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Rays' Maddon opts out of contract

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract Friday and is leaving the organization immediately.

Bruins' Chara out 4-6 weeks

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Thursday night.

Marshall campaigns for playoff

Undefeated and eyeing a shot at the first College Football Playoff, Marshall University has joined with Conference USA to hire public relations firm to help the Thundering Herd be seen and heard around the country.

Confident Gordon marches on to Martinsville

Claiming his last couple laps at Talladega were the most nerve-racking of his life, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon survived the unpredictable Alabama track to move on to the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and continue his drive for a fifth title.

Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Chili Davis, the Oakland Athletics' hitting coach the past three years, was introduced as the Boston Red Sox's new hitting coach Thursday.

Back problem sidelines Nash for season

Oft-injured point guard Steve Nash will miss the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues involving nerve damage, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday night.

Manning rips Denver's scoreboard operator

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went off on the scoreboard operator at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in his post-game press conference Thursday night, saying "it wasn't his best night."

Seahawks' Wilson: 'Complete confidence in who I am'

In typical Russell Wilson fashion, the Seattle Seahawks' third-year quarterback dismissed the notion of a divided locker room in the wake of last week's shocking trade of dynamic wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets.

Cutler: No issues with Marshall

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler apparently was not offended by wide receiver Brandon Marshall's postgame rant Sunday after a 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Luis Suarez: Do sporting suspensions work?

Although he's vowed to keep his famous chops to himself, the world will soon find out if Luis Suarez can keep bagging goals without literally leaving his mark on defenders.

Winter Olympics skating on thin ice?

The International Olympic Committee is set to hold urgent talks over the future of the Winter Olympics following the Sochi Games' exorbitant cost.

The best places to ski on earth?

It's that time of the year when winter sports enthusiasts dust off their skis and snowboards and get ready to hit the slopes in search of perfect powder and fresh adventures.

Manning leads Broncos over Chargers

Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns, all to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and the Denver Broncos pulled away to beat the San Diego Chargers 35-21 Thursday night.

Senators-Leafs game rescheduled for Nov. 9

The game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in Ottawa that was postponed Wednesday because of shootings in downtown Ottawa was rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9, in Ottawa, the NHL announced Thursday.

Texans' Clowney expects to return Sunday

Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who has been sidelined since the first game of the season with a knee injury, said Thursday he expects to return for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

Gruden: Griffin should be back by Nov. 16 game

When Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will return remains an open question, with some reports suggesting he might play on Monday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Change of Hart: Braves name team president

Veteran baseball executive John Hart reversed course and opted to accept a three-year deal to become president of baseball operations with the Atlanta Braves.

Lions WR Johnson 'going good' in England

All signs are pointing to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson returning to the field for Sunday's game in London.

Can Broncos afford to keep the Thomases?

Contract talks with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas are on hold as the Denver Broncos focus on football.

Titans will start rookie QB Mettenberger

Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who led the NFL in passing yards in the preseason, will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Seahawks insist there is no Harvin Hangover

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows the best way to show that his team is past the chaos of last week is to beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Goodell must testify at Rice hearing

An arbitrator formally ruled Wednesday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be required to testify at the appeals hearing of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, according to reports.

Healthy Bryant shut down for rest of Lakers' preseason

Kobe Bryant is ready for the regular season. That is the opinion of Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, who shut down the shooting guard for the last two games of the preseason to rest him for the games that count.

Texas prepared to pay athletes $10,000 a year

The University of Texas is ready to pay its athletes $10,000 a year to comply with recent rulings that will enhance the value of a college scholarship for those who play sports.

Five things we know heading into World Series Game 3

Here are five things we know about the World Series as it switches to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday.

WTA Finals: Sharapova loses to Kvitova

A day after world No. 1 Serena Williams suffered one of the worst losses of her career at the WTA Finals, second-ranked Maria Sharapova wasn't that much better.

Sharapova's hopes of reaching the semifinals in Singapore -- not to mention overtaking Wi...

