• Anaheim Ducks hire Rich Preston as 3rd assistant coach

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have hired Rich Preston as the third assistant coach on Bruce Boudreau’s staff.

  • Detroit Tigers left fielder Tyler Collins (18), misses a triple hit by Chicago White Sox's Trayce Thompson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Last-place Detroit Tigers face uncertain future

    DETROIT (AP) — The run atop the AL Central was going to end at some point for the Detroit Tigers. This was an ugly way for it to happen.

  • Buccaneers waive struggling kicker Kyle Brindza

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Brindza has missed his last kick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown is sacked by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Browns’ Pettine: ‘We’re not going to hit the panic button’

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns general manager Ray Farmer was back in his office Monday after serving a four-game NFL suspension.

  • Hicks’ long journey lands him with Patriots

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Akiem Hicks’ long and winding road has brought him to the undefeated New England Patriots.

  • Longtime Yankees executive Billy Eppler, right, is greeted by Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia during a news conference announcing Eppler as the new general manager for the Angels in Anaheim, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The 40-year-old Eppler replaces interim GM Bill Stoneman, who took over after Jerry Dipoto quit his job at midseason following his latest disagreement with Scioscia, the longest-serving manager in baseball.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Billy Eppler welcomes high expectations as Angels’ new GM

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Billy Eppler knows his new job as the Los Angeles Angels’ general manager looks particularly tough. He knows all about the organizational power wielded by manager Mike Scioscia and the high expectations of owner Arte Moreno.

  • In this June 16, 2015, file photo, San Diego Padres interim manager Pat Murphy looks on before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in San Diego. A.J. Preller, Padres executive vice president/general manager, announced Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, that the club will begin a search for a new manager immediately. Murphy will not be returning in the same capacity with the team in 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    Preller looking for manager to get Padres playing better

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Admitting his San Diego Padres “didn’t have the right formula” this season, general manager A.J. Preller says he’s looking for a manager who can get the underachieving team to play at a high level.

  • Ravens receiver Steve Smith could miss game vs. Browns

    OWNINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens got their first win of the season last week, but may have lost a pivotal member of their depleted receiving corps in the process.

  • Derek Wolfe returns to league’s top-ranked defense

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe returned to work Monday after serving his four-game suspension and declared he was “like a caged animal right now,” ready to rejoin the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

  • Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis, right, is congratulated by Matt Wieters after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Orioles won 9-4. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Orioles’ put priority on retaining Davis, improving pitching

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Seeking an encore to their appearance in the AL Championship Series, the Baltimore Orioles sputtered through a .500 season primarily because they couldn’t replace stars lost to free agency and received sub-par performances from several of the 2014 standouts.