MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’).
The NFL has announced that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else.
Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas. He’s been on paid leave and pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
Goodell suspended Peterson earlier this week for the rest of the season and told Peterson that he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Bills leave town
DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills made it out of snow-buried western New York heading for Detroit where their home game with the Jets will be played Monday night. Some of the Bills had to be picked up from their homes on snowmobiles after snow storms this week dumped seven feet on portions of the region.
Fans are being offered free tickets to the Bills-Jets game.
The plan is for the Bills to return to Buffalo after the game, but there is a chance the plans to host Cleveland on the following Sunday could be impacted by the conditions.
George sets goal for return
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana All-Star Paul George continues to make progress from the broken leg he suffered in August. He could begin limited work on the basketball court as early as next week.
George has been cleared to work on a treadmill in a pool as part of his rehabilitation. George is hoping to make a full recovery before April.
George broke his right leg in two places after running into a basketball stanchion in Las Vegas.
Grizzlies go for win No. 11
UNDATED (AP) — Memphis, the winningest team in the NBA with a mark of 10-2, is home this evening to Boston. The Grizzlies are unbeaten in six home games this season. They could be short handed for the game as seven members of the team are dealing with a stomach virus and their status is uncertain.
On the other side of the ledger are the Philadelphia 76ers. They have lost all 11 games played this season and tonight they will attempt to get into the win column with a home game against Phoenix.
Two division leaders are meeting in Portland as the Blazers, who top the Northwest Division, are playing host to Central leader Chicago. The Blazers have won their last five games while the Bulls lost last night to the Kings in Sacramento.
Two teams riding a losing streak are squaring off tonight in Oklahoma City as the Thunder play host to the Brooklyn Nets. The home team has dropped its last four games while the visiting Nets have lost five in a row.
The rest of the games tonight feature the Magic at Charlotte, the Hawks home to the Pistons, Milwaukee in Toronto for a game with the Raptors, the Spurs at Minnesota, Cleveland playing the Wizards in Washington, the Lakers at Dallas, Denver home to the Pelicans and Utah at Golden State.
Sabres’ home game postponed
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL announced yesterday that because of all the snow in the Buffalo area that tonight’s game between the Sabres and the Rangers has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.
The loss of that game means there are just three games on ice this evening. In Pittsburgh the Penguins are hosting the Islanders in their second meeting of the season. Back on Oct. 18 Pittsburgh skated off the ice with a 3-1 win. A year ago the Pens took three of four games between the clubs. Tonight’s game is Pittsburgh’s first since announcing Wednesday that forward Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE’) will miss the next six months because of a blood clot.
The Blue Jackets are home tonight to the Bruins. This is the first of three games between the clubs this season. Boston is coming off a 2-0 win over the Blues while the Jackets were 5-0 losers to the Red Wings in their last game.
And in the final game of the night New Jersey is skating at Edmonton. This is their first meeting of the season.
Rays named 3 finalists
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Raul Ibanez (ee-BAHN’-yehz), Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu (wah-kah-MAHT’-soo) are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1. Maddon left the Rays after nine seasons to manage the Chicago Cubs.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Wildcats lead the way
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky will try to run its early season record to 4-0 when the Wildcats host Boston University tonight. That’s one of ten games on the top 25 schedule.
Connecticut got 20 points from Ryan Boatright and 19 from Rodney Purvis in a 75-64 win over Dayton in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Huskies rallied from five points down in the second half to improve to 3-0.
Two share lead
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Spain’s Carlota Ciganda five birdies for a 67 that gave her a share of the lead with Paraguay’s Julieta Granada who scrambled for a 71. They were at 7-under 137 going into the weekend.
Morgan Pressel (PREH’-sehl) shot a 66 and is one shot out of the lead.
U.S. Women’s Open champ Michelle Wie (WEE) shot a 5-under 67 to trail by two shots.
GOLF-WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Stenson leads after two
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Henrik Stenson birdied two of his closing three holes to seize a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and two others in the second round of the World Tour Championship. Stenson’s 6-under-par 66 put him at 10 under in his bid to defend a title for the first time.
McIlroy, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Danny Willett were tied for second at 8 under par.