World Series has lowest Game 1 ratings in history

Game 1 of the 2014 World Series was no "royal" in terms of the ratings.

Royals ride five-run inning to Game 2 rout

Salvador Perez hit a two-run double and Omar Infante belted a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

Belgrade hires Sean Dellwo as new wrestling coach

Belgrade High school has officially hired Bozeman assistant coach, Sean Dellwo, as their new head wrestling coach.

Runs in the family: Morleys dominate Montana cross country

The high school career of Makena Morley is on pace to go down as the best ever by a runner in Montana.  With the current all-class state record under her belt, runners all across Montana look up to the Bigfork star, and that would include her younger siblings.

Reports: NBA lottery reform falls short of passing

The proposed changes to the NBA's draft lottery format to more evenly distribute the odds among the 14 non-playoff teams failed to get enough votes, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

NASCAR Driver Capsules, Oct. 22

Capsules for the eight drivers remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Leafs-Sens game postponed after Ottawa shootings

The NHL postponed the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators after a series of shootings in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday.

Chiefs' Charles wanted to avoid concussion protocol

Kansas Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who was involved in a violent collision with San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers while scoring a touchdown but stayed in Sunday's game, now admits that maybe he was dealing with symptoms of a concussion.

McConaughey blitzed for views on Redskins

Are your ears burning, Matthew McConaughey? Perhaps a particular shade of ... red?

Thunder in Westbrook's hands as Durant mends

Kevin Durant will not rush back from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot.

Patriots officially acquire LB Ayers

The New England Patriots officially acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers on Wednesday in a trade with the Tennessee Titans.

Dallas Cowboys waive Sam

Michael Sam, who first made headlines earlier this year as the first openly gay NFL player, as of Tuesday afternoon is no longer an NFL player.

Keselowski will take wins over popularity

If his racing career boiled down to a choice between success and popularity, Brad Keselowski would choose success every time.

Georgia to apply for Gurley's reinstatement

Georgia will apply to the NCAA on Wednesday for running back Todd Gurley to be reinstated so he can resume playing for the Bulldogs.

Soccer team refunds fans after 8-0 defeat

Have English Premier League club Sunderland's players set a dangerous precedent for under-performing sports teams?

Serena Williams suffers worst loss in 16 years

Simona Halep battered Serena Williams 6-0 6-2 on Wednesday at the WTA Finals in Singapore to leave the two-time defending champion in danger of being eliminated in the group stage.

Steenkamp parents satisfied on Pistorius term

Reeva Steenkamp's parents said Tuesday they are "satisfied" with the sentence handed down to their daughter's killer, as Oscar Pistorius started his first full day in a South African prison.

June and Barry Steenkamp told broadcaster ITV's "Good Mornin...

Janssen bolstering depleted Griz receiver corps

With both lingering and lasting injuries throughout the Montana wide receiving corps this season, it's been next man up all fall at that position for the Grizzly football team.

Bumgarner, Giants cruise in World Series opener

San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed three hits over seven innings, and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the first as the Giants toppled the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series.

Man City stunned behind closed doors in Moscow

The message will have been heard loud and clear across Europe.

Bayern Munich, themselves on the end of a thrashing in the European Champions League semifinals last year, dished out one of its own on Tuesday.

The German champions, led by former Barcelon...

G Crawford out, Blackhawks recall Darling

With star goaltender Corey Crawford out Tuesday and Antti Raanta ready to make his 2014 debut with the Chicago, the Blackhawks recalled goaltender Scott Darling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Ray Rice appeal scheduled for Nov. 5-6

Ray Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL more than two months after commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment, with a hearing set for Nov. 5-6 before former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones.

Okla. State, NCAA respond to 'unfounded' allegations

Oklahoma State and the NCAA called a report of alleged misconduct in the football program "fundamentally unfounded" on Tuesday.

Royals sub Nix for Colon on Series roster

The Kansas City Royals made a minor last-minute change to their World Series roster before Game 1 on Tuesday, adding Jayson Nix in place of Christian Colon.