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‘We’re going to the World Series’: Altuve, Astros feast on the big moments

5:21 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” HOUSTON — Adjacent to the smoky, boozy hazmat area that was the Houston Astros‘ clubhouse is a dining room of a culinarian’s dreams. Walls of food, drink, anything to sate a player’s […]

Georgia Southern-CCU dancing leads to penalties

1:13 AM ET Who doesn’t love some good dancing? Apparently the referees in the Georgia Southern–Coastal Carolina game. The two teams played each other Saturday, and in between the third and fourth quarters, the referees issued unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to the entire benches of both teams for dancing and jumping around to the song “Mo […]

Gvozdyk still in hospital as ‘precaution’ after loss

10:24 PM ET Former light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will remain at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for a second straight night, trainer Teddy Atlas told ESPN on Saturday night. Gvozdyk lost the lineal 175-pound title and his sanctioning organization belt by 10th-round technical knockout to Artur Beterbiev in an action-packed unification fight on […]

No doubter: Altuve wins MVP after walk-off blast

12:30 AM ET Jose Altuve‘s walk-off home run sent the Houston Astros to the World Series on Saturday night and also clinched the AL Championship Series MVP for the veteran second baseman. Altuve’s two-run shot to left-center field with two outs in the ninth inning off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman gave the Astros […]

High ankle sprain forces Tua out of Alabama win

11:16 PM ET TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high right ankle sprain during Saturday night’s 35-13 win over Tennessee, and coach Nick Saban told ESPN’s Molly McGrath that he will “probably be out for a week or two.” Tennessee defensive tackle Greg Emerson sacked Tagovailoa for a 5-yard loss at the […]

Heat suspend Waiters for opener over conduct

12:06 AM ET ESPN News Services MIAMI — Shooting guard Dion Waiters has been suspended by the Miami Heat for their season opener against Memphis on Wednesday night for what was described as “conduct detrimental to the team.” “There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench […]

New OT rules debut in Hokies’ 6OT win vs. UNC

8:22 PM ET Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. — Fans who attended the Virginia Tech-North Carolina game certainly got their money’s worth Saturday evening. The Hokies themselves actually got much, much more. In a game that took six overtimes and more than four hours to play, Virginia Tech finally put away the Tar Heels when third-team […]

Badgers to regroup after ‘signature win’ for Illini

6:07 PM ET CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wisconsin hadn’t trailed all season. The Badgers hadn’t allowed a first-half touchdown all season. Heisman Trophy contender Jonathan Taylor hadn’t lost a fumble all season. The sixth-ranked Badgers hadn’t lost a game, either. They had five wins by 21 points or more and four shutouts. All that remained between […]

Mayfield, Matthews each fined for criticizing refs

4:02 PM ET The NFL has dished out fines to multiple players who criticized the officiating in last weekend’s slate of games. Among those fined were Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Clay Matthews and Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker, who each were docked $12,500. Mayfield was fined for comments he made […]

Muschamp: Official ‘gutless’ for long-distance flag

5:38 PM ET South Carolina coach Will Muschamp sidestepped several questions about the officiating during his team’s 38-27 loss to No. 9 Florida on Saturday. But Muschamp couldn’t help but answer when asked about an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received with about four minutes to go, after he passionately argued with officials on the sideline […]

Peacock, Green to open Game 6; Stanton sits

4:43 PM ET ESPN News Services The Astros will open Game 6 of the AL Championship Series Saturday night with right-hander Brad Peacock on the mound, while the New York Yankees will counter with righty Chad Green in a matchup of bullpens in Houston. The Astros lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2. Giancarlo Stanton is not […]

Auburn sets PAT record; streak ends on next kick

3:33 PM ET Auburn’s impeccable timing beat its NCAA-record kicking on Saturday. Not long after setting the FBS record for the most consecutive made extra points with 303 — and naturally celebrating it on Twitter with an emoji and exclamation point — Auburn missed the following PAT. “We’re a kicking school,” one fan tweeted before […]

Brady upset Netflix cameo seen as shot at Kraft

3:36 PM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady explained his cameo appearance in the new Netflix comedy series “Living With Yourself,” expressing disgust Saturday with those who thought he was taking a shot at owner Robert Kraft. The show stars actor Paul Rudd, who plays a depressed character who undergoes a […]

