Running back Adrian Peterson, who tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter of the Vikings' Week 5 win, didn't practice Thursday because of soreness in the ankle. While he has played through the pain the past two games, he acknowledged Thursday that his soreness this week is "a little worse" than it was a week ago. "It wasn't all the way healed to 100 percent going into the [Washington] game," Peterson said. "So when you have a nagging injury like that, you've just got to stay on top of it. Get the rest, continue to strengthen it and do the necessary things to get you through to that push to Sunday." Peterson still expects to be ready to go Sunday and said that his ankle pain hindered him "a little bit" against the Redskins. (Star Tribune) Comment
Was this Yankees team done in, simply, by a lack of hitting? [One] player privately made a far more indicting observation: that the ballclub was affected by the hostility from the fans at Yankee Stadium last weekend. "I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys," the player said. "A lot of guys hadn't been booed before, and they couldn't believe how nasty it got in the stands." Obviously Nick Swisher admitted to being sensitive to such treatment after Game 2, but the player said Swisher was far from alone in his reaction. "A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse," he said. "I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don't think they ever recovered." If that's true, well, so much for the big, bad Yankees. (New York Daily News) Comment
LeBron in Los Angeles? [James] understands why there's already speculation that he could opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat after two more seasons, but the NBA's reigning MVP doesn't want any part of the discussion. Responding to an ESPN.com report on Thursday that teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers already are plotting for the next time he potentially can become a free agent, James said his only focus is on helping the Heat defend their title. "I'm here, and this is what it's all about," James said after the Heat's 105-78 preseason win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. "I'm preparing for this season, preparing to defend our title and that's it. This is where ... I'm here now." (ESPN.com) Comment
The Tigers swept the Yankees to make the World Series. Pitcher Max Scherzer is rewarded with an ice bath.
Frank Gore had a monster night for the 49ers, tallying 131 yards on the ground and 51 through the air.