Sep 14, 2014 12:42 PM
Update on the latest in sports:
The Associated Press
Vikes without Peterson for Patriots
UNDATED (AP) The Patriots caught a break this week when the Vikings deactivated star running back Adrian Peterson in the wake of a child abuse charge in Texas. New England gave up a stunning 191 rushing yards in an opening loss to Miami last week and were facing the prospects of having to corral Peterson, one of the elite rushers in the NFL. His absence robs Minnesota of one of its biggest offensive threats in an attempt to improve to 2-0. Wide receiver Cordelle Patterson will likely try to fill in the gaps after a big game rushing and receiving against the Rams last week.
The Panthers have deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for today's game against Detroit. He is an apparent casualty of the upheaval over the Peterson and Ray Rice domestic violence incidents from the past two weeks. Hardy was convicted of assault on a female in July, but has been allowed to continue playing pending an appeal.
Cincinnati hosts Atlanta in a battle of opening weekend winners. The Bengals were through the regular season unbeaten at home last season. The Falcons offense produced 448 passing yards from Matt Ryan last week and 181 rushing yards in the win over New Orleans.
The Saints try to rebound on the road against Cleveland. The Browns displayed an anemic offense in a loss to Pittsburgh last week under Brian Hoyer and a similar performance this week could intensify the home fans call for immensely popular top draft pick Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') to see his first NFL action.
Buffalo will be riding high when it hosts AFC East rival Miami in a battle of unlikely unbeatens. The game comes a week after Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula (peh-GOO'-luh) successfully bid to buy the Bills to the delight of Western New Yorkers. Buffalo opened with an overtime road win over Chicago, while Miami stunned New England.
Super Bowl champ Seattle dismantled Green Bay in the season opener last week and looks to do the same against a Chargers team that look disappointing in a road loss to Arizona.
The 49ers christen their new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara with regular season action against the Bears tonight. That will wrap up today's 14-game schedule.
Streaking Angels eye title
UNDATED (AP) The sizzling Los Angeles Angels are closing in on the AL West title thanks to a 10-game winning streak they take into today's game against Houston. That's reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.
Baltimore's magic number is five for wrapping up the AL East title. They'll try to reduce that in the series finale against the Yankees tonight.
The Dodgers throw 18-game winner Clayton Kershaw in the wrap-up game of their NL West series showdown today in San Francisco. LA is two games up on the Giants for the division lead.
The Tigers take a half-game lead over Kansas City at the top of the AL Central into today's play. Justin Verlander gets the call for the Tigers against Cleveland while the Royals will play Boston.
A full 15-game schedule is on tap today and tonight.
The Chase begins
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins today with the opening race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Kyle Busch is the pole sitter for the first of the 10-race playoff series. Joining him on the front row is Ryan Newman.
Under the new format this year, four drivers will be knocked out of the 16-driver field every three races. A win automatically advances a driver to the next round.
US play Serbia for title
MADRID (AP) The United States will look to maintain its international basketball supremacy when it meets Serbia in the World Cup final. The Americans have rolled through the tournament undefeated, averaging 101.5 points and winning by 32.5 per game. The U.S. enters the game riding a 62-game winning streak and will try to repeat as world champs for the first time. Anthony Davis and Kenenth Faried (fah-REED') are the leading scorers for the US.
Serbia has peaked at the right time to play for their first world title. The Serbs finished group play with a 2-3 record, but have come on strong in the elimination round, including a semifinal victory over France, which had beaten tournament co-favorite Spain.
McIlroy, Horschel in a shootout
ATLANTA (AP) An 18-hole showdown for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus is set for today in the Tour Championship. No. 1 ranked Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel are tied for the lead heading into the final round and cane pocket the loot with a victory. Jim Furyk is two shots back and could become the FedEx Cup champ for the second time if the leaders falter.
Kim edges Webb
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim overcame a one-shot deficit on the final hole to beat Australian veteran Karrie Webb by one shot to win the Evian Championship. Kim becomes the third-youngest major winner at 19 years, two months.
Kim trailed the 39-year-old Webb by one shot heading into the final hole. But she turned the tables with a superb birdie from 12 feet out, and Webb then missed a chance to force a playoff when a difficult attempt for par from the same distance drifted left of the hole.
Kim and Webb both posted 3-under rounds of 68.
Federer sends Switzerland into final
GENEVA (AP) Roger Federer has taken Switzerland to its first Davis Cup final in 22 years, beating Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 for a winning 3-1 lead in their semifinal.
Federer celebrated with skipping jumps across the court to the delight of a raucous 18,000-plus home crowd.
Switzerland will play at France in the final on Nov. 21-23.