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3hDoug 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.


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.

Keegan-Michael Key's perfect James Franklin imitation (2:12)
29mMike 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.

SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
Highlights: Spain 4-0 Luxembourg (1:39)
4hCalvin 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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5hMike 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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6hPeter 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.

4hArash 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)


Another Colby jack for the Astros

Another postseason game, another home run for Astros LF Colby Rasmus. His third HR of the postseason -- including the AL wild-card game -- has the Astros up 4-1 in the third. Follow live

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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Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Now: Blue Jays tied with Rangers 4-4 in Game 2 (Rangers lead series 1-0)
  • Now: Astros lead Royals 4-1 in Game 2 (Astros lead series 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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Hoyer reclaims Texans' starting QB job

Brian Hoyer will start next week's game against the Jaguars after throwing for 312 yards and two TDs in relief of Ryan Mallett on Thursday. However, Hoyer's long-term prospects are up in the air, as head coach Bill O'Brien said, "I think it's 11 one-game seasons."


Salvador Perez cuts into Astros' lead

With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the second, the Royals catcher Salvador Perez still got some offense going by taking Scott Kazmir deep to left to make it 3-1 Astros in Game 2 of the ALDS. Follow live

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Scott Kazmir has "short leash" written all over him today. He posted a 6.52 ERA in September, while allowing 52 batters to reach by hit or walk in 29 innings. The Astros also have Mike Fiers available in long relief. But if Kazmir can handle KC's lefties, he greatly improves his chances of sticking around a while.

Blue Jays-Rangers still 4-4 in the 12th

Both bullpens have taken over as the only run since the fifth inning was Mike Napoli's game-tying RBI single in the eighth for the Rangers. The Blue Jays need this one to avoid a two-game deficit. Follow live


Players already ruled out for Week 5

Be sure you have replacements on your fantasy team for these players who will not be playing Sunday:

  • Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
  • Bills RB LeSean McCoy
  • Bills RB Karlos Williams
  • Jaguars WR Marqise Lee
  • Lions RB Joique Bell

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Springer brings in 2 to lengthen lead

With the bases loaded and one out, RF George Springer hit a bloop single into left off Royals RHP Johnny Cueto to build the Astros' lead in Game 2 of the ALDS to 3-0. Follow live

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have ruled RB Marshawn Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Bengals with a hamstring injury. The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering Lynch was a limited practice participant Thursday. It's the first time since Lynch joined the Seahawks that he'll miss back to back games. Expect Thomas Rawls to carry the load against Cincinnati.

Colbert: Cubs are going to win it all

Stephen Colbert has had enough of the Curse of the Billy Goat and boldly guaranteed the Cubs will win the World Series: "I can safely say without any fear of jinxing it -- they're going all the way!"


T-Rex trains for 'American Ninja Warrior'

If you're wondering what a T-Rex would look like training for "American Ninja Warrior" then, well, here you go. Spoiler: It's bizarre.


Baylor tight end, meet Mario Balotelli

LaQuan McGowan struggling to put his pads became a viral video recently. But we're here to remind you that Italian soccer star Balotelli once went through a similar ordeal.


Marshawn Lynch to miss 2nd straight game

A hamstring injury will keep the Seahawks' star RB out of Sunday's game against the Bengals. Lynch also missed Monday night's game against the Lions.


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.

College Football 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Something about the playoffs and the Astros' Colby Rasmus are in agreement. Rasmus has not only driven in the Astros' first run in all three playoff games this postseason, he has an extra-base hit in the first six playoff games of his career, an MLB record.

'Canes' Wisniewski tears left ACL

Hurricanes D James Wisniewski will need surgery after getting hurt in Thursday's game against the Predators. The veteran Wisniewski was making his Carolina debut after splitting last season with Anaheim and Columbus.


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Brian Hoyer will be the team's starter for Jacksonville. Asked if Hoyer could be the starter for the season, O'Brien said he is looking at this as a series of one-game seasons. Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.