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  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NFL

League increases penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK – NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners yesterday, and obtained by the Associated Press, Goodell says he “didn’t get it right” in giving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suspension for allegedly hitting the woman who is now his wife.

He told teams to distribute to all players the memo in which he writes: “Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances.”

NFL

Peterson ‘would love to retire as a Viking’

MINNEAPOLIS – Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reiterated yesterday that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until retires, responding to a report that he spoke to Jerry Jones about one day playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Peterson and the Vikings both issued statements shortly after ESPN reported that Peterson had a phone conversation with Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, this summer about playing for the team in Peterson’s home state after his time with the Vikings came to a close.

“This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,” Peterson said. “I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.”

The business part of the NFL is starting to come into play for the 29-year-old Peterson, who is the league’s highest paid running back, a position that is increasingly occupied by younger, cheaper players. He will make $12 million in 2014 and those salaries climb in each of the final four seasons of his seven-year deal, culminating with $16 million in 2017.

NFL

Manning gets fine after taunting Texans safety

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning was docked a reported $8,268 for taunting Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week.

The Denver Broncos quarterback laid into the safety for hitting Wes Welker in the head, which left the slot receiver with his third concussion in 10 months.

The penalty was reported by ESPN. Manning told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen: “I accept it. Money well spent.”

Swearinger’s hit on Welker drew a 15-yard personal foul – but so far no word of a fine.

Manning was irked by the hit on Welker and after throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the next snap, he ran up to Swearinger and let him know it.

College football

USC backup quits, calls Sarkisian racist

LOS ANGELES – Running back Anthony Brown quit Southern California’s football team, and Coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned by Brown’s apparent accusations of racism against him on social media.

“Couldn’t play for a racist man!” was posted yesterday on what USC said was Brown’s Instagram account, which was later deleted.

Sarkisian calls the apparent accusation “ridiculous.” Several players immediately jumped on social media to defend the first-year USC coach.

Brown is a senior who has started six games at cornerback for the Trojans. He played in only two games last year due to ankle injuries.

Brown moved to running back this season. He is listed fifth on USC’s depth chart at tailback.

Baseball

Giants’ Petit retires 46 straight for MLB record

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record by retiring 46 consecutive batters.

Petit set down the first eight Colorado hitters he faced yesterday, setting the record by striking out Charlie Culberson and drawing a standing ovation at AT&T Park. That broke the mark held by Mark Buehrle with 45 in a row for the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

The streak ended when the next batter, Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles, doubled to left field.

Petit’s string covered eight games, six of them in relief.

The 29-year-old journeyman from Venezuela fell one out shy of a perfect game against Arizona last September. Petit made this start in place of struggling Tim Lincecum, who was recently sent to the bullpen.

Baseball

Royals claim Nix off waivers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals claimed infielder Jayson Nix off waivers Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nix hit .133 in 34 games this season with the Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies. He is a career .214 hitter in seven big league seasons. He’s also played for Colorado, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland and Toronto.

The Royals also activated left-handed pitcher Scott Downs, who had been on the disabled list with a stiff neck. The team also optioned right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Hendriks held Minnesota to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision spot start Wednesday in his Kansas City debut.

The Royals recalled right-hander Michael Mariot, who had been on the disabled list at Triple-A Omaha, and put him on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Nix on the 40-man major league roster.

The Royals will have to make a corresponding move to add Nix to the 25-man roster when he reports.

Baseball

Mets activate RHP Matsuzaka, put RHP Black on DL

NEW YORK – The New York Mets put reliever Vic Black on the 15-day disabled list because of a herniated disk in his neck and activated right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Mets made the moves before last night’s game against Atlanta. Matsuzaka was put on the 15-day DL on July 26 with elbow inflammation.

Black received a cortisone shot on Wednesday. General Manager Sandy Alderson indicated it would take a while before the right-hander feels any effect from the injection.

“Vic said that he had this issue once before,” Alderson said. “I think really we’re responding not just to the diagnosis but to the treatment.”

“At some point we had to make a decision because we need another arm,” he said. “Trying to make it through to the end of the month with what we had just didn’t look realistic.”

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