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YOUNG SON OF VIKES' PETERSON BEATEN TO DEATH

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The 2-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson died Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., from injuries sustained in a beating, police said. Police did not release the boy's name, but Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press the child was Adrian's. The boy had been in critical condition in a Sioux Falls hospital since the beating Wednesday, police said. Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was arrested on aggravated assault charges Thursday and made his first court appearance Friday. He is being held on $750,000 bail. The Lincoln County State Attorney's office now will consider additional charges, police said. Patterson is the boyfriend of the child's mother and had been caring for him alone at the time of the beating, police said. The mother has not been identified. The death was announced after Vikings practice, at which Peterson had said he would play Sunday against the Panthers. Later on Twitter he thanked family, fans and players for their support.

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Humiliation alert

Tiny celebrities, this one's for you

Following figure skating and diving, gymnastics is the next sport hoping to invite celebrities to embarrass themselves on reality TV. Celebrity Champions is the working title of a show being developed by the American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance people in which celebs would be taught gymnastics by Olympians. Mary Lou Retton, the 1984 Olympic all-around champion, would be the anchor judge, showbiz news site deadline.com says.

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Lightning

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Correction

The Florida Supreme Court has not made a decision on a request from the family of late UCF football player Ereck Plancher to review a wrongful death lawsuit monetary judgment. An Associated Press story Thursday said otherwise.

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