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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson after admission of marijuana use 10.10.14 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Royals at Orioles, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Washington State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Fresno State at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Whitecaps at Sounders, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Texas prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson based on his admission that he smoked marijuana while out on bond. Peterson allegedly confessed to a drug tester that he “smoked a little weed” before he was tested during Wednesday’s court appearance to address a child abuse charge.

Peterson has been free on $15,000 bond since being charged with felony child abuse. Using illegal drugs usually is a condition for revocation of bond.

“In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond,” the district attorney’s office wrote.

MASHUP POLL: Should Adrian Peterson go to jail for using marijuana while on bond?

  • Yes, if he breaks the rules he should be treated like everyone else (66%, 121 Votes)
  • No, he's not a threat to anyone and it would be unnecessary and unreasonable to imprison him (34%, 62 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

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No action can be taken on the matter until a hearing is held on whether a new judge should be appointed in the child abuse case. Prosecutors asked that the judge be replaced after a comment he made about the lead attorneys playing to the media.

A trial date tentatively was set for Dec. 1 for Peterson, who did not enter a plea during Wednesday’s hearing.

The 29-year-old running back remains on paid leave from the Vikings, who placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list last month. He is not allowed to participate in any activities, although he continues to draw his $11.75 million salary.

— Colin Kaepernick revealed Thursday that he was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the 49ers‘ victory Sunday.

The NFL has a contract with Bose. Kaepernick, who has an endorsement deal with Beats, knew he could be punished for wearing the Beats headphones — a pink version in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.

Tweeted Kaepernick: I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!

Asked if Beats would pay his fine, Kaepernick said, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson gets court date, eager to defend himself 10.09.14 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Avalanche at Wild, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
NFL: Colts at Texans, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: BYU at Central Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Hampton at North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Euro 2016 qualifier, Slovakia vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. Honduras, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, eager to go to trial as soon as possible on child abuse charges, will head to court Dec. 1, as a Texas judge set the tentative trial date Wednesday

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said his client is “chomping at the bit” to get the chance to explain his decision to punish his 4-year-old son by whipping him with a tree branch and leaving marks that lasted for more than a week. Peterson, who said he was disciplined the same way when he was growing up, faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of causing injury to a child.

Peterson, who is on paid leave from the Vikings while the charges are pending, did not speak during his court appearance.

“He just keeps getting hammered without the ability to respond,” Hardin told Judge Kelly Case. “This is the place to resolve all those allegations.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you think Adrian Peterson be convicted of abusing his son?

  • Yes, anyone can see that he went way too far and deserves to be punished (63%, 66 Votes)
  • No, there will be support for him as a parent who has the right to discipline his child (37%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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Added Hardin after the hearing: “This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision was made by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much.”

Peterson will not have contact with the child until the case is resolved.

— Heat forward Chris Bosh said Wednesday that he has not spoken to LeBron James since James’ decision to return to Cleveland.

Bosh’s Heat play James’ Cavaliers on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, and Bosh responded with hesitation when asked if he was looking forward to seeing his former teammate.

“Yeah … I don’t know,” Bosh said, adding: “I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here. … If guys aren’t in this locker room, I don’t have much time for them — if any.”

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Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty in child abuse case 10.08.14 at 9:47 am ET
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson intends to plead not guilty on charges of child abuse in court on Wednesday, said a spokesperson for Peterson’€™s attorney.

Peterson came under fire in September when it became known that he disciplined his young son with a small tree branch. For his role in the incident, Peterson has been charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Despite the chance he could get on the field quicker with a guilty plea, Peterson intends to plead not guilty if asked Wednesday in the Montgomery County, Texas, court.

“If the court asks for a plea tomorrow [and we do expect that to happen], it will very definitely be NOT guilty,” said spokesperson Mary Flood in an email to ESPN.com. “We hope that a trial date is also discussed but don’t yet know how the court’s docket is looking.”

Now that Peterson intends to plead not guilty in the case, it appears that any chance that he returns to football this season is dwindling. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not say Tuesday if he thought Peterson could make a comeback in 2014 with Minnesota.

“Honestly, I want the best for Adrian, number one, OK?” Zimmer said. “But I also have to coach the guys that are here and go forward. If things get resolved and it’s a good thing, then the more power to him,” Zimmer said. “We will worry about that when the time comes.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson reportedly in denial about NFL future 09.22.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bears at Jets, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pirates at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB)
NHL preseason: Devils at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson reportedly is in denial about his future — both this season and with the Vikings, who apparently plan to move on without the standout running back.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge for disciplining his 4-year-old by whipping him with a tree branch, leaving scars that lasted for more than a week. Peterson has acknowledged the whipping, saying that it was a form of discipline and that he did not intend to injure the boy.

