EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Vikings less than a week after he was charged with child abuse for using a tree branch to spank his 4-year-old son. Peterson was benched for Sunday's game. The team calls this a "difficult path to navigate." By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts open their home season, facing a frenetic Philadelphia offense that can run any team off the field, and looking to rebound after a loss to Denver. The Eagles are making their first trip to Lucas Oil Stadium and will have to deal with Andrew Luck, who nearly got the Colts past the Broncos. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. With running copy.
LEAGUE IN CRISIS
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Three straight days off couldn't come at a better time for the Ravens, still caught in the Ray Rice firestorm. With the running back cut by the team and suspended by the NFL, Baltimore now prepares for the Cleveland Browns. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton's injury. Greg Hardy's domestic violence case and subsequent benching. The Panthers have faced plenty of issues in this young season. But there they are, 2-0 and with the Pittsburgh Steelers up next. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--NFL-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to NFL. SENT: 350 words.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels, with the best record in the majors, can become the first team to clinch a playoff spot by beating Seattle. Rookie Matt Shoemaker of Los Angeles goes for his 16th victory. He faces Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, who trail Kansas City by a game for the second AL wild card spot. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
WINDEMERE, Fla. — Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach, or even swing a club. He says his strength is back and he's on schedule to return in December. As for Rory McIlroy saying Woods and Phil Mickelson are on the "last few holes" of their careers? "I thought it was funny," he says. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa — South Africa's Olympic body says Oscar Pistorius is free to compete, even after his conviction for culpable homicide — provided such action doesn't violate the judge's ruling. Sentencing is next month. Pistorius faces years in prison, although he could receive no jail time. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 450 words, photos.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BACKUP QBS
The backup quarterback is always popular with fans — until he has to play. On Sunday, though, three backups, including a third-stringer, won games for their teams. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Both knew they had to be perfect to have a chance to make it out of the first round. They weren't, and now both Chase rookies are in danger of being eliminated. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden is optimistic Robert Griffin III will return this season. Gruden says an MRI shows no broken bones in Griffin's left ankle and the quarterback will be in a cast for a few weeks. By Joseph White. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
RENTON, Wash. — In the sweltering heat of San Diego, the Super Bowl champion Seahawks wilted because they couldn't get off the field on defense and control possession on offense. Now at 1-1, here comes the hoopla of this week's Super Bowl rematch with Denver. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
BEREA, Ohio — Rookie coach Mike Pettine already has had more than his share of challenges: injuries to key players; a quarterback controversy; Johnny Manziel's antics; Josh Gordon's suspension. Pettine has handled it all. The Browns' home-opening win over New Orleans underlined his leadership. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
— FBN--STUNNED 49ERS. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--RUNNING COWBOYS. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--COMEBACK CARDINALS. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BILLS-UNBEATEN. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--SLUMPING SAINTS. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, by 5 p.m.
— FBN--CHARGERS-MATHEWS. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
MADRID — It was only a decade ago when U.S. basketball was perhaps at its low point. Now the Americans are the world's best and could be even better in the 2016 Olympics, but coach Mike Krzyzewski intends to keep preparing as if they could lose. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— BKL--CANADA-US. U.S., Canada play exhibition game in Bridgeport, Conn., leading to women's world championships. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-LAUNCHING POINT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 1 Florida State used a lopsided victory over Clemson to propel itself to the national championship in 2013. Now, a strong showing against the No. 22 Tigers could answer some questions about an FSU team that has not been nearly as dominant as last year. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — Cameron Artis-Payne wants to prove he's got speed and Corey Grant's eager to prove he has power. The two Auburn tailbacks are complementing each other nicely and helping the Tigers' running game keep pace despite losing Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Tommy Armstrong has had more than 300 yards of total offense in each of Nebraska's three games, and he's thrown seven touchdown passes against one interception. His biggest test so far this season comes when Miami visits this week. By Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-ALABAMA'S OTHER PLAYMAKERS. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25--OKLAHOMA-ROAD TRIP. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — It should come as no surprise that Mike Matheny is a leading proponent of player safety for big leaguers. Just like Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals manager was struck in the face by a pitch in 1998, and concussions ended his playing career. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
LONDON — British troops, which helped topple the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks, are preparing to end their combat role and leave Afghanistan by the end of the year. Now, balls are replacing bullets, with Britain looking to share its soccer expertise with Afghanistan in an effort to foster national unity. By Rob Harris. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— TEN--PAN PACIFIC OPEN. U.S. teenager Madison Keys loses to Lucie Safarova in first round of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— TEN--KOREA OPEN. Varvara Lepchenko of U.S. reaches second round of Korea Open in Seoul. SENT: 130 words.
— TEN--GUANGZHOU. Roberto Vinci upset in first round of Guangzhou Open in China. SENT: 100 words.
— TEN--MOSELLE OPEN. French wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu plays Benjamin Becker in first round of Open de Moselle in Metz, France. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 p.m.
— TEN--INDIA-SERBIA. Davis Cup World Group playoff between Serbia and India to be decided on Monday after rain stops decisive fifth match in Bangalore, India. SENT: 120 words.
— SOC--SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE-BECKHAM. Former England captain David Beckham urges voters in Scotland to vote against independence. SENT: 120 words.
— CYC--UCI-COLOMBIAN UNIFORMS. Cycling's ruling group says flesh-colored uniforms by a Colombian women's cycling team are "unacceptable by any standard of decency." SENT: 200 words.
— GLF--WENTWORTH SOLD. Wentworth Golf Club, one of Britain's most famous courses and headquarters of European Tour, sold to Chinese firm for $220 million. SENT: 120 words.
— WRE--YARYGIN ELECTED. Widow of Olympic wrestling champion Ivan Yarygin is first female vice president of sport's governing body. SENT: 140 words.
— BBO--Baseball Capsules.
Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Philadelphia at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.
Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.