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ST. Terrell Owens Cowboys Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. - Joe Maddon wont be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays announced Friday that Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season. Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major league baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015. Maddon has 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. Friedman assembled the teams that Maddon guided in transforming the Rays from perennial losers into a club that had six consecutive winning seasons before finishing 77-85. In the last several days we worked with Joe to try to figure out a contract extension, Friedmans replacement, Matt Silverman, said during a conference call. We engaged and made many offers and it became clear from his responses that it was not an exercise that was going to lead to an outcome. Silverman, who took over as head of baseball operations after serving as team president for a decade, said Maddons contract contained a clause that allowed to opt-out under certain conditions, including Friedman leaving the Rays. Friedmans departure on Oct. 14 led to immediate questions that when Maddons contract with the Rays expired after the 2015 season that Friedman might try to lure him to the Dodgers. As I said last week, Joe and I enjoyed a tremendous relationship working together in Tampa Bay and I wish him nothing but the best wherever his next stop will be, Friedman said in a statement. However, nothing has changed on our end. Don Mattingly will be our manager next season and hopefully for a long time to come. Silverman said he was surprised and disappointed by Maddons decision. A search for a new manager will begin immediately, but theres no timetable for naming a successor. I believe Joe wanted to be the manager of the Rays long term. That was my intention and Stus intention. We dove head-first into discussions, but it takes two parties to reach an agreement, Silverman said. Im very comfortable with the financial offers that we made Joe. They were very generous, Silverman added. He listened to those and chose to opt-out. Michael Gallup Cowboys Jersey . The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized -- then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner. It was a harsh day of cross-examination for Pistorius, challenged relentlessly about his account of the moments just before he killed Reeva Steenkamp, as well as circumstances related to several firearms charges against him, including the firing of a gun in a crowded restaurant. Chidobe Awuzie Cowboys Jersey . 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery.Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson appears to be going under the knife this week. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that Johnson will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Via text message with Wyatt, Johnson called the surgery "nothing major" and said he had been dealing with the injury for most of the season. "People dont know I been playing with it since weeek 3 of the season. Dallas Cowboys Jerseys. " The 28-year-old totaled 1,077 yards on the ground last season with six rushing touchdowns. He also caught 42 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The former 2,000-yard running back carries a base salary $8 million next season and has an uncertain future with the Titans.  He told The Tennessean in December he has no plans to take a pay cut


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