KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:09:20 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Cowboys Erase 21-Point Deficit, beat Rams 34-31 http://www.kristv.com/news/cowboys-erase-21-point-deficit-beat-rams-34-31-380986/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cowboys-erase-21-point-deficit-beat-rams-34-31-380986/ Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 9:38:18 PM Associated Press Cowboys Erase 21-Point Deficit, beat Rams 34-31

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dez Bryant had so much distance on the closest defender, it was pitch and catch. Blown coverage made it the easiest play the Dallas Cowboys made in a comeback that matched the biggest in franchise history.

"No one ever comes that wide open," quarterback Tony Romo said of the 68-yard touchdown pass that was among the big plays that helped the Cowboys erase a 21-0 deficit and stun the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday. "You want to make sure you don't do anything stupid."

The Cowboys (2-1) had plenty of time to chip away, and no one panicked about the cushion they'd spotted the Rams.

"We never blinked, I can honestly say that," Bryant said.

Romo has 21 comeback victories in the fourth quarter or overtime, a franchise best.

"Tony went out there and did what Tony do," Bryant said. "He was poised and he knew what he wanted to do."

Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap, capping the rally.

DeMarco Murray's 1-yard run late in the first half began the rally.

Dallas also rallied from a 21-point deficit in 1984 against New Orleans and 1999 against Washington, although both of those wins came in overtime.

It tied the second-largest lead blown by the Rams (1-2), who slowed Murray but got burned everywhere else. Among other breakdowns was a flubbed snap by center Scott Wells, who didn't realize Austin Davis was in the shotgun, resulting in a lost fumble, and a dropped touchdown pass by Jared Cook that could have put the Rams up 28-21. They settled for a field goal.

"I feel like I let this game slip through my hands and it's my fault," Cook said.

St. Louis is 0-2 at home and was whipped 34-6 by Minnesota in the opener. Fisher said Davis played well, but that Shaun Hill would be the starter after the upcoming bye week.

"So, we've got some work to do and some time to look at what we're doing," Fisher said. "They played very, very hard. But they didn't play very smart."

Murray had 100 yards on 24 carries and lost a fumble for the fourth straight game dating to last season, even after switching from carrying the ball on his left side to the right. Three of his 10 career 100-yard games are against the Rams and all leading to victories, with a franchise-record 253 yards in 2011 and 175 yards last season.

Janoris Jenkins' 25-yard interception return, the fifth defensive touchdown in his three seasons, put the Rams up 21-0 with 6:06 to go in the first half.

Davis cut the Cowboys' lead to three points on a 4-yard pass to Austin Pettis with 2:36 to go, but Morris Claiborne's interception clinched it with 1:02 left.

Romo was 4 for 5 for 40 yards and scrambled 16 yards on third-and-13 on the go-ahead drive. His second-half play overshadowed a third costly INT of the year.

"We were able to execute under pressure or whatever you want to say, blah, blah, blah," Romo said. "We got it done."

Penalties and a turnover late in the first half helped the Cowboys close the gap.

Murray's 1-yard run came a play after rookie Lamarcus Joyner's interference call in the end zone. Henry Melton recovered a fumble on Scott Wells' flubbed shotgun snap, and a roughing-the-passer call on Eugene Sims got Dallas closer for Dan Bailey's 29-yard field goal.

NOTES: The Cowboys are 2-1 for the fourth straight season and have won 12 in a row in Week 3. ... Former Rams great Isaiah Robertson was introduced on the sideline in the first quarter. ... Murray is among four Cowboys to begin a season with a rushing TD in the first four games. Emmit Smith did it four times, Marion Barber three times and Calvin Hill once.


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Giants Hand Texans First Loss of Season, 30-17 http://www.kristv.com/news/giants-hand-texans-first-loss-of-season-30-17/ http://www.kristv.com/news/giants-hand-texans-first-loss-of-season-30-17/ Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 9:36:30 PM Associated Press Giants Hand Texans First Loss of Season, 30-17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With his team desperate to win, Tom Coughlin lightened the mood for the New York Giants during the week.

There was music - certainly not from the 68-year-old coach's era - at practice. A punt catching competition was held and there were some laughs. It turned to smiles and a W on Sunday against the Houston Texans with some old-fashioned football.

Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown and Eli Manning threw two TD passes as the Giants overcame some early mistakes and beat the suddenly error-prone Texans 30-17.

The victory not only put some life back into the Giants (1-2), it also ended any chance of a second straight 0-6 start for Coughlin's team, which has missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

"It's good to get that first win," said Manning, who was 21 of 28 for 234 yards and no interceptions. "We didn't want to go through (0-6) again. The coaches and everybody didn't get too uptight. With coach keeping his cool, bringing a little excitement to practice, it helped the players just relax. We said: 'It's Sunday. Just go play football. Don't worry about being perfect or doing everything exactly. Just play the game you love.'"

Manning joked about the music played on Friday.

"We just stole it off Coach Coughlin's iPad," he said. "You know, early '90s rap."

The Giants got a lot of contributions. Victor Cruz made a 26-yard touchdown catch, his first since Game 4 of last season, and danced the salsa. The defense intercepted three of Ryan Fitzpatrick's passes, and the special teams unit blocked a punt, setting up Manning's second TD.

"This was huge for us, knowing we had to get this game and get this one under our belts with a short week and not wanting to look ahead," said Cruz, who quipped that he had to remember how to salsa after his score. "We had to take care of this one and get ready for Washington (Thursday night)."

Fitzpatrick, who had not thrown an interception this season, threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Damaris Johnson and ran for another score for the Texans (2-1), who played without halfback Arian Foster (hamstring).

Houston came in tied for the league lead with a plus-5 turnover differential. The Giants were at the other end of the spectrum at minus-6 with no takeaways.

"We're not going to win any games when I play like that, especially in the first half with the turnovers," said Fitzpatrick, who was 20 of 34 for 289 yards. "Sometimes interceptions happen, but it was just poor play by me."

On Sunday, the Giants won the turnover battle, got pressure from their front four and dominated the Texans' defensive front in rushing for 193 yards in a much-needed win.

New York outgained Houston 262-83 in the first half in taking a 14-0 lead on the touchdown pass to Cruz and a 1-yard run by Jennings, which was set up by Antrel Rolle's 25-yard interception return to the Texans 2.

