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NFL: Eagles at Colts, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, women, Canada at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Hull City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


Charles Barkley, never one to be concerned about being politically correct about his opinions, shared his thoughts on the two major NFL controversies of the last week during an appearance on CBS’ “NFL Today” pregame show, and he defended Adrian Peterson for whipping his child with a tree branch.

Responding to criticism of Peterson from the show’s other hosts, Barkley said that as a child in Alabama he was beaten with branches (also called switches) that left welts on his legs, and it’s something that Southern African Americans do to discipline their children.

“I’m from the South,” Barkley said. “Whipping is — we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”

Added Barkley: “I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That’s a very fine line.”

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Peterson apparently was paying attention to the criticism he’s been receiving, as he tweeted out a picture of a page from the bible, including a highlighted line reading: “Give your mind a break from its habitual judging.”

As for the Ray Rice situation, Barkley made it clear that he is staunchly opposed to men striking women, but he is not prepared to banish Rice for life.

“Ray Rice made a tragic mistake, and he has to live with that,” Barkley said. “But I do hope some owner has the courage — it’s going to take tremendous courage — to give Ray Rice another chance.”

– Rice, suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video emerged last week of him punching and knocking out his now-wife, is set to appeal his suspension, according to ProFootballTalk.com and other media outlets.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the players association was still finalizing its plan on how to approach the appeal, which is expected to be filed Monday.

Rice initially was suspended just two games, but after TMZ posted the video of the violent confrontation in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, commissioner Roger Goodell expanded the punishment and the Ravens released Rice.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Rice lied to the Ravens, telling them he hit his then-fiancee Janay Palmer with an open hand and she hit her head, knocking her unconscious. However, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has insisted that Rice did not lie to the club.

– The Jets blew an 18-point lead Sunday against the Packers and lost 31-24, although they nearly tied up the game late in the fourth quarter on a controversial play that was nullified.

With five minutes remaining, Jeremy Kerley caught a 37-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-4 from the Green Bay 37. However, the officials ruled that the Jets had called a timeout prior to the play. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg initially attempted to get the timeout, although it appeared that he quickly changed his mind. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson saw Mornhinweg’s initial gesture and stepped forward to ask the line judge to stop the clock. The problem is, only the head coach is allowed to request a timeout from the sideline.

“I saw Marty calling the timeout and I was into the game,” Richardson explained. “I knew it was crunch time. I didn’€™t know if he wanted the timeout or not. I just knew he called it. I helped him out a little bit. I whispered in the referee’€™s ear ‘timeout,’ and he called it before the ball was thrown. It’€™s just bad timing on my part. I feel like I let the team down. It just happens when you’€™re into the game like that, though.”

Rex Ryan could be seen asking the official, “Who called the timeout?” on the sideline.

“The guy said I called it, and I’€™m like, ‘I never called anything,’ ” Ryan said later. “But I guess Marty had called it. I’€™m just telling you I didn’€™t call it, but clearly, somebody called it. I know for a fact it never came from me, and that’€™s what I told him. Whether [the line judge] assumed it was me that called it or not, I assured him that it was not.

“The [line judge] was standing right by me. Then he had blown the whistle as the play continued down the field. But of course, that would be our fashion that we would score the touchdown and there would be the timeout. I’€™ve been involved in one of those before [the Patriots' 2007 victory over the Ravens when Ryan, then Baltimore's defensive coordinator, called a late timeout that backfired].”

The Jets converted the ensuing fourth-down play but failed to score on the possession, allowing Green Bay win its home opener and avoid an 0-2 start.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 15, 1979, which Red Sox player hit for the cycle (in order, no less) and in the process became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I certainly never got into coaching expecting that to ever happen so it’€™s very gratifying to reach that milestone, but what it really says is that I’€™ve had a lot of good players, that’€™s really what it says.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on getting his 200th NFL regular-season coaching victory with Sunday’s 30-7 rout of the Vikings

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Tom Brady‘s rank on the all-time list for quarterback victories, as his 149th moved him past John Elway and behind only Bretty Favre and Peyton Manning

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates go around the horn to turn a triple play against the Cubs.

Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores stretches to grab a liner against the Nationals.

A youngster in Detroit is handed a foul ball as a souvenir but throws it back on the field.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Maggie Reilly was born on this day in 1956.

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Jerry Spar

Jenny Dell reintroduced herself to the New England sports television-viewing audience Sunday.

Serving as the sideline reporter for CBS’ broadcast of the Patriots tilt in Minnesota against the Vikings — joining the broadcast team that included Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle — Dell stumbled a bit during her initial report at the game’s outset, but appeared to handle her other spots without incident.

Dell only made one other appearance in the first half, interviewing Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer just before halftime.

As noted by Obnoxious Boston Fan, she did manage to escape serious injury when almost trampled by Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Fouts: “She’s gotta square up and not shy away from the big guy.”

Dell: “Next time I’ll stay there. We’re lucky we have a great crew down here to protect me.”

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Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down the Pats win over the Vikings.
The boys go around the table for their final thoughts and predictions for Pats/Vikes today.

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Tom E. is live in Minnesota and gives his take on the Peterson situation and what the scene is like there - multiple fans with Peterson jerseys and more. He gets into the X's and O's and what the Pats need to do today to get in the win column. Tom is not a big fan of making Thompkins inactive today in favor of Dobson.
Kembrell Thompkins is listed on the list of inactives for the Pats heading into the 1pm matchup with Minnesota. That means Dobson is active. This catches the guys off guard and they discuss why this is the case. They also get into the Greg Hardy incident and the fact that Carolina has decided to make him inactive today.

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[0:14:08] ... its patent. A little underplayed. Based on obviously the latest with -- Adrian Peterson in the Ray Rice story. He was found guilty. By a district judge in July of assaulting and threatening to kill -- ...

DIckerson, Price and DeOssie go "Around the NFL" and address all the games set to kickoff for Week #2.
Christian calls the NFL Sunday crew to discuss the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson debacles and how he is embarrassed to be associated with the league right now. He talks about the Pats' issues last week and how they can improve.

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Pete gives the guys a call and gives his take on all the major fantasy football issues heading in to Week 2.

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[0:04:23] ... help I need to pick tool the falling receivers aren't Larry FitzGerald Vincent Jackson. Reggie Wayne. Or Mike Wallace it's been an internal struggle all week obviously there's multiple owners on this team. Okay so -- we got ...
[0:10:16] ... questions directly to him head over -- website at WEEI dot com. Christian Fauria from MFB he will join us at the top of the 11 o'clock hour that's next as we continue -- here on. ...