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Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon exercises opt-out clause, leaving team

espn.go.com — By Buster Olney | ESPN.com Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately, according to sources. The Rays were 77-85 this season. Maddon was 754-705 in nine seasons with the team. Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Oct 24, 2014

RT @BBTN: Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract and is leaving Tampa Bay. es.pn/12raVYY pic.twitter.com/iyH6jgdYlG

Oct 24, 2014

RT @BBTN: Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract and is leaving Tampa Bay. es.pn/12raVYY pic.twitter.com/iyH6jgdYlG

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Marc Stein: Steve Nash's legendary drive made him an all-time great

espn.go.com — It's not those two bronze MVP statues he won after rejoining the Phoenix Suns and all the heated debates they spawned. It's not his 10,000-odd assists or those ridiculously accurate shooting percentages.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @ESPNSteinLine: And here's my ode to future HoF'er @SteveNash and the inner fuel that put him (and Canada) on the basketball map - espn.go.com/blog/marc-stei…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ESPNSteinLine: And here's my ode to future HoF'er @SteveNash and the inner fuel that put him (and Canada) on the basketball map - espn.go.com/blog/marc-stei…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ESPNSteinLine my ode to future HoF'er @SteveNash and the inner fuel that put him on the basketball map - espn.go.com/blog/marc-stei…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ESPNSteinLine: And here's my ode to future HoF'er @SteveNash and the inner fuel that put him (and Canada) on the basketball map - espn.go.com/blog/marc-stei…

Oct 24, 2014

And here's my ode to future HoF'er @SteveNash and the inner fuel that put him (and Canada) on the basketball map - espn.go.com/blog/marc-stei…

Joe Maddon could land with the Cubs

insider.espn.go.com — With the news now official that Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract in Tampa Bay, there's going to be speculation that he could soon follow Andrew Friedman to Los Angeles. But there's another team to watch

ESPN FC's Guide to El Clasico

espn.go.com — Real Madrid strengthened in the summer but the departures of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria robbed them of players who helped provide balance in midfield. Barcelona, on the other hand, have retained a familiar structure and haven't yet enjoyed the benefit of their major arrival, Luis Suarez.

Mike & Mike: Frank Caliendo Impersonates Stephen A. Smith

espn.go.com — ESPN Video: Frank Caliendo, channeling the voice of Stephen A. Smith, makes picks for Week 8 of the NFL season with Smith.

Frank Caliendo Impersonates Stephen A. Smith

espn.go.com — ESPN Video: Comedian Frank Caliendo is "Stephen B. Smith" as he channels his inner Stephen A. Smith.
Oct 24, 2014

Furthermore, Frank Caliendo is a close personal friend of mine, and by that I mean, someone I've seen on TV... espn.go.com/video/clip?id=…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @SportsNation: Frank Caliendo’s impersonation of Stephen A. Smith on @MikeAndMike is tremendous! es.pn/1z460Lb

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ESPNMondayNight: Stephen B. Smith (née @FrankCaliendo) gives his prediction for the Redskins-Cowboys game on Monday Night » es.pn/1pHYzkl

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ESPNMondayNight: Stephen B. Smith (née @FrankCaliendo) gives his prediction for the Redskins-Cowboys game on Monday Night » es.pn/1pHYzkl

NBA - How injury alters Kevin Durant's #NBArank - ESPN

espn.go.com — Kevin Durant said he was "tired of being second," and now he doesn't have to worry about that anymore. Not for a while, anyway. Instead of being No. 2 again in #NBArank, Durant is now No. 8. Unfair? Sure. Real life? Too real. When it comes to title chances, MVP races and #NBArank, injuries hurt.

2014 NBA Player Rankings 8

espn.go.com — For the fourth straight year, ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA) from No. 500 to No. 1. We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to predict the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season.

Owen Daniels of Baltimore Ravens has surgery on knee, to miss at least one week

espn.go.com — OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels will miss at least one game after undergoing a clean-up procedure on his left knee, coach John Harbaugh said Friday. Daniels, the Ravens' second-leading receiver, hadn't practiced all week. The news was surprising, though, because it came one day after offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Daniels was "fine."

