Peterson's 2-year-old son dies after alleged assault
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday. Authorities said the 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota.
Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday.
Wollman said he'll review police and medical reports before making further decisions about criminal charges, possibly by early next week. Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child's death. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.
Peterson declined to talk about the case after practice Friday.
Speaking to reporters about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he'll play Sunday against Carolina.
"Football is something I will always fall back on," Peterson said. "It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that's what I need in my life, guys supporting me. ... Things that I go through, I've said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I'm able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that's what I plan on doing."
■ New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
■ Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Coach Doug Marrone said. Johnson has been dealing with a back injury and has not practiced this week because of a death in his family.
Breeders' Cup reinstates entry fee benefits for Silver Max, Poker Player
Officials with Breeders' Cup announced Friday they would reinstate the entry fee benefits to the connections of Silver Max and Poker Player, winners of Challenge races that lost that designation when the races were taken off the turf at Keeneland last weekend.
Both the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile and Grade III Bourbon Stakes were scheduled as "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup races, meaning its respective winners would have be awarded an automatic berth and free entry into the Breeders' Cup races they were designed as preps for. Each horse will still be required to qualify on the basis of Breeders' Cup qualifying points or through the Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel selection as the automatic berth was not reinstated.
Koepka leads; Thomas makes PGA cut
After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home. In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka surged to the top of the leader board Friday in the Frys.com Open with a 7-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at San Martin, Calif.
Koepka, a 23-year-old Floridian, received a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour season opener between stops in Scotland and Shanghai. If he were to win the Frys.com Open, he would have a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
Justin Thomas, a former St. Xavier standout who played two years for national champion Alabama, made the cut on the nose — even par — in his first PGA Tour start since turning pro. He also had a sponsor's exemption to get into the tournament.
■ Larry Nelson shot his age for a share of the lead in the SAS Championship at Cary, N.C., while Nick Faldo failed to finish the round in his first regular Champions Tour event. The 66-year-old Nelson had a 6-under 66 to join Kentuckian Russ Cochran and Mark Mouland atop the leader board. Faldo withdrew after 12 holes because of an elbow injury. Cochran, the 2010 winner, had an eagle and five birdies for a back-nine 30.
■ Former University of Kentucky golfer Mallory Blackwelder advanced to the final stage of LPGA qualifying after finishing tied for 37th at 2-over par in Stage II at Venice, Fla. The top 80 and ties moved on to Stage III, which is scheduled for Dec. 4-8 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Another ex-Cat, Ashleigh Albrecht, finished at 11 over and missed the cut by five shots.
West Jessamine's Rose leads at state
Grace Rose, a West Jessamine senior who committed to play at the University of Kentucky, shot a first-round 5-under 67 to lead the girls' state golf tournament by three shots at Bowling Green Country Club. Sacred Heart junior Maddie Hamilton and Henry County junior MacKenzie Peyton are tied for second with Elizabethtown sophomore Lauren Hartlage another shot back at 1 under.
Led by Anna Hack's even-par 72, Calloway County had the team lead at 301. Sacred Heart was second with a 307 and Henry Clay was third at 320.
UK women roll; U.S. shuts out Jamaica
Arin Gilliland and Caitlin Landis both scored twice in the Kentucky women's soccer team's 4-1 victory against Tennessee.
■ Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored second-half goals at Kansas City, Kan., to give the United States a 2-0 victory over Jamaica and clinch first place in their World Cup qualifying group.
The last word
NASCAR's Kyle Busch expects retaliation from Brad Keselowski for wrecking him in the Nationwide Series race last week at Kansas:
"Probably for Brad being who Brad is, I guess I should be worried because he's stupid enough to do something. ... If he pays it back, he pays it back, and that will just bring on a heck of a lot more fireworks."