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Royals win ALDS Game 2, get even with Astros

The Royals rallied Friday, scoring twice in the sixth inning and then the winning run in the seventh on Ben Zobrist's single, to tie their ALDS with the Astros.

Seahawks without Lynch for second-straight game (2:23)
T.O.: I could play in the NFL right now (1:15)
Keegan-Michael Key's perfect James Franklin imitation (2:12)

McClendon fired after 2 seasons with Mariners

The Seattle Mariners have fired manager Lloyd McClendon after two seasons, with new general manager Jerry Dipoto choosing to bring in his own field boss to take over Seattle's operations.

2hMike Rodak

Bills' McCoy says he has Grade 2 hamstring pull

Bills RB LeSean McCoy elaborated Friday on his ongoing hamstring injury, telling reporters he has a Grade 2 pull, which the team told him is typically a three- to four-week injury.

Cromartie on O.B.J.: 'One-year wonder' (1:50)
2hTania Ganguli

Hoyer named Texans' starting QB for Week 6

Brian Hoyer is the Houston Texans' starting quarterback for the team's Week 6 game against the Jaguars. For how long he remains beyond that game is uncertain.

Highlights: Spain 4-0 Luxembourg (1:39)
8hCalvin 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.

Mickelson redeems his team with an eagle (0:18)
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9hMike 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.

McBride's MLS playoff predictions (2:14)
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10hPeter Keating

Keating: Buying a sports team? Stay away from the NFL

In ESPN The Magazine's Owners Issue, Peter Keating writes that, while NFL might still rule all, if you were to buy into a league today based on growth potential, the NBA is the game to join.

8hArash 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.

Behind the scenes with the USA Eagles (3:56)


Bautista critical of replay

Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista isn't thrilled with MLB's replay system after a big call went against Toronto in Game 2 and was upheld by the replay booth. The star said, "I would like to hear answer from the replay booth in New York on why they made that decision [of calling Rougned Odor safe at second]."


Watson breaks driver in Presidents Cup warmups

Bubba Watson teed off on the first hole of today's foursome match at the President Cup with a 3-wood after snapping his driver in warmups. U.S. officials were able to get his backup driver by the time he got to the first green.


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Looks like knee surgery hasn't taken anything away from Carmelo Anthony's shot. He's 10-for-15 for 21 points tonight against Washington.

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.


Jimbo: Cook's consistency is his strength
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says what RB Dalvin Cook does best is avoid the ups and downs during the season. His consistency is a strength.

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Royals rally past Astros to even series

Ben Zobrist's go-ahead single in the 7th capped off a Royals rally from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Astros 5-4 in Game 2 of the ALDS.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In St. Louis, John Lackey hasn't given up a hit through five innings and has faced the minimum 15 batters. The only Cubs baserunner he's allowed so far came courtesy of a fourth inning walk to Kyle Schwarber, who was promptly erased by a 5-4-3 double play. Lackey should have plenty left in the tank too, as he's only thrown 56 pitches so far.

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Did we pay enough attention to John Lackey's spectacular finish? Only 2 NL pitchers had a lower ERA in Sept (1.78) - Arrieta & Strasburg

Lackey has no-hit bid through 5

John Lackey has held the Cubs hitless through five innings (1 BB, 3 Ks, 56 pitches) in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead. Follow live


Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Hanser Alberto on his game-winning 14th inning hit following his error many innings earlier: "That was very, very special. Because I came from making an error that cost us a couple runs. And then I went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. It was like, Wow, this is a good time to do something good."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo now just 1 for 14 off John Lackey in his career. 0 for 2 today as Cubs have yet to have a hit through 5 innings.

Perez gets doused mid-interview

Salvador Perez was busy talking about the Royals' come-from-behind win in Game 2 of the ALDS but a teammate snuck up on the catcher and gave him an early shower to celebrate.


Watch: Lynx-Fever WNBA Finals, Game 3

The series is tied up at 1-1 after Minnesota beat Indiana in Game 2 on Tuesday. The winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the championship 70 percent of the time since the series went to a best-of-five format in 2005. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN


NC State at Virginia Tech on ESPN

The Hokies are trying to avoid an 0-2 ACC start for the first time since 1957. NC State QB Jacoby Brissett is leading the Power 5 conferences, completing 73.2% of his passes. ESPN/WatchESPN

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Prince goes face down

The celebration of winning Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off great for Prince Fielder, his attempt to climb the dugout fence ended with him tumbling to the ground.


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

First 12 outs on 44 pitches for John Lackey. Doesn't get much more efficient than that.

Kurkjian: Royals 'had to win this game'

Tim Kurkjian says it was crucial that the Royals beat the Astros and evened the series up in Game 2 of the ALDS.


Key from 'Key & Peele' is James Franklin
College Football 

Keegan-Michael Key from the TV show "Key & Peele" hijacked a team meeting with his best impression of the Penn State coach -- and the team absolutely lost it.

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Cecil out for rest of the postseason

Toronto will be without LHP Brett Cecil for the rest of the postseason after he tore a left calf muscle during the Jays’ loss to Texas in Game 2 of the ALDS. Manager Josh Gibbons said of Cecil (2.48 ERA in 63 appearance this season): “He’s got a pretty significant tear in his calf."


Devils owner: Won't risk future to win

Josh Harris said New Jersey is starting a new era with GM Ray Shero and coach John Hynes. "We're in a hurry," Harris said. "I'm not a patient person. … I want to win but I'm not willing to sacrifice our ultimate goal, which is to be an elite team by making short-term decisions on or off the ice that will inhibit our ability to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup."