Angels beat Mariners 5-0, win AL West title (Yahoo Sports) - ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Angels top M's 5-0, reach brink of AL West title (Yahoo Sports) - C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of the AL West title with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. The major league-leading Angels (95-57) reduced their magic number to one in their division race with the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles will clinch its first AL West title since 2009 with one more victory or one loss by the A's. Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error. Wainwright shutout, 19th win as Cards beat Brewers (Yahoo Sports) - Adam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2 1/2-game edge in the NL Central. Wainwright (19-9) worked around seven hits and tied for the major league lead in wins and shutouts. St. Louis has won four of five and kept its advantage over second-place Pittsburgh. Milwaukee dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card spot. Cain, Aoki power Royals to 6-2 win over White Sox (Yahoo Sports) - Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and the Kansas City Royals roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that kept the pressure on Detroit in the AL Central. The first-place Tigers led the Royals by 1 1/2 games at the start of the night. Alcides Escobar also homered for a Royals offense that had been scuffling for weeks, and Aoki went 3 for 4 to finish with 11 hits in the series. Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and the woman that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. NFL rocked by new violence arrest - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police say, the latest such incident to rock the NFL. Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left. Cardinals RB arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. Texas QB David Ash ends playing career (Yahoo Sports) - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas coach Charlie Strong says quarterback David Ash is giving up football after struggling with the effects of multiple concussions. Mourinho has Costa hamstring concern - Jose Mourinho says after Chelsea's draw with Schalke that Diego Costa is not yet ready to start more than one game a week.

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Angels beat Mariners 5-0, win AL West title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 5:58 am]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Angels top M's 5-0, reach brink of AL West title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 5:00 am]
C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of the AL West title with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. The major league-leading Angels (95-57) reduced their magic number to one in their division race with the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles will clinch its first AL West title since 2009 with one more victory or one loss by the A's. Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.
Wainwright shutout, 19th win as Cards beat Brewers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 3:25 am]
Adam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2 1/2-game edge in the NL Central. Wainwright (19-9) worked around seven hits and tied for the major league lead in wins and shutouts. St. Louis has won four of five and kept its advantage over second-place Pittsburgh. Milwaukee dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card spot.
Cain, Aoki power Royals to 6-2 win over White Sox (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 3:16 am]
Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and the Kansas City Royals roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that kept the pressure on Detroit in the AL Central. The first-place Tigers led the Royals by 1 1/2 games at the start of the night. Alcides Escobar also homered for a Royals offense that had been scuffling for weeks, and Aoki went 3 for 4 to finish with 11 hits in the series.
Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 1:51 am]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and the woman that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.
NFL rocked by new violence arrest [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 18, 2014, 1:41 am]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police say, the latest such incident to rock the NFL.
Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 12:19 am]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left.
Cardinals RB arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 11:58 pm]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation.
Texas QB David Ash ends playing career (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 11:42 pm]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas coach Charlie Strong says quarterback David Ash is giving up football after struggling with the effects of multiple concussions.
Mourinho has Costa hamstring concern [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 17, 2014, 11:13 pm]
Jose Mourinho says after Chelsea's draw with Schalke that Diego Costa is not yet ready to start more than one game a week.

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NBA Soccer
Byron Scott’s Lakers assistant coaches: Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 4:15 am]
No Robert Horry, no Igor Kokoskov

Bucks sign Micheal Eric [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 3:15 am]
Milwaukee will likely waive former Temple center before season

Kings give Ryan Hollins fully guaranteed one-year contract [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:15 am]
Clippers rushed to upgrade from Hollins as backup center, the role Hollins will likely hold in Sacramento

Knicks sign Orlando Sanchez [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 1:25 am]
Sanchez played for St. John’s, Dominican Republic national team

Heat hire former Kings head coach Keith Smart as assistant [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 12:30 am]
Miami also hires Chris Quinn promotes David Fizdale

Coleman returns as Accrington boss [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 18, 2014, 7:14 am]
John Coleman returns to League Two strugglers Accrington Stanley for a second spell as manager.

Soccer-Bayern frontline needs improvement despite win over City [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:56 am]
(Corrects typo in intro) By Karolos Grohmann Sept 18 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich's last-minute victory over Manchester City may have left fans delighted with a winning Champions League Group E start but highlighted their need to improve their finishing after missing a string of clear chances. Last season's Bundesliga striker Robert Lewandowski, brought in to boost their frontline, has yet to score in a competitive game for the Bavarians and on Wednesday the Poland international had his own share of missed opportunities. ...

