Minneapolis federal magistrate ordered the NFL and its Players Association into settlement negotiations Monday in their fight over Vikings star Adrian Peterson’s suspension for his child abuse charge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron set a settlement conference for Aug. 13. That is the same day U.S. District Judge David Doty scheduled a hearing on the NFLPA’s contempt-of-court motion against the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell, for not complying with Doty’s order to send Peterson’s disciplinary matter back to the NFL arbitrator.

Mayeron ordered both sides to discuss a settlement on or before July 30.


Johnson out in front

J.T. Johnson shot 2-under-par 69 for the first-round lead, making him one of three players representing Valleywood Golf Club among the top four positions at the MGA Amateur Championship in Duluth.

Johnson led Ben Welle of Village Green by two strokes. Trent Peterson of Valleywood was third at 72 and Valleywood’s Sammy Schmitz was in a three-way tie for third at 73.

Pan Am gold

Kiana Eide of St. Francis helped the U.S. win a Pan American Games gold medal in group rhythmic gymnastics for the first time, as the Americans finished first in Sunday’s six clubs/two hoops final in Toronto. Eide also was part of the U.S. team that earned silver medals in the group all-around and five ribbons competitions.


Saints thump Goldeyes

The Saints scored four unearned runs in the first four innings and coasted to a 12-6 home victory over Winnipeg. Vinny DiFazio had four RBI.