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Anheuser-Busch to NFL: 'We are disappointed and increasingly concerned'

Anheuser-Busch, a major sponsor of the NFL, appears to be sticking with the suddenly embattled league ... at least for now.

But that isn't stopping the company -- which makes Bud Light, the official beer of the NFL since 2011 -- from giving Commissioner Roger Goodell and company public and private tongue lashings over their recent handling of important issues.

"We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season," Anheuser-Busch said in a statement Tuesday.

"We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."

That's some pretty strong wording, as the beer company joins a number of folks who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the NFL as the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals have unfolded.

And since Anheuser-Busch pumps quite a bit more money into the league than you or me, it is...

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Evidence in fatal incident involving Tony Stewart going to grand jury

Evidence in the incident in which NASCAR's Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow driver who was on foot at a race last month will be sent to a state grand jury, the Ontario County (N.Y.) district attorney said Tuesday.

After examining the evidence and listening to witnesses, a grand jury would determine whether any criminal charges should be brought against Stewart, the three-time NASCAR champion.

The office of Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero recently completed its investigation of the incident and turned its findings over to Dist. Atty. R. Michael Tantillo.

"Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter," Tantillo said in a statement.

The incident occurred Aug. 9 during a race between sprint cars -- which are unrelated to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series -- at the Canandaigua...

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Giancarlo Stanton shares photos of his beaning injury, recovery so far
Former White House staffer hired to represent NFL in Washington

The NFL on Tuesday announced the hiring of Cynthia C. Hogan, a former White House official who worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Violence Against Women Act, which became law 20 years ago.

Hogan, longtime counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, has been named the league’s senior vice president of public policy and government affairs. She will be based in Washington and is assigned to develop and implement the league’s public policy and legislative initiatives, as well as working with teams on the state and local issues.

“Cynthia’s broad experience on a wide range of public policy issues will help advance our initiatives in Washington and around the country,” Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a written statement.

Although Hogan will work on domestic-violence issues with Anna Isaacson, recently hired as the league’s vice president of social responsibility, she will represent the league in Washington on various other...

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Watch Bryan Cranston enact the MLB postseason in a (fake) one-man show

Fresh off an Emmy for his role in "Breaking Bad," Bryan Cranston has chosen his next acting challenge, and it's a big one.

A one-man dramatic performance of the entire Major League Baseball postseason.

Told you it was a big role. Probably should mention that it's also a fake one ... and pretty darn hilarious.

In a nearly six-minute video promoting postseason baseball on TBS, Cranston discusses bringing his "greatest acting challenge" to the stage, complete with ridiculously serious clips from the resulting show.

Cranston explains he was inspired by the old cartoons showing Bugs Bunny playing every position on the diamond. "Any actor who tells you that he's not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar, frankly. Or just a hack."

The mockumentary goes on to show such problems with the production as an audience member getting hit by a pitch, a distracting ballpark-style vendor and an organist who just isn't hip enough.

The whole thing culminates in an over-the-top recitation of "Take Me Out to the...

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Rutgers apologizes to Penn State for 'Ped State' T-shirts worn by fans

Rutgers apologized on Monday for the actions of some fans, who decided it would be cute on Saturday to mock the Jerry Sandusky pedophile case during their 13-10 loss to the Nittany Lions.

Fans were pictured on Rutgers' Facebook page and Twitter account with shirts that said "Beat Ped State." Some fans also carried banners that depicted stick figures of a man and child in sexual positions. The photos were quickly pulled down, but not before they were saved and reshown by hundreds of people on both social media sites.

Rutgers AD Julie Hermann released the following statement Monday:

"On behalf of Rutgers University and the Athletic Department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival Penn State University.

"Some of the signage and T-shirts that we have been made aware of were both inappropriate and offensive.

"I have...

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Boston sees advantage over Los Angeles in 2024 Olympic bidding race

With the clock ticking down on a potential American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Boston officials believe they have an edge over the competition -- including Los Angeles.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to choose a candidate -- or decide to forgo a bid -- early next year. San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have joined Boston and L.A. as contenders.