The lead should have been a larger. Tight end Larry Donnell fumbled at the Texans 4 in the first quarter after a reception, and Pro Bowl long snapper Zak DeOssie rolled one past holder Steve Weatherford on a short field-goal attempt in the second.

Houston added to its woes early in the third quarter, going for a first down on a fourth-and-1 from its own 46 and failing.

Brown hit a 39-yard field goal to make it 17-0 before Houston rallied behind Fitzpatrick. Three passes to DeAndre Hopkins set up a field goal, and Johnson's TD closed the gap to 17-10 with 2:13 left in the quarter.

Jennings, who carried 34 times, had three rushes for 28 yards as the Giants drove for a field goal to extend the lead to 20-10 early in the fourth.

Damontre Moore blocked Shane Lechler's punt to give New York the ball at the Houston 29, and Manning and Fells hooked up for touchdown for the second straight week.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Fitzpatrick on the next series, setting up Brown's final field goal.

NOTES: Jennings' previous career high was 150 yards vs. Houston last season while playing for Oakland. ... The Texans had not allowed a sack in their first two games. The Giants got two and had five quarterback hurries. ... Jameel McClain, who replaced Jon Beason at middle linebacker had a team-high 11 tackles and half a sack. ... New Jersey native Brian Cushing had a game-high 17 tackles. ... J.J. Watt had a sack and two tackles for losses. ... Alfred Blue had 78 yards on 13 carries, starting for Foster. ... Prince Amukamara also had an interception for New York. ... Johnathan Joseph had a fumble recovery for the Texans.


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Lions Take Advantage of Sloppy Play by Javelinas, Retain Chennault Cup http://www.kristv.com/news/lions-take-advantage-of-sloppy-play-by-javelinas-retain-chennault-cup/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lions-take-advantage-of-sloppy-play-by-javelinas-retain-chennault-cup/ Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 3:20:10 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Lions Take Advantage of Sloppy Play by Javelinas, Retain Chennault Cup

ARLINGTON, Texas (Football) - A blocked punt by Joe Crowe gave Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1-2, 0-1 LSC) the quick jolt it needed, but Texas A&M University-Commerce (2-1, 1-0 LSC) took advantage of Kingsville's offensive miscues and earned its third consecutive victory in the battle for the Chennault Cup, 55-20, on Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium. The game was the opener of the 2014 Lone Star Conference Football Festival.

 

With the loss, the Javelinas fall to 1-2 on the year and 0-1 in the LSC. Kingsville leads the Chennault Cup series 13-5.

 

"When you turn the ball over as much as we did today, the outcome will not be what you want it to be," said head coach David Calloway. "We started off with the blocked punt and the rushing touchdown, but ultimately, we have to take care of the ball."

 

Crowe's blocked punt gave TAMUK's offense the possession of the football on the Lions' 11-yard line. After a false start, Trey Mitchell rushed for five yards, found Jordan Thomas for a six yard completion and powered his way to the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the season - a five yard rush - to give the Javelinas a 6-0 lead with 10:19 remaining.

 

The Lions responded with seven plays for 72 yards and connected on their extra-point opportunity to take a 7-6 advantage with 8:35 left in the opening quarter. Sloppy play late in the first quarter allowed A&M-Commerce to close out the frame with a 17-6 lead.

 

A fumble forced by Mark Savere was recovered by Trevor Pesek and Marquis Cardinal Jr. and Mitchell combined to lead Kingsville downfield. Capped off by Mitchell's second rushing touchdown of the game, Cardinal rushed for 30 yards and caught a 10-yard pass on the drive to cut TAMUK's deficit to 17-13 with just under 10 minutes left to play in the first half.

 

At halftime, the Lions were in complete control, leading 38-13 and continued its surge in the second half en route to a 55-20 victory. Alex Rios connected with Patrick LaFleur in the latter stages of the fourth quarter for the Javelinas.

 

LaFleur was the leading receiver, finished with eight catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Mitchell gained 56 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Trevor Pesek recorded nine tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery and Darius Lively registered six total tackles.

 

"We need to put this behind us and focus on improving for our next game at McMurry," said Henry Greathouse. "Defensively, we need to do our job and help out our offense and special teams."


The Javelinas head to McMurry University (1-0) for a 6 p.m. slate on Saturday, Sept. 27.

 


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FINALS: Friday Night Fever Scoreboard Week 4 http://www.kristv.com/news/finals-friday-night-fever-scoreboard-week-4/ http://www.kristv.com/news/finals-friday-night-fever-scoreboard-week-4/ Sports Fri, 19 Sep 2014 4:16:13 PM FINALS: Friday Night Fever Scoreboard Week 4

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9/18/2014

District 30-5A
Final
GP Gregory-Portland Wildcats54
Miller Miller Buccaneers14

 

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Final
Ray Ray Texans17
Laredo United South Laredo United South7

9/19/2014

District 30-5A
Final
Calallen Calallen Wildcats28
Alice Alice Coyotes21
 Listen LIVE: 92.1 FM (Alicetx.com)


Final
Victoria East Victoria East Titans56
Moody Moody Trojans3
 Listen LIVE: 1150 (KCCT) & TSRN


Final
Flour Bluff Flour Bluff Hornets44
Victoria West Victoria West Warriors36
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Non-District
Final
Carroll Carroll Tigers57
McAllen McAllen Bulldogs27

Final
Lasara Lasara Lions6
Agua Dulce  Agua Dulce Longhorns33

Final
Ben Bolt Ben Bolt Badgers40
Bruni Bruni Badgers27

Final/OT
George West George West Longhorns14
Falfurrias Falfurrias Bulls20

Final
Progreso Progreso Red Ants10
Hebbronville Hebbronville Longhorns42

Final
Rockport Fulton Rockport-Fulton Pirates48
Ingleside Ingleside Mustangs49

Final
Riviera Riviera Seahawks53
John Paul II John Paul II Centurions12

Final
Banquete Banquete Bulldogs10
Karnes City Karnes City Badgers25

Final
Rio Grande City Rio Grande City Rattlers9
King King Mustangs49
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Final
Robstown Robstown Cotton Pickers20
Kingsville Kingsville Brahmas24

