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3hDoug 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.

Keegan-Michael Key's perfect James Franklin imitation (2:12)
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16mMike 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.

SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
3hCalvin 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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4hMike 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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5hPeter 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.

4hArash 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)


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.

College Football 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Something about the playoffs and the Astros' Colby Rasmus are in agreement. Rasmus has not only driven in the Astros' first run in all three playoff games this postseason, he has an extra-base hit in the first six playoff games of his career, an MLB record.


'Canes' Wisniewski tears left ACL

Hurricanes D James Wisniewski will need surgery after getting hurt in Thursday's game against the Predators. The veteran Wisniewski was making his Carolina debut after splitting last season with Anaheim and Columbus.


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Brian Hoyer will be the team's starter for Jacksonville. Asked if Hoyer could be the starter for the season, O'Brien said he is looking at this as a series of one-game seasons. Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

Astros at Royals in Game 2 of ALDS

Now would be a good time for Johnny Cueto to break out of his funk (6.49 ERA in last nine starts). His Royals face a one-game deficit with fellow trade-deadline acquisition Scott Kazmir trying to make it two for the Astros. Follow live

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Puig makes Dodgers' NLDS roster

Yasiel Puig will mostly play off the bench as he continues to recover from hamstring injuries that kept him out more than two months season.


Bonus baseball in Toronto

The Rangers' Mike Napoli ripped an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie Game 2 vs. the Blue Jays at 4. Neither teams scored in the ninth, so to extra innings we go. Follow live


Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have combined for 20 TD passes with zero INTs so far this season.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Air horns, the Macarena and now this in Rams' preparation for Packers: LB Daren Bates going the method acting route to give offense a look at Clay Matthews during practice with a blonde wig and the No. 52 jersey. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on the look: "It didn't look really good on him. He battles looks anyway."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons wasn't fined for his hit on Ravens WR Steve Smith, according to the NFL. Smith suffered four micro fractures in his back.

Under Armour signs 10-year deal with Wisconsin

The agreement is worth a total of $96 million in cash and the retail value of products received. "To have the privilege to have the team run out in our gear in front of 82,000 rooting for us is a whole different proposition than any other category," said Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank. Story

Best Week 6 college football bets
College Football 

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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College Football 

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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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Reliever Brett Cecil pulls up lame after tagging out Mike Napoli in rundown after pickoff

Bullpen can't hold it for Stroman

After a rough start to the game, Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman rebounded and made it to the start of the eighth. But with Stroman out, the Rangers' Mike Napoli tied the game at 4 with an RBI single. Follow live


Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

If the Royals' offense struggles again today, maybe they can unbronze this guy and insert him in the lineup in Houston.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Mike Matheny on starting Stephen Piscotty at 1B: "Trying to take advantage of the work Stephen has done at first. . . But more important is the ability to put a Randal Grichuk in there (in RF)”

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember A.J. Green's "slow" start a couple weeks ago? The Bengals WR could end up with his most receiving yards to start a season if he gets just 77 vs. Seattle on Sunday. The most he's ever had through his first five games is 493. He has 417 entering this Week 5 game.