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Wild-Card Wins And Anxiety-Prone Players

Friday, the MLB debuted its new playoff format: Two wild-card teams from each league played in a high-stakes, single-shot game to advance to the full playoffs. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Texas Rangers, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves. NPR's Tom Goldman speaks with host Scott Simon about those games and the Rockets' Royce White, who plays in the NBA with a generalized anxiety disorder.
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Speedskating Probe Finds No Pattern of Abuse

A team of independent investigators concluded Friday that there is no evidence of patterns of physical and emotional abuse in the coaching of American short track speedskaters trying to reach the Olympics.
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Broadcast Blues: Why The Nats' Playoff Game Is On MLB Network

Most area baseball fans won't be able to watch today's Washington Nationals playoff game on television because it's airing exclusively on Major League Baseball's cable network. We find out why that is, and examine trends in sports broadcasting.

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U.S. Speedskater Tampered With Rival's Skate

U.S. Speedskating is expected to reveal the results of an investigation into allegations of abuse and sabotage involving coaches on the Olympic short track team. The group may also reveal proposed punishments for the accused coaches and world and national champion Simon Cho, who has admitted to tampering with another skater's blade at an international meet last year. Cho says he was badgered by a coach to sabotage the skate. Melissa Block talks to Howard Berkes.
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Analysis: Redskins Support Maryland Gambling, Nationals Unite D.C. Region

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C. budget autonomy, the Washington Redskins' support over expanded gambling in Maryland, and how the Nationals' success unites the D.C. region.

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MLB Playoffs Begin, Orioles Head To Texas To Face Rangers

The Major League Baseball playoffs start today, with the Baltimore Orioles in action this evening. Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals will learn who their first round opponent will be today.

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U.S. Speedskater Admits To Sabotaging Rival's Skates

Simon Cho says he tampered with another racer's skates at the World Short Track Team Championships last year after being pressured by his coach. Other speedskaters have also filed abuse complaints against coach Jae Su Chun, who denies the claims.

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