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Dave Brandon, Michigan Wolverines AD, leaving post

espn.go.com — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is resigning and will not return next season, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy. The university will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the athletic director situation.
Oct 31, 2014

Michigan AD Dave Brandon is resigning, disappointing Ohio State fans everywhere espn.go.com/college-footba…

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Cubs fire manager Rick Renteria

espn.go.com — ESPN.com news services With the potential hiring of Joe Maddon looming, the Chicago Cubs fired manager Rick Renteria on Friday. Renteria managed the Cubs last season, posting a 73-89 record. "Today we made the difficult decision to replace Rick Renteria as manager of the Chicago Cubs," said Cubs president Theo Epstein in a statement.

Kentucky Wildcats, Arizona Wildcats ranked 1-2 in AP preseason poll

espn.go.com — Associated Press Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the second straight season. The Wildcats lived up to expectations last season, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost to Connecticut.
Oct 31, 2014

Arizona ranked No. 2 in AP preseason men's basketball poll: espn.go.com/mens-college-b…

Oct 31, 2014

NCAAM: Kentucky No. 1 in AP preseason poll; No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas (ESPN) ift.tt/1touzzp #BBN

Oct 31, 2014

Badgers MBB opens at No. 3 in AP poll, highest preseason ranking ever. espn.go.com/mens-college-b…

Dave Brandon's departure begins shift for Wolverines

espn.go.com — Dave Brandon had no previous experience working in college sports when Michigan hired him as its athletic director in 2010. He was a businessman, most famously as leader of the Domino's Pizza chain. He set about trying to run the Wolverines athletic department like a business, which in many ways, of course, it is.

The Lowe Post - Jeff Van Gundy & Michele Roberts - ESPN

espn.go.com — Zach Lowe and Jeff Van Gundy discuss the Cavs and other early story lines. Also, Zach and Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the players' union, discuss the potential of a lockout, max salaries, and more.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ZachLowe_NBA: Podcast: Jeff Van Gundy on the Cavs and early trends, Michele Roberts on the cap, TV deal, and the players' share: espn.go.com/espnradio/gran…

Oct 31, 2014

Podcast: Jeff Van Gundy on the Cavs and early trends, Michele Roberts on the cap, TV deal, and the players' share: espn.go.com/espnradio/gran…

Spending a football Saturday with legendary recruiter and character Ed Orgeron

espn.go.com — MANDEVILLE, La. -- Ed Orgeron stirs a massive pot of gumbo the same way he would lead his defensive linemen through a drill during the dog days of preseason camp. Beads of sweat forming on his forehead, Orgeron doesn't just stir this Cajun delicacy whipped up by his mother, known affectionately as "Co Co."
Oct 31, 2014

This is awesome RT @ZacEllis: Great piece by @ClowESPN, who spent a Saturday on the bayou with Ed Orgeron. espn.go.com/college-footba…

Oct 31, 2014

Really enjoyable story from @Clowespn on what Ed O is up to these days: ow.ly/DDWgG

Spend Hal's Money: David Robertson

espn.go.com — Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports David Robertson could be the Yankees' closer again in 2015. Or it could be Dellin Betances. The New York Yankees went into last winter with a publicly stated goal of keeping their payroll below $189 million. They came out of it having committed more than $400 million for four new players.

Alderson weighs in on Mets' top prospects

espn.go.com — NEW YORK -- GM Sandy Alderson offered his thoughts on most of the Mets' top upper-level prospects during an interview Friday morning on WIOX 91.3 in the Castskills. Here's what Alderson said: Steven Matz, left-hander "He had a very good season in 2013, and exceeded that in 2014, both at St.

Can former Alabama top recruit Devonta Pollard start over in Houston?

espn.go.com — THE WORST DAY of his life was Nov. 21, 2013. That morning, Devonta Pollard walked into a courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi. The 19-year-old, once a top basketball recruit who seemed destined for the NBA, had barely slept the night before.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @minakimes: my new @ESPNMag feature on Devonta Pollard, a top-25 basketball recruit who was charged with conspiracy to kidnap: es.pn/1p6h4V7

Oct 31, 2014

RT @minakimes: my new @ESPNMag feature on Devonta Pollard, a top-25 basketball recruit who was charged with conspiracy to kidnap: es.pn/1p6h4V7

Oct 30, 2014

RT @LindsayRaeSI: This story from @minakimes, on a top 25 hoops recruit who had to testify against his mom to save himself, is so good: espn.go.com/espn/feature/s…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @longform: "Free To Go" To save himself, a basketball recruit testified against his mother: long.fm/1whmVaT (by @minakimes, @ESPNMag)

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ESPNHomeCookin: So compelling. RT @JTalty: It's a long read, but you're going to want to read this ESPN story on Devonta Pollard: ow.ly/DzFu4

