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Aug. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Football season ticket sales down at WVU

MORGANTOWN -- Season ticket sales for West Virginia University football games are down with less than a month to go before the start of the season.

Sports marketing director Matt Wells says WVU has sold 33,100 season tickets. More than 37,400 were sold last season, the Mountaineers' first in the Big 12.

Wells said sales of single-game tickets are strong for home games against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Georgia State. Tickets for the Nov. 9 game against Texas are available only through a three-game package that also includes the Aug. 31 season opener against William & Mary and the late November game against Iowa State.

Goodell says Browns owner handling probe

BEREA, Ohio -- The NFL is standing by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

With Haslam embroiled in a legal scandal involving his family-owned truck-stop business, Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed his confidence in Cleveland's owner and said the league has no plans to intervene or discipline him at this point.

Goodell visited Cleveland's training camp on Thursday to launch a program between the league and Pop Warner with USA Football's Heads Up Football Program.

Following a clinic with young players, Goodell said he's satisfied with Haslam's handling of the federal investigation at Pilot Flying J, and said the league is proud to be associated with its newest owner.

"Jimmy Haslam is a man of great integrity," Goodell said. "We're proud to have him as an owner in the NFL and think he's going to be a great owner for the Cleveland Browns and their fans. He's as disappointed as anybody in what happened at Pilot J and he's working hard to fix it and correct those issues."

, both from a structural standpoint and to make amends."

Goodell added that the league has no plans to intervene at this time.

"I don't think it's a matter for us at this moment," Goodell said.

Haslam has been in the crosshairs of controversy since April 15, when the FBI and IRS raided Pilot Flying J's headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., seizing documents and as part of a probe into wide-spread fraud at the company. Haslam has maintained he did not know about a program within his sales staff to cheat customers out of rebate and discount money. Seven employees have pleaded guilty to defrauding customers.

Goodell said Haslam assured him he knew nothing of the rebate scam.

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