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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.