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday, Sept 18 [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:00 am]
Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday: - - - - SOCCER Champions League We will have follow-ups of the various Champions League matches (SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/, expect by 1100 GMT/7 AM ET) - - Europa League group stage Sevilla begin Europa League title defence against Feyenoord LONDON - Europa League champions Sevilla get their title defence underway against Feyenoord, with five former European champions among the 48 teams contesting this season's group stage. ...

Fire-ravaged dog home claims Mario Balotelli made sizable donation [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 3:30 am]
A dog home ravaged by fire last week believes Mario Balotelli has made a sizable donation.

Soccer-Wilkins targeting Asian Cup success with Jordan [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 3:10 am]
AMMAN, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Winning the 2015 Asian Cup should be the target for Jordan an ambitious head coach Ray Wilkins said after he signed his contract on Wednesday to take charge of the West Asians. Jordan have only twice qualified for the Asian Cup finals but on both occasions reached the quarter-finals - in 2004 and in Qatar four years ago. They have been handed a tricky draw for the January tournament in Group D alongside defending champions Japan, 2007 winners Iraq and tournament debutantes Palestine but Wilkins was undeterred. ...

NFL NHL
Palmer says injured shoulder getting better (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:41 am]
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer says he's tried everything under the sun to try to heal his ailing right shoulder.

Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 1:51 am]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and the woman that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.

Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 12:19 am]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left.

Cardinals RB arrested on assault charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 11:58 pm]
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation.

To 'get it right,' Vikings put Peterson on leave (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 10:23 pm]
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. ''We made a mistake,'' Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, ''and we needed to get this right.'' Vikings executives emerged Wednesday from a late-night deliberation to voice regret of their initial decision to let Peterson play this week after sitting him for a game once he was charged with injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch. Now Peterson is back on paid leave through a special roster exemption granted by the NFL, the same protocol cited by the Carolina Panthers as they sat defensive end Greg Hardy a few hours later while he deals with his own domestic violence case. ''We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe this is the right decision,'' said Wilf, the team's co-owner with younger brother Mark Wilf.

Ducks invite Yip to training camp for tryout [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:48 am]
Brendan Bell also gets a chance to impress.

No ads on hockey jerseys (yet); Rangers experiment with computer chips [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:00 am]
A clothing-conscious post.

Blue Jackets say Horton may miss start of 2014-15 season [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 12:59 am]
His back issues present another headache for Columbus.

Report: Canucks invite Wyman to camp [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 11:50 pm]
He has 44 games of NHL experience under his belt.

Wild hand Bryzgalov a training camp tryout [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 10:39 pm]
Insert your "humongous big" jokes here.

Baseball Golf
Doolittle blows save, A's lose 6-1 to Rangers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:39 am]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sean Doolittle sat in a chair staring at his locker inside a quiet clubhouse before searching for the words to explain the Oakland Athletics' latest meltdown.

Angels beat Mariners 5-0, win AL West title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 6:06 am]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Angels top M's 5-0, reach brink of AL West title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 5:00 am]
C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of the AL West title with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. The major league-leading Angels (95-57) reduced their magic number to one in their division race with the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles will clinch its first AL West title since 2009 with one more victory or one loss by the A's. Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Cain, Aoki power Royals to 6-2 win over White Sox (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 4:09 am]
Perhaps the Royals are rousing from their offensive slumber at just the right time. Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and Kansas City roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that allowed the Royals to creep within a half-game of first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Alcides Escobar also homered for a Royals lineup that had been scuffling for weeks, and Aoki went 3 for 4 to finish with 11 hits in the series.

David Price hit hard, Tigers lose to Twins 8-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 4:04 am]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Price was hit hard in a disappointing outing and the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night to tighten the AL Central race ahead of the Tigers' big weekend series in Kansas City.

Tony Jacklin's penpix of the U.S. Ryder Cup team (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:47 am]
LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Jacklin, Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain having won two and tied one of his four matches in charge between 1983-89, gives Reuters his view of the 12 players who will represent the United States at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28. - - Bubba Watson Age: 35 Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012 He is a great player, no doubt. The only reservation about Bubba is that we don't know much about his match play pedigree. He is something of an unknown quantity in the Ryder Cup. ...

