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It was only a question of when, and against whom, and with six home games this week, it was a safe bet the Baltimore Orioles would tie up their championship in a bow for the legions of orange-clad partisans who cheer them on at Camden Yards.A remarkably balanced and resourceful team, the Orioles won their 90th game against the Blue Jays on Monday night. On Tuesday, more than 35,000 expectant fans came out to experience a celebration. They started the party in the first inning and the merriment mounted apace. By the fifth, the fans were on their feet and cheering at the end of each inning, counting the outs required for the Orioles’ first American League East title since 1997.The final score was 8-2, and the suspense was minimal. Baltimore led 4-2 after two and held that edge into the seventh, but it never felt that close. The Blue Jays obliged a hometown script. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press)

It was only a question of when, and against whom, and with six home games this week, it was a safe bet the Baltimore Orioles would tie up their championship in a bow for the legions of orange-clad partisans who cheer them on at Camden Yards.

A remarkably balanced and resourceful team, the Orioles won their 90th game against the Blue Jays on Monday night. On Tuesday, more than 35,000 expectant fans came out to experience a celebration. They started the party in the first inning and the merriment mounted apace. By the fifth, the fans were on their feet and cheering at the end of each inning, counting the outs required for the Orioles’ first American League East title since 1997.

The final score was 8-2, and the suspense was minimal. Baltimore led 4-2 after two and held that edge into the seventh, but it never felt that close. The Blue Jays obliged a hometown script. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press)

Arkansas State player plays dead on fake punt, gets run over when it all goes wrongArkansas State executed one of the strangest, most inexplicable plays in recent college football history against Miami on Saturday.In the second quarter, Arkansas State ran a fake punt. Instead of running your traditional fake, they had a player act like he died, presumably to divert the defence’s attention from the play on the other side of the field (we guess?).It did not work. At all. The fake punt pass got intercepted by Miami. The Vine is a work of art. (Photo: ESPNM/Business Insider)

Arkansas State player plays dead on fake punt, gets run over when it all goes wrong
Arkansas State executed one of the strangest, most inexplicable plays in recent college football history against Miami on Saturday.

In the second quarter, Arkansas State ran a fake punt. Instead of running your traditional fake, they had a player act like he died, presumably to divert the defence’s attention from the play on the other side of the field (we guess?).

It did not work. At all. The fake punt pass got intercepted by Miami. The Vine is a work of art. (Photo: ESPNM/Business Insider)

A Cincinnati Bengals fan watches the action during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

A Cincinnati Bengals fan watches the action during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins lost much more than a game Thursday night. They likely have lost slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the rest of the season after a frightening scene at Miller Park.

Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures, dental damage and cuts that needed stitches after being hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers.

Stanton’s father was at the game and came onto the field while his son was treated. Stanton was bleeding heavily from his mouth, then was driven away from the plate in an ambulance. His dad rode with him to the hospital.

It was ruled that Stanton swung trying to get out of the way of the 88 mph pitch from Fiers. Reed Johnson batted for Stanton and was hit in the hand by Fiers’ next pitch, triggering a bench-clearing brawl.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.” (Photos: Morry Gash/The Associated Press, Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

From the graphics archives: How Oscar Pistorius says he killed Reeva SteenkampOscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murder on Thursday in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day of 2013. He could still be convicted of culpable homicide in a formal judgment expected on Friday.The double-amputee sprinter admitted he shot Steenkamp but said it was an accident. In an affidavit shortly after the shooting, Pistorius described what happened that night. As we await the formal judgment, here’s another look at a graphic from February 2013 laying out Pistorius’s account of Steenkamp’s death.

From the graphics archives: How Oscar Pistorius says he killed Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murder on Thursday in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day of 2013. He could still be convicted of culpable homicide in a formal judgment expected on Friday.

The double-amputee sprinter admitted he shot Steenkamp but said it was an accident. In an affidavit shortly after the shooting, Pistorius described what happened that night. As we await the formal judgment, here’s another look at a graphic from February 2013 laying out Pistorius’s account of Steenkamp’s death.

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has announced his retirement.Koivu, 39, played for Montreal from 1995 through 2009 and was captain from 1999 on.During his time with the Habs, the Finnish forward was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and missed almost all of the 2001-02 season before making an emotional return.“Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey first in Finland and then in the NHL I feel truly blessed and fulfilled,” he said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association. (Photo: Postmedia News)

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has announced his retirement.

Koivu, 39, played for Montreal from 1995 through 2009 and was captain from 1999 on.

