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  • Report: Adrian Peterson merchandise pulled from Nike stores in Minnesota

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Nike has made a bold statement against the recent charges against Adrian Peterson. Nike stores in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) have reportedly pulled all Peterson merchandise from their shelves. Peterson is facing charges of child abuse after using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

  • Texas DT Tank Jackson apologizes for coin-flip mistake against UCLA

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Texas defensive tackle Desmond "Tank" Jackson took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake during the coin toss against UCLA on Saturday. The gaffe has received national attention following the Longhorns' 20-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Texas mistakenly ended up kicking off to UCLA to start the first and second halves. The Bruins won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, but Jackson made the mistake of telling game officials that the Longhorns wanted to kick off. He apologized with a series of Tweets Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typically, when a team wins a coin toss, they defer their option to kick or receive to the second half. The other team then (typically) chooses which end zone they want to defend to start the game. Instead of picking the end zone to defend ... Jackson picked to kick. Texas coach Charlie Strong made light of the situation Monday. “I just think the guys got overly excited,” Strong chuckled . “They (the referees) asked if they wanted to play defense and they said, ‘Yeah, let’s go play defense,’ not knowing we had the ball. “It’s a possession that we lost, but it’s done with.”

  • Gerald McCoy, Bucs unsure if he should play with broken hand

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had no wrap or cast on his broken left hand, but he and the Bucs still are weighing whether he should play Thursday at Atlanta and risk further injury. The short turnaround makes the decision more difficult for McCoy and the Bucs, coming off a game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. McCoy was injured trying to beat a double team on the Bucs' eighth defensive play. "It can always get worse," McCoy said Tuesday. "That's the risk of going out there Thursday...time is very short this week, so not having a full week to recover is definitely working against me but I'm a fighter."

  • OU football: Trevor Knight a 12-to-1 Heisman Trophy favorite in latest odds

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Trevor Knight is gaining steam in the Heisman Trophy race. On and off the field. In the latest Heisman Trophy odds update from @BovadaLV, the OU quarterback is getting 12/1 odds -- up from 20/1 last week. Knight is the highest-ranked Big 12 player on the list, with Baylor QB Bryce Petty close behind at 14/1. The top 10: Marcus Mariota, Oregon -- 11/2 Todd Gurley, Georgia -- 7/1 Kenny Hill, Texas A&M -- 15/2 Everett Golson, Notre Dame -- 10/1 Jameis Winston, Florida State -- 10/1 Trevor Knight, Oklahoma -- 12/1 Bryce Petty, Baylor -- 14/1 Nick Marshall, Auburn -- 16/1 Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska -- 20/1 Taysom Hill, BYU -- 20/1

  • 'Suspend Adrian Peterson' Minnesota governor says to Vikings

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The governor of Minnesota is calling on the Vikings to change course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Peterson — who admits that he whipped his son and caused cuts and bruises — should not be playing until he has gone through the legal process. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said. "Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.” Peterson  released a statement Monday in response to the charges of child abuse brought against him, saying "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." Peterson was ruled inactive for the Vikings' 30-7 Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots, but has been reinstated by the team for Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

  • OU football: Sterling Shepard added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    OU receiver Sterling Shepard was one of 12 players added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. Through three games, Shepard has been one of the top receivers in the Football Bowl Subdivision, ranking 14th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference in receiving yards (335). Shepard is coming off of back-to-back games of 100 or more receiving yards against Tulsa and Tennessee. Other receivers added to the Watch List: KD Cannon of Baylor and Kevin White of West Virginia, who are atop the Big 12 in receiving yards with 471 and 460 yards, respectively; Keevan Lucas of Tulsa (sixth nationally with 372 yards receiving).

  • Broncos fans' petition to ban Phil Simms gets 24,000 votes in 24 hours

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    At the time of our story Monday, less than 4,000 people had signed the petition. 24 hours later, the count is above 29,000, giving the petition over 1,000 signatures per hour. Various local Denver media outlets (except CBS, of course) as well as have stories on the petition.

  • Vikings message board shuts down, disgusted by both team and fans

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    When you've lost the fans, you've lost. And by that standard, the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble., a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. And oh, are there plenty of people to be disgusted at. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. But the proprietors of the message board also offered the following note, via SB Nation .

  • Whippings a part of Adrian Peterson's childhood

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    David Cummings and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still talk about the frequent whippings Peterson's father administered — and one whipping in particular. USA Today's Josh Peter writes about Peterson's upbringing and how he was disciplined in Palestine, Texas, a school district in which corporal punishment is still an option today. Cummings, a childhood friend of Peterson, says the discipline he and Peterson received as children was "normal."

  • Rihanna rips CBS for pulling 'Thursday Night Football' intro

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    When CBS pulled Rihanna’s intro to its inaugural broadcast of Thursday Night Football, it was generally accepted as a prudent, no-brainer move. Given the simmering Ray Rice controversy, beginning a broadcast with the frivolity of a pop song would have been tone-deaf. But there was at least one person who was unhappy with the decision: Rihanna. She tweeted Tuesday morning: "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? No, [expletive] you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."

