Welker Back On The Field After Suspension Lifted

Wes Welker is practicing for the first time since Labor Day. The Denver Broncos wide receiver was reinstated Wednesday after the NFL agreed to a new performance-enhancing drug policy. Welker's four-game suspension for offseason amphetamine use was essentially cut in half, and he'll be eligible to play Sunday at Seattle. Under the new rules, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance-abuse program, where a first offense doesn't result in an immediate ban. It takes multiple positive tests under the substance-abuse program before a suspension. The players union agreed to the new policy on Friday. But the NFL didn't sign off on the new policy before Saturday's roster deadline. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – September 18, 2014

Nike Suspends Deal With Adrian Peterson

Nike has suspended its sponsorship deal with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson following child abuse allegations. The Beaverton-based shoemaker issued a statement Wednesday morning that said Nike "in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL." The move comes the same day that the Vikings took Peterson off the team's active roster while he deals with a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. He is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year. Peterson has an Oct. 8 court appearance scheduled in Montgomery County, outside of Houston, on a felony charge of injury to a child. Peterson has taken responsibility for the incident, insisting he meant no harm to the child. BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – September 18, 2014

Mariners Rout Angels 13-2

mariners newsMike Zunino's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning as the Seattle Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-2 Tuesday night. The Mariners haven't been to the postseason since 2001, when they won 116 games under manager Lou Piniella and tied the major league mark set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

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Seattle Wins US Open Cup, Beating Philadelphia

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins led the Seattle Sounders to their fourth U.S. Open Cup title Tuesday night, scoring in overtime in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Dempsey, the U.S. national team captain, scored in the 101st minute on left-footed blast off Martins' feed. Martins scored on a breakaway in the 114th minute. Seattle also won three straight titles from 2009 to 2011. The Sounders earned one the United States' four spots in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League. Seattle's Chad Barrett tied it at 1 on a header in the 47th minute. Maurice Edu opened the scoring for Philadelphia in the 38th minute, heading home a free kick from Cristian Maidana. The Union were playing in the first title game in the five-year history of the franchise. CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – September 17, 2014

Warner, Seau Among 113 Hall Nominees

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam. A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. A modern-era player or coach must be retired at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible. The selection committee will choose 25 candidates as semifinalists in late November. That list will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists in early January. The 2015 class will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl. AP – September 17, 2014