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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson.  In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: “We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
 
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
 
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) — For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are the American League East champions.

“It’s everything I hoped for, man. It’s an awesome experience,” Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, who has played with Baltimore since 2006, said. “We worked hard all season long to get where we are now. We got one step out of the way. Now we have a couple more steps to go.”

First baseman Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles top the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2, giving the O’s their ninth win in 10 games.

“We’re AL East champs,” Pearce said while celebrating in the clubhouse. “Awesome.”

It’s the ninth time the Orioles have won the division, but only the second time since 1983, when they won the World Series.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing two hits, two runs, and four walks while striking out six.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (80-70) – Boston Red Sox 0 (66-85)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (91-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-73)

New York Mets 9 (73-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (73-77)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (74-78) – New York Yankees 1 (76-74)

Washington Nationals 3 (87-63) – Atlanta Braves 0 (75-76)

Chicago Cubs 7 (67-84) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (71-81)

Minnesota Twins 4 (64-87) – Detroit Tigers 3 (84-67) 

San Francisco Giants 2 (83-68) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (62-89)

Colorado Rockies 10 (60-91) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (86-65)

Cleveland Indians 4 (77-73) – Houston Astros 2 (67-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (79-72) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (83-68) -12 Innings

San Diego Padres 5 (70-80) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-82)

Texas Rangers 6 (58-92) – Oakland Athletics 3 (83-67)

Seattle Mariners 13 (81-69) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (94-57)

Chicago White Sox 7 (69-82) – Kansas City Royals 5 (82-68)

 

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Grand Jury to Hear Tony Stewart’s Case

Grand Jury to Hear Tony Stewart’s Case

BananaStock(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will have his sprint car case in New York presented in front of a grand jury, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said on Tuesday.

“Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter,” Tantillo said.

Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9. After Stewart spun him out, Ward climbed out of his car to confront Stewart while the race was still taking place.

“I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office in investigating this tragic accident,” Stewart said in a statement. “I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.”

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N.Y. Yankees INF/OF Martin Prado Placed on 60-Day DL

N.Y. Yankees INF/OF Martin Prado Placed on 60-Day DL

iStockphoto(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — New York Yankees infielder/outfielder Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy early Tuesday morning. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees acquired Prado in a trade on July 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Pete O’Brien and a player to be named.  In 37 games with New York, the former All-Star batted .317 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He also scored 18 runs and swiped a base.

To take Prado’s spot on the roster, the Yankees added infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela.

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Linebacker John Abraham Returns to the Cardinals

Linebacker John Abraham Returns to the Cardinals

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Even though he recently contemplated retirement, linebacker John Abraham is rejoining the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

Abraham suffered a concussion in the team’s season opener against the San Diego Chargers. He was suffering from apparent memory loss, and at age 36, his playing career was in doubt. He was even doubting his desire to play football anymore, but now Abraham is feeling much better and is ready to resume his football career.

“A lot of it was to do with the headaches,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “First real big one he’s ever had. There’s other things that we’re dealing with, and he’s fine with those.”

“He’s ready to play,” Arians added.

Abraham is in his 14th NFL sesaon and is the NFL’s active leader in sacks at 133.5. He ranks ninth on the all-time sack list as well.

It is currently unknown if Abraham will be activated for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Lewd Gesture

Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Lewd Gesture

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for making a “lewd gesture” towards the fans and bumping an umpire.

Papelbon made the gesture towards the Philadelphia fans as he walked off the mound after blowing a save on Sunday against the San Diego Padres and then bumped into umpire Joe West.

While Papelbon admits to bumping West, he says the vulgar motion was not intended towards the Phillies fans. Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he walked off the mound as he was booed by the fans.

“While I completely understand how the fans would perceive my gesture while being booed, it was not my intent whatsoever to insult the fans of Philadelphia,” Papelbon said. “If it was perceived in that manner, I sincerely apologize.”

West had a different take though. “The whole thing started because the fans booed him and he made an obscene gesture. He had no business doing that,” he said. “He’s got to be more professional than that. And that’s why he was ejected.”

Now in his third season with the Phillies, Papelbon actually has a very good season for the last place club. He’s 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA with 37 saves.

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ESPN: RB Ingram Out at Least a Month with Broken Hand

ESPN: RB Ingram Out at Least a Month with Broken Hand

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss at least a month after breaking his hand during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports Ingram suffered the injury in the first half. Despite the injury, Ingram stayed in the game.

Ingram, 24, had been very productive to start the season. In two games he rushed for 143 yards on 24 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

The Saints (0-2) have a deep backfield that includes Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, who have both started games in the NFL.

The Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings (1-1) Sunday in New Orleans.

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Eagles Roar Back, Clip Colts at the Wire

Eagles Roar Back, Clip Colts at the Wire

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Trailing by seven with five minutes to play, Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles on two scoring drives, the second ending with Cody Parkey hitting a go-ahead field goal with time expiring, as the Eagles clip the Indianapolis Colts, 30-27, Monday night.

The Colts (0-2) never trailed until Parkey hit the game-winning kick. Indianapolis went into halftime up 17-6 after Andrew Luck found tight end Jack Doyle for a two-yard touchdown. The Colts furthered their lead in the second half when Adam Vinatieri’s field goal made it 20-6 with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.

Despite the deficit the Eagles (2-0) never panicked, scoring on two touchdowns in less than two minutes to finish off the third tied 20-20.  The Colts answered back on their first drive of the fourth quarter when Luck threw his third touchdown of the game, a seven-yard pass to Ahmad Bradshaw, to go back up by seven.

The game stayed that way until the the 3:25 mark when Foles found Jeremy Maclin for a six-yard touchdown to tie it up. The Eagles defense made Indianapolis go four and out before Parkey hit the game-winning field goal.

