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Cardinals come on strong, win Game 1 of NLDS

John Lackey pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings and the Cardinals hit a pair of HRs in the eighth inning to pull away from the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS.

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Cromartie calls Beckham a 'one-year wonder'

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie added fuel to the New York rivalry when he explained why he thinks Giants star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is a "one-year wonder."

Seahawks without Lynch for second-straight game (2:23)
T.O.: I could play in the NFL right now (1:15)
Keegan-Michael Key's perfect James Franklin imitation (2:12)
3hMike 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.

Cromartie on O.B.J.: 'One-year wonder' (1:50)
3hTania 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.

Highlights: Spain 4-0 Luxembourg (1:39)
Mickelson redeems his team with an eagle (0:18)
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10hMike 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)
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11hPeter 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.

10hArash 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.


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.

Behind the scenes with the USA Eagles (3:56)


Piscotty: 'It was a lot of fun'

Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty, who hit a HR in Game 1, marveled over John Lackey's start and credits his coaches for getting him prepared for the spotlight of the postseason.


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A perennial sight: opposing third baseman with an extended at-bat versus Kershaw. 12 pitches for Wright.

History against Cubs after losing Game 1

The Cubs have lost Game 1 of a postseason series 12 times in team history after falling to the Cardinals tonight. They never rallied to win the series in any of the 11 previous series.


Mets at Dodgers in Game 1 of NLDS

Tonight's final game also features the best pitching matchup as back-to-back Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 301 K's) faces Mets emerging ace Jacob deGrom (2.56 ERA).

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Kershaw still seeking playoff success

Clayton Kershaw's career postseason ERA is 2.69 worse than his regular season mark. The only active pitcher with a worse margin with at least 5 postseason starts is Jake Peavy (via Elias).


Tavares scores first Isles' goal in Brooklyn

Not surprisingly, John Tavares scored the Islanders' first goal in their new home at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They are tied with the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks 2-2 in the third period. Box score


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Cubs-Cardinals have met 2,363 times in the regular season. Tonight was their 1st postseason matchup since St. Louis moved to the NL in 1892.

Va. Tech leads NC State at halftime
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Brenden Motley tossed 3 TDs in the first half, and Isaiah Ford caught all them, including this short one before half to give the Hokies a 21-10 lead over the Wolfpack on ESPN.

College Football 

Beal welcomes Porzingis to NBA

Wizards G Bradley Beal drives past Knicks rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis for a one-handed jam.


Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Phil Mickelson is most entertaining part of this week. And it's not close. Rules violation, handshakes, belly rubs, callouts. Just saying.

Cardinals, Lackey shut out Cubs in Game 1

John Lackey held the Cubs to just two hits over 7 1/3 innings to outduel Jon Lester, and Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham homered as the Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS with a 4-0 win. Box score


Bedoya to miss match vs. Mexico

Alejandro Bedoya, who has become a regular among the starters for the USMNT, will not be among the roster for the match vs. Mexico on Saturday for a spot in the Confederations Cup. Bedoya is dealing with an illness and will be replaced by Bobby Wood on the roster.

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Howard: Losing isn't our mindset

USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard says he doesn't know whether he's starting vs. Mexico on Saturday night, but believes his mindset is in the right place.


Prince goes face down

The celebration of winning Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off great for Prince Fielder, his attempt to climb the dugout fence ended with him tumbling to the ground.


Rookies power Cardinals in 8th inning

Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered in the 8th to extend St. Louis' lead to 4-0. It's the second straight postseason the Cardinals have had two rookies homer in the same game. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras did it last year. Follow live


Key from 'Key & Peele' is James Franklin
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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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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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Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Rangers beat Blue Jays 6-4 to take 2-0 series lead
  • Now: Royals lead Astros 5-4 in Game 2 (Astros lead series 1-0)
  • Now: Cardinals lead Cubs 4-0 in Game 1
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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Cardinals are showing why they won 100 games this year. Rookie Stephen Piscotty hits a 2-run HR. Cardinals lead, 4-0.