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Edes: Astros silence Yanks in AL wild-card game

Six shutout innings by Dallas Keuchel and home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez set the tone Tuesday night as Houston ended the Yankees' season by winning the AL wild-card game.

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8mElizabeth Merrill

How do you miss someone you never knew?

Chargers RB Rodney Culver died in a plane crash before his two daughters were old enough to know him. Nineteen years later, they're discovering who he was from the teammates he left behind.

17hAdam Rubin

Harvey misses mandatory workout prior to NLDS

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field. The scheduled Game 3 starter later addressed the media, saying, "Unfortunately, today I screwed up."

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NFL landscape taking shape for 2015

The Green Bay Packers jumped to No. 2 in the Power Rankings, while the St. Louis Rams rose eight spots after an upset win in Arizona. The pair meet this week at Lambeau Field.

10hDarren Rovell

NY Atty. General questions DraftKings, FanDuel

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into DraftKings and FanDuel to look into possible advantages daily fantasy employees might have gained by exploiting data.

Father time catching up with Vince Carter (0:20)
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7hMechelle Voepel

Fowles fuels Minnesota in Game 2 victory in WNBA Finals

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles ushered in her 30s in style, scoring 21 points on her 30th birthday and giving Minnesota exactly what it needed to beat Indiana and level the WNBA Finals at 1-1.

Which NHL team will be better than everyone thinks? (1:05)
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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy, Jayson Stark, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!

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How the stars (and stripes) saved Seattle

Three years after the Fail Mary, a ref's mistake on Monday Night Football overshadowed a game with big implications and storylines. Bill Barnwell explores Seattle's latest escape.

Dunks from mini-Shaq attack (0:30)
Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)
Sport Science: Correa's hitting mechanics (1:53)
Is Cole the key for Pirates in wild-card game? (1:38)
Jeff Daniels on being a Lions fan: 'You feel cursed' (1:39)
Chase's upset pick of the week (1:32)
Between-the-legs, behind-the-back dunk (0:37)
Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight (3:25)
Is Alabama a playoff team if it loses again? (1:27)

Why each undefeated team is a Super Bowl contender

NFL Nation reporters take a closer look at the six unbeaten teams across the league and examine reasons to be excited and reasons to be concerned about their potential Super Bowl runs.

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23hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Matty Nice on the rise

There's a lot of noise and confusion after three races in the race to the Sprint Cup championship. Ryan McGee says forget all that in this week's Power Rankings, Matt Kenseth is the driver to beat.


#NBArank Nos. 101-110

The #NBArank countdown is closing in on the league's top 100 players. See who barely missed out on the century mark, including L.A. newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Paul Pierce.


Booker ejected for swipe at Hibbert

Jazz F Trevor Booker (left) was ejected from Tuesday night's preseason game in Honolulu after he took a swing at Lakers C Roy Hibbert (far right). Booker first got into a tangle with Lakers F Julius Randle, and when Hibbert joined the fray, Booker threw a punch that missed. Said Hibbert: "I have everybody's back."


Arrieta, Cole to meet in NL wild-card game

Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta has been lights-out since the All-Star break. Can he shut down Gerrit Cole and the Pirates in the NL wild-card game today?

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Grantland: Dallas owned NYC for a night

Ben Lindbergh writes that Joe Girardi doesn’t deserve any blame for Tuesday’s shutout loss. No managerial move could’ve altered the outcome. Dallas Keuchel was that good

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

With Sammy Watkins (calf) uncertain for Sunday's game against the Titans, the Bills signed veteran WR Denarius Moore on Wednesday. The team released return specialist Marcus Thigpen to make room.

ICYMI: Astros blank Yanks in wild-card game

The Astros hit two solo home runs, and Dallas Keuchel struck out seven over six scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 win over the Yankees. Houston will face Kansas City in the ALDS beginning Thursday.


Herbstreit: TCU loss hurts Texas' legacy
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Kirk Herbstreit wonders if Texas will show up for the Oklahoma game after Saturday's embarrassing loss to TCU. "Is there anyone in that locker room that has a shred of pride?"

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FanDuel sets new internal rules, probe

FanDuel says it has banned its employees from playing DFS for money, on any site, in the wake of a report that an employee of a rival daily fantasy site placed second in one of its contests, FanDuel also hired former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to review the company's practices.

Khris Middleton jams on Jimmy Butler

Middleton poked a pass for the steal and took it all the way to the hole for a poster slam over Jimmy Butler in their preseason matchup.


NHL season opens tonight! Picks, please

Our experts weigh in with their predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season. A lot of love for the Ducks and Capitals. Postseason, award picks

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Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin's top receiver, Alex Erickson, is still going through concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury Saturday against Iowa. He leads the team in receptions (26) and yards (350) for a second straight season. "I'm just taking it one day at a time," he said. "I've just got to make sure that as I progress, the symptoms don't come back and my head feels good."

Colby Rasmus is celebrating accordingly

The LF hit his first postseason home run, he's covered in champagne and the Astros are headed to the ALDS. Looks like a good night.


Correa: Astros confident heading to ALDS

Buster Olney thanks Carlos Correa for ruining his eyesight with champagne and proceeds to ask the Astros SS about Dallas Keuchel's performance. "Oh, he was outstanding," Correa said. "Lights out."


Updated World Series odds

Via Westgate LV Superbook, here are the latest odds to win the World Series:

  • Blue Jays: 3-1
  • Royals: 4-1
  • Dodgers: 5-1
  • Cardinals: 6-1
  • Mets: 7-1

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Meet Shareef O'Neal and his hops

Shaquille O'Neal's 6-foot-8 teenage son has some pretty impressive dunks. Check out the mini Shaq-attack.


Chase Herbstreit's upset pick of the week
College Football 

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit may have to ask his son for picks advice on Saturdays from now on if he keeps getting them right.

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BBTN previews NL wild-card game

Said Eduardo Perez: "This is not so much [Jake] Arrieta as it is [Gerrit] Cole at home. He has to be able to stand his ground." And Karl Ravech added that Cole is "going to need a zero through six innings."


Father Time catches up with Vince Carter

Carter used to be one of the game's top dunkers. Now he gets stuffed by the rim while trying for the slam in the Grizzlies' preseason game vs. the Rockets.


What went wrong in New York?

Tim Kurkjian on SportsCenter: "The Yankees simply stopped hitting the last two weeks of the season. ... It's pretty clear here they have to go out and get a bat [this offseason]."


Curry knows his 3-pointer is all that

When you know your shot is money, you just high five your teammate in the midst of the swish. That's exactly what Warriors guard Stephen Curry did.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN NFL Insider Josina Anderson said Lions TE Eric Ebron told her he has a "bruised knee" and that he could be out as long as three weeks. He also told Anderson he doesn't need surgery. The Lions have Tim Wright and Brandon Pettigrew as other TEs on the roster, but Pettigrew is coming off a hamstring injury.

Correa douses Olney in champagne

Buster Olney was all set to interview Astros rookie Carlos Correa after his team's wild-card win, but the SS decided Olney needed to be covered in champagne beforehand.


Nothing but dunks

Jordan Kilganon, a 6-foot-1 professional dunker, showed off some of his best dunks, including a between-the-legs, behind-the-back jam.