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  • Thousands turn out for A’s FanFest that sparks positive vibe

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven free food trucks. Green and gold balloons strung over the waterfront walkway and a bouncy houses for kids. Complimentary zoo passes, dog toys and plenty of coffee. A picturesque, sunny winter day after weeks of heavy rain. The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015, file photo, Therese Duenas counts money as she takes bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. On the board behind here are odds on NFL football and other bets. Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. The Oakland Raiders' new stadium could literally be walking distance from a few of the city's dozens of sports books. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    Wanna bet? Once gambling-shy NFL plans move to Vegas

    Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. Paul Hornung and Alex Karras each were suspended for the 1963 season for gambling on NFL games. When the league suspended […]
  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. America's most popular sport is in the midst of its greatest migration in a quarter century. In a little over a year, three NFL franchises have either moved, announced a resettlement or filed paperwork seeking to relocate. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    California once again on center stage with NFL on the move

    America’s most popular sport is in the midst of its greatest migration since the mid-1990s. In a little over a year, three NFL franchises have moved , announced a resettlement or filed paperwork seeking to relocate . California is once again at the heart of this shift. That was the case in 1958 when the […]
  • Fans stand around a pile of Chargers memorabilia in front of San Diego Chargers headquarters after the team announced that it will move to Los Angeles Thursday Jan. 12, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Column: Greed wins out as Chargers abandon fans, flee to LA

    For once, Roger Goodell was right. Dean Spanos did everything he could. Everything he could to fleece the people of San Diego. Everything he could to alienate a fan base that remained far more loyal than he deserved until the bitter end. Everything he could to pretend he cared about those fans when all he […]
  • In this Jan. 4, 2017, photo, construction work continues in the snow at the site of Colorado State University's new football stadium in Fort Collins, Colo. With a new, $220 million stadium almost complete, Colorado State is one of a handful of schools that have recently committed major resources to football.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Group of Five schools make investments with big-time in mind

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The snow-covered construction site is thousands of miles and more than a few degrees removed from Monday night’s national-title game. In six months, though, the hard hats will be gone, and in their place will be a completed $220 million stadium and football headquarters, complete with luxury suites, a 50-by-84-foot […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, first grader Cody Rudoy smiles with excitement as Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh thanks first graders at Northpoint Elementary School for writing letters of encouragement to him after he missed a 27-yard field goal in an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Blaine, Minn.  (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP, File)

    The quirkiest sports moments of 2016

    After the curses and death threats and groans across Minnesota from Mankato to International Falls, Blair Walsh needed a little love. He found it in the oddest of places — the first-grade class of Northpoint Elementary in Blaine, a Minneapolis suburb. Walsh is the kicker who missed a 27-yard field goal with 22 seconds left […]