Tony Jacklin's penpix of the European Ryder Cup team (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:46 am]
LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Jacklin, Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain having won two and tied one of his four matches in charge between 1983-89, gives Reuters his view of the 12 players who will represent the holders against the U.S. at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28. - - Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) Age: 25 Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012 Rory's had a fantastic year, winning two majors, and his achievements will filter down and give the rest of the European team enormous confidence. ...

Inspiration and momentum all important: Jacklin (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:45 am]
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Match-play golf is nigh on impossible to predict and it is flashes of inspiration and key momentum shifts that often decide the destiny of the Ryder Cup, according to former captain Tony Jacklin. The 70-year-old Englishman, Europe's most successful skipper having registered two wins and one tie in his four matches in charge between 1983-89, says it is the unsung heroes who regularly come to the fore in the biennial clash between Europe and the United States. ...

Jacklin urges McGinley to go with gut instincts (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:42 am]
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Jacklin, the most decorated European Ryder Cup captain of all time, has urged Paul McGinley to go with his gut instincts when the Irishman leads the holders into battle against the U.S. at Gleneagles later this month. Jacklin was an inspirational general between 1983-89, winning two and tying one of his four matches in charge as Europe ended a 28-year American stranglehold on the biennial team event. ...

Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S.: Rose (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 2:36 am]
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be "a double-edged sword" for them at next week's Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters. U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition. ...

Motor Sports Tennis
NASCAR AMERICA: Matt Kenseth confident as Loudon looms (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: September 18, 2014, 12:00 am]
The 2003 Sprint Cup champion talks with NASCAR AMERICA's Marty Snider about how he's now looking forward to racing at New Hampshire more than ever before.

Crew chief changes on the way at Joe Gibbs Racing [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 11:18 pm]
Joe Gibbs tells the press that the details have already been decided, and that an announcement could come within the next few weeks.

NASCAR AMERICA Minute: Critical Sunday coming for Hamlin, Kurt Busch (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 10:15 pm]
Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch are currently in position to make the Contender Round, but need big results this weekend at New Hampshire. NASCAR AMERICA's Frank Stoddard explains why.

Michael Waltrip avoids early “Dancing with the Stars” elimination [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 9:30 pm]
Waltrip and partner Emma Slater are moving on to Week 2 despite a shaky opening performance.

WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA with Matt Kenseth and Steve Letarte at 5 p.m. ET [NBC Sports: September 17, 2014, 8:45 pm]
Also on tap: Chicagoland edition of "Scan All 43"; learning the best lines around New Hampshire.

Tsonga takes confident start in Metz (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 7:29 pm]
METZ, France (AP) -- Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga served 10 aces and saved all five break points to defeat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (7), 6-4 at the Moselle Open on Wednesday.

Kerber reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:29 pm]
TOKYO (AP) -- Ana Ivanovic stalled Victoria Azarenka's comeback from a foot injury with a 6-3, 6-4 win to make the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Sousa, Nieminen advance at Moselle Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:28 pm]
METZ, France (AP) -- Joao Sousa saved all four break points to beat Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Moselle Open on Wednesday.

Surviving seed Cornet into Guangzhou Open quarters (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 1:13 pm]
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- Sole surviving seed Alize Cornet of France beat 2009 champion Shahar Peer of Israel 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Guangzhou Open on Wednesday.

Radwanska, Pliskova reach Korea Open quarters (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 17, 2014, 10:25 am]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won 6-0, 6-0 for the fourth time in a WTA main draw on Wednesday.


10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


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Angels clinch American League West division title

CJ Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, in California, on September 17, 2014Anaheim (United States) (AFP) - Angels pitcher CJ Wilson shut down Seattle for seven innings and CJ Cron smacked a three-run home run as Anaheim beat the Mariners 5-0 and clinched the American League West division title on Wednesday.


Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday, Sept 18

Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday: - - - - SOCCER Champions League We will have follow-ups of the various Champions League matches (SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/, expect by 1100 GMT/7 AM ET) - - Europa League group stage Sevilla begin Europa League title defence against Feyenoord LONDON - Europa League champions Sevilla get their title defence underway against Feyenoord, with five former European champions among the 48 teams contesting this season's group stage. ... Cardinals bench player after assault arrest

Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals takes the field before the pre-season NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Glendale, Arizona on August 24, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - With the NFL reeling from a spate of violent off-field incidents involving players, the Arizona Cardinals benched Jonathan Dwyer after his arrest on suspicion of assault.


World's richest National Football League in crisis

Ray Rice before the start of a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on August 16, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - The NFL, which has built a multi-billion dollar empire out of its violent and quintessentially American game, is under attack as never before over its handling of off-field violence involving players.


