Today in sports: Sean Payton is appealing his Bountygate suspension, the IOC declares London fit to host the Olympics, and another snag in the NFL's plan to return to Los Angeles.
According to a source, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will appeal his year-long suspension for not nipping the team's bounty program in the bud. Payton almost certainly will not win the appeal, since it's being logged with the very people who decided to suspend him in the first place, but it should give NFL media types a few more weeks to play the Will Bill Parcells Coach the New Orleans Saints? speculation game. (Kudos, incidentally, to Pro Football Talk editor Mike Florio, who predicted this morning that Payton, or someone very close to him, would leak his plan to appeal to coincide Friday afternoon news dump.) [ESPN]
The International Olympic Committee has declared London "ready to welcome the world" for this summer's Olympic games following a tenth and final inspection of the city's facilities. So if you get stuck in the Tube or slip on a crack in the pavement anywhere in the vicinity of Olympic Park at any point in the next 119 days, that's your problem, not London's. [Reuters]