Raiders headquarters land deal offered by city near Vegas

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:54 PM

The Oakland Raiders came one step closer to securing the land the team needs for its new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas — and at a steep discount.

Officials in suburban Henderson approved a resolution Tuesday that allows the city to move forward with a direct sale of 55 acres (22 hectares) to the Raiders for more than $6 million — half the land's appraised value. The city is using a Nevada law that allows for no-bid sales at under-market prices when they are considered to be in the public interest.

"This is an opportunity to take the city of Henderson to a new level," Assistant City Manager Greg Blackburn said during the city council meeting ahead of the resolution vote. "It's hard to put a dollar value to what this does to help us for the future."

The Raiders have promised that the venue will create an estimated 250 full-time jobs not counting players. The team will spend about $75 million to build the complex.

The team wants to kick off its 2020 season at a 65,000-seat domed stadium built partially with taxpayers' money across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip. The team in May paid $77.5 million for the 62-acre (25-hectare) site and hosted a glitzy groundbreaking ceremony in November.

Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million to the project through a room tax increase. The Raiders and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million to the project, while the team has also secured a $600 million bank loan for construction.

Henderson's city council must vote again next month to give final approval to the offer.

Henderson officials said the city will benefit from property taxes collected on the land and additional spending from visitors and team clients. City staff said similar projects have created an estimated $210 million tax impact over a decade after the venues are fully built.

Not all residents were supportive of the city's decision.

"The Raiders have been Gypsies over the years, starting in Oakland, then moving to El Segundo (LA) for a few years, then back to Oakland and now Las Vegas. Where to next?" Henderson resident Adrian Woodhouse wrote the city council in an email.

On Wednesday, commissioners in Clark County approved a development agreement with the team that spells out public safety and infrastructure improvements that the Raiders will pay for in and around the stadium.

The agreement calls for widening sidewalks, improving roadways, installing and modifying traffic signals, and building any needed pedestrian bridges.

The team agreed to install about $1.4 million worth of public safety equipment at the stadium and an emergency operations center. The development agreement did not include a finalized plan for the thousands of county-mandated parking spaces.

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This story has been corrected to show that officials in Henderson, Nevada, approved the resolution Tuesday.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Sunflower State shines as Kansas, K-State have perfect weeks

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Basketball fans in the Sunflower State are raving after both Kansas and Kansas State went 2-0 this week.

The Jayhawks, with wins over West Virginia and Baylor, took sole possession of first place in the Big 12. As for K-State, the Wildcats upended a pair of ranked teams at home — No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 24 TCU — to move themselves squarely into contender status in the league.

Let’s checkout the latest Big 12 power rankings heading into a new week that will feature the Big 12/SEC Showdown matchups on Saturday:

1. Kansas

Record: 16-3, 6-1 Big 12

Last Week: def. West Virginia 71-66, def. Baylor 70-67

This Week: @ Oklahoma (Tuesday, 6 p.m. CT), vs. Texas A&M (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. CT)

Just a week removed from a 4-team logjam atop the Big 12 standings, Kansas is now all alone atop the league in its pursuit for a 14th-straight conference title.

It didn’t come easy for the Jayhawks though, as they overcame a 16-point deficit at WVU before coming back from 6 points down in the final minutes against Baylor at home.

All of Kansas’ Big 12 wins have come by single digits, and they welcome in an Oklahoma team on Tuesday that’s hungry after losing back-to-back games.

2. West Virginia

Record: 16-3, 5-2 Big 12

Last Week: loss to Kansas 71-66, def. Texas 86-51

This Week: @ TCU (Monday, 8 p.m. CT), vs. Kentucky (Saturday, 6 p.m. CT)

After seeing a 16-point home lead evaporate to the hands of Kansas on Monday — which resulted in the Mountaineers’ second-straight loss — West Virginia rebounded in a big way on Saturday with a 35-point thumping of Texas.

West Virginia was firing on all cylinders against the Longhorns, forcing 15 turnovers and shooting 52 percent from 3-point range.

The Mountaineers get a chance to build its resume as a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with a trip to Fort Worth on Monday before hosting Kentucky on Saturday.

3. Texas Tech

Record: 15-4, 4-3 Big 12

Last Week: loss to Texas 67-58, loss to Iowa State 70-52

This Week: vs. Oklahoma State (Tuesday, 6 p.m. CT), @ South Carolina (Saturday, 11 a.m. CT)

A week ago, the Red Raiders were euphoric after their 1-point win over West Virginia.

But proving how tough the Big 12 is, Texas Tech went 0-2 this week with losses to Texas and Iowa State. The loss to the Cylcones was particularly eye-popping though as it was an 18-point beatdown in Ames.

The Red Raiders still have 2 of the best wins in the Big 12 this year — at Kansas and against WVU — so they had capital to burn. Texas Tech returns home on Tuesday, but then has to travel to South Carolina on Saturday to face a Frank Martin-coached team that made the Final Four a season ago.

4. Kansas State

Record: 14-5, 4-3 Big 12

Last Week: def. Oklahoma 87-69, def. TCU 73-68

This Week: @ Baylor (Monday, 8 p.m.), vs. Georgia (Saturday, 1 p.m.)

Kansas State affirmed itself as a legitimate contender in the league with a pair of home wins over ranked teams.

It started with solving No. 4 Oklahoma and Trae Young, who the Wildcats held to 20 points on 21 shots while forcing the superstar freshman into 12 turnovers. The week ended with a gutty win over No. 24 TCU in which Dean Wade scored 20 points while Barry Brown added 15.

Bruce Weber also won his 16th game against a ranked opponent as head coach of the Wildcats, the most in program history for any head coach.

A Monday road trip to Waco to face Baylor will be a true test of Bruce Weber’s team’s mettle, but K-State has an opportunity to go 2-0 for the second consecutive time this week.

5. Oklahoma

Record: 14-4, 4-3 Big 12

Last Week: loss to Kansas State 87-69, loss to Oklahoma State 83-81 (OT)

This Week: vs. Kansas (