GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota men’s hockey sophomore forward Bryn Chyzyk, facing a charge of theft of less than $250, has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Chyzyk, 21, pleaded not guilty to the offense Monday in Grand Forks Municipal Court.
Chyzyk was arrested at 1:41 a.m. today at the Valley Dairy store at 1220 University Ave. on a report of “larceny theft,” according to the police log.
He ran out on a taxi bill.
“It was from downtown to the Valley Dairy, probably about four bucks,” said Mike Swehle, owner of S&S Taxi, who said one of his drivers was victimized by Chyzyk. “He ran into the Valley Dairy.”
Chyzyk was booked into the county jail about 2:10 a.m. on a city charge of theft of services of under $250.
He appeared this morning in municipal court and was released pending his next appearance, which would be a bench trial before a city judge on Feb. 19.
A year ago, Chyzyk was one of three freshman hockey players carried back to his campus dorm extremely intoxicated by older players, who were charged with obtaining liquor for underage people and suspended for a game. Chyzyk and three other freshman players were cited for underage drinking, pleading guilty to the Class B misdemeanor.
Cited again for being a minor in possession of alcohol in April 2013 after the hockey season, Chyzyk would have scholarship money taken away, UND coach Dave Hakstol told the Herald at the time. Two other players were similarly cited in April.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had one of the worst days of a seven-year career that is on a steady and determined path toward the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He called Ravens fans the worst in the league, damaging his reputation in at least one city that has had two franchises win three more Super Bowls than the Vikings. He blasted referee Pete Morelli’s officiating crew for blowing “a million” calls, setting himself up for a possible fine from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. And, perhaps most significantly, he suffered a mid-foot sprain when his right foot was trapped under linebacker Arthur Brown while being tackled early in the second quarter of Sunday’s snowy 29-26 loss at M&T Stadium.
X-rays taken at the stadium were negative. On Monday, Peterson said a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam helped rule out any torn ligaments and the dreaded Lisfranc injury. Peterson also said he was scheduled for a CT scan with a foot specialist later in the day and would know more on Tuesday.
“They ruled (a Lisfranc injury) out and, of course, that was one thing that will pop up in your mind,” Peterson said. “That’s one thing I didn’t want to hear so it feels good to have that cleared out.”
After Sunday’s game, Peterson admitted to being concerned about a serious injury.
“I just felt it pop a couple of times and the pain was excruciating,” Peterson said. “My initial thought was, ‘God, I hope I didn’t break anything’ because that’s what it felt like. After it happened, I didn’t know what happened to the football. I was worried about what was going on with my (foot).”
With the Vikings (3-9-1) officially eliminated from the playoffs, Peterson was asked if it would be best to just shut himself down for the rest of the season, regardless of Monday’s MRI results.
“No, no, not at all,” said Peterson, who had just seven carries for 13 yards, the second-lowest total of his career behind only the three yards gained as a rookie at the San Francisco 49ers. “You should have seen me in (the locker room) trying to get back out there.”
The frustration of being eliminated in a wild game that contained a record six fourth-quarter lead changes, including five in the final 2:05, was too much for Peterson to hold in. He used Twitter, his usual postgame press conference and his interview with the team’s radio home to rip the snowball-throwing fans. He also criticized the officials who clobbered the Vikings with two questionable pass interference penalties late in the game and one head-scratching decision not to overturn a fumble call when replay showed running back Toby Gerhart’s knee touched the ground before the ball popped out.
“It’s frustrating,” Peterson said. “We come in and we fight so hard. To have to beat a team and the officials, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, made an unsolicited call to him on Monday morning to discuss some of the calls in the game. Frazier said it was the second time that has happened this year, but would not reveal the other time. He stopped short of saying Blandino apologized on behalf of the league, but did indicate that the league acknowledged there were some blown calls in the game.
Meanwhile, a league spokesman said such conversations between Blandino and coaches are routine and confidential, adding that there was no apology given on behalf of the league.
The officials were not the only people on Peterson’s mind after Sunday’s game.
“To top it off, they got the worst fans in the NFL throwing snowballs the entire fourth quarter like kids,” Peterson said. “It was a bad feeling, a bad experience.”
Peterson was not the only Vikings player or coach griping about the officials in the locker room after the game.
“There were four plays in there that were big calls that went against us that were very questionable,” fullback Jerome Felton said. “Every single big call in the game went against us.”
Pass interference penalties on nickel back Robert Blanton and linebacker Chad Greenway in the final minutes were hot complaints in the visitors’ locker room. Both led to go-ahead touchdowns. Greenway’s penalty, which came 20 seconds before Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw the game-winner with 4 seconds left, was particularly questionable.
“Man, there were a lot of things that I thought could be called pass interference more so than that throughout that ballgame,” Frazier said. “For those two calls to happen, it bewildered me. Just very disappointing.”
Greenway said he thought it was Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta who tripped over his foot during what should have been considered incidental contact.
“I’m still wondering what happened,” Greenway said.
While the pass interference penalties were questionable, they still did not compare to the Gerhart fumble that was not overturned. During the review, even the Ravens assumed the call would be overturned so they kept their defense on the field until being shocked by the good news. They sprinted to the sideline in a rowdy celebration that saw one player hit the ground to slide through the snow.
“I didn’t see enough to overturn the ruling on the field as a fumble,” Morelli told a pool reporter.
Gerhart, the rest of the Vikings and press box observers surely saw enough. Gerhart also said he has never seen a situation in which both teams were that surprised by the result of a replay review.
“I felt like I had both knees down,” Gerhart said. “Obviously, our guys in the booth saw it that way and (Baltimore’s) guys in the booth saw it that way. But the refs saw it differently.”
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.
The incident occurred with 2:51 left in the first quarter of Saturday’s 103-82 loss to the visiting Miami Heat.
The Minnesota Vikings placed tight end Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve Monday but did not have an update on injured running back Adrian Peterson.
Rudolph has been out since sustaining a broken foot against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 3 but was not ready to resume practicing.
Peterson sprained his right foot during Sunday’s 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Leslie Frazier did not know yet how long he will be out.
Peterson was scheduled to visit a foot specialist on Monday and have more X-rays taken.
“I’m hoping, and we all are, that he’ll be able to get back on the field soon,” Frazier said.
Frazier said the team’s 3-9-1 record will factor into whether Peterson returns this season or not.
Quarterback Christian Ponder was cleared to practice. He has been out for a week with a concussion. However, Frazier did not name a starter for this Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Matt Cassel started in place of Ponder against the Ravens.
Also, running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle), guard Brandon Fusco (knee) and tight end John Carlson (concussion) are all day-to-day, and wide receiver Greg Childs was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
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