Sports Drama

  • Ovechkin joins NHL goals top 10 with hat trick in Caps win
    by AFP on January 18, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin scored his second consecutive hat trick to crack the NHL’s top 10 career goals list Saturday in Washington’s 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. The 34-year-old left winger, who led the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup, netted his 26th career hat trick to reach 692 career goals since his NHL debut in 2005. That took Ovechkin past Mario Lemeiux’s 10th-place total of 690 and moved him level with Steve Yzerman for ninth on the all-time list as the Capitals reached the NHL All-Star Game break with NHL highs of 32 wins and 69 points.

  • Penn State tops No. 21 Ohio State 90-76
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Although foul trouble kept him on the bench for nearly 20 minutes on Saturday, Penn State forward Lamar Stevens channeled his frustration to play efficient minutes. Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and Penn State defeated No. 21 Ohio State 90-76 Saturday to keep pace in the Big Ten. Myreon Jones scored 20 points, Seth Lundy added 12 and Myles Dread had 10 for the Nittany Lions (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten) who snapped a three-game losing streak and led by double digits for most of the afternoon.

  • Report: Texans fire assistant coach John Pagano
    by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said after his team’s postseason-ending loss last weekend that he expects defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to return. But there are some changes coming to the defensive staff. Texans outside linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant John Pagano has been fired, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

  • Johnson scores 20, Pitt drills reeling North Carolina 66-52
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Garrison Brooks led North Carolina with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Brandon Robinson finished with 12 points in 32 minutes a week removed from sustaining minor injuries when the car he was in was struck by a car operated by an impaired driver. Yet two of the Tar Heels’ most experienced players couldn’t keep North Carolina from falling under .

  • Dungy: It’s Time for the Rooney Rule to Evolve
    by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    That has come as the result of another hiring cycle in which African-American coaches have been left out. It’s fitting that we are having these conversations now, as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because Dr. King spent his life addressing problems of inequality and injustice in society. In his iconic “l Have a Dream” speech in 1963 he spoke of seeing a day where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

  • Gio Reyna youngest American to play in Bundesliga at age 17
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Gio Reyna became the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga when he made his league debut for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Aged 17 years, 2 months, 5 days, Reyna came on in the 72nd minute at Augsburg and was booked in the 76th, with his performance impressing Dortmund coach Lucien Favre. It was very good that he played here.

  • Boeheim’s 26 lead Syracuse past Virginia Tech, 71-69
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Virginia Tech fans were having a great time giving Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim a hard time after one of his first shots hit nothing on Saturday. Boeheim silenced them quickly, scoring 18 consecutive Syracuse points in a personal 18-5 first-half run that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 28-19 lead, sending the Orange on the way to their third straight victory, 71-69. Boeheim’s first basket was a 3-pointer, ”and then I was able to just get in a groove from there, get to the lane and make plays.” he said.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns shoots down trade rumors, and was that a dig at Jimmy Butler?
    by NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Karl-Anthony Towns was back on the court for the first time in a month Friday night, dropping 27 on the Pacers and looking every bit one of the best big men in the game (even as he shook off a little rust). Towns’ name was in the news while he was out, with reports about how the Knicks dream was to trade for him and Warriors were monitoring his situation. There has been zero Towns trade talk around the league — he is in the first year of a five-year contract extension and wants to give the new Timberwolves’ new management a chance to build around him — but that hasn’t squashed the speculation.

  • Stars activate Johns, clear way for return from long absence
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    The Dallas Stars activated Stephen Johns before their game Saturday night in Minnesota, clearing the way for the defenseman’s first game in almost 22 months. Forward Radek Faksa was placed on injured reserve to make room for Johns on the active roster. Johns has been out since late in the 2017-18 season because of post-traumatic headaches.

  • Browns to interview Rich Scangarello
    by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    The Broncos decided to move on from Rich Scangarello after one season, but he already has another interview. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns plan to interview Scangarello for Kevin Stefanski’s vacant offensive coordinator job next week. The 47-year-old Scangarello was tossed overboard in Denver so the Broncos could bring in former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.

  • PGA Tour backstopping controversy returns as Kevin Na yells, “Hit my ball!” to playing partner
    by Golf Digest on January 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    On Friday night, the tour tweeted video of a spectacular bunker shot by Russell Knox during the second round of the American Express. It didn’t take long, though, for people to focus not on the shot itself, but what happened while Knox’s golf ball rolled toward the hole.

