Arrieta takes no-hitter into 8th, Cubs blank Reds (Yahoo Sports) - CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays (Yahoo Sports) - The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards. With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons. Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd. It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series. Nats beat Braves to clinch another NL East title (Yahoo Sports) - ATLANTA (AP) -- The Washington Nationals are again champions of the NL East, wrapping up their second division title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season. Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees (Yahoo Sports) - Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam. A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. One senior committee nominee, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff, also will be on the ballot. Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL (Yahoo Sports) - The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the ''new evidence.'' Goodell and the Ravens say they never saw the video before Sept. 8. ''This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,'' the NFL Players Association said in a statement. Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's voice NFL disapproval (Yahoo Sports) - Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league. The statements come after Radisson hotels said Monday that it was pulling its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings. FA seeks 50% cut in non-EU players - The Football Association sends out draft proposals to cut the number of non-EU players in English football by up to a half. Stanton posts pictures of facial injuries online (Yahoo Sports) - Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton posted online side-by-side graphic photos of his face, showing healing in the five days since he was struck by a pitch. Stanton had tests in Miami on Tuesday to determine whether he can play again this season. The first shot was taken shortly after he was hit Thursday by an 88 mph pitch from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers, and it shows him with two black eyes, swelling, several cuts and stitches in his lip. Stanton sustained facial fractures and dental damage. Gutierrez having cancer treatment - Newcastle and Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he had a testicle removed after being diagnosed with cancer. Tanaka likely to start against Toronto on Sunday (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees' rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month.

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Arrieta takes no-hitter into 8th, Cubs blank Reds (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 3:18 am]
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:19 am]
The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards. With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons. Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd. It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.
Nats beat Braves to clinch another NL East title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:57 am]
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Washington Nationals are again champions of the NL East, wrapping up their second division title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season.
Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:48 am]
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam. A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. One senior committee nominee, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff, also will be on the ballot.
Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:19 am]
The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the ''new evidence.'' Goodell and the Ravens say they never saw the video before Sept. 8. ''This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,'' the NFL Players Association said in a statement.
Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's voice NFL disapproval (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 11:05 pm]
Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league. The statements come after Radisson hotels said Monday that it was pulling its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings.
FA seeks 50% cut in non-EU players [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:58 pm]
The Football Association sends out draft proposals to cut the number of non-EU players in English football by up to a half.
Stanton posts pictures of facial injuries online (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:47 pm]
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton posted online side-by-side graphic photos of his face, showing healing in the five days since he was struck by a pitch. Stanton had tests in Miami on Tuesday to determine whether he can play again this season. The first shot was taken shortly after he was hit Thursday by an 88 mph pitch from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers, and it shows him with two black eyes, swelling, several cuts and stitches in his lip. Stanton sustained facial fractures and dental damage.
Gutierrez having cancer treatment [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:30 pm]
Newcastle and Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he had a testicle removed after being diagnosed with cancer.
Tanaka likely to start against Toronto on Sunday (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:27 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees' rotation Sunday after an absence of more than two month.

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Charles Barkley throws out turrible first pitch at Cubs game [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 4:14 am]
Well, it's better than his golf swing.

Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor turned 80 today. Enjoy some highlights. [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:45 am]
There haven't been many better.

James unveils new shoe before restart with Cavs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:35 am]
LeBron James had some business to take care before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp. He was at Nike's corporate headquarters Tuesday for the unveiling of his new shoe, the LeBron 12. It is his first new shoe with Nike since he returned this summer to the Cavs. ''But I love it because it has my name and logo on it.'' The rollout comes less than two weeks before the four-time league MVP reports to training camp.

And-1 Links: League Pass alert — Ben McLemore is the new Pizza Guy [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:34 am]
Nick Young's girlfriend Iggy Azalea is better at trick shots than you.

Report: Dirk Nowitzki to play in EuroBasket 2015, which is 2016 Olympics qualifier [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 12:33 am]
Germany qualifying for the Olympics, even with Nowitzki, is an uphill battle.

Urruti scores twice, Timbers beat Olimpia 4-2 [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 4:23 am]
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Maximiliano Urruti scored two goals and the Portland Timbers beat Honduran club Olimpia 4-2 in a CONCACAF Champions League match Tuesday night.

