NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension (Yahoo Sports)


The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday, clearing the way for him to return after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent Peterson a letter advising him of his reinstatement. Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor. Goodell also told Peterson he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering Read more [...]

After conviction, many court cases left for Aaron Hernandez (Yahoo Sports)


Even after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is nowhere near done with his legal troubles. He still faces double murder charges in Boston, as well as civil lawsuits over the killings and a lawsuit in Florida from a former friend who said he was shot in the face and left for dead after arguing with Hernandez. A jury on Wednesday found Hernandez guilty of the June 2013 killing of Odin Read more [...]

Hawks player blames NYC police for ‘significant injury’ (Yahoo Sports)


Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said Tuesday he is in ''great pain'' and blamed New York City police for causing a ''significant injury'' that knocked him out for the season. The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a Manhattan nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets last week. Sefolosha won't return until next season, costing the top-seeded Hawks a strong perimeter defender Read more [...]

Baker, VanVleet to return to Wichita State next season (Yahoo Sports)


Wichita State has already scored a big win for next season. Guard Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet announced Monday they will return for their senior seasons for the Shockers. The announcements come weeks after coach Gregg Marshall turned down a chance to leave Wichita to coach at Alabama. They issued separate statements Monday saying they wanted to return to try and lead the Shockers to an even better season than this year, when the Shockers finished 30-5 and defeated Indiana and Kansas in the NCAA Read more [...]

Westbrook scores 36; Thunder beat Trail Blazers 101-90 (Yahoo Sports)


Russell Westbrook made the most of his second chance. The NBA's scoring leader tallied 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 101-90 on Monday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. Westbrook almost didn't get to play. ''I was worried once I got it during the game, but at the same time, the NBA does a great job of figuring out which tech is doable and which ones get rescinded, and I'm just happy mine got rescinded,'' Westbrook said. Yahoo Sports Read more [...]

Westbrook avoids suspension with technical rescinded (Yahoo Sports)


The NBA rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, allowing the star guard to play in the Thunder's critical game against Portland on Monday night. The decision means the NBA's leading scorer avoids what would have been an automatic suspension because he had reached the league limit of technical fouls. The league did not elaborate on its ruling in an email, but NBA President of Operations Rod Thorn later outlined the reasoning. Thunder coach Scott Brooks had said Sunday he was ''pretty Read more [...]

Westbrook scores 54, but Pacers hold off Thunder 116-104 (Yahoo Sports)


Russell Westbrook did everything he could Sunday night to give Oklahoma City's fading playoff hopes a boost. The All-Star Game MVP scored a career-high 54 points and nearly pulled off his 12th triple-double of the season, but Indiana closed the game on a 10-1 run to hold on for a 116-104 victory. NBA rules require a player to sit out one game at that point, though Thunder coach Scott Brooks sounded hopeful Westbrook will play. Without them in the lineup, Westbrook has been brilliant - and he was Read more [...]