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. Anheuser-Busch, Visa 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 knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then fiancee; Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league.

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Rio Olympic ticket prices start at about $20 in Brazil [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 8:10 pm]
More than 7.5 million tickets will be available for the Games.

Olympic all-around silver medalist out of World Gymnastics Championships [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 3:57 pm]
German star suffered torn ACL.

Kohei Uchimura’s mother competes in gymnastics meet [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 3:35 pm]
Shuko Uchimura hadn't competed in some 30 years, according to Japanese report.

Yannick Agnel leaves Bob Bowman; other top swimmers split with coaches [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 1:39 pm]
Olympic 200m free champion going back to France.

Boston’s potential advantage in 2024 Olympic bid race [NBC Sports: September 16, 2014, 1:11 pm]
"The city is the Olympic park," official tells Boston Globe.

Kaetlyn Osmond, top Canadian figure skater, out with broken leg [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 8:43 pm]
Osmond won Olympic silver in the Sochi team event.

Paralympic president clarifies Pistorius stance, looks to Rio [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 8:27 pm]
IPC president Sir Philip Craven looks ahead to an anniversary and a new frontier for the Paralympics.

Paralympic president clarifies Pistorius comment, looks to Rio [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 8:27 pm]
IPC president Sir Philip Craven looks ahead to an anniversary and a new frontier for the Paralympics.

Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps hope to meet for first time before Olympic farewell [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 6:36 pm]
The greatest Olympians of this generation discuss thoughts on one another.

Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps hope to meet for first time before Olympic sendoffs [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 6:17 pm]
The greatest Olympians of this generation discuss thoughts on one another.

U.S. men’s volleyball team eliminated at World Championships [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 3:44 pm]
U.S. bounced in Poland with five-set loss to Argentina.

What U.S.’ FIBA World Cup title means for Olympics [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 3:16 pm]
The second-biggest winner from the FIBA World Cup may be a nation that didn't compete in Spain.

Carolina Kostner called to hearing in ex-boyfriend’s doping case [NBC Sports: September 15, 2014, 3:05 pm]
Olympic bronze medalist figure skater dated Olympic race-walking champion when he tested positive.

Oscar Pistorius’ Nike contract terminated [NBC Sports: September 14, 2014, 12:52 am]
Nike had suspended its contract with the runner six days after he shot and killed his girlfriend.

Jenny Simpson has long-standing record in sight after spectacular season [NBC Sports: September 12, 2014, 8:50 pm]
Simpson, racing the Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday, is one tenth away from breaking a 31-year-old mark.

Things Mutaz Barshim could jump over (photos) [NBC Sports: September 12, 2014, 5:15 pm]
High jumper hashtag has taken social media by storm.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mom says justice was not served in Oscar Pistorius trial (video) [NBC Sports: September 12, 2014, 4:10 pm]
Steenkamp's parents want to meet with Pistorius, they told NBC News.

Oscar Pistorius would be allowed in Paralympics after serving sentence [NBC Sports: September 12, 2014, 3:42 pm]
"We would not stand in his way,” IPC spokesman said.

Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide (verdict video) [NBC Sports: September 12, 2014, 9:30 am]
Runner faces up to 15 years in prison, plus sentence for gun charge.

World Gymnastics Championships nominative lists announced [NBC Sports: September 11, 2014, 5:02 pm]
U.S. women's team won't officially be named until next week.





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