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Peterson faces new trouble

Suspended Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson faced new legal trouble on Thursday after Texas prosecutors in his child abuse case asked a court to order his arrest on a possible drug-related bond violation. Peterson, 29, who has been accused of injuring his four-year-old son while disciplining him with the thin end of a tree branch, allegedly told a drug-testing administrator on Wednesday he had smoked marijuana before submitting to a urinalysis test, court papers said. “During this process the defendant admitted ... that he smoked a little weed,” according to the motion filed by Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon. A court date has not been set on the possible bond violation. Peterson’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 4. Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, declined to comment. Neither the Vikings nor the National Football League (NFL) immediately responded to requests for comment.


Dre headphones lead to fine

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said on Thursday the NFL had fined him US$10,000 for appearing at a post-game press conference with Beats by Dre headphones around his neck. Kaepernick has a sponsorship deal with Beats by Dre, but rival manufacturer Bose has a league-wide deal that makes it the “Official Sound of the NFL.” Last year Kaepernick was asked not to wear his headphones during a press conference in London — a request he ignored, although it is not known if he was fined that time. On Sunday, Kaepernick sported bright pink headphones — reported to be a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness — as he addressed the media following the 49ers’ victory over Kansas City. Asked if Beats by Dre paid his fine, Kaepernick said: “We’ll let that be unanswered.”


Aussies recall Cooper

Quade Cooper has been recalled to Australia’s training squad for the first time this year for next week’s third Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand. The 26-year-old Cooper, who is coming back from surgery on his left shoulder, was included in a 32-man squad yesterday, a day after Kurtley Beale was dropped pending the outcome of a code-of-conduct tribunal hearing. Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said he wanted to see how Cooper, a 50-Test veteran, trained and performed after nine months out of the national team. He is to cut the squad to 23 players next week, with Cooper likely to take a spot on the bench if he is fit. Fiji-born winger Henry Speight was also included in the squad, among four uncapped players, but is unavailable due to a hamstring problem. Center Matt Toomua was not considered due to a recent concussion.


Fruean dropped for Williams

Center Robbie Fruean, who has defied a chronic heart condition to play Super Rugby for three New Zealand teams, has lost his contract with the Chiefs to make way for code-hopping star Sonny Bill Williams. Fruean has played for New Zealand at junior level, played provincial rugby for Wellington, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay, and Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, the Crusaders and the Chiefs. He came close to winning All Blacks selection two years ago before illness intervened. The Chiefs yesterday announced Fruean will not be contracted next season. Head coach Dave Rennie said Williams’ return after two years in rugby league forced the change.

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