The Sports Xchange
Pete Rose, Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader, has petitioned the National Baseball Hall of Fame officials to include him on future ballots. Rose received a lifetime ban from then-commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on baseball. Rose accepted terms of the agreement on Aug. 24, 1989. Giamatti died eight days later. The 75-year-old Rose's seven-page letter, obtained by Yahoo Sports, asked Hall president Jeff Idelson for his inclusion on ballots and for the officials to reconsider the bylaw that blocks his candidacy for enshrinement.
LOS ANGELES— Arnold Palmer, one of golf's greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army" and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age, died on Sunday at age 87, the U.S. Golf Association and golf media reported. "We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87," the USGA said on Twitter. Palmer, who posted 62 victories on the PGA Tour starting in 1955, died in Pittsburgh, near his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, golf media reported.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is expected to announce his retirement after 21 NBA seasons on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The newspaper reported that Garnett and the Timberwolves reached a contract settlement earlier Friday. Garnett was signed for $8 million this season. Garnett, 40, easily the most productive player in franchise history, spent 13 1/2 of his 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota. He was drafted out of high school in 1995 and developed into one of the top power forwards in NBA history.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are working on a buyout for Kevin Garnett that would end the forward's second stint with the team. Minnesota opens training camp on Tuesday and would like to have a solution before it starts, preferably with the 40-year-old Garnett electing to retire. Garnett is entering the final season of his contract and hasn't given the Timberwolves an answer on which direction he is leaning. He has spent 13 1/2 of his 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent knee surgery Thursday and will begin rehabbing immediately. Whether the 31-year-old returns to the Minnesota roster ever again is unclear. The Vikings announced Thursday morning that Peterson, diagnosed with a torn meniscus and lateral collateral ligament, had surgery in Minneapolis four days after leaving the team's win over the Green Bay Packers with the injury.
PITTSBURGH—The Steelers defense is getting closer to resembling a Pittsburgh defense of old, which could spell trouble for Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. The Steelers are seventh in the NFL in scoring defense through the first two weeks of the season, allowing an average of 16 points per game. They're also No. 2 against the run, allowing an average of 50 yards per game.
CHICAGO — The Philadelphia Eagles scored touchdowns on three consecutive second-half possessions, two of them short runs by Ryan Mathews and two following Chicago turnovers to beat the Bears 29-14 on Monday. Matthews scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard, sandwiched around a 2-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Trey Burton. One of the touchdowns followed an interception and 28-yard return by Nigel Bradham to Chicago's 2-yard line and another followed a fumble recovery by Ron Brooks.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Matt Forte rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns to help the New York Jets secure their first victory of the season, 37-31, over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night at New Era Field. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown against his former team, avenging a loss here in last season's finale that kept New York out of the playoffs. Fitzpatrick threw for more yards than he compiled in that game (181) and last week's season-opening loss at Cincinnati (189).
IOWA CITY, Iowa—After having more trouble than expected in the season opener, Iowa's defense redeemed itself on Saturday night with a dominating performance against in-state rival Iowa State before a sold-out crowd at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The 13th-ranked Hawkeyes moved to 2-0 behind a defense that limited the Cyclones to 126 yards on the ground, 291 total yards and three points. The offense also contributed its share in the 42-3 victory that snapped a two-game home losing streak in the annual series.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is slated to undergo major knee surgery on Thursday, Sept. 8. ESPN reported Bridgewater will undergo the operation to repair the ACL in the left knee that he also dislocated on Aug. 30 during practice. He will be sidelined all of this season and his availability for the 2017 campaign will be determined at a later time. Minnesota doctors believe Bridgewater will make a full recovery. The Vikings acquired Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles to be their quarterback for this season.