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Associated Press Updated: September 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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TOP STORIES

FBN--VIKINGS-PETERSON

MINNEAPOLIS — Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. Peterson will be inactive until his legal case is resolved. But will the team's about-face be enough to satisfy concerned sponsors? By Dave Campbell. SENT: 900 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: New approach by 4 p.m.

T25-FLORIDA STATE-WINSTON

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after standing up and making "offensive and vulgar" comments in the student union. School officials also say the Heisman Trophy winner will be subject to internal discipline. It's the latest incident in which Winston's off-field behavior has created problems for the team. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

COMMENTARY

FBN--TIM DAHLBERG

Adrian Peterson will not play this week, probably not this year. But where was Roger Goodell when the Minnesota Vikings made the ill-advised decision to bring him back before changing their minds during the middle of the night? By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

NEW/DEVELOPING

BBO--BONDS-STEROIDS APPEAL

Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GLF--R&A-FEMALE MEMBERS

The "Home of Golf" is about to find out if its doors are open to women. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, an all-male bastion since its founding 260 years ago, votes Thursday whether to admit female members. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 450 words, photo.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — No. 1-ranked Stacy Lewis leads the field at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, where she won in 2012. The event was dropped from the schedule last year. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

US--GAMES-NBA 2K15

LOS ANGELES — "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series' latest installment, set for Oct. 7. By Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 650 words.

NFL

FBN--PANTHERS-HARDY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy doesn't practice and leaves the stadium in street clothes with agent Drew Rosenhaus while awaiting a decision on his playing status after his domestic violence case. By Steve Reed. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--NFL-DRUG POLICY

NEW YORK — The NFL says its new performance-enhancing drug policy will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field this week. The deal with the players association also adds human growth hormone testing, ending several years of wrangling between the league and the union. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-SALE

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula's bid to buy the Buffalo Bills for an NFL-record $1.4 billion is unanimously approved by the league's finance committee. The vote clears the way for NFL owners to formally approve the sale at league meetings next month. By John Wawrow. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

FBN--BROWNS-HOYER'S TEAM

BEREA, Ohio — With his clutch performance in Sunday's win over New Orleans, Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer thrilled his fans, silenced some critics and pulled the spotlight away from rookie Johnny Manziel. More importantly, Hoyer, who drove the Browns 85 yards to set up the winning field goal, showed that the Browns are his team. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons. Ditto for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams are eager to get back on the field Thursday night after the way they played the last time out. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--PRO PICKS

Conventional wisdom said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos, graphic.

Also:

— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--Patriots-Brady. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

— INDIANAPOLIS — FBN--Colts-Bad Luck. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

— SANTA CLARA, Calif. — FBN--49ers-Kaepernick. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— WASHINGTON — FBN--Redskins-Cousins. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FBN--Chiefs-Smith. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — FBN--Bills-Watkins & Woods. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— ORLANDO, Fla. — FBN--NFL-Diversity Report. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--MARINERS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The major league-leading Los Angeles Angels could clinch the AL West with a victory over Seattle and another loss by Oakland. C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the Angels against James Paxton and the Mariners, who are trying to stay in the playoff hunt. By Greg Beacham. Game starts 10 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BBA--RANGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics try to hold on to the top AL wild card when they send Jeff Samardzija to the mound against left-hander Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers. By Antonio Gonzalez. Game starts 10:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BBA--WHITE SOX-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Right-hander Yordano Ventura heads to the mound for the Kansas City Royals as they try to stay atop the wild-card standings. He faces a tall order in Chicago ace Chris Sale. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

BBN--GIANTS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — The San Francisco Giants, still in the chase in the NL West and leading the wild card race, send Ryan Vogelsong to the mound to try to make it two out of three against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game starts 3:40 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BBO--RED SOX-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates try to keep pace in the NL wild card race against Boston. Francisco Liriano (5-10, 3.53) starts for Pittsburgh against Boston's Clay Buchholz (8-8, 5.19). By Will Graves. Game starts 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-HURRICANES-HUSKERS REDUX

LINCOLN, Neb. — Miami and Nebraska were the pre-eminent programs in college football for two decades starting in the 1980s, combining for eight national titles. The winner in four of their last five meetings was crowned champion. Both are shells of their former selves these days, but there'll still be a sense of nostalgia when they meet this week in Lincoln. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-AUBURN-KANSAS ST

MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the first time since the 1960s, a non-conference opponent ranked in the top five visits Kansas State. No. 5 Auburn and No. 20 Kansas State hook up Thursday in one of the marquee showdowns of the early season, both trying to make a statement to the new college football playoff committee. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FB PICKS

There are signs a program is heading in the right direction. Then there are victories that have the potential to change a season, accelerate the rebuilding process and ease the pressure on a coach who was facing heavy scrutiny. Florida has a chance for that kind of breakthrough at No. 3 Alabama on Saturday. Same goes for West Virginia. The Mountaineers host No. 4 Oklahoma. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--SEC-West Is Best. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GREENVILLE, N.C. — FBC--East Carolina-Big Wins. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— PROVO, Utah — FBC--T25-BYU-Hill Takes Off. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

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Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

Boston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

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