ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over.
The Rays said Maddon exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.
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The 60-year-old Maddon managed the Rays for nine seasons, compiling a 754-705 record. He led Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times, won two AL East titles and one World Series appearance.
The decision comes less than two weeks after Tampa Bay lost executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The attorney leading the NFL players’ union investigation into Ray Rice’s domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.
Richard Craig Smith told the AP 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.
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. The league and the union, however, have each said separately that they wanted answers in the case.
A spokesman for the NFL couldn’t comment immediately when reached, and a spokesman for the Ravens didn’t immediately return a phone message.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, once video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.
Also, the union has questioned why the NFL’s domestic violence training and education program ”treats all players as perpetrators.” In a memo sent to NFLPA members on Thursday by executive director DeMaurice Smith, the union also said the plan ”doesn’t build a positive consensus to warning signs.”
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A federal judge granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. He said the leagues have shown that they would be irreparably harmed if the state’s casinos and racetracks were permitted to allow sports betting.
The leagues’ lawsuit against the state to permanently prevent it from allowing sports betting will proceed.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Oct. 17 that effectively repeals the state’s ban on sports wagering and allows it at racetracks and casinos. Monmouth Park racetrack said that its plan to start accepting bets on Sunday has been put on hold following the decision.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Ted Bishop was ousted 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. In a Facebook post, he noted that Watson (with eight majors) and Faldo (with six majors and the Ryder Cup record for most points) were getting ”bashed” by Poulter.
”Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!” he wrote.
The PGA of America board voted to remove him, meaning Bishop will not be invited to future PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, or any other courtesies extended to past presidents. He is the first PGA president to be ousted. Bishop had one month left on his two-year term.
Bishop, a head pro from Indiana who has two daughters, apologized to Poulter and ”anyone else I might have offended” in a statement.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Russell Henley one-putted 10 greens on the Seaside course at Sea Island and tied his PGA Tour best with a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the McGladrey Classic.
Playing for the first time since Sept. 14 at the Tour Championship, Henley was at 9-under 131. Brendon de Jonge (64), Brian Harman (67) and Andrew Svoboda (66) were tied for second.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – John Cook and Marco Dawson shared the first-round lead at 7-under 65 in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship, the final full-field event of the season.
Scott Dunlap was a stroke back at TPC San Antonio, and Jay Haas was at 67 along with Guy Boros, Bart Bryant, Gary Hallberg, Tom Lehman, Peter Senior, Wes Short Jr., and Kirk Triplett.
SINGAPORE (AP) – Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semifinals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball as round-robin play concluded.
Williams will face Caroline Wozniacki, and Simona Halep will play Agnieszka Radwanska. Halep and Williams advanced from Group A, and Wozniacki and Radwanska from Group B.
In the final group matches, Ana Ivanovic beat Halep 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, Maria Sharapova topped Radwanska 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2, and Wozniacki beat Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) – Teenager Borna Coric beat second-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (4) to reach the Swiss Indoors semifinals, while top-seeded Roger Federer remained on course for his sixth title in the event with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Grigor Dimitrov.
Nadal said after the match he will have season-ending appendicitis surgery.
It took the 17-year-old Coric, from Croatia, will face David Goffin, a 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 winner over Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4. Ivo Karlovic also advanced, beating Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4.
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – Carli Lloyd scored twice and the United States beat Mexico 3-0 in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals to earn a spot in the World Cup next year.
Christen Press also scored. The Americans will face Costa Rica, which earned its first World Cup appearance by beating Trinidad and Tobago on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.
The top three finishers in the championship for the North, Central American and Caribbean region earn World Cup bids and the fourth-place finisher will have another chance in a match against Ecuador next month.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) – Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR’s championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run at Martinsville Speedway.
McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, set a qualifying record with a lap of 99.905 mph to nudge the six championship-eligible drivers who had advanced with him into the final round of qualifying. Joey Logano was second, and fellow Chase driver Matt Kenseth third.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Japan’s Tatsuki Machida won the Skate America men’s short program.
Machida had a score of 93.39 points. American Jeremy Abbott was second at 81.82. The long program is Saturday night. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates won the ice dance short program.
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STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) – Former 800-meter world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash while traveling to a meet, the spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma said. He was 34.
Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mulaudzi was killed in an accident while traveling to the meet in Johannesburg. Mulaudzi won the world title in Berlin in 2009.