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Surprise Teams Round Bases To MLB Playoffs

The Oakland A's are headed to the playoffs for the first time in six years, and Washington's Nationals brought the pennant home for the first time since the Senators did it back in 1933. NPR's Mike Pesca talks about the surprises, the end of the baseball season and the outlook for the playoffs.
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Nationals Clinch National League East Title

The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East Division title last night despite a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Their postseason position still depends on their next two games.

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Mendelson Praises LivingSocial For Backstopping Nats' Metro Tab

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The D.C. Council Chairman praised LivingSocial for stepping in putting up a deposit that will ensure that Nationals fans get late-night Metro service during the team's first playoff appearance.


After Dramatic Comeback, Europe Wins Ryder Cup

Martin Kaymer delivered the crucial point with a 1-up victory over Steve Stricker on Sunday, and Tiger Woods missed from inside four feet to halve his match with Francesco Molinari. The Europeans finished with 14 1/2 points while the Americans had 13 1/2.

Gaining From A Bad Call: What Should Athletes Do?

When referees make bad calls, the athlete who gets the better deal generally won't make a correction. But the way the public reacts to those athletes can be different in the U.S. than it is abroad. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca.

Sports: The Refs Are Back And Who's At Bat

Host Scott Simon talks about the end of the NFL referee lockout and the end of the regular baseball season with Howard Bryant of ESPN.