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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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Kyler Murray, Oklahoma Sooners, Heisman Trophy betting favorite over Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide

    For the first time all season, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the betting favorite to win the Heisman Trophy — in both the legal and offshore markets. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa opened as the third-favorite at 10-1 odds in June at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, behind Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (7-1) and Stanford running back Bryce Love (5-1). Murray was tied for the seventh-best odds at 20-1. How should odds and Vegas rankings be valued in 2019? The betting community has been asking for acceptance, but seeing the big picture is equally important. Tagovailoa became the favorite at the SuperBook in August before Alabama coach Nick Saban even…

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    Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray split honors at College Football Awards

    Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray split four college football year-end awards Thursday, setting up a showdown for Saturday night when they contend for the Heisman Trophy. Tagovailoa received the Maxwell Award for player of the year while Murray was named the nation’s top quarterback with the Davey O’Brien Award at the College Football Awards show in Atlanta. Earlier in the day, the Walter Camp Award for best player went to Tagovailoa, while Murray won the Associated Press’ Player of the Year. They are both finalists for the Heisman, along with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa received the Walter Camp Award on Thursday night as…

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    Zion Williamson of Duke Blue Devils baffled by missed dunks vs. Hartford Hawks

    DURHAM, N.C. — Turns out, even Zion Williamson can have an off night. For all the unlikely twists for Duke in a flat first half against Hartford, nothing offered quite as big a surprise as Williamson missing two dunks. The Duke freshman has stolen headlines and filled up highlight reels through the Blue Devils’ first eight games of the season with one monster dunk after another, but Wednesday was … a little off. An all-access series documenting the Blue Devils’ preparation for the 2018-19 season, exclusively on ESPN+. Watch on ESPN+ “I don’t know what was going on with me,” said Williamson, who was 8-of-14 from the floor with 18…

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    Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside sits in fourth, leaves bench early

    There was a noticeable hole on the Heat bench in the closing seconds of Tuesday night’s loss to the Magic. It was about 7-foot, 265 pounds. Center Hassan Whiteside abruptly left the bench and went to the locker room by himself with less than a minute to go in Miami’s 105-90 home loss to Orlando, one that put the Heat’s record at 9-14 for the season. Asked after the game about what happened, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said he had yet to receive an explanation from Whiteside. “Probably extremely upset like we all are,” said Spoelstra, whose Heat shot 41.8 percent from the field and 40 percent (2 of 5)…

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    Nikola Jokic unique skill set powers Denver Nuggets past Toronto Raptors

    1:26 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — After the Denver Nuggets pulled off yet another impressive win on Monday, beating the Toronto Raptors 106-103 to stretch their win streak to six games, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was asked about the latest sensational performance from Denver’s star center, Nikola Jokic. Before Murray could answer the question, music made its way toward the pack of reporters around him from a nearby corner of the locker room. Murray smiled and nodded in its direction. There was Jokic, fresh off a 23-point, 11-rebound, 15-assist triple-double, rocking out to music on his cell phone by himself while icing down in the corner. Murray could only…

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    DeMar DeRozan of San Antonio Spurs cites Gregg Popovich’s preaching after pouring in 36

    SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan kept hearing coach Gregg Popovich in his ear Sunday night, when he turned a putrid start into near perfection in leading the San Antonio Spurs past the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118. DeRozan said Popovich has been “preaching” to him the mantra of “no guilt” when it comes to shooting the basketball. “I’ve been listening to him,” DeRozan said. That became apparent after halftime, when DeRozan shook off a shaky 3-of-12 start to score 18 of San Antonio’s final 20 points to close the third quarter. DeRozan’ outburst included 15 straight points, marking the fourth time in his career that he has poured in 15 or…