  • Cubs fans voice frustration, boo Tom Ricketts at Cubs Convention
    by NBC Sports Chicago on January 18, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    After missing the playoffs in 2019 and adding no notable players in the offseason, fans are beginning to get frustrated with the team as a championship roster’s window is squandered away. Not to mention, persistent rumors that two of the Cubs stars – former MVP Kris Bryant and catcher Willson Contreras – are being shopped around on the trade market. The Cubs opened their convention on Friday ngiht with a speech from owner Tom Ricketts, and the fans took the opportunity to voice their frustrations with a chorus of boos.

  • Packers punter JK Scott added to injury report with illness
    by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    The relatively healthy Packers have made a late addition to their injury report for the NFC Championship Game. Packers punter JK Scott was added to the injury report today with an illness. There’s no reason to think the illness is serious, although teams are always concerned about the possibility of illnesses spreading.

  • Should the Astros lose their World Series title?
    by Yahoo News 360 on January 18, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Fans, commentators, players and even some unnamed team owners have called for the Astros to have their World Series title vacated. Their argument is simple: Houston won the championship fraudulently and, therefore, shouldn’t be able to celebrate it going forward. The discontent is especially pronounced among supporters of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, the final two teams Houston beat en route to the title.

  • Titans-Chiefs Preview
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Reid had the Chiefs in the same position a year ago, when they lost in overtime to New England – the Patriots won the coin toss and marched downfield for a touchdown – and he led the Eagles to five NFC championship games during his 14 years in Philadelphia. I have done a few of these,” Reid said, ”and you know, we try to keep it as normal as we possibly can as far as the schedule goes for the players, so they can get their work done. One thing that changes is how fast the game is.

  • Where does Astros cheating rank in scandals? Ask Pete Rose
    by The Associated Press on January 18, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Pete Rose was taking a break from signing autographs at the MGM Grand hotel when asked a question he’s uniquely qualified to address. What Rose did was wrong – according to baseball rules – but there’s still a lot of people who believe he should be adding a Hall of Fame designation when he signs memorabilia in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas. If you believe Rose on the details of what he did – and that’s a stretch for some – his betting didn’t have nearly the impact on baseball than a cheating scheme that has brought into question the legitimacy of not just one, but two, World Series.

  • Jim Harbaugh Announces New Assistant Coach Hires
    by on January 18, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Jay has done an excellent job working with all aspects of our special teams over his five seasons with our staff,” Harbaugh said. “His organization and attention to detail, in conjunction with the help of our assistant coaches, will allow our special teams units to remain one of the best in the country. We are excited about Jay’s added leadership in this area.

  • Blue Jays unveil ‘New Blue’ uniform ahead of 2020 MLB season
    by Yahoo Sports Canada on January 18, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    The Toronto Blue Jays are bringing back their vintage blue for the 2020 MLB season. At the team’s fan appreciation event, WinterFest, the club unveiled the alternate uniform it will be donning during the upcoming season. May I just say, I’m a big fan of the look.

  • NFL playoffs: Who will win Super Bowl LIV?
    by Omnisport on January 18, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Indeed, the Pats, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers or Indianapolis Colts have represented the AFC in the past 16 Super Bowls, but this year either the Kansas City Chiefs or Tennessee Titans will be in Miami. The NFC has been a more open conference and either the San Francisco 49ers or Green Bay Packers – two of the NFL’s most storied organisations – will be the sixth different franchise to win that Championship Game in the past six years. But which team will go on to lift the Lombardi Trophy at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2?

  • Mikaela Shiffrin nearly makes it three-way tie for World Cup win
    by NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Mikaela Shiffrin came .01 shy of making it a three-way tie for a World Cup giant slalom win on Saturday, confirming GS has been the most up-for-grabs discipline for either gender in recent years. Shiffrin, beaten in her last two slaloms, had the fastest second run to place third behind co-winners Italian Federica Brignone and Slovakian Petra Vlhova in Sestriere, Italy. The reigning Olympic and World Cup champion in the GS rallied from fourth place and .42 behind after the first run.

  • Trae Young gets ankles absolutely destroyed by Dejounte Murray (video)
    by NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague. Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense. That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.

