Levine: Maddon Saddened By Renteria Firing

CBS Chicago

(CBS) — President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said on Monday that former manager Rick Renteria took his firing and the Joe Maddon hiring like a true professional. The unique fire-and-hire was a business decision Epstein said was made out of loyalty to the Cub organization, over Renteria.

The 52 year old Renteria will collect all of the remaining $2 million on his three-year contract as he steps aside for Maddon. The Cubs’ new manager said he was not happy about the circumstances of his hiring.

“I feel badly about it,” Maddon said after being asked about the former Cubs skipper. “I honestly feel bad about it. When this whole thing started to heat up a little bit, the only thing that was a negative was that. I expressed that (to the Cubs bosses). I definitely want to give him a phone call once all of this dies down. He…

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College Football Computer Rankings: Week 11

Sports Calls

Mississippi State keeps the #1 spot this week. Alabama moves into the top 5 while Ole Miss dropped out, and Arizona State popped into the top 10 while Georgia dropped out. Only two teams exited the Top 30 – Louisville and Utah – due to losses, despite each losses being “good.” They are replaced in the Top 30 by Wisconsin, who is finally playing like people expected them to, and 1-loss Duke.

The SEC has 7 teams in the Top 30 (and 4 in the Top 10), the most of any conference. The ACC, Pac-12, and Big 12 each have 5 teams in the Top 30, while the Big Ten has 4. To note, the Mountain West Conference has 2 ranked teams, more than the rest of the non-Big 5 Conferences combined (not including Independent schools). The only other non-Big 5 Conference ranked team is Marshall (#15 – the highest…

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Chargers Shake Heads At Worst Defeat In 18 Years

CBS Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — More than 24 hours later, Antonio Gates still couldn’t believe it — or explain it.

The Chargers’ 37-0 loss at Miami on Sunday was their worst defeat in 18 years.

“I’ve never been a part of something of that magnitude at all in my sports life, period,” said the star tight end, who’s been with the Chargers since 2003.

What had Gates shaking his head Monday afternoon was that a Philip Rivers-led team crossed the 50-yard line only once, on the opening drive. That drive ended when rookie Branden Oliver was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Miami 22.

“In this league, you just don’t lose like that. Guys are too talented, guys are too good. It just wasn’t our day,” Gates said.

“I don’t want to blame absolutely no one. I take the blame about what I could have done to prevent that,” he added. “That’s the…

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Today in sports history: November 4th, 1989 David “The Admiral” Robinson makes NBA debut

The SMCC Beacon

060406-N-0696M-010By Sam Coombs

David Robinson had one of the most interesting paths to making his NBA debut in the history of the game. Robinson didn’t even start playing organized basketball until his senior year in high school when he grew to 6’ 6” inches tall. He put up great numbers his senior year but had little interest from colleges for basketball. Robinson chose then to attend the Naval Academy, which was a choice that was well respected in his family. His father was in the Navy when David was growing up and it was something Robinson was familiar with.

At first, when playing basketball for Navy, Robinson had no intentions or thought of playing in the NBA until he started growing more and getting better. He was going to Navy for mathematics and originally pictured himself having a career in the Navy. By the end of his college career he…

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A.J. Burnett Declines Player Option With Phillies

CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A.J. Burnett has made the decision to not return to the Phillies in 2015. Monday was the deadline for Burnett to decide whether or not to accept his $12.75 million player option.

Burnett, 37, declined the option and now will have to decide whether or not to try to sign with another team, or enter retirement.

Burnett started 34 games for the Phillies in 2014. He posted an 8-18 record to go along with 190 strikeouts, 213.2 innings pitched and an ERA of 4.59.

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Sixers Fall Short Against Houston 104-93

CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Harden had 35 points and nine rebounds and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets past the Philadelphia 76ers 104-93 on Monday night.

Trevor Ariza hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help Houston improve to 4-0. The Rockets made 16 of 34 3-pointers and dominated the Sixers 47-31 on the boards.

Harden made his first 17 free throws and the Rockets had assists on 27 of 32 field goals.

Tony Wroten led the winless Sixers (0-4) with 20 points and K.J. McDaniels had 14.

Ariza picked up in Philadelphia where he left off in March when he scored a career-high 40 points and spoiled Allen Iverson’s jersey retirement celebration night. Playing for Washington, Ariza made all six 3-point attempts in the first quarter for 24 points and finished 14 of 23 from the floor overall.



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