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Friday's roundup: Goodell's '13 salary came in at $35M

News wire services

New York — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made $35 million in 2013, according to tax returns submitted by the league.

NFL officials Friday released the amount Goodell earned in salary, bonus and pension compensation.

In 2012, he made $35.1 million, with an additional $5 million in incentives and $4.1 million pension payment from the 2011 lockout year that was paid in 2012.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, a member of the league's compensation committee, said in a statement compensation packages are reviewed annually.

The committee will "conduct a thoughtful review and make a determination of 2014 compensation in March."

Goodell was criticized this year for his handling of the domestic violence case of former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The league's revenues have approached $10 billion and its TV ratings dominate.

Rice apologizes

Rice posted a statement apologizing for a "horrible mistake" and asking for forgiveness.

In a statement released to The Baltimore Sun and posted on his Facebook page, Rice wrote he was sorry for letting down the young fans who looked up to him.

"There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made," Rice wrote.

The statement comes nearly a year after Rice was charged in New Jersey with assaulting then-fiancee Janay Palmer.

On Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Palmer in an elevator. Rice and Palmer have since married.

Extra points

League officials filed a motion seeking all the evidence from Greg Hardy's first trial, arguing since the case against the Panthers defensive end is over, there's no reason not to make the evidence public.

In July, a Mecklenburg judge found Hardy guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill former girlfriend Nicole Holder. Hardy appealed, and the charges were dropped after prosecutors said Holder failed to show up.

Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray told a judge that Holder and Hardy had reached a settlement heading off any civil dispute, and that there were discrepancies in Holder's earlier statements and testimony.

Hardy, however, remains on the NFL's exempt list. NFL officials declined comment.

... Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson, who is a subject of a rape investigation in Knoxville, Tennesee, won't be participating in next week's combine.

... Broncos coach Gary Kubiak finished building his staff by hiring Marc Lubick as assistant wide receivers coach and SamsonBrown as assistant defensive backs coach.