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Royals win ALDS Game 2, get even with Astros

The Royals rallied Friday, scoring twice in the sixth inning and then the winning run in the seventh on Ben Zobrist's single, to tie their ALDS with the Astros.

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6hDoug 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.

T.O.: I could play in the NFL right now (1:15)
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.

44mMike 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.

1hTania 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)
7hCalvin 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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8hMike 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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9hPeter 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.

8hArash 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)


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.


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

First 12 outs on 44 pitches for John Lackey. Doesn't get much more efficient than that.


Kurkjian: Royals 'had to win this game'

Tim Kurkjian says it was crucial that the Royals beat the Astros and evened the series up in Game 2 of the ALDS.


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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Cecil out for rest of the postseason

Toronto will be without LHP Brett Cecil for the rest of the postseason after he tore a left calf muscle during the Jays’ loss to Texas in Game 2 of the ALDS. Manager Josh Gibbons said of Cecil (2.48 ERA in 63 appearance this season): “He’s got a pretty significant tear in his calf."


Devils owner: Won't risk future to win

Josh Harris said New Jersey is starting a new era with GM Ray Shero and coach John Hynes. "We're in a hurry," Harris said. "I'm not a patient person. … I want to win but I'm not willing to sacrifice our ultimate goal, which is to be an elite team by making short-term decisions on or off the ice that will inhibit our ability to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

On the ropes not only in the game, but the series, the Royals rallied for a 5-4 victory to even the ALDS against the Astros at a game each. Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez had sixth-inning RBIs to tie it and Ben Zobrist had the go-ahead hit in the seventh. The Royals bullpen went three scoreless innings.

Royals even ALDS series at 1

Kansas City thrilled the home crowd by scoring 4 unanswered runs, ending with a Ben Zobrist RBI single in the 7th to give the Royals the lead and a 5-4 win over Houston. Game 3 will be Sunday in Texas. Box score


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.


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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Cardinals go up early vs. Cubs

The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but Matt Holliday's RBI single off Jon Lester to score Stephen Piscotty in the bottom of the frame has the Cards up 1-0 heading into the second. Follow live


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 1-0 in Game 1
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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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"


Best Week 6 college football bets
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ESPN Chalk's Will Harris thinks Washington State is well-equipped to take advantage of the porous Oregon secondary. The Cougars lost by just a touchdown last season. More picks (Insider)

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Seahawks without Lynch again

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia says Seattle is taking the cautious approach with Marshawn Lynch and by sitting him another week are hoping he'll be ready to go the following week vs. Carolina.


Cubs at Cardinals in Game 1 of NLDS

The Cubs' reward for their euphoric NL wild-card win over the Pirates? A series with MLB's only 100-win team. Former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey meet on the mound. Follow live

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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."