The American League West-leading Rangers were swept by the Central-leading Twins over the weekend, and Sunday's game ended in some controversy. The Rangers were rallying and had the game-tying run within 90 feet of home when third base coach Dave Anderson was called for interfering with runner Michael Young because umpire Alfonso Marquez claimed the two touched hands as Young tried to stop while rounding the base. Anderson and Young insist they never made contact, and the video is not conclusive.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and team president Art Rooney II are scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Friday morning to talk about the player's six-game suspension and see if Roethlisberger deserves to have his penalty reduced. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will not ask for more than a two-game reduction.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes is dealing with some off-field controversy before ever playing a game for the Patriots. (AP)Like all of you, I love all the decent, down home, red-blooded, God-fearin’ things that make America great. I love little baby ducks and old pickup trucks. Fireworks, eagles, guns, churches, amber waves of grain, Regis Philbin.  And of course, I love sports, or else I wouldn’t be here.



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According to The Associated Press, Hurricane Earl's arrival could mark the start of at least 24 hours of stormy, windy weather along the East Coast. Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. Much of New England should expect strong, gusty winds much like a nor'easter, along with fallen trees and downed power lines, forecasters said. "This is the strongest hurricane to threaten the Northeast and New England since Hurricane Bob in 1991," said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.

 

Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds' victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. Read more about Chapman's electrifying performance, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise was suspended for a month for knowingly sending out a false tweet indicating that Ben Roethlisberger's NFL suspension had been reduced to five games, a "joke" Wise says he made to show how far journalism standards have fallen but one that blew up in his face. On his radio show, Wise apologized for his actions and accepted his punishment. It's been a rough week for national columnists, with Wise's embarrassing behavior coming on the heels of Jay Mariotti's misadventures that led to his national ridicule.

Roger Clemens appeared at his arraignment Monday afternoon in Washington and then went to play golf in South Carolina, hustling through a round of 18 in order to avoid disqualification at the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach. Warpping up his round at 7:30 p.m., Clemens finished with an 84. Meanwhile, his not guilty plea is more evidence that Clemens is a Hall of Fame liar, writes one columnist, summing up the feeling of many in the media.

Roger Clemens will plead not guilty to federal perjury charges Monday in Washington, D.C., and then the former pitcher reportedly will fly to South Carolina to play golf. The Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., starts a few hours before Clemens' 2 p.m. arraignment, but Clemens plans to take a private plane to the event so he and his wife can participate in the opening round.

 

Konan Tomori had a homer and three RBIs and Ryusuke Ikeda struck out out five and allowed just four singles over three innings to lift Japan to a 4-1 win over Waipahu, Hawaii in Sunday's finale of the Little League World Series. Hawaii, which had scored 29 runs over its previous three games, managed just four hits in the loss, which ended the run of five straight World Series titles for the United States.

With Sunday's final-round 67 at The Barclays, Tiger Woods has qualified for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday at TPC Boston. Woods needed to finish with a high enough round to jump from 112th in the world into the top 100 to qualify for the tournament, and his final round score should be enough to make it possible. (He finished The Barclays with a 7-under 277.) Woods has won the Deutsche Bank Championship once and finished second twice.