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Petition filed seeking to block Peterson from son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Authorities in Minnesota filed a petition Friday seeking a protective order for the 4-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

In the petition, Hennepin County Human Services asked a judge to block Peterson from using corporal punishment or physical discipline on the boy. It also would block unauthorized or unsupervised contact, and require Peterson to complete a parenting assessment.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May. He has said he meant only to discipline the boy and not hurt him. The order says Peterson told investigators in Texas that he also used a belt to spank his son.

Peterson has been dropped from the Vikings' active roster while the criminal case against him is pending in Texas, where he has an Oct. 8 arraignment.

"This petition reflects that a conscientious government agency wants to work with the parent to protect a child and to ensure that alternative methods of discipline are adopted," Rusty Hardin, Peterson's attorney, said in a statement.

"Adrian is very willing to continue cooperating with authorities in every way in order for them to conclude he is a good parent. The facts stated in the petition have been known to investigators from the beginning. They will be carefully considered in a courtroom by a judge and jury. We look forward to that day."

According to the petition:

The child visited Peterson in Montgomery County, Texas, from about May 6-22. His mother reported possible abuse to Hennepin County Child Protection services on May 22. Separate exams by a doctor May 22 and a nurse practitioner May 23 documented injuries "clinically diagnostic of child physical abuse."

A follow-up exam May 29 found the boy still had traces of the injuries "10 days after the last known time he was physically abused."

"His injuries are significant and may cause some scarring," a summary of the exam said.

The petition also described Peterson's interviews with Texas child protection investigators, including: "Respondent Peterson admitted that Child No. 1 received two spankings as a form of physical discipline, one with a belt and one with a switch."

Hennepin County juvenile court staff attorney Maggie Skelton said prosecutors have asked that the order be suspended until the Texas case is resolved. County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement that the petition was required by law once criminal charges were filed.

It was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:41:00 +0000
Florida State suspends Winston for entire game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday, extending its initial punishment of one half after the quarterback made "offensive and vulgar" comments about female anatomy earlier this week.

Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced the decision late Friday night. There had been criticism that the original punishment for Winston's latest embarrassing off-field incident was too light.

The statement released by the university Friday read, "Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night."

Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus and shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme.

A university spokeswoman told The Associated Press Friday night Stokes was not available for comment; Wilcox could not be reached.

The university also had initially announced that Winston would face internal discipline. Officials did not say why Winston was only benched for just a half and they did not provide details of the internal punishment.

Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about the half-game suspension after practice Thursday and said, "We're in charge. It's our team. That's what we thought. We went with the consequences and we're ready to move on."

Fisher also said after that practice that the president and athletic director are always involved in university policy, but declined to answer when asked if it's normal for them to be involved in team discipline.

"It was wrong and he made a mistake," Fisher said Thursday. "He made a bad error in judgment. But that's water under the bridge. We have to move on and get ready for this game. We're 48 hours out and I'm going to focus on this football game."

The 20-year-old Winston addressed his inappropriate comments before Wednesday's practice: "I have to tone it down."

The Heisman Trophy winner has made similar comments after previous incidents.

While playing for the Florida State baseball team, he was suspended for three games and completed 20 hours of community service after acknowledging he stole $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April. Before the football season, he said he had matured, learned what it takes to be a leader and understood that he needed to be more careful in his personal life.

The school president and AD are admonishing him for doing just the opposite.

"You know you have to overcome adversity, and that's one thing at Florida State that we do," Winston said Wednesday. "We work on overcoming adversity. When I do get my opportunity to play, I'm going to do everything I can because I have to accept it.

"That's going to eat me up because I want to be out there on the field. I want to be out on the field with my team, but I did something so I have to accept the consequences."

Little known redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire will make his first college start for the top-ranked Seminoles in Saturday's nationally televised game against No. 22 Clemson. He has only thrown 26 career passes and was the No. 3 quarterback before Jacob Coker was injured in 2013 then transferred to Alabama.

"I wouldn't say it's a distraction, maybe at the time," Maguire said Thursday about the incident. "Maybe for the first little bit, but once the news came out, practiced happened yesterday.

"It makes me more confident knowing I get to go out there and play quarterback like we do in practice, like we do every day. I'm just looking forward to it, that's all I can say."

Florida State is trying to repeat as national champions and the winner of the Clemson-Florida State matchup has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game the last five years. Saturday will be the first game Florida State has played without Winston since the start of 2013 and they are 16-0 during that stretch.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:10:00 +0000
Kershaw gets 20th win as Dodgers pound Cubs 14-5

CHICAGO (AP) Clayton Kershaw became the majors' first 20-game winner and A.J. Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Kershaw (20-3) pitched five shaky innings in his shortest start in 3 1/2 months, but the NL West-leading Dodgers roughed up Edwin Jackson on their way to a 13-hit attack that included four homers. Matt Kemp hit a three-run shot in Los Angeles' six-run first, and Yasiel Puig added another three-run homer in the sixth.

