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Follow live: Blue Jays cut into Rangers' lead with Encarnacion RBI

Adrian Beltre has left the game with an apparent injury after helping Texas grab the lead.

7mRamona Shelburne

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.

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Man nutmegs Man City academy (2:21)
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3hVaughn McClure

White has 'good' talk with Falcons coach on role

Roddy White, who was away from the team Wednesday as his mother underwent surgery, rejoined his teammates Thursday and had a cordial conversation with Falcons coach Dan Quinn about his role.

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1mAdam Schefter and Chris Mortensen

Mort & Schefter: Andrew Luck's injury no accident

Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter discuss the Colts' brutal offensive line, remind fans not to give up on 1-3 teams and debate Kaepernick vs. Dalton in this week's Six Points.

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6hAaron 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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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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Tolkin: There will be professional rugby in America (0:51)


Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Rougned Odor got plunked up high after his knee connected with Josh Donaldson's head.

ESPNW: Hardy news conference a 'disaster'

Greg Hardy was brought to Dallas after a conviction and procedural dismissal for, among other things, allegedly throwing his girlfriend on a futon covered in assault rifles and threatening to kill her. He told assembled media Wednesday he planned to come out "guns blazing" and discussed the relative hotness of Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen. Will NFL ever change?

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Blue Jays get on board, cut lead in half

A swinging bunt from Edwin Encarnacion went to Adrian Beltre's replacement (Beltre left with a back injury in the 3rd) Hanser Alberto. Alberto couldn't make the barehanded play and the Rangers' lead was cut to 2-1. Follow live

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Jake Marisnick is playing CF and batting 9th for Astros in ALDS Game 1. Carlos Gomez is out with oblique injury. Manager A.J. Hinch says Gomez is available off the bench tonight and might start Game 2.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Terrance Gore got the call over Jonny Gomes when the Royals' ALDS roster was released Thursday in advance of the series opener against the Astros. With Gore, KC is sticking with the speed element that served it so well last postseason.

Ireland knocks off Germany in qualifying

Shane Long led Ireland to a stunning victory over the reigning World Cup champion with this 70th minute goal. Ireland is tied with Poland for second in Group D, and they will meet on Oct. 11 for an automatic spot in the Euros.


Beltre a big loss for Rangers

Adrian Beltre, who left the game in the 3rd inning with lower back stiffness, has 18 defensive runs saved, which was tied for first with Nolan Arenado for the most among third basemen. The Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-0 in the Game 1 of the ALDS in the 4th inning. Follow live


Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Berry can't get enough of the rookie who ran all over the Cardinals a week ago. With the Packers on the docket, who allow the third-most yards before contact and yards per rush, Todd Gurley could go off on Sunday. Love/Hate Week 5

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Portugal books spot in Euro 2016

All Portugal needed was a draw against Denmark, but Joao Moutinho did one better to send his side to a 1-0 victory. Match stats



Robert Lewandowski (of course) with the equaliser in injury time. Scotland fail to qualify for #Euro2016.

Texas Rangers @Rangers

Injury Update on Beltre: He left the game with low back stiffness. He's being further evaluated.

Northern Ireland clinches Euro 2016 bid

With its 3-1 win over Greece, Northern Ireland reached its first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup. Euro qualifying scores


Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre singled in run but his back hurting him so much he hobbled to first and was crying when trainer later checked on him. He left game and is replaced by rookie Hanser Alberto.

Barnes downplays Fisher confrontation

The Grizzlies forward gave his version of the story with Derek Fisher. Ryen Russillo doesn't know what to believe.


Beltre comes out of game

Adrian Beltre has left Game 1 of the ALDS in the 3rd inning with an apparent injury. Hanser Alberto came in for him at third base. The Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-0. Follow live


Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


Ireland grabs lead over Germany

Substitute Shane Long hammered a shot past Germany's Manuel Neuer to put Ireland ahead 1-0 in the 70th minute. Ireland is unbeaten at home during qualifying (2-0-2). Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Rangers score first in ALDS Game 1

Delino DeShields hit an RBI single to bring in Rougned Odor. That was the first hit Blue Jays David Price gave up, although he walked 2 in the first inning. Follow live


GOAL, Ireland! A beautiful goal from Shane Long! Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

Moutinho puts Portugal on brink of Euros

João Moutinho curled a shot around the keeper to open the scoring against Denmark. Portugal clinches a Euro 2016 berth with a win or draw. Live on WatchESPN