Palestine soccer player charged with sexual harassment [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 4:23 am]
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Wednesday they have charged a Palestine soccer player with sexual harassment and banned him from leaving the country following a complaint from a female staff member at the Asian Games in Incheon. The complaint came a day after police said they had charged a member of Iran's Asian Games delegation with the same offence. Police told Reuters by telephone that the latest incident occurred after the player suggested they take a photograph together at the athletes village on Tuesday. ...

Portland, DC United both win in CONCACAF Champions League play [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 3:57 am]
Maxi Urruti and Fabian Espindola both snatched braces as MLS sides went atop their groups.

Iran manager Carlos Queiroz agrees to contract extension, vows to win Asia Cup [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:55 am]
Despite saying in June he would step down after the World Cup, the former Real Madrid manager has made a U-turn.

Seattle wins US Open Cup, beating Philadelphia [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:35 am]
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins led the Seattle Sounders to their fourth U.S. Open Cup title Tuesday night, scoring in overtime in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

NFL NHL
Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:48 am]
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam. A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. One senior committee nominee, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff, also will be on the ballot.

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:19 am]
The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the ''new evidence.'' Goodell and the Ravens say they never saw the video before Sept. 8. ''This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,'' the NFL Players Association said in a statement.

Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's voice NFL disapproval (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:49 pm]
Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league. The statements come after Radisson hotels said Monday that it was pulling its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings.

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey returns to practice (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:40 pm]
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins starting center Mike Pouncey practiced Tuesday for the first time since undergoing hip surgery back in July.

Anheuser-Busch, Visa voice NFL disapproval (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 9:43 pm]
Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising.

Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:39 am]
"It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up."

Hard-luck Hillen ‘100 percent’ after staph infection [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:22 am]
Caps blueliner has had bad luck in the health department.

Forsberg named rookie tourney MVP, Ekblad all-tournament [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 12:21 am]
Florida's youngsters stole the show overall.

Red Wings agree to 2-year deal with DeKeyser (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 11:31 pm]
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with defenseman Danny DeKeyser on Tuesday on a two-year deal, with an average cap hit just under $2.2 million.

Advantage Kuemper? Harding on crutches after ankle injury [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 11:18 pm]
And he'll reportedly miss part of Minnesota's training camp.

Baseball Golf
Peavy, Posey help Giants gain ground in NL West (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 4:35 am]
PHOENIX (AP) -- Jake Peavy had another strong outing, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants gained a game in the NL West race with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 4:30 am]
Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third and scored the go-ahead run on a bloop hit by rookie Hector Gomez in the 12th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers ended the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals' three-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Brandon Kintzler (3-3) got the last out in the 11th and Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 42nd save in 47 chances. The third-place Brewers have won five of six and are four games back of St. Louis, which has a 2 1/2-game lead on Pittsburgh with 11 to go. Gerardo Parra homered and rookie Matt Clark's sacrifice fly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth.

Rays beat angry Yankees 6-1 after Jeter gets hit (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 4:13 am]
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has seen enough of his players getting hit by pitches from the Rays lately. Derek Jeter was plunked on the left hand by Steve Geltz in the eighth inning of a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, the fifth time a New York batter has been hit by a Rays pitcher in the past week. ''It's a sensitive subject here,'' Jeter said.

Kluber strikes out 14, Indians top Astros 4-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 3:54 am]
Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and the Cleveland Indians halted their four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. His previous high for strikeouts was 13 against the Chicago White Sox on May 4. Yan Gomes' two-run homer off Darin Downs in the sixth increased Cleveland's lead to 4-1. Michael Bourn scored on Carlos Santana's groundout in the first, and the Indians went up 2-1 in the fourth when Lonnie Chisenhall scored on an error by Robbie Grossman after Gomes singled to left field.

Rays beat Yankees 6-1 as Jeter gets hit (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 3:20 am]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Jeter was hit on the arm by a Steve Geltz pitch in the eighth inning of a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, the fifth time a New York Yankees batter has been hit by a Rays pitcher in the past week.

