Peter­son back on field with Vik­ings

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - — Zach Helfand

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.




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