Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

In surrendering more than 40 points a game right now, it's not unthinkable that Kansas could challenge Louisiana-Lafayette’s 1997 defense for the ignominious FBS season record of 50.3 points allowed per game. Especially given the Jayhawks' remaining schedule includes the nation's top three scoring teams, including Baylor this weekend.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

When John Gibbons was fired as manager by the Blue Jays in midseason 2008, he was replaced by Cito Gaston, who managed the Jays to Series titles in '92 and '93. Gibbons returned in 2013; Gaston is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon.

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Thursday's MLB Postseason schedule

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price): 3:37 p.m. ET
  • Astros at Royals (Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura), 7:37 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rangers manager Jeff Banister says Martin Perez will start Game 3. "We like how he pitches. That's the short answer but it's about his body of work and how he's thrown lately and that he's primarily a ground ball guy. Plus it gives us another couple veteran arms available in the bullpen early on." Perez is 1-1 with 2.25 ERA past four starts.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

The Rangers Game 1 lineup:

FPI favors Horned Frogs over Wildcats

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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Stroman. Toronto's Game 2 pitcher, on ovation Jays players got at last night's Leafs game: "It's been unreal, the love that we've been getting from Toronto, from all of Canada has been unbelievable. I feel like we feed off that energy that the country brings us and we're excited to get out there and kind of put the country in our back and play for an entire nation. So the boys couldn't be more hyped, excited to get going here."

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Matchup of aces in Game 1

The Rangers will send Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo to the mound opposite Cy Young candidate David Price and the Blue Jays in Thursday's ALDS opener.

Cowboys speak to Hardy about comments

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke with DE Greg Hardy about his comments about returning "guns blazing," and about the wife of Tom Brady. Said Garrett: "We just addressed it immediately. That's not how we want to operate as an organization. Players and coaches in our organization understand that. We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what we say."

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Can't give you the visual, but here's the Jays lineup: Revere LF, Donaldson 3B, Bautista RF, Encarnacion DH, Tulowitzki SS, Smoak 1B, Martin C, Goins 2B, Pillar CF, Price LHP

Something in the water?

None of the top-four quarterbacks in terms of QBR are in the Eastern Time Zone. Two Pac-12 QBs lead the bunch, and USC's Cody Kessler hopes his play Thursday night will be good enough to catch Utah's Travis Wilson.

Road to the Big 12 Title

TCU and Baylor have a long road ahead of them leading into their late-season showdown. Will both the Horned Frogs and Bears make it to their matchup unscathed?

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Jays bats looming large in ALDS

Joe Peta and Andrew Lange say the matchups favor Toronto in what could be October's biggest mismatch. How to bet Rangers-Jays (Insider)

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