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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.


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.


Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns (Yahoo Sports)

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announces that athletic director Dave Brandon resigned during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett will serve as Michigan's interim athletic director. (Photo/Paul Sancya)

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. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. ''This morning I accepted the resignation of athletic director David Brandon,'' school President Mark Schlissel said at a news conference. ''Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions.


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.
Canada Restricts Visas Amid Ebola Scare
Canada to stop giving visas to residents of West African countries with widespread Ebola
Colombians Jailed in Venezuela for $15 Grocery Run
$15 grocery run lands Colombian women in Venezuelan jail as cross-border tensions rise