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Vikings Reverse Course, Suspend Peterson Amid Charges

September 17th, 2014
(AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child...

FIBA Rules Players Can Wear Religious Headgear

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September 17th, 2014
(Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is a former Springfield basketball stand-out, who chose not to pursue a professional basketball career due to FIBA’s rule on headscarfs during games.) (AP) -- International basketball's governing body said Tuesday that...

Morton, Staff Hold Red Sox Scoreless in 4-0 Pirates Win

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Morton had no expectations when he took the mound in a major league game for the first time in a month. However, the Pittsburgh right-hander exceeded his manager's expectations as he came...

Union Appeals Rice’s Indefinite Suspension by NFL

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September 16th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) BALTIMORE, MD (AP) -- The NFL players' union has appealed the league's indefinite suspension of Ray Rice. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he...

Anheuser-Busch ‘Disappointed’ in NFL

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September 16th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) (AP) -- Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. The beer giant issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was "disappointed and...

CBS: Rihanna Out of NFL Telecast

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network...

Grand Jury to Weigh Case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) -- A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney...

Amusement Park Won’t Rename Coaster ‘King James’

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation instead of renaming a roller coaster for the basketball superstar. The Sandusky park had vowed to rename...

Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Lewd Gesture, Bumping Umpire

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr) SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire. Papelbon said in a statement...

Local Players Strive to “Do Better” than NFL Role Models

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September 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- The NFL and it's players seem to be in the spot light lately more off the field than on it. Between the Aaron Hernandez homicide trials, Ray Rice beating his wife and the most recent incident with Adrian Peterson...

Adrian Peterson ‘Sorry’ for Hurting Child

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September 15th, 2014
(AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File) EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse and says he is "sorry about the hurt I have brought to my child." Peterson issued his statement on Monday a...

Banners Fly Over NFL Stadiums Calling for Goodell’s Resignation

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September 15th, 2014
(A banner flies over FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, one of three displayed over NFL stadiums on Sunday calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step down.) CLEVELAND, Ohio (WGGB) -- Sunday brought one of the worst weeks in NFL history to...

Brady, Patriots bounce back to beat Vikings 30-7

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September 14th, 2014
(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WGGB) -- The Minnesota Vikings got off to a fast start against the New England Patriots, who came into the game hoping to avoid their first 0-2 start since the Drew Bledsoe era. The Patriots,...

Panthers Sit DE Greg Hardy after Domestic Abuse Conviction

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September 14th, 2014
(AP Photo) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a change of heart Sunday, benching defensive end Greg Hardy before the team's 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions. Rivera defended his late decision to make Hardy inactive by...

Greg Norman Injured by Chainsaw

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September 14th, 2014
ESPN Photo ESPN -- Golfing legend Greg Norman injured his left hand with a chainsaw, according to a post on his Instagram feed. "Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected," Norman said in the caption to a photo of the...