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Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night....

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL, an approachable superstar with an inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser's dream....

Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create....

Nats beat Braves to clinch another NL East title
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Washington Nationals bounced up and down in unison near second base, not bothered at all by a smattering of boos from the crowd at Turner Field....

Broncos, Seahawks top AP Pro32 before rematch
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos finished last season as the top two teams in the league....

Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees
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....

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart
The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury....

Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill....

DA: Josh Gordon gets probation in DWI case in NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A prosecutor said Tuesday that suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina....

Atlanta mayor: Talked to 6 possible Hawks owners
ATLANTA (AP) -- Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday he has already talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks and expects a sale of the team to move quickly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry....

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