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Bills accuse Beckham of throwing punches

They say he did it after plays in the Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo Sunday. LB Preston Brown said, "That's what he does. He'll get away it. He's the 'golden boy' of the league. He's on the cover of Madden. Sometimes, you get away with stuff like that." (The Buffalo News)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Can a ballplayer hear boos from beyond the grave? We pose that question in light of an obituary recently published in the Newark Star-Ledger for 85-year-old Helen Fowler of Cranford, N.J. The obit included this line: "Mrs. Fowler was a former member of the Cranford First Aid squad and a lifelong Yankees fan, with the exception of Alex Rodriguez."

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Richmond joins Mullin's staff at St. John's

Two-thirds of the Warriors' Run TMC crew of the early '90s is now together at St. John's as Mitch Richmond has joined Chris Mullin's staff as a special assistant. Richmond has spent the past couple of seasons in the Kings' front office.


Player to watch: Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod revitalized his career with a 33-HR campaign in his first post-suspension action. Now he looks to get over his playoffs struggles. A-Rod's .187 slugging percentage in the playoffs since 2010 is the lowest for any player (min. 50 plate appearances).

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Jacoby Ellsbury, who is not starting tonight's wild card game, spoke to the media for 31 seconds after batting practice. Ellsbury said he told manager Joe Girardi he wants to play, but he seemed content with the manager's decision. Ellsbury is finishing the second season of a seven-year, $153 million contract.

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Which A-Rod will the Yankees get?

Will Alex Rodriguez carry New York to a memorable postseason run like he did in 2009 or struggle mightily at the plate like he did from 2010-12?

Brunell: No place in the game for punches (2:53)
Which NFC teams are passing or failing? (2:43)

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees All-Star setup man Dellin Betances struggled late in the season but that won't stop manager Joe Girardi from looking for six outs, if necessary, from his giant reliever. When I asked Girardi if he were comfortable going two innings in tonight's wild card game with Betances, Girardi said, "Absolutely."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said he chose to play Gardner over Ellsbury because of Gardner's superior numbers vs lefties. But vs. Dallas Keuchel, Gardner is 0-for-4, Ellsbury 2-for-7. Girardi: "I mulled it over for two days. I'm the one who has to live with it."


Ellsbury benched for wild-card game

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Astros. Brett Gardner will start in CF for the Yankees, with Chris Young playing LF and hitting second. Young has a .972 OPS against lefties this year and is 6-for-20 lifetime against tonight's starter Dallas Keuchel.

Harvey apologizes for missing mandatory workout (2:52)

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi benches his $153 million center fielder for tonight's one-game season against the Houston Astros tonight

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Who is the top fantasy closer?

Is it Mark Melancon of the Pirates or Jeurys Familia of the Mets? Melancon led MLB in saves, but Familia had more value to owners after being undrafted in most leagues. Fantasy awards (Insider)

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A team grows in Brooklyn

After losing stars like Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams, the Nets are struggling to find their identity. One thing is for sure -- it's going to have to be a team effort. Brooklyn's highest-ranked player in our fantasy rankings is Brook Lopez at No. 33. Top 200 fantasy rankings