OCA president backing baseball's 2020 return

By Peter Rutherford INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball's bid to return to the program at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), told Reuters in an interview that Tokyo had all the infrastructure and facilities in place to fit baseball into the program. Baseball and softball were on the Olympic program from 1992 to 2008 but voted out in a secret ballot in 2005, becoming the first sports to be removed since polo in 1936. ... Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green BayBy Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken (Reuters) - Another National Football League player was arrested on domestic violence allegations hours after two teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended players enmeshed in similar cases on Wednesday. The charges against Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer of aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence in late July come amid intensifying criticism from corporate sponsors and politicians toward America's top sports league. ...


Tony Jacklin's penpix of the U.S. Ryder Cup team

LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Jacklin, Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain having won two and tied one of his four matches in charge between 1983-89, gives Reuters his view of the 12 players who will represent the United States at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28. - - Bubba Watson Age: 35 Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012 He is a great player, no doubt. The only reservation about Bubba is that we don't know much about his match play pedigree. He is something of an unknown quantity in the Ryder Cup. ... Tony Jacklin's penpix of the European Ryder Cup team

LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Jacklin, Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain having won two and tied one of his four matches in charge between 1983-89, gives Reuters his view of the 12 players who will represent the holders against the U.S. at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28. - - Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) Age: 25 Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012 Rory's had a fantastic year, winning two majors, and his achievements will filter down and give the rest of the European team enormous confidence. ...
09/18/2014 04:52 AM
Vikings admit 'mistake' as Peterson barred
Admitting they "made a mistake," the Minnesota Vikings changed course Wednesday as running back Adrian Peterson was placed on the NFL's exempt list, barring him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved.
09/18/2014 07:14 AM
Wilson, Angels blank M's, claim AL West title
C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels shut out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 Wednesday night and clinched the AL West title when the A's lost to the Rangers 6-1 an hour later.
09/18/2014 07:35 AM
Cards' Dwyer arrested, charged with assault
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child.
09/17/2014 10:03 PM
FSU to bench Winston for half after obscenity
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after he was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday.
09/18/2014 04:52 AM
Vikings admit 'mistake' as Peterson barred
Admitting they "made a mistake," the Minnesota Vikings changed course Wednesday as running back Adrian Peterson was placed on the NFL's exempt list, barring him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved.
09/18/2014 04:20 AM
Peterson's mom: 'Not about abuse, but love'
The mother of Adrian Peterson came to his defense Wednesday in her first public comments since the running back's indictment for child abuse, saying he has six kids and "wants to be a good father to them all."
09/18/2014 04:49 AM
Panthers' Hardy also placed on exempt list
Carolina Panthers star defensive end Greg Hardy has agreed to be placed on the NFL's exempt list.
09/18/2014 02:43 AM
Texas QB Ash to end career after tough year
Longhorns quarterback David Ash has elected to end his football career after struggling with concussion symptoms for the past year.
09/18/2014 12:16 AM
Sherman: Not worried about 'little Chargers'
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman criticizes Chargers players who called him out after Sunday's game.
09/17/2014 11:13 PM
Mourinho has Costa hamstring concern
Jose Mourinho says after Chelsea's draw with Schalke that Diego Costa is not yet ready to start more than one game a week.
09/18/2014 05:56 AM
R&A set to reveal women members vote
09/17/2014 10:57 PM
Hart positive despite Bayern defeat
Man City keeper Joe Hart believes his team can qualify for the Champions League last 16 despite losing to Bayern Munich.
09/17/2014 04:06 PM
Pick your greatest Ryder Cup moment
Tense, tantalising, captivating, controversial, the Ryder Cup delivers iconic moments year after year. Choose the best from our top 10.
09/17/2014 12:27 PM
Rivalry set to heat up in Singapore?
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will continue their world title battle at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.
09/18/2014 01:41 AM
NFL rocked by new violence arrest
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police say, the latest such incident to rock the NFL.
09/17/2014 01:05 PM
Transfer system is 'chaotic' - Dyke
09/17/2014 03:12 PM
Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day
Chris Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day - including a season's best 9-52 - as Durham thrash Northants by an innings.
09/18/2014 06:40 AM
Thursday's gossip column
Chelsea and Liverpool keen on Leverkusen's Brandt, Juventus cool Mata interest, Pulis set for Cardiff, plus more.
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