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10mDoug 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.

Texans end half on Hail Mary TD (0:23)
Huskies knock off No. 17 Trojans (1:01)
SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
39mCalvin 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.

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2hMike 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.

South Carolina State confuses team for TD (1:00)
Stephen A. goes off on Skip about Kobe (3:42)
Man nutmegs Man City academy (2:21)
1hArash 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.

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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 in Houston on Thursday night to guide the Colts to their 16th straight AFC South victory.

4hBaxter Holmes

Kobe: Don't need to defend 'silly' ranking

Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history, said he doesn't need to defend his No. 93 ranking in ESPN's #NBArank project.

Mickelson chips in amazing shot (0:11)
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1dAaron 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.

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SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in U.S.

Scott Van Pelt explained why Thursday's European qualifying results were so interesting and worthy of being shown on SportsCenter.


Blue Jays tie it up at 3

An error from Rangers 3B Hanser Alberto -- in for the injured Adrian Beltre -- started off the bottom of the second, and the Jays capitalized with an RBI hit from Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar's groundout. Follow live

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Playing in place of Adrian Beltre, Hanser Alberto drove in a run with a sac fly, though Rougned Odor's slide home was probably more of a factor than the short fly. But Alberto also made an error to start Blue Jays rally in bottom of second to tie game 3-3.

What's up with Houston's defense?

A season ago, the Texans' defense was able to sack the quarterback on 7.4 percent of dropbacks without blitzing, which was the 2nd-best rate in the league. This year, they're sacking quarterbacks on just 1.2 percent of their non-blitz dropbacks (31st in the NFL).

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney briefly exited Thursday's game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. On Friday he wore a walking boot on his right foot. It's not clear if the injury is serious, but Clowney did return to the game afterward. He played 52 percent of the Texans defensive snaps.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says he has a Grade 2 pull of his hamstring and team told him after Week 3 (at MIA) that it's a 3-4 week injury.

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. Spolier: It's bizarre.


Grantland: September's miserable plays
College Football 

South Carolina made an appearance for a two-point conversion attempt gone horribly wrong. Top 10

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Blue Jays respond in bottom of 1st

Jays 3B Josh Donaldson appears to be just fine after being kneed in the head in Thurday's game -- he homered off Rangers ace Cole Hamels to cut into the Rangers' lead 2-1 in the first. Follow live

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his past 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

You won't see that every day. Jays first baseman Chris Colabello pulls off unassisted DP by personally tagging out Prince Fielder 'tween 3d and home

Blue Jays with rough first inning

The Rangers jumped all over Jays RHP Marcus Stroman early with three hits, and a throwing error from Jays catcher Russell Martin put Texas up 2-0 early. But a heads-up double play from 1B Chris Colabello got Toronto out of what could've been a more disastrous inning. Follow live


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Things aren't looking good for the Blue Jays. With Shin-Soo Choo caught in a rundown, Russell Martin's throwing error allows him to score.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the Bills for Sunday's game vs. Titans.

Update: Mariners fire Lloyd McClendon

The Mariners manager was fired today. Seattle had not made the playoffs in McClendon's two years there, going 87-75 his first year -- missing the postseason by one game -- and 76-86 this season.

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Rangers at Blue Jays in Game 2 of ALDS

Toronto dropped the opener 5-3, and to avoid a two-game deficit it must beat Rangers ace Cole Hamels. Jays SP Marcus Stroman only made four regular-season starts this season (ACL recovery) but had a 1.67 ERA. Follow live

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His & Hers calls for justice for Sefolosha

Michael Smith is pleased with today's acquittal of the Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha but says: "I can't help feel like justice has not been fully served here."


Kobe: I don't need to defend No. 93 ranking

Pressed on what he thought of his spot in ESPN's NBARank project, Kobe Bryant said, "Please don't ask me about silly stuff like that." How NBARank is compiled

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Cal QB Jared Goff leads his No. 23 Golden Bears to Salt Lake City for a clash of the undefeateds against No. 5 Utah. See where to catch all the big games in Saturday Slate in Friday's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, on Johnny Cueto starting a must-win game Friday after KC lost the ALDS opener: "This is why we got him."

Rangers in good spot with Hamels going

Texas has won each of Cole Hamels' last 10 starts. He'll take the mound in Game 2 against Toronto's Marcus Stroman who is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA this season.

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Early road success looms large in LDS

  • When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
  • Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
    • (via Elias Sports Bureau)

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