Rick Renteria deserved better. After 20 years of working his way up the ladder, he took over the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 season and infused energy and optimism into the fan base and clubhouse. He won seven more games than his predecessor, Dale Sveum. And now, after just one year, the Cubs are throwing him to a Waveland Avenue curb. They fired him Friday afternoon. If it's any consolation, Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost were once told they were no longer wanted, either. The employees and fans of the Tampa Bay Rays deserved better, too. After a season in which their spiritual adviser, Don Zimmer, passed away, and their ace, David Price, was traded, they now have to make do without their general manager, Andrew Friedman, and their manager, Joe Maddon, who convinced the Rays to play over their heads and their mini-market payroll. If it's any consolation, the smart people in charge of the franchise are still there. ...
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CHICAGO -- Before the Cleveland Cavaliers could go on to earn the first win of their season -- and the first win of David Blatt's NBA coaching career -- he had some lingering feelings about his team's disaster of a debut that he had to share. In lieu of putting the Cavs through a shootaround before the tail end of their back-to-back, the longtime European coach called a meeting at the team hotel and put them in their place instead of putting them through their paces. "You all are such nice people, I'm so happy you weren't in the morning meeting today because your opinion of me might be vastly different right now," Blatt told the media after the Cavs beat the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday. "But we cleaned some things up, and the guys responded beautifully and we played a great game." Blatt spared no one, including LeBron James, who bounced back with 36 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals against the Bulls after...
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Let it first be known what an honor and privilege it is to write about these two quarterbacks and to watch them play against each other for a 16th time this Sunday. Before they're finished -- which could be a blessed long time from now -- Peyton Manning and Tom Brady easily could vie for the Greatest Quarterback Ever label now widely conceded to Joe Montana. Thank you, Peyton, and thank you, Tom, for allowing us to behold some of the best pure pocket passing in football history. Forgive us if we lose sight because this has become De Niro vs. Pacino, Spielberg vs. Scorsese, Beatles vs. Rolling Stones. Now for strictly one fan's opinion: As immense as my respect is for Peyton Manning, and as close a call as this is, give me Tom Brady. Give me Brady's one-of-the-guys leadership over Peyton's blue-blooded coach on the field. Give me Brady's sixth-round, aw-shucks authenticity over Peyton's product-pitching gift, comedic flair on "Saturday Night Live" and royal pedigree as...
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