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Rangers win Game 1 in Toronto amid injuries

The Rangers won Game 1 of the ALDS in Toronto despite an injury to Adrian Beltre. The losses piled up for the Blue Jays on Thursday. But after leaving with injuries, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista are expected to play in Friday's Game 2.

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Barnes: I went to ex-wife's to check on my sons

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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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.

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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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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks revised their initial injury report to show RB Marshawn Lynch as a limited participant. He was originally listed as a non-participant. Sounds like some progress is being made.


Colts (2-2) at Texans (1-3)

Andrew Luck (shoulder) will miss his second straight game, and the Colts will turn to Matt Hasselbeck as they put their streak of 15 straight division road wins on the line. Houston will also point to its backup QB in Ryan Mallett, who was named the starter this week. The team with the best quarterback play wins? Follow live

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Booker suspended game for swinging at Hibbert

Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended a game by the NBA for slapping Roy Hibbert in a preseason game, according to Yahoo! Sports.


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Kendrys Morales takes one deep. Looks like that quad injury from last week is feeling better. Astros 3, Royals 1, B2.

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his last 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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SMU strikes first in Houston
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Matt Davis found Courtland Sutton in the end zone for an 8-yard TD and a 7-0 lead in the first.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar did not swing at the first pitch he saw. Why should it matter? It tends to foreshadow what will happen. Said KC manager Ned Yost: "Our percentage of winning games when Eskie swings at the first pitch is huge. ... As soon as Eskie swings at the first pitch, you hear our dugout go, 'We're winning today.'"

Houston hosts SMU

Houston has dominated this Texas rivalry, winning 11 of the last 13 matchups, and SMU hasn't won on the road since 2005. QB Greg Ward Jr. is the only player in the nation averaging 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per game. ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Johnson returns.

Astros plate 2 runs in the first

Houston loaded the bases with no outs off Royals RHP Yordano Ventura, and RBI groundouts from Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis put them up 2-0 before the Royals even came to the plate. This is the first start where Ventura has allowed multiple runs in the first inning since June 6. Follow live

New Maryland coach for next season

A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source told Joe Schad on Thursday night. Source: Edsall won't coach Terps next season

Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students ... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Adrian Beltre has a lower back strain and is day to day. He said the MRI showed nothing major. Texas is flying in players just in case the back worsens. If they need to replace him, Beltre would not be eligible to play again until the World Series "The news would have to worse than it is now for us to consider that."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It's going to be a beautiful night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where No. 17 USC is set to host Washington (9 p.m, ET, ESPN). Who to watch: JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree' Jackson. When targeting either of them, USC QB Cody Kessler has connected on 34-of-39 passes (87.5 percent) for 730 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception this year.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Small sample size, but the Houston Astros' starting lineup is batting a collective .286 (10-for-35) lifetime against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Jason Castro is 4-for-8 (.500) while Jose Altuve is 1-for-7 (.143). They have 0 home runs and 4 RBIs.

Royals host Astros in Game 1 of ALDS

After beating the Yankees in the wild-card game, the Astros take on the AL-best Royals in Kansas City. The Astros posted a 2.18 ERA against the Royals this season, the lowest of any AL team against Kansas City. Follow live


Royals' Game 1 starter: Yordano Ventura

  • 2015 regular season: 13-8, 4.08 ERA
  • 2014 postseason: 1-0, 3.20 ERA
  • July 26 start vs. Houston: 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K's

Astros' Game 1 starter: Collin McHugh

  • 2015 regular season: 19-7, 3.89 ERA
  • 1 career start vs. KC in 2014: 7 IP, 9 K, 0 ER


Cutler still not 100%, says he'll 'make do'

Bears QB Jay Culter said: "I feel better, I do. … But it is what it is, and we have a lot of guys banged up out here. I'll just make do." Cutler missed two weeks with a hamstring injury before returning in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

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