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The shadow of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is cast on the NFL logo background as he pauses before answering a question from the media during a news conference at the annual NFL football meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SNYDER: All-consuming NFL can’t get out of its own way

- The Washington Times

Our inability to look away from football is nothing new. But the last few months have been different. We might have thought the NFL was maxed out, but it has attracted a slew of new eyeballs as women, non-fans, politicians, news producers and corporate executives turn toward the league. What they see isn’t pretty.

FILE - In tis July 25, 2011, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, accompanied by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, left, speaks during a news conference at the NFL Players Association in Washington. The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week. Under the new rules announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NFL, union finalize new HGH, PED policy; suspensions cut

Associated Press

Under the new rules announced Wednesday, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program.

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones greets fans after a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 8-2 to clinch the American League East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays

- Associated Press

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) sits with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

LOVERRO: A Redskins QB controversy worth cheering for

- The Washington Times

Three years ago, the quarterback controversy was Rex Grossman vs. John Beck. Think about that one. What other town could possibly get worked up about Rex Grossman vs. John Beck? At least now the debate is about better quarterbacks.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

- Associated Press

After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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Minnesota Twins' Danny Santana, right, doubles off Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello as he beat the tag by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins stun Tigers in 9th for 4-3 win

- Associated Press

The Detroit Tigers were barely finished celebrating another go-ahead homer in the ninth inning when an ill-advised dive and an infield single cost them a victory.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons watches from the dugout in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Blue Jays lose 8-2 to Orioles, who win AL East

- Associated Press

Fireworks exploded overhead, streamers and confetti rained upon the boisterous crowd and the Baltimore Orioles jubilantly gathered behind second base to celebrate clinching the AL East crown.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. The offender-rehabilitation program that former Raven Rice entered after knocking Janay unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

- Associated Press

The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night, saying that he shouldn't be punished twice for punching his fiancee in a casino elevator.

NHL Calendar

Associated Press

Oct. 8 - Regular season begins.

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Gerardo Parra catches a ball in foul territory hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter for an out while being grabbed by a fan during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings

- Associated Press

Carlos Gomez noticed the high leg kick. No matter that it was strong-armed Yadier Molina behind the plate, the Milwaukee speedster took off. Twice.

MLB Calendar

Associated Press

Sept. 30 - Postseason begins.

NBA Calendar

- Associated Press

Sept. 27 - Training camps open for teams competing in preseason games outside North America.

NFL Calendar

Associated Press

Oct. 7-8 - Fall owners meetings, New York.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Luger told the AP about the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul participating in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terrorist organizations overseas. Authorities have said a handful of people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria. At least one man has died while fighting for the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program

- Associated Press

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.