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Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria
CHICAGO (AP) -- 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....

Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll
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....

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Dave Brandon took over Michigan's athletic department four years ago with so many of the right qualifications: success as a businessman, experience as a university regent - and he'd played football for Bo Schembechler, too....

Orange fever reins again at Giants victory parade
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as tens of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the city's World Series champions....

RG3 can't wait to get started again
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- After six-plus games on the sideline, Robert Griffin III is back as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins....

Bronx resident Deba seeks to win NYC Marathon
NEW YORK (AP) -- The last time a New Yorker won the city's namesake marathon, the race didn't even go through the Bronx....

Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise....

Column: Seminoles a team everyone loves to hate
Admit it. You're rooting against Florida State....

Vikings' Robison has had a pain in the butt
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Brian Robison has had quite the pain in the butt....

In the Nevada desert, a team elevates a town
ALAMO, Nev. (AP) -- Life follows a familiar pattern in this impossibly green valley straddling a two-lane highway in the middle of the Nevada desert....

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