NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the 2014 NFL season a year of “real progress” in his annual State of the League address and focused his speech on ways to improve the game while making the league safer. Goodell said the NFL will focus on three aspects over the next year - the game, player safety and fan experience. Speaking on how to improve the game, Goodell said the NFL plans to advance ideas to challenge kickers on the extra point this season. The commissioner also noted the league continues to consider expanded playoff formats. On player health and safety, Goodell said he was pleased with the league’s progress after concussions dropped 25 per cent from 2014 to 2013, but admitted there remains work to be done. He also announced the leagues plan to hire an executive who will work with the leagues medical committees, advisers and the NFL Players Association. Goodell noted additional technology could help fan experience and focused on quicker review times and more consistent refereeing, even considering using reviews for penalties. Speaking of ‘deflate-gate’ involving the New England Patriots, Goodell said the league was focusing on why under-inflated footballs were used and whether or not the footballs were intentionally deflated. Goodell said no judgment has been reached yet on the case. As to Patriots owner Robert Krafts demand of an apology for the investigation, Goodell said his responsibility to league and fans is to protect integrity of the game and make sure rules are being followed. Goodell added the NFL wont decide on any discipline for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch until after the Super Bowl. Lynch has kept all his media appearances this week to five minutes or less and hasnt said much. He has also donned hats with logos of his own apparel line, which are not sponsored by the NFL. While Goodell did not comment about what the possible penalty might be, he made clear that Lynch had an obligation to do the interviews. Its part of your job, Goodell said. There are things in your job that you might not necessarily want to do. I think Marshawn understands the importance of the Super Bowl and the importance of his appearance in the Super Bowl. On relocation to Los Angeles, Goodell said the NFL hasnt yet zoned in on a specific team for a possible move to the city and any move will be subject to the leagues relocation policy. The Rams, Chargers and Raiders are candidates to move to the countrys second-largest city, which has been without a team since the 1994 season. A company with ties to Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased a site 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, though no development plans have been announced. At his news conference Friday, Goodell said the leagues main priority is keeping teams where they are. 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After the bat went soaring, both benches emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected. Abad was subsequently fined but not suspended. The bat throwing was an extension of a feud that began in the series opener two days earlier. Machado yelled in the face of Oaklands Josh Donaldson after the third baseman tagged him on the chest, knocking Machado off his feet. The dugouts also emptied after that confrontation, but no one was ejected. Machado was subsequently suspended and fined an undisclosed amount. He immediately appealed the punishment and has been playing for Baltimore since that time. Machado, his agent and Orioles executive vice-ppresident Dan Duquette spoke for about an hour Wednesday with Joe Garagiola Jr.dddddddddddd, senior vice-president of standards and on-field operations at Major League Baseball. The meeting took place at the warehouse behind Camden Yards. "We got it done," Machado said. "Now its just sit back and wait and see what is going to happen." He hoped to get a reduction of the suspension, and if possible, have it wiped out entirely. "At this point, theres nothing to talk about," Machado said. "Just wait and see how many games Im going to get suspended, hopefully I dont and just get fined." Asked why he was optimistic, Machado replied, "I didnt throw the bat at anybody. And thats it. All the other cases that have gotten suspended have been when they go ahead and intentionally throw the bat at the person. I dont want to jinx anything. I just want to try and get as least games as possible." If a suspension does occur, Machado and the Orioles hoped the decision would be rendered after Fridays split doubleheader against Tampa Bay. "Hopefully, it doesnt hurt the team that Im down with those two games," Machado said. 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