Peterson back on field with Vikings
Donning his purple No. 28 jersey for the first time in nine months, Adrian Peterson said Tuesday he has apologized to the 4-year-old son he struck with a wooden switch and had “learned a lot from my mistake.”
Peterson returned to the Minnesota Vikings and practiced for the first time since September. He then told reporters he has met all the requirements that came from pleading no contest to a misdemeanor that caused him to miss the final 15 games of last season.
The 30-year-old will have his $12.75 million salary for 2015 guaranteed in Week 1, but all bets are off after that. Peterson’s search for more guaranteed money in the final two years of his deal brought even more criticism from fans who believed he should be grateful for the organization’s continued support after his legal troubles.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of def lated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January.
The players’ union said Goodell should recuse himself because he can’t be impartial and could be called as a witness.
But Goodell cited the “integrity of the game” and his “responsibility” under the labor agreement to “serve as hearing officer in any appeal involving conduct detrimental to the integrity of the game.”
For the first time, San Diego city and county officials met with the owner of the Chargers and his top advisor to discuss a civic proposal to build a 65,000-seat, $1.1-billion stadium to convince the team not to relocate to Los Angeles County.
— Tony Perry
A company controlled by the Chargers and Oakland Raiders paid more than $21 million for a parcel of land in Carson that’s part of a proposed stadium for the teams, according to figures provided by the Los Angeles County recorder’s office.
The transfer of 11 of the 168 acres allocated for the stadium was part of a complex land deal that closed May 19. The Times initially reported the transfer, but the price of the 11 acres was not disclosed.
According to the recorder’s office, the transfer tax on the deed is $24,172.50, which would make the pur-
chase price $21.975 million.
Quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to franchise-record $103.8-million, five-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers. Newton will earn $67.6 million over the first three years, the most money ever paid to an NFL player during the first three years of a contract.