Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list (Yahoo Sports) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges. The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. Mariners rout Angels, gain ground in playoff race (Yahoo Sports) - Mike Zunino's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-2 on Tuesday night. The Mariners haven't been to the postseason since 2001, when they won 116 games under manager Lou Piniella and tied the major league mark set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs. One night after becoming the first team in the majors to secure a playoff trip, the Angels lost for only the fourth time in 21 games. The Athletics still lead the wild-card race by a game over Kansas City, which has a one-game edge on the Mariners for the final postseason berth in the AL. 'Liverpool get back to where they once belonged' - After five years of "pain", five-time winners Liverpool relish a victorious return to the Champions League. 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.

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