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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)
SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
19mCalvin 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.

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46mMike 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.

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)
13mArash 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.

3hBaxter 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.

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)


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Cal QB Jared Goff leads his No. 23 Golden Bears to Salt Lake City for a clash of the undefeateds against No. 5 Utah. See where to catch all the big games in Saturday Slate in Friday's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, on Johnny Cueto starting a must-win game Friday after KC lost the ALDS opener: "This is why we got him."

Rangers in good spot with Hamels going

Texas has won each of Cole Hamels' last 10 starts. He'll take the mound in Game 2 against Toronto's Marcus Stroman who is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA this season.

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Early road success looms large in LDS

  • When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
  • Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
    • (via Elias Sports Bureau)

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Baylor tight end, meet Mario Balotelli

LaQuan McGowan struggling to put his pads became a viral video recently. But we're here to remind you that Italian soccer star Balotelli once went through a similar ordeal.


Donaldson + Bautista are playing today

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson (head) and OF Jose Bautista (hamstring) both left Game 1 early with injuries, but both return to the lineup vs. the Rangers for Game 2. The duo combined for 81 regular season homers.


Adrian Beltre not in Rangers' lineup

Beltre's name is not on Texas' lineup card for Game 2, a day after the Rangers 3B left the team's Game 1 win early with a back strain. Hanser Alberto replaces Beltre at third for the 12:45 p.m. ET start.


The Mag: Is Jared Goff the next Aaron Rodgers?
College Football 

"I've heard people say he's better than Aaron Rodgers at this stage," says Washington assistant Bob Gregory who was Cal's defensive coordinator during the Rodgers era. "I don't know about that, but I do know he's really good." Searching for Rodgers

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ICYMI: Huskies trick play vs. Trojans
College Football 

Washington coach Chris Petersen was known for his trick plays while at Boise State and he struck again here in Washington's 17-12 upset over USC Thursday.

College Football 

Man vs. tarp ends with plastic on top

A Royals grounds crew member tripped during the rain delay -- and the tarp showed no mercy in running him over.


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
College Football 

South Carolina made an appearance for a two-point conversion attempt gone horribly wrong. Top 10

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College Football 

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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