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1hDoug 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.


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.

Keegan-Michael Key's perfect James Franklin imitation (2:12)
SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
2hCalvin 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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3hMike 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)
His & Hers: Justice for Thabo Sefolosha (2:14)
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4hPeter 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.

Stephen A. goes off on Skip about Kobe (3:42)
2hArash 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)


Colbert: Cubs are going to win it all

Stephen Colbert has had enough of the Curse of the Billy Goat and boldly guarantees the Cubs will win the World Series: "I can safely say without any fear of jinxing it -- they're going all the way!"


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

What a great recovery in this game by Marcus Stroman, after those early troubles. TOR over Texas 4-3, through 5 1/2.

Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Now: Blue Jays lead Rangers 4-3 in Game 2 (Rangers lead series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. ET (Astros lead series 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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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the Cardinals' starting lineup for game one of the NLDS vs. the Cubs. Catcher Yadier Molina is in there, batting seventh and wearing a protective splint on his injured left thumb. It's the first time that Molina - who's been an All-Star in each of the last seven seasons - has played since tearing a ligament in the thumb while making a tag on Sept. 20.

ICYMI: Man vs. tarp and plastic wins

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


Stroman settles in after first 2 innings

After giving up three hits to start the game, Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman hasn't allowed a hit vs. the Rangers since. And the Jays got Stroman a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th from Ben Revere's RBI single. Follow live


Broncos on upset alert?

Skip Bayless is sensing a possible upset for Sunday's Raiders-Broncos game, while Stephen A. Smith doesn't think Derek Carr will be able to handle the Broncos' defense.


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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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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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.


LeSean McCoy says he's out 3-4 weeks

McCoy has a grade 2 hamstring pull, which will force him to miss 3 to 4 weeks, the Bills RB said today. This offseason, Buffalo traded LB Kiko Alonso for McCoy, who has 146 rushing yards and zero TDs.

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.


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.

College Football 

SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in U.S.

Scott Van Pelt explained why Thursday's European qualifying results were so interesting and worthy of being shown on SportsCenter.


Blue Jays tie it up at 3

An error from Rangers 3B Hanser Alberto -- in for the injured Adrian Beltre -- started off the bottom of the second, and the Jays capitalized with an RBI hit from Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar's groundout. Follow live

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Playing in place of Adrian Beltre, Hanser Alberto drove in a run with a sac fly, though Rougned Odor's slide home was probably more of a factor than the short fly. But Alberto also made an error to start Blue Jays rally in bottom of second to tie game 3-3.

What's up with Houston's defense?

A season ago, the Texans' defense was able to sack the quarterback on 7.4 percent of dropbacks without blitzing, which was the 2nd-best rate in the league. This year, they're sacking quarterbacks on just 1.2 percent of their non-blitz dropbacks (31st in the NFL).

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney briefly exited Thursday's game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. On Friday he wore a walking boot on his right foot. It's not clear if the injury is serious, but Clowney did return to the game afterward. He played 52 percent of the Texans defensive snaps.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says he has a Grade 2 pull of his hamstring and team told him after Week 3 (at MIA) that it's a 3-4 week injury.

T-Rex trains for 'American Ninja Warrior'

If you're wondering what a T-Rex would look like training for "American Ninja Warrior" then, well, here you go. Spolier: It's bizarre.


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 

Blue Jays respond in bottom of 1st

Jays 3B Josh Donaldson appears to be just fine after being kneed in the head in Thurday's game -- he homered off Rangers ace Cole Hamels to cut into the Rangers' lead 2-1 in the first. Follow live