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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.

3hRamona 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.

Stephen A. goes off on Skip about Kobe (3:42)
Man nutmegs Man City academy (2:21)
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.

27mVaughn McClure

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.

Mickelson chips in amazing shot (0:11)
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3hAdam Schefter and Chris Mortensen

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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9hAaron 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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Houston hosts SMU
College Football 

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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Rangers take Game 1 from Blue Jays

The Rangers tagged David Price for five earned runs over seven innings en route to picking up the 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the ALDS. Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista all left the game with injuries.


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The JJ Watt game of catch in progress.

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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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans inactives: WR Cecil Shorts, WR Nate Washington, LB Akeem Dent, S Quintin Demps, G Greg Mancz, RB Jonathan Grimes and LB Kourtnei Brown

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck will start for the second straight week Colts inactives: QB Andrew Luck, RB Tyler Varga, LB Jerrell Freeman, G Lance Louis, DL T.Y. McGill, OT Denzell Good, LB Bjoern Werner

Astros struggle on the road

The Astros face the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Game 1 of the ALDS tonight, but Houston has been better on the road: Their 33-48 away record is seventh-worst in MLB, and they're 12-22 on the road after the All-Star Break (fourth-worst).

Hasselbeck needs balance against Texans

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski joins NFL Live, explaining that Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck will have a chance against Houston if the Indy offense can find a better balance.


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets star Dwight Howard here pregame for the Texans vs Colts.