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MLB - Future Power Rankings heading into 2014 free agency - ESPN

espn.go.com — A detailed breakdown of the future of every major league franchise By Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney | ESPN Insider Illustration by Mikey Burton The FPR "forecast" how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years.
Oct 31, 2014

Here's a link to that insider-only ESPN piece on MLB's Future Power Rankings (#bluejays 18th): insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id…

Oct 31, 2014

Our MLB Future Power Rankings are up. @Buster_ESPN describes Cubs as "a growing monster." Sounds terrifying. es.pn/1nW3h2t (In)

Kyle Allen replaces Kenny Hill as starting quarterback for Texas A&M Aggies

espn.go.com — ESPN.com news services The Texas A&M Aggies have made the switch at quarterback, as Kevin Sumlin has benched Kenny Hill in favor of true freshman Kyle Allen, according to multiple media reports Friday. [+] Enlarge Allen, who reportedly took the snaps with the first-team offense Thursday, will be under center against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday as the Aggies try to end a three-game losing streak.
Oct 31, 2014

How many TD passes does Kyle Allen need to throw vs. Louisiana-Monroe to get a nickname? es.pn/1toIYvj

Harvey Updyke's Halloween costume? A dead tree

espn.go.com — If you're reading this blog, you almost certainly know the name Harvey Updyke. He's the Alabama fan who poisoned the iconic trees in Toomer's Corner at rival Auburn in 2010. He served 76 days in jail and was ordered by a judge to pay restitution to Auburn University totaling $796,731, of which he's only paid $99 as of mid-September.
Oct 31, 2014

Gonna need pics. RT @ESPN_SEC: Harvey Updyke a dead tree for Halloween es.pn/1tp5Qe8

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors agree on contract extension

espn.go.com — The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms with shooting guard Klay Thompson on a four-year maximum extension projected to be in the $70 million range, sources said. The Warriors have gone to great lengths to hold on to Thompson, refusing to include him in trade talks for Kevin Love this summer.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ESPNNBA: Klay Thompson agrees to four-year, maximum extension with the Warriors, sources tell @ESPNSteinLine. es.pn/10bbSD0

Belichick Critiques Golic's Costume

espn.go.com — ESPN Video: Bill Belichick joined "Mike & Mike" and commented on Mike Golic's "Bill Belichick" Halloween costume.
Oct 31, 2014

Belichick's first words to Mike & Mike - "great to be on with you morons this morning" espn.go.com/video/clip?id=…

Rangers trim roster to 31 players

espn.go.com — The Texas Rangers outrighted right-handed pitchers Nate Adcock and Alfredo Figaro to Triple-A Round Rock after they cleared waivers. Infielder Ed Lucas, who was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins, also cleared waivers and will be assigned to Round Rock.
Oct 31, 2014

Watkins: Rangers trim roster to 31 players: The Texas Rangers outrighted right-handed pitchers Nate Adcock and... es.pn/1sSoBBn

Mike Maddux returning as Texas Rangers pitching coach

espn.go.com — The Texas Rangers announced Friday that pitching coach Mike Maddux will return for his seventh consecutive season with the club. Maddux's contract was scheduled to end Saturday. Financial terms and length of his new deal weren't disclosed.
Oct 31, 2014

Watkins: Mike Maddux returning as pitching coach: The Texas Rangers announced Friday that pitching coach Mike ... es.pn/1wlAFkK

Rita Jeptoo fails doping test

espn.go.com — ESPN.com news services STELLENBOSCH, South Africa -- The agent for Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo says the Kenyan runner has failed a doping test. Federico Rosa tells The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September, before she won a second straight title at the Chicago Marathon on Oct.

Tony Jefferson of Arizona Cardinals couldn't remember game after concussion

espn.go.com — By Josh Weinfuss | ESPN.com TEMPE, Ariz. -- While driving after Sunday's game, Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson pulled over for about 30 minutes. He knew something wasn't right. He had just played 76 snaps and made 11 tackles in Arizona's 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but he couldn't recall much, if any, of it.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @stevealmondjoy: A concussed NFL player doesn't remember the game HE JUST PLAYED IN: espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @joshweinfuss: My story on Tony Jefferson not remembering Sunday's game because of his concussion that wasn't diagnosed until Mon.: es.pn/1uavYeW

Oct 30, 2014

My story on Tony Jefferson not remembering Sunday's game because of his concussion that wasn't diagnosed until Mon.: es.pn/1uavYeW

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Tyson Chandler an offensive threat? LOL (lot of lobs)

espn.go.com — DALLAS - The talk about Tyson Chandler always start with the difference he makes on the defensive end. Ignore the offensive impact the big man makes at your own risk of ending up on his highlight reel. Chandler will knock down the occasional midrange jumper, but the vast majority of his points come around the bucket.
Oct 31, 2014

Tyson Chandler an offensive threat? LOL (lot of lobs): DALLAS – The talk about Tyson Chandler always start wit... es.pn/1u2pIVQ