Final
Pettus Pettus War Eagles0

London London Pirates

30

Final
Mathis Mathis Pirates52
Lyford Lyford Bulldogs46

Final
West Oso West Oso Bears22
Odem Odem Owls40

Final
Aransas Pass Aransas Pass Panthers19
Orange Grove Orange Grove Bulldogs53

Final
SGA Santa Gertrudis Academy Pride40
Runge Runge Yellowjackets7

Final
Refugio Refugio Bobcats40
San Diego San Diego Vaqueros0

Final
Benavides Benavides Eagles0
Santa Maria Santa Maria Cougars40

Final
Beeville Beeville Trojans20
Sinton Sinton Pirates48

Final/OT
Freer Freer Buckaroos15
Skidmore Tynan Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats22

Final
Bishop Bishop Badgers0
Taft Taft Greyhounds21

Final
Three Rivers Three Rivers Bulldogs37
Woodsboro Woodsboro Eagles21

9/20/2014

1st
Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Lions0
Annapolis Annapolis Warriors0

1st
Generic Gospel Lighthouse0
Corpus Christi WINGS Corpus Christi WINGS0

 


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Goodell: 'Same Mistakes Can Never be Repeated' http://www.kristv.com/news/goodell-same-mistakes-can-never-be-repeated-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/goodell-same-mistakes-can-never-be-repeated-/ Sports Fri, 19 Sep 2014 2:55:03 PM Goodell: 'Same Mistakes Can Never be Repeated'

NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.

"Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said. "That starts with me."

The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases.

The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.

"The same mistakes can never be repeated," he said.

Goodell now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.

The commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Less than three weeks into the season, five such cases have made headlines, the others involving Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer.

Vikings star running back Peterson, Carolina defensive end Hardy and Arizona running back Dwyer are on a special commissioner's exemption list and are being paid while they go through the legal process. McDonald, a defensive end for San Francisco, continues to practice and play while being investigated on suspicion of domestic violence.

As these cases have come to light, such groups as the National Organization of Women and league partners and sponsors have come down hard on the NFL to be more responsive in dealing with them. Congress also is watching to see how the NFL reacts.

In response to the criticism, the NFL announced it is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center.

Goodell also said in a memo to the clubs late Thursday that within the next 30 days, all NFL and team personnel will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. The memo said the league will work with the union in providing the "information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault."

The league will provide financial, operational and promotional support to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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Islanders Cruise Past Incarnate Word, 3-1, in Home Opener http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-cruise-past-incarnate-word-3-1-in-home-opener/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-cruise-past-incarnate-word-3-1-in-home-opener/ Sports Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:14:10 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Cruise Past Incarnate Word, 3-1, in Home Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team cruised to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12) victory over Incarnate Word tonight in the home opener and the opening match of the Emerald Beach Islanders Classic. The Islanders (5-7) recorded a season-high .307 hitting percentage and held the Cardinals (3-8) to .162 hitting in front of 729 fans in attendance.

Senior Brianna Brink led the Islanders with 13 kills and racked up her second double-double of the season with 11 digs. Haley Satterwhite Day tallied 11 kills, while Brittany Gilpin tied a career-best 10 kills on an impressive .429 hitting, and also chipped in five block assists. Ivy Baresh collected 17 digs as libero, while Hailey King pitched in 14 digs. Freshman Kristyn Nicholson dished out 44 assists, just three shy of her career best.

The Cardinals opened with an early lead in the first set until the Islanders rallied back to push ahead 16-15 with three straight kills by Madeleine Doud, Gilpin and Brink. After a timeout by Incarnate Word, the Cardinals tied the set at 16-16 before the Islanders put together a 9-2 run to secure the first set, 25-18. A&M - Corpus Christi hit .317 in the set and held the Cardinals to .080 hitting.

The Islanders carried over their momentum into the second set to take an early 14-9 lead on a 6-1 run. A&M - Corpus Christi maintained its lead en route to a 25-15 lead. In the first two sets, Doud put down eight kills on an impressive .583 hitting. The Islanders held the Cardinals to .167 hitting in the second set while registering a .343 hitting percentage themselves.

In the third set, the Islanders and Cardinals tied eight times before UIW pushed ahead with a 15-13 lead on a 3-0 run. After trading points, Satterwhite slammed it down before the Cardinals scored three straight to force the Islanders to call a timeout. UIW extended their lead to 21-15 before closing out the set with a 25-18 win.

The Islanders answered back in the fourth set with an early 6-1 lead with the help of Brink who put down three kills. A&M - Corpus Christi kept things rolling to pad its lead to 11-4 after scoring three straight with kills by Kirstee McGarva, Satterwhite and Nicholson. The Islanders built a 19-9 lead before clinching the set and match with a 25-12 win. A&M - Corpus Christi hit a set-high .359 in the fourth set and held the Cardinals to a set-low of .000 hitting.

The Islanders continue play tomorrow against Omaha at 11 a.m. followed by a 7 p.m. match against Houston.

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Texans at Giants Preview http://www.kristv.com/news/texans-at-giants-preview/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texans-at-giants-preview/ Sports Thu, 18 Sep 2014 4:37:23 PM Associated Press Texans at Giants Preview

HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) at NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 2-0, New York 0-2

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 2-1

LAST MEETING -Giants beat Texans 34-10, Oct. 10, 2010

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Raiders 30-14; Giants lost to Cardinals 25-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 15, Giants No. 29

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (8), PASS (30).

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (T18), PASS (24).

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (29), PASS (21).

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (21).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans have started 2-0 five straight seasons. ...Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has 129.1 rating last week, second best of career. ... RB Arian Foster has rushed for at least 100 yards in first two games. ... WR Andre Johnson has 14 catches for 178 yards in two games against Giants, while WR DeAndre Hopkins has caught TD in each of first two games this season. ...Texans have not allowed a sack. ... DE J.J. Watt has 8½ sacks, three forced fumbles and three recoveries in his last nine games against NFC teams. ...Houston is plus-5 in turnover margin. ... For first time since 1995-96, Giants have started consecutive seasons with 0-2 marks. ...New York has not recorded takeaway and is minus-6 overall. ... QB Eli Manning is 2-0 against Houston. ...TE Larry Donnell leads team with 12 catches for 137 yards. WR Victor Cruz has not caught touchdown since fourth week of last season. ... Jason Pierre-Paul had 1 1/2 sacks last week, while fellow DE Robert Ayers Jr. has sack in each of first two games. ... Giants opened last season 0-6. ... Giants thin at linebacker with Jon Beason (toe) and Devon Kennard (hamstring) hurt.

