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Ironmen from Space

Having already conquered “the final frontier” many times over, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano have accepted a new mission and will reach for the stars at the 2014 Ironman World Championship next week.

NFL: Raiders make Tony Sparano interim coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn’t even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.

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FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston will be a spectator in the first half of Florida State’s showdown against Clemson Saturday after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women — the latest embarrassment in a growing list of poor decisions off the field.

NFL: Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.