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December 25, 2018

NFL--BRONCOS-RAIDERS

Raiders win possible final game in Oakland 27-14 vs. Broncos

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, and the Raiders gave their fans plenty to celebrate in their possible final game in Oakland, beating the Broncos 27-14 on Monday night.

The Raiders (4-11) are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and have no lease for next year. With Oakland officials having sued the team over the move, the Raiders are looking into other options for 2019, including AT&T Park in San Francisco.

A decision is expected before the Super Bowl, but many of the die-hards came out for this game knowing it could be the last NFL game ever in the stadium that opened in 1966.

It has been almost that long since the Broncos (6-9) had gone back-to-back seasons with losing records, having last done it in 1971-72. After going 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph’s first season, Denver has done little better in year two and general manager John Elway could be ready to make a change after the season.

The Broncos opened the month with playoff aspirations, but three straight losses to teams that entered the game with losing records ended those hopes.

NFL-SEAHAWKS-CARROLL EXTENSION

UNDATED (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is sticking around through the 2021 season after signing a three-year contract extension.

Carroll was first approached about an extension last week and finished the deal Monday. The contract will take Carroll through his 70th birthday in September 2021.

Carroll is in his ninth season as Seattle’s coach and clinched his seventh playoff berth with Sunday’s victory over Kansas City. He is 97-59-1 overall in his tenure and led Seattle to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, winning the franchise’s only championship after the 2013 season.

There was some question about the direction of the franchise following the death of owner Paul Allen in October, but Carroll says he “in great shape,” and is appreciative of how he’s been treated by the organization since his arrival.

In other NFL news:

— The Tennessee Titans have placed four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey on injured reserve, their second defensive starter lost for the season in as many weeks. They also signed quarterback Austin Davis with Marcus Mariota recovering from his second stinger this season affecting his throwing arm. Davis spent two weeks on the Titans’ active roster earlier this season.

—The Washington Redskins have released safety D.J. Swearinger. Swearinger early in the day told a radio station in Washington D.C. he’d been cut with one game remaining in the regular season. He said (on 106.7) The Fan that Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not give him an explanation for the move. Swearinger has been critical of the team. Washington is 7-8.

— San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida and receiver Dante Pettis will miss the season finale with injuries. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Breida will be sidelined by an ankle injury and Pettis is out with a knee injury.

T-25 CLEMSON-DRUG TEST

Clemson DT Lawrence, 2 others, face ban for failed PED test

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and two other players failed NCAA tests for performance enhancing drugs and might not play in the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Notre Dame.

Swinney said at a news conference Monday at AT&T Stadium that the NCAA informed Clemson trace amounts of ostarine were found in samples given by Lawrence, reserve offensive tackle Zach Giella and freshman tight end Braden Galloway. Ostarine, also known as enobosarm, is used to treat osteoporosis, but can also act like an anabolic steroid.

MLB-ATHLETICS-FIERS

Athletics bring back righty starter Fiers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Free agent right-hander Mike Fiers has agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this offseason to help lead a young rotation.

And Oakland would like to add another starter, too, realizing it must provide depth given all the injuries last season. Ace Sean Manaea is recovering from shoulder surgery and not expected back until at least the All-Star break. The A’s announced Fiers’ deal Monday.

The A’s acquired Fiers in August from Detroit, and he helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014. The 33-year-old Fiers went 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 10 outings with nine starts after joining Oakland, which lost the AL wild-card game at New York.

T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

Duke is back on top

UNDATED (AP) — Duke is back atop The Associated Press Top 25.

The Blue Devils received 35 of 64 first-place votes in Monday’s poll after previous No. 1 Kansas lost at Arizona State.

No. 2 Michigan received nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee 12, with No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas getting four each.

No. 6 Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the top 10.

The Blue Devils moved to No. 1 in the first regular-season poll after rolling over Kentucky, but dropped back after losing to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game.

Duke blew out Princeton, then knocked off previously-unbeaten No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

T-25-ALABAMA-SUSPENSIONS

Saban: 3 Alabama players suspended for Orange Bowl

MIAMI (AP) — Alabama has suspended starting left guard Deonte Brown and two other players from the Orange Bowl for violating unspecified team rules.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement that Brown, tight end Kedrick James and offensive lineman Elliot Baker didn’t make the trip to Miami on Monday.

Top-ranked Alabama faces Oklahoma Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal game.

Saban didn’t indicate the duration of the suspensions or whether they might extend to the national championship game if Alabama wins.

Brown replaced Lester Cotton as the starter in midseason. Brown has been dealing with a turf toe injury.

NBA-ROCKETS-RIVERS

Houston Rockets sign free agent guard Austin Rivers

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed free agent guard Austin Rivers.

Rivers appeared in 29 games with two starts for the Washington Wizards this season before being traded to the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17 and being released the next day.

The 26-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft by New Orleans. He has appeared in 437 games with 132 starts and has averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in his career.

Rivers was with the Clippers from 2015 until he was traded in June to Washington. He had his best season last year, when he averaged 15.1 points with four assists and 2.4 rebounds per games for Los Angeles.

SUPER BOWL-CIVIL RIGHTS MURALS

Murals near stadium highlight Atlanta’s civil rights legacy

ATLANTA (AP) — As Atlanta prepares to host the Super Bowl, murals highlighting the city’s civil rights and social justice legacy are going up on walls near the downtown stadium where the game will be played.

The murals are part of an initiative called “Off The Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey.” It’s a collaboration between arts advocacy group WonderRoot and the Super Bowl host committee.

Eleven artists were selected to paint roughly 30 murals. They drew inspiration for their designs from “community conversations” held in the neighborhoods where the murals are being installed.

The initiative was timed to coincide with the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. But the murals are meant to be lasting public works of art for Atlanta residents to enjoy long after the football fans have left.

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