Tuesday's Top 5 discusses the Chicago Cubs clinching a playoff series at Wrigley Field for the first time and Clayton Kershaw's clutch performance.
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Bryant leaves preseason game vs. Kings
Kobe Bryant got kneed in the calf in the third and will not return tonight due to a lower-left leg contusion.
Clayton Kershaw overpowered his postseason demons, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets to force Game 5 in NLDS.
Sarkisian learned of firing via friends' e-mails
A source tells ESPN's Joe Schad that Steve Sarkisian was en route to a rehab facility when USC AD Pat Haden called to fire him, and that he learned of news of his termination via texts and e-mails from friends expressing sympathy.
Kershaw clutch when team needs him most
Clayton Kershaw is the first pitcher to go at least 7 innings on 3 days rest and win in a game in which his team could have been eliminated from the postseason since the Pirates' Tim Wakefield did it 23 years ago today against the Braves.
Clayton Kershaw ended his five-game postseason skid with seven brilliant innings while pitching on three days' rest and the Dodgers beat the Mets 3-1 Tuesday night to force a deciding Game 5.
Oregon and the Arizona schools look primed to see their recruiting stock climb due to the turmoil surrounding USC.
Kershaw, Dodgers force Game 5 in NLDS
Clayton Kershaw tossed 7 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight, and the Dodgers posted a three-run third to hold off the Mets 3-1 at Citi Field. The series shifts back to L.A. for a decisive Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, where Zack Greinke will square off vs. Jacob deGrom Box score
The Lakers coach, who says a 4-pointer could be set three or four feet beyond the current arc, also seems to be warming up to the 3-point shot.
Jansen, Dodgers get out of the jam
The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs, but Kenley Jansen got Daniel Murphy to fly out to end the eighth inning and quiet the Citi Field crowd. The Dodgers still lead 3-1 heading to the 9th. Follow live
Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious Tuesday at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.
Former NBA star Odom hospitalized
Lamar Odom was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel. The Nye County Sheriff's office says Odom was stabilized at the scene and taken to Desert View Hospital. He was treated there by doctors, then transferred to a hospital in Las Vegas. Story
Ronda Rousey's mother, Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, spoke out publicly against her daughter's head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, calling him a "bad person" and "terrible coach."
Colon does his job, hands off to Clippard
Bartolo Colon struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings of relief. In the eighth, the Mets turned to Tyler Clippard, who recorded a 1-2-3 inning. But the Dodgers still lead 3-1. Follow live
Kershaw looking good through 5
Daniel Murphy's homer is the only blemish on Clayton Kershaw's start in Game 4 as the lefty has fanned six through 5 innings. The Dodgers lead the Mets 3-1 in the sixth. Follow live
Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
Justin Turner's four doubles in this series are the most ever for a Dodger in a postseason series. Turner, as of the fifth inning, was 7-for-14 in the series against his former team. The Mets non-tendered Turner in the winter of 2013 and the Dodgers, on the recommendation of coach Tim Wallach, signed him to a minor-league deal.
There goes Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter
Daniel Murphy rocked a HR for the Mets' first hit of the game in the fourth to cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. Citi Field is back on its feet. Follow live
Kershaw keeps Mets' bats quiet ... for now
While Mets starter Steven Matz struggled in the third inning, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw maintained a no-hitter through three to go along with two strikeouts and a walk. Follow live
Opportunity amid chaos for Kessler
Our Brock Huard says USC quarterback Cody Kessler can prove a great deal to NFL scouts by how he handles the rest of what has been a disastrous season for the Trojans. Huard's top 10 (Insider)
Dodgers jump out to lead in must-win Gm. 4
Mets starter Steven Matz cruised through the first two innings, but surrendered his first runs of the game in the third on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI blooper and Justin Turner's 2-RBI double down the left-field line. The Dodgers lead 3-0 in front of a quiet Citi Field crowd. Follow live
Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Byron Scott said they want to "up the ante" with Kobe Bryant's minutes a bit vs. Sacramento tonight. Might go above 22.