Team quits FA Cup match over racism toward GK

12:29 PM ET Haringey Borough’s fourth-round FA Cup qualifying fixture against Yeovil was abandoned on Saturday after the home side walked off the pitch following racist abuse aimed at their goalkeeper by away supporters. Haringey goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat told BT Sport that he had been racially abused by fans, and that they had thrown […]

McGregor denies second sexual assault allegation

1:05 PM ET ESPN News Services A publicist for Conor McGregor has denied a second reported allegation of sexual assault against the UFC star. The New York Times reported Saturday that a woman had accused McGregor of sexually assaulting her last week in a vehicle outside a Dublin pub. McGregor has not spoken with police […]

Wisconsin’s Taylor 4th to 5,000 yards as junior

12:15 PM ET CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor on Saturday became only the third player in FBS history to reach 5,000 rushing yards before the end of his junior season — and the fastest to reach the milestone. Taylor eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark on a 16-yard carry on the first place from […]

Wisconsin’s Taylor 3rd to 5,000 yards as junior

12:15 PM ET CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor on Saturday became only the third player in FBS history to reach 5,000 rushing yards before the end of his junior season — and the fastest to reach the milestone. Taylor eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark on a 16-yard carry on the first place from […]

MLB Playoffs Daily: Astros, Yankees race back to Houston

8:00 AM ET On the edge of elimination, a game away from having to say, “Wait ’til next year,” the New York Yankees have forced a Game 6 in the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. And now, anybody who had their World Series plans already mapped out might just need to wait […]

Fantasy fallout: Good time to buy low on Chargers offense

6:00 AM ET Hunter Henry’s ownership nearly doubled this week in ESPN fantasy leagues after he caught eight passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in his return from a knee injury. And if your league is part of the 10% in which the tight end remains unowned, you should probably stop reading this and […]

Rockets say Westbrook fine despite exiting late

11:25 PM ET ESPN News Services MIAMI — The Houston Rockets‘ final preseason game Friday night didn’t go as smoothly as hoped. Russell Westbrook — who has been dealing with some dislocated fingers on his right hand — left the team’s game against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter in obvious discomfort. The star […]

LIVE: Ireland attempt to depose defending champion All Blacks at Rugby World Cup

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LIVE: Rugby World Cup quarterfinal Australia vs. England

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica will do battle with former deputy Ufuk Talay when the Sky Blues host Wellington in the A-League on Sunday. Melbourne City will welcome back in-form Jamie Maclaren but face the prospect of playing Adelaide twice within 72 hours – in the A-League and FFA Cup final. Markus Babbel says last […]

James Paxton, Aaron Hicks answer call in Yankees’ season-saving win

1:20 AM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. NEW YORK — The New York Yankees will live to play another day in the American League Championship Series after a bit of first-inning magic secured a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 5 to send the […]

Irving addresses China issues, Silver meeting

12:13 AM ET NEW YORK — Following a Brooklyn Nets preseason game Friday that saw two groups of protesters wearing T-shirts that read “Stand with Hong Kong,” guard Kyrie Irving met with reporters and talked for the first time about his thoughts on last week’s tense trip to China. Irving specifically addressed what transpired in […]

Reyes makes quick work of Weidman

11:58 PM ET Entering Friday’s UFC Fight Night main event in Boston, the only thing missing from Dominick Reyes‘ title shot résumé was a signature win. That is no longer the case. Reyes (12-0) made quick work of a former UFC champion Friday night at TD Garden, as he knocked out Chris Weidman (14-5) at […]

Astros, Yankees turning to bullpens for Game 6

11:25 PM ET NEW YORK — Astros manager AJ Hinch had not formulated his full pitching plan for Game 6 of the ALCS when he sat at the podium for his postgame news conference on Friday. But he did shed light on the pitcher everyone was wondering about: Astros ace Gerrit Cole will not start […]

Hardy wins UFC bout amid inhaler controversy

11:21 PM ET Greg Hardy continues to rack up wins in the UFC’s Octagon — and live at the center of controversy. Hardy (6-1) picked up his third UFC victory Friday, as he defeated Ben Sosoli (7-3) via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night at Boston’s TD Garden. All three judges scored the heavyweight contest […]

Get ready for chaos in Astros-Yankees battle of the bullpen games

2:34 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” NEW YORK — It’s just like any other day, and it’s nothing like any other day. As the New York Yankees and Houston Astros packed their gear and headed to the airport […]

