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BC-FBN_NFL's WORST WEEK
This has been the NFL's worst week. In the span of five days, America's favorite sports league has bombarded fans with a video of a player punching his wife, an episode involving another player hitting his son with a tree branch and a reminder of two more lingering domestic violence cases — all of it being overseen by a commissioner who is being criticized as being ill-suited to handle any of it. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson surrenders to Texas authorities on a child abuse charge and is released a short time later as the team and the NFL grapples with yet another case of domestic violence. The Vikings have already benched Peterson for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have released an open letter of apology to the team, fans and city of Atlanta, saying the organization "did not do the right thing" to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos. The apology, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, was released a day after the team announced general manager Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his racially charged comments about Luol Deng. By Charles Odum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ONLY IF THERE'S VIDEO
We only respond if there's video. That's one lesson that can be drawn from the belated reaction to football player Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee in an elevator. Rice was arrested back in February, and in July was suspended for two games. But once video of the actual punch surfaced this week, he was banned indefinitely. Time and again, we are informed of outrages — Rice's domestic violence; beheadings and rape by the fanatics calling themselves the Islamic State; Donald Sterling's racism; abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib — but only grow outraged and force action when video or audio or images emerge. By AP National Writer Jesse Washington. SENT: 940 words, photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — No. 4 Oklahoma hosts SEC opponent Tennessee in a non-conference game that could greatly impact the college football playoff. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gets another crack at the SEC after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Tennessee gets a chance to return to glory under second-year coach Butch Davis. By Cliff Brunt. 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
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BOSTON — No. 9 Southern Cal tries to follow up on its thrilling victory over Stanford when it visits Boston College. About 650 words, with new approach and hometown lead. By Jimmy Golen. Game starts 8 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt (0-2) was in a fight against winless Massachusetts (0-2) as the Commodores tried to get first-year coach Derek Mason his first career win By Brian Hinchman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at noon.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. — After a victory on the road at No. 22 Ohio State, No. 17 Virginia Tech was struggling against dangerous East Carolina in a classic "trap" game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at noon.
BALTIMORE — Fans have heard and seen more of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti in the last week than they have since Baltimore won the Super Bowl, and that's not necessarily a good thing. In the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence fallout, Bisciotti said he let fans down by not investigating the incident as aggressively as he should have, in part because he wanted to believe his former star running back hadn't viciously punched his then-fiancee the way an explicit video showed he had. Still, questions linger about what he knew and when, along with the motivation behind his decision to cut Rice from the team. By Dave Ginsburg. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBN--RICE-HIGH SCHOOL GAME — Ray Rice appears at a football game at his high school outside of New York City. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.
— FBN--REDSKINS-GOODELL — Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, stating he "has always had the best interests of football at heart." SENT: 160 words, photo.
MINNEAPOLIS — The New England Patriots haven't started 0-2 since 2001, the first year of the Belichick-Brady tandem that has fueled so much success. But after a decisive defeat at Miami in the season opener, they must travel to a fired-up Minnesota team coming off a convincing win at St. Louis. The revamped Vikings defense starts a difficult stretch of the schedule against some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke (14-8) puts his unbeaten 9-0 mark against NL West opponents this season on the line in the middle game of key weekend series against Tim Hudson and the San Francisco Giants. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:05 p.m.
ATLANTA — Billy Horschel has a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, Chris Kirk and Jason Day going into the third round of the Tour Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.
JOLIET, Ill. — There was a time when winning came quite easy to Jeff Gordon, who charged his way through the record books carving a path that most believed would cement him as the greatest driver in NASCAR history. But it's been 13 years since Gordon won his last title, and he wants nothing more in his career to finally grab that fifth championship. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 5 p.m.
CAR_NASCAR-CHICAGO-NATIONWIDE. By Jenna Fryer. Race starts 3:30.
BC-CAR_NASCAR-CHICAGO-TRUCKS. Race starts 6:30.
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts his unbeaten mark on the line in a rematch against Marcos Maidana, who gave him a tough time when they first fought in May. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg Fight expected to begin about 11 p.m.
With: BOX_Mayweather-Maidana round-by-round scoring.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The U.S. Davis team is in a perfect position to win the Davis Cup World Group playoff against Slovakia. After singles wins Friday by big servers John Isner and Sam Querrey, the Americans can clinch Saturday when the heavily favored Bryan brothers play doubles. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Matches start at 3 p.m.
Saturday's Time Schedule
No. 2 Oregon vs. Wyoming, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Alabama vs. Southern Miss., 6 p.m.
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m.
No. 6 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Texas A&M vs. Rice, 9 p.m.
No. 9 Southern Cal at Boston College, 8 p.m.
No. 10 LSU vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. Purdue at Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.
No. 14 Mississippi vs. Louisiana, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Stanford vs. Army, 5 p.m.
No. 16 Arizona State at Colorado, 10 p.m.
No. 17 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, Noon
No. 20 Missouri vs. UCF, Noon
No. 21 Louisville at Virginia, 12:30 p.m.
No. 22 Ohio State vs. Kent State, Noon
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Texas, 1:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Boston at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Colorado at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.
Oakland at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.
New York at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
Montreal at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Columbus at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Portland at Colorado, 9 p.m.