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Follow live: Bautista's solo home run eats into Rangers' lead over Blue Jays

The Rangers and Blue Jays have each lost their starting third baseman as Adrian Beltre and Josh Donaldson have left ALDS Game 1.

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Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes said Thursday he went to his ex-wife's home to check on his 6-year old twin sons, and not to confront New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

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White has 'good' talk with Falcons coach on role

Roddy White, who was away from the team Wednesday as his mother underwent surgery, rejoined his teammates Thursday and had a cordial conversation with Falcons coach Dan Quinn about his role.

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Mort & Schefter: Andrew Luck's injury no accident

Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter discuss the Colts' brutal offensive line, remind fans not to give up on 1-3 teams and debate Kaepernick vs. Dalton in this week's Six Points.

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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.

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Man Child: How Aaron Donald became the NFL's best D-tackle

A baby-faced He-Man, Aaron Donald has quickly developed into the NFL's most dominating defensive lineman not named J.J. Watt, though some already have him on par with the Houston giant.

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Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

So we've now lost both starting third baseman and this series is only five innings old. First, Adrian Beltre out with sore back and now possible MVP Josh Donaldson out in a precautionary move after taking knee to head on slide. Replaced by Hanser Alberto and Chris Colabello, respectively.


Odds are coming up Texans

The crowds in Las Vegas are feeling Houston as the line between the Colts and Texans has shifted 5 points in the past day. Matt Hasselbeck was announced as the Indy starter at QB earlier today as they get set in Houston for an 8:25 p.m. ET kickoff.


Rangers, Jays third basemen exit game

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson got a knee to the head in the fourth sliding into second base, and he left the game in the fifth as Ezequiel Carrera pinch hit for him. Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre left in the third with lower back stiffness. Follow live


Blue Jays cut into Rangers' lead

The Rangers got a 2-run HR from their No. 9 hitter Robinson Chirinos in the top of the fifth, and the Blue Jays got an RBI double from Kevin Pillar -- their own nine-hole hitter -- in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-2 Texas heading into the sixth. Follow live


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Now Josh Donaldson not hitting after taking knee in head on takeout slide in 4th. Ezequiel Carrera hitting for him.

Serbia stuns Albania with late goals

Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajic each scored in injury time to lift Serbia in a tense match. With the loss, Albania sits third in Group I.


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Braylon Beam, a 6-year-old known for his #JustKeepDancing campaign as a way to cope with the chemotherapy for a brain tumor, is serving as honorary crew chief for Kasey Kahne today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He showed off his dance moves to Kahne team members today -- here Kahne tire changer Johnny Roberts attempts to keep up with Beam.


Chirinos hits homer, puts Rangers up 4-1

Texas got some power from its No. 9 batter, as Robinson Chirinos hit a 2-run homer off David Price. Chirinos hit 10 regular-season home runs this season. Follow live

Lionel Messi facing 22-month sentence

Messi and his father are accused of defrauding Spanish authorities more than $5 million in unpaid taxes after a judge rejected a request by prosecutors to drop the charges against the Barcelona and Argentina striker. Story

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I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Rougned Odor got plunked up high after his knee connected with Josh Donaldson's head.

ESPNW: Hardy news conference a 'disaster'

Greg Hardy was brought to Dallas after a conviction and procedural dismissal for, among other things, allegedly throwing his girlfriend on a futon covered in assault rifles and threatening to kill her. He told assembled media Wednesday he planned to come out "guns blazing" and discussed the relative hotness of Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen. Will NFL ever change?

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Blue Jays get on board, cut lead in half

A swinging bunt from Edwin Encarnacion went to Adrian Beltre's replacement (Beltre left with a back injury in the 3rd) Hanser Alberto. Alberto couldn't make the barehanded play and the Rangers' lead was cut to 2-1. Follow live

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Jake Marisnick is playing CF and batting 9th for Astros in ALDS Game 1. Carlos Gomez is out with oblique injury. Manager A.J. Hinch says Gomez is available off the bench tonight and might start Game 2.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Terrance Gore got the call over Jonny Gomes when the Royals' ALDS roster was released Thursday in advance of the series opener against the Astros. With Gore, KC is sticking with the speed element that served it so well last postseason.

Ireland knocks off Germany in qualifying

Shane Long led Ireland to a stunning victory over the reigning World Cup champion with this 70th minute goal. Ireland is tied with Poland for second in Group D, and they will meet on Oct. 11 for an automatic spot in the Euros.


Beltre a big loss for Rangers

Adrian Beltre, who left the game in the 3rd inning with lower back stiffness, has 18 defensive runs saved, which was tied for first with Nolan Arenado for the most among third basemen. The Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-0 in the Game 1 of the ALDS in the 4th inning. Follow live


Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Berry can't get enough of the rookie who ran all over the Cardinals a week ago. With the Packers on the docket, who allow the third-most yards before contact and yards per rush, Todd Gurley could go off on Sunday. Love/Hate Week 5

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Portugal books spot in Euro 2016

All Portugal needed was a draw against Denmark, but Joao Moutinho did one better to send his side to a 1-0 victory. Match stats



Robert Lewandowski (of course) with the equaliser in injury time. Scotland fail to qualify for #Euro2016.

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Injury Update on Beltre: He left the game with low back stiffness. He's being further evaluated.

Northern Ireland clinches Euro 2016 bid

With its 3-1 win over Greece, Northern Ireland reached its first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup. Euro qualifying scores