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Back strain sidelines Rangers' Beltre for Game 2

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 of the AL Division Series after suffering a back strain during the series opener.

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10hDoug Padilla

Royals' new rallying cry: Heeeere's Johnny!

Johnny Cueto gets a chance to pump life back into team and town, which is exactly why he is pitching for the Kansas City Royals in the first place.

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Wells: Hasselbeck up to 'old' tricks in Colts' win

Yes, Matt Hasselbeck is 40. But Andrew Luck's replacement threw a pair of touchdowns to Andre Johnson in Houston on Thursday night to guide the Colts to their 16th straight AFC South victory.

Texans end half on Hail Mary TD (0:23)
Huskies knock off No. 17 Trojans (1:01)
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17mMike Sando

Sando: Ranking the NFL's best kickers

Kickers are under more scrutiny than ever, so Mike Sando looked at who is doing the best job over the past few seasons and also picked out the top kicker in the game today.

SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
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58mCalvin Watkins

Howard says he had torn MCL in playoffs

Dwight Howard appeared Thursday on SportsRadio 610 and said he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during last season's Western Conference finals.

South Carolina State confuses team for TD (1:00)
Stephen A. goes off on Skip about Kobe (3:42)
Man nutmegs Man City academy (2:21)
19hArash Markazi

In Tommy Lasorda's office, the walls do talk

Each of the photos and mementos that crowd Tommy Lasorda's Dodger Stadium office -- "It's like a museum," he says -- tells a tale about his fascinating baseball life, Arash Markazi writes.

2hBaxter Holmes

Kobe: Don't need to defend 'silly' ranking

Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history, said he doesn't need to defend his No. 93 ranking in ESPN's #NBArank project.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

Mickelson chips in amazing shot (0:11)
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1dAaron Schatz

Schatz: Defense could put Pack over the top

Green Bay's defense ranks third in points allowed per game, but is the Clay Matthews-led unit built for the long haul? Aaron Schatz takes a look at the numbers.

McBride's MLS playoff predictions (2:14)
Behind the scenes with the USA Eagles (3:56)


How is Utah so good?
College Football 

Said ESPN's Desmond Howard: "This team has always played well on defense and now people are just starting to recognize how well coached they are as a unit."

College Football 

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

It's MLB's decision, by the way, if the roof at Rogers Centre is open in postseason. The vote the last two days has been for air-conditioned comfort.


Joe Girardi: 'I did what i thought was right'

The Yankees blew a seven-game lead in the AL East they held in July and were shut out in the wild-card game, but the manager defended his actions: "People thought that I could have done better. I understand that, and so you live with it.''

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Longoria shares strange Maddon story

Rays 3B Evan Longoria identified the weirdest clubhouse moment with former Rays coach and current Cubs coach Joe Maddon. It involves a Mariachi band and his locker.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The calm before the storm in St. Louis. No, it's not supposed to rain here today - at least not during the game (AccuWeather says slight chance of mid-day showers, then clearing). But with the Cardinals and Cubs meeting in the postseason for the first time ever, the NLDS crowd at Busch Stadium is sure to be downright thunderous.

Photo sums up childhood sports failure

The moment you become absolutely certain that you'll never make it to the majors.

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Mariners to fire Lloyd McClendon

The Mariners manager will be fired this offseason, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden. Seattle has not made the playoffs in McClendon's two years there, going 87-75 his first year -- missing the postseason by one game -- and 76-86 this season.

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Lance Dunbar to undergo surgery today

The Cowboys RB will have knee surgery later Friday, according to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Dunbar tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Saints and is out for the season.


Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his past 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Grantland: September's miserable plays
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South Carolina made an appearance for a two-point conversion attempt gone horribly wrong. Top 10

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Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rangers Game 2 lineup:

Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:45 p.m. ET (Rangers lead 1-0)
  • Game 2: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. ET (Astros lead 1-0)
  • Game 1: Cubs at Cardinals, 6:45 p.m. ET
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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To beat LeBron, don't wear his shoes

King James says he finds a mental advantage over his opponents who wear his LeBron shoes, something he first saw Michael Jordan do. Inspired by MJ

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Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

More from Banister on Beltre: "We really hope we don't get to that point where we need him to pinch-hit. But given what he did yesterday in an at-bat where I think most of us would have been laying down in the fetal position, for him to go to the plate and drive in a run is pretty spectacular so I'm not going to rule Adrian out of anything."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Just before Bengals practice Friday, QB Andy Dalton plays catch with a kid who is part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the foreground is former Cowboys QB and broadcaster Troy Aikman.

Kurkjian: Great pitching trumps home field

Home teams are 0-4 and haven't led at any point in the postseason. Tim Kurkjian believes home-field advantage means nothing if you are facing a great starter.


Final weekend of Rugby World Cup groups

Today's New Zealand-Tonga match at 3 p.m. ET will feature the entertaining cultural phenomenon of two South Pacific Island war dances facing off. Haka vs. Sipi Tau

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

After Dwight Howard injured the knee, he used a heavy brace to stabilize it and played Game 2 of WCF with no apparent serious issues.

Howard played hurt in playoffs

Dwight Howard told SportsRadio 610 that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. He averaged 14.4 PPG and 14.4 RPG while playing 38 minutes per game in the series.

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