Gausman, O's set sights on race for AL's top record
With the American League East title locked up, the Orioles are now moving on to their pursuit of the best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. They open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday night behind Kevin Gausman. Boston counters with Allen Webster.
Pearce's two homers power O's to sweep
A day after celebrating their first American League East title in 17 years, the Orioles' clubhouse still stunk of stale beer and champagne Wednesday. Players sipped coffee to recover as they reveled in the memories from Tuesday night's festivities. Buck Showalter wrote up a lineup with players in unique spots and regulars on the bench. But he and his team could do no wrong. Behind Steve Pearce's two home runs, the Orioles swept the Blue Jays with a 6-1 win.
Blue Jays' Stroman suspended for six games
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman has decided to appeal the six-game suspension that was handed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday afternoon for throwing near the head of Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph. Stroman threw a pitch over the head of Joseph during Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Orioles. The fastball appeared to be in retaliation for an incident earlier in the game when Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes felt Joseph stepped on his hand while sliding into home.
O's No. 4 prospect Walker collects first MLB hit
The Orioles called up Christian Walker, their No. 4 prospect, for the first time Wednesday to add some depth at first base and to get a chance to see one of their top prospects compete at the Major League level. Walker, who was immediately inserted into the lineup, didn't wait long to show the O's what he can do, doubling for his first Major League hit in the seventh inning of Baltimore's 6-1 win.
Traffic: Collision cleared from I-70 East All lanes are open on Interstate 70 in Woodlawn on Friday morning with the clearing of a two-vehicle collision prior to the Baltimore Beltway exit, according to the state Department of Transportation.
A Baltimore judge this week ruled to allow city prosecutors to withhold identifying witness information from defendants in the sweeping case against alleged members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang.
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While the UKâ€™s Islamic advocacy groups whine furiously about â€œIslamophobia:â€ â€™Wave of hatredâ€™ warning as attacks on Jews hit record high.
Attacks on Britainâ€™s Jews have risen to the highest level since records began.
A study published today shows the number of reported anti-Semitic incidents has almost tripled in 10 years, with more than half the attacks last year taking place in London.
The findings prompted the reportâ€™s authors to warn of a â€œwave of hatredâ€ against Jews.
The number of incidents increased to 594 last year, up by 31 per cent on the previous year.
Violent assaults soared to 112, up by more than a third on 2005.
Not that the Muslims were content to just mess with the jews, British Muslims reacted to Wednesdayâ€™s anti-terror raids by releasing a statement that Britain is becoming a police state. All the terrorist were trying to do was blow up airplanes and behead innocent people. Jeez.
Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) expected to play against Titans (Shutdown Corner)
It's been a string of bad news for the NFL — on the field and off — but here's a bit of good news for fantasy football owners and Cincinnati Bengals fans alike: A.J. Green appears healthy enough to play in Week 3. [ Join FanDuel's $1.25 million, 1-week fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 11,490 teams get paid ] The right toe injury that forced Green from Sunday's 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons "feels good," and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on a conference call to Tennessee Wednesday — and reiterated to Sirius XM radio Thursday — he expects his All-Pro wide receiver to take the field against the Titans. "We expect him to play & he feels good about it." Bengals HC Marvin Lewis discussing AJ Green on @SiriusXMNFL — Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) September 18, 2014 Green initially suffered the injury in Cincinnati's Week 1 victory against the Baltimore Ravens and missed much of the following week's practices despite finishing that game. He returned to practice this past Friday and suited up against the Falcons, only to leave without a target on the first Bengals drive. While the Bengals have a Week 4 bye that would allow Green to rest his big right toe for two weeks, t he fourth-year wideout plans to practice Thursday in hopes of returning for Sunday's game. "If it's feeling good, then I'm going to go. If not, we'll take it from there," Green told The Cincinnati Enquirer after not practicing on Wednesday. "I'm not thinking about taking a week off just to rest it some more because, if I'm fine, if I can go, I'm going to go. My body heals pretty quickly. I think I'll be fine." Green has ranked among the league's top 10 wide receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns each of the past two seasons, but his departure against Atlanta marked the first game of his career without a catch.
NFL in crisis over off-field player violence (AFP)
Los 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.
Column: Time for Goodell to really say something (The Associated Press)
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has spent some time in jail for abusing women himself, was speaking some truth when he briefly rose to Ray Rice's defense last week while trying to sell some pay-per-views for his latest fight. What went on in Adrian Peterson's household with a defenseless 4-year-old boy had to be so sickening that we can only be thankful there is no video of him wielding the wrong end of a tree branch against his son. Surely the suddenly reclusive Roger Goodell must have understood that, even if the owners of the Minnesota Vikings didn't. Meanwhile, Radisson hotels had already pulled its sponsorship of the team, and major sponsors like Budweiser started making noises that they were getting uncomfortable with the way things were going down in the NFL.
Vikings reconsider, put Peterson on paid leave (The Associated Press)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith's career rushing record became a realistic if daunting target.
NFL Injury Report (The Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (OUT - Definitely will not play; DNP - Did not practice; LIMITED - Limited participation in practice; FULL - Full participation in practice):
Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases (Reuters)
By 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. ...
Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges (The Associated Press)
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.
Can ex-prosecutor help save NFL from itself? (Yahoo Sports)
The league has proven itself inept at understanding abuse and figuring out punishments for various misdeeds. Both need to be addressed urgently. And just because Lisa Friel is a woman doesn't mean she gets a pass; social media and mainstream media will be justifiably skeptical of her every move.
QB Hoyer showing Browns are his team (The Associated Press)
Brian Hoyer won't be hanging out at LeBron James' mansion watching NFL games anytime soon. Johnny Manziel's got all that - and more - to himself. Hoyer, though, has something Johnny Football covets: The Browns are his team. After rallying Cleveland to a 26-24 win Sunday over New Orleans in the home opener, Hoyer became a quarterback in high demand.
A 'second chance' for NFL's Ray Rice not out of the question (Reuters)
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In launching a bid to overturn his indefinite suspension from the National Football League, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be hoping for the same type of second chance that other tarnished NFL stars like Michael Vick have received. With the backing of the NFL Players Association, Rice on Tuesday filed an appeal of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for knocking out his then-fiance and now wife in an elevator of a New Jersey casino. ...