Position-by-position breakdown for Tigers-O's
Two of baseball's top offenses will collide when the Orioles take on the Tigers in the American League Division Series. It all starts at Camden Yards with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday on TBS.
Constructing a winner: Orioles
Here's a look at how the Baltimore Orioles used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
O's starting preparations for showdown with Tigers
The Orioles returned home from Toronto on Sunday night ready for Monday's well-deserved rest day and a pair of light workouts to get them ready for Thursday's long-awaited American League Division Series Game 1 against the Tigers.
Markakis ready for a taste of postseason action
Nick Markakis has waited years to play in his first postseason. The right fielder -- a homegrown product of the Orioles' system, who made his Major League debut in 2006 -- was supposed to get that opportunity in 2012, when Baltimore ended a 14-year playoff drought with a 93-win season. But Markakis required surgery for a fractured left thumb weeks before the '12 postseason began, and had to watch from the sidelines.
Cove Point gas liquefaction plant in Calvert County approved Federal regulators gave final approval Monday for energy company Dominion to build the East Coast's first natural gas liquefaction plant at its Cove Point site in Calvert County, a project that has raised concerns from neighbors and environmentalists.
State and local politicians continued the call Monday for heightened scrutiny of Baltimore police officers who are the focus of brutality allegations, urging tougher penalties for offenders and greater disclosure of internal discipline.
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I have heard it called many things but â€œTemporary Marriageâ€ was not one of them!
TEHRAN, Iran â€“ Iranâ€™s hard-line interior minister is encouraging temporary marriages as a way to avoid extramarital sex, a stance many in this conservative country fear would instead encourage prostitution.
A temporary marriage, or â€œsigheh,â€ refers to a Shiite Muslim tradition under which a man and a woman sign a contract that allows them to be â€œmarriedâ€ for any length of time, even a few hours. An exchange of money, as a sort of dowry, is often involved.
Although the practice exists, itâ€™s not very common in Iran, a Shiite majority nation where many consider it a license for prostitution. Others, however, have advocated institutionalizing the tradition, saying it would help fight â€œillicitâ€ sex in a country where sexual relations outside marriage are banned under Islamic law.
â€œTemporary marriage is Godâ€™s rule. We must aggressively encourage that,â€ state-run television quoted Interior Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi as saying.
The GOD of the bible says thou shalt not commit adultery or commit fornication. This is NOT Godâ€™s rule.
The minister, who made his comments Thursday, was the first Iranian official to support the disputed practice in more than a decade. Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani raised the issue in the early 1990s but was opposed by the countryâ€™s hard-line clerics.
â€œWe have to find a solution to meet the sexual desire of the youth who have no possibility of marriage,â€ Pourmohammadi was quoted as saying by local newspapers. Half of Iranâ€™s population of 70 million is under 30. Taxi driver Reza Sarabi, 23, expressed the frustration of many young Iranian men who canâ€™t afford to buy a house and get married. â€œI have no money to set up a matrimonial life. I donâ€™t want prostitutes. What should I do with my sexual needs?â€ he said.
You can dress it up anyway you like, sign as many contracts as you likeâ€¦ This is STILL prostitution. The Iranian government however does not share this Iranian minsters opinion.
TEHRAN – The Iranian government distanced itself on Friday from comments made by its interior minister championing the custom of temporary marriage as a means of reducing illicit extramarital sex. The government spokesman said that Interior Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi made his remarks about temporary marriage, a practice unique to Shiite Islam, in his personal capacity as a cleric. [â€¦]
Pour Mohammadi was quoted as saying last week that the practice of temporary marriage, known as sigheh in Farsi, was a correct way to respond to young peopleâ€™s sexual needs within the framework of an Islamic society.
â€œIslam has solutions for all human problems and temporary marriage is a solution to this kind of problem,â€ he said in a speech in Iranâ€™s clerical capital of Qom.
Cardinals Dwyer facing assault charges (AFP)
Phoenix (AFP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been officially charged in connection with a domestic dispute inside an Phoenix apartment in which his girlfriend suffered a broken nose.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Dallas Cowboys, please rise (Shutdown Corner)
Let's be serious for a moment here. And I have to kick the really over-the-top crazy Dallas Cowboys fans out of the room now so we can have a real conversation. OK, good. Now ... what in the heck is going on in Dallas? Look, you didn't see this coming, I didn't see this coming, nobody did. But now there's no getting around it: The Dallas Cowboys look good. They look great. Had Tony Romo not made some big Week 1 mistakes against the 49ers, they might be 4-0 with some quality wins. I just don't know how we got here. The Cowboys didn't add much in the offseason, and the defense lost Jason Hatcher, DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee. Romo was coming off back surgery. They've been the epitome of mediocre for years. All of a sudden, they're good. Logically, it makes little sense. Sunday night's dominant win over the Saints was their statement that they're for real. Now, "for real" comes and goes in the NFL in 2014 as quickly as Jon Gruden compliments a mundane play on "Monday Night Football." Teams look great one week and incompetent seven days later. Nothing is permanent. But right now, the Cowboys deserve a huge bump up the rankings. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would be my coach of the year vote at this point. He has been that good. The Cowboys' offense have reinvented itself by building around DeMarco Murray and a great run-blocking offensive line. They deserve all the credit you can give them. I guess that's the beauty of the NFL. Things that are completely unforeseen can actually happen. We're seeing it in Dallas. Here are the post-Week 4 power rankings: 32. Oakland Raiders (0-4, LW: 31) Head coach Dennis Allen got fired, and general manager Reggie McKenzie can't be far behind. Remember, they have the oldest roster in the NFL. Bad, bad, bad. 31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4, LW: 30) No one player is going to totally turn this team around, not even a huge upgrade at quarterback. They're just not good at all. But they're also very young and you'd assume they'll improve as this season goes on. 30. Washington Redskins (1-3, LW: 28) Or maybe I was right to be skeptical of Kirk Cousins. 29. Tennessee Titans (1-3, LW: 23) How in the world did they look so good at Kansas City in Week 1? That's the weirdest result of the NFL season so far, right?
Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Belcher had CTE damage (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries.
NFL player Belcher likely had brain damage, post-mortem exam shows (Reuters)
By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - A Kansas City Chiefs football player who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2012 before committing suicide showed signs of a degenerative brain condition found in other deceased NFL players, an attorney for the family said on Monday. A post-mortem analysis of Jovan Belcher's brain revealed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), said Dirk Vandever, who is representing Belcher's young daughter. Belcher, 25, shot and killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his then-3-month-old daughter Zoey. ...
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday, Sept 29 (Reuters)
Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday: - - - - GOLF Ryder Cup Captain Fantastic McGinley looks back at Europe's victory GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Captain Paul McGinley, the inspiration behind Europe's 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 victory over the United States on Sunday, hosts a news conference at the PGA Centenary Course. ...
Ravens, Texans and Lions show early playoff promise (Reuters)
By Frank Pingue (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions missed the playoffs last season but on Sunday they looked serious about crashing the next postseason party as they all improved to 3-1. Among the other games, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Indianapolis Colts signal caller Andrew Luck each threw four touchdown passes in wins over division rivals, while the Philadelphia Eagles suffered their first loss of the season. ...