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Adrian Peterson Out for Season With No Pay

Vikings running back can't be reinstated till April 2015, will appeal NFL decision

(Newser) - Just two days ago, Adrian Peterson complained about his paid leave from the Minnesota Vikings, but now he's got other worries: He's been suspended from the NFL without pay for the rest of the season, reports. The running back—who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless... More »

NFL's Peterson Avoids Jail in Child Abuse Case

Vikings star pleads no contest to misdemeanor

(Newser) - The NFL's Adrian Peterson struck a plea deal today that will keep him out of jail on child abuse charges , reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune . The Vikings star pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of reckless assault. He'll pay a fine of $4,000 and put in 80... More »

After 'Additional Thought,' Vikings Again Bench Peterson

Team bans star until child abuse charges resolved

(Newser) - The Minnesota Vikings have decided to ban star running back Adrian Peterson until the legal issues over him hitting his 4-year-old son with a stick have been resolved. The team—which decided to reinstate him on Monday —has now reversed course and placed him on the exempt-commissioner's permission... More »

Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'

No charges after allegations NFL star injured his 4-year-old in 2013

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson was accused of beating and injuring another of his sons to discipline him last June, but the football star was never charged in the alleged incident, according to reports. KHOU has obtained text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother—a different woman from the mother involved... More »

Peterson to Play Sunday Despite Abuse Charges

Vikings running back is reinstated by Vikings, says he's 'not a perfect parent'

(Newser) - The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence allegations, most notably in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, but Peterson will play Sunday against the Saints after being reinstated by the Vikings today, the AP reports. As debate rages on about what punishment should be doled out to the... More »

It's 'Perfectly Legal' to Beat Your Kids

Mark Joseph Stern on why Adrian Peterson probably won't go to jail

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse , then quickly reinstated , and don't expect him to go to prison, writes Mark Joseph Stern on Slate , because "in much of the United States, beating your own children—even to the point of bodily harm—is perfectly legal." Corporal... More »

Panthers Abruptly Bench Star in Domestic Violence Case

Greg Hardy deactivated this morning, was convicted in July

(Newser) - Greg Hardy is the Carolina Panthers' franchise player, a Pro Bowl defensive end who will make $13.1 million this season. He will also sit out today's home opener after the Panthers abruptly reversed course and deactivated him this morning, reports ESPN . The reason? Hardy was convicted in July... More »

NFL Star Adrian Peterson Accused of Child Abuse

Vikings player indicted for 'injury to a child'; he calls it a spanking

(Newser) - More trouble for the NFL. Star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on child abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son, reports MyFox Houston . In a statement, the player's attorney says the incident involves Peterson "using a switch to spank his son" and says... More »

Columnist Rips Adrian Peterson for Son's Murder

Phil Mushnick's column quite controversial, to say the least

(Newser) - Days after the death of Adrian Peterson's toddler son , a New York Post columnist is taking Peterson to task. Phil Mushnick is upset, first of all, that Peterson said he was ready to play football hours after the boy's death, rather than being incapacitated by grief. Secondly, Mushnick... More »

Cops: 2-Year-Old Son of NFL's Adrian Peterson Killed in Assault

Boyfriend of boy's mother is suspected

(Newser) - The 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson has died after the mother's new boyfriend allegedly attacked him, TMZ reports. It all started when the boyfriend—Joseph Patterson, 27—called 911 from an apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to report a choking, the Pioneer Press reports. Emergency... More »

30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

(Newser) - The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle... More »

Most Underpaid Athletes

Even LeBron James makes the list—relatively speaking, of course

(Newser) - If you set aside the fact that even the minimum-earning NBA player ($457,558) is still in the top 1% of American earners, you can appreciate that some sports standouts are relatively underpaid. Yahoo! Sports lists some of the biggies:
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Redskins Beat Vikings, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Defense dominates Minnesota's running game

(Newser) - With the final NFC playoff spot on the line, Washington overpowered Minnesota 32-21 last night, the Washington Post reports. Now, with a win next week against Dallas, or if the Vikings and Saints both lose, the Redskins earn a berth. The Vikings merely needed to win this game, but were... More »

Vikings Burst Past Bears

Minnesota secures 20-13 win and potential playoff spot

(Newser) - The Vikings came back from 10 behind last night to lock up a 20-13 triumph over the Bears and tally their fifth consecutive victory. This improbable streak for Minnesota, nearly marred by quarterback Tavaris Jackson's four turnovers, places them in contention for the NFC wild-card slot. Adrian Peterson's resurgence in... More »

Philly's Feeley Throws 4 INTs in Seattle Loss

Elsewhere, Minnesota rips Detroit, Carolina crushes San Fran

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Eagles, missing starting QB Donovan McNabb, nearly pulled off a dramatic comeback today after a 64-yard punt return by do-it-all running back Brian Westbrook. But Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu intercepted A.J. Feeley for the third time with seconds to go in the game sealing a 28-24 victory... More »

Chicago Keeps Hope Alive

Hester (two return TDs), Gould key Bears comeback in 37-34 OT win

(Newser) - In what may have been a season-saver, the Bears calmly overcame a fourth-quarter 14-point deficit, winning on an overtime field goal by a gimlet-eyed Robbie Gould. All-world return specialist Devin Hester had two long second-half touchdowns; frequent Chicago goat Rex Grossman was sharp on the last two scoring drives. More »

With Peyton Watching, Eli, Giants Bomb

Younger Manning throws four INTs in blowout loss to Vikings

(Newser) - It was deja vu for Eli Manning today, who provided Minnesota all the offense it needed, throwing four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. The four picks in the 41-17 Giants loss tied his career high, set against these same Vikings just two seasons ago. Meanwhile, opposing quarterback... More »

Peterson Sets Rush Record

Viking rookie's 296 yards is new NFL single-game mark

(Newser) - Move aside, Jamal Lewis, there's a new holder of the single-game rushing record, and he's a rookie. In a spectacular performance, Adrian Peterson ran over, around, and through the San Diego Charger defense on the way to 296 yards in only his 8th pro game, one yard better than the... More »

Peterson Broils Bears 34-31

Rookie's 361 yards, 3 TDs lead Minnesota to last-minute road victory over Chicago

(Newser) - Minnesota halfback Adrian Peterson made a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors, racking up 361 all-purpose yards—3rd most in history—in a 34-31 win. Against a misfiring Chicago defense, the Oklahoma product rumbled for three long touchdowns, then rattled off a 53-yard kickoff return to set up... More »

Falcons In Dog House Sans Vick

New QB takes 6 sacks in loss as Vikings rookie tears up the turf

(Newser) - With Vick in the doghouse, the Falcon’s new QB tossed 2 INT's and took 6 sacks in a 24-3 rout to Minnesota. Replacement Joey Harrington went 23-for-32 and notched 199 yards, but both errant throws were returned for TDs, the AP reports. And Warrick Dunn's spikes couldn't tear up... More »

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