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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.

Nov 5, 2014

Suspended NFLer Ray Rice due to make case for return to the field

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is due to begin making his case on Wednesday to return to the field after the National Football League indefinitely suspended him from the game for claims of domestic violence.

Rice, 27, claims that he was punished twice for the same offense, a one-punch knockout of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer during a February altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.

Nov 3, 2014

California Chrome to race as a four-year-old, owner says

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion who finished third in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, will race as a 4-year-old and forego, at least for now, a lucrative career at stud, owner Steve Coburn told Reuters on Monday.

Coburn, who co-owns the horse with Perry Martin, said he would choose the races California Chrome will run in 2015 very carefully.

Nov 2, 2014

Hall of Famer DeLamielleure takes on NFL for damage done long ago

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – During a 13-year NFL career,
offensive tackle Joe DeLamielleure provided the resistance that
allowed great running backs like O.J. Simpson to glide toward
the end zone.

Today at 63, the Hall of Famer is blocking in a different
way, and with uncertain results.

Oct 28, 2014

More international players than ever before, league says

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The number of international players in the National Basketball Association has increased 10 percent from one year ago, the league said on Monday.

A record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories are on opening night rosters, easily eclipsing last season’s total of 92 players, according to the NBA.

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Oct 24 (Reuters) – A federal judge issued a temporary
restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would
have allowed legal betting on sporting events.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in
court and planned to issue a written order later in the day,
according to his chambers.

Oct 23, 2014

NFL says it’s ‘on track’ in 15-year plan to field London team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League is “exactly on track” with its plans to field a team in London and could have a franchise there by 2022, the league’s international chief said Thursday.

Mark Waller said he believed in 2007 when the NFL first started playing in the British capital it would take 15 years to place a team there and, so far, he’s encountered no stumbling blocks.

Oct 22, 2014

Plans to reform draft lottery fail to pass

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Proposed changes to the NBA’s draft lottery format designed to distribute the odds more evenly among the non-playoff teams failed to pass at the league’s board of governors meeting on Wednesday, Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Silver said the final vote was 17-13 in favor of the reform but that fell short of the required 23 votes — three-quarters of the league’s teams — needed to change the lottery.