FedEx Cup winner Horschel's wife gives birth (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 3:36 am]
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel's wife gave birth to their first child Tuesday night, two days after his Tour Championship victory in Atlanta.

Billy Horschel daughter born two days after he wins FedExCup (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:37 am]
On Sunday, Billy Horschel won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup -- and the $10 million bonsus that goes with it. Skylar Lillian Horschel arrived at 8:48 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and Horschel was quick to post a an Instagram photo of his brand-new daughter snuggled in the arms of her mother, Britt. I've never met Britt, but she is already one of my favorite PGA Tour wives.

Cloninger reaches US Senior Amateur quarterfinals (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:45 am]
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Rick Cloninger advanced to the U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinals Tuesday, beating qualifying medalist Alan Fadel and David Szewczul at Big Canyon.

McIlroy wins PGA player of the year award (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:37 pm]
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy is the Vardon Trophy winner and the PGA of America's player of the year for the second time.

Susan West advances in US Senior Women's Amateur (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:16 pm]
DEAL, N.J. (AP) -- Former Alabama tennis player Susan West won two matches Tuesday in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at Hollywood Golf Club.

Motor Sports Tennis
NASCAR: Corey Lajoie to make Cup debut; ARCA’s Boston to drive 2 N’Wide races for Gibbs [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 2:00 am]
Lajoie will run his first Cup race at New Hampshire, while Justin Boston will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing at Kentucky and Dover in the Nationwide Series.

NASCAR AMERICA: One Sprint Cup title not enough for Brad Keselowski (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:00 am]
Will experience or hunger help him capture his 2nd Sprint Cup title? The NASCAR AMERICA gang debates the topic.

NASCAR AMERICA: The possible outcomes for Tony Stewart (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 12:00 am]
NBC Sports legal analyst Jack Furlong breaks down what could happen now that a grand jury will decide whether Stewart will face charges for his involvement in the accident that killed sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr.

Red Bull GRC: Layout, entry list set for L.A. doubleheader [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 11:00 pm]
The nine-turn Port of Los Angeles circuit will feature the longest joker of the 2014 GRC season.

FIA clarifies new Formula One team radio restrictions [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 10:00 pm]
Teams now know what radio messages can and cannot be made heading into this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Seppi retires at Moselle Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 5:23 pm]
METZ, France (AP) -- Igor Sijsling advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle on Tuesday after Andreas Seppi retired with a lower back pain.

Dominika Cibulkova advances at Pan Pacific Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 2:09 pm]
TOKYO (AP) -- Playing through an earthquake, sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday and advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open.

Top seed Radwanska wins Korea Open opener (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 1:52 pm]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland began her title defense in comfortable fashion by beating Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3 in the Korea Open on Tuesday.

Stosur among cull of seeds in Guangzhou 1st round (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 1:37 pm]
HONG KONG (AP) -- Top-seeded Samantha Stosur was the most notable among the five seeds to lose in first-round action at the Guangzhou Open on Tuesday.

Cibulkova advances at Pan Pacific Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 1:24 pm]
TOKYO (AP) -- Sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday.


Rice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension for knocking out wife

File of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrating his touchdown against the Washington Redskins their NFL football game in Landover MarylandBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the National Football League on Tuesday for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career. Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public. ...


Orioles, Nats clinch Major League Baseball division titles

Jimmy Paredes of the Baltimore Orioles congratulates Steve Pearce (L) on his three-run home during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Baltimore on September 16, 2014Baltimore (AFP) - After 17 years, the Baltimore Orioles are back on top of Major League Baseball's American League East division.


NFL players union appeals Rice assault suspension

Ray Rice during an NFL game in Arlington, Texas on August 16, 2014New York (AFP) - The NFL Players Union appealed the indefinite suspension meted out to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video showed him punching his fiancee.


Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

File of Baltimore Ravens running back Rice warming up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in MetairieBy Steve Ginsburg and Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL's official beer sponsor the first major advertiser to put pressure on America's most popular sports league. In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and NFL official beer Bud Light, said it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. ...


Yankees' Tanaka tentatively set to return Sunday

Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees pitches in a simulated game on September 15, 2014 in Tampa, FloridaTampa (AFP) - Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled make his first major league start in more than two months on Sunday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.


