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Oakland Raiders File Papers to Move to Las Vegas

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The San Diego Chargers are now the Los Angeles Chargers, and it seems like the Oakland Raiders might be on the move as well. The team field paperwork on Thursday to relocate to Las Vegas.

The Raiders had until Feb. 15 to apply for relocation, but decided not to wait. The team would play in a 65,000-seat domed stadium they would share with the University of Las Vegas Nevada and is expected to cost $1.9 billion. The Raiders would pay $500 million, with billionarer casino owner Sheldon Adelson putting up $650 million. The other $750 million would come from hotel tax revenue.

The stadium, if approved and built, would be on a 62-acre site on Russell Road. The team’s relocation must be approved by three-fourths of the NFL’s team owners.

The vote is expected to take place at NFL owners meetings on March 26-29 in Phoenix.

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NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced, Westbrook Left Off

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The NBA All Star starting rosters were announced Thursday night, with one big surprise. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is not one of the starters for the Western Conference Team, losing the fan vote tiebreaker with Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

The NBA implemented a new voting system this year, which including players and media. Fans coutned for 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters, while current players and the media counted for 25 percent each.

Joining Curry and Harden as Western Conference All-Star starters are Warriors’ forward Kevin Durant, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis.

In the East, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, guard Kyrie Irving, Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Toronto Raptors center DeMar DeRozan start.

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LeBron Calls Cavs’ Pop ‘Greatest Coach of All Time’

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — Two power houses collide on Saturday when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the San Antonio Spurs. Cavaliers’ star LeBron James had high praise for Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich when asked about him leading up to the game, calling him the greatest coach of all time.

“A guy to be able to do what he’s done in an era of basketball where it’s changed so much and he’s been able to have a growth mindset and be able to change with the game,” James said. “He’s just continued to build around [Tim Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili] and Tony [Parker] and bring pieces in – in and out throughout his whole tenure.”

James is also impressed with Popovich’s adaptability. “We went from a league where it was inside out, where every time you came down it was throw it to the big, and then it goes to every time down pick-and-roll, and then it goes to every time down shoot a 3, he said. “Pop has been able to adjust every single time and still, for some odd reason, keep those guys under the radar. I don’t understand it.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/19/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Cleveland 118, Phoenix 103
Miami 99, Dallas 95
Washington 113, NY Knicks 110
San Antonio 118, Denver 104
Minnesota 104, LA Clippers 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa 2, Columbus 0
NY Islanders 3, Dallas 0
NY Rangers 5, Toronto 2
Washington 7, St. Louis 3
Minnesota 4, Arizona 3
Nashville 4, Calgary 3
Anaheim 2, Colorado 1
San Jose 2, Tampa Bay 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) UCLA 102, Arizona St. 80
(4) Gonzaga 88, Santa Clara 57
(11) Oregon 86, California 63
(12) Louisville 92, Clemson 60
(14) Arizona 73, Southern Cal 66
(23) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 62, Pacific 50
(25) Maryland 84, Iowa 76

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Green Bay Super Fan Says It’s a No Brainer to Take Fiance’s Last Name of Packer

Courtesy of Ryan Holtan-Murphy (NEW YORK) — Ryan Holtan-Murphy is already a diehard Green Bay fan.

“I grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where the Packers are the unofficial state religion,” he wrote to ABC News while traveling home from vacation in Paris. “Everyone from grandmothers to little kids are diehard fans and we live and die with the team.”

And now that Holtan-Murphy is engaged to woman named Marie Packer, he plans to take her last name so he’ll forever be “Mr. Packer.”

“Honestly, it was never even a decision for me,” he said. “As soon as things started to get serious, for me it was never an option not to take her name. I mean, it’s Packer! I think we were talking about the future and I casually mentioned it, and she was very receptive, and didn’t act like I was nuts — yet another reason she’s the perfect girl for me.”

The two met at a karaoke bar in Madison, Wisconsin.

“I was living in London and was back for my 10-year law school reunion,” he recalled. “Marie’s cousin, Sarah Lawson, was a classmate of mine. She brought Marie along to the reunion and I was smitten instantly. Then we started talking. Marie is beautiful, strong, hilarious. And then she told me her last name. I didn’t believe her and made her show two forms of ID and a credit card.”

In keeping with the theme of their football fanatic relationship, Holtan-Murphy proposed while wearing a Green Bay jersey.

“I was wearing my favorite Aaron Rodgers jersey and we were in a water tank at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and I had arranged it with them to have a baby beluga whale bring over the ring in a waterproof box,” he said. “I was relieved he didn’t try to eat it!”

They even stayed up late in Paris while celebrating Holtan-Murphy’s recent 41st birthday to watch the Packers’ nail-biting defeat over the Dallas Cowboys.

“It didn’t start until 11 p.m. Paris time,” he said. “She even brought Packers gear to Paris without me reminding her! I always remind her though, that no matter what happens on the field, she is my favorite Packer.”

The lovebirds plan to wed in the Sears Tower in Chicago in June and will incorporate the Packers colors – forest green and cheese gold – into the big day.

