FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) NHL playoffs: Lightning at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup, United States vs. Myanmar, midnight (FS1)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. UCLA, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
There had been speculation that Peterson was skipping this week’s voluntary three-day practice session because he felt the Vikings did not support him enough during his legal problems last season. However, he indicated the issue is only about his contract.
Peterson apparently wants the Vikings to guarantee money due in the final two years of his deal, especially after he lost money during last season’s suspension.
Tweeted Peterson:I know hundreds of players that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash.
Peterson has three years and about $45 million remaining on his contract. If he is on the roster for Week 1, his $12.75 million salary for 2015 is guaranteed, but not the final two years.
Tweeted Peterson: A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it comes to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s) feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply! It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!
Peterson later indicated his anger is directed at the players’ lack of power, not at the Vikings in particular.
Wrote Peterson: This is not against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players.
The Vikings have another set of voluntary practices next week, but Peterson is not required to show up until minicamp that starts June 16.
— Eagles coach Chip Kelly responded to allegations from traded running back LeSean McCoy that he intentionally got rid of the team’s good black players by denying race played a role in any of his offseason decisions.
“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”
McCoy, the leading rusher in Eagles history, was shipped to Buffalo in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso, and he said, “There’s a reason [Kelly] got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”
“That doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.”
Kelly added that he would like to talk to McCoy at some point, but McCoy would not take his phone calls the two times he tried.
— The Broncos got some bad news Thursday, as tests revealed that left tackle Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during Wednesday’s voluntary practice and likely will miss the entire 2015 season.
Clady was setting up to block for Peyton Manning on a pass play when his knee buckled. He stayed in for another snap before leaving.
“We really weren’t that worried [Wednesday] night,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “Thought we’d take a look at it [Thursday]. Unfortunately, we got some horrible news.”
With the four-time Pro Bowler out, the Denver offensive line — already with major turnover — might have to rely on a rookie. Second-round pick Ty Sambrallo took snaps at left tackle Thursday.
“They’re not going to stop the game or give us a mulligan or nothing. We’re expecting to play,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “Certainly we have a lot of talent. We’re going to win some games.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 29, 1984, the Red Sox held their first official number retirement ceremony, honoring two men: Ted Williams (No. 9) and who else?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization from the players to the coaches to the management and to the front office, a culture where everyone is pulling in the same direction. When that culture is sacrificed, it becomes extremely difficult to evolve and to grow.” – Bulls general manager Gar Forman, announcing the team’s decision to fire coach Tom Thibodeau despite his .647 winning percentage in five seasons
STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Hits allowed by Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in his major league debut against the Rangers on Thursday night, as he threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Boston’s 5-1 victory
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):Orioles right fielder Adam Jones catches a deep fly and unleashes a bullet to third base to nail White Sox baserunner Adam LaRoche.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Cronin (No. 4)
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Melissa Etheridge was born on this day in 1961.
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