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Hoyer's heroics come up short in loss to Colts

Brian Hoyer threw for over 300 yards and two TDs in relief of Ryan Mallett, but a late interception led to a loss to Indy. Andre Johnson caught a pair of TDs in his return to Houston.

Texans end half on Hail Mary-TD (0:23)
Trick play puts Huskies up on Trojans (1:23)
Eichel scores first professional goal in loss (0:54)
South Carolina State confuses team for TD (1:00)
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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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13hAaron 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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Huskies tack on 7 against Trojans
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Myles Gaskin capped off a 50-yard drive with a 1-yard rush TD to punch in another 7 points. Washington leads USC 17-6 midway through the fourth quarter on ESPN.

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Bautista: 'I should be ready to go' Friday

Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista left Thursday's loss in the ninth with a hamstring cramp, but he said he should be good for Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Rangers on Friday.


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USC in danger of losing consecutive home games for 1st time since Pete Carroll’s 1st year in 2001 when Trojans went 6-6

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

The Astros look right at home at spacious Kauffman Stadium with their team speed and excellent outfield defense. Those home runs by George Springer and Colby Rasmus were a bonus tonight. But that's the way A.J. Hinch's lineup rolls.

Final: Colts 27, Texans 20

  • Matt Hasselbeck - 18/29, 213 yards, 2 TDs
  • Frank Gore - 22 carries, 98 yards 1 TD
  • Andre Johnson - 6 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs
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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston just put the finishing touches on a 49-28 win over SMU to improve to 5-0. The Coogs could be inching closer to the top 25 if they keep rolling. QB Greg Ward had an impressive night: 16-of-18 passing, 243 yards, 82 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs. Definitely one of the best players in the Group of 5 conferences.

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WHAT A PLAY!! Hasselbeck finds T.Y. Hilton down the sideline for a 43-yard completion to seal the game for Indianapolis.

Huskies try to jump over Trojans for upset
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Brayden Lenius lept over a Trojans player to complete this 21-yard pass from Jake Browning in the third as Washington holds a narrow 10-6 lead over USC through three quarters on ESPN.

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Houston Astros @astros

And Perez gets Hosmer to pop out to Valbuena in foul territory. That was huge! #Astros take a 5-2 lead to the 9th inning in KC.

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INTERCEPTION! Hoyer gets clobbered right as he launches a pass downfield. Colts ball, up 7, under 2 minutes left.

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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Ward runs for another TD
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Greg Ward Jr. now has 11 rushing touchdowns this season, tied with Leonard Fournette for the FBS lead. Ward had 8 rushing TDs in the previous 2 seasons combined. Houston leads SMU 49-21 in the fourth on ESPN2.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus is warming to October. He's one of 5 players to record an extra base hit in each of his first 5 postseason games. Nelson Cruz was the last to do it, in 2010.

Trick play puts Huskies up on Trojans
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After a fumble recovery, Jake Browning threw a lateral to Marvin Hall on a bubble screen, who instead tossed it downfield to Joshua Perkins for a 27-yard TD that put Washington up 10-6 over USC on ESPN.

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Colby Rasmus hits second postseason HR

The Astros LF went deep in the wild-card game, and he just gave his team insurance with a solo shot to build Houston's lead to 5-2 over Kansas City in the eighth. Rasmus is the first Astro to homer in his team's first two games of a single postseason. Follow live

South Carolina St. confuses team for TD
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South Carolina State faked 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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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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Adrian Beltre is day-to-day

The Rangers 3B left Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays after straining his back. Said GM Jon Daniels: "We haven't ruled him out of tomorrow's game. It doesn't appear to be a more than a back strain. He's still pretty sore."


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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Jack Eichel scores first pro goal in loss

The 2015 No. 2 overall pick tallied his first career goal as an NHL player, but it wasn't enough as the Sabres fell to the Senators 3-1.


Houston takes a 2-touchdown lead
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Greg Ward Jr. ran for a 10-yard TD, his second straight game with 3 rushing TDs. The Cougars lead the Mustangs 35-21 in the third on ESPN2.

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