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Cowboys at Rams Preview http://www.kristv.com/news/cowboys-at-rams-preview/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cowboys-at-rams-preview/ Sports Thu, 18 Sep 2014 4:34:30 PM Associated Press Cowboys at Rams Preview

DALLAS (1-1) at ST. LOUIS (1-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cowboys 1-1, Rams 1-1

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 16-15

LAST MEETING - Cowboys beat Rams 31-7, Sept., 22, 2013

LAST WEEK - Cowboys beat Titans 26-10, Rams beat Buccaneers 19-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 22, Rams No. 28

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (2), PASS (22).

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (14), PASS (13).

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (23) PASS (16).

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (9), PASS (19).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is 2-0 vs. Rams and QB Tony Romo is 3-0 with eight TDs and one interception. ... Rams coach Jeff Fisher is 3-4 vs. Dallas. ... Rams lost opener at home, 34-6 to Vikings. Cowboys also lost opener at home, 28-17 to 49ers. ... Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray leads NFL with 285 yards rushing. ... In last year's game, Murray rushed for 175 yards and TD and Romo passed for 3 TDs in last meeting. Murray had franchise-record 253 yards rushing against Rams in 2011 with 91-yard run. ... WR Dez Bryant had 10 catches last week and reached 300 catches in 61st game, fewest games in franchise history. ... Rams QB Austin Davis made first career start last week in place of injured Shaun Hill, throwing for 235 yards. ... RB Zac Stacy averages 104.7 yards past six home games with five TDs. ... WR Brian Quick has team-leading 14 catches, seven in each game. ... DE Robert Quinn has 13 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in past nine games at home.

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Romo OK With Game Manager Role http://www.kristv.com/news/romo-ok-with-game-manager-role/ http://www.kristv.com/news/romo-ok-with-game-manager-role/ Sports Thu, 18 Sep 2014 4:06:09 PM Associated Press Romo OK With Game Manager Role

RVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo just had to get out of the way for the Dallas Cowboys to win for the first time this season.

His three interceptions played a big role in a season-opening loss to San Francisco, and the difference a week later at Tennessee was the rushing attack led by DeMarco Murray.

Romo has been called a lot of things in eight years as the starting quarterback in Dallas. Game manager isn't one of them.

Now that he's coming off back surgery and has the league's leading rusher through two weeks behind him, a "complementary" role - coach Jason Garrett's word after beating the Titans - seems more realistic than ever heading into Sunday's game at St. Louis (1-1).

"I'm all for going out and having games like we just had and playing the way Seattle has the last few years and just having those style of games," said Romo, who threw for 176 yards and a touchdown without an interception in the 26-10 win over the Titans last weekend. "It makes everyone's job easier."

Owner Jerry Jones, who gave Romo the franchise's first $100 million contract last year, is fine with it, too.

"I'm probably the one that's standing right behind Tony and saying, 'Yes, we like seeing that,'" Jones said on his radio show. "All of it works together. So the way we played Romo the other day fits me just fine and fits him just fine. It's called winning, and that's what we're here for."

But there is one potentially unsettling question for Jones and the Cowboys (1-1) - whether a reduced role will be required to help Romo deal with a back that needed surgery to repair a herniated disk. Eight months earlier, he had a cyst removed from his back.

The 34-year-old Romo has said that he's 100 percent, that he's throwing the ball better than ever, that he feels his best years are ahead of him.

Really, he says just about anything he can think of to reassure the masses that he's the same quarterback who already has the franchise record for touchdown passes and should pass Troy Aikman in career yards this year.

His teammates do the same thing. Safety Barry Church said on a radio show this week that Romo's back was so good that he could "hit him with a chair and he'd be fine."

But here's the reality. He took frequent days off during training camp, and finally sat out a regular-season practice for the first time Wednesday with what Garrett said was stiffness. Romo just called it a routine day off, like the ones in California.

"I'm sure it'll happen throughout the rest of the season," said Romo, who returned to practice Thursday. "It's just obviously more talked about because of having surgery on the back. It's a very violent, physical game, and you throw the ball a lot and you do all these things. Sometimes it's just that tightness stuff comes up. I'll be fine."

Romo stumbled out of the pocket on one play early against the Titans, and threw a wobbly pass into the ground. But he also had a strong throw on the run to Dez Bryant to convert a third-and-15 on a third-quarter touchdown drive that answered Tennessee's best challenge.

"The more he plays coming back off this injury, I anticipate that continuing to get better and better," Garrett said. "We saw some good examples of that and maybe some examples where he wasn't quite himself."

But Garrett isn't ready to relegate Romo to the front of the bus - as in the bus driver.

"He understands what the point of emphasis has been for our team," said Garrett, who was Romo's offensive coordinator for six seasons before giving up the role last season. "We want to be a balanced offense. Use a lot of different people to attack a lot of different ways. Tony has been a part of that. And he's been part of games where we have run the ball really successfully."

NOTES: LB Rolando McClain (groin) missed practice for the second straight day, increasing the chance that the Cowboys will be without their top two middle linebackers against the Rams. Justin Durant also is out with a groin injury. ... WR Dez Bryant returned to practice but said he didn't participate in contact drills.

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Texas QB David Ash Ends Football Career http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-qb-david-ash-ends-football-career/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-qb-david-ash-ends-football-career/ Sports Wed, 17 Sep 2014 9:15:41 PM Associated Press Texas QB David Ash Ends Football Career

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas quarterback David Ash has given up playing football after suffering at least one concussion and lingering symptoms over the last year.

Longhorns coach Charlie Strong said on Wednesday that he told Ash "there was no way we were going to let you back on the field."

Added Strong, "His health is our major concern."

Strong said that Ash would remain a part of the program working with the team's younger quarterbacks.

Ash, a junior, suffered a concussion during the second week of the 2013 season in a game at BYU. That is the only concussion that Ash and the team have acknowledged. He returned two weeks later, against Kansas State, but left that game with what Texas officials called a head injury. He missed the rest of the season.

Ash was determined to return this season, but he acknowledged that there was some concern among family members.

