Fox San Antonio - Sports Last Update on October 31, 2014 20:50 GMT T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll for the second straight season. The Wildcats overcame a midseason slump to reach the national championship game last spring, losing to Connecticut. Kentucky received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel to become the fourth team to earn consecutive preseason No. 1s. Arizona is No. 2 in the poll, receiving five first-place votes, with Wisconsin No. 3 getting eight first-place votes but 35 points less than Arizona in overall points. Rounding out the top five are Duke and Kansas with the second five featuring North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas. MLB-CUBS CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria (rehn-ter-EE'-uh) after one season to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Team President Theo Epstein says Renteria deserved to come back next season but that Maddon's departure changed things. Renteria led Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager, a seven-win improvement from 2013. He has been offered another position with the Cubs. MLB-TRANSACTIONS CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on utilityman Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lihs). In his second season with Cleveland, Aviles hit .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games. He added 14 steals, matching a career high. A versatile player, Aviles played six positions, including 28 at third base and second. The Indians went 48-40 in games Aviles started. DETROIT (AP) -- Reliever Joakim (WAH'-keem) Soria's $7 million option for 2015 has been picked up by the Detroit Tigers. He joined the team in July in a trade with Texas. Soria had 17 saves for the Rangers, then strained an oblique in August and pitched only 11 innings for the Tigers in the regular season. S Detroit also made $15.3 million qualifying offers to right-hander Max Scherzer and designated hitter Victor Martinez, well ahead of Monday's deadline. Detroit would receive draft-pick compensation if either of those free agent stars signs with another major league team before the amateur draft in June. NBA-SCHEDULE UNDATED (AP) -- A night after having his homecoming ruined with a 95-90 loss to the Knicks, LeBron James and his Cavaliers are in Chicago to meet the Bulls tonight. In the opinion of many this could be a preview of the Eastern Conference finals next spring as the Cavs and Bulls are being touted as the best teams in the East. Chicago won its opening game on Wednesday against the Knicks in New York, so this evening's contest is the Bulls' home opener. Defending league champion San Antonio opens the road portion of its schedule tonight with a game in Phoenix. Each team won its first game of the season. The two teams based in Los Angeles are squaring off tonight in Staples Center with the Lakers serving as hosts. The Clippers won their season opener last night while the Lakers are winless in two games. Tonight's other games feature Memphis at Indiana, the Bucks at home to the 76ers and Portland at Sacramento. NBA-JAZZ UNDATED (AP) -- Guard Alex Burks has improved every season with the Utah Jazz and the club has noticed. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Burks and the club have agreed on a four-year, $42 million contract extension. He was the 12th overall pick in 2011 out of Colorado. After averaging just over 7.0 points and playing fewer than 18 minutes per game in his first two seasons, Burks made some big strides for the Jazz last season averaging 14.0 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. He has started this season off with 16.5 points a game on 50 percent shooting. NHL-SCHEDULE UNDATED (AP) -- There are four games on ice this evening. In Columbus the Blue Jackets are playing host to the Maple Leafs while the Stanley Cup champion Kings are in Detroit, the Stars are home to the Ducks and Nashville is at Calgary. In regard to the Kings-Red Wings game, Detroit has won six of the last eight regular-season games played between the teams. And for the Stars and Ducks, this is their first encounter since Game 6 of last spring's Western Conference final, which the Ducks won 5-4 in overtime. NASCAR FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- This week's stop on the Sprint Cup circuit is in Fort Worth, Texas. The Texas 500 is Sunday and qualifying for the pole is taking place this evening. The Chase championship field will be cut from eight to four after the Phoenix event next week, with race winners earning spots in the Nov. 16 finale in Florida. Joey Logano won the April race at the Fort Worth track. COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan is looking for an athletic director as Dave Brandon has resigned. He was under pressure as the football team is in the midst of a dismal season and there has been controversy over the school's handling of everything from its concussion protocol to student seating at games. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress. PGA-CIMB KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Billy Hurley III made six birdies on his front nine en route to a 5-under 67 that gave him a two-shot lead after the second round of the PGA's CIMB Classic. Hurley matched his score from Thursday for a 10-under total of 134, two strokes ahead of fellow American Kevin Streelman in the jointly sanctioned PGA Tour and Asian Tour event. A group of seven players was one stroke further back at 7 under, including defending champion Ryan Moore.