<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:15:20 -0400 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:15:20 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bears' Jared Allen on Peterson Case]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:00:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jared+allen+9-20.jpg

Chicago Bears defensive end and former Minnesota Viking, Jared Allen, spoke out about the allegations surrounding his former teammate and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“I’ve said it all along that I have my beliefs and my opinions,” Allen said after practice Saturday, noting his focus has been on the Chicago Bears. “And that’s what they are and I live my life a certain way. I believe good people can make bad decisions. I’m not perfect so I’m not one to cast judgments on others.”

Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail last week on a charge alleging that he spanked one of his sons with a wooden switch.

Peterson was benched for last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings initially decided to allow Peterson to play while the legal process plays out in Texas, the team quickly reversed course and benched Peterson indefinitely. The organization put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster while he deals with his legal affairs. 

“Obviously, they’ll have to deal with those circumstances,” Allen said. “Adrian and everybody [with the Vikings] will have to deal with that going forward. It’s a tough deal and it’s sad. I guess that’s my best answer. It was sad to hear.”

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<![CDATA[Iron Man Competitor Overcame Catastrophic Injuries to Compete]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:12:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Iron+Man+Brian+Boyle.jpg Brian Boyle went from depending on others to inspiring others. His hard work, dedication and positive attitude will be on display this weekend at the inaugural Maryland Iron Man competition.]]> <![CDATA[Raw: Hundreds Line Up to Exchange Rice Jerseys]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ray_rice_baltimore_ravens.jpg Hundreds and hundreds of people lined up outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland Friday to exchange the jersey of running back Ray Rice.

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<![CDATA[Chris Cooley: Beware of Philly's Running Backs]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:36:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007913676_1200x675_331283011640.jpg Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley breaks down the play on which Robert Griffin III was injured, his replacement Kirk Cousins' performance and the Philadelphia Eagles biggest threat coming up Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds Line Up to Exchange Ray Rice Jerseys]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:52:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ray+rice+jersey+exchange.jpg

Hundreds of Baltimore Ravens fans lined the sidewalks of M&T Bank Stadium to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys.

The Ravens are allowing fans to trade in their Ray Rice jerseys Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The exchange was announced shortly after the NFL indefinitely suspended Rice after video showing the former running back punching his then-fiance was released.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league asked for, but was not given, that video — and that "no one in the NFL, to my knowledge" had seen it — before it was posted online.

Rice and Palmer were both charged with assault in the incident. Charges against Palmer were later dropped, and Rice was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program that let him avoid jail time and could allow the charges to be purged from his record. State lawmakers have since called for the New Jersey attorney general to review the case.

According to WBAL, jerseys eligible for exchange must meet the following criteria:

  • Be officially licensed by the NFL
  • Be manufactured by Nike or Reebok
  • Have been purchased or available for purchase at the Ravens Team Store at M&T Bank Stadium or the Ravens Official Team Store online.

Click here for more information on the exchange.

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<![CDATA[Pa. School Board Bans Boys From Field Hockey Team]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/field+hockey_generic.jpg

No boys allowed. A school board in Lehigh County confirmed a committee's decision to ban boys from its field hockey team after concerns they caused injuries to girl players.

The Allentown School Board ruled 8-1 that boys would be prohibited from playing on school-sponsored teams that are usually all-female in the United States.  The vote upheld a decision made by a school committee in the Pennsylvania county Sept. 4.

"We had an injury where there was an incidental collision between a boy and a girl," Russell Mayo, Allentown School Board president, told NBC10 earlier this month. "Upon legal counsel, we decided that we would err on the side of safety."

The PIAA - the state's governing body of high school sports -- decided earlier this summer that boys who do play on girls' teams are not allowed to participate in post-season games.

But not everyone in the Allentown School District, which includes William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School, is in agreement with the decision.

"The girls were disappointed because [the boys] were a great part of the team," Inez Seyler, Dieruff's field hockey coach, told LehighValleyLive.com. "I'm disappointed because they don't really have a sport that is comparable to field hockey for boys."

"It's going to be heartbreaking to them," added Karen Nilson, William Allen's coach.

Mixed gender teams are allowed under the PIAA's rules, but only under special circumstances that protect girls on the team from injury or disqualification for size differences from potential male teammates.

Other standards for Pennsylvania schools, under the Pennsylvania Department of Education, support the right to a "physical environment for safety." This includes physical standards along with social, emotional and intellectual. These policies are intended to protect students' wellness and physical health.

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<![CDATA[Most Virginians Support Redskins Name: Poll]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:57:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RedskinsFlag+.jpg

Most Virginians believe the Washington Redskins should not change their name, according to a new poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

The poll found 71 percent of residents support keeping the name despite years of dispute over whether the name is offensive.

