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Last Update on September 16, 2014 20:54 GMT


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) -- A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo made the announcement after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators.

Stewart's car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua (kan-un-DAY'-gwuh) on Aug. 9. The 20-year-old had climbed from his car after it had spun while racing alongside Stewart.

Stewart issued a statement saying he looks forward to the process being completed and will continue to cooperate.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The players' union today plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.

NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press yesterday "we are expecting to appeal before the deadline on Tuesday night." That deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. When videotape of that incident was made public and showed Rice punching his now-wife Janay, knocking her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens released the running back. Almost immediately after that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made Rice's suspension indefinite.

Although he doesn't have a team, Rice remains a member of the NFLPA.

Rice can apply for reinstatement when he convinces Goodell that he is "addressing this issue." Rice can avoid prosecution and a criminal record by completing a pretrial intervention program, a resolution prosecutors said they agreed to after consulting with Janay Rice.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. The announcement by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state was one of several initiatives presented during a Capitol Hill news conference today aimed at increasing pressure on Redskins owner Dan Snyder.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should have remained suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the Texas legal system.

Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. He has said he was sorry for hurting the child but did not intend to and is not a child abuser.

The governor said in a statement to The Associated Press that Peterson is innocent until proven guilty. But Dayton also called Peterson's actions "a public embarrassment" to the Vikings and the state of Minnesota.


ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins have cut Bacarri Rambo after the second-year safety struggled in the team's first two games. Rambo was released to make room for safety Brandon Meriweather, who was restored to the roster after serving a two-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals can clinch the NL East with a win at Atlanta tonight. The defending champion Braves are trying to snap a four-game losing streak while the Nats look for their fourth straight victory. It would be the second division title in three years for Washington.

Over in the American League, Baltimore can clinch its first division title since 1997 with a win over visiting Toronto tonight. The Birds inched closer to the AL East crown by beating the Blue Jays 5-2 last night.

Detroit begins the night with a one-and a-half-game lead over Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tigers visit Minnesota while the Royals host the Chicago White Sox. In the AL West, Seattle plays at the Los Angeles Angels a night after LA clinched a postseason berth. The Mariners are two games out of the wild-card picture. Also tonight Oakland will host Texas.

A key series in the National League Central begins tonight with Milwaukee at St. Louis. The Brewers start the night five games behind the first-place Cardinals. As for wild-card hopes, the Brewers are a game and a-half out of the picture behind both Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The Pirates host Boston tonight while the Giants visit Arizona. Staying in the NL West, first-place Los Angeles visits Colorado. The Dodgers top the Giants by four games.

Also tonight, Cincinnati righty Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) looks to improve his mark to 19-8 when the Reds visit the Chicago Cubs. Rounding out the schedule, the New York Yankees visit Tampa Bay, the New York Mets host Miami, Cleveland visits Houston and Philadelphia plays at San Diego.


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.

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