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NFL denies Saints' appeals

Updated: April 10, 2012, 3:45 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NFL upheld its discipline in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, meaning coach Sean Payton will begin his yearlong suspension April 16.

The league announced the penalties Monday, noting that the bans for general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) and assistant coach Joe Vitt (six games) stand and will begin after the preseason. Payton's suspension will last through Super Bowl XLVII, which is being held in New Orleans.

The NFL's statement said that commissioner Roger Goodell will ...

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