NBA's Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine : court records

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Houston RocketsBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida driver's license of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show, but the team said on Tuesday he was playing basketball in Texas the day of the alleged infraction. According to the court records, Howard's license had been suspended since at least Aug. 15 for his nonpayment of a $285 fine for running a red light in Winter Park, Florida, on April 14. ...


Rihanna, CBS bench opening number for Thursday football

Singer Rihanna arrives for the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) at Lincoln Center in New YorkBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Rihanna's record label on Tuesday said it has refused to license a song to CBS for its "Thursday Night Football" program after the TV network chose not to use the song in its season opener because it was focused on the NFL's domestic violence scandal. The Roc Nation label made its announcement after Rihanna, who was assaulted by singer and then-boyfriend Chris Brown on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards, railed against CBS on Twitter for scrapping her featured part in rapper Jay Z's "Run This Town" along with other planned content. ...


Sponsors nervy as league struggles with violence

The National Football League faces backlash from sponsors as it battles to stem negative headlines from a string of violent off-field incidents involving star playersLos Angeles (AFP) - The National Football League faced a backlash from sponsors on Tuesday as it battled to stem negative headlines from a string of violent off-field incidents involving star players.


NBA's Dwight Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Houston RocketsBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The driver's license of Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard has been suspended in Florida for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show. Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area. He also has on his Orlando court record four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license, all civil traffic infractions. ...


Native Americans ramp up pressure on NFL over Redskins name

A poster for the "Change the Mascot" campaign is seen prior to a press conference by the Oneida Indian Nation leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 16, 2014Washington (AFP) - The beleaguered National Football League (NFL) came under renewed pressure Tuesday from Native Americans to force the Washington Redskins to change its name.


09/16/2014 12:28 PM
Foles steady in clutch to rally Eagles past Colts
Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night.
09/17/2014 05:13 AM
O's end East title drought with rout of Jays
The Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday.
09/16/2014 10:54 PM
Anheuser-Busch unhappy with NFL's policing
Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of the official beer of the NFL, issued a strong statement expressing its displeasure over how the league has responded to its players being connected to incidents of domestic violence and child abuse.
09/17/2014 05:15 AM
Friends, family recall whippings to Peterson
Friends and family of Adrian Peterson's in Texas paint a bleak portrait in interviews with USA Today of a father who saw few if any limits to using mild to moderate violence as a tool for punishing his son.
09/17/2014 04:31 AM
NFLPA appeals Rice's indefinite suspension
The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.
09/17/2014 04:07 AM
Status of Peterson's charity foundation unclear
Adrian Peterson's charitable foundation was placed on "hiatus," its website cleared and Facebook page deactivated on Tuesday after some charities it supports received questions about being affiliated with the Vikings running back.
09/17/2014 05:24 AM
Girardi livid at Rays: Yanks 'not pin cushions'
Following a loss that saw three New York Yankees ejected and the benches clear, a "pissed" Joe Girardi accused the Tampa Bay Rays of pitching inside incompetently.
09/17/2014 03:07 AM
LeBron unveils new shoe as Cavs camp nears
LeBron James had some business to take care of before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.
09/17/2014 03:53 AM
Stanton shows recovery from HBP with selfie
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton took to Instagram on Tuesday to show fans how far he has come since taking a fastball to the face in a game last week.
09/16/2014 09:48 PM
Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
A late Steven Gerrard penalty gives Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad on their Champions League return.
09/16/2014 10:30 PM
Gutierrez having cancer treatment
09/16/2014 09:10 PM
Ospreys and Blues monitor Halfpenny
09/16/2014 08:51 PM
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal
09/16/2014 06:08 PM
I had accident premonition - Norman
09/16/2014 10:58 PM
FA seeks 50% cut in non-EU players
The Football Association sends out draft proposals to cut the number of non-EU players in English football by up to a half.
09/16/2014 08:43 PM
Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT
09/16/2014 04:05 PM
Trott ready to resume England career
09/16/2014 01:23 PM
Hazard set to sign new Chelsea deal
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard could sign a new long-term contract within a month, manager Jose Mourinho reveals.
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