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5hDoug 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.

Keegan-Michael Key's perfect James Franklin imitation (2:12)

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.

2hMike Rodak

Bills' McCoy says he has Grade 2 hamstring pull

Bills RB LeSean McCoy elaborated Friday on his ongoing hamstring injury, telling reporters he has a Grade 2 pull, which the team told him is typically a three- to four-week injury.

1mTania Ganguli

Hoyer named Texans' starting QB for Week 6

Brian Hoyer is the Houston Texans' starting quarterback for the team's Week 6 game against the Jaguars. For how long he remains beyond that game is uncertain.

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Kurkjian: Five questions for Cubs-Cardinals

The Cardinals won 100 games, while the Cubs look like MLB's hottest team. The rivals meet for the first time in the playoffs, as postseason vets Jon Lester and John Lackey face off in Game 1 of the NLDS. Who has the edge?

Highlights: Spain 4-0 Luxembourg (1:39)
6hCalvin 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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7hMike 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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8hPeter 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.

6hArash 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)


Royals take lead over Astros in 7th

After Alcides Escobar led off the inning with a triple, Ben Zobrist's RBI single gave the Royals their first lead of the series. Kansas City leads 5-4 heading into the eighth as it looks to even the ALDS series at one game apiece. Follow live

Kurkjian: Blue Jays in trouble in ALDS

Toronto lost the first two games of the series and now heads to Texas, and Tim Kurkjian broke down the chances of climbing out of the hole: "When you lose the first two of a best-of-5, you're in big trouble -- when you lose them at home you're in really big trouble."


Cromartie on Beckham: 'A one-year wonder'

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie names Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson as his top-3 WRs in the NFL. As for Odell Beckham Jr.: "He's a one-year wonder. ... I need to see it on an every-game basis"


Royals make it a 1-run ballgame

With CF Lorenzo Cain stealing third on an 0-2 pitch, 1B Eric Hosmer ripped a single to center that scored Cain to cut the Astros' lead in Game 2 to 4-3 in the sixth -- and the Royals are still threatening. Follow live

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

An Elias Sports Bureau stat that caught my attention: John Lackey had a lower ERA at Busch Stadium this year (1.93) than Jake Arrieta had at Wrigley (1.97).

Ticket sales for South Carolina-LSU lagging

According to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, there have been 38,000 tickets sold for Saturday's South Carolina-LSU game that had to be moved to Baton Rouge because of flooding in Columbia. He had hoped to sell 50,000 tickets.

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Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

The game didn't start that well for rookie Hanser Alberto but it ended very well. Playing in place of injured Adrian Beltre, he made an error in the second inning that led to two unearned runs and tied the game. But he hung in there and singled home the winning run in the 14th inning of the Rangers 6-4 Game 2 victory. Texas returns home with 2-0 lead in series.

T.O.: I could play in the NFL right now

Former NFL WR Terrell Owens on Russillo & Kanell: "I outplayed the No. 1 receiver on two teams I went over to play for."


Rangers take 2-0 lead back to Texas

It took 14 innings, but the Rangers will head home up 2 games against the Blue Jays in the ALDS. Rougned Odor scored the go-ahead run on a Hanser Alberto RBI single. Box score


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.

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Rangers come through in the 14th

Rougned Odor and Chris Gimenez came around to score for Texas and broke the 4-4 tie. The Blue Jays will bat in the bottom of the 14th, behind 2 runs, looking to avoid going down 2-0 in the ALDS. Follow live


Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Hanser Alberto puts the @Rangers in front! Adrian Beltre's replacement singles in Rougned Odor in the 14th to put Texas up, 5-4.

Jays, Rangers benches clear in 13th

Rangers P Keone Kela and Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson got into a heated argument after Donaldson hit a foul ball in the 13th, leading to both benches emptying. Donaldson eventually struck out, and the game is now in the 14th.


SportsCenter @SportsCenter

99 years ago today, Red Sox & Dodgers played a 14-inning World Series game. Winning pitcher: Babe Ruth who threw 14 innings.

Houston Astros @astros

Correa stayed in the game and ended up striking out for the second out of the 5th. Rasmus now at the plate. #Astros lead 4-2.

Edwin Encarnacion almost puts game away

After a walk to Jose Bautista, Encarnación hit a fly to deep center and was really close to a walk-off homer in the 13th, but Delino DeShields made the grab at the warning track. The Rangers and Blue Jays are even at 4 going to the 14th. Texas has a 1-0 lead in the ALDS. Follow live

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Back, back, back, back... Caught. That. Was. Close. Edwin Encarnacion flies out to the wall and we're going to the 14th.