Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) –For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are the American League East champions.

“It’s everything I hoped for, man. It’s an awesome experience,” Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, who has played with Baltimore since 2006, said. “We worked hard all season long to get where we are now. We got one step out of the way. Now we have a couple more steps to go.”

First baseman Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles top the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2, giving the O’s their ninth win in 10 games.

“We’re AL East champs,” Pearce said while celebrating in the clubhouse. “Awesome.”

It’s the ninth time the Orioles have won the division, but only the second time since 1983, when they won the World Series.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing two hits, two runs, and four walks while striking out six.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (80-70) – Boston Red Sox 0 (66-85)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (91-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-73)

New York Mets 9 (73-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (73-77)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (74-78) – New York Yankees 1 (76-74)

Washington Nationals 3 (87-63) – Atlanta Braves 0 (75-76)

Chicago Cubs 7 (67-84) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (71-81)

Minnesota Twins 4 (64-87) – Detroit Tigers 3 (84-67)

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iStockphoto(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — New York Yankees infielder/outfielder Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy early Tuesday morning. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees acquired Prado in a trade on July 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Pete O’Brien and a player to be named. In 37 games with New York, the former All-Star batted .317 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He also scored 18 runs and swiped a base.

To take Prado’s spot on the roster, the Yankees added infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela.

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iStockphoto(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — New York Yankees infielder/outfielder Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy early Tuesday morning. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees acquired Prado in a trade on July 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Pete O’Brien and a player to be named. In 37 games with New York, the former All-Star batted .317 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He also scored 18 runs and swiped a base.

To take Prado’s spot on the roster, the Yankees added infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela.

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Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The family of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham pleaded for help Tuesday in finding their daughter, whose disappearance this weekend has left them “heartbroken.”

The 18-year-old sophomore was last heard from after 1 a.m. Saturday when she texted friends saying she was on her way to a party but never showed up.

“Those of us who know and love Hannah know that she would not disappear without contacting family or friends,” the student’s family said in a statement released by the university.

“We urge anyone with any information, however insignificant it may seem, to call a newly dedicated tip line at 434-295-3851 at the Charlottesville Police Department,” the family said.

They described Graham as being “highly responsible and organized” and said “all summer she was looking forward to the start of the new school year.”

“She embraces life with energy and enthusiasm and has enriched the lives of many. Her empathy is evident in her daily interactions with us and her friends,” the statement from John, Susan and James Graham stated.

“The kindness and support of so many — her friends at U.Va., particularly her friends on the Ski Team, her friends from high school, our neighbors, and the larger community — mean so much to us at this difficult time,” the statement concluded.

Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts told ABC News that they received 60 tips from the public Tuesday morning, hours after they released surveillance footage of Hannah Graham. Roberts said the new information “may shift the particular area we were searching yesterday to a different area.”

Police had been combing a wooded area with the help of a bloodhound, Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said. Police declined to describe the new area under consideration.

Graham’s apartment is off campus and, according to police, she and other students were drinking heavily that night and were “fairly well intoxicated.”

Graham was seen at a pizza restaurant before she and a classmate headed to another party, authorities said. They left at 12:15 a.m., with Graham appearing to be walking home alone, according to police.

Police released surveillance images Monday showing Graham in her apartment hallway at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, hours before she disappeared.

Pleasants said authorities are using all available means to figure out what happened to Graham.

“We are checking her cellphone records, computer, bank accounts, everything we can possibly do,” he said.

University President Theresa A. Sullivan said that the campus community is “united in our deep concern” for the sophomore and is calling on the campus’ 21,000 students for help. “We are hopeful someone will come forward soon with information,” she said in a statement.

Graham’s parents, who are British but live in northern Virginia, have gone to campus to help authorities in the search.

Katie Schrieber, a friend of Graham’s, said the teen was especially kind to strangers.

“Hannah was really good at making friends,” Schreiber said. “She’s always one of the first people to talk to you. And she’s so friendly, so outgoing.”

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Geoff Burke/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR star Tony Stewart may face criminal charges in a fatal accident that killed a Sprint car driver.

After a review of evidence, prosecutors in Ontario County, New York said it would be best for a grand jury to decide whether Stewart should be charged in last month’s accident that killed Kevin Ward on a dirt track in Canandaigua. Ward had climbed out of his car and onto the track to confront Stewart.

Stewart said he respects the decision to send his case to a grand jury and, in a statement Tuesday, pledged his “full cooperation.”

It’s not immediately clear when the grand jury would convene or whether Stewart will testify.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A Texas police officer who drove his police cruiser directly into the path of a car speeding close to 100 mph the wrong way down a highway is being hailed as a hero for saving lives.

