partizan Belgrade, and Besitkas from Turkey drew 1-1 against Asteras Tripolis.