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Sep 16, 2014 6:31 AM

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The Associated Press


Eagles rally past Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts were 3 1/2 minutes away from their first victory of the season. Instead, they have back-to-back losses for the first time since Andrew Luck and coach Chuck Pagano arrived at Indianapolis in 2012.

Cody Parkey hit a 36-yard field goal as time expired to complete Philadelphia's comeback in a 30-27 win over the Colts. Nick Foles hit Jeremy Maclin for a six-yard TD with 3:25 left and drove the 2-0 Eagles down field for the winning kick after the Colts went three-and-out.

Foles completed 21 of his 37 passes for 337 yards and one interception. LeSean McCoy had 79 rushing yards, including a one-yard scoring run.

Luck threw for three touchdowns, including a tiebreaking toss to Ahmad Bradshaw in the fourth quarter. But Luck's lone interception set up the Eagles' tying touchdown.


Union to appeal Rice suspension

NEW YORK (AP) Ray Rice is preparing to battle the NFL through the aid of his union.

The NFL Players Association will appeal the indefinite suspension the league handed to the former Baltimore Ravens running back last week. A union spokesman told The Associated Press the appeal is expected to be requested before the Tuesday night deadline.

Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, but the ban was increased when videotape of that incident was made public.

Rice was allowed to enter a counseling program instead of facing trial in New Jersey. However, an Associated Press review of domestic assault cases in New Jersey from 2010 through 2013 shows that only 70 of the 15,000 people with domestic violence assault charges adjudicated in state Superior Court were allowed into pretrial intervention.


Vikings reactivate Peterson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse, saying he's sorry for hurting his child.

Peterson issued his statement a few hours after the Vikings reinstated him to the team. The star running back was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.

Peterson says he has met with a psychologist and has to live with the fact that the discipline caused an injury he never intended to happen.

Peterson says he's not perfect, but also says "without a doubt I am not a child abuser."


Hardy's status unclear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he isn't sure if Greg Hardy will play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that the team hasn't considered releasing the Pro Bowl defensive end, who is involved in a domestic violence case.

Rivera says Hardy will continue to practice and attend team meetings, but he won't make a decision on if he plays until later this week.

Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats, but is appealing the ruling.


NFL hires domestic violence trio

NEW YORK (AP) Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') sent a memo to league officials saying the three women will help lead and shape the league policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault. He has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice.


Drug policy changes close to being finalized

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL and the players' union are close to finalizing the drug policy changes they tentatively agreed upon last week. League and NFLPA attorneys and officials are reviewing the documents and could approve them this week. One key element is how the changes affect players currently under suspension, including Denver receiver Wes Welker's four-game ban and Browns receiver Josh Gordon's season-long punishment.


RG3 has no broken bones...Saints' Ingram has broken hand

UNDATED (AP) An MRI on Robert Griffin III's dislocated left ankle showed no broken bones. That leaves Washington coach Jay Gruden optimistic the quarterback could return this season. Gruden says Griffin will be in a cast for a few weeks, and then the team will have an idea when Griffin could return.

Without the need for surgery he could return in two months.

In other injury news from NFL Week 2:

A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has a broken hand. The person says the timeline for Ingram's return remains unclear. Saints coach Sean Payton says he's following his policy of not releasing injury information until the next NFL-required injury report, which for New Orleans this week is Wednesday afternoon.

The San Diego Chargers say running back Ryan Mathews has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Coach Mike McCoy won't say how much time Mathews is expected to miss, other than "he'll be out for a little bit of time."

The Chicago Bears say cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right triceps Sunday against San Francisco. The Bears left open the possibility of a comeback by placing Tillman on IR with a designation to return.

Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon (NOH'-shawn) Moreno is expected to be sidelined for at least a month with a left elbow injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Miami has re-signed Daniel Thomas to shore up the position.

Jacksonville will be without versatile tight end Marcedes Lewis for six to eight weeks because of an ankle injury. Lewis suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to Washington. Coach Gus Bradley says Lewis could end up on the injured reserve/designated to return.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians says outside linebacker John Abraham will return to the Cardinals on Tuesday. Abraham left the team last Tuesday after sustaining a concussion in the Cardinals' season-opening victory over San Diego.


Tigers win, Royals keep pace...Nats, Birds win

UNDATED (AP) The Detroit Tigers continue to lead the American League Central race by 1 games over Kansas City after both teams won on Monday.

