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Packers cutting Woodson...Nice payout for commish...Hoops Hall picks 12 finalists

Saturday - 2/16/2013, 6:40am  ET

UNDATED (AP) -- The agent for defensive back Charles Woodson tells The Associated Press that the Packers have informed Woodson that he'll be released with two years left on his contract. Woodson missed nine games during the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone but played in two postseason games for the Packers.

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') was paid $29.49 million by league owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year. By comparison, Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the league's highest paid player with a five-year deal averaging $20 million. According to the league's most recent tax return, much of Goodell's pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus.

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the 12 finalists for 2013. The group includes, among others, former players Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King and Maurice Cheeks along with coaches Rick Pitino, Guy Lewis, Tom Heinsohn and longtime North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Zimmermann's arbitration asking price was $5.8 million while the Nationals submitted $4.6 million. The 26-year-old Zimmermann made $2.3 million last season, when he went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- A statement from the family of Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) and his management says they dispute the claim that he murdered his girlfriend "in the strongest terms." The statement was issued after the double-amputee Olympian wept in court when prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against him for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.


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