“We’re definitely incorporating green and gold as theme colors in various forms, and have added Packers decorative touches,” said the soon-to-be groom. “Marie has yet to green-light my Cheesehead tuxedo though. Fingers crossed!”

Packer said she has no qualms about her future husband taking her last name.

“I’m all for it,” she said. “I was planning on keeping my name anyway, even though I’m a doctor in Chicago and I get a lot of grief from my patients, but I love that he wants to take it. ‘The Packer Family’ has a nice ring to it.”

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Report: Reds to Trade Dan Straily to Marlins for Prospects

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily is reportedly heading to Miami.

ESPN reports the Marlins are acquiring the 28-year-old right hander and giving up three prospects in exchange: minor league outfielder Isaiah White, and pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice. The trade is still subject to physicals.

Last year, Straily had a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts.

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Serena Williams Moves on to Third Round of Australian Open

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams advanced to the next round of the Australian Open Thursday, beating her opponent in two straight sets.

The No. 2 seed defeated Lucie Safarova in the second round, 6-3, 6-4. Williams, 35, will next face Nicole Gibbs.

Should Williams continue her winning streak and take the title in Melbourne, she will break her tie with Steffi Graf and become the leader in major wins in the Open era with 23 Grand Slam titles.

Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

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Djokovic Knocked Out of Australian Open in Second Round

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Novak Djokovic, the No. 2 seed in the world, has been knocked out of the Australian Open.

The defending champion fell to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin — ranked 117th in the world — in the second round: 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Djokovic, 29, was looking to win a record seventh Australian Open.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/18/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 107, Portland 85
Philadelphia 94, Toronto 89
Washington 104, Memphis 101
NY Knicks 117, Boston 106
Houston 111, Milwaukee 92
New Orleans 118, Orlando 98
Detroit 118, Atlanta 95
Indiana 106, Sacramento 100
Golden State 121, Oklahoma City 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Winnipeg 6, Arizona 3
Pittsburgh 4, Montreal 1
Detroit 6, Boston 5 (SO)
Edmonton 4, Florida 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, LA Kings 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Oklahoma 89, (8) West Virginia 87 (OT)
(10) Florida St. 83, (15) Notre Dame 80
(16) Virginia 71, Boston College 54
(24) South Carolina 57, (19) Florida 53
(20) Cincinnati 81, Temple 74

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Ryan Lochte Says He Broke Down When He Found Out He Was Having a Boy

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ryan Lochte and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid are having a boy.

Lochte told ABC News about having a son when he joined reporters Michael Rothman and Charli James in the pool to promote the new PowerBar “Clean Start Pledge.”

The setting was Aqua studio in New York City and Lochte said the PowerBar campaign is a propos given his tumultuous 2016, which he is eager to put behind him. Lochte admitted last summer that he lied about “one part” of a story where he and fellow U.S. Olympic teammates had claimed that they were held up at gunpoint. Lochte later took responsibility and admitted he made a “big mistake.”

“Everyone deserves a clean start,” he said of his new campaign. “I am putting 2016 in the past. … And my clean start is a family, ’cause now I’m gonna be a father!”

Getting deeper into his personal life, the six-time gold medalist said he got emotional both times — finding out his fiancee was pregnant and then a few days ago when they found out the gender of the baby.

“We want definitely a unique name,” he said. “My biggest thing I knew when I found out I was going to have a kid was I’m going to spoil that kid rotten. Not with material things, I don’t believe in that, it’s definitely going to be with love. That’s what I got spoiled with growing up.”

“I’ve wanted this for the past six years, but hadn’t found the right [partner],” he said of fatherhood.

When he first found out Kayla was pregnant, he said it took a minute for the realization to set in, then he basically tackled her with excitement, before the duo shed some happy tears about becoming parents.

“I was doing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and I came back from rehearsal … she was like, ‘Hey, I have something to tell you,'” he explained. “I was like, ‘No you’re not, stop joking with me’ … Then it hit me! … We seriously held each other and started crying.”

He even said he “lost it” yet again when the duo were at the doctors days later and heard the heartbeat during the ultrasound.

In fact, Lochte’s excited for all that comes with being a parent, even changing diapers. “I’ve been practicing, so I’m ready!” he added.

He’s also started preparing by waking himself up in the middle of the night by setting an alarm, so he’s used to waking up.

“I’ll wake up to anything,” he said of being a light sleeper and being more than happy to get up to feed or change a crying baby.

Then, there’s Lochte’s hope that a move to Los Angeles will result in an acting career. He doesn’t quite know what roles he’s going to look for just yet, but he is pitching a reality show about himself, his son and his fiancee that he said could possibly be titled, “Lochte in Love.” That’s a working title, nothing set in stone, he joked.

With all that’s going on in his life, swimming will not be taking a backseat. Lochte said he’ll definitely continue to train for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

“I’ve always said I’ll retire when swimming stops being fun,” he said. It hasn’t stopped being fun just yet.

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