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Crasnick: Astros packed for playoff success

If the postseason has proved anything, it's that the Astros have figured out how to win on the road. In other words: Watch out, Royals.

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6hDoug 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.

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Wells: Hasselbeck up to 'old' tricks in Colts' win

Yes, Matt Hasselbeck is 40. But Andrew Luck's replacement threw a pair of touchdowns to Andre Johnson in Houston on Thursday night to guide the Colts to their 16th straight AFC South victory.

Texans end half on Hail Mary-TD (0:23)
Huskies knock off No. 17 Trojans (1:01)
Eichel: 'I was a little bit nervous' (2:16)
SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
12hRamona Shelburne

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.

South Carolina State confuses team for TD (1:00)
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Man nutmegs Man City academy (2:21)
15hArash 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.

5hBaxter Holmes

Kobe: Don't need to defend 'silly' ranking

Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history, said he doesn't need to defend his No. 93 ranking in ESPN's #NBArank project.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

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22hAaron Schatz

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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Lower expectations for Amari Cooper

Tristan H. Cockcroft says the Broncos cornerbacks have the advantage in the matchup vs. the Raiders. Week 5 over & underachievers (Insider)

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Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:45 p.m. ET (Rangers lead 1-0)
  • Game 2: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. ET (Astros lead 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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Johnson, Hasselbeck shine in Colts' win

40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdowns to 34-year-old Andre Johnson. There had been only three previous TD passes in NFL history in which the passer was at least 40 years old and the receiver was at least 34 (via Elias).


Klopp: I'm the Normal One

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media for the first time Friday, describing himself as the opposite of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who called himself “a special one" when he was hired.


Kurkjian: Great pitching trumps home field

Home teams are 0-4 and haven't led at any point in the postseason. Tim Kurkjian believes home-field advantage means nothing if you are facing a great starter.


ICYMI: Huskies trick play vs. Trojans
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Washington coach Chris Petersen was known for his trick plays while at Boise State and he struck again here in Washington's 17-12 upset over USC Thursday.

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Kobe: I don't need to defend No. 93 ranking

Pressed on what he thought of his spot in ESPN's NBARank project, Kobe Bryant said, "Please don't ask me about silly stuff like that." How NBARank is compiled

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Man vs. tarp ends with plastic on top

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


Something about Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck had a 92.1 Total QBR in Thursday's win over the Texans. The only 40-year old quarterback who had a better QBR with at least 20 pass attempts in the last decade is a man he used to back up: Brett Favre.

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O'Brien unsure who'll start next

For the second time this season, Bill O'Brien is considering a QB change. He hasn't decided who will start for the 1-4 Texans vs. the Jaguars next week, saying he has to watch film first. Brian Hoyer threw for 312 yards in three quarters. He's the first 300-yard passer to come off the bench since Chad Henne in 2012.

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Rangers preparing for no Beltre

Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game with a lower back strain. He's not ruled out for Game 2, but Texas is flying Joey Gallo and Ed Lucas to Toronto in case the situation turns worse. Rookie Hanser Alberto replaced Beltre in Game 1 and could start today.

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Blatter appeals 90-day provisional ban

Sepp Blatter was relieved of his duties as FIFA president Thursday after the Ethics Committee's decision but he has lodged an immediate appeal.


Howard played hurt in playoffs

Dwight Howard told SportsRadio 610 that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. He averaged 14.4 PPG and 14.4 RPG while playing 38 minutes per game in the series.

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South Carolina St. confuses team for TD
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South Carolina State faked the direction of the punt return on Bethune-Cookman, and while his teammate got laid out, Antonio Hamilton took off 82 yards for a TD.

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Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

"Back to the Future II" had the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series, and some Chicago fans are thinking this is the year to win their first title since 1908. One fan said, "[If] they win this year, I'm going to heaven."


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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Whoops! Astros won AL wild-card game

But apparently someone assumed the Yankees would be playing in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

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Sean Rodriguez apologizes to cooler

Sean Rodriguez tweeted after ferociously attacking a Gatorade cooler upon being ejected from the NL wild-card game. Part of the message was, "I also spoke to the cooler, apologized personally, and he's forgiven me as Christ forgives all."


Arian Foster takes it out on the cooler

The Texans RB was yet another athlete to take out his frustrations on a Gatorade container when he threw it to the ground before heading to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.


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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Jack Eichel is on the board! The No. 2 pick goes top shelf on the power play for the 18-year-old's first NHL goal! (Puck ?? Pierre LeBrun / Twitter)

Husky jumps over Trojan for catch
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Brayden Lenius leapt over a Trojan defender to complete this 21-yard pass from Jake Browning in the third to keep a drive alive as Washington upset No. 17 USC.

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