Update on the latest in sports:


Vikings running back suspended

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season. The league added it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.

The NFL Players Association quickly announced its plan to appeal the punishment.

Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son he was disciplining. He had been on paid leave from the team since Sept. 17.


Some great early season match-ups

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The top team in AP college basketball poll faces an early season test tonight. That’s when 2-0 Kentucky takes on number-five Kansas, with a 1-0 mark, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It’s part of a doubleheader with the first game also featuring ranked clubs as number-four Duke faces 19th-rated Michigan State.

The only other match up of ranked clubs tonight has number-16 San Diego State taking on No. 25 Utah.

Elsewhere, No. 9 Virginia takes on South Carolina State, No. 11 Wichita State faces Memphis, VCU has a game against Toledo, No. 20 Ohio State plays against Marquette and No. 21 Nebraska meets Central Arkansas.


Just four games

UNDATED (AP) — One of four games in the NBA is a match-up in the Northwest Division with Oklahoma City at Utah. The Jazz are off to a 4-7 start while the Thunder sit at 3-8.

The other three contests have the Los Angeles Lakers, with a paltry 1-9 mark, at Atlanta, the New York Knicks at Milwaukee and Sacramento home to New Orleans.


Busy night on the ice

UNDATED (AP) – One of eleven games on the NHL schedule features a battle between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh at Montreal. The Canadiens are tops in the division with 19 wins while the Penguins have 16. The Habs have a four point lead in the conference over Pittsburgh.

Another solid match up has Anaheim at Calgary. The first-place Ducks have a two point lead over the Flames in the Pacific Division.

The rest of the games have Tampa Bay at the New York Islanders, Detroit skating at Columbus, Buffalo home to San Jose, Nashville at Toronto, New Jersey at Winnipeg, Carolina on the road at Dallas, Arizona home to Washington and Florida visiting Los Angeles.