The Dodgers improved baseball's best road record to 48-31 and will clinch a postseason berth if Milwaukee loses in Pittsburgh on Friday night. They began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the division.

Jackson (6-15) recorded just two outs in his first appearance since he was placed on the disabled list last month with a right lat strain. He was charged with four hits and five runs in his fourth consecutive loss.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:04:00 +0000
Browns' Gordon has suspension reduced to 10 games

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Josh Gordon's tangled ordeal, full of legal twists and turns, has finally been straightened out.

He can run a route back to the Browns this season.

Cleveland's star wide receiver was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games Friday after the league announced changes to its drug policy. The decision ends months of personal torment for the Pro Bowler, who had been banned for repeated drug violations.

Gordon will be eligible to play in Cleveland's final six games after the league and NFL Players Association agreed on revisions to the substance abuse program two days after announcing changes on performance enhancing drugs.

"I'm happy that the NFLPA and NFL worked hard to agree on a new substances of abuse policy," Gordon said in a statement. "I'm very thankful to my union for fighting for a significant reduction in my suspension. I'm glad I can go to the facility during my suspension. I look forward to going to meetings, working out individually, and learning from my coaches and teammates. I can't wait until game 11 to get back on the field!"

Because he has already served two games of the suspension, Gordon will be eligible to play Nov. 23 when the Browns visit Atlanta. Gordon's 10-game suspension will cost him more than $800,000. He'll be paid over $300,000 if he plays in those last six games.

Gordon's complicated saga has hung over the Browns for months. He spent training camp with the team and played in some exhibition games as his case remained in limbo while he and the Browns waited for the league to rule. Gordon didn't speak to reporters for months, and only recently disclosed in an interview that he was depressed.

Now, there's some closure and it may have saved Gordon's career.

Along with Gordon, free agent LaVon Brazill also had his suspension lessened to 10 games.

Gordon was suspended by the league earlier this year for one season for another failed marijuana test. Gordon appealed the ban, his lawyers arguing he tested positive for secondhand smoke. The appeal was denied on Aug. 22 by an arbitrator and it appeared Gordon would not be able to play until 2015. And even that wasn't for certain.

But thanks to the revised policy, Gordon is coming back, assuming he'll stay clean during the suspension.

Under the new provisions, Gordon will be allowed to work out and attend team meetings at the Browns' facility. Before the changes, Gordon was only permitted to meet with his clinician at team's headquarters.

During his suspension, Gordon has been working for a local car dealership. But his locker remained filled with his personal belongings.

On Tuesday, Gordon pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina, allowing him to avoid an additional two-game suspension under the new policies.

The NFL's new policy on substance abuse includes two additional disciplinary stages for marijuana positives. A first violation will result in referral to the substance abuse program, which has always been the case.

Subsequent violations will result in a two-game fine, a four-game fine, a four-game suspension, a 10-game suspension, and one-year banishment.

In addition, the threshold for a positive marijuana test will be raised from 15 nanograms to 35 nanograms, reflecting recent actions taken by other testing organizations.

Once Gordon returns, Browns coach Mike Pettine said he and general manager Ray Farmer plan to meet with the talented 23-year-old.

"We'll sit down with him and just kind of lay the plan out for him," Pettine said.

Farmer said the team remains focused on Sunday's game against AFC North rival Baltimore.

"We are aware of the new NFL policy related to the reduction of Josh Gordon's suspension to 10 games," Farmer said in a statement.

"We will continue to support and work with him under the NFL guidelines throughout this process. Our team's focus right now remains on preparing for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens."

Despite being suspended for two games - he blamed a prescription codeine cough syrup - last season, Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns. He became the first player in league history to have consecutive 200-yard receiving games.

While the Browns could have him back for the home stretch, his teammates were more excited about having Gordon the person around.

"That's great for him," safety Donte Whitner said. "That's great for anybody that's suspended and can't be around their second family, and you can't go to your second home. He'll be able to lift here. He'll be able to eat here. He'll be able to watch film, so that when he's ready to step back on the field, he doesn't miss a step."

NOTES: Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel was glad to make his regular-season debut last Sunday, even if it was for only three plays. "It was good to shake a little rust off and just get out and run around," he said. Manziel handed off twice and threw an incompletion against the Saints. Manziel was happy for starter Brian Hoyer, who drove the Browns 85 yards to set up the winning field goal " I'm ... proud of him," Manziel said. "It was really emotional for us."

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:52:00 +0000
Police visited 49er McDonald's home before arrest

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Police say they responded to an argument at 49ers lineman Ray McDonald's home in San Jose three months before his arrest there on suspicion of domestic violence.

According to a police report released Thursday, an engaged couple got into an argument at the home on May 25 during which the woman grabbed the man's gun and held it at her side.

Police do not identify the couple by name. McDonald is known to live at the address with his fiancee.

The report says the woman did not make any threats or point the firearm at the man.

San Jose police officer Albert Morales tells the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/1yjr8hc) the May case was closed, and no charges were filed.

McDonald was arrested in August. He has not been charged.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:33:00 +0000

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