Bill Belichick of New England Patriots deflects questions about Darrelle Revis penalty for tardiness

espn.go.com — By Lee Schechter | Special to ESPNBoston.com FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Making his first public comments since cornerback Darrelle Revis was kept out of practice for tardiness, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was characteristically deflective when asked several questions about the absence.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @richarddeitsch: These exchanges will be fun to recall when Bill Belichick eventually gets a media job: es.pn/1zoIwkW

Oct 24, 2014

These exchanges will be fun to recall when Bill Belichick eventually gets a media job: es.pn/1zoIwkW

NFL Nation Week 8 game predictions

espn.go.com — Michael Rothstein: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is holding on to the ball a long time this season -- 2.6 seconds before each throw. That might not sound like much, but for an aggressive, attacking defense such as the Detroit Lions', that sort of time is all their defensive front will need to reach Ryan over and over again Sunday.

Victor Oladipo of Orlando Magic to have facial fracture surgery

espn.go.com — Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. -- Magic guard Victor Oladipo will miss Orlando's season opener and is out indefinitely with his second injury this month. The team announced Friday that Oladipo suffered a facial fracture in practice Thursday and will undergo surgery Saturday. The injury occurred when Oladipo took an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.
Oct 24, 2014

Likely no Oladipo for the Magic when the Wizards head to Orlando Oct. 30, Frye also likely out: espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id…

Oct 24, 2014

Magic's Victor Oladipo to have facial fracture surgery; out indefinitely after practice injury: es.pn/1zoLdDd via @AP #Magic

Who's your Pac-12 South favorite.

espn.go.com — Your humble #4Pac welcomes you to another installment of what will be a regular feature on the Pac-12 blog. Here's how it works: We take one question or one topic, or maybe it's some other really cool format that we haven't even thought of yet, and all contribute our thoughts.

Louisville restaurateur trolls Jameis Winston, jokes about taking crab legs off the menu ahead of game versus Florida State and Jameis Winston

espn.go.com — Commentary By Igor Guryashkin | ESPN.com For some reason unbeknownst to us, Jameis Winston is synonymous with crab legs. And with Winston's No. 2 Seminoles traveling to Louisville next Thursday, those crustaceans' limbs are snapping back at the former Heisman-winner (again).
Oct 24, 2014

RT @SportsCenter: ICYMI: Louisville steakhouse trolls Jameis Winston with crab legs joke ahead of FSU's visit. » es.pn/1theQ5T pic.twitter.com/CZZXnUoful

Oct 24, 2014

RT @SportsCenter: ICYMI: Louisville steakhouse trolls Jameis Winston with crab legs joke ahead of FSU's visit. » es.pn/1theQ5T pic.twitter.com/CZZXnUoful

NASCAR - Reminders of plane crash tragedy always present for Rick Hendrick - ESPN

espn.go.com — There were 10 dead, his only son among them. Rick Hendrick lost the heart of his race team -- and in many ways his heart -- in a plane crash on Bull Mountain outside Martinsville, Va. 10 years ago. The pain remains. The triumphs in its aftermath are still building.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @mikejoy500: MUST READ story by @MartySmithESPN: Rick Hendrick reflects on Martinsville plane crash 10 years ago today… fb.me/1r9PiZpzZ

Oct 24, 2014

MUST READ story by @MartySmithESPN: Rick Hendrick reflects on Martinsville plane crash 10 years ago today… fb.me/1r9PiZpzZ

Arizona Cardinals

espn.go.com — Anyone looking for a good, old-fashioned running battle won't have to look further than University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals' top-ranked rushing defense will have its hands full trying to corral Philadelphia Eagles running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Can Arizona retain that No.

Week 8 Predictions: Jets vs. Bills

espn.go.com — Geno Smith and the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. For more coverage, visit: ESPN NY ... on Twitter | Clubhouse | Schedule | Roster | Standings
Oct 24, 2014

RT @janesports: Uh oh. All the ESPN New York analysts are picking the Jets over the Bills. Huge red flag... espn.go.com/blog/new-york/…