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Source: Texans to protest after McNair remark

1:49 AM ET Houston Texans players are planning to protest as a unit before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in the wake of team owner Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates running the prison” comment, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Texans held a players meeting Saturday in Seattle to decide how to handle Sunday after McNair’s comments surfaced, the source said. According to the source, the players could decide to all kneel together, and also discussed peeling the Texans decal off of their helmets or raising their fists. ...

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Are we watching a classic World Series in the making?

3:02 AM ET HOUSTON — So, we’re back where we started. The World Series is all tied up. Clayton Kershaw will be pitching against Dallas Keuchel. And everyone is worried about the Houston Astros‘ bullpen. How we got here is another matter, however. We’ve had four games, all close and tense at various points, with heroes and goats and dramatic home runs — and we have a chance to have a World Series to remember. Of course, that depends on what happens these final two or three games. I don’t ...

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Bellinger's bat warms up just in time for Dodgers to even World Series

12:00 AM ET HOUSTON — All Los Angeles Dodgers starter Alex Wood needed was a little help. A little help was all he got from the Cody Bellinger, but “little” never looked so huge. Bellinger stroked a go-ahead double in the ninth inning Saturday off Ken Giles as the Dodgers edged the Houston Astros6-2 in Game 4 of the World Series to knot the Fall Classic at two games apiece. Cody Bellinger reacts to hitting a RBI double in the ninth inning of Game 4 against the Astros. Tom Pennington/Getty Images ...

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Follow live: Astros aim

The Dodgers’ Alex Wood has put up three shutout innings so far, throwing 47 pitches. Right now, it looks like he’s primed to give Dave Roberts some of the length he was looking for. However, his changeup has been poor in this game, as he’s missing beneath the strike zone again and again. According to Statcast, Wood has thrown 12 changeups. One has been fouled off and nine have missed low. The other two were hit in play with an average exit velocity of about 99 mph. If Wood can’t ...

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Barrett passes Brees, sets Big Ten mark for TDs

6:10 PM ET COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett added another line to his record-setting résumé as a Buckeye on Saturday. Barrett’s second-quarter touchdown toss to Terry McLaurin was the 91st of his Ohio State career, and he passed former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees for the most touchdown passes ever thrown in the Big Ten. Barrett, a senior, has thrown for 22 scores and only one interception this season. He completed 10 of 14 passes against Penn State‘s defense and connected with McLaurin on a 14-yard slant route ...

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Source: Apologetic McNair meets with Texans

3:06 PM ET Team owner Bob McNair met with Texans players Saturday morning and expressed regret for his “inmates running the prison” comment, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. “I know they were upset,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle. “I wanted to answer their questions. I told them if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t use that expression.” About 10 Texans players, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the team facility Friday following a comment by team owner Bob McNair that compared NFL players to “inmates,” ...

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Lonzo's b-day gift? Benching in Lakers' loss

11:22 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball‘s day started with LeBron James wishing him a happy birthday, and it ended with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton benching him and the rest of the team’s starters for the first time this season. On the day he turned 20, Ball and the starting unit were benched down the stretch of a game that was still within reach as an unhappy Walton tried sending a message to his starters. Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez were ...

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Astros' Gurriel apologizes for mocking Darvish

3:39 AM ET HOUSTON — Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel faces potential discipline from Major League Baseball for making a racially insensitive gesture Friday night during Game 3 of the World Series. After hitting a home run in the second inning off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Gurriel returned to the Astros’ dugout, where he used his fingers to motion at his own eyes in a mocking gesture and appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish. In an statement, an MLB spokesman said: “We are aware of the ...

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Astros have yet to lose at home this October — will they ever?

3:30 AM ET HOUSTON — Home-field advantage can stem from a lot of things beyond crowd support. Players love routines, and the luxury of sleeping in a familiar bed or eating something that doesn’t come on a room service tray could provide the slightest edge. Hitters develop a comfort level with outfield backdrops and indoor batting cages, and pitchers grow accustomed to the feel of a mound or even a familiar vantage point to watch from the dugout or the bullpen. Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams ...

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Astros rock Darvish, power their way to 2-1 lead over Dodgers

3:01 AM ET HOUSTON — Last week, after the highest-scoring team in baseball in the past eight years produced a grand total of five runs in three games at Yankee Stadium, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch diagnosed the problem thusly: “We’ve lost a little bit of our offensive mojo.” Let it be said, then, after three games of the 113th World Series that the Astros’ mojo has returned. Following up on a Game 2 outburst in which they bashed four home runs in the final three innings of an 11-inning ...

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