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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 on Thursday night to guide the Colts past the Texans.

Texans end half on Hail Mary-TD (0:23)
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Astros keep rolling, win Game 1 in Kansas City

Collin McHugh kept Kansas City in check for six innings, and Houston walked into Kauffman Stadium and beat the defending AL champs in their ALDS opener Thursday night.

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.

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

Mickelson chips in amazing shot (0:11)
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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.

ESPN Illustration, AP Photo/Billy Hurst

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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Thursday night Week 6 curse in Pac-12?
College Football 

With unranked Washington 3 minutes from upsetting No. 17 USC as a 17-point underdog in Week 6, last season in Week 6 on a Thursday night, unranked Arizona upset No. 2 Oregon as a 23-point underdog. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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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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Hilton: 'It's always next man up' with Colts

WR T.Y. Hilton says QB Matt Hasselbeck wasn't on the practice field and was in and out of meetings, but since he's a true professional, the team rallied behind him to beat Houston.


Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Collin McHugh was outstanding. The bullpen and defense were strong. And George Springer and Colby Rasmus hit solo homers to help lead Houston to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City in Game 1 of the ALDS. The young Astros seem to be right in their element in October.

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.


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is asked who his starting quarterback is. Says they'll have to watch film and discuss.

Trojans narrow deficit to 5 over Huskies
College Football 

Ronald Jones II ran in a 1-yard TD to complete a 69-yard drive. USC went for the 2-point conversion but came up short as the No. 17 ranked team tries to come back from a 17-12 deficit on ESPN.

College Football 

Arian Foster takes it out on the cooler

The Texans RB became the latest athlete to take out his frustrations on the Gatorade cooler when he threw it to the ground before heading to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.


Astros take Game 1 of ALDS over Royals

Despite a 47-minute rain delay in the third inning, RHP Collin McHugh pitched six innings, giving up 2 ER as the Astros beat the Royals 5-2. Game 2 is Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET. Postseason results, coverage


Huskies tack on 7 against Trojans
College Football 

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.

College Football 

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.


Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

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
Box score

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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.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

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
College Football 

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.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

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
College Football 

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
College Football 

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.

College Football 

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