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Cubs fire Rick Renteria, clear way for Maddon

The Chicago Cubs, while feeling some remorse, perhaps even guilt, announced Friday that they have fired manager Rick Renteria after just one season, clearing the way for the hiring of Joe Maddon.<p>Maddon will be introduced at a news conference at 2:30 CT on Monday, the club announced. The Cubs …

American League offseason preview

Your team by team guide to each AL club's biggest contract hurdles, potential free-agent defections, and desperate, aching, bleeding needs.<p>Los Angeles Angels (98-64)<p><b>Biggest free agent</b>: Jason Grilli<p><b>Biggest contract decision</b>: Garrett Richards' first year of arbitration<p><b>Bleeding need</b>: A reliable …

3 things we learned from Florida State's thrilling comeback win over Louisville

The Seminoles are somehow still alive in the Playoff after overcoming a 21-0 deficit.<p>Louisville jumped out to a 21-0 lead Thursday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, and the college football world was lined up, ready to pounce on a pitiful effort from Florida State. Two quarters later, the …

Fitness Friday: One simple exercise to fix a backswing like this

True story: A basketball coach who is a friend of mine was trying to explain to a bunch of his kids how to take a jump shot. He told them to jump straight up as if they were standing in a phone booth without a roof. One kid raised his hand and said, "Coach, what's a phone booth?" I'll spare you the …

Los Angeles Dodgers Offseason Tracker: Hottest Free Agency News, Trade Rumors

Link to Media<p>An early playoff exit has given Dodgerland a lot to think about this winter.<p>The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the best in baseball throughout the regular season but were sent home (again) by the St. Louis Cardinals. This time, they were knocked out in the National League Division …

Baseball

NFL Picks Week 9: Top Underdog Odds, Moneyline Advice and Predictions

Link to Media<p>The New Orleans Saints kicked off Week 9 with their first road win of the season by taking down a division rival in the Carolina Panthers. Based on the way the Saints played last week, the win shouldn't have come as a big surprise.<p>Against the Green Bay Packers the week before, the …

Football (U.S.)

Ebola update: Maine judge rejects quarantine for nurse Kaci Hickox

A Maine judge on Friday ruled in favor of a nurse who defied a quarantine in a tense standoff with state authorities, saying local health officials failed to prove the need for a stricter order enforcing an Ebola quarantine.<p>District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, …

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand Post-World Series

Link to Media<p>With the 2014 World Series in the books and the offseason officially underway, let's put a bow on the 2014 season with one final addition of MLB power rankings.<p>Each team's spot in the following rankings reflects its overall performance in 2014, so the 10 postseason teams will be at the …

Baseball

Federer cruises as Djokovic sets up Murray tie

Roger Federer is chasing the world No.1 spot © Getty Images<p>Enlarge<p><b>Roger Federer</b> maintained pressure on <b>Novak Djokovic</b> in the race for world No.1 …

Tennis

Roger Federer v Lucas Pouille, Paris Masters: as it happened

Follow live game-by-game updates from the Paris Masters third round match between 176th-ranked Lucas Pouille and Roger Federer on Thursday, October 29 2014<p><b>Latest</b><p><i>Send your thoughts and comments to robert.dineen@telegraph.co.uk or tweet us at @telegraphsport</i><p><b>Roger Federer beats Lucas Pouille …

Tennis

The 13 Greatest Destination Food Towns In America

Eating is probably the greatest excuse we've ever heard for planning a trip. But as a responsible foodie traveler, you want to make sure you're visiting a town with a local culture as rich as the jambalaya on the table.<p>We were thus ecstatic when Saveur released its annual Culinary Travel Awards, …

Melo needs help triangle can't offer

NEW YORK -- The eighth wonder of the world, the triangle offense, was hopelessly overmatched on opening night in Madison Square Garden, leaving the …

Health Benefits of Coffee and Wine

If you have seen the headlines touting the health benefits of coffee and wine—and you’re among the 61 percent of Americans who down a daily cup of …