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League, players agree to HGH testing

New York (AFP) - The NFL and the NFL Players Association announced Wednesday they have agreed to a revised anti-doping policy that includes testing for human growth hormone.

Peterson won't rejoin Vikings until abuse case resolved

Minneapolis (AFP) - Adrian Peterson won't rejoin the Minnesota Vikings until the child abuse charge he faces is resolved, the NFL team's owners said Wednesday, admitting their first decision to let him play was wrong.

League and players' union agree on revised drug policy

(Reuters) - The National Football League and the union representing its players have agreed to a revised drug policy that includes HGH testing starting this season, the two sides said on Wednesday. The formal agreement, which should see HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing begin by the end of the month, comes nearly a week after the players' union agreed to terms for a new policy following a vote

Florida State University benches quarterback Jameis Winston half a game

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University benched Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston on Wednesday for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after reports he shouted obscenities in the student union plaza. Winston jumped atop a table in the student union courtyard on Tuesday and shouted an obscene phrase sexual in nature and disparaging to

NFL's Vikings say they erred in light Peterson punishment

By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings "made a mistake" in not initially suspending star player Adrian Peterson until his child-abuse case is resolved, the team's owners said on Wednesday, as sporting goods maker Nike halted its contract with the All-Pro running back. The Vikings' apology is the latest mea culpa to come from the NFL as the powerful sports league grapples with a spate o

Royal and Ancient golf club set for historic vote on women members

London (AFP) - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews announced on Wednesday that prominent figures from women's golf will be allowed to join if it votes to accept female members.

Nike suspends contract with NFL athlete Adrian Peterson

(Reuters) - Nike Inc said it had suspended its contract with National Football League athlete Adrian Peterson over allegations of child abuse. "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and we have shared our concerns with the NFL," the company said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. The Minnesota Vikings NFL team, of which Peterson is a part of, suspended the star

Europe will embrace favorites tag, says captain McGinley

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his proud team will embrace being the favorites when the 40th edition gets underway at Gleneagles next week after overturning years of United States dominance. "As much as we are favorites, we're proud of it and embrace it," the Irishman told Sky Sports. "We're under no illusions the task ahead of us is strong and we're going to have

American football back in London with extra game

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base and lay the foundations for a team in the British capital. The Oakland Raiders face the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 28 and the home of English soccer will stage a further two NFL clashes over the autumn. The NFL has been playin

Vikings change mind, suspend Adrian Peterson

Sep 17 (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt list, suspending him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved, the franchise said on Wednesday. The Vikings, who initially reactivated Peterson for week three of the NFL, had a change of heart after reconsidering their position in the domestic violence scandal. "After g

Rice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension for knocking out wife

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the National Football League on Tuesday for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career. Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are un

Orioles, Nats clinch Major League Baseball division titles

Baltimore (AFP) - After 17 years, the Baltimore Orioles are back on top of Major League Baseball's American League East division.

NFL players union appeals Rice assault suspension

New York (AFP) - The NFL Players Union appealed the indefinite suspension meted out to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video showed him punching his fiancee.

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

By Steve Ginsburg and Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL's official beer sponsor the first major advertiser to put pressure on America's most popular sports league. In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and NFL official beer Bu

Yankees' Tanaka tentatively set to return Sunday

Tampa (AFP) - Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled make his first major league start in more than two months on Sunday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

NBA's Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine : court records

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida driver's license of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show, but the team said on Tuesday he was playing basketball in Texas the day of the alleged infraction. According to the court records, Howard's license had been suspended since at least Aug. 15 fo

Rihanna, CBS bench opening number for Thursday football

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Rihanna's record label on Tuesday said it has refused to license a song to CBS for its "Thursday Night Football" program after the TV network chose not to use the song in its season opener because it was focused on the NFL's domestic violence scandal. The Roc Nation label made its announcement after Rihanna, who was assaulted by singer and then-b

Sponsors nervy as league struggles with violence

Los Angeles (AFP) - The National Football League faced a backlash from sponsors on Tuesday as it battled to stem negative headlines from a string of violent off-field incidents involving star players.

NBA's Dwight Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The driver's license of Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard has been suspended in Florida for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show. Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area. He also has on his Orlando court

Native Americans ramp up pressure on NFL over Redskins name

Washington (AFP) - The beleaguered National Football League (NFL) came under renewed pressure Tuesday from Native Americans to force the Washington Redskins to change its name.

Anheuser-Busch 'not yet satisfied' with NFL on Rice case

By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that the company was not satisfied with the NFL's handling of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice's domestic violence case. "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season," said the company, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, in a statement. "We are not yet

McIlroy claims PGA of America's player of year honors

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy won recognition for his stellar campaign on Tuesday when he was named winner of the 2013-14 PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. For the 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, it marked the second time in three seasons that he has captured both awards. McIlroy w

Minnesota governor says Vikings' Peterson should be sidelined

By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team's decision to reactivate the NFL player. Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The in

Golf-McIlroy claims PGA of America's player of year honours

Sept 16 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy won recognition for his stellar campaign on Tuesday when he was named winner of the 2013-14 PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. For the 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, it marked the second time in three seasons that he has captured both awards. ...

Minnesota governor says Peterson shouldn't play

Washington (AFP) - Minnesota governor Mark Dayton Tuesday added his voice to calls for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be suspended over charges of child abuse.

Spain coach Orenga steps down after World Cup flop

MADRID (Reuters) - Juan Antonio Orenga has stepped down as Spain's basketball coach following last week's surprise loss to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, the national federation (FEB) said on Tuesday. Orenga, who took over from Italian Sergio Scariolo in November 2012, was widely blamed for Spain's failure and some of the local fans attending Sunday's final in Madrid, in which Unit

R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday's ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club? True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfi

NFL's Vikings reinstate Peterson after child abuse charge

By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Adrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Peterson was held out of the Vikings' game on Sunday, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots, following his indictment last week in Texas for negligent injury to his 4-yea

Foles rallies Eagles to beat Colts in Indianapolis

(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles rallied for a second successive week to record a 30-27 victory with a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. The Eagles trailed 20-6 in the third quarter and were down 27-20 late in the fourth before Parkey's 36-yard field goal as time expired. Philadelphia enjoyed a similar fightback last week when they overcame a 17-

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