He played in the opener, a victory against North Texas, but experienced headaches and dizziness after the game, Strong said.

Ash missed the next two games. The Longhorns have off this week.

Strong said Ash approached him to discuss the future.

Ash played in 29 games at Texas, starting 22. He ranks seventh in school history in career touchdown passes (31) and eighth in passing yards (4,728).

Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes started the last two games for the Longhorns, losses to BYU and UCLA. Swoopes has completed 44 of 65 passes (67.7 percent) with three touchdowns against one interception. Swoopes completed 24 of 34 against UCLA, including two touchdowns.

"Tyrone played very well," Strong said.

Strong sounds like a coach who would prefer that Swoopes take every meaningful snap for the rest of the season. His backup, Jerrod Heard, is a freshman who has not appeared in a game and is eligible for a redshirt season.

"We'll go with Tyrone as long as we can unless something happens," Strong said.

Strong said he did not want to use Heard "just to play him. If he plays 25 snaps for a year, you've wasted a year."

The Longhorns lost another starter against UCLA on Saturday. Defensive tackle Desmond Jackson will undergo foot surgery and probably miss the rest of the season, Strong said.

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After Making 'Mistake,' Vikings Bench Peterson http://www.kristv.com/news/after-making-mistake-vikings-bench-peterson/ http://www.kristv.com/news/after-making-mistake-vikings-bench-peterson/ Sports Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:40:49 AM Associated Press After Making 'Mistake,' Vikings Bench Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back their superstar running back following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

"We made a mistake and we need to get this right," he said at a crowded news conference. "It is important to always listen to our fans and the community and our sponsors. Our goal is always to make the decision we feel is right for the Minnesota Vikings ... We want to be sure we get this right."

Wilf and his co-owner brother, Mark Wilf, announced their decision around 2 a.m. Eastern after concluding it was best for the Vikings and for Peterson, their All-Pro workhorse who has played his entire NFL career with Minnesota and is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year.

The organization put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster while he deals with his legal affairs. General manager Rick Spielman would not put a timeframe on when Peterson might be back.

"Until these legal matters are resolved, that he will remain on this exemption list," he said.

A day-and-a-half earlier, the Vikings said Peterson would rejoin the team after missing Sunday's loss to New England. The backlash to that announcement was significant. The Vikings had at least one major sponsorship suspended. Several prominent NFL advertisers, including Anheuser-Busch, expressed concern about the league's recent off-the-field problems, which include former Ravens running back Ray Rice and the indictment of Peterson. The governor was critical. Fans were angry.

Castrol Motor Oil, Special Olympics Minnesota and Mylan Inc. all severed ties with Peterson. Twin Cities area Nike stores pulled Peterson's jerseys from its shelves and the team canceled an appearance at a children's home.

Mark Wilf dismissed the suggestion that Peterson was barred strictly because of sponsor concerns.

"Absolutely not," he said. "We value our partners, our sponsors, our community and especially our fans. In the end, it really is about getting it right. We made a mistake."

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said the decision was "the best possible outcome given the circumstances."

"Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation," Dogra told The Associated Press. "We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence."

The NFL Players Association said it had worked with Peterson and the team to resolve "this unique situation.

"Adrian Peterson made a decision to take a voluntary leave with pay to take care of his personal and legal issues," the union said. "We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family."

Peterson has an Oct. 8 court appearance scheduled in Montgomery County, outside of Houston, on a felony charge of injury to a child. Peterson has taken responsibility for the incident, insisting he meant no harm and alluding to similar punishment he endured from his parents while growing up in Palestine, Texas.

Peterson hasn't appeared publicly since the grand jury indictment, but in a statement this week he said he's met with a psychologist and acknowledged there are "alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."

The case is expected to take several months to proceed through the court system, so the possibility of Peterson playing again in 2014 appears slim. His future with the Vikings is another matter. He turns 30 next year and will continue to carry a huge salary cap hit in 2015.

The Vikings held Peterson out of the 30-7 loss to New England on Sunday to let the situation simmer. Then on Monday they announced Peterson would rejoin the team and play this weekend at New Orleans. But the Radisson hotel chain suspended its sponsorship with the Vikings and Papa John's pizza considered doing the same.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who spearheaded an effort to secure $477 million in public money to help build the team a new stadium, and Sen. Al Franken were among the many who called for the Vikings to reconsider their position.

The Vikings said they had deliberations with the NFL over the previous two days. They said they informed the league they were revisiting the original decision. Executives were at the team's Winter Park headquarters late into the night Tuesday, discussing how to respond to the avalanche of criticism. It explained the early-morning announcement.

"There were a lot of people discussing this, working through it, a lot of different parties in this," Mark Wilf said. "We felt once we get it right, to get it out when we got it right."

Peterson has been the face of the franchise since he was drafted in 2007, one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL whose All Day Foundation charity is devoted to helping children.

But the foundation's website was shuttered Tuesday, at one point posting a message that it "will re-engage after Adrian, his family, and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian's philanthropy."

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Florida State Benches Winston for 1st Half of Clemson Game http://www.kristv.com/news/florida-state-benches-winston-for-1st-half-of-clemson-game/ http://www.kristv.com/news/florida-state-benches-winston-for-1st-half-of-clemson-game/ Sports Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:30:33 AM Associated Press Florida State Benches Winston for 1st Half of Clemson Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State officials say Jameis Winston will be benched for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after making "offensive and vulgar" comments about women and that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline.

The decision was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox.

Several students tweeted Tuesday Winston shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme.

The president and AD said, "As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University. Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

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Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities http://www.kristv.com/news/vikings-bar-peterson-from-all-team-activities/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vikings-bar-peterson-from-all-team-activities/ Sports Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:38:08 AM Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss the rest of the season while the case proceeds through the court system.

The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. Several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson, prompting Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf to revisit the situation on Tuesday.

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian," the Wilfs said in a statement. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community."

Peterson was indicted last week in Montgomery County, Texas, after admitting to authorities that he struck his son with a tree branch. Peterson said he was disciplining his son the same way his own father disciplined him while growing up in Palestine, Texas, and didn't intend to hurt him.

The Vikings deactivated him for the 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday while they gathered more information. But on Monday they announced that Peterson was being reinstated and expected to play this weekend at New Orleans.

