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Royals' Win A Tough Act To Beat As Baseball Playoffs Near

After a dramatic win in extra innings, the Kansas City Royals will advance in the playoffs for the first time in nearly three decades.

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University Of Michigan Coach Under Fire For Playing Injured Quarterback

Coach Brady Hoke kept an injured quarterback in last weekend's game, touching off student protests and booster backlash. Rachel Martin talks to Alejandro Zuniga, an editor at the The Michigan Daily.

Morning Edition

Goodbye To All That: Farewells In Sports

In honor of Derek Jeter's last game, commentator Frank Deford recalls other sports' so-long-see-you-laters.

In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

The NFL sides with fans who criticized an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on a Muslim player who prostrated himself in the end zone Monday night.

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series begins in late October. But back east, some fans are pulling for a Beltway Series.

Morning Edition

Will The NFL's Domestic Violence Scandal Hurt Its Bottom Line?

The NFL has become a $10 billion financial juggernaut by attracting new fans and devising new ways to make money. Now, the NFL confronts what may be its most serious image problem ever.

Nationals Get Their First No-Hitter; Derek Jeter Plays Final Game

Jordan Zimmermann thought his no-hitter was gone on the 104th pitch, but a little-used rookie saved the day. And Yankees captain Derek Jeter ends his career in Boston with an RBI-single.

Kenya's Kimetto Sets New Marathon World Record In Berlin

For the first time, the world record in the marathon is now under 2 hours and 3 minutes, after Dennis Kimetto of Kenya tore through the course at Sunday's Berlin Marathon.

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After Nearly Three Decades, A Royals Welcome To The Playoffs

Last night, baseball history was made. The Kansas City Royals clinched a spot in the playoffs, ending a 29-year playoff drought, the longest of any major North American league.

Weekend Edition Saturday

After 7 Years, Finally, A Football Field Of Their Own

In Detroit, Cody High School's football team was always the visitor. On Friday, they dedicated their new field with a game that honored its name.

A Patriots Fan’s Lament

October 1, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs dominated Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots on Monday Night Football this week, 41-14. Does the loss signify an end to Belichick’s coaching eminence? (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick’s Patriots have been at or near the top of the NFL since 2001. A slow start to this season, however, has Bill Littlefield wondering if New England fans may be losing confidence in their once-invincible coach.

Littelfield On Sports: Patriots Look Toward Rest Of Season

October 1, 2014
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday. The Chiefs won 41-14. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

After the Patriots’ stunning loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, some sports watchers are wondering: is this the beginning of the Tom Brady’s decline? Bill Littlefield takes stock.

Kansas City Beats Oakland In 12 Innings

October 1, 2014
Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with a team flag after they defeated the Oakland Athletics 9 to 8 in the 12th inning of their American League Wild Card game. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The 9-8 win in 12 innings sends the Royals to the American League Divisional Series, the first time in decades.

Following Mishandling Of Head Injury, Michigan Students Call For AD’s Ouster

October 1, 2014
After suffering an illegal hit to the head, Michigan quarterback Shane Morris had to be supported by his teammates. But he remained in the game for two more plays (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan students rallied on the steps of the university president’s residence Tuesday night, calling for the removal of the school’s athletic director and head football coach. At issue is the school’s handling of a head injury suffered by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris during Saturday’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota.

Thoroughbred Races Proposed For Brockton Fair

October 1, 2014

Thoroughbred horse racing may have a home in New England next year. Raynham Park owner George Carney has submitted an application for a state license to return thoroughbred racing to the Brockton Fairgrounds as expected, according to spokesman for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Legal Fight Erupts Over Sale Of Schilling Computer

October 1, 2014

Shonda Schilling, the wife of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, has fought for the return of a personal computer purchased at auction.

Clutterbuck Leads Islanders To 5-3 Win Over Bruins

October 1, 2014
Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) slides on the ice after colliding with New York Islanders defenseman T.J. Brennan (4) during the second period of a preseason hockey game in Boston. The Islanders won 5-3. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:19 left in the third period, sending the New York Islanders to a 5-3 preseason win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

FCC Blackout Rule Ends, Blackouts Still Possible

September 30, 2014
The FCC voted unanimously to end its support of the sports blackout rule. (Karen Bleierk/AFP/Getty Images)

The FCC has voted unanimously to end its sports blackout rule, but does that mean fans no longer have to worry about whether their local stadium is sold out? Only A Game’s Karen Given has our update.

Brady Struggles As Chiefs Rout Patriots 41-14

September 30, 2014
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs where they lost 41-14 Monday night in Kansas City. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

This has been one rough start for Tom Brady and the Patriots. On Monday night, Brady tossed a pair of interceptions and the Patriots lost to the Kansas City, 41-14.

Michigan Coach Faces Criticism For Keeping QB In Play

September 29, 2014
Quarterback Shane Morris (7) of the Michigan Wolverines is helped off the field by Ben Braden (71). Morris had trouble standing by himself after being sacked. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was having trouble standing on his own after a major sack. The coach kept him in the game.

Kansas City Royals End 29 Year Drought

September 29, 2014
Royals fans watch a game against the White Sox in Chicago. (Greg Echlin/KCUR)

The Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox yesterday, reversing a rough season and ending a 29 year long post-season losing streak.

Belichick, Reid Have History With Franchise QBs

September 29, 2014
The Patriots play the Chiefs in Kansas City Monday night. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick arrived in New England together, one an overlooked sixth-round pick out of Michigan and the other a failed head coach during his first stint in Cleveland.

Fenway Park Says Goodbye To Derek Jeter

September 28, 2014
Derek Jeter left the game after hitting an infield single in the top of the third. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

On Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston, Red Sox and Yankees fans bid farewell to retiring New York shortstop Derek Jeter.

It’s Not Whether You Win Or Lose But How You Say The Name

September 28, 2014
Empty grandstands at Fenway (Sharon Brody/WBUR)

A Charlestown high school civics teacher reflects on a season behind the microphone at Fenway as one of the ballpark’s public address announcers.

Derek Jeter Has RBI Single In Last At-Bat

September 28, 2014
New York Yankees designated hitter Derek Jeter legs out an infield hit against the Boston Red Sox, driving in Ichiro Suzuki, during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday at Fenway Park. This was the last at-bat in Jeter's baseball career. (Steven Senne/AP)

Derek Jeter’s name is on a lineup card for the last time. No. 2 was in his usual No. 2 spot in the lineup as designated hitter against the Boston Red Sox in Sunday’s season finale.

Rondo To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Broken Left Finger

September 27, 2014

The Boston Celtics rebuilding project suffered a major setback when four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Friday for a broken left finger.

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