WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is now affecting the collegiate sports world. The Defense Department has announced that as a result of the political stalemate, all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service academies are being shut down. A decision on the Air Force-Navy game this Saturday will be made before noon Thursday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National League wild card game is being played tonight in Pittsburgh with the Pirates facing the Reds. These two clubs closed out the regular season over the weekend in Cincinnati with the Pirates winning three straight. On the mound for Pittsburgh tonight is 16-game winner Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh), who is going up against Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After winning 86 games this season, the Kansas City Royals have determined they want manager Ned Yost (yohst) back. He has been given a two-year contract extension by the American League club. Down the stretch after the All-Star break the Royals were 43-27.
CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL season starts tonight. No, really, it's time for another season to start. Three games are on the agenda this evening with defending league champion Chicago playing host to Washington in one encounter.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian (nal-BAN'-dee-uhn) has announced he is retiring from competitive tennis due to injuries. The 31-year-old was once ranked as high as No. 3 and was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2002.