Peterson tweeted Friday that he passed a lie detector test. According to ESPN, a team source said that’s another indication that he “really doesn’t get it.”

MASHUP POLL: How long should Adrian Peterson be suspended?

  • One season: He needs a year away from the game to change his mindset (52%, 227 Votes)
  • Forever: A guy like this should never be allowed to play in the NFL (23%, 100 Votes)
  • A few games: He should be punished, but his alleged crime is not as serious as the other incidents in the news (20%, 86 Votes)
  • No suspension: He didn't do anything worthy of being punished by the league (5%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 440

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The Vikings activated Peterson after he missed last Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but the team reversed course following an outpouring of criticism, placing him on the commissioner’s exempt list while he deals with his legal issues. Now the team, which continues to pay his $11.75 million salary, is said to be looking for ways to cut ties with Peterson.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Friday press conference that players will be harshly punished for off-field violations including child abuse, and that apparently changed the Vikings’ expectations about Peterson’s return to the team.

Ray Lewis turned some heads with a comment he made during his appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” show while talking about former Ravens teammate Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after video emerged of him knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator.

“Sometimes I think we get lost in trying to find out whose head to go after and who to attack now about what they didn’t do,” Lewis said. “Sometimes we forget why we’re here. We’re here for one reason and one reason only. We’re here for domestic violence. We’re here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in an elevator. There’s some things you can cover up and then there’s some things you can’t.”

Lewis, of course, faced a murder charge in 2000 but had the charges dropped as part of a deal in which he testified against two co-defendants and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley defends Adrian Peterson for whipping child 09.15.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Eagles at Colts, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, women, Canada at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Hull City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Charles Barkley, never one to be concerned about being politically correct about his opinions, shared his thoughts on the two major NFL controversies of the last week during an appearance on CBS’ “NFL Today” pregame show, and he defended Adrian Peterson for whipping his child with a tree branch.

Responding to criticism of Peterson from the show’s other hosts, Barkley said that as a child in Alabama he was beaten with branches (also called switches) that left welts on his legs, and it’s something that Southern African Americans do to discipline their children.

“I’m from the South,” Barkley said. “Whipping is — we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”

Added Barkley: “I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That’s a very fine line.”

MASHUP POLL: Does Charles Barkley have a valid point about a cultural misunderstanding regarding the Adrian Peterson situation?

  • No, it's flat-out wrong and they should understand it needs to stop immediately (49%, 199 Votes)
  • Maybe, it might be part of the culture but they should understand that the rest of the country does not approve (35%, 141 Votes)
  • Yes, it's ingrained in the culture in the South and we are wrong to judge (16%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 408

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Peterson apparently was paying attention to the criticism he’s been receiving, as he tweeted out a picture of a page from the bible, including a highlighted line reading: “Give your mind a break from its habitual judging.”

As for the Ray Rice situation, Barkley made it clear that he is staunchly opposed to men striking women, but he is not prepared to banish Rice for life.

“Ray Rice made a tragic mistake, and he has to live with that,” Barkley said. “But I do hope some owner has the courage — it’s going to take tremendous courage — to give Ray Rice another chance.”

— Rice, suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video emerged last week of him punching and knocking out his now-wife, is set to appeal his suspension, according to ProFootballTalk.com and other media outlets.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the players association was still finalizing its plan on how to approach the appeal, which is expected to be filed Monday.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos WR Wes Welker suffers second concussion in 4 weeks 12.09.13 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Cowboys at Bears, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nuggets at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Bryant at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Manchester at Butler, 8 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Hull City at Swansea City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Bernard Pollard curse has struck again, but this time it’s an ex-Patriot who suffered the injury.

Broncos receiver Wes Welker left Sunday’s victory over the Titans with a concussion for the second time in a month, after taking a hit to the head from Pollard late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Denver.

Welker, who earlier in the game caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season — giving the Broncos a record four players with 10 touchdown receptions this season — walked off the field under his own power but did not return in the second half.

The Broncos play again Thursday night against the Chargers, and there already is speculation that Welker, who also was concussed in a Week 11 win over the Chiefs but returned for the following week’s game against the Patriots, will skip that game. Per the league’s concussion protocol, Welker will have baseline testing Monday.

Pollard is well known to New England fans for causing injuries to Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Stevan Ridley. He also was the defender when Welker suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the final regular-season game in 2009, although Welker suffered the injury trying to make a move, without any contact.

