5:15 PM: With Joe Maddon opting out of his contract, former Rays GM & current Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman released a statement on Friday saying Don Mattingly "will be our manager next season and hopefully for a long time to come."
4:45 PM: For Saturday's home game against the New Jersey Devils, the Ottawa Senators are asking fans to wear red in honor of Canada's soldiers and first responders. The Senators will also hold a moment of silence for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed at the National War Memorial on Wednesday.
4:30 PM: The Wrigley Renovations Twitter account has been posting photos from the construction work being done at the Chicago Cubs' ballpark.
3:30 PM: Piedmont High School in Alabama said it no longer holds public prayers before football games after receiving a letter stating the practice violates the separation of church & state.
3:15 PM: When asked Friday about Darrelle Revis being told to stay home from Tuesday's practice when he overslept, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick replied: "Anything between me and the player is between me and the players."
3:00 PM: A funeral was held in Tuscumbia, Alabama Thursday for Deshler High School football coach Jake Linville. Police say Linville died from a self-inflicted gunshot would behind his parents' home in Tennessee last Sunday.
2:45 PM: A University of Alabama-Huntsville student who claims she was raped by Chargers hockey player Lasse Uusivirta has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit accuses UAH officials of discouraging sexual assault victims from pursuing charges.
2:30 PM: A Louisville prosecutor is considering re-filing domestic abuse charges against Hall of Fame jockey Robby Albarado after Albarado's original conviction was thrown out.
2:15 PM: New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton offered motivation to his team Thursday by placing in everyone's locker a cartoon of two men digging in a diamond mine, with one man who almost reached the diamonds giving up.
2:00 PM: The Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team was honored last Saturday by receiving their own special edition boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes with a team photo on the cover. But the boxes aren't available in stores.
1:45 PM: WKRC reports four McNicholas (Ohio) High School football players were arrested Friday on assault charges over an incident in the freshman football locker room, where a 14-year-old player was allegedly kicked in the groin by a cleated foot.
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