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Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 7:17:55 PM

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon smiles during a news conference before Game 3 of baseball's American League division series against the Boston Red Sox in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria after one season to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Team President Theo Epstein said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, that Renteria deserved to come back next season as the Cubs continue their rebuilding effort. But Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays and Epstein says that changed things for the Cubs.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job. Renteria was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager.


James leads Cavaliers past Bulls, 114-108 in OT (Yahoo Sports)
11/1/2014 12:47:39 AM

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls during a game at the United Center on October 31, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team. James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime on Friday night. He scored eight points in the extra period, and the Cavaliers gave coach David Blatt his first win after opening with a loss at home to New York. Derrick Rose scored 20 points for Chicago, but his first meaningful home game in about a year was spoiled by a sprained left ankle and a dominant performance by the Cavaliers' megastar.


Cowboys' Romo questionable for Arizona game (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 4:07:17 PM

FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes as back-up quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) looks on during an NFL football minicamp in Irving, Texas. Weeden had led scoring drives on the only two possessions Romo missed against Washington when the Dallas starter tapped his backup on the shoulder and said,

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona after missing practice all week with a back injury.


Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 3:32:30 PM

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announces that athletic director Dave Brandon resigned during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett will serve as Michigan's interim athletic director. (Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. ''This morning I accepted the resignation of athletic director David Brandon,'' school President Mark Schlissel said at a news conference. ''Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions.


Warriors, Thompson agree to maximum extension (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 10:44:42 PM

Oakland, CA- OCTOBER 24: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on October 24, 2014 . (Photo by Noah Graham /NBAE via Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors saw no reason to wait on securing Klay Thompson's future with the franchise. The Warriors signed Thompson to a four-year maximum contract extension worth about $70 million on Friday, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The contract will keep Thompson with the team through the 2018-19 season. The Warriors confirmed a multiyear deal with Thompson.


Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 12:52:16 PM

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to reporters during the team's NCAA college basketball media day in Lexington, Ky. The surprising returns of several starters from last year's NCAA runners-up has given Kentucky a 12-deep roster and created expectations of winning the national title. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald's All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago - a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system. Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. ''At the end of the day, you've got to play the games and figure it out.'' Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1.


Wolves give Rubio 4-year, $56M deal (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 8:54:01 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 30: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Detroit Pistons on October 30, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ricky Rubio is getting a four-year, $56 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Griffin scores 39, Clippers beat Lakers 118-111 (Yahoo Sports)
11/1/2014 2:57:01 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin used a banking analogy to describe his dominant performance against the Lakers on Friday night. Griffin scored 39 points and went 11 for 12 from the free throw line, powering the Los Angeles Clippers to a gritty 118-111 victory over the winless Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Staples Center co-tenants. The two-time defending Pacific Division champions have won eight of nine against the Lakers (0-3) since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, including victories by margins of 36, 48 and 23 points in the final three meetings last season. Chris Paul had 12 points, 10 assists and two steals for the Clippers.


Texans' Clowney questionable against Eagles (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 5:23:32 PM

Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) gets a hand on the hair of Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is unlikely to play for the Houston Texans when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday because of an unspecified illness.


Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test (Yahoo Sports)
10/31/2014 3:37:46 PM

FILE - This Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's race at the Chicago Marathon in Chicago. The agent Rita Jeptoo said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 that the Kenyan runner has failed a doping test. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)

Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday. Agent Federico Rosa told The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September. Athletics Kenya said later Friday that the test was on Sept. 25 - just over two weeks before the Chicago race - and that the athlete's ''A'' sample ''indicated the presence of prohibited substances.'' The federation said it was ''disappointed to announce that we have received communication from (world athletics body) IAAF'' that Jeptoo failed a test. Athletics Kenya said its medical and anti-doping commission would meet with Jeptoo early next week to determine whether she wants to have her backup ''B'' sample tested.