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.
 

On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner talked to the media for the first time since his father's death in July. In addition to reminiscing about the late Yankees owner, Hank offered a comment that might provide some bulletin-board material in Boston: "We'd like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured we're going to get to the playoffs." The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first in the AL East and are 5½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card race.

 

 Forbes magazine compiled a ranking of NFL teams by their value, and the Patriots are third at $1.4 billion, behind only the top-ranked Cowboys ($1.8 billion) and the Redskins ($1.6 billion). The magazine praises the Pats as one of the best-run teams on and off the field, and notes that team sponsorship revenues are up again this season. And speaking of sports teams' financial information, the fallout continues after the leak of documents detailing some baseball teams' expenses and income.

Tiger Woods met the media Wednesday, just two days after his divorce to Elin Nordegren was finalized. The world's No. 1 ranked golfer was asked about Nordegren's comments in this week's People Magazine. In the People interview, Nordegren said that she "has been through hell" over the last 10 months and was "blindsided" when she learned about Woods' multiple martial infidelities.