Which playoff races are the best? With teams battling for division leads and wild-card spots, there should be plenty of excitement down the stretch.
The Texas Rangers have acquired minor league catcher Nevin Ashley from the New York Mets for cash considerations.
Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer
The Mets have made a trade. They have sold Triple-A catcher Nevin Ashley to the Texas Rangers. Kevin Plawecki is being called up to the Mets as the third catcher, so Ashley's season was nearly complete.
NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Thursday, including a look at Cowboys RB Darren McFadden's future. He could be the odd man out in Dallas' backfield rotation.
Not buying the Cowboys hype
Three of our five NFL experts identified Dallas as the league's most overrated team. While they predictably cite starting a rookie quarterback, they also mention a questionable defense. Most overrated and underrated teams, players (Insider)
Baylor can't move forward with old pieces in place, Jane McManus writes. Any employee who participated in the actions detailed in the report -- or knew about them -- must go.
The Dallas Cowboys met with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis on Wednesday.
TCU's path makes it attractive pick
TCU's schedule features Oklahoma as the lone landmine. Our Phil Steele thinks the team has the best defense in the Big 12 and is an attractive pick to win the national title at 30-1 odds. Ultimate 2016 CFB betting guide (Insiders)
Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress apologized to his teammates and fans in a statement Wednesday and said he is entering an unspecified treatment program following his drunken driving arrest.
Rougned Odor homered twice a day after hitting a walk-off shot and Carlos Gomez connected for a grand slam off Felix Hernandez, sending the Rangers to a 14-1 romp over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Gomez's grand slam was a moonshot
Carlos Gomez delivered the big blow against Felix Hernandez on Wednesday, launching a bases-loaded blast that reached an apex of 140 feet in its flight. That's the highest homer by a Ranger this season, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Can Texas take down Notre Dame?
Our Phil Steele sees Texas as his most improved team. ND enters the game as a four-point favorite, but with QB issues, Steele thinks the game will have a tight result. Week 1 CFB best bets (Insider)
The 2016 Texas Rangers are making history.
Linebacker Sean Lee and the Cowboys agreed to a reworked deal in which he can earn an extra $2 million in 2016, sources told ESPN's Todd Archer.
Texas with good odds to make playoffs?
In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Rangers had the second-best chance to make the postseason of any AL team. Is that still the case, or are the current league leaders now No. 1? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)
McMurphy predicts Charlie Strong bowl
Brett McMurphy projects an intriguing bowl matchup featuring Charlie Strong and his former team. Mark Schlabach, however, sees things playing out differently. Bowl projections
Baylor could get shot at in-state foe
Brett McMurphy projects Baylor to face an old Big 12 foe in Houston this winter. Mark Schlabach sees the Bears playing in the Cactus Bowl. Bowl projections
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
The Cowboys and Sean Lee have agreed to reworked deal in which the linebacker can earn up to $2 million in a roster bonus after he missed out on an escalator last season by sitting out the final game with a hamstring injury. Lee will earn an extra $125,000 per game, according to sources.
Three statistics that stand out going into the Big 12's Kickoff Week.
A limited-edition Ford pickup comes in Cowboys colors, is adorned with multiple Cowboys logos and has the autograph of team owner Jerry Jones.
Rangers in midst of special season
Texas leads the majors with 40 comeback wins, is on pace to set a modern era record for win percentage in one-run games and has more walk-offs this year than 2014 and '15 combined. Not too shabby.