-- Tampa Bay beat Cleveland 4-0 in the American League Wild Card game last night. Next up for the Rays, Boston tomorrow afternoon.
-- Pittsburgh plays in St. Louis and the Dodgers visit Atlanta in the National League playoffs today.
-- The President's Cup begins today in Dublin, Ohio. The U.S. takes on non-European countries in golf every other year. Absolutely love Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker in their matchup today.
-- The service academies will play football this weekend despite the government shutdown.
-- Dodgers announcer Vin Scully hints that next season, his 65th calling Dodgers games, could be his last.
-- As the Alex Rodriguez arbitration hearing continues, the New York Daily News reports that Rodriguez's defense may be that he didn't know that the substances he got from Biogenesis were illegal. (A-Rod's camp denies it.) It's the Barry Bonds defense. "What, they were steroids?" If you want to believe that world class athletes don't know what they're putting into or onto their bodies go ahead. And let us know when you return to reality.
-- It looks like the NBA will ditch the 2-3-2 format for the NBA Finals despite the fact that like baseball's World Series it makes the most sense for travel. But the other playoff NBA series are 2-2-1-1-1. Could the reason be that the underdog team trailing 3-2 gets Game 6 at home with a better chance to force a lucrative Game 7? Nah, decisions in pro sports rarely have to do with the bottom line.
-- Will Mariano Rivera be the first unanimous first ballot Hall of Famer? Check back in 5 years.
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