In a Boston Globe story, officials from that city talked about offering a compact array of venues that no other American candidate could manage.

“The city is the Olympic park,” Dan O'Connell, president of the Boston 2024 Partnership, was quoted as saying. “It becomes a public-transit and walking Olympics.”

Boston could make use of the Commons, Franklin Park and Harvard University, which O'Connell characterized as iconic sites "that other cities won’t have."

By contrast, a Los Angeles bid would feature venues spread across various parts of Southern California stretching south to Long Beach. A renovated Coliseum would serve as the...

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Radisson suspends its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings

If you were paying close attention to the news conference that the Minnesota Vikings held Monday to announce that they would let Adrian Peterson play on Sunday despite the furor over his alleged child abuse, you might have noticed that the backdrop behind Minnesota GM Rick Spielman was plastered with logos for the Radisson hotel chain.

Someone at Radisson must have noticed, because you won't be seeing that in the future.

Radisson announced on its website and on Twitter on Monday night that it was suspending its sponsorship of the team, saying in a statement:

"Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children. We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."


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CBS announces new 'Thursday Night Football' music after Rihanna slam

Rihanna let everyone know Tuesday morning exactly how she feels about being dragged into the Ray Rice controversy by CBS and "Thursday Night Football."

To sum it up: She's angry. Very much so.

The Thursday night broadcasts were supposed to begin each week with a segment featuring Rihanna singing a version of the song "Run This Town" -- which she originally recorded with Jay Z and Kanye West -- along with narration from actor Don Cheadle.

Last week's game -- the first of the season for CBS on that night -- featured Rice's former team, the Baltimore Ravens, and came just days after the public release of a video showing the running back knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator.

CBS made the decision to pull the Rihanna segment, suggesting it was too light-hearted in the context of the rest of the opening portion of the show, which focused largely on domestic violence.

Of course, Rihanna was a very public victim of domestic violence back in 2009, leading many to speculate that that was...

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Nick Foles, Cody Parkey rally Eagles past Colts, 30-27

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.

Darren Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards to go along with a touchdown run as the Eagles (2-0) won their first game on the road for the sixth consecutive season.

Indianapolis (0-2) has lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time since Andrew Luck and coach Chuck Pagano arrived in 2012.

The Colts led most of the night, including 27-20 late in the game. But Luck's late interception led to Foles' tying 6-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin, and after another three-and-out by the Colts, Foles drove the Eagles into position for the winning field goal.

“We felt we had some plays (in the first half), we just couldn't make them,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “But we're going to play 60 minutes and we played 60 minutes.”

The Eagles' potent offense started slow, managing just...

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Angels slugger Albert Pujols leaves game because of hamstring cramp

A three-run double by Angels first baseman Albert Pujols in the third inning of Monday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners came with a price.

The Angels slugger clutched at his left hamstring as he ran between first base and second, and he was replaced by pinch-runner Tony Campana. Pujols was diagnosed with a left hamstring cramp, which could sideline him for a few days but probably not much longer.

The Angels went on to win the game, 8-1, and clinch a playoff berth.

Pujols has played an integral part in the Angels’ push toward their first American League West championship since 2009, entering Monday with a .273 average, 26 home runs, 35 doubles, 86 runs and 94 runs batted in. A win Monday night would clinch a playoff spot and reduce their magic number to win the division to three.

The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the third when Efren Navarro drew a four-pitch walk from Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, Kole Calhoun singled and Mike Trout walked.

Pujols fell behind in...

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Oscar Pistorius can compete for South Africa, pending judge's ruling

Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again, as long as his running doesn't go against the ruling of the judge.

Pistorius, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the negligent killing of his girlfriend, could compete at any time because the South African Olympic committee has no regulations preventing someone with a criminal record from representing the country.

"As he stands right now, he's free [to compete]," Tubby Reddy, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive, told the Associated Press on Monday.

Pistorius faces years in jail after being convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. However, there is no minimum sentence for the conviction in South African law and the double-amputee Olympian could receive a suspended sentence and no jail time.

As long as competing doesn't go against the ruling of the judge when she decides Pistorius' sentence next month, he can run for South Africa,...

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