And respondents' political affiliations had little effect on their answers. Seventy-two percent of Republicans support the name, as do 69 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Independents.

"I'’s hard to find 71 percent of Virginia voters agreeing on anything," Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy, said in a statement. "But support for the Redskins' name clearly draws together people of different political stripes who would otherwise be at crossed swords, like it draws together members of the General Assembly from different parties."

More than a third of Virginian voters who follow football consider themselves fans of the Redskins, a higher percentage than any other team. The second most popular team among Virginian voters, the Dallas Cowboys, came in at just nine percent. Twenty-two percent of voters said they don't follow any NFL team.

The Wason Center interviewed 796 voters in the commonwealth between Sept. 9 and Sept. 15. The margin of error was 3.5 percent.

In recent months, lawmakers and Native American groups have urged the team to change the name. Some media outlets have also pledged to not use the name in their reports.

But owner Dan Synder has refused to change the name, insisting that it is an "honor."

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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 3]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455677434.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the third week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Who Will Start at Quarterback for the Redskins When RGIII Returns?]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:07:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jim+Vance+Kirk+Cousins+Upside+Down.jpg News4's Dianna Russini asks Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler and Doug Kammerer who they think will be the Redskins' starting quarterback when Robert Griffin returns from injury: Kirk Cousins or RGIII?

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<![CDATA[Metro to Stay Open Extra Hour for Redskins Game Sept. 25]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:56:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Metro+722+x+406.jpg

Metro will stay open an extra hour Thursday, Sept. 25, to accomodate riders attending the Redskins game at FedEx Field. 

Riders can only enter at Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center stations during the additional hour but can exit at all stations. 

The game begins at 8:25 p.m. 

Event organizers will fund the extra hour of service, since Metro normally closes at midnight.

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<![CDATA[The 'Skinny: Week 3 v. Philadelphia]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:48:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/201*120/455507658.jpg

Welcome back to the second season of "The 'Skinny," a weekly preview of the local professional football team's upcoming game and opponent. Every Thursday, you can find any and all information* about the Redskins' next opponent in this space.

(*Sometimes, it may be some or most information.)

Week 3 Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)

Game Information: Sun., Sept. 21 -- Lincoln Financial Field -- 1:00 p.m. -- FOX

Last Week: The Redskins snapped their nine-game losing streak by blowing out the Jaguars in a 41-10 home-opening victory, but lost Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson to injuries. The Eagles successfully engineered another impressive comeback, erasing a 20-6 third-quarter deficit to defeat the Colts by a 30-27 score.

What's The Skinny?

Of course, the prevailing storyline surrounding the Redskins is how they will function without Griffin, who is out indefinitely with a dislocated left ankle. Kirk Cousins filled in admirably Sunday, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in relief. 

Yet that performance was against a non-threatening Jaguars team. This week, the Redskins will face the soaring Eagles, who are 9-1 in the regular season since last Nov. 3, averaging NFL bests of 33.0 points and 437.7 total yards over that span, according to STATS LLC. Washington will likely lose a shootout against Philadelphia, so it will be up to the former's defense to keep things close. The Redskins collected 10 sacks last week against the Jaguars. 

Former Eagle Jackson, who left last week's game with a shoulder injury, hopes to play Sunday.

"I don't think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul," he told reporters. "If it's all on me, I'm playing. I don't plan on missing this game."

Statistic Of The Week: Philadelphia trailed Jacksonville 17-0 in Week 1 before winning 34-17. After the Eagles' comeback victory against the Colts in which they trailed 17-6 after two quarters, they became the first team in NFL history to overcome double-digit halftime deficits in a 2-0 start.

What They're Saying

"We were trying not to make this about Robert when Robert was the quarterback. We're going to try not to make this about Kirk now that Kirk's the quarterback. We've got to make this about the Redskins moving forward."

- Redskins coach Jay Gruden, attempting to discourage any sort of quarterback controversy

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<![CDATA[RGIII Could Return In Eight Weeks]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:56:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140917+Gruden.jpg

Robert Griffin III's return from a dislocated left ankle is expected this season and could be as soon as eight weeks following an update provided by Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

According to Gruden, Griffin will be in a cast for the next 10 days. At that point, Griffin will likely spend four to six weeks rehabilitating the injury, reports ESPN. No surgery is required on the injury suffered last Sunday during the first quarter of Washington's 41-10 victory against Jacksonville.

In Griffin's indefinite absence, Kirk Cousins will start in his place, beginning Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Right now, we're going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter and Robert's going to rehab, and all decisions after that will come after that," Gruden told reporters. "But right now, we're going to go try to do the best we can and get Kirk ready to go and beat Philadelphia."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jeter's Rousing NY Sendoff in New Ad]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:19:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Derek-Jeter-Day007.jpg

Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York"  is a soothing sound to Yankee fans, accustomed to hearing it over the Yankee Stadium speakers when the Bombers win a home game.  But another signature Sinatra song may soon take its place in Yankee lore alongside that classic.

