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Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria (Yahoo Sports)

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)

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 scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime on Friday night. James was at his best after struggling the previous night, scoring eight points in the extra period, and the Cavaliers picked up the win the 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. The Cavaliers were still clinging to a 106-104 lead after Kirk Hinrich hit two free throws with 46.8 seconds left.


Cowboys' Romo questionable for Arizona game (Yahoo Sports)

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.


Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation

John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game "Operation" at his Bloomingdale, Ill. home on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Spinello, the game's creator, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised funds beyond their expectations in an online campaign in October 2014. He invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it.


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Wallenda ready for windy Chicago tightrope walks

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, responds to a question during a news conference Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Chicago. On Sunday, Wallenda will attempt to walk uphill at a 15-degree angle from the Marina City west tower across the Chicago River to the top of the 635-foot Leo Burnett Building. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.


Why Upheaval in Burkina Faso Matters to US National Security
In a surprise announcement, the leader of the African nation of Burkina Faso said today he will end his nearly three decade rule ???- marking a victory for thousands of angry protesters but prompting some uneasiness inside the U.S. national security community, which sees the tiny West African nation as a key ally in anti-terror operations in the region.
New US General Seeks China Air Safety Dialogue
New US Pacific Air Force commander seeks air safety dialogue with China following incidents
Ecuador Top Court Endorses Re-Election for Correa
Ecuador's top court backs proposal to allow indefinite re-election of President Correa