  • How Warriors star Klay Thompson made most of Washington State career
    by NBC Sports BayArea on January 18, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Could they really persuade Klay Thompson to come to Pullman? Would the teenage son of three-time NBA champion Mychal Thompson leave the comforts of SoCal for the southeastern Washington city, where winters are harsh, there is no beach and one could drive for miles without seeing humanity or even a home? Two years later, Thompson not only was a Cougar but also had a key to the gym.

  • Joe Burrow passes on Senior Bowl
    by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on January 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    The hay is in the barn for Joe Burrow. And there’s no reason to throw the match that he used to light his victory cigar in its general direction. Burrow wisely has declined an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

  • Doug Pederson’s ominous track record hiring coaches
    by NBC Sports Philadelphia on January 18, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    The Eagles this year will have their fifth wide receivers coach in five years under Doug Pederson and their third defensive line coach in three years. 2) And Doug’s track record of hiring coaches is bad. When Doug replaced Chip Kelly four years ago today, he kept seven of Kelly’s assistant coaches and brought in 11 assistants of his own.

  • The Patriots only have one option
    by The Week on January 18, 2020 at 11:40 am

    If the press isn’t already burying New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, imagine what will happen if Jimmy Garoppolo leads the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. Garoppolo was once Brady’s backup and understudy. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick only reluctantly traded him away amid (officially denied) reports that team owner Robert Kraft intervened to protect the franchise star.

  • Mavs fans must appreciate ‘walking bucket’ Doncic – Melo
    by Omnisport on January 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Luka Doncic is a “walking bucket” and the Dallas Mavericks fans should really appreciate being able to watch him, according to Carmelo Anthony. Last season’s Rookie of the Year Doncic made a career-high eight three-pointers and had 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Mavs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 120-112 at American Airlines Center on Friday. Anthony had 22 points for the Blazers, who slipped to an 18-25 record and sit 2.5 games back of the playoff positions in the Western Conference.

  • Oregon Ducks hire a coach, just not an offensive coordinator
    by NBC Sports Northwest on January 18, 2020 at 7:22 am

    An addition to the Oregon Ducks coaching staff was revealed on Friday, but it’s not the one many people were expecting. Since news came earlier this week that the Ducks were expected to hire former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as their new offensive coordinator, many wondered when the university would make the news official. Although, Mario Cristobal did add to his coaching staff.

  • Roger Federer defends himself after Brayden Schnur’s ‘selfish’ comment
    by PA Media: Sport on January 18, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Roger Federer defended himself against allegations the top players do not care about the lesser lights of the game. Several players voiced an opinion that the likes of Federer and Rafael Nadal would not be forced to play in the same situation, with Canadian Brayden Schnur branding the pair “a little bit selfish” for not speaking up and saying they only cared about their own careers. Schnur later apologised for his choice of words, and Federer and Nadal, who are both on the ATP Player Council, were keen to stress that they did speak to tournament officials to seek clarity on the issue.

  • McGregor, Cerrone face-off in tense weigh-in
    by Omnisport Video on January 18, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone faced off in an intense stare down following their weigh-in for Saturday’s UFC 246 bout.

  • Why James Wiseman is, is not a perfect fit for Warriors in NBA Draft
    by NBC Sports BayArea on January 18, 2020 at 4:20 am

    It’s been a long time since the Warriors have had to worry about pick at the top of the NBA Draft. The Warriors enter the weekend with the worst record in the NBA and appear set to land one of the top overall picks in the draft on June 25. Assuming the Warriors land one of the top three picks in the draft, there are three names that have been tied to Golden State: Center James Wiseman and wings Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

  • Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason
    by NBC Sports Chicago on January 18, 2020 at 4:19 am

    The first phase of the 2020 NFL offseason will kick off on March 18 when the signing period for free agency officially begins. Teams can negotiate with free agents beginning on March 16, and the Bears are expected to be among the cluster of clubs searching for upgrades at several key positions. GM Ryan Pace is likely to focus his free-agent budget on a veteran quarterback, help along the offensive line, and the secondary where players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Prince Amukamara face uncertain futures.

  • Carmelo Anthony reaches yet another monumental NBA milestone
    by NBC Sports Northwest on January 18, 2020 at 3:16 am

    DALLAS – Add another impressive feat to the ongoing list of accomplishments for Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony. Melo has now scored 450 points as a Trail Blazers and that mark mean he has now adding his name to the 26,000-career points list. The 35-year-old is the 18th NBA player in history to reach the 26k-point mark.

