O's temporarily option Chen, add Clevenger
The O's optioned lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Wednesday, a day after his most recent start, and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk. The GCL O's season ends on Thursday, so Baltimore will be able to bring Chen back to the Majors in time for his next scheduled start, Sunday, without waiting the typically necessary 10 days.
Jimenez still an option as a starter
Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is still considered a starter, and the team hopes to keep him stretched out for the final month of the regular season.
Town officials instituted swimming restrictions amid dangerous surf conditions caused by Hurricane Cristobal off shore.
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For Herman Cain, forget the treats; just bring on the tricks.
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain is the subject of a bombshell accusation on Halloween day that he sexually harassed two women during his tenure at the National Restaurant Association. Cain stoutly denies the charges.
The curious thing about the accusations against Cain are their timing. Why now? Why did Politico break the news now, as opposed to weeks before or later, if Cain secured the GOP presidential nomination? Did Politico only obtain the story now, or had it been sitting on the report for a while? Why now?
Early opinion among conservative leaders is that the fossil media is up to its old tricks in reporting allegations of sexual harassment against Cain. Politico is serving as the cat’s paw for its liberal allies and the Democrat Party, goes the thinking. This could be. The fossil media – Politico included – may have determined that Cain poses a potent threat to Barack Obama’s presidency and that he had to be politically offed now before he gained any more momentum. A Cain presidency could shake liberaldom, the race industry, and the Democratic Party to its foundations.
But there’s another consideration to make in the Cain attack. Who benefits immediately from bursting Cain’s fast-rising presidential balloon? Why, Cain’s Republican rivals. Sherlock Holmes wasn’t about sleuthing for the obvious suspects, nor should those following the Cain story as it unfolds. It may be worth investigating Cain’s GOP rivals, who have every reason to facilitate the allegations against the Georgia businessman.
It’s all speculation at this point, but no GOP candidate or campaign should be eliminated as a potential source for the broadside aimed at Cain. Certainly, it would be good to hear condemnation coming for all GOP presidential candidates about the attempt to “high tech lynch” their fellow Republican.
Given Cain’s dramatic rise in the polls, mudslinging in Cain’s direction is as inevitable as little ghosts and goblins showing at neighborhood doors throughout the nation on Halloween night. Tricks are more the rule in politics than treats. That’s just a fact of life.
NFL roundup: Browns WR Gordon suspended one year (The SportsXchange)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meetings or other club functions for an entire year. Gordon, 23, acknowledged that the league upheld his suspension in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in the statement.
Vincent defends Meriweather's suspension (The SportsXchange)
Troy Vincent defended the NFL's two-game suspension of Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for a preseason hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Vincent, the NFL's new executive vice president of football operations and a former defensive back, gave an interview with the NFL Network on Wednesday. The Redskins contend that Meriweather could not avoid a helmet-to-helmet hit as both he and Smith lowered their heads as a pass sailed incomplete across the middle.
NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season (The Associated Press)
Josh Gordon's wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon's indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.
Ravens restructure CB Webb's deal (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens restructured the contract of starting cornerback Lardarius Webb, reducing his 2014 salary cap figure by $3 million, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. Webb hasn't practiced since hurting his lower back July 25. Coach John Harbaugh said Webb has made significant progress and could return to practice late this week. The Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens restructured Webb's five-year, $50 million contract by converting $4 million of his $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus.
Redskins, Bucs eager to get final look at backups (The Associated Press)
Gerald McCoy's preseason is pretty much over. Like most of the starters for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle will play little - if any -Thursday night in a final tuneup for the regular season. McCoy is entering the final year of the contract he signed as the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, And if training camp and the Bucs' first three preseason games are any indication, he's poised to make a splash in an improved defense that Lovie Smith is counting on to help transform the Bucs into winners. The Bucs went 4-12 in 2013, missing missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence (The Associated Press)
Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.
NFC Battles of Week: Final chance for lasting impression (The SportsXchange)
While some NFL players may be on cruise control to stay healthy in this final week of preseason, others are going full throttle to nail down a better spot on the depth chart or just to keep their name on the active roster. With the so-called final cut to 53 active players set for Saturday, 1 p.m. Eastern Time, these next few days, including Thursday's final preseason games, are crucial to the careers of several players on each team. In the NFC, some of the stronger teams are looking to firm up depth, such as Super Bowl champion Seattle at backup wide receiver and the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 running back. Others teams are still trying to solidify their starting lineup, especially the New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys -- all are still sorting through options on the offensive line.
Ravens sign CB Cox (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday signed cornerback Derek Cox, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings this week, to bolster their banged-up secondary. Cox, a six-year pro, started 11 games last year for the San Diego Chargers. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Cox signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Chargers last March, but lost his starting job over the final five weeks and was released only a year into his deal. The Ravens are thin at cornerback with Lardarius Webb (back), Jimmy Smith (chest) and Asa Jackson (ankle) sidelined.
Ravens look to rebound after rare playoff blackout (The Associated Press)
The Baltimore Ravens regard making the playoffs as the minimum requirement to a successful season. Not only did the Ravens fail to defend their Super Bowl title, but they missed the postseason for the first time in coach John Harbaugh's six-year tenure. Baltimore rebounded from a 4-6 start to finish 8-8 and remained in the playoff hunt until the final week. None of that mattered in the end, and little of that is worth remembering as the Ravens enter the 2014 season.
Packers' Boykin making noise with his play (The Associated Press)
Jarrett Boykin was talking about his least favorite topic: Jarrett Boykin. At a position known for its attention-loving players, there's only one reason the Green Bay Packers' third-year wide receiver had even agreed to an interview. It's not that Boykin is anti-social. ''You guys can write the articles, you can tell the stories, but at the end of the day, I'm the one who has to go out there and prove what I've got to prove.'' It is that need with proving himself that has driven Boykin to be the Packers' No. 3 receiver, behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.