Second-half scenarios that could create College Football Playoff chaos

Oct 17, 2019 No. 12 Oregon isn’t out of the College Football Playoff race — but it will be if it can’t beat Washington on Saturday in what is arguably the most impactful game of Week 8. Since a season-opening loss to Auburn, a 27-21 nail-biter, the Ducks have fallen out of the national spotlight, […]

UFC Fight Night viewers guide: Reyes, Weidman face off

Oct 17, 2019 The UFC’s middleweight division has seen a changing of the guard over the past 12 months, and former champion Chris Weidman found himself on the wrong end of it. Can he get himself on the right side of the changes that are happening at light heavyweight? That’s the biggest question going into […]

Reports: MLB proposes overhaul of minor leagues

6:21 PM ET Major League Baseball is in negotiations with its 160 minor league teams about efforts to “reorganize elements of the system” that could reduce the number of affiliated teams from 160 to 120, according to reports. The current agreement between MLB and the minor league teams – called the Professional Baseball Agreement – […]

UFC Fight Night Boston: Reyes vs. Weidman, live results and analysis

12:32 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Dominick Reyes and Chris Weidman will be fighting with the possibility the winner will get a shot at Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Dominick Reyes is undefeated and No. 7 in ESPN’s light heavyweight Top 10. Chris Weidman is a former middleweight champion making his […]

Pack WR situation still murky 2 days before game

4:40 PM ET GREEN BAY, Wis. — The best hope for any of the Green Bay Packers‘ top three receivers to play Sunday rests with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and he’s dealing with a pair of injuries. Davante Adams won’t go for the third straight week because of turf toe, and Geronimo Allison remained in the concussion […]

Saints rule out RB Kamara, TE Cook vs. Bears

4:23 PM ET METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints‘ four-game win streak will be put to a serious test Sunday at Chicago. They have ruled out both running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook because of injuries. Kamara (ankle, knee) and Cook (ankle) rank second and third on the team in passing […]

Astros look to close series vs. Yankees

Robinson Chirinos, who is behind the plate tonight and caught all 35 of Justin Verlander’s regular season starts in 2019, told me the Astros ace gifted him and Abraham Toro a pair of engraved Rolex ‘Batman’ watches. Toro hit the two-run HR to back Verlander’s third career no-hitter, and second against the Blue Jays at […]

DE Evans, No. 2 in ESPN 300, picks Tar Heels

2:20 PM ET Gerald Hamilton Keeping the best prospects home is always paramount for college programs. On Friday, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 announced he will be staying in his home state of North Carolina. Five-star defensive end Desmond Evans committed to North Carolina over Florida, South Carolina and Virginia Tech in […]

Source: ‘Best-case scenario’ on Mahomes’ MRI

1:24 PM ET The Kansas City Chiefs received a “best-case scenario” for quarterback Patrick Mahomes after an MRI showed no damage other than a dislocated right kneecap, an NFL source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. Mahomes suffered a right patellar dislocation during the second quarter of Thursday night’s 30-6 road win over the Denver […]

Patrick Mahomes dominoes: Barnwell on the Chiefs’ options, AFC playoff picture

1:15 PM ET Thursday night saw just about every NFL fan’s worst nightmare come true. Patrick Mahomes dislocated his right kneecap on a first-half sneak during Kansas City’s win over Denver. The injury is expected to keep Mahomes out for at least three games after an MRI showed no additional damage, a league source told […]

Sources: Zion (knee) expected to miss weeks

11:44 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has avoided a severe injury to his right knee but is expected to miss a period of weeks to start the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Williamson did not travel with the team to New York for Friday’s preseason game […]

Lowe’s wild NBA predictions: Giannis’ big decision, trades to watch for

10:07 AM ET It’s time for our last preseason column: 35 random predictions for the season. Not all of these are bold. Any prediction roundup has to include major awards and a championship pick, and there is no way to go totally out of the box on those. But others are designed to be a […]

Harper: No jealousy to see Nats in World Series

10:06 AM ET Even though he’ll be watching from afar rather than playing, Philadelphia Phillies mega-signing Bryce Harper says there is no jealousy that his former team, the Washington Nationals, is about to make its first World Series appearance. “I think it’s about being able to be the person that I am and not saying […]

Shaq donates home to mother of shooting victim

8:34 AM ET ESPN News Services Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has donated a home to an Atlanta woman whose 12-year-old son was shot at a football game and paralyzed from the chest down. O’Neal told WXIA-TV that Isaiah Payton’s family was living in a one-bedroom apartment that wasn’t accessible for people with disabilities, […]