Dash cam video shows the moment Shenandoah, Texas, Police Sgt. Gary Sharpen swerved his police cruiser directly into the path of the speeding vehicle Friday night.

The driver of the vehicle, who was allegedly intoxicated, slammed on his brakes just feet before Sharpen’s stopped car, the video showed.

“Knowing this guy was as reckless and as dangerous as he was, he needed to be stopped one way or another,” Sharpen told ABC News affiliate KTRK.

“If I’m put in that position again, I think I’ll do the same,” he said.

The driver, later identified by police as Jose Luis Alejo-Zavalija, 25, continued on his high-speed chase with police after being stopped by Sharpen, officials said.

Alejo-Zavalija made a U-turn and drove through gas stations and parking lots until he finally stopped several minutes later, according to authorities.

When police arrested the suspect, they discovered he was driving with a 4-year-old and an 18-month-old child in the car, they said.

Authorities charged Alejo-Zavalija with a total of five felonies, including DUI, evading arrest and child endangerment.

He was being held on $125,000 bond, a Shenandoah Police Department spokesman told ABC News Tuesday.

Alejo-Zavalija has not yet retained an attorney, according to the Montgomery County District Clerk.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Over 88,000 people have signed an online petition to stop a satanic black mass scheduled for later this week in Oklahoma City.

A petition started by the conservative activist website CitizenGo.org calls on the Oklahoma City Civic Center to cancel the Sunday event. The petition calls the event “offensive and blasphemous,” and “designed as a mockery of the Catholic Mass.”

“We’ll continue over the next week,” CitizenGo’s U.S. campaigns director Gregory Mertz told ABC News.

Each signature automatically sends an e-mail to both the general manager of the Civic Center and the city’s mayor, he said.

“Hopefully, they will do the right thing and cancel the black mass,” he added.

Mertz says the website has protections in place to keep people from signing the petition, which launched Sept. 1, more than once.

Whatever the number of signatures, city officials have already gone on record defending the organization’s right to hold the event. The Parks and Recreation Department, which rented the space to the group for $420, cited First Amendment protections in allowing the group to meet in a public facility.

Organizers of the black mass event say that as their detractors charge, they do intend to mock the rituals of the Catholic church in their services; it is these acts of mockery that make up their services and serve as an integral part of their religious practice.

Co-founder of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Adam Daniels told ABC News that the religious and educational organization decided to hold the black mass in public but it will be a “tamer” version than some traditional satanic ceremonies by, for example, substituting vinegar for acts involving urine to comply with state health laws.

“One of the dictates of the church is not only to educate the members but to educate the public,” Daniels told ABC News earlier this month, “and to debunk the Hollywood-projected image of our beliefs.”

Daniels said on Tuesday that he’s also aware of several other petitions online to stop the black mass, and that he has signed them all out of spite. He said he believes, which city officials have confirmed, that there’s no stopping the event.

“I really don’t care if 80,000 people don’t like me,” he said. “It’s a free country and they cannot like it all they want.”

The Oklahoma City Archdiocese filed a lawsuit against Daniels’ group after media reports that he was in possession of a consecrated host, a wafer that some Catholics believe is literally the body of Christ.

The petition argues that “while the Constitution protects freedom of expression, it does not protect stealing property from others and desecrating it.” The host in question has since been handed over to the archdiocese and the legal action has been stopped.

Daniels said all 88 tickets to the event at the city’s Civic Center have been sold.

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Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After showing his skills for all to see at the FIBA World Cup, ESPN reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have signed Australian guard Joe Ingles to a one-year deal.

Ingles received plenty of interest around NBA circles, even being heavily pursued by the Philadelphia 76ers as well as the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 26-year-old, who has the ability to play small forward and shooting guard, spent last season at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel while playing for new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

Ingles is known a true shooter with great size as he checks in at 6-foot-8. During the FIBA World Cup, Ingles showed his potential as he went 23-for-33, including 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, in the tournament.

He nearly came to the NBA last season but decided to spend one more season playing international basketball.

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David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Even though he recently contemplated retirement, linebacker John Abraham is rejoining the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

Abraham suffered a concussion in the team’s season opener against the San Diego Chargers. He was suffering from apparent memory loss, and at age 36, his playing career was in doubt. He was even doubting his desire to play football anymore, but now Abraham is feeling much better and is ready to resume his football career.

“A lot of it was to do with the headaches,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “First real big one he’s ever had. There’s other things that we’re dealing with, and he’s fine with those.”

“He’s ready to play,” Arians added.

Abraham is in his 14th NFL sesaon and is the NFL’s active leader in sacks at 133.5. He ranks ninth on the all-time sack list as well.

It is currently unknown if Abraham will be activated for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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