‘€¢ Meanwhile, Welker’s quarterback, Peyton Manning, heard the criticism about his play in cold-weather games, and he had a message for his critics after rallying Denver from an 11-point deficit for a 51-28 rout of the Titans on a day when the temperature was 18 degrees at kickoff.

“Whoever wrote that narrative can shove it where the sun don’t shine,” Manning said.

Entering the game, Manning had a career record of 3-7 in games when the temperature was 32 or below at kickoff. He proceeded to set a team record with 39 completions (on a team-record-tying 59 attempts). Manning passed for 397 yards and four touchdowns, closing to within five of Tom Brady’s single-season record of 50.

Said Manning: “I wasn’t trying to answer [the criticism], because I didn’t give it any validation in the first place.”

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said he doesn’t expect Manning’s critics to relent.

“They’ll find something [to talk about],” Knighton said. “They’ll probably say, well, he’s not good … below zero or something. They’ll find something, but I consider us a weatherproof team, and he’s a Super Bowl champ. We’re not really worried about that. We’ll play anywhere, any weather, any conditions.”

On a side note, Broncos kicker Matt Prater also didn’t let the frigid temperatures bother him, as he kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal just before halftime. Two of the four kickers who shared the old record of 63 yards also kicked theirs in Denver, where the altitude offers some assistance — although Prater noted that the benefit from the thin air was evened out by the temperature (14 degrees when he kicked).

“Yes, it kind of takes out the altitude factor,” he said.

‘€¢ Adrian Peterson did not enjoy his trip to Baltimore on Sunday. Not only did the Vikings suffer a 29-26 on a touchdown in the final seconds, Peterson was carted off the field in the second quarter with a sprained foot and did not play another down — although he did watch from the sideline.

But Peterson’s main issue was with the officials. The Vikings were called for pass interference on Baltimore’s winning drive, nullifying an interception. That was just one of the calls that had Peterson upset.

“Some of the calls that were made, you just went, ‘Wow. I can’t believe that was called,’ ” Peterson said.

The running back also had an issue with the Baltimore fans, who braved a snowstorm but were not as well-behaved as Peterson would like.

“They’ve got the worst fans in the NFL,” Peterson said. “[They were] throwing snowballs the entire fourth quarter, like kids.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 9, 1992, the Red Sox signed which free agent who eventually wound up in the Hall of Fame?

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Grand jury charges sought in death of Adrian Peterson’s son 10.16.13 at 10:14 am ET
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The saga surrounding Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his deceased 2-year-old son continues.

On Tuesday, Tom Wollman, Lincoln County state’€™s attorney, said he intends to ask for more serious grand jury charges for Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, for his connection in the death of Peterson’€™s son, Tyrese Robert Ruffin.

“We’ll seek a grand jury review in the near future,” Wollman said.

Ruffin died on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., after being hospitalized with serious head injuries.

Patterson, the live-in boyfriend of Ruffin’€™s mother, has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Bond was set at $750,000 cash.

Peterson made headlines on Sunday when he opted to play against the Panthers, two days after the boy’s death. He carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards in Minnesota’€™s 35-10 loss. This prompted criticism of Peterson, with a writer for the New York Post questioning him for playing.

Bobby Ruffin, who said he served as a father figure to the boy, went on Facebook and explained that Peterson did not know he was the biological father until a few months ago. Ruffin also complained about the perception that Peterson had an emotional connection to the child.

Wrote Ruffin on Friday: So tired of this poor Adrian Peterson [expletive]. Let me blow all your minds. The boy who died was my son. Yes A.P. he was the biological father but I raised him and he carried my name. Tyrese Robert Ruffin. I don’€™t blame AP for not really caring cuz him and I both found out recently who the biological father was.

AP met my son for the first time [Thursday] when my son was already in coma. I was here [Friday] when we pulled the plug, not him. He was happily practicing and has no problem playing on Sunday.

So yea this isn’€™t all out yet but I’€™m sick of the poor AP [expletive]. He didn’€™t know or even meet my son. Sorry for the outburst but put yourself in my place.

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Report: Vikings star Adrian Peterson leaves team to visit 2-year-old son beaten into critical condition 10.11.13 at 11:39 am ET
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reportedly left the team Thursday to visit his 2-year-old son, who is said to be in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital after allegedly being beaten by the live-in boyfriend of the boy’s mother.