The about face came after the Radisson hotel chains suspended its sponsorship with the Vikings, Papa John's considered doing the same, and Anheuser-Busch said it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" with the negative attention brought to the league by Ray Rice's assault on his wife and Peterson's arrest.

Castrol Motor Oil, Special Olympics Minnesota and Mylan Inc. all severed ties with Peterson, and Twin Cities Nike stores pulled Peterson's jerseys from its shelves.

"This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances," Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, told The Associated Press of the Vikings' decision. "Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence."

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who spearheaded an effort to secure $477 million in public money to help build the team a new stadium, and Sen. Al Franken were among the many who called for the Vikings to reconsider their position.

Peterson's first court appearance isn't until Oct. 8, and with the Vikings specifying that he must stay away "until the legal proceedings are resolved," it appears there is a possibility that he won't play again this year.

The Vikings said they had deliberations with the NFL over the previous two days and informed the league they were revisiting the situation. Executives were at the team's Winter Park headquarters late into the night on Tuesday, discussing how to respond to the avalanche of criticism.

"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," the Wilfs said in their statement. "We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization.

"We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it - as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community."

What this means for Peterson's future with the team remains to be seen. The 29-year-old has been the face of the franchise practically since he was drafted in 2007, one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL whose All Day Foundation charity is devoted to helping children.

But the foundation's website was shuttered on Tuesday, at one point posting a message that it "will re-engage after Adrian, his family, and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian's philanthropy."

Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his NFL career. He won the MVP award in 2012 after rushing for 2,097 yards in his return from a torn ACL.

"We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision," the Wilfs said. "We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision."

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Mcilroy Wins PGA Player of Year Award http://www.kristv.com/news/mcilroy-wins-pga-player-of-year-award/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mcilroy-wins-pga-player-of-year-award/ Sports Tue, 16 Sep 2014 6:12:01 PM Associated Press Mcilroy Wins PGA Player of Year Award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy is the Vardon Trophy winner and the PGA of America's player of the year for the second time.

McIlroy won the points-based player of the year award on the strength of his two majors at the British Open and PGA Championship. Winning two majors comes with a 50-point bonus. McIlroy also won the Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy had an adjusted scoring average of 68.62 to win the Vardon Trophy over Sergio Garcia (68.95).

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland also won the PGA's player of the year and the Vardon Trophy in 2012.

The PGA Tour awards a separate award for player of the year based on a vote of the players. Voting for that ends Sept. 25.

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Criticism Mounting for Vikings, Peterson http://www.kristv.com/news/criticism-mounting-for-vikings-peterson/ http://www.kristv.com/news/criticism-mounting-for-vikings-peterson/ Sports Tue, 16 Sep 2014 6:09:46 PM Associated Press Criticism Mounting for Vikings, Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For as long as he's been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser's dream.

Now that he is facing a felony charge of child abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, the Minnesota Vikings running back is in the middle of a firestorm the likes of which he's never seen before, and several high-profile sponsors are starting to distance themselves while the controversy swirls envelopes a league in crisis.

In the wake of the Vikings' decision to allow Peterson to play while the legal process plays out in Texas, the Radisson hotel chain has suspended its relationship with the Vikings, Nike stores in the Twin Cities have stopped selling merchandise with his name on it and a message on his All Day Foundation's website says the children's charity is on hiatus and "will reengage after Adrian, his family, and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian's philanthropy."

"It is an awful situation," said Gov. Mark Dayton, who spearheaded an effort to secure $477 million in public funding for a new Vikings stadium that is being built downtown. "Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be 'innocent until proven guilty.' However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system."

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf sat Peterson for the 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday while they tried to gather more information about the case. After reviewing files, speaking to Peterson, his attorney and authorities, the Wilfs decided to reinstate Peterson and he plans to play this weekend at New Orleans.

On a day when Anheuser-Busch said it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" with the negative attention brought to the league by Ray Rice's assault on his wife and Peterson's treatment of his son, Nike pulled Peterson jerseys from its stores at the Mall of America in Bloomington and in outlet malls in Eagan and Albertville. Nike still sells the jerseys and features Peterson on its website.

Mylan Inc. said it was no longer working with Peterson to promote its EpiPen, used to treat allergic reactions. The running back had participated in several promotions to raise awareness for anaphylaxis, which he has dealt with in the past.

"Mylan has ended all activities with Adrian Peterson," spokeswoman Julie Knell said. "We remain committed to supporting those managing potentially life-threatening allergies and will continue our educational efforts to increase anaphylaxis awareness and preparedness."

U.S. Bank, which is rumored to be in the running for the naming rights to the team's new stadium, said it is "monitoring the situation closely."

So is Shaun Hagglund, the owner of Fan HQ in suburban Minneapolis who said he pulled Peterson apparel from the store's shelves as soon as the charge came down on Friday night.

"I'm not making a moral stand or a judgment," Hagglund said. "Just for now, let's see what comes of this and see what stories are true and which ones are not and take it from there."

Wheaties has pulled the last of the Peterson mentions from its website, but General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas said that was because of a contractual matter and not related to the child abuse charge. Siemienas said most of the Peterson material was removed months ago as the brand shifted to a new promotion with younger and up-and-coming athletes.

Other sponsors were still standing behind the Vikings and Peterson, including Verizon Wireless.

"We are supportive of the NFL and, at this point, we are satisfied with our sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings," Verizon said in a statement to The Associated Press. "In fact, for the past several years we have collaborated with the Vikings on several programs to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence, an issue Verizon has had a long-standing commitment to."

Peterson has not spoken to reporters since his arrest, but he did issue a statement through his agency on Monday that in part addressed the negative attention that his situation has received.

"I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates," Peterson said. "I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son."

Seeing Peterson, a player who has worked tirelessly in the community and been the face of the franchise practically since he arrived in Minnesota in 2007, put in the public crosshairs was just as jarring to some of his teammates.

"The Adrian I know does a lot of stuff for charity. He's raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for special needs children, brings kids up here from Texas, gives them a dream and something to shoot for," fullback Jerome Felton said. "Brings kids from the inner cities, takes them to Dick's Sporting Goods and spends thousands of dollars of his own money. So that's the guy I know and I'm glad to have him back on the team."

