FOOTBALL

Peterson held out of practice with ankle injury, could play Sunday against Giants

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was held out of practice for the second consecutive day with a sprained left ankle but could play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Peterson sprained his left ankle in the first half of last week’s 38-17 win against the Chicago Bears. Peterson returned for two second-half series before sitting out the rest of the game, finishing with 18 carries for 63 yards.

 The New York Giants filled Odell Beckham Jr.’s space on the roster by promoting receiver Ben Edwards from their practice squad.

The Colts signed quarterback Stephen Morris to the active roster and placed cornerback D’Joun Smith on injured reserve.

Andrew Luck has missed five straight games and was ruled out of Sunday’s game at Miami (5-9) as he recovers from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.

Matt Hasselbeck has started since, but is dealing with back and rib injuries. Charlie Whitehurst is the only other quarterback on the roster.

BASKETBALL

COLLEGE: A University of Vermont basketball player was suspended for eight games for reselling textbooks.

The university’s athletic department said junior Dre Wills violated its student athlete code and NCAA rules regarding his athletic scholarship by selling the books.

In addition to the suspension, Wills must pay back an unspecified amount of money and perform community service.

NBA: The Phoenix Suns suspended forward Markieff Morris two games for what was termed “conduct detrimental to the team.”

The suspension was announced one day after Morris threw a towel at Coach Jeff Hornacek in the fourth quarter of a 104-96 home loss to the Denver Nuggets. Hornacek said after the game that Morris was upset about being taken out of the game.

SOCCER

MLS: The Los Angeles Galaxy transferred midfielder Juninho to Club Tijuana of Mexico.

Juninho won three MLS Cup titles during six seasons with the Galaxy. The Brazilian scored 18 goals during 180 starts for the club, earning his first All-Star selection last season.

TRACK AND FIELD

RUSSIA SCANDAL: The International Association of Athletics Federations said a task force will visit Russia for the first time on Jan. 10-11 next year to inspect the response to the doping scandal that caused it to be banned from the sport.

Russia must meet steps set out by the IAAF to be reinstated.

– From staff and news services