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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

Commentary: Vikings Deserve Scorn Despite Peterson Reversal

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Vikings don’t deserve blind praise for correcting a wrong. Ultimately, they got it right, but the course they took to reach this point never made sense. Let’s not forget their initial intentions amid news that the Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, which will keep him away from the team until his legal case is resolved. …

NFL Roundup: Another Player Arrested, Charged

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Phoenix — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. Dwyer has been …

Pats’ Brady Sticks To Tried-and-True

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman and Gronkowski. Of his 78 passes, 32 were aimed at them. “I’ve got to do a better job finding the other guys because it’s a …

‘I Am ... Not a Child Abuser’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Adrian Peterson was back in the building Monday, reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings less than 24 hours after a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots without their star running back. But Peterson, who is facing a felony charge in Texas of injuring one of his children, was …

Patriots Still Have Work to Do

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn …

Cards’ Matheny Can Relate to Stanton Injury

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

St. Louis — It should come as no surprise that Mike Matheny is a leading proponent of player safety, from the big leagues all the way down to T-ball. Just like Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals manager was struck in the face by a pitch and felt …

‘The Field’ Not Satisfied as Chase Underdogs

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship. They knew it, too, when they arrived in Chicago and for the first …

Pistorius Free to Compete Pending Sentence

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stellenbosch, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again, as long as his running doesn’t go against the ruling of the judge. Pistorius, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the negligent killing of his girlfriend, could compete …

Backups to the Forefront

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fans often make the backup quarterback the most popular player on a team — until he has to play. Then they see the warts and wobbly passes and wonky decisions that made him a backup in the first …

Radisson Chain Suspends Ads Over Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Minnetonka, Minnesota — The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas. In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson, part of the family owned hospitality and travel company Carlson, said it “takes this …

O’s, Nats Nearing Clinch

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baltimore — The Baltimore Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night. Baltimore can …

Patriots’ Pieces in Place: New England Rebounds, Routs Vikes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minneapolis — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the …

NFL’s All Shock And No Awe

Monday, September 15, 2014

I miss reading about athletes taking steroids. I miss reading about athletes smoking marijuana. I miss minor vices decorating the sports page like parsley on steak. The past week in sports has made me want to dive headfirst from a tall building into a small bottle of hand …