A new Gatorade commercial uses  "My Way" to say goodbye to the Captain, as it shows Derek Jeter exiting a cab near the stadium and feeling the love from New Yorkers in the streets of the Bronx before buttoning up his No. 2 jersey and stepping onto the field to the roar of the crowd.

Even the most bitter Mets fans may find themselves wiping away a tear at the rousing commercial shot in iconic black and white, and hardcore Bombers fans may need an entire box of tissues. 

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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Mariners, Win AL West]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455630948.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Los Angeles' surge broke up a pitchers' duel between Wilson and Seattle rookie James Paxton, who traded zeros until the seventh.

Wilson (13-9) earned his third straight victory in intimidating fashion, striking out seven and allowing just four baserunners in a major improvement from recent starts. He escaped his only jam in the seventh, stranding two runners.

Paxton (6-3) yielded four hits and had eight strikeouts for the Mariners, who have lost six of eight. Seattle managed just one hit and is two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for the second AL wild card.

Paxton kept the Mariners in contention until his teammates made two errors and reliever Danny Farquhar flopped in the seventh inning.

After Kendrick's one-out single, Denorfia thought about diving to catch Freese's drive, but instead pulled up and allowed it to roll past him to the right-field wall. Austin Jackson then double-clutched the ball while retrieving it, and Kendrick scored easily.

Farquhar relieved Paxton with two outs and two runners on, but Cron mashed his 11th homer into the fake rock pile behind center field. Kole Calhoun followed with an RBI double as the Angels batted around.

Paxton was even more dominant than Wilson, retiring 17 of the Angels' first 18 hitters. Paxton allowed only two bouncing singles in the first six innings while striking out Mike Trout three times.

Trout also struck out to end the seventh, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the AL lead with 173 strikeouts.


Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias headed back to Seattle for an MRI after feeling stiffness in his elbow. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Elias is probably done for the season.

Angels: Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup after feeling a bit sore following his return from a shoulder injury Tuesday. The cleanup hitter likely wouldn't have started anyway against a tough left-hander.


Two aces meet in the series finale when Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.14 ERA) takes on Jered Weaver (17-8, 3.50).

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<![CDATA[Nationals Fans Already Thinking World Series]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:40:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007890488_1200x675_330426947704.jpg The excitement over the Washington Nationals clinching the playoffs has made for some very confident fans. Wednesday, some fans were already buying tickets to the World Series. The team is so hot, Bryce Harper even has his own fire helmet from D.C. Fire. News4's Chris Gordon reports on the fan excitement from Nationals Park.]]> <![CDATA[Caps Release Training Camp Roster, Schedule]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:29:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/477358803+%281%29.jpg

With the 2014-15 NHL season fast approaching, the Washington Capitals officially unveiled their complete training camp roster and schedule Wednesday afternoon.

In all, 66 players will participate in practices beginning Friday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. All sessions are free and open to the public.

The Capitals commence their eight-game preseason schedule Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center. They will have until Oct. 7 to trim down their roster to 23 prior to their season opener against the Montreal Canadiens two days later.

The entire roster and schedule can be found here

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<![CDATA[Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/186722617.jpg The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.

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<![CDATA[Orioles Clinch First AL East Title Since 1997]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*131/455561388.jpg

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd.

It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.

The franchise has enjoyed a rebirth under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, whose 1,254th victory thrust him past mentor Billy Martin into sole possession of 36th place on the career list.

Baltimore is 42-23 in a division that includes the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, the free-spending New York Yankees and pitching-rich Tampa Bay. The Orioles led by only four games on Aug. 6 before going on a 27-11 run.

The clinching victory featured an unlikely list of contributors, not at all unusual for a team that often delved deep into its 25-man roster. Ubaldo Jimenez was making his first start in a month; Pearce has morphed from a bit-player to a key starter; and Paredes didn't join the team until Aug. 28.

Pearce provided the Orioles with the lead for good with a three-run drive off Drew Hutchison (10-12) in the first inning. Pearce has 18 home runs this year, one more than he had in 290 games as a part-timer from 2007-13.

Paredes hit a solo shot in the second to make it 4-2. It was his second homer in 10 games with Baltimore.

In addition, newcomer Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple in the seventh for a 7-2 lead. De Aza came to the Orioles in an Aug. 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Jimenez (5-9) survived a rocky start to limit the Blue Jays to two runs and two hits over five innings in his third start since July 5. After signing a $50 million, four-year deal in the offseason, Jimenez struggled with his control for much of the season, sprained his ankle in a parking lot before the All-Star break and ultimately lost his place in the rotation.

