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NFL executive Troy Vincent reached out to Adrian Peterson, hoping he could help get the running back's life back on track after child-abuse charges. Now, the former players' union president is in the middle of a dispute involving the union, the league and Peterson after these backchannel talks. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-PETERSON-LAWSUIT — By Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins says he was moved to wear a T-shirt protesting shootings in Ohio out of fear something could one day happen to his son. Hawkins wore the black shirt during pre-game warmups and introductions Sunday. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — All these years, Kobe Bryant has been chasing Michael Jordan. After Bryant passed Jordan for third on the NBA's scoring list in a 100-94 win over the Timberwolves on Sunday night, the Lakers' star offered a glimpse into the mindset of what it takes to run down a legend. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
CHICAGO — Drew Brees and the Saints try to keep their lead in the NFC South when they meet the Bears. Both teams are 5-8, with Chicago out of playoff contention and New Orleans clinging to first in its division. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. With running copy.
EDMONTON, Alberta — Dallas Eakins is fired as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who have lost 15 of 16 games and are well on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. General manager Craig MacTavish will temporarily coach the team. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is ordered to stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge. The judge's ruling follows a hearing in which a police officer testified that Voynov's wife said the player choked her, punched her in the face and pushed her into a TV screen. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
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Bill Foley is trying to bring an NHL expansion team to Las Vegas, and so far he's marching in step with Commissioner Gary Bettman. The 70-year-old millionaire businessman has received permission to run a season-ticket drive and for now isn't pressing for anything more. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
— HKN--PENGUINS-BENNETT-MUMPS — Penguins suspect forward Beau Bennett has mumps. SENT: 120 words.
TEMPE, Ariz. — A playoff berth secured, the Cardinals return to practice with one big, troubling question. How can Arizona beat Seattle next Sunday with Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas at quarterback? By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
BEREA, Ohio — Rookie Johnny Manziel's disastrous dud of a debut against Cincinnati has raised questions about his NFL future and the possibility the Browns still haven't found their franchise quarterback. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — This is certainly a strange feeling for the San Francisco 49ers. They suddenly have nothing to play for in the final two games for the first time under fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh, whose days could be numbered. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-IN CONTROL — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBN--PATRIOTS-THE NEXT GOAL — By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS-PLAYOFF PLAN — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BATTERED BRONCOS — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BILLS-IN CONTENTION — By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.
— FBN--REDSKINS-GRUDEN — By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--JETS-COSTLY WIN? — By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-SPEED BUMP — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. made himself a fortune by being slippery in the ring. Using the same tactics to avoid a fight with Manny Pacquiao, though, isn't going to work anymore. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg 700 words by 6 p.m.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HOME OR AWAY?
The Cowboys don't lose on the road. The Patriots, Broncos, Packers and Cardinals don't lose at home. For most of the other playoff contenders, well, who knows? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CHICAGO — Jon Lester says he believes in the Cubs' plan and is ready to try to help bring them their first championship since 1908. A three-time All-Star who won two World Series with Boston, he is introduced at a news conference after agreeing to a $155 million, six-year contract. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— BBN--NATIONALS-HARPER CONTRACT — Bryce Harper, Nationals agree on $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding grievance hearing. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— BBA--YANKEES-HEADLEY — Chase Headley is staying with Yankees, giving team insurance at third base in case Alex Rodriguez is unable to play regularly. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Point guard Michael Conley is coming off the best scoring game of his career and has helped the Grizzlies to the best start in franchise history. On Tuesday night, in a game between clubs with the two best records, Memphis faces a Golden State Warriors team riding a 16-game winning streak. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ROME — Rome will bid for the 2024 Olympics two years after the government scrapped plans to seek the 2020 Games because of financial reasons. Rome hosted the 1960 Olympics. The new bid comes with Italy's economy stagnant and amid a corruption scandal in the capital. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— OLY--RIO MASCOTS NAMED — Mascot for Rio Olympics named Vinicius in nod to creators of the song "The Girl from Ipanema." SENT: 140 words.
— OLY--ATH-RIO-MORNING FINALS — Thirteen morning finals scheduled for Rio Olympics. SENT: 120 words, photos.
— OLY--ARC-MIXED TEAM — Archery seeks mixed team event for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. SENT: 100 words.
LONDON — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are setting the goal standard in soccer. Getting anywhere near the scoring capability of the two Spain-based players is beyond the reach of most of their contemporaries. Especially for some of the big names who switched clubs during the summer. By Rob Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi woman arrested while attending a soccer game in the kingdom says she did not know women were prohibited from going to the male-only stadiums, a state-linked newspaper reports. There have been exceptions for foreign women at soccer games. By Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy. SENT: 300 words.
— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW — Champions League draw pairs Real Madrid and Barcelona with same round of 16 opponents as last season. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BKC--T25-BALLOT BREAKDOWN — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BKW--T25-BALLOT BREAKDOWN — By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— PENN STATE-ABUSE — Head of NCAA, Penn State's former president and former FBI director Louis Freeh could testify in January trial. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 600 words.
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Monday's Time Schedule (EST)
New Orleans at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
San Antonio at Portland, 10 p.m.
Detroit at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 2 Duke vs. Elon, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Gonzaga vs. Texas Southern, 9 p.m.
No. 10 Louisville vs. Old Dominion, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. New Orleans, 8 p.m.
No. 21 Mississippi State vs. Mississippi Valley State, 8 p.m.