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TORONTO - Gary Bettman understands the intense scrutiny NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is under. Cheap Kd Shoes . Goodell has been harshly criticized for being too lenient or not acting quickly enough to punish Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in a rash of recent domestic violence incidents. "I think hes working very hard in a difficult situation," Bettman, the NHLs longtime commissioner, said Monday. Bettman, who has been in his position longer than any current commissioner in North American professional sports, said its impossible to be too comfortable in a job like his or Goodells because unpredictable things happen. Comparing it to being a CEO of any major company, he added theres no luxury of having a night off. "Whenever that phone rings, and sometimes it does at two in the morning, youve got to respond and youve got to have your A-game otherwise youre liable to make a mistake, and when you make a mistake in this position, it gets magnified," Bettman said at a meeting for The Canadian Club of Toronto. "And it doesnt matter if youre right 99 out of 100 times, which is a pretty good batting record, its that one that youll have to live with and deal with." Arrested for punching his then-fiancee and now wife earlier this year, Rice was originally suspended for two games, but after a video surfaced on Sept. 8 showing the violent attack, he was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely. Peterson has been indicted on child-abuse charges and deactivated by the Minnesota Vikings but has not been suspended. At a news conference last week, Goodell took responsibility for the leagues failings in investigating Rice, saying he "didnt get it right." During several interviews Monday, Bettman didnt reference Rice or Peterson. Instead, he spoke in general terms about how professional sports leagues can handle those kinds of situations. "You do the best you can, and thats something in areas that are important weve tried to be proactive," Bettman said. "It doesnt mean that things are going to happen in any league, in any business, in any situation that you cant control, but we try to address issues head-on and we try to do the right thing on a consistent basis." Bettman said the NHLs security department and behavioural health counsellors have talked to players about the topic of domestic violence for more than a decade. "Based on our experience to date, we believe that the appropriate procedures are in effect that we can do what we need to do on a case-by-case basis," he said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "I am extraordinarily proud of our players and how they conduct themselves. If and when something needs to be addressed in terms of discipline, it will be. But more importantly we try to focus, with the Players Association, on educating and counselling." The collective bargaining agreement includes procedures on how to handle off-ice incidents and gives the NHL power to suspend a player amid a criminal investigation if failing to do so would "create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league." After the NFL instituted a new policy that made a first domestic-violence offence a six-game suspension, Bettman said the NHL would continue to handle incidents on a case-by-case basis because it has not been an issue that requires setting a standard punishment. In October 2013, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was charged with felony kidnapping and assault for attacking his girlfriend. Varlamov was not suspended, and the charges were dropped in December when prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to convict him. Bettman was not specifically asked about Varlamovs arrest in light of the NFLs handling of domestic violence. He said sports leagues have an obligation to try to do the right things. "I dont think anybody whos in the league, be it as an owner, an executive or a player, has any illusions as to whats expected of them," Bettman said. "Our code of conduct is we expect you to do the right thing, and if you dont, we hold you accountable." In a question-and-answer session with new "Hockey Night In Canada" host George Stroumboulopoulos and those attending the Canadian Club luncheon, Bettman also addressed expansion and other topics related to on-ice action. Bettman reiterated that the NHL has no current plans to undergo a formal expansion process beyond the 30 teams that have existed since 2000. "Im not suggesting that at some point in the future we might not look at, but were not ready to do it now," he said. "And I dont want to build up anybodys expectations because thats not unfair to people in a community that want to have a franchise." One recent report said the NHL would expand by four teams, one each in Quebec City, Las Vegas and Seattle and a second franchise in Toronto, by 2017. Asked by Stroumboulopoulos about his philosophical opinion on having two teams in one market, Bettman explained in hypothetical terms that there are pitfalls, especially in Toronto. "If we decided that we were putting a second team in Ontario, and the year the team was supposed to start, the Leafs won the Cup, that second team wouldnt exist," Bettman said. "When you have historically established teams with great histories and traditions, the second team — even if the first team isnt having tremendous success at the time — the second team will never quite get the premier coverage." 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Under sunny skies and with steamy temperatures, Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Adam Hadwin took on Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and Manny Villegas at the Ashburn Golf Club. After four nine-hole, singles matches and two alternate-shot matches of the same length, Team World locked up a 5½ to a ½ victory. But never mind that, this wasnt about the score. This was about a fun outing in a part of Canada that doesnt see this kind of golf as often as does say Toronto or Montreal. Its also one of the few times that Canadas best got to team up. Weir, Hearn and DeLaet will see each other out on the PGA Tour but the chance to play together as a team was big for all three. Its the first time in your humble scribes memory that the top Canadian players teamed up on Canadian soil. And while this was an exhibition – DeLaet and Kuchar hit mulligans off the first tee in their singles match – there was still some pride on thee line. Kd Shoes Mens Sale. "I still really want to win this," said Weir, with a big smile before teeing off. If nothing else, these guys are competitive to the end. So this was more than a skins game but less than a tournament. It was competitive but friendly, as it should be. And for sponsor RBC, it was a hit. The players teed off in a morning nine-hole pro-am which one bank official called "about the best thing weve done in a long time." The event is part of a week-long celebration of Canadian golf called GOLFest Nova Scotia and includes a Tour event where Villegas and Hadwin, along with a gaggle of talented Canadians will get down to more serious business. Kuchar took the celebration to heart, taking his family on a Nova Scotia vacation prior to the RBC Canada Cup shootout. He went to Cape Breton and played Cabot Links and visited Fox Harbr for another round. He got a good chuckle from guests at an evening dinner when he announced that his next stop was going to be P.E.I. Kuchar also delighted the crowds at the closing ceremonies when he praised the golf course and the fans, calling it a great, fun exhibition. And thats pretty much what it was – a great, fun exhibition with some marvelous golf. Just about perfect for Canada Day. ' ' '

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