Birds, Nats clinch crowns...Union fighting Rice suspension...NFL handling sponsor complaints

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UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are the first teams to clinch major league division titles this season. Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer and Alejandro de Aza (day AH'-zah) added a bases-loaded triple as the Orioles hammered Toronto 8-2 to win their first American League East crown in 17 years. The Washington Nationals are National League East champs for the second time in three years after Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer and Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) tossed seven innings to lead a 3-0 shutout of the Braves in Atlanta.

UNDATED (AP) — The Tigers still lead the AL Central by 1 ½ games over Kansas City following Detroit's 4-3 loss at Minnesota and the Royals' 7-5 setback against the Chicago White Sox. Pittsburgh beat Boston 4-0 before Milwaukee knocked off St. Louis 3-2 in 12 innings, putting the Pirates within 2 ½ games of the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central. And San Francisco climbed within three games of the NL West lead with a 2-1 triumph at Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-4 loss in Colorado.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension. The former Baltimore Ravens running back was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. The league lengthened the suspension once they saw videotape of the altercation last week.

UNDATED (AP) — Anheuser (AN'-hy-zur)-Busch says it has spoken with the NFL about former Raven Ray Rice's domestic abuse situation and the child abuse charges against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. McDonald's, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league. In response, the league has issued a statement saying: "We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come."

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. Stewart's car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua (kan-un-DAY'-gwuh) on Aug. 9. Stewart issued a statement saying he looks forward to the process being completed and will continue to cooperate.

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