“We felt we had some plays (in the first half), we just couldn’t make them,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “But we’re going to play 60 minutes and we played 60 minutes.”

Darren Sproles made seven catches for 152 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Andrew Luck lost two consecutive games for the first time since joining the NFL, despite throwing three touchdowns. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 30 (2-0) – Indianapolis Colts 27 (0-2)

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 5 (90-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-72)

Miami Marlins 6 (73-76) – New York Mets 5 (72-79)

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (73-78) – New York Yankees 0 (76-73)

Washington Nationals 4 (86-63) – Atlanta Braves 2 (75-75)

Chicago Cubs 1 (66-84) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (71-80)

Houston Astros 3 (67-83) – Cleveland Indians 1 (76-73)

San Diego Padres 1 (69-80) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (69-81)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (94-56) – Seattle Mariners 1 (80-69)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-88) – San Francisco Giants 2 (82-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 11 (86-64) – Colorado Rockies 3 (59-91)

Kansas City Royals 4 (82-67) – Chicago White Sox 3 (68-82)

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Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Adrian Peterson said Monday that he wants the public to “understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”

Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who was deactivated for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after being charged with child abuse for allegedly disciplining his son with a switch, made his first public statement on the issue Monday.

“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” he said in a statement released through his agent and posted on social media Monday.

“I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son,” Peterson said.

The incident occurred at his home in Texas this May but was not known publicly until Friday, when he was indicted. He allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a thin branch, and the incident was reported by a doctor who was concerned about how much the boy was bleeding.

“I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen,” Peterson said in the statement. “I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”

Peterson has never spoken publicly about the ways in which he was disciplined as a child, but alluded to having received similar punishments as a child. He said in his statement, “I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man.”

The Vikings deactivated the star running back for last week’s game but announced Monday that he will be reinstated this week. His next hearing is on Wednesday and he has not yet entered a plea.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team met with Peterson and his lawyers several times before allowing him to return to the team this week.

“This is a difficult path to navigate…on how a parent disciplines their child,” Spielman said. He added, “We believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out.”

Spielman declined to say whether Peterson’s actions were child abuse. 

“We must defer to the legal system to determine if he went too far, but we cannot make that judgment,” he said.

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Tiger Woods Says He’s Feeling Better

Tiger Woods Says He’s Feeling Better

James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(WINDEMERE, FLA.) — Tiger Woods says his strength has returned but he has yet to hit a golf ball after being sidelined for five weeks.

The 14-time major champion hasn’t played a round of golf since missing the cut at the PGA Championship on August 8. He withdrew from consideration to play on the U.S. team in this month’s Ryder Cup tournament after doctors and trainers advised him that his back muscles needed to be rehabilitated and need to heal.

Woods is also still in search of a new swing coach, after he parted ways with Sean Foley. He is planning to return to the links on December 4 for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — As the NFL continues to dominate the headlines for the wrong reasons, Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones says that the owners are standing behind their maligned commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Goodell has been …

Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely to Miss His Next Start, Return Unknown

Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely to Miss His Next Start, Return Unknown

Matt King/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — With the Los Angeles Dodgers right in the middle of the stretch run of the regular season, they’ll be without starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for at least one start as he is dealing with left shoulder irritation.

Reds Starting Pitcher Mat Latos Likely Out Rest of the Season

Reds Starting Pitcher Mat Latos Likely Out Rest of the Season

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos’ injury-plagued season is over. The team is shutting him down so he can get fully healthy and can start preparing for next season.
Latos was scheduled to start on Friday…

Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Nick Laham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The debut of the new Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, went perfectly for three quarters. However, the Chicago Bears scored 21 points in the fourth to erase a 13-point deficit and beat the Niners 28-20 on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions, and added a fumble, in the final period while Jay Cutler tossed three touchdowns to help Chicago (1-1) make the comeback on the road. San Francisco (1-1) led 17-0 early in the second quarter, and upped that advantage to 20-7 after three.

Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Kaepernick twice in the fourth, giving the offense short fields to work with and plenty of time. His first interception, followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the 49ers quarterback, put the Bears on the San Francisco three yard line. 

Cutler then found tight end Martellus Bennett in the endzone, giving Chicago a 21-20 lead. About four minutes later, Fuller intercepted Kaepernick again which eventually led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Brandon Marshall. The wide out finished with three touchdowns on an ankle that was feared to keep him off the field.

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Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — The Washington Redskins (1-1) dominated Jacksonville, 41-10 on Sunday, but did it without starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. The third-year signal caller was carted off the field after suffering a dislocated ankle in the first quarter.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played admirably in relief, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars (0-2).

Griffin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, but could miss the remainder of the season.

“I’m just trying to stay in a good place,” said Griffin. “Our spirits are high. We’re always thinking positive. We’ll see what happens tomorrow and whatever information comes out, we’ll know what the timetable is from there.”

This marks the second time in his career that Griffin faces a potential season-ending injury. In 2012, Griffin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, forcing him to miss the final four games of the regular season. 

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Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MADRID) — Team USA dominated from the start and repeated as World Champion for the first time, defeating Serbia 129-92 in the FIBA World Cup gold medal game on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving was named Tournament MVP and scored 26 points in the final contest. Irving made all six of his three-point attempts, while the team went 15-for-30 from distance.

“Obviously we didn’t have a very close game all tournament, but for that to happen we had to play hard for 40 minutes and not relax and not give any inch while we were out there,” guard Stephen Curry said.

In total, the U.S. shot 58-percent from the floor in another blowout. The Americans dominated the tournament, posting an average margin of victory of 32.5 points per game. What made the performance more impressive is that it came without the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant. James Harden added 23 points for Team USA as eight different players scored in double figures.

Team USA has now won 63 consecutive games and qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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