The Tigers have a four-game winning streak after Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning of an 8-6 victory in Minnesota. Cabrera had three hits and scored three times to help Detroit overcome Joe Mauer's four RBIs.

Andrew Romine had three hits and two ribbies for the Tigers, who led 6-0 after 4 1/2 innings.

Like the Tigers, the Royals staged a ninth-inning rally as Lorenzo Cain hit a game-ending single to complete Kansas City's 4-3 win against the Chicago White Sox. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole third and continued home for the tying run in the ninth as Jake Petricka threw a wild pitch. Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 and prolonged the winning rally with a two-out double.

Kansas moved into a tie with Oakland for the AL's top wild-card berth, two games ahead of Seattle.

Elsewhere in the majors:

The Orioles are another win from taking the American League East after Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run homer and Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the sixth inning of a 5-2 verdict over the second-place Blue Jays in Baltimore. Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who can wrap up their first division title in 17 years Tuesday versus Toronto.

The Washington Nationals reduced their magic number to two for capturing the National League East by downing the second-place Braves 4-2 in Atlanta. Stephen Strasburg struck out seven while allowing just five hits in seven scoreless innings. Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) hit a solo homer and scored twice in the Nationals' third straight win.

Matt Kemp drilled a two-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers ripped Colorado 11-3 to move four games ahead of second-place San Francisco in the NL West. The game was tied 3-3 until Justin Turner's two-run double sparked the Dodgers' eight-run sixth.

The Giants were 6-2 losers in Arizona as Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam and drove in five runs. Wade Miley helped the Diamondbacks send the Giants to their third straight loss by holding them to a run and seven hits in seven innings.

The Angels' magic number to win the AL West is down to three after their No. 3 hitters combined for five RBIs in an 8-1 romp over Seattle. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) hit a three-run double before leaving the game with a cramp in his hamstring. Tony Campana took over in the three-hole and added a two-run single to help Matt Shoemaker pick up his 16th win.

Tampa Bay beat the New York Yankees 1-0 on Ben Zobrist's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees became the Rays' 21st shutout victim and fell six games behind Oakland and Kansas City for the AL's two wild-card berths.

Cleveland also dropped six out of an AL wild-card berth as Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit a two-run single and a triple in Houston's 3-1 triumph over the Indians. Collin McHugh gave up an unearned run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth consecutive start.

Jordany Valdespin (johr-DAN'-ee VAL'-deh-speen) and Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY'-nee eh-sheh-vah-REE'-uh) hit two-run singles before Jeff Mathis supplied the tiebreaking, RBI single in Miami's 6-5 comeback win over the Mets in New York. Mets starter Jacob DeGrom tied a modern major league record by fanning his first eight hitters and left with a 5-3 lead after striking out a career-high 13 in seven innings.

Anthony Rizzo returned to Chicago's starting lineup and hit a walkoff homer in the ninth to lift the Cubs over Cincinnati 1-0. Travis Wood held the Reds to three hits in six shutout innings.

San Diego was a 1-0 winner over Philadelphia behind Andrew Cashner's two-hitter. Rene Rivera scored the game's lone run on third baseman Cody Asche's (ASH'-eez) second-inning error.


Phils closer suspended

NEW YORK (AP) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (PAP'-ul-bahn) has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions during the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to Miami in Philadelphia.

Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward booing fans after allowing four runs in the ninth to blow a save. The gesture caused umpire Joe West to eject him from the game before the two engaged in a heated argument.


Ryu has cortisone shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn ryoo) has received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder and won't throw for at least four days.

The team said that Ryu had an MRI with dye, which showed no changes from his previous MRI that was done in May.

Ryu left his start on Friday after one inning, complaining of tightness and pain in his shoulder. He is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA this season.


Tanaka says he felt all right after minor league simulated game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) said through a translator that he felt "all right" after tossing five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in a simulated game on Monday. Tanaka has been sidelined since July 9 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If the Yankees think he is ready, Tanaka could start against Toronto this weekend during the team's final homestand.


Habs going without single captain

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens will play with no permanent captain and four alternates this season: defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehts) and Max Pacioretty (pash-ah-RET'-ee). The Habs lost their last captain when Brian Gionta (JAHN'-tah) signed with Buffalo this summer. Gianta's successor was a subject of intense debate among Montreal fans and media.


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