- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice.

Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway - a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be.

The Bills arrived in the Detroit area and held practice in the evening at the Lions’ headquarters in Allen Park. The team’s schedule has been in flux because of a lake-effect storm that dumped more than 5 feet of snow on the Buffalo region since Monday. This weekend’s game against the New York Jets was moved from Buffalo to Detroit and will be played Monday night.

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.

The NFL 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 was placed on paid leave while the legal process played out, and he 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. Peterson is appealing the punishment, which the NFL Players Association called “unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful.”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs signed veteran Jason Avant to help a beleaguered and injury-prone group of wide receivers, reuniting him with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia.

Kansas City cleared roster space by placing A.J. Jenkins on injured reserve.

Avant was drafted by the Eagles and spent his first eight seasons there - seven of them with Reid - before signing with Carolina in the offseason. He was the Panthers’ third receiver and caught 21 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown before getting released this week.


NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Michelle Wie suddenly is in a position to consider a million ways how a great year can get even better.

On a tough day that only rewarded the best shots, Wie holed out for eagle with a pitching wedge on her way to a 5-under 67 that moved her up high enough on the leaderboard at the CME Group Tour Championship to get into position for a $1 million bonus.

Carlota Ciganda of Spain took advantage of a putting lesson from Spanish great Jose Maria Olazabal to make five birdies for a 67 that gave her a share of the lead with Julieta Granada of Paraguay, who scrambled for a 71. They were at 7-under 137 going into the weekend at the Tiburon Golf Club.

Morgan Pressel, who rallied on the back nine Thursday to overcome a rugged start, shot a 66 and was one shot out of the lead.

Wie is No. 4 in the Race to CME Globe. Only the top three players - Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and 17-year-old Lydia Ko - can win the $1 million bonus simply by winning the tournament. Wie needs a little bit of help.

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 overall in his bid to defend a title for the first time.

The top-ranked McIlroy (70), Scotland’s Richie Ramsay (69) and England’s Danny Willett (67) were tied for second on 8 under at Jumeirah Estates.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Lee Janzen shot a 4-under 68 at Pebble Beach for a two-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam after two rounds of the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.

Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, was at 11-under 133. Putnam, a PGA Tour rookie, followed his 69 at Spyglass Hill with a 66, also at Pebble Beach.

Luke Guthrie of the PGA Tour was alone in third at 7 under after a 68 at Del Monte. Tony Finau, a PGA Tour rookie who had a two-shot lead after an opening-round 63, had a 79 at Spyglass and was among seven players at 2 under.

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam carded a 79 at Spyglass and was at 152. Mini Harigae, who had a 67 at Pebble Beach, was at 1 under.


CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox had one of the majors’ most powerful right-handed bats last season in Jose Abreu. Now they are hoping Adam LaRoche can help balance their lineup.

LaRoche has agreed to a contract with the White Sox, a person familiar told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal with the free-agent first baseman. USA Today first reported the move.

LaRoche is likely to see most of his time at designated hitter. Abreu is entrenched at first after the Cuban slugger hit .317 with 36 homers and 107 RBIs in 145 games, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award.

The lefty-hitting LaRoche, who turned 35 on Nov. 6, hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington. He has 243 career homers and 838 RBIs in 11 years in the majors.


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge ruled that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries, a finding Gov. Chris Christie’s administration intends to appeal.

The decision from U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp was the expected outcome since he had ruled similarly in the past.

The state, locked in a legal battle with the NCAA and the four major U.S. professional sports leagues, has already filed a notice of appeal, Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the Republican governor, said shortly after the judge’s decision was announced.

That stance is uniting New Jersey’s elected officials.

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