During his time with the Habs, the Finnish forward was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and missed almost all of the 2001-02 season before making an emotional return.

“Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey first in Finland and then in the NHL I feel truly blessed and fulfilled,” he said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association. (Photo: Postmedia News)

Unable to play in the U.S. Open a year ago because of a doping suspension, Marin Cilic is now the tournament’s champion.

Croatia’s Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday at Flushing Meadows, using 17 aces — including four in one game — and the same powerful groundstrokes that helped him eliminate Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

“This is [from] all the hard work in these last several years — and especially this last year,” Cilic said during the on-court ceremony, when he kissed his silver trophy and collected a check for US$3-million. (Photos: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images, Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, apparently shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. An earlier TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.The Ravens said earlier Monday that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release:“The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.”The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that commissioner “Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.” (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, apparently shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. An earlier TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.

The Ravens said earlier Monday that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release:

“The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.”

The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that commissioner “Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.” (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Through a pair of back-and-forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past U.S. Open champions.They tracked down would-be winners and somehow got them back, prolonging points that involved 10 or 20 strokes or more, extended by Djokovic’s slides and splits or Murray’s gifted anticipation. After one 30-shot masterpiece on his way to victory, Djokovic raised his right fist, bellowed, “Come on!” and windmilled his arms to rile up the crowd.Eventually, the physically demanding action proved too much for a fading Murray, and Djokovic pulled away to win 7-6 (1), 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 and reach the tournament’s semi-finals for the eighth consecutive year.“I knew coming into tonight’s match that it’s going to be tough, that he’s going to go for his shots, and the more aggressive one would win it,” the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Djokovic said. “I’m glad I managed to stay fit in the end and pull it through.”It took a while for him to push out front in a 3-hour, 32-minute match that ended after 1 a.m. Thursday. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Through a pair of back-and-forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past U.S. Open champions.

They tracked down would-be winners and somehow got them back, prolonging points that involved 10 or 20 strokes or more, extended by Djokovic’s slides and splits or Murray’s gifted anticipation. After one 30-shot masterpiece on his way to victory, Djokovic raised his right fist, bellowed, “Come on!” and windmilled his arms to rile up the crowd.

Eventually, the physically demanding action proved too much for a fading Murray, and Djokovic pulled away to win 7-6 (1), 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 and reach the tournament’s semi-finals for the eighth consecutive year.

“I knew coming into tonight’s match that it’s going to be tough, that he’s going to go for his shots, and the more aggressive one would win it,” the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Djokovic said. “I’m glad I managed to stay fit in the end and pull it through.”

It took a while for him to push out front in a 3-hour, 32-minute match that ended after 1 a.m. Thursday. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

On a warm Monday afternoon in Hamilton, the Toronto Argonauts were preparing for a game in which they would have no shelter from the elements. There was a problem with the air conditioning in the dressing room, a staff member grumbled — there was no air conditioning.There was also allegedly no electricity in the outlets, meaning the giant fans were fixed to extension cords that snaked out in search of electricity somewhere down the the hall. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were also said to be without air conditioning before the game, when owner Bob Young was holding court on the field, his usual yellow hat paired with a blue business suit and a pair of steel-toed construction boots.“It’s all been sweetness and light,” Young said wryly. “It’s been a path strewn with roses for the last four years. And look at the results. I mean, can you imagine it was anything but a path strewn with roses?”On the surface, that is exactly how it appeared. After a delay of more than a month, Tim Hortons Field finally opened to fans bathing in sun-splashed stands, walking along clean concourses and into a prosperous future that seemed impossible a decade ago. (Photo: Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press)

On a warm Monday afternoon in Hamilton, the Toronto Argonauts were preparing for a game in which they would have no shelter from the elements. There was a problem with the air conditioning in the dressing room, a staff member grumbled — there was no air conditioning.

There was also allegedly no electricity in the outlets, meaning the giant fans were fixed to extension cords that snaked out in search of electricity somewhere down the the hall. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were also said to be without air conditioning before the game, when owner Bob Young was holding court on the field, his usual yellow hat paired with a blue business suit and a pair of steel-toed construction boots.

“It’s all been sweetness and light,” Young said wryly. “It’s been a path strewn with roses for the last four years. And look at the results. I mean, can you imagine it was anything but a path strewn with roses?”

On the surface, that is exactly how it appeared. After a delay of more than a month, Tim Hortons Field finally opened to fans bathing in sun-splashed stands, walking along clean concourses and into a prosperous future that seemed impossible a decade ago. (Photo: Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press)