NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is agreeing with the replay officials’ decision not to overturn a controversial call on the final play of Seattle’s 14-12 victory over Green Bay Monday night. The league does say that Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should have been flagged for offensive interference before catching a last-second TD pass, but that’s a non-correctable error. The Packers feel that safety M.D. Jennings had possession of the ball before Tate latched onto it.
UNDATED (AP) – President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney weighed in on the questionable call at the end of the Seahawks’ win over the Packers. Obama deemed it “terrible” and declared it was time to get regular officiating crews back on the job. Romney and GOP running mate Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin native, also said it was time to bring back the “real refs.”
UNDATED (AP) – The American League Central race is a dead heat between Detroit and Chicago following the Tigers’ 2-0 win over Kansas City and the White Sox’s 4-3 loss to Cleveland. The New York Yankees absorbed a 5-4 loss at Minnesota after Toronto completed a 4-0 win at Baltimore, keeping the Bombers 1 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles for the AL East lead. Oakland beat Texas 3-2 in 10 innings to cut the Rangers’ lead in the AL West to four games over the Athletics.
UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have clinched a National League playoff berth while climbing within four games of Washington in the NL East. Freddie Freeman launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves a 4-3 victory over Florida. The Nationals lost to Philadelphia 6-3 as the Phillies hit three homers to support Cole Hamels’ career-high 16th win.
CINCINNATI (AP) – Reds manager Dusty Baker told his players yesterday that he had a mini-stroke in addition to his irregular heartbeat last week. Baker will need another week of rest before he’s able to rejoin the team for the final regular season series and the playoffs. The Reds clinched their second NL Central title in the last three years over the weekend while Baker was still in a Chicago hospital.