Cubs hire Maddon after firing Renteria

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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.

Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. But they just couldn't resist the lure of Maddon's sudden availability.

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. The move pairs the respected Maddon with a promising roster and a franchise with far more resources than he ever enjoyed with the small-market Rays.

Cowboys' Romo questionable for Sunday

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.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett said Friday that Romo would be a game-time decision. He took a direct hit to his surgically repaired back on a sack in Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to Washington. (MORE)

Embattled Michigan AD 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.

That football program is the barometer of sporting success at Michigan, but the Wolverines have fallen on hard times recently. (MORE)

Warriors give G Thompson $70M extension

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) 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. (MORE)

Kentucky tops AP preseason poll again

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. (MORE)

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