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Wash. state shooting suspect identifiedJoe Maddon exercises opt-out, won't return to Rays (Yahoo Sports)

People react as they wait at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Social media posts penned by the shooter portray a head-over-heels teenager.


FILE - This Aug. 2, 2014, file photo shows Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays announced Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, that Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Joe Maddon's highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club - a prospect the manager apparently found too difficult to resist. Tampa Bay announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The Rays had expected to have him in their dugout at least through 2015, when his contract was due expire.


Remains belong to missing Virginia studentAttorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union Rice probe (Yahoo Sports)

Hannah Graham Disappearance Suspect Indicted in 2005 CaseCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a missing university student, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her.


In this Aug. 7, 2014, photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The attorney leading the NFL players' union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating. Richard Craig Smith told the AP on Friday night that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA's investigators, while the Ravens have refused any cooperation with similar requests. ''We cannot accept public statements that call for transparency, candor and openness and then not allow the investigators to do their jobs.'' The union's investigation, like a similar probe organized by the NFL, isn't a law enforcement inquiry and the parties involved aren't under any legal obligation to comply with requests.


Obama meets Ebola survivor Nina Pham at White HouseRedskins' RG3 speaks, says he won't rush return (Yahoo Sports)

President Barack Obama meets with Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Barack Obama gives Ebola survivor Nina Pham a bear hug, part of his personal hands-on approach to persuade jittery Americans to trust elite doctors and scientists to keep them safe.


FILE - In this July 27, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III speaks during a media availability after practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Richmond Va. The Redskins have allowed Griffin to break his silence about his injury, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Griffin referenced a Winton Churchill quote about courage, said he's been

The Washington Redskins finally allowed Robert Griffin III to speak. So he referenced Winston Churchill and played along with the uncertainty whether he might make his return Monday night. His appearance was scheduled by the team after reporters suggested that Griffin's unavailability to the media was a possible violation of NFL access rules. Coach Jay Gruden hasn't ruled out Griffin for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, but the coach said the plan remains for Colt McCoy to start.


Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shootingRoyals shift Cain to tricky right field for Game 3 (Yahoo Sports)
By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school. ...

The Kansas City Royals take batting practice during a baseball workout on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals and the San Francisco Giants are to play Game 3 of baseball's World Series in San Francisco on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was moved from center field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions. Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday night with the best-of-seven matchup 1-all. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson was starting in center field and batting eighth. With this vast outfield, we knew that we had to put our best defense out there.'' Alex Gordon, who batted sixth in Games 1 and 2 this week at Kauffman Stadium, moved up into the No. 2 hole as the Royals lost their designated hitter - Billy Butler - in the NL ballpark.


Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spreeTed Bishop out as PGA president (Yahoo Sports)
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. The two suspects, described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as a man and a woman, both Hispanic and heavily armed, were taken into custody, police said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis. ...

FILE - PGA of America President Ted Bishop speaks next to the Presidents Cup trophy at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, in this July 2, 2014 file photo. The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening Oct. 23, 2014 for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter. Bishop was irritated by remarks Poulter made in his book on the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson this year. He referred to Poulter as ''Lil Girl'' on Twitter when stacking up Poulter's feats next to Faldo.




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