Raiders break ground on new stadium in Las Vegas

The Raiders have taken the next step in their move to Las Vegas.

The Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas was approved by NFL owners in March after 31 of the 32 owners voted in favor of the move. The final piece of the funding puzzle for the $1.9 billion stadium fell into place last month when the Nevada Assembly and Senate approved a room tax increase designed to raise $750 million for construction.

Green went way off Sunday, to be sure, so far that after he got a completely justified ejection, he still had to be restrained by coach Marvin Lewis, then escorted to the locker room by a staffer as he continued to shout, glare and point at everyone on the field.

Now, of course, none of that might be traced to the state of the franchise, and after the game, Lewis only hinted at a reason. Green apologized to his teammates in the locker room, he said; he also apologized when talking to reporters.

Did it ever get to him. You seriously wonder if, all things considered, Green is owed an apology, instead, from his chronically dysfunctional organization. If Green simply cracked over this mess of a season, whoblame him?

There’s no certainty that Blaine Gabbert, despite playing well in Sunday’s loss to the Texans, will start next week against Jacksonville, leaving open the possibility that Drew Stanton could regain the starting job while Matt Barkley waits in the wings. Even though Stanton beat San Francisco in Week 9, Gabbert has shown more long-term promise than Stanton for a franchise that’s in need of long-term stability at quarterback. There’s also the possibility that Carson Palmer could come back for the last two weeks of the season. The cast is off his broken left arm. While Gabbert’s talent is evident and readily available, the entire situation is still murky for Arizona. — Josh Weinfuss
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Boeser scores twice, leads Canucks past Penguins

Jake Guentzel scored twice, both on the power play, for Pittsburgh and now has eight this season. The Penguins started the season with wins in seven of their first 11, but now have just four wins in their last 12. Pittsburgh gave up two power-play goals for the second straight game and has allowed 10 in its last six.

The Bruins did not have LW Anders Bjork (undisclosed), LW Brad Marchand (upper body injury), RW David Backes (colon surgery) and D Adam McQuaid (broken right fibula). .Boston announced RW Jordan Szwarz had been sent down to AHL Providence. .The Devils announced Friday’s home game against Vancouver will coincide with the team hosting the NHL and NHLPA “joint initiative Hockey Fights Cancer” as part of the “annual Cancer Awareness Month.”

It’s all part of Gordon’s reinstatement into the NFL after he had been suspended the past two seasons and for 53 or the Browns last 58 games.

Gordon was reinstated conditionally by the NFL on Nov. 1. He was allowed to be in the building and work out on his own for two weeks, and is allowed to practice for two weeks before he can play in a game.

That meant he needed another season of at least six games to be credited for his third season, which would have made him eligible for restricted free agency, an appealing option to a player with as much talent as Gordon.

But he played no games in 2015 and ’16, though, and will only play five this season.nike_patriots_558

Golden Knights are bettors’ favorite to win Stanley Cup

More money has been bet on the Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup than any other team at Nevada’s largest sportsbook, William Hill U.S., which is now facing a liability of more than $1 million on the expansion franchise.

The Golden Knights were as high as 300-1 to win the Stanley Cup in the offseason. Heading into Monday’s game at the New York Islanders, though, the Knights were 40-1 at the Westgate SuperBook.

Overall, CG Technology vice president of risk Jason Simbal said his book’s liability on the Knights was currently in the mid-six-figure range.

Vegas improved to 8-1 on the season with a 7-0 win over Colorado. The Knights’ next six games are on the road.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the current Stanley Cup favorites at 7-1, followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, who are each 10-1 at the Westgate.

1. Matthew Stafford shreds Steelers’ secondary but has little to show for it — The Steelers entered Sunday night’s game allowing only 147 yards passing a game, the lowest in the NFL. Playing with a banged up Golden Tate (shoulder) and a makeshift offensive line, Stafford was able to put up big numbers through the air thanks to quick screens and short routes.

3. Steelers have chance to separate from AFC contenders. At 6-2 on the season, tied with the Patriots atop of the AFC and a half-game ahead of the Chiefs, Pittsburgh enters an interesting part of the schedule which may allow them to continue their winning streak beyond three games. Following their bye week, the Steelers have a date with the hapless Colts, followed by a Thursday night home game against the struggling Titans. Ten days later, on Nov. 26, is a home game against the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers. Looking ahead, a Dec. 17 home game against the Pats may decide home-field advantage in the playoffs. blues-015

Minus injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Indians have scored three runs in two games since.

Unlike in their midweek home matchup with the Saints in Week 11 last season, a Pyrrrhic 23-20 victory in which Kuechly ended up being lost for the final six games with a head injury that had him being carted off the field in tears, they have a lot of meaningful games left in 2017.

Carolina is still in good position at 4-2 after falling to Philadelphia, which is now 5-1. The Panthers are still a strong playoff contender, not looking anything close to the Super Bowl-hungover bunch that went 6-10 and finished last in the NFC South last season.

Forget how the Eagles’ offense got the tying touchdown and took the lead not long after Kuechly was hurt in the red zone right before halftime.

Why such a player would do anything beyond staying wide awake in every film session, running the assigned routes and catching whatever balls are thrown his way is hard to figure. But so is getting one’s self suspended for a year.

Severino got only one out in the wild-card game against Minnesota last Tuesday, but was bailed out by his teammates as New York advanced with an 8-4 victory. This time, the 23-year-old ace was determined to come through, and he did.

“That’s what it has to come down to, for him to possibly understand and hear from these players rather than hear from outside sources, hear it directly from the players.”

Wade’s role, of course, will reunite him with James in the starting lineup. The last time they linked up in that fashion, the pair made it to four straight Finals and won two championships with the Miami Heat.tigers_050

Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib share video of battle with Dez Bryant in style of Mortal Kombat

The Denver Broncos’ secondary — the “No Fly Zone” — scored a decisive victory over Dallas Cowboys star WR Dez Bryant on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Denver cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib both shared a video recapping their matchup against Bryant, modeled after the classic video game Mortal Kombat.

Really, you want to sell anyone on the Giants’ offense not named Odell Beckham Jr. Their offense is a mess and it’s clear Marshall and quarterback Eli Manning aren’t on the same page. Until they show signs of life, stay away — very far away. Marshall has as many drops (two) as catches in his first two games as a Giant. — Jordan Raanan

Ertz had five catches for 97 yards in a loss to the Chiefs. Granted, his 53-yard reception was a fluke play, the ball bouncing off a Kansas City defender before he snagged it, but Ertz has been targeted 18 times so far by Carson Wentz and ranks third in the NFL in receiving yards (190) through two weeks. Expect Wentz to continue to look his way. — Tim McManus

Olsen broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot during the second quarter of Sunday’s 9-3 win against Buffalo. He underwent surgery on Monday.

He is eligible to return to the active roster after eight weeks. That would put him on schedule to possibly play in a Nov. 26 game at the New York Jets.

Teams are allowed to bring two players back from IR during the season.

Team trainer Ryan Vermillion told the team website that Olsen had a screw inserted to repair the fracture.

“The only thing that he has to do now is heal,” Vermillion said. “I know Greg will be around and he’ll be involved. He’s a team guy. He’ll try to do everything he can to help this team continue to win.”
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