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    City of Oakland files federal lawsuit against Raiders, NFL

    ALAMEDA, Calif. — What had been threatened since the first week of the season became reality Tuesday when the City of Oakland announced it has filed a federal lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL. The suit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, puts into question where the Raiders will play in 2019, the season before their planned move to Las Vegas. The Raiders do not have a lease for a home next year and team owner Mark Davis has said he will not play in Oakland if a lawsuit were ever filed — though Davis has recently softened that stance.…

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    Copa Libertadores trophy has club’s name misspelled on winners’ plaque

    Fans from all over the world converged on Madrid to watch the Copa Libertadores final. Here’s the best of the best from a historic day of football. CONMEBOL did not win any fans in Argentina when football’s governing body in South America last month decided to move the return leg of the Copa Libertadores final out of the country. They have lost even more since the trophy was awarded to River Plate after Sunday’s 3-1 triumph over bitter arch-rivals Boca Juniors in Madrid. CONMEBOL’s tweet of a photo of the Copa Libertadores trophy, the plinth of which has plaques of all the previous winners, alerted everyone to a mistake. The…

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    The Anthony Davis-Celtics speculation isn’t going away

    1:23 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — For more than a year now, the future of Anthony Davis has been a nonstop topic of discussion in NBA circles. It doesn’t matter that Davis, even now, can’t elect to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career until July 2020. It also doesn’t matter that his team, the New Orleans Pelicans, made it to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in a decade last season — and, if their players can remain healthy, appear to have the talent to make it at least that far this time around. Why? Because the NBA is a league…

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    College football All-America team led by Kyler Murray

    We’ll have to wait another 19 days to see No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Oklahoma play in the College Football Playoff semifinal games on Dec. 29. Those squads are well represented on ESPN’s 2018 All-America team, with the Crimson Tide leading the way with four selections, followed by Clemson with three and Notre Dame and Oklahoma with two each. And in honor of today’s high-scoring, wide-open offenses, we’re going with three wide receivers and no tight ends (sorry, Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger and Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson). Here are your 2018 ESPN All-Americans: OFFENSE QB: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma Murray might have spent this…

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    Chicago Bears crash NFC party with defensive masterpiece vs. Rams – Chicago Bears Blog

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have closed the gap on the NFC elite. The Bears served notice Sunday night that they’re a serious threat in a conference long viewed as a two-team race between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints. By virtue of knocking off the Rams 15-6 in a game that felt like a playoff preview, the Bears not only inched closer to wrapping up their first postseason berth since 2010, they also resembled a team capable of winning in January. Roquan Smith had one of the Bears’ four interceptions of Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Joe Robbins/Getty Images Just qualifying for the playoffs is no longer good enough…

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    Kyle Lowry held scoreless as Toronto Raptors upended by Milwaukee Bucks

    10:59 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — With 90 seconds to go in Sunday’s showdown between the top two teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, the ball found its way to Kyle Lowry in the corner for a wide-open shot. As the Raptors clung to a 97-94 lead, it offered Toronto a chance to double its advantage, help finish off what had become a comeback from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit and lead Toronto to a league-leading 22nd win of the season. But Lowry missed — just as he had the prior four times he’d attempted a shot Sunday night. In doing so, he opened…

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    Transfer Talk Manchester United to back Jose Mourinho and sign Tottenham Toby Alderweireld

    Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs may be closed but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives. Jose given green light to sign Alderweireld It is not often one of the best centre-backs in Europe becomes available on the relative cheap but that is the case with Toby Alderweireld and Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given…

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    Boca Juniors may rue choices in Copa Libertadores loss to River Plate, but the drama will continue

    Just like the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, the controversial return match in Madrid was full of ebbs and flows and ended with four goals being scored. Unlike the first leg, however, the four goals in Madrid were not evenly distributed. And after the first half, it seemed more likely that Boca Juniors would come out on top. For around an hour, the game unfolded exactly as Boca would have wanted. The River Plate attack badly missed the movement of suspended striker Rafael Santos Borre — they looked static and predictable. Boca were happy to allow River the bulk of the possession, sit deep in their own half,…

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    Luka Doncic wows in Dallas Mavericks win

    DALLAS — The person least impressed by Dallas Mavericks rookie star Luka Doncic‘s performance in Saturday night’s 107-104 comeback win over the Houston Rockets was probably the Slovenian teen himself. “I wasn’t playing great,” he said after scoring 21 points and taking over the game down the stretch. “My game wasn’t good at all. I get confident at the end of the game, and obviously then I feel comfortable.” That’s one way to put it after Doncic scored 11 straight points during crunch time, capping the flurry with a step-back 3-pointer over Houston center Clint Capela to give the Mavs the lead for good with 57.8 seconds remaining. This week…

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    Alabama flips top-ranked safety recruit Daxton Hill from Michigan

    With less than two weeks until the early signing period, Alabama landed one of the top football prospects in the country Saturday. Safety Daxton Hill, a five-star prospect, flipped his commitment from Michigan to the Crimson Tide. Respect it💯 pic.twitter.com/4jalHMrF50 — Dirty30 (@daxhill5) December 8, 2018 Hill is the top-ranked safety and No. 13-ranked prospect overall in the ESPN 300. He had been committed to the Wolverines since September and chose them over Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State the first time around. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound safety out of Booker T. Washington High School was the highest-ranked commit for Michigan in the 2019 class. With his commitment to Alabama, Hill is…