Pressed into service because the Orioles played a doubleheader Friday, Jimenez issued four walks in the first two innings. But he bounced back to retire his last 10 batters.

Orioles fans have until Friday to register for a ticket lottery online. Winners will be notifed next Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Nationals Can Clinch Division Tuesday]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:51:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/167*120/455504880.jpg

By defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Monday, the Washington Nationals whittled down their magic number to two. That means if they can defeat the Braves again Tuesday, they will officially clinch the NL East and therefore a playoff appearance.

“I’m excited for [Tuesday],” Drew Storen told The Washington Post. “I think we’re all pumped. It’s a long road, and to be in this position is pretty special. It’s what you’re aiming for from Day 1 of spring training.”

The Nationals extend their division lead over the Braves to an unprecedented 11.5 games, and after allowing the Braves to capture a division championship largely unopposed last season, Washington has an opportunity to return the favor on its rival's field Tuesday.

Washington would be the first National League team to clinch a division and the second overall; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have already secured the American League West.

It will be up to Tanner Roark, who will start Tuesday against Aaron Harang. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Radisson Suspends Minnesota Vikings Sponsorship]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:51:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/adrian-peterson-indicted_1200x675_328790083813.jpg

The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.

In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children."

Radisson says it's suspending its limited sponsorship of the Vikings "while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.

Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The running back says he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.

A Vikings spokesman says the team has "respectfully honored" Radisson's request.

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<![CDATA[Injuries Overshadow Redskins' 41-10 Victory]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:07:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/455439960.jpg

The Washington Redskins avoided starting the season 0-2, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener by a 41-10 score Sunday.

Yet that victory was unfortunately overshadowed by injuries to Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson, both of whom were forced out of the game.

Griffin, as detailed here, suffered a left ankle injury rolling to his right prior to a completion to Jackson late in the first quarter. The quarterback was ultimately carted off the field and replaced by Kirk Cousins, who completed his first 12 passes and finished 22-for-33 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. 

It has widely reported that Griffin dislocated his ankle on the play. 

Meanwhile, Jackson left the game with a shoulder injury after attempting to catch a deep pass from Cousins. He was hit as the ball arrived and landed hard on his left shoulder. News4's Dianna Russini is reporting that Jackson's shoulder is sprained. Updates will be provided after the game. 

In more uplifting news, Washington's pass rush was dominant, sacking Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne 10 times, a Jaguars franchise record for sacks allowed. The Redskins, led by Ryan Kerrigan's four sacks, tied a team record for most accrued in a single game. 

Aflred Morris gained a total of 85 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, while Niles Paul caught eight balls for 99 yards and a touchdown.

The win snapped the Redskins' nine-game losing streak that stretched back to last season. It was the longest active skid in the NFL entering Sunday.

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<![CDATA["Not a Child Abuser": Adrian Peterson Apologizes]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:10:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_adrian_peterson1.jpg

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday's 30-7 home loss to the New England Patriots. He had not commented publicly since news broke on Friday that he had lashed the boy with the switch earlier this summer, causing an unspecified injuries.

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser," Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement issued through his agency and posted to his Twitter feed. "I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.

"No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said they had decided to bring back Peterson for practices and Sunday's game at New Orleans "after significant thought, discussion and consideration." The Wilfs said they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson's future with the only NFL team he has ever played for.

"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the Wilfs said. "At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing."

Peterson faces an initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he will try to delay the arraignment until next week after Hardin returns from a vacation out of the country.

Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument "is cause for concern."

Hardin said Peterson used a switch because that was the way he was brought up by his parents in Palestine, Texas, and the NFL star agreed.

"I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen," Peterson said. "I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."

The Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Vikings clearly see Peterson's case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend. Cook was initially suspended by the team before being reinstated with pay. But the Vikings barred him from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.

Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment.

The Vikings' decision to reinstate Peterson comes on the same day the NFL announced that three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."

"I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct," Peterson said. "Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person."

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<![CDATA[Golfer Wins Trip to Space After Hole-in-One]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455429326.jpg

An English golfer scored a trip into space by sinking a rare hole-in-one at a tournament on Sunday.

Andy Sullivan made the shot at the 163-yard, 15th hole at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, The Associated Press reported.

XCOR Aerospace, an Amsterdam-based company that sponsored the tournament, offered a 100,000-euro ($129,238) seat aboard a commercial flight into space to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole, according to Golf.com.

The reward was aimed at promoting the company's space trips, which are set to open to the public beginning in late 2015.

"I'm not sure yet,” Sullivan said when asked if he would take the trip, Golf.com reported. "I'll see what the missus says."

Sullivan finished third at the KLM Open, two shots behind winner Paul Casey.

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