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Inside the Nationals clubhouse on Tuesday night, players soaked each other with champagne showers. Beer flowed freely and coated the slippery, plastic covering on the floor. “Baby Shark” blasted from the speakers.

Around the same time, more than 2,000 miles away in Las Vegas, WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donnescored 25 points and the Mystics beat the Las Vegas Aces, 94-90, to advance to the WNBA Finals for the second straight year.

One day after the Washington football team lost on Monday Night Football to the Chicago Bears, 31-15, to start the season 0-3, two other local pro teams gave D.C. sports fans a reason to cheer. 

For the Nats, the unrestrained celebrations were a culmination of a once lost season and a turnaround few outside the team expected. 

“Adversity builds character, we all know that,” manager Dave Martinez told reporters after the team clinched a wild card spot. “These guys … they don’t quit. I talked about it all year long, they’re resilient … They stick together and here we are, going into the postseason and playing for something that’s really special.”

The single-elimination wild card game will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Location is to be determined. Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals will be this Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Ward 8. Kelyn Soong (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com is out this week, so try tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • FBI agents searched a DCRA worker’s desk on Tuesday. The agency says the search involves one employee. [Tom Sherwood, AP]

  • The climate protesters plan to be back on Friday. [WAMU]

  • Streets in Northwest D.C. are open after being closed because of a possible burglary on Georgia Avenue NW. [Post]

  • New food truck regulations in Arlington could mean more food options. [ARLnow]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Jamel Kirkland, 17, is the eighth person between the ages of 11 and 17 to be killed in the District this year. [Post]

  • Embezzlement charges, a dead sheriff, and millions in missing public funds in the small Virginia town of Front Royal. [NBC, Post]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s new communications strategy to push her housing agenda? Shame! [WAMU]

  • Jack Evans has not RSVP’d to the Ward 2 Council candidate forum this Thursday. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • La Famosa coming to Navy Yard specializes in Puerto Rican comfort food and rum drinks. [WCP]

  • Try Gogi Yogi’s hangover soup the next time you need to feel restored. [WCP]

  • Former Palena and Mirabelle Chef Frank Ruta will lead Ashok Bajaj’s new restaurant. [WBJ]

  • Should you try KFC’s doughnut sandwich? [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Helon Habila’s Travelers puts the African refugee experience into perspective. [WCP]

  • A new local theater company devotes itself to the expat experience. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • Meet Roy, a 50-year church pipe organ veteran. [Post]

  • Home goods store Parachute is set to open its first D.C. spot. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Tonight’s Washington Spirit match against the Houston Dash will be broadcast on ESPN2—the first game to be shown as part of the NWSL’s new broadcast deal with ESPN. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Asked about his job concerns, Jay Gruden says he’s “just trying to focus on the Giants.” [ESPN]

  • Bryce Harper posed for photos with Arlington firefighters after the Nats eliminated the Phillies from the playoffs. [ARLnow]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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