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Baseball's Regular Season Winds Down, Playoffs Days Away

A handful of Major League Baseball teams have clinched their divisions — others are in tight races. This is the final week of baseball's regular season.

All Things Considered

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

Women, who make up 45 percent of the NFL's fan base, are critical of the league's handling of domestic abuse scandals. But some still support their teams and express sympathy for the players.

Morning Edition

After Major Image Fumbles, NFL Now Runs Into Congress

Domestic violence and child abuse allegations against NFL stars have put the country's most-watched sports league in the congressional spotlight.

Weekend Edition Sunday

MLB Division-Clinchers, NCAA Football Trouble: The Week In Sports

As the MLB enters the home stretch, four divisions have winners. In NCAA football, Slate.com's Mike Pesca tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Florida looks good in spite of Jameis Winston's suspension.

All Things Considered

From Podcast To Broadcast: 'Men In Blazers' Gets The ESPN Bump

The soccer podcast Men In Blazers started out as a modest Grantland podcast, then blew up when ESPN included them during World Cup coverage. As hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett tell NPR's Arun Rath, they'll soon have their own show on NBC Sports.

All Things Considered

What Fans, Parents Are Saying About The NFL Lately

It's been a rough couple of weeks for the NFL and the entire sport of football. What are fans and parents of young football players thinking and saying about the sport they love?

Ravens Fans Line Up To Trade In Ray Rice Jerseys At Stadium

It reportedly took more than an hour to get through the line around the Baltimore stadium. ESPN is reporting on what it calls "a pattern of misinformation and misdirection" by the team and the NFL.

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

ESPN reports the Baltimore Ravens knew more about the domestic violence case against Ray Rice earlier than they've admitted. NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN.com's Howard Bryant discuss the controversy.

All Things Considered

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Calls for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign continue as the league grapples with how it handled a series of abuse scandals. Goodell has kept a low profile during the crisis.

NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

Roger Goodell has been embroiled in controversy over how the league has handled off-field violent behavior of some of its star players. He said he had not considered resigning.

‘South Park’ Latest To Challenge Redskins

September 22, 2014
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There is no shortage of groups who have criticized the NFL franchise in Washington, D.C. for its nickname, but now the team is going to be the target of an episode of “South Park.”

Kelly Shows Stuff As Red Sox Beat Orioles 3-2

September 22, 2014

The Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-2 in Baltimore Sunday night.

Patriots’ Sluggish Offense Beats Raiders 16-9

September 21, 2014
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks for a receiver against the Oakland Raiders in the first half of the game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Patriots (2-1) won their 12th home opener in 13 seasons, while the Raiders (0-3) lost their 15th straight game in the Eastern time zone.

Jones Homers Twice As Orioles Beat Red Sox 7-2

September 21, 2014

Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and the Orioles received another steady performance from right-hander Chris Tillman in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Up2Us: Trauma-Sensitive Coaching Transforms Urban Youth Sports

September 20, 2014
Beyond the Ball's core values include teamwork, perseverence and respect. (Karen Given/Only A Game)

As sports budgets are slashed, especially in urban school districts, an organization is stepping in to help with training and coaches. Only A Game’s Karen Given highlights Up2Us.

Elissa Ely: Talking Sports … Or Not

September 20, 2014
(Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Commentator Elissa Ely: “Sports are his life, we always talk about them, but not today.”

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

September 20, 2014
With this punt return TD on Thursday Night Football, Devin Hester set the NFL's all-time return TD record with 20. Atlanta blew out Tampa Bay 56-14. (

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss a Thursday Night Football smackdown, the top World Series contenders, and a roller-coaster renege involving LeBron James.

‘No No’ Chronicles Odd No-Hitter — And A Fascinating Man

September 20, 2014
Dock Ellis reached the All-Star game in 1971 -- the same year the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series (AP Photo)

Dock Ellis famously pitched a no-hitter after he dropped LSD. But, as filmmaker Jeffrey Radice shows in his new documentary, there was much more to the story of the former Pirates All-Star. Radice and Tom Reich — Ellis’ longtime agent — join Bill Littlefield.

Australian Rules Football: ‘Organized Mayhem’

September 20, 2014
AFL 2014 Second Semi Final - Geelong v North Melbourne

With the Australian Football League’s Grand Final scheduled for Sept. 27, Margaret Evans returns from Sydney with a primer on “Australian rules.”

Golf’s Mystery: Where Is Anthony Kim?

September 20, 2014
Anthony Kim recorded 17 top-10 finishes on the PGA tour between 2008 and 2011. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

After recording 17 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour from 2008 to 2011, Anthony Kim hasn’t played a tournament in more than two years. And he’s a got a big reason to stay on the couch. Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alan Shipnuck tried to find out what happened to Kim.

Ups And Downs With The Oakland A’s

September 20, 2014
The Oakland A's had a five-game lead in the AL West but currently sit more than 10 games behind the LA Angels. (Thearon W. Enderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland A’s had the best record in baseball as recently as Aug. 15. But since then the team has played well under .500. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser joins Bill Littlefield to assess the team’s chances this postseason.

A Crisis Management Expert Reviews The NFL

September 20, 2014
Crisis management expert Gene Grabowski believes the NFL should be more proactive in its handling of the domestic abuse scandal. (Elsa / Getty Images)

The NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals have created a public relations nightmare for the league. Gene Grabowski of the communications firm Levick says Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday made things worse. Grabowski joins Bill Littlefield to discuss what the NFL needs to do to address the ongoing controversy.

A Critical Look At The NFL And Domestic Violence

September 20, 2014
Baltimore Ravens fans stand in line to exchange the jersey of Ray Rice, who is recorded on video knocking out his then-fiance. (Patrick Smtih/Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated special features writer Jeff Benedict says the NFL has an ‘antiquated playbook’ when dealing with domestic violence and abuse. Benedict speaks with Bill Littlefield.

Oritz Hits 2 HRs As Red Sox Beat Orioles 5-3

September 20, 2014

David Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Friday night.

Embattled NFL Commissioner Breaks Silence

September 19, 2014

Roger Goodell made his first public comments in more than one week about how the League has handled players accused of domestic violence.

A Different Pro Baseball Player Hangs Up His Spikes

September 19, 2014
Luis Lopez at bat. (Jonathan McNicol/WNPR)

Even though focus is on the end of Derek Jeter’s career, Luis Lopez of the Bridgeport Bluefish will soon end his own storied, two decade baseball career.

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