Peterson denies contract problemsSpeculation that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson stayed away from a three-day minicamp in June because he isn't happy with his contract isn't true, the former Oklahoma star said. Asked by an NFL Network reporter if the rumors about him being unhappy with his contract could be put to rest, Peterson said, "You can put them to rest.” That was the only question Peterson was asked about his contract by the interviewer. Peterson will make at least around $7 million this season and then between $11 million and $13 million in 2011, depending on how many escalator clauses he reaches. In the interview, Peterson also continued to voice optimism that Brett Favre will return as quarterback.
Mayweather quiet on fightFloyd Mayweather Jr. allowed a deadline for striking a deal on a superfight with Manny Pacquiao to pass without saying anything. Mayweather indicated that his stance wouldn't be changing anytime soon. Appearing in Miami at a charity basketball game hosted by close friend Dwyane Wade, Mayweather said he didn't want to talk about Pacquiao. "I'm not interested in rushing to do anything,” Mayweather said. "I'm not really thinking about boxing right now,” Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, had set Saturday as a dealine for a deal to be completed matching boxing's biggest stars in a megafight. Arum has been trying to put the match together for months without success. Arum said Saturday that Pacquiao plans to fight Nov. 13 and that if it's not Mayweather, it will be someone else.
Power rolls to 2nd straight winWill Power won the Honda Indy Toronto for his second straight victory and fourth of the season, passing Justin Wilson off a restart with 14 laps left and holding off Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti. Power, who won two weeks ago at Watkins Glen, increased his IndyCar series points lead to 42 over Dario Franchitti, who finished second Sunday, 1.2757 seconds behind Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay was third, followed by Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal and Danica Patrick.
Marshall player kicked off teamMarshall University defensive back DeQuan Bembry was dismissed form the school's football team, some three months after his arrest outside a West Virginia bar. Coach Doc Holliday announced Bembry's dismissal in a news release. The one-line statement said Holliday was "very disappointed in DeQuan.” Bembry was charged with assault on a police officer and underage consumption in April when police went to a Huntington bar to break up a fight.
Bettencourt gets 1st PGA Tour winMatt Bettencourt chipped in for an eagle on the 11th hole, then held off Bob Heintz by a stroke to win for the first time on the PGA Tour. Bettencourt capped his 4-under 68 with a bogey on No. 18 after a birdie on 17, finishing the Reno-Tahoe Open at 11-under 277. After his eagle on the par-5 11th, he played the final seven holes in 1 over par. Heintz missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 18 that would have forced a playoff. John Merrick and Mathias Gronberg each shot 69 and tied for third at 9-under.
Tolliver wins celeb tourneyBilly Joe Tolliver won his third title at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Stateline, Nev., setting a record with 84 points in the modified Stableford system at the celebrity tournament. The former NFL quarterback eagled the last hole at Edgewood Tahoe and had two birdies in his final round. Tolliver finished 19 points ahead of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and actor Jack Wagner. Charles Barkley finished last for the fifth straight year.
Semenya wins easily againCaster Semenya resumed her low-key return to competition, winning a second straight 800-meter race in a time far slower than her world title run last August. The South African cruised to victory in 2 minutes, 2.41 seconds at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland, in her second race since was cleared to continue competing as a woman. Semenya, who didn't compete for 11 months while she underwent gender testing, set the 800 world record of 1:55.45 last year at the World Championships in Berlin. FROM WIRE REPORTS
Peterson denies contract problems