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McCombs wants Raiders

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Former Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said in a radio interview that San Antonio is ready if the Oakland Raiders decide to move to the city and that he is even willing to invest in the team if needed. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, the Oakland Raiders withdrew their request to relocate to Los Angeles. So what’s next? McCombs, an 88-year-old billionaire, said in a radio interview with ESPN San Antonio on Wednesday that he talked to Raiders owner Mark Davis on Tuesday after ...

Mariners retain Martin for one more season

The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with projected starting center fielder Leonys Martin on Thursday. The sides agreed to a one-year, $4.15 million agreement for the 2016 season.

Silly Seahawks ready for challenge

If this playoff road game at the conference’s top-seeded team — one that has lost only twice in the last 14 months — is supposed to be daunting, the Seahawks aren’t acting daunted.

Harris traded to Orlando, released

Chelan native Joe Harris was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, according to multiple sources around the NBA. The Magic have since waived Harris, making him a free agent immediately.

Browns name Hue Jackson as head coach

CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday. Jackson, 50, was offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals the past two National Football League seasons and served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011, when he went 8-8.

St. Louis Rams green-lit for move to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The St. Louis Rams are headed to Los Angeles and the San Diego Chargers have an option to join them after NFL owners voted on Tuesday to end the league’s 21-year absence in the United States’ second-largest TV market. Owners voted overwhelmingly to give the Rams approval to return to Los Angeles for the start of the 2016 National Football League season.

Ex-NFL player Phillips dead in California prison of suspected suicide

SAN FRANCISCO — Lawrence Phillips, a former NFL player convicted in a domestic violence case and later charged with murdering a cellmate, was found dead in his California prison cell early on Wednesday of a suspected suicide, officials said. The 40-year-old Phillips’ death came less than five months after he was charged with murder stangling of his cellmate.

Spurs rout Nets 106-79 to match best season start

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Forward LaMarcus Aldridge collected 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs matched their best start to an NBA season with a 106-79 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Spurs improved to 33-6, equaling the team’s best 39-game start, a mark set in 2010-11.

Burfict suspended for first three games next season

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been given a three game suspension for repeated violations of player safety rules, the NFL said on Monday. His punishment came after he struck Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown in the head on a pass during Saturday’s playoff game.

Fantasy sports sites allowed to operate in New York during appeal

NEW YORK — Leading daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings will be allowed to keep operating in New York while they battle the state’s attorney general, who wants them shut down there, an appeals court confirmed on Monday. The move allows the companies to keep operating during an appeal of a civil action initiated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in November, a potentially extensive process.

Roethlisberger confirms ligament damage in throwing shoulder

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger confirmed during his weekly radio show Tuesday that he has a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder. Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that his right shoulder is “definitely sore” but maintained that his status is still day-to-day as the Steelers prepare for Sunday’s AFC divisional round game against the Broncos in Denver.

Ovechkin reaches 500-goal milestone as Caps win

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alex Ovechkin became the fifth-fastest player to record his 500th NHL goal and added another for good measure as the 30-year-old led the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 rout over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. “It’s nice to be in that spot,” Ovechkin told reporters after playing in his 801st NHL game.

Packers pound Washington to close Wild Card round

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and rolled to a 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday to close out Wild Card weekend in the National Football League. The victory set up a date for Green Bay on the road next weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, completing the match-ups for the Divisional round of the playoffs as all four road teams were opening-round winners for the first time.

Nets fire head coach Hollins

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The struggling Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday and re-assigned general manager Billy King within the organization, the National Basketball Association team said. The Nets, who are second to last in the Eastern Conference this season with a 10-27 record, said assistant coach Tony Brown would serve as interim head coach until a full-time replacement was found.

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius files appeal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius filed papers to appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a family spokesperson told Reuters on Monday.

Messi captures Ballon d’Or for unprecedented fifth time

ZURICH, Germany — Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday, after watching his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo walk off with the prize for the previous two years.

Seahawks stunned the good way

MINNEAPOLIS — Let’s start by explaining what happened on that final play: The Seahawks got lucky.