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FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo,Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, stretches during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Vikings have reversed course and placed star  Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, the team announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

After making ‘mistake,’ Vikings bench RB Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a […]

09/17/2014

The Anheuser-Busch St. Louis brewery. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

Anheuser-Busch, Visa voice NFL disapproval

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League’s recent actions but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with […]

09/16/2014

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) yells at teammate Julius Thomas during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

AP Pro32-Power Rankings

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 16, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point […]

09/16/2014

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

DA: Josh Gordon gets probation in DWI case in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina. Acting Wake […]

09/16/2014

FILE - This April 25, 2014 file photo shows singer Rihanna watching Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors in New York. CBS said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts _ after the singer issued a profane tweet about it. A portion of Jay-Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna was cut out of last Thursday's game because the network was covering the controversy over Rice's assault of his then-fiancee. CBS had planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted her objections. CBS issued a statement saying that it was "moving in a different direction" with different theme music. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network said Tuesday it was permanently […]

09/16/2014

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens football player  Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Banter by two "Fox & Friends" hosts about video showing Rice hitting his then future wife is under fire. The hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocey, made their on-air comments Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, while discussing newly released elevator video showing Rice hitting Janay Palmer in February. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice entered after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases — but whether that means […]

09/16/2014

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr runs with the ball in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

Raiders embarrassed after 0-2 start

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — After an offseason overhaul that brought on board veteran players with playoff pedigrees, the Oakland Raiders were optimistic for a turnaround after back-to-back four-win seasons. After just two games, that optimism […]

09/15/2014

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, walks off the field with Justin Forsett before addressing the media at a news conference after NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Union expects to file Rice appeal Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — The players’ union on Tuesday plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week. NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press on Monday […]

09/15/2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is attended to on the sideline after injuring his left ankle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

No respite for NFL as injuries strike

Actual football games were supposed to provide some respite for the NFL from off-field headlines created by Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and drug policies. Instead, there was a rash of injuries to stars grabbing attention. […]

09/15/2014

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos in East Rutherford, N.J.  A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL employee five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn't see the violent images until they were published this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number confirming the video arrived on April 9. A female voice expresses thanks for providing the video and says: "You're right. It's terrible." Goodell sent a memo on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, to the 32 teams reiterating that the NFL never saw the video until Monday, Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Domestic violence experts added as NFL advisers

NEW YORK (AP) — Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will […]

09/15/2014

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