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Adrian Peterson ready to return to playing field

The star running back is ready to return to the Minnesota Vikings following his plea deal on child abuse charges.

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Ray Rice appeal hearings continue

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified yesterday, as the former Ravens star fights to get back on the field.

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Thursday’s Sports Minute

Here is a look at some of today's biggest sports stories.

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AP Source: Goodell testifies for two-plus hours

Ray Rice spent nearly 10 hours at the hearing on Wednesday. The hearing took place nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014, file photo, Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Cancun, Mexico. The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez paid his cousin almost $1 million to keep secret Rodriguez's use of performance enhancing drugs. In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors say Rodriguez paid $900,000 last year to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez's personal assistant. Sucart, in a letter from his lawyer, threatened to expose Rodriquez's PED use if he wasn't paid $5 million.

Lawyer: A-Rod admitted steroid use to DEA

A lawyer for the University of Miami's former pitching coach says Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids.

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) warms up before an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Houston.

Texans to start Mallett at quarterback

Ryan Mallett will be the quarterback for the Houston Texans when they play the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 16.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Group F Champions League match between AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Messi brace equals Raul’s Champions League record

Lionel Messi equaled Raul Gonzalez's Champions League scoring record of 71 goals on Wednesday with his second strike for Barcelona against Ajax.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore speaks to reporters in the locker room at an NFL training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. Lattimore has informed the 49ers he plans to retire two years after a devastating knee injury. The team made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, two days after coach Jim Harbaugh said Lattimore was weighing his football future.

49ers running back Marcus Lattimore to retire

Running back Marcus Lattimore has informed the San Francisco 49ers he plans to retire two years after a devastating knee injury.

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Yankees star A-Rod reportedly admits to doping

Alex Rodriguez allegedly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents.

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NBA launches ‘Hoops for Troops’ project

The NBA will host service projects throughout this season at military bases around the United States.

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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Here is a look at the big sports stories making headlines today, Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Kershaw a possible double winner

The Dodgers ace is a finalist for the MVP and the Cy Young Award as he tries to become the first NL player to sweep both honors since 1968.

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Suspended Rice set to make case for return to football

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice will begin appealing his NFL suspension in the hope he can return to the playing field.

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Peterson plea deal will allow Vikings star to avoid jail

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson reached a deal that will allow the former MVP avoid jail time.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

Oregon top 4 newcomer in 2nd playoff ranking

Mississippi State, Florida State and Auburn have held their spots in the second College Football Playoff rankings, with Oregon joining them in the top four.

Laura Nicholls of Spain, left, and Brittney Griner of US fight for the ball during their Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Agent: Griner cut but OK in knife attack in China

The agent for Brittney Griner tells The A.P. that the basketball star was cut by a man in a knife attack in China but didn't need to go to the hospital.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the courthouse with his wife Ashley Brown Peterson Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.

Vikings’ Peterson avoids jail in plea agreement

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his child abuse case.

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WATCH: Collegiate bball player scores emotional first points

After freshman forward Lauren Hill was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, her school petitioned the NCAA to move up the start of the season.

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FIFA moves closer to winter World Cup

FIFA is targeting two options for holding Qatar's 2022 World Cup in the winter.

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Prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict, sentence

South African prosecutors are appealing the five-year sentence handed down to Olympic star Oscar Pistorius.

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