Friday, April 17
NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, clearing the way for him to return after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.
The league announced its decision on Thursday. 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 with authorities after he reached a plea deal to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
Goodell also told Peterson he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering to the league's new personal conduct policy to avoid further discipline.
Peterson's agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season. But the Vikings say they have no plans to trade him.
RANGERS-WORK IN PROGRESS
Young Rangers work in progress with new manager
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are clearly a work in progress with a new manager.
After being one of only four teams to play 10 days in a row to open the season, the Rangers finally got a day off Thursday.
Manager Jeff Banister says he knew there would be inconsistencies, given that hitters are being asked to have a different approach. Texas also has one of the youngest rosters in the majors with an average age of 27.
Texas is 4-6 this season, already with plenty of ups-and-downs.
The Rangers split a season-opening four-game series at Oakland, including a 10-0 loss followed by a 10-1 win the next day. They went 2-4 on their first home stand, which wrapped up Wednesday with a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Jordan Spieth struggles in 1st round after Masters win
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jordan Spieth had a post-Masters letdown Thursday, shooting a 3-over 74 at the RBC Heritage to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par.
Spieth vowed his whirlwind, two-day celebration tour of New York after winning the green jacket Sunday wouldn't affect his focus. But it was apparent early on at Harbour Town that Spieth was not at his Augusta National best.
Spieth was visibly frustrated on the eighth hole when his second shot from pine straw landed well short of the green.
The 21-year-old Texan was eight shots behind leaders Graeme McDowell and Matt Every, who were at 5-under 66.
Spieth chalked it up to a bad day of golf. He'll need significant improvement Friday to make his eighth consecutive cut.
Nebraska's Terran Petteway announces he'll enter NBA draft
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Terran Petteway is skipping his senior season at Nebraska and declaring for the NBA draft.
Petteway was the leading scorer in the Big Ten as a sophomore and was fourth this past season. The guard's 18.1-point career scoring average ranks second in program history.
Petteway began his college career at Texas Tech. He made his announcement Thursday from Galveston, Texas, where he was with his family following the death of his mother last week.
Petteway thanked fans for their support and said it was a "bittersweet" decision because Lincoln has become a second home to him. Coach Tim Miles said he had hoped Petteway would return next season but he supports the decision.
Nebraska's Walter Pitchford also has declared for the draft.
NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
NCAA brings women's gymnastics finals to Texas for 1st time
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Florida and Oklahoma shared the NCAA women's gymnastics title last year, a first in the event's 32-year history.
Now it's time for another first: crowning a winner in Texas, home to a pair of former Olympic all-around champions and Simone Biles, a strong contender to make it three in 2016.
Yet the top tier of collegiate gymnastics hasn't made it to the Lone Star State until now, with the Super Six set to be decided Friday in downtown Fort Worth. The champion — or champions, if there's a repeat of last year's rarity — will be determined Saturday. Individual event finals are Sunday.
All but two of the 12 teams have at least one Texan on the roster.
OKLAHOMA STATE-BUS CRASH
OSU equestrian team unhurt when SUV hits bus in Texas
WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Central Texas say members of the Oklahoma State women's equestrian team have escaped injury after an SUV struck their chartered bus.
Waco police say the SUV driver ran a red light Wednesday night and the vehicle hit the side of the bus.
Nobody on the bus was hurt but police say at least two of the SUV passengers had minor injuries. Part of the side of the bus, mainly a cargo area, was damaged.
No charges were immediately filed.
OSU's Cowgirls are in Waco for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships. Oklahoma State is ranked 10th.