Sputtering Cards acquire RB Peterson from Saints


PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the NFL, have acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.

The 32-year-old Peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his 10-plus pro seasons. The four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection signed a two-year contract with the Saints during the offseason after spending his first 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson has played sparingly with little success for New Orleans. He's gained 81 yards in 27 carries, an average of three yards per attempt with a long run of 11.

With an offensive line that wasn't all that strong to begin with now riddled by injuries, the Cardinals (2-3) are averaging a league-worst 51.8 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.

To make room for Peterson, Arizona released running back Chris Johnson.

Nats-Cubs Game 4 rained out, set to play today

CHICAGO - Game 4 of the NL Division Series between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs has been postponed by rain.

The Cubs and Nationals took batting practice at Wrigley Field and the grounds crew got things ready before bringing out the tarp. The rain started to fall about a half-hour after the game was supposed to start. With more showers in the forecast, Major League Baseball then called it off.

Game 4 is now scheduled for today at 4:08 p.m. with Chicago leading 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team will stay with Jake Arrieta for their starting pitcher, while Nationals manager Dusty Baker opted to go with scheduled starter Tanner Roark as well instead of Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg.

Chicago won 2-1 Monday at home. The winner of the NLDS takes on the Dodgers in the next round, scheduled to begin Saturday in Los Angeles.

76ers, Embiid agree on 5-year, $148M extension

PHILADELPHIA - The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.

Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension. Embiid and the Sixers agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could increase even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives.

The extension confirmed Tuesday starts with the 2018-19 season. He'll make $6.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.