China denies asking for Morey’s firing over tweet

8:28 AM ET Associated Press BEIJING — China is refuting NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s claim that it demanded the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the “Chinese government never posed this requirement.” During an appearance in […]

Peter Crouch: ‘I’ve got a photo of me and Mickey Rourke doing the robot’

The ex-England striker on playing Trivial Pursuit with his teammates, hiding from Mickey Rourke and not taking himself too seriously As a footballer, Peter Crouch didn’t always get the appreciation he deserved. And yet the 6ft 7in striker scored more than 100 Premier League goals, made 42 appearances for England (averaging a goal every other game) and created a memorable goal celebration: the robot. But in his second career he is getting all the plaudits. His 2018 book, How to Be a Footballer, was a bestsel[..]

Japan v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!

Rugby World Cup updates as hosts tackle Springboks Read our Japanese language MBM report of the game! Email your thoughts to Luke here or tweet him here 10.57am BST In a couple of hours we will know the full semi-final line-up. England play New Zealand next Saturday, while Wales will face one of these two teams on Sunday. 10.54am BST ITV are running a feature on the Miracle of Brighton, amongst other things. We’ve got a little over 20 minutes until kick off now. Here are the YouTube highlights of that stagg[..]

ライブ速報:ラグビーW杯準々決勝、日本対南アフリカ

ラグビーW杯準々決勝をライブブログで追求 英語版のライブブログはこちら ベンにメールやツイートを送って頂けます 10.57am BST さて、既に発表している両チームのメンバーをおさらいしましょう。まずは日本代表。 1-稲垣啓太、2-堀江翔太、3-具智元、4-トンプソン・ルーク、5-ジェームス・ムーア、6-リーチ・マイケル、7-ピーター・ラブスカフニ、8-姫野和樹、9-流大、10-田村優、11-福岡堅樹、12-中村亮土、13-ラファエレ・ティモシー、14-松島幸太朗、15-山中亮平 10.49am BST 昨日の準々決勝2試合では、イングランドとニュージーランドがそれぞれオーストラリアとアイルランドを相手に、最終的に点差をつけてベスト4へ進出を決めた。 また先程、大分で行われた試合ではフランスがリードして折り返すも、後半に退場者が出てしまい、ウェールズがようやく逆転して20-19の僅差で勝利した。従って、日本と南アフリカの勝者は準決勝では、ウェールズと対戦することになった。 Continue reading...

Police investigate after Haringey Borough v Yeovil abandoned amid racism allegations

• Metropolitan police making inquiries into events at FA Cup tie • Haringey goalkeeper allegedly racially abused and hit by missile Police have confirmed they are investigating reports that racist comments were made during the abandoned FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town. No arrests have been made but the Metropolitan police continue to make inquiries after Haringey’s players walked off the pitch on Saturday following allegations of racial abuse towards the goalkeepe[..]

Wales come from behind to beat 14-man France in World Cup quarter-final

• Sebastien Vahaamahina dismissed for second-half elbow • Wales will face Japan or South Africa in last four Wales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes to go a 14-man France were threatening to wreck Warren Gatland’s final tournament as Wales head coach, only for a scrambled close-range try from replacement Ross Moriarty to propel his team into the last four. Related: Wales 20-19 France: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-fin[..]

Three players jailed, one 'kidnapped': Estudiantes v Milan 50 years on

Intercontinental Cup tie in Argentina was marked by bloody violence but one Milan’s player ordeal had only just begun On the afternoon of Wednesday 22 October 1969 Ozvaldo Zubeldía, coach of the Estudiantes side that would contest the second leg of the Intercontinental Cup against Milan that evening, crowbarred his squad into room 704 of the Hotel Nogaro in Buenos Aires to deliver his final address before they made the journey to the Bombonera for the game. Having lost 3-0 in Italy their task was daunting, [..]

Golden aura around marginal gains is beginning to look a little tarnished | Tim Lewis

Comfy mattresses and the proper washing of hands prove no match for extra-special shoes I don’t remember much about reading Bradley Wiggins’s last autobiography, his 16th I believe, but one detail has stayed with me. It was an incident from around 2011 or 2012 when, having shed six kilos, “Twiggo” started to be considered a serious contender for the Tour de France. When he left home to compete in the race, his preparations were so forensic that it was decided he should not lift his cases into the car taking[..]