Wash­ing­ton jet­ti­sons Peter­son

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Wash­ing­ton re­leased vet­eran run­ning back Adrian Peter­son on Fri­day, a stun­ning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of get­ting younger.

Rivera called Peter­son early in the morn­ing ask­ing him to come to the prac­tice fa­cil­ity, then de­liv­ered the news the team was mov­ing on from the 35-year-old star. The move came less than 36 hours be­fore NFL ros­ters must be trimmed to the 53man limit and nine days be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“It’s not about what he hasn’t done or any­thing like that, but it’s about what this group of backs has shown us, espe­cially in the way that the of­fense has headed,” Rivera said.

Peter­son played the last two sea­sons with Wash­ing­ton, rush­ing for 1,940 yards and 12 touch­downs in the fourth stop of a ca­reer that will likely earn him a spot in the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

† The Dol­phins re­port­edly will cut quar­ter­back Josh Rosen, a for­mer top-10 pick. They had at­tempted to trade Rosen over the last week but couldn’t find a taker for the third-year player.

† The Bron­cos re­leased in­side line­backer

Todd Davis, their lead­ing tack­ler in three of the last four sea­sons. The move came on the same day the team ac­quired line­backer

Austin Cal­itro from the Ben­gals for de­fen­sive line­man Chris­tian Cov­ing­ton.

† Cow­boys de­fen­sive end Randy Gregory was con­di­tion­ally re­in­stated by the NFL, end­ing his fourth sus­pen­sion over sub­stance-abuse vi­o­la­tions. He won’t be el­i­gi­ble to play un­til Week 6.

† Rookie kicker Sam Slo­man won the Rams’ three-way com­pe­ti­tion to re­place Greg Zuerlein af­ter they re­leased Lirim Ha­jrul­lahu and Austin MacGin­nis.

GOLF Rahm, John­son share lead

Dustin John­son and Jon Rahm matched birdies on five holes and wound up tied for the lead in the Tour Cham­pi­onship in At­lanta.

Rahm, whose 65-foot birdie putt beat John­son in a play­off at Olympia Fields last week, had a 5-un­der 65 that al­lowed him to make up the two-shot deficit.

John­son did his part with a 67, los­ing a three-shot edge early with back-to-back bo­geys to end the front nine, and then miss­ing a birdie putt from just over 4 feet on the fi­nal hole that would have given him the lead.

“The only birdie we didn’t share was mine on 16. Be­sides that, we birdied ev­ery sin­gle hole to­gether, which is kind of unique, right?” Rahm said.

BASE­BALL Burnes stymies In­di­ans

Corbin Burnes pitched six strong in­nings, Ke­ston Hiura hit an RBI dou­ble in a four-run sev­enth in­ning and the Brew­ers scored three times on two weak in­field grounders in a 7-1 vic­tory over the host In­di­ans. Burnes didn’t al­low an earned run and gave up only three hits.

† Jake Ar­ri­eta bounced back from the short­est start of his ca­reer by pitch­ing seven solid in­nings to lead the Phillies over the host Mets 5-3 for their fifth straight vic­tory.

† Mar­win Gon­za­lez sin­gled home Wil­lians As­tudillo in the eighth in­ning, and the host Twins ral­lied for a 3-2 vic­tory over the Tigers for a dou­ble­header sweep. The Twins won the opener 2-0.

† Rookie left-han­der Josh Flem­ing won his third con­sec­u­tive start, Michael Perez ripped a three-run dou­ble and the AL Eastlead­ing Rays beat the vis­it­ing Mar­lins 5-4. The Rays have won 20 of 25.

MIS­CEL­LA­NEOUS Djokovic into fourth round

Top-seeded No­vak Djokovic stayed per­fect for 2020 and ad­vanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open in New York with a straight-sets tri­umph. He beat Ger­many’s Jan-Len­nard Struff 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 43 min­utes. Struff man­aged only four break points and couldn’t con­vert. Djokovic has won his last 29 matches and is 26-0 this sea­son, making him a pro­hib­i­tive fa­vorite to get his fourth U.S. Open ti­tle.

† Long shot Shedares­thedevil won the Ken­tucky Oaks in record time, over­tak­ing fa­vorite Gamine at the top of the stretch and hold­ing off Swiss Sky­diver for a 1½-length vic­tory in the 146th run­ning of the race for fil­lies at Churchill Downs in Louisville. ✶


Run­ning back Adrian Peter­son, a fu­ture Hall of Famer, was a sur­prise cut by Wash­ing­ton.

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