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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 …

Sox Are Royal Pains Again

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Boston slugger David Ortiz left the ballpark early due to what Red Sox manager John Farrell called a family emergency. “He got called away from this game,” Farrell said. “There was a family emergency …

Keselowski Fires First Chase Salvo

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joliet, Ill. — Brad Keselowski saw one shot in front of him to steal the win in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He had twice picked his way through the field Sunday …

Americans Win World Title in Convincing Fashion

Monday, September 15, 2014

Madrid — With golden confetti raining on their heads and Party in the U.S.A. ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the United States’ basketball players to hear anything. Doesn’t matter. They had stopped listening …

Horschel’s Run Ends With Cup

Monday, September 15, 2014

Atlanta — Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career with the biggest payoff in golf. Horschel pulled away from a self-destructing Rory McIlroy early, and then holed two clutch putts that felt like $10 million to hold off Jim Furyk on the back nine …

Man Utd. Signings Pay Off in Rout

Monday, September 15, 2014

London — Strengthened by its expensive new signings, Manchester United defeated Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, 4-0, to suggest that the English Premier League’s biggest club might be getting back to its best. To the backdrop of fans …

Mayweather May Have Finally Boxed Himself Into a Bout With Pacquiao

Monday, September 15, 2014

Las Vegas — Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have boxed himself into a corner by outboxing Marcos Maidana in their rematch. And it might open the door — if just a crack — for the fight with Manny Pacquiao that boxing fans have been craving for years. “If the …

Tigers Extend AL Central Lead

Monday, September 15, 2014

Detroit — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers reopened a 1 1/2-game AL Central lead by beating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Kinsler’s homer off …

Skins Beat Jacksonville, Lose Griffin III

Monday, September 15, 2014

Landover, Md. — Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle and DeSean Jackson sprained his left shoulder in the first quarter, then Kirk Cousins stepped in. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and a pair …

Sure, There Are Sharks in the Water - But They’re Not Interested In You

Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Collins Doughtie The Island Packet Shark! It always amazes me how that one little word freaks out so many people. So many times when I am out fishing with folks and it’s 95 degrees, I suggest a quick dip, but oh no, their answer is always the …

Pats Face What Might Have Been

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Minneapolis — There’s not much to regret for the New England Patriots over the last decade-plus. They’ve been by most accounts the NFL’s most successful franchise during that time. Even if there is a legitimate second guess or two, well, they’d hardly admit to one. Playing the Minnesota …