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|AP source: Vikings to meet with Adrian Peterson on Wednesday
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson is about to feel what it's like to be recruited again.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman plan to travel to Peterson's home near Houston on Wednesday to meet with their disgruntled star running back, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because neither side was publicly discussing the process.
Peterson's wife, Ashley, will also be part of the meeting in which Zimmer and Spielman will try to convince the 2012 league MVP that he should remain with the Vikings after missing almost all of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas.
It will be the first time Peterson will meet face to face with Vikings officials since September, and time is of the essence. The new league year, including trades and free agency, opens March 10.
The door opened for the sides to meet after a federal judge ruled last week that an arbitrator erred in retroactively punishing Peterson under the league's new personal conduct policy even though Peterson whipped his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch before the policy change. The NFL increased the minimum suspension for acts of domestic violence from two games to six.
U.S. District Judge David Doty said the arbitrator failed in his duties and sent the case back to league. The NFL is appealing Doty's ruling. It has removed Peterson from the suspended list and placed him back on paid leave, which allows the running back to meet with Zimmer and Spielman.
The case could also return to arbitration or be settled.
USA Today first reported the planned meeting.
Peterson has expressed displeasure with what he believes is a lack of support from key members of the Vikings front office throughout his ordeal. That, coupled with a possible desire by the Vikings to restructure a contract that is set to pay the soon-to-be 30-year-old Peterson $12.75 million next season, has put a strain on the relationship.
"I think it's been very clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back," Spielman said on Monday. "There's no question about the talent. He's a unique talent, and he's under contract with us next year."'
Peterson told ESPN last month that he felt "uneasy" with the team.
Spielman has declined to comment on the Vikings' plans for Peterson's salary, but the team has made several high-profile statements in the last two months in support of Peterson, including from Spielman, owner Mark Wilf and COO Kevin Warren.
No one has been more vocal in his support of Peterson than Zimmer, the straight-talker who only got to coach Peterson for one game in his first season on the job. Throughout last season while the legal process played out, Zimmer was the lone Vikings voice to regularly back Peterson.
Now he'll have a chance to try to smooth things over between the organization and the face of the franchise.
AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL
|Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw with team in slide
DENVER (AP) Last week, Denver Nuggets players broke their huddle with a chant of "1-2-3 ... Six weeks," interpreted by some as a countdown to the end of a season gone sour.
Brian Shaw didn't even make it that far. The first-time head coach was fired after 1 1/2 seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and struggling to win at home. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt was promoted to interim coach and the Nuggets promptly won in his first game, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 106-95 to end a six-game slide.
The timing of the dismissal was somewhat surprising given that just last week general manager Tim Connelly seemed to signal Shaw's job was safe at least through the end of the season.
"We were hopeful we could dig ourselves out of the hole, play more respectful basketball," Connelly explained. "Unfortunately, our struggles have been pretty immense and led to today."
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said he had dinner with Shaw the night before and that Shaw didn't appear to have any sort of inkling his firing was imminent.
"This wasn't anything, I don't think, he saw coming," Kidd said after his team's morning practice. "It's unfortunate what happened with B-Shaw, being one of my mentors as a player and also a good friend."
Shaw went 56-85 for a .397 winning percentage. The Nuggets were in the midst of 10 straight losses at home - one shy of tying the franchise record set in 1997-98 - before ending the skid on Tuesday night. The team has also nosedived since the All-Star break, going 1-6, and attendance has suffered.
Forward J.J. Hickson said Shaw addressed the team before departing. Shaw's message was simply to "finish up strong and be pros. Wished all of us luck," Hickson recounted.
Asked if Shaw lost the locker room, Hickson said, "not in my opinion."
"Have to look in the mirror individually, and own up to some of the stuff that's going on around here," Hickson added.
Nuggets President Josh Kroenke said the team will look for a permanent coach after the season.
"This has been a trying season for all of us," Kroenke said in a statement. "And we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization back to the NBA's elite."
Shaw replaced George Karl, who was ousted after Denver won a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13 only to be bounced from the first round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
The first season as an NBA head coach for Shaw was marked by injuries and a dispute with point guard Andre Miller, who was eventually traded to Washington. The Nuggets went 36-46, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03. The Nuggets returned to health this season, but failed to live up to expectations.
The affable Shaw was seemingly on the hot seat in November after Portland torched the Nuggets for 84 points in the first half. It was the most points scored in the first half by a Denver opponent since Phoenix scored an NBA-record 107 points on Nov. 10, 1990.
Things began to settle down, though, and the Nuggets went on a five-game win streak. Later, Shaw even eliminated morning shoot-arounds on game days to give his players more time to rest.
In January, Ty Lawson was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence. A month later, the speedy point guard skipped the first practice after the All-Star break when he missed his flight back from Las Vegas. That didn't sit well with Shaw, who kept Lawson out for a game.
Last Friday against Utah, Nuggets players uttered the "1-2-3. ... Six weeks" chant when Shaw wasn't around. Shaw told The Denver Post and other outlets Monday the chant "all stemmed from me saying that we hadn't won a game in six weeks on our home floor. So I just want to set the record straight in terms of that. That's the real truth behind what's taken off and put us all in a bad light."
After winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers during his playing career, Shaw won two more as an assistant under Phil Jackson before becoming associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers. He interviewed for a dozen head coaching positions before Kroenke hired him on June 25, 2013.
Kroenke called Shaw a "champion and a gentleman." He noted that since the Kroenke family purchased the franchise in 2000 "we have constantly strived to field a competitive team." In noting the 10 consecutive playoff appearances and 57-win season in 2012-13, he said: "Expectations have been raised and we want more."
Hunt, who's in his fifth season as an assistant for the Nuggets, said he will borrow some tactics from both Karl and Shaw.
"All 10 toes are in," Hunt said. "We're going to figure out a way to win games."
AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.
|AP sources: Eagles deal running back McCoy for Bills' Alonso
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) LeSean McCoy will lead Rex Ryan's "ground and pound" running attack for the Buffalo Bills next season.
Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy, their star running back, to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The people spoke under condition of anonymity because the teams had not announced the deal.
ESPN first reported the trade.
The deal has been agreed to, but can't be completed until the 2015 league season begins on Tuesday.
McCoy had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013. At his best, McCoy is an elite multidimensional running back who has been a proven threat as both a runner and receiver.
He enjoyed his best season in 2013, scoring nine touchdowns rushing, adding 539 yards receiving and one touchdown.
One reason for McCoy's drop in production last season was a banged-up offensive line in which all five projected starters never played one game together.
McCoy's addition leaves C.J. Spiller in search of a new team. He is eligible to become a free agent next week.
Buffalo's 2010 first-round draft pick told the NFL Network the Bills informed him of the trade, and told him "they were going in that direction, pretty much giving me a `Thank you for your service."'
"Nothing has changed," Spiller said about his offseason approach. "The game plan is still the same. The only thing is that I won't be returning to Buffalo."
Alonso will be reunited with Chip Kelly, who coached the linebacker at his previous job at Oregon. Alonso made an immediate impact in Buffalo after being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft.
He emerged as a top defensive rookie of the year contender after leading Buffalo with 159 tackles, two fumble recoveries and tying for the team lead with four interceptions while barely missing a snap in playing all 16 games.
Alonso's career was derailed in July when he sustained a season-ending left knee injury during a pre-training camp workout at Oregon. He spent all of last season recovering and is expected to be healthy for the start of spring minicamps.
In Buffalo, McCoy, 26, will be reunited with former Eagles running back Bryce Brown, who was acquired by the Bills in a trade in May.
With questions at quarterback, the Bills are intending to introduce a run-heavy offense under Ryan and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
The trade to acquire McCoy is the next in a series of moves to upgrade the Bills' running attack, which sputtered under former coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on Dec. 31. Buffalo finished 25th in the NFL in yards crushing in managing 1,482 yards to set a 16-game season franchise low.
That was regarded as a huge disappointment for a team that entered the season featuring an established one-two running back tandem of Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Injuries didn't help. Spiller missed seven games with a broken collarbone, while Jackson was slowed by knee and groin injuries.
The Bills have already taken a gamble to upgrade their offensive line by signing guard Richie Incognito, who had been out of football since the middle of the 2013 season for his involvement in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal.
Roman has an established track record for running the ball after spending the previous four seasons overseeing the 49ers' offense. The 49ers finished among the top 10 in yards rushing all four times.
Roman's approach isn't expected to change in Buffalo based on comments he made during his introductory news conference in January.
"If you can exert your will at the line of scrimmage, it's going to open a lot of other things in the offense," Roman said. "So to simply say, `Hey, we're just going to run the football,' well, nobody simply runs the football. But we want to run the football to a level of where people respect and fear us in our ability to do so."
The quiet and soft-spoken - but hard-hitting - Alonso quickly emerged as a fan favorite in Buffalo for his durability and on-field intensity.
With two interceptions in a 23-20 win over Baltimore on Sept. 29, 2013, Alonso became the league's first rookie linebacker since Al Richardson in 1980 to have an interception in three straight games.
After playing the middle linebacking role as a rookie, Alonso was set to move to an outside position before he hurt his knee.
AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL
|Ellen Pompeo secretly welcomes second daughter with husband Chris Ivery
Dr. Meredith Grey is full of secrets! Ellen Pompeo has secretly welcomed her second daughter with husband Chris Ivery: a baby girl named Sienna May. "Sienna May Ivery welcome to the world," Pompeo wrote on Instagram Thursday, debuting her little one via WhoSay. "We love you more than words can say.
|Matthew McConaughey does 'Wolf' chest thump to rally football team
Matthew McConaughey's ability to inspire has been proven on the big screen, and now, in a new video, the actor's pep-talk skills are on display at a University of Texas football practice.The Oscar winner and UT grad has shown up before to cheer on his Longhorns, roaming the sidelines and throwing the signature horns hand signal around the locker room.
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The Brooklyn carriage house featured in the 2010 movie “Eat, Pray, Love” is back on the market for $6.995 million, down $1 million from its original asking price.Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s home in Frenchtown, New Jersey, had a “skybrary” upstairs.
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