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Major Sponsors Fed up With NFL Off Field Issues http://www.kristv.com/news/major-sponsors-fed-up-with-nfl-off-field-issues/ http://www.kristv.com/news/major-sponsors-fed-up-with-nfl-off-field-issues/ Sports Tue, 16 Sep 2014 6:06:37 PM Associated Press Major Sponsors Fed up With NFL Off Field Issues

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising.

Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; as well as the Minnesota Vikings' decision to let Adrian Peterson play while he faces an abuse charge for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league.

The statements come after Radisson hotels said Monday that it was pulling its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings. No other brands have pulled sponsorships from teams or the NFL.

But the statements from sponsors are becoming increasingly strongly worded.

Only last week, several big sponsors like GM and FedEx said they were monitoring the situation or watching it closely. Others like Anheuser-Busch and Procter & Gamble stayed silent.

This week, sponsors are making it clear they have made the NFL aware of their concerns. A-B used the harshest language, saying it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned."

The NFL responded to the sponsors' statements late Tuesday with a short statement of its own:

"We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come," the organization said.

As the NFL and various team executives navigate scandal, much is at stake: The money companies pay each year to be official sponsors -not including advertising and promotions- is worth about $1.07 billion for the league and all of its teams, according to sponsorship consultancy IEG. The NFL is a coveted partner for brands since an average of 17.4 million people tune in during a regular season NFL game, about 65 percent men and 35 percent women, according to Nielsen.

Experts say that brands are taking their cues by how upset consumers seem.

"It takes something pretty dramatic before those league sponsors who have invested in some cases hundreds of millions in their relationship with NFL seek to end their partnership or do something like that," said Jim Andrews, senior vice president of content strategy at IEG. "They follow the fans. They will be constantly monitoring and testing the waters to see what the fan reaction to this is."

For Anheuser-Busch, those sponsorship fees alone are worth an estimated $50 million. The beer maker said Tuesday that it is "disappointed and increasingly concerned" by the recent incident.

"We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code," the company said in a statement. "We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."

Also on Tuesday, McDonald's issued a similar statement, saying "we have questions surrounding these evolving situations and are closely monitoring as the appropriate parties investigate these matters," The company added it has "communicated our concerns to the league, and we expect it to take strong and necessary actions to address these issues."

On Monday, Visa said domestic violence in any form is unacceptable and has no place in the NFL and society.

"As a long-standing sponsor we have spoken with the NFL about our concerns regarding recent events, and reinforced the critical importance that they address these issues with great seriousness."

Campbell Soup said it had also spoken to the NFL about the Ray Rice video investigation.

"Upon completion of the investigation, we expect the NFL to take appropriate action," Campbell Soup Co. said in a statement. "We have shared our views with the NFL."

Also on Tuesday, Procter & Gamble responded to a fake Covergirl NFL ad that went viral on social media. The ad depicted a woman with a black eye. The company posted a statement on its Covergirl Facebook page saying "domestic violence is completely unacceptable". The company went further, saying that it has "encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence."

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Former Hook Springer Won't Play Again This Season http://www.kristv.com/news/former-hook-springer-won-t-play-again-this-season/ http://www.kristv.com/news/former-hook-springer-won-t-play-again-this-season/ Sports Tue, 16 Sep 2014 6:04:05 PM Associated Press Former Hook Springer Won't Play Again This Season

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston rookie George Springer, who has been out since July 20 with a left quadriceps injury, won't play again this season.

There was some hope that Springer might return for the last few games of the season, but interim manager Tom Lawless said on Tuesday that they decided to shut him down.

Lawless says that team officials and Springer came to the decision together and decided that getting a few more at-bats this season wasn't worth the risk of having a setback.

Springer, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft, hit .231 with 20 homers and 51 RBIs in 78 games.

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Week 3 AP High School Football Poll http://www.kristv.com/news/week-3-ap-high-school-football-poll/ http://www.kristv.com/news/week-3-ap-high-school-football-poll/ Sports Mon, 15 Sep 2014 3:47:46 PM Associated Press Week 3 AP High School Football Poll

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team's ranking in last week's poll:

Class 6A
1. Allen (24)(3-0)2491
2. DeSoto (1)(3-0)2234
3. Euless Trinity(3-0)1635
4. Cibolo Steele(3-0)1516
5. Southlake Carroll(3-0)1367
6. Pearland(3-0)968
7. Manvel(3-0)849
8. Dallas Skyline(3-0)74NR
9. Denton Guyer(2-1)5010
10. Katy(2-1)482
Others receiving votes: 11, Cedar Hill 38. 12, SA Northside Brennan 35. 13, Hewitt Midway 11. 14, The Woodlands 5. 15, Abilene 4. 16, Lake Travis 3. 17, Austin Westlake 2. 18, Dallas Highland Park 1. 18, Cypress Fairbanks 1. 18, Amarillo 1.

Class 5A
1. Aledo (13)(2-1)2294
2. Cedar Park (3)(2-1)1895
3. Lufkin (2)(2-1)1472
4. Georgetown (3)(3-0)1388
5. Fort Bend Elkins (2)(3-0)1279
6. Temple(1-1)1077
7. Tyler(2-1)911
8. Mansfield Timberview (1)(2-1)753
9. Lancaster(2-1)506
10. West Mesquite (1)(3-0)41NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Rockwall-Heath 40. 12, Austin Vandegrift 33. 13, Richmond Foster 20. 14, Richmond George Ranch 18. 15, Ennis 17. 16, CC Flour Bluff 15. 17, Whitehouse 11. 18, Fort Bend Ridge Point 9. 19, Canyon 4. 19, Canyon Randall 4. 21, Longview 3. 21, Houston King 3. 21, Georgetown East View 3. 24, Crosby 1.

Class 4A
1. Stephenville (19)(3-0)2431
2. Navasota (3)(3-0)2162
3. Argyle (1)(3-0)1873
4. Graham (1)(3-0)1654
5. Gilmer (1)(3-0)1605
6. West Orange-Stark(3-0)1316
7. Kennedale(3-0)8310
8. La Grange(3-0)58NR
9. Celina(2-1)457
10. La Marque(2-1)30NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Fairfield 15. 12, Big Spring 8. 13, La Vernia 7. 13, Van 7. 15, Tatum 5. 15, El Campo 5. 17, Atlanta 3. 17, Port Isabel 3. 19, Gladewater 2. 20, Carthage 1. 20, Liberty Hill 1.

