Fantasy football: Berry's Love/Hate for Week 5

Matthew Berry dishes out his player advice for Week 5 lineup-setting, and laments the existence of the fantasy snob.

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8hDoug 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.

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Wells: Hasselbeck up to 'old' tricks in Colts' win

Yes, Matt Hasselbeck is 40. But Andrew Luck's replacement threw a pair of touchdowns to Andre Johnson in Houston on Thursday night to guide the Colts to their 16th straight AFC South victory.

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Eichel: 'I was a little bit nervous' (2:16)
Huskies knock off No. 17 Trojans (1:01)
SVP's One Big Thing: Soccer's relevance in the United States (2:08)
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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.

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13hRamona 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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16hArash 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.

1mBaxter Holmes

Kobe: Don't need to defend 'silly' ranking

Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history, said he doesn't need to defend his No. 93 ranking in ESPN's #NBArank project.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

Mickelson chips in amazing shot (0:11)
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23hAaron 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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ICYMI: Huskies trick play vs. Trojans
College Football 

Washington coach Chris Petersen was known for his trick plays while at Boise State and he struck again here in Washington's 17-12 upset over USC Thursday.

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Man vs. tarp ends with plastic on top

A Royals grounds crew member tripped during the rain delay -- and the tarp showed no mercy in running him over.


Early road success looms large in LDS

  • When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
  • Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
    • (via Elias Sports Bureau)

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Donaldson + Bautista are playing today

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson (head) and OF Jose Bautista (hamstring) both left Game 1 early with injuries, but both return to the lineup vs. the Rangers for Game 2. The duo combined for 81 regular season homers.


Howard played hurt in playoffs

Dwight Howard told SportsRadio 610 that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. He averaged 14.4 PPG and 14.4 RPG while playing 38 minutes per game in the series.

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Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

"Back to the Future II" had the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series, and some Chicago fans are thinking this is the year to win their first title since 1908. One fan said, "[If] they win this year, I'm going to heaven."


Adrian Beltre not in Rangers' lineup

Beltre's name is not on Texas' lineup card for Game 2, a day after the Rangers 3B left the team's Game 1 win early with a back strain. Hanser Alberto replaces Beltre at third for the 12:45 p.m. ET start.


The Mag: Is Jared Goff the next Aaron Rodgers?
College Football 

"I've heard people say he's better than Aaron Rodgers at this stage," says Washington assistant Bob Gregory who was Cal's defensive coordinator during the Rodgers era. "I don't know about that, but I do know he's really good." Searching for Rodgers

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College Football 

ICYMI: Jack Eichel scores 1st goal in loss

The 2015 No. 2 overall pick tallied his first career goal as an NHL player, but it wasn't enough as the Sabres fell to the Senators 3-1.


Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

Want to feel old? When Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin made their NHL debut - Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were 8 years old..

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre is not in Rangers starting lineup for Game 2. Rookie Hanser Alberto playing third and batting ninth in his place.

Bizarre Mickelson gaffe at Presidents Cup

Phil Mickelson was penalized for using a different type of golf ball but still was able to bounce back and halve his Presidents Cup match. The U.S. lead is just one point after the day's action.


Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Phil Mickelson spittin' fire: "I feel like we spotted the Internationals' best team two holes and they still couldn't beat us. Just saying."

Photo sums up childhood sports failure

The moment you become absolutely certain that you'll never make it to the majors.

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Longoria shares strange Maddon story

Rays 3B Evan Longoria identified the weirdest clubhouse moment with former Rays coach and current Cubs coach Joe Maddon. It involves a Mariachi band and his locker.


Did this pitch invader cost Scotland?

Poland's Robert Lewandowski notched a last-minute, game-tying goal in this Euro qualifying match Thursday -- but was it only possible because of a pitch invader delaying play?


Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:45 p.m. ET (Rangers lead 1-0)
  • Game 2: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. ET (Astros lead 1-0)
  • Game 1: Cubs at Cardinals, 6:45 p.m. ET
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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ICYMI: Sean Rodriguez apologizes to cooler

Sean Rodriguez tweeted after ferociously attacking a Gatorade cooler upon being ejected from the NL wild-card game. Part of the message was, "I also spoke to the cooler, apologized personally, and he's forgiven me as Christ forgives all."


Arian Foster takes it out on the cooler

The Texans RB was yet another athlete to take out his frustrations on a Gatorade container when he threw it to the ground before heading to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.


Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his past 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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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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OTD: Breaking barriers

On this day in 1989, Art Shell became the first black coach in the modern NFL and the first since Fritz Pollard in the 1920s. Also on this day in 1974, Frank Robinson was hired as the Indians manager, becoming the first black manager of an MLB team.


Jaws: Eli Manning, Giants looking great

ESPN's Ron Jaworski watched New York's Week 4 win vs. the Bills and was impressed enough to make a bold proclamation about the team.


Ex-player saw strippers in dorm '1 or 2 times'

A former Louisville men's basketball player confirmed an earlier report that strippers visited a dorm "one or two times," but said nothing more than dancing transpired. The school is investigating allegations made in a book that a former staff member paid women to strip and have sex with players and recruits. Story

To beat LeBron, don't wear his shoes

King James says he finds a mental advantage over his opponents who wear his LeBron shoes, something he first saw Michael Jordan do. Inspired by MJ

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