  • Vikings Legend Reacts To Adrian Peterson Return: 'Surprise Surprise'

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Arguably the most recognizable player in Vikings franchise history, Fran Tarkenton had harsh words for his former team in a HuffPost Live conversation Monday, and for NFL owners in general. During the conversation, news broke that the Vikings will reinstate Adrian Peterson — who was arrested on child abuse charges over the weekend — for Sunday's game against the Saints. Peterson's arrest capped a tumultuous week for the NFL image-wise, maybe the worst in the league's history. To put it mildly, Tarkenton was not pleased with the decision to let Peterson play on Sunday.

  • Ray Rice appeal will include request that Goodell recuse himself from case

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    On Sunday, multiple sources told PFT (and eventually others) that Ray Rice would appeal his indefinite suspension on Monday.  On Monday, one source told PFT that the timetable had been delayed by a day. The source said that multiple factors influenced the decision to wait until the final day of the appeal period, including a decision to submit with the appeal a written request that Commissioner Roger Goodell relinquish his authority over the appeal of personal-conduct policy cases.

  • Radisson suspends its sponsorship from Vikings due to Adrian Peterson

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Anyone who tuned into the Vikings' press conference announcing their decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson, despite his indictment for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a switch, might have noticed that the Radisson hotel logo appeared on the banner that acted as a backdrop, says Yahoo Sports. It was hard to miss, considering it appeared all over the banner behind general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer as they spoke about deciding to let Peterson's case unfold in the legal system while he plays. Radisson must not have liked that look too much, because on Monday evening it announced it is suspending its sponsorship of the Vikings.

  • New accusations: Adrian Peterson injured another son while disciplining 4-year-old

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Photos and text messages obtained by KHOU in Houston, Tex. reveal another incident in which former Oklahoma standout Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the boy, the news station reports. The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case , in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child, KHOU reports.

  • OU football: Find yourself in the OU-Tennessee crowd with this hi-res stadium photo

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Were you at OU-Tennessee this weekend? Well, you can find and tag yourself in the crowd with the help of Blakeway's hi-res photo. Like OU's game against Notre Dame in 2013 , Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas took another hi-resolution image you can locate yourself in. Thee 26 billion pixel image shows in ridiculous detail the inside of Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Check it out here .

  • Report: Former Broken Arrow receiver Levi Copelin dismissed from Missouri football

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014, a site covering the University of Missouri, is reporting that receiver Levi Copelin has been dismissed from the football program. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel  did not elaborate on why Copelin was dismissed. Copelin, a redshirt sophomore from Broken Arrow, was suspended in July after failing an NCAA-administered drug test.

  • OU football: Alabama WR Amari Cooper says former Sooner Aaron Colvin is best defensive back he's faced

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Former OU defensive back Aaron Colvin received some lofty praise from Alabama's best receiver Monday. Junior wideout Amari Cooper said Colvin was the best defensive back he's faced in his time at Alabama. Cooper, who leads the nation in receptions (33) and is third in receiving yards (454), is widely projected as a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Colvin and Cooper had their lone meeting in OU's 45-31 Sugar Bowl win in January. Cooper had nine receptions for 121 yards, while Colvin had six tackles. Colvin, a fourth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 draft, is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered  during Senior Bowl practice in January.

  • Adrian Peterson issues statement regarding child abuse charges

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement Monday in regard to his recent charges of child abuse. After sitting out against the New England Patriots in Week 2, former OU running back  has been reinstated by the Vikings to play this week against the New Orleans Saints.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant pays homage to Allen Iverson on Instagram

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Kevin Durant posted a photo of himself and future NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson on his Instagram Monday . The message? Iverson -- reffered to as "Chuck" in Durant's post (FYI, " Bubba Chuck " is one of Iverson's nicknames) -- changed the game. "Chuck too real. He changed the way we play ball," Durant said. "He changed the culture of ball. He is pound for pound the best. He paved the way. I can go on and on. But he's a legend and I'm just walking the path he created." In a November interview with , Iverson said that in 20-30 years, everyone will be talking about Durant as one of the all-time greats."

  • OU football: Brian Bosworth ESPN '30 for 30' documentary coming soon

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The Boz is getting the 30 for 30 treatment. Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth is the focus of the latest in ESPN's award-winning documentary series. His documentary, "Brian and the Boz," will air Oct. 28. The documentary was directed by Thaddeus D. Matula, who also directed "Pony Excess," a 30 for 30 film that told the story of the 1980s SMU Mustangs football program. From ESPN: "In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both outsized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories, including a national championship, as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But Bosworth's alter ego -- "The Boz" -- was taking over. Eventually, he went on a downward spiral and became known as an NFL bust. In "Brian and The Boz," the dual identities of Brian Bosworth are examined as he looks back on his life and passes on the lessons he's learned to his son."