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Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Strong, silent type: Nats’ Rendon does his talking on field

- The Washington Times

Though Rendon tries to stay out of the spotlight, his performance on the field has made that impossible. Entering Thursday night’s series-opener against the Marlins, the 24-year-old was hitting .285 with 20 home runs, 85 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watches during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Rizzo truly the architect of NL East champion Nationals

- The Washington Times

The Nats won the division title going away without a .300 hitter, a 15-game winner, a 25-home run hitter or a 100-RBI man. They won it with a rookie manager who lost his biggest bats in the opening weeks of the season, and has been without one of the team’s best players for much of the year. They won because of a group of Mike Rizzo moments.

New York Jets' Michael Vick acknowledges the crowd during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Michael Vick: Roger Goodell doing ‘great job’ handling NFL crises

- Associated Press

The New York Jets quarterback defended the NFL commissioner while the league and its teams have come under heavy criticism during the past two weeks over how they are dealing with several players facing domestic violence allegations.

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007  file photo of Sweden's Annika Sorenstam tees off from the 18th during a Pro Am event ahead of the Women's British Open golf tournament at the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland. On Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 the day residents of St. Andrews join their fellow Scots in voting whether to become an independent nation, a historic sporting decision will be made inside arguably the most famous building in golf. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, an all-male bastion since its founding 260 years ago, votes Thursday whether to admit women members. For the first time, the R&A is allowing its 2,500 worldwide members to vote by proxy.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Big vote in Scotland: Royal & Ancient to allow women members

- Associated Press

The club, exclusively for men since it was founded in Scotland 260 years ago, released a statement Thursday saying 85 percent of those who took part in the ballot voted in favor of allowing female members.

Seattle Sounders' Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, right, and D.C. United's Chris Pontius, left, vie for a header in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Chris Pontius healthy just in time for D.C. United stretch run

A dynamic attacking presence from the flank or up top, Pontius logged eight minutes in a loss to New York last week before playing 23 minutes Tuesday. Going into Saturday’s trip to face the Chicago Fire (5-7-15), he feels he’s ready to potentially push 60 minutes.

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday Sept. 18, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Morrison's HR in 9th puts Mariners past Angels 3-1

- Associated Press

Logan Morrison felt no weight on his shoulders from the Seattle Mariners' two-game offensive drought and teetering playoff hopes when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics fell out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas on Thursday that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep.

South Korean rapper PSY performs during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Asian Games opening ceremony closes Gangnam Style

- Associated Press

A lavish opening ceremony at the Asian Games included poetry, the standard fireworks, and a rousing finale of singer PSY belting his signature hit "Gangnam Style" through a sequined microphone on Friday.

MLB Calendar

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Sept. 30 - Postseason begins.

NBA Calendar

- Associated Press

Sept. 27 - Training camps open for teams competing in preseason games outside North America.

NHL Calendar

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Oct. 8 - Regular season begins.

NFL Calendar

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Oct. 7-8 - Fall owners meetings, New York.

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Pittsburgh Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates get late break in playoff push, top Bosox

- Associated Press

It might be way too early to call the Pittsburgh Pirates a team of destiny. But after what manager Clint Hurdle witnessed Thursday night, he had to stop and wonder.

Milwaukee Brewers' Kyle Lohse, bottom, is out as second as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong fails to turn the double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in St. Louis. Brewers' Carlos Gomez was safe at first. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Brewers bats fail in 13-inning loss to Cardinals

- Associated Press

Mark Reynolds thought he was stepping on the bag at first base for the final out of the eighth. That was just one of the many botched opportunities the Milwaukee Brewers could commiserate about.