Showalter examines options for postseason rotation
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Tillman rides impressive streak into tilt with Red Sox
For all the attention they get for their power and offensive numbers, the Orioles have quietly developed into one of the best pitching teams in baseball. Chris Tillman hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last 19 games, and he takes on Rubby De La Rosa and Boston on Saturday.
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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.
Off-field violence injects unwanted reality into fantasy football (Reuters)
(Repeats story with no changes to headline or text) By Ben Klayman DETROIT, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Joe Gallo is not just a fan of National Football League running back Adrian Peterson, he "owns" him, as do thousands of other participants in the world of fantasy football. That explains why Gallo, a 31-year-old New Yorker who works in public relations, is so chagrined now that it appears Peterson could be out for the rest of the season after being benched by the Minnesota Vikings while he faces allegations of child abuse. "I still have Peterson on my bench," Gallo said. ...
Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated' (The Associated Press)
More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL's handling of players accused of crimes. The commissioner was definitive about one thing: He has not considered resigning. Goodell was short on specifics Friday as he discussed how he would address the rash of domestic violence incidents in the league. He said the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.
Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform (Reuters)
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league's poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America's most popular sports league. Goodell has been under fire since the NFL's slow and fumbled response to the domestic violence incident involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, whose knock-out punch to his then-fiancee was captured in a video that went viral last week. ...
NFL's Ravens knew about Rice video within hours: ESPN (Reuters)
(Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens knew about the video of star running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-girlfriend in an elevator within hours of the assault and the NFL team later sought leniency for him, ESPN reported on Friday. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" said it spoke to more than 20 sources for the report, including team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, and advisers and friends of Rice. ...
Column: Oh, Roger, you still don't get it (The Associated Press)
Oh, Roger, you still don't get it. After spending more than a week in seclusion while his NFL was battered by one domestic violence embarrassment after another, Commissioner Roger Goodell finally emerged Friday to hold a worthless news conference that essentially hit on these four key points: - We got it wrong before. - Now, enjoy the games! After 45 minutes of sidestepping, all we learned is that the NFL will get back to us in 135 days on how it plans to deal with this scourge on the game. Suspend himself for letting Ray Rice off far too easy after the former Ravens running back knocked his fiancee unconscious in a casino elevator.
As NFL tries to reassure women, sponsor Crest is first to retreat (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey and Jennifer Saba LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When NFL players strap on their pink shoes and gloves in October for the league's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, it will be doing so with one less sponsor, a notable retreat blamed on the league's handling of domestic violence. Crest, Procter & Gamble Co's dental brand, will no longer be offering pink mouth guards to NFL players, the company said on Friday, the first sponsor to publicly withdraw from the NFL's signature overture to women. ...
ESPN report details what Baltimore Ravens knew in Ray Rice case (Shutdown Corner)
Commissioner Roger Goodell answered many questions during a news conference Friday on what he got wrong on the Ray Rice case, in which the since-released Baltimore Ravens running back was initially suspended just two games for a domestic violence incident in which he knocked out his wife. And while Goodell's answers and his role in the matter are important, one other key entity hasn't answered too many questions about its role. The Ravens. The team's brass sat down with the Baltimore Sun to discuss the incident, in which Rice punched his then-fiancee in an elevator, and not much else has come from them (outside of coach John Harbaugh, who has his normal media availability). And the main takeaway from that interview was general manager Ozzie Newsome saying that Rice told the team the truth about what happened in the elevator. Not much was made of that Newsome comment in most circles, but it opened up a new set of questions: If the team knew exactly what happened on that video, why didn't it take any action before releasing Rice on Sept. 8, the day TMZ released it? And Rice told the Ravens the truth, why did the team change course when the video was released?
Browns' Gordon has suspension reduced to 10 games (The Associated Press)
Josh Gordon's tangled ordeal, full of legal twists and turns, has finally been straightened out. He can run a route back to the Browns this season. Cleveland's star wide receiver was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games Friday after the league announced changes to its drug policy. Gordon will be eligible to play in Cleveland's final six games after the league and NFL Players Association agreed on revisions to the substance abuse program two days after announcing changes on performance enhancing drugs.
Steelers' Gilbert looking to overcome shaky start (The Associated Press)
Marcus Gilbert is a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' long-range plans. Gilbert has allowed four sacks in two weeks, including a pair to Baltimore defensive end Elvis Dumervil in a 26-6 loss to the Ravens. ''You play 60-plus snaps, (and) if you give up two sacks it's a bad game,'' Mike Tomlin said. ... I expect him to come back fighting like Rocky.'' Tomlin added that Gilbert's struggles against the Ravens were an ''Elvis Dumervil problem,'' specific to Dumervil's unique talents than any specific issue with Gilbert's play.
Sage advice from Pacman Jones (The Associated Press)
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, the player formerly known as Pacman, isn't talking about the issues facing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell except to say that he disagrees with some things. Jones also sat out the 2009 season when nobody gave him a call before going to work for Cincinnati. ''When the checks stop coming in, they stop coming in.'' --- SANU CAN FLING IT: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu has one of the best arms in the NFL.
Ravens fans trade in their Rice jerseys at stadium (The Associated Press)
Thousands of fans lined up outside the Ravens' home stadium Friday to trade in their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Baltimore players. The team set up the two-day program after recently releasing Rice, who in an explicit video that surfaced last week was shown viciously punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator. He has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for domestic violence. Bryce Krasauskis, a freshman at Oakdale High School in Frederick, Maryland, took the hour-long drive with his family to trade in his No. 27 jersey.