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Cubs fire Renteria, go after Joe Maddon as manager
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs fired Rick Renteria on Friday to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon....

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....

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

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....

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- 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....

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....

Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) -- 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....

All Blacks in Chicago for exhibition vs. USA Rugby
CHICAGO (AP) -- America's history on rugby's world stage can be summed up in two sentences....

Financial troubles dogging F1 before American race
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Formula One's third year at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas is an excellent opportunity for the series to expand its footprint in a rich, largely untapped market for fans and money....

Looking for playoff contenders outside the obvious
The first games after the release of the College Football Playoff rankings have a chance to reveal some new contenders....

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