Class 3A
1. Cisco (23)(3-0)2481
2. Franklin (2)(2-0)2202
3. Rockdale(3-0)1823
4. Wall(2-1)1624
5. Corrigan-Camden(3-0)1435
6. Kirbyville(3-0)1067
7. Teague(3-0)849
8. Waskom(2-1)778
9. Malakoff(3-0)6110
10. White Oak(3-0)23NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Grandview 18. 12, Cameron Yoe 11. 13, Arp 8. 14, Blanco 5. 14, Gunter 5. 14, New Boston 5. 17, Eastland 4. 17, Denver City 4. 19, Shallowater 3. 20, Lago Vista 2. 20, East Bernard 2. 22, Sonora 1. 22, Spearman 1.

Class 2A
1. Refugio (15)(2-0)2381
2. Mart (8)(3-0)2322
3. Tenaha (2)(3-0)1883
4. Canadian(3-0)1634
5. Bremond(3-0)1285
6. Albany(3-0)1156
7. Shiner(3-0)1037
8. Mason(3-0)848
9. Crawford(3-0)459
10. Centerville(2-1)2110
Others receiving votes: 11, Stratford 15. 12, Iraan 9. 12, Abernathy 9. 14, Seagraves 8. 15, Muenster 5. 15, Falls City 5. 17, Alto 4. 18, Hamlin 3.



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Javelinas Stand Tall in 17-14 Defeat over Mavericks http://www.kristv.com/news/javelinas-stand-tall-in-17-14-defeat-over-mavericks/ http://www.kristv.com/news/javelinas-stand-tall-in-17-14-defeat-over-mavericks/ Sports Sun, 14 Sep 2014 3:09:08 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Stand Tall in 17-14 Defeat over Mavericks

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Football) - Trey Mitchell jump-started Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1-1) to a 7-3 lead with a 67-yard run on the Javelinas' opening drive and the defense finished with 97 total tackles as Kingsville defeated Colorado Mesa University (1-1), 17-14, on Saturday evening at Javelina Stadium.

 

The defense, highlighted by seniors Henry Greathouse and Trevor Pesek's combined 21 tackles, was locked in all evening, registering six forced fumbles and four quarterback hits. The Javelinas added five sacks for 35 yards and limited the fast paced offense of the Mavericks to 6-of-17 on third-down conversions and 0-of-4 on fourth-down opportunities.

 

"Once our defense got rolling, everyone was cognizant of what our game plan was and we all held ourselves accountable," said Greathouse. "We definitely worked on improving on some things and it was good to give our crowd a win tonight."

 

Playing with a heavy heart days after his grandfather's passing, Mitchell showed just how tough the new signal caller for the Javelinas is.

 

"I felt good tonight, but good play or bad play, you forget about it and move on to the next possession," said Mitchell. "The play definitely boosted the offense and the defense shined out there tonight. The offensive line made it easy for me to find open lanes and pick my spots to run tonight. They worked hard all evening and made it easy for our offense to click. I knew my grandfather was on my side tonight and it really felt good to end with a win."

 

The win put an emphatic end to a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season and marked the first time that a player rushes for two touchdowns in a game since Greg Pitre and Cornelius Shackelford did so against McMurry University last season (Sept. 21). The 67-yard rush for a score was also the longest touchdown run since Pitre's 89-yard carry against the Warhawks.

 

Mitchell's sensational run gave the Javelinas a 7-3 lead, but a miscue in the end zone on the ensuing possession led to a safety for the Mavericks to cut CMU's deficit to 7-5. However, Mitchell capped off a 10-play, 56-yard drive with his second rushing touchdown of the first quarter as the Javelinas ended the opening frame with a 14-5 advantage.

 

At halftime, the Javelinas led 14-12. Pesek registered six first-half tackles and Forker, Savere and Greathouse each added five tackles apiece.

 

TAMUK began the second half with a field goal to take a 17-12 lead with 10:22 left to play in the third quarter. A second safety with 3:10 left in the third led to two points for the Mavericks as CMU was now just a field goal away from tying the contest.

 

A late fumble gave CMU one last crack at potentially tying the contest as the Mavs recovered a fumble on the Kingsville 23-yard line, but back-to-back tackles for losses (Kyle Williams and Kamen Ruelas on the first play and Pesek and Trey Oliver on the next run) forced a third-and-17 for Colorado Mesa. After an incomplete pass, CMU's kicker attempted a 47-yard field goal but missed short of the uprights and the Javelinas took over with 5:07 left to play.

 

A 13-yard rush by Mitchell and a 35-yard rush by Joe Te'o put TAMUK on the CMU 22-yard line. With 1:36 remaining and with Kingsville 11 yards away from a first down, Mitchell ran for six yards, and followed with another six-yard rush, this time on fourth-and-five, to clinch the victory for the Javelinas.

 

Te'o finished with 70 yards rushing and Mitchell ended his second game as a Javelina with 106 yards on the ground and 72 yards passing. Defensively, Darius Lively and Mark Savere added nine tackles and Savere, Williams, Ruelas, Braedon Robinson, Anthony Forker, DeVon Rhodes and Joshua Toki added a tackles for losses. Pesek finished with three quarterback hits and as a unit, TAMUK recorded 14 tackles for losses (50 yards).

 

"Defensively, we made stops when we needed to and held a great offensive team to 14 points," said head coach David Calloway. "Offensively, we got off to a quick start and managed the ball late in the game and it led to a quality win."

 

TAMUK heads to the 2014 Lone Star Conference Football Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20 to take on Texas A&M University-Commerce in the opening game at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is slated for a 10 a.m. start.

 

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Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge http://www.kristv.com/news/vikings-adrian-peterson-indicted-on-child-abuse-charge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vikings-adrian-peterson-indicted-on-child-abuse-charge/ Sports Fri, 12 Sep 2014 5:48:08 PM Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge

The attorney for Adrian Peterson says the Minnesota Vikings star running back has been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse.

Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge in Montgomery County accused Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son."

He says Peterson regrets the incident and never intended to harm the boy.

The allegations come during a week in which the NFL has been under heavy scrutiny for the way it handled a domestic abuse case involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee. Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in eight seasons.

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