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6P ET: NFL 18-Game Season In 2012?; Source: Manny Ramirez Placed On Waivers; Source: Bob Bradley, Officials To Meet

8/25/2010

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Goodell: 2012 Is Target For 18-game Season

NFL owners have shown widespread support for going to an 18-game schedule but want to implement the change as part of a new labor agreement. Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners see two more regular-season games -- and two fewer preseason games -- as the most logical way to enhance revenues in a difficult economic environment. He says it will be one of the main issues in talks on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal runs out after this season.

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Manny On Waivers - Here's the Deal

The Dodgers placed Manny Ramirez on waivers today, sources tell ESPN.com. Teams have until Friday afternoon to put in a claim. And any team that's awarded the claim would have until Tuesday afternoon to work out a trade and, because Ramirez has a full no-trade clause, get his approval to waive that clause and accept a deal. While the White Sox are the AL contender with the lowest winning percentage (and, therefore, first dibs in the AL), have said they would claim him, NL teams have first shot. The waiver rules require that he pass through all NL clubs first before AL teams get their shot.

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Source: Bradley, U.S. Soccer Meeting This Week

U.S. coach Bob Bradley will meet with U.S. Soccer officials this week to talk about his future with the national team, a U.S. Soccer source tells ESPN. The meeting is expected to include Bradley, federation president Sunil Gulati and secretary general Dan Flynn. The meeting isn't necessarily where a decision on Bradley will be made, but "will be to simply discuss the future," the source said, declining to specify a day or location.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.