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Nov 13, 2014

NBA commissioner takes issue with union chief over salary cap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday he “couldn’t disagree more” with remarks made by the head of the players union that the league’s salary cap is unjust and un-American.

Silver also bristled at National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts’ indication that she plans to ask for much more than the current 50-50 split of basketball-related income in the next contract with the league.

Nov 11, 2014

Hopkins says not ready to hang up gloves

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Bernard Hopkins will return to the ring despite suffering a crushing defeat over the weekend to Russian Sergey Kovalev, the 49-year-old former champion told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hopkins, who failed to win a round on any of the three judges’ scorecards in the light-heavyweight title unification bout, ended speculation of his retirement by saying he will fight “one more time.”

Nov 10, 2014

Union calls for immediate reinstatement of NFL’s Peterson

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NFL players union on Monday asked the National Football League to immediately reinstate Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who pleaded guilty last week in a child abuse case involving his son.

A statement by the NFL Players Association said an agreement with the league in September called for Peterson to be removed from the commissioner’s exempt list once his case was settled.

Nov 10, 2014

No domestic abuse charges to be filed against NFL’s McDonald

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald will not be charged with assaulting his pregnant fiancée, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

The decision ends a nearly 10-week investigation of the eight-year National Football League veteran by San Jose police detectives and prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office.

Nov 9, 2014

U.S. jockey Rosie Napravnik leaves the Sport of Kings on top

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Rosie Napravnik’s soft features and affable nature belie her grit on the racetrack.

Over the last decade, Napravnik’s rivals never wanted to look over their shoulder in the stretch and see the jockey not-too-affectionately dubbed “the girl” bearing down on them.

Nov 7, 2014

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch investigated for domestic assault

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Star NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is being investigated on an allegation of domestic assault, police in the Delaware capital of Dover said on Friday.

Busch, 36, becomes the latest U.S. sports figure accused of domestic violence. He won the NASCAR championship in 2004 and has won 25 NASCAR races including one this year.

Nov 6, 2014

NFL hearing on ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice ends

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A two-day hearing in New York on former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s challenge to his indefinite suspension from the National Football League for punching his then-fiancee ended on Thursday.

Rice, a six-year NFL veteran, claims that he was suspended twice for the same offense, which would be a violation of labor laws.

Nov 6, 2014

NFL to review Adrian Peterson case for ‘potential discipline’

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The National Football League said on Thursday it would review for “potential discipline” Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, following his plea agreement on child abuse charges.

While it studies the case under its Personal Conduct Policy, the NFL said Peterson would remain on its Exempt List, meaning he will not play but receive his full $11.75 million salary.

Nov 5, 2014

NFL’s Adrian Peterson ready to return to the field, says lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Adrian Peterson is ready to return to the Minnesota Vikings following his plea deal on child abuse charges and it would be “just horrible” if the NFL compares his case to other instances of domestic violence, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday.

Peterson, a former NFL most valuable player, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless assault to resolve his felony child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son.

Nov 5, 2014

Ray Rice’s NFL appeal hearing begins in New York

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A two-day appeal hearing that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hopes will result in his immediate reinstatement to the National Football League began Wednesday in midtown Manhattan.

Rice arrived at the hearing at 9:15 a.m. holding hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, the woman he knocked out in a one-punch fight inside an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino elevator in February.