TMZ.com reported that emergency responders arrived at an apartment where the boy lives late Wednesday afternoon and found the child unresponsive. After the child was taken to the hospital and medical experts determined the injuries to his head were consistent with abuse, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson was detained and charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant. According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Patterson has a history of domestic violence.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday morning that Peterson was back in Minnesota and expected to address the media after the team’s 11 a.m. practice.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rutgers stands by incoming AD Julie Hermann despite accusations of emotional abuse 05.28.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Phillies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Mets, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Angels at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Pacers, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, in a conference call with reporters Monday, insisted she will not resign despite reports that she emotionally abused volleyball players at Tennessee when she was coach there 16 years ago.

“I never considered withdrawing because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition into the Big Ten,” Hermann said. “And I do feel the support of the Rutgers community.”

Hermann, who has spent the past 15 years as an executive in the athletic department at the University of Louisville, denied ever knowing about a letter her players at Tennessee wrote criticizing her coaching style, although she acknowledged that she was an intense coach and may have made a few mistakes. She said she has matured since then.

However, one former player emailed ESPN and said the team met with Hermann the end of the season and shared the complaints they had detailed in the letter.

“All of the things that were written are unfortunately true,” wrote Abbey (Blazer) Watkins of the abuse. “Many of these things happened to me personally. I truly hope Julie has changed but refuse for anyone to deny the fact that our dreams had been crushed and our hearts broken. ‘€¦ For her or anyone else in the room to say that meeting didn’t happen is appalling.”

Rutgers president Robert Barchi stood by his decision to hire Hermann, who on June 17 is scheduled to take over a program that is trying to recover from the negative publicity generated by abusive former basketball coach Mike Rice.

“Rutgers was deliberative at every stage of this process,” Barchi said in a statement. “Over the course of the search, Julie’s record established her as a proven leader in athletics administration with a strong commitment to academic success as well as athletic excellence, and a strong commitment to the well-being of student athletes.”

Former New Jersey Gov. and current State Sen. Dick Codey, who said former AD Tim Pernetti was made a scapegoat, blasted Hermann and Barchi.

“[Pernetti's] successor is someone who is an obvious liar, a flat-out liar,” Codey told The Associated Press. “She shouldn’t be the AD anywhere, whether it’s Rutgers or anywhere else. She should stay in Louisville and not come back to the state, and Barchi should go to Louisville himself because he is not a leader. It’s dumb and dumber.”

‘™¦ Reds manager Dusty Baker offered his opinion about a weekend feud between pitcher Johnny Cueto and Cubs pitcher Matt Garza by telling reporters Monday that he’d like to see the players fight it out.

“Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with,” Baker said. “I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it’s over with. I’m serious about that.”

Garza was angry after Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus‘ head during Sunday’s game.

Said Garza after the game: “If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he’s got a problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll do the same. Hopefully, he grows … up. I hope he hears this. I really don’t care. I don’t know if there’s anything between him and [DeJesus], but I’ll stop it. I don’t think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.”

Baker said Garza might have been less confrontational had he not allowed four runs in four innings (although the Cubs went on to win in 10 innings, 5-4).

“Would he have been as upset if he got the win instead of potentially getting the loss?” Baker questioned. “If you’ve got something to say, you go over and tell them. Johnny ain’t running. That guy can say what he wants to say, but he can say it to his face.”

‘™¦ Vikings running back Adrian Peterson raised a few eyebrows with his comments about gay marriage in a recent interview. Gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1.

“To each his own, [but] I’m not with it,” Peterson said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio. “I have relatives who are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”

The topic came up when Peterson was asked about punter Chris Kluwe, an advocate for gay rights. Kluwe recently was cut by the Vikings and signed with the Raiders.

Peterson said he was “hurt” by the departure of Kluwe, saying the punter was a good friend, but he denied that politics played a role in the team’s decision.

“I’m sure the Vikings organization didn’t release him based on that,” Peterson said. “They know Kluwe. They’ve been knowing him for a long time. They know he’s outspoken.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 28, 2000, in a memorable matchup at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens and led the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Which Red Sox player hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s only runs?

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has surgery to repair sports hernia 02.08.13 at 10:15 am ET
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Adrian Peterson was playing through a painful sports hernia in his abdomen when he ran away with the NFL MVP award this past season, the Vikings revealed Thursday.

Peterson had surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday to repair the hernia, a tear in the abdominal muscles that can cause severe pain in the pelvic and groin area and often holds athletes out of the lineup. He had mentioned playing through abdominal pain, but the nature and severity of the injury hadn’t been disclosed.

Meanwhile, Peterson ran for more than 200 yards twice in the last five weeks of the season, finishing the year with a total of 2,097 yards rushing. He was also the league’s offensive player of the year, with 12 touchdowns and an average of 6.0 yards per carry, and he finished eight yards short of the single-season rushing record.

“We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns,” the Vikings said in a statement on their website.

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