  • Curt Schilling doesn’t deserve to be in the baseball Hall of Fame
    by Yahoo Sports on January 18, 2020 at 2:18 am

    Baseball Hall of Fame voters have had their morality tested in recent years. The same writers who wrote lovingly about the home-run surge in the ’90s now have to grapple with the idea of voting suspected steroid users — like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — into the Hall of Fame. Or, in Manny Ramirez’s case, voters have to decide whether multiple positive tests should keep out one of the best hitters of his era.

  • Aaron Rodgers describes how ‘Belichick effect’ has impacted the NFL
    by NBC Sports Boston on January 17, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    And he called the defense’s ability to change up week to week “the Belichick effect”. Perry: Examining the state of the Patriots offensive line “I think that’s the NFL in the last five years, especially, it’s kind of the Belichick effect where teams are more reluctant to really try and scheme up opponents instead of relying on their base defense,” Rodgers said to reporters. “There’s less and less teams like the Lovie Smith Bears defenses over the years that say ‘Hey, screw it, we’re going to play four-man front, play Tampa-2 the entire game and make you go the whole field, and strip the ball and tackle securely and stop the run with a six-man, seven-man front.

  • Ex-White Sox RHP McDowell: La Russa had sign-stealing system
    by Reuters on January 17, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Former Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell added more nasty history to the sign-stealing scandal on Friday by going back to the 1980s and implicating former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who is now a member of the Hall of Fame. McDowell, who debuted as a major league pitcher for the White Sox in 1987 but never played for La Russa, said the manager was responsible for installing a camera-aided sign-stealing system at old Comiskey Park. In a Friday interview with the Mac Attack on WFNZ-AM in Charlotte, N.C., McDowell said, “The Gatorade sign out in center had a light; there was a toggle switch in the manager’s office and camera zoomed in on the catcher.

  • 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan recalls Mike Pettine tiff, ‘most nervous’ play call
    by NBC Sports BayArea on January 17, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    SANTA CLARA – 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will line up on opposite sidelines during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. They paced the same one back in 2014 as members of the Cleveland Browns. That might be fresh in your mind after an old video went viral recently showing Shanahan disagreeing with Pettine on an offensive play call.

  • Report: Cowboys will hire Adam Henry to coach receivers
    by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on January 17, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    The Cowboys are closing in on finalizing their coaching staff for 2020. They are expected to hire Adam Henry as receivers coach, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. Henry spoke to the Cowboys this week about the job.

  • Coming off 2-touchdown performance in National Championship game, Randy Moss’ son Thaddeus declares for NFL draft
    by Yahoo Sports on January 17, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Thaddeus Moss, one of the sons of Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss, declared on Friday that he is leaving LSU early to enter the NFL Draft. Moss, listed at 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, is a tight end who has played two seasons of college football. Blessed and humbled’ Moss posted his announcement on Instagram.

  • These Kyrie Irving comments will make Celtics fans grateful for Kemba Walker
    by NBC Sports Boston on January 17, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Celtics fans have watched Boston lose five of its last seven games and play frustratingly inconsistent basketball. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App. After taking some heat for those comments, Irving felt the need to defend his leadership style Friday.

  • Hall in: Active players bound for Hall of Fame
    by Yahoo Sports on January 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    We’ve identified 10 current NBA players who are locks for the Hall of Fame. There are plenty of others whose status is up for debate.

  • Emmanuel Sanders knows why Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t get credit he deserves
    by NBC Sports BayArea on January 17, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    For most of the season, Jimmy Garoppolo’s teammates have been demanding the 49ers quarterback get some respect. Each time Garoppolo made winning plays in crunch time, his teammates took to defending him, wondering when No. 10 would get the credit he deserves. Richard Sherman slammed critics of Garoppolo after the 49ers’ thrashed the Green Bay Packers in Week 12.

  • Former Duck Bralon Addison signs future contract with the Minnesota Vikings
    by NBC Sports Northwest on January 17, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    What do you and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman have in common? Days after signing Tony Brooks-James and Dillon Mitchell to future contracts for the 2020-2021 NFL season, the Vikings have also signed another former Duck: wide receiver Bralon Addison. Former #TiCats receiver @BralonAddison2 has signed a futures deal with the #Vikings.

  • This is it, this is the craziest sand save in PGA Tour history
    by Golf Digest on January 17, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    The golf world mourned the death of Pete Dye earlier this month, although the legendary architect’s legacy lives on at this week’s PGA Tour stop. But if the first round of the American Express is any indication, Dye certainly isn’t done giving fits to even the best golfers in the world. The tournament’s PGA West Stadium Course yielded some low scores in perfect conditions on Thursday, but danger lurks at the Palm Springs track, particularly left of the 16th green.

  • It Feels Good to Have Dwight Howard Back
    by GQ on January 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    In short, Howard does exactly what a veteran big is supposed to do in 2020 and it makes perfect sense that he’s a fan favorite. At the same time, as Wosny Lambre noted on Twitter, hearing cheers for Dwight Howard in Staples is nothing short of jarring. As recently as last summer, Howard was a pariah, a laughingstock who, if not for the Lakers, would probably have been out of the league.

  • Andonovski cuts four World Cup winners as he names 20-player USWNT Olympic qualifying roster
    by on January 17, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named his 20-player roster for Olympic qualifying, cutting eight players from his January camp. Andonovski called in 28 players for the USWNT’s January camp and had to cut down his group heading into the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, which begins later this month. The USWNT boss has cut the following eight players from his 28-player group: Jane Campbell, Casey Short, Midge Purce, Tierna Davidson, Allie Long, Morgan Brian, Mallory Pugh, and Sophia Smith.

  • Celtics trade targets: Who could C’s pursue at 2020 NBA trade deadline?
    by NBC Sports Boston on January 17, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Should the Boston Celtics make an upgrade ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline? Here are seven players who could be moved and may be worth a look from the C’s. Celtics trade targets: Who could C’s pursue at 2020 NBA trade deadline?

  • San Francisco Giants’ former player Aubrey Huff criticises appointment of first female MLB coach Alyssa Nakken
    by The Independent on January 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    The former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff has criticised the team’s move to hire the first full-time female coach in Major League Baseball history. Alyssa Nakken, a former softball player for Sacramento State who began working with the Giants in 2014, has been appointed to help with outfield work before games and to be a batting practice pitcher, alongside fellow coach Mark Hallberg. But Huff was not impressed, tweeting: “Couldn’t imagine taking baseball instruction from an ex female softball player.

  • MLB Rumors: Here’s where investigation into 2018 Red Sox stands
    by NBC Sports Boston on January 17, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Boston Red Sox fans may have to reserve judgment for quite some time. Major League Baseball may take “a while” to determine punishment for the Red Sox as it continues to investigate the 2018 team, The Athletic’s Peter Gammons reported Friday morning. Gammons added the league hasn’t even interviewed former Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whom the club parted ways with Tuesday.

  • Doug Christie reveals story behind fight with Rick Fox in Kings-Lakers game
    by NBC Sports BayArea on January 17, 2020 at 8:58 am

    The Lakers defeated the Kings in seven games in the 2002 Western Conference finals and went on to win the NBA title that season. The following year, the teams met in the preseason and things got chippy between Doug Christie and Lakers forward Rick Fox. In the latest episode of NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh’s “Habershow” podcast which debuted Friday, Christie opened up about what happened on Oct. 25, 2002.

  • Suspended for her ‘body language,’ Minnesota leading scorer Destiny Pitts to transfer
    by Yahoo Sports on January 17, 2020 at 12:39 am

    After being suspended last week for “conduct unbecoming of a member of the team,” Minnesota leading scorer Destiny Pitts is planning to transfer away from the university, she announced on social media on Thursday afternoon. Pitts has averaged 16.3 points per game this season while leading the Gophers to an 11-5 start, and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year in her sophomore campaign. Minnesota coach and former Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen suspended Pitts on Friday ahead of their 74-71 loss to Illinois, which marked the Gophers’ fourth straight loss.

  • The 25 Richest NFL Team Owners
    by GOBankingRates on January 16, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Mark Davis, Oakland Raiders: $500 Million Net Worth Owner since: 2011 How much they purchased the team for: Inherited How much the team is worth: $2.9 billion Legendary Raiders owner Al Davis bought the team for $180,000 in 1966 and commanded every aspect of the franchise. A maverick, a visionary and a champion of civil rights, he turned the Raiders into one of the most successful and popular teams in America. He hired the NFL’s first African-American head coach and the first woman chief executive, and he refused to let his team play in any city where black and white players had to stay in separate hotels.

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