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Rice appeals NFL indefinite suspension for knocking out wife

File of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrating his touchdown against the Washington Redskins their NFL football game in Landover MarylandBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ray Rice on Tuesday appealed his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career. Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public. Rice was originally suspended for two games by the NFL for beating up then-fiancee Janay Palmer in the elevator of an Atlanta City, New Jersey casino in February. ...

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Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal | Champions League match report

It was a night of awkward truths for Arsenal and, by the time it was all done, it felt like the irrefutable evidence of how far they have to go before they can be regarded as a team who are capable of making a serious impression on the Champions League. It is some considerable distance on the evidence of this defeat, when Arsène Wengers players were made to look ordinary and should probably be relieved that Borussia Dortmund could not turn their superiority into more goals.

If Jürgen Klopps team had been in a more ruthless mood it is no exaggeration to say Arsenal might well have been ruminating on one of their heaviest defeats in this competition. Between them, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had enough chances to make it an even more harrowing ordeal. Yet Wenger will have suffered anyway such was the disparity between the sides. The gulf seemed to grow even wider once Ciro Immobile had scored just before the interval and it really told only half the story that Dortmund restricted themselves to one more goal, courtesy of Aubameyang, in the second half.

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last updated: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:12:28 GMT

Yankees Lose Prado, but Tanaka Will Return
Martin Prado, a versatile fielder, had an emergency appendectomy Tuesday, ending his season, while pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, out since July 8 with an elbow injury, will start Sunday.

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Boy, 15, attracts top clubs
He's just 15 -- but the sky is the limit for a young Norwegian football star who has already represented his country at senior level and is being chased by some of Europe's top clubs.

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Gold Coast Suns report card
WHAT did the Suns get right and wrong in season 2014? And what — or who — do they need to take the next step? See our verdict and have your say.

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Foles steady in clutch to rally Eagles past Colts
Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night.

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Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way
Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game […]

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game (the Bucs’ most likely playoff destination) approaches. They still have plenty of work left to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things line up as of now:

  • Tuesday (Red Sox): Charlie Morton (more on that in a minute)
  • Wednesday (Red Sox): Francisco Liriano
  • Thursday (Red Sox): Gerrit Cole
  • Friday (Brewers): Jeff Locke
  • Saturday (Brewers): Edinson Volquez
  • Sunday (Brewers): Morton
  • Monday (at Braves): Liriano
  • Tuesday (at Braves): Cole
  • Wednesday (at Braves): Locke
  • Thursday (at Braves): Volquez
  • Friday (at Reds): Morton
  • Saturday (at Reds): Liriano
  • Sunday (at Reds): Cole

The NL Wild Card Game is scheduled for the following Wednesday. A division or second-wild card tiebreak game would probably be played on Monday.

As of now, this isn’t a great setup for the Pirates. If they have to play it out to the very end with the way things stand, they’d have to go with Locke, Volquez, or Morton in the WC game. Liriano would be on three days rest, so that would be a possiblity as well, but probably not an ideal one. And if they end up in a tiebreak game on Monday, they’d be really stuck.

If I had a choice of the whole staff (all fully rested) for a one-game playoff, I’d want to go with Liriano, who has been a legitimate ace since returning from injury int he second half. Cole would probably be the second choice, although you could make a strong case for Volquez as well. I think it’s a pretty easy choice, but I’ve seen some others that would prefer Cole and I won’t quibble too much with that. There’s no way you want Locke/Morton/Worley to get the ball in a do-or-die situation, though.

There are plenty of variables that can throw this off, which must be what the Pirates are counting on. First of all, remember the end of the season last year in Cincy – the final game ended up being meaningless and the Bucs threw Brandon Cumpton, saving their top arms for the playoffs. That could certainly happen again, but you don’t want to count on it, obviously.

The other variable here is Worley. When the Pirates announced Charlie Morton would start Tuesday, and I lined up the rotation as you see above, the decision made no sense to me. I’m fine with giving Morton a shot–my confidence in him isn’t high – at all - right now but Worley, despite still-strong overall numbers, has been struggling for a month. The confusing part was starting Morton on Tuesday instead of using the off day to pitch Liriano on Tuesday, then letting Morton go Wednesday. That would have lined up Liriano to start on the final Friday in Cinci, putting him on a normal four day rest schedule for the Wild Card game. It would also get Liriano into the Brewers series this weekend rather than Morton, which would be nice. So…why didn’t the Pirates just do that?

My only guess is that – assuming Morton does well enough to earn another start (a fairly big “if”) – they plan to slot Worley in for one more start somewhere, which would bump everyone back one spot. That would take Cole out of that final Cinci series and allow him to pitch a tiebreaker/WC game. It would also put Liriano on track to pitch the final game of the regular season. That will be either a crucial game that you want your ace on the mound for, or a meaningless game that would allow them to save him for a playoff game.  If you managed to follow all of that, it makes some sense to me all of a sudden.

Morton is a big key to that whole plan, though, and we’ll see what he has tonight. There are still some things that could mess this all up – injuries, rainouts, and most importantly, clinching or falling out of the race earlier than expected. I’m good with the “clinch early” option. If the Bucs finish the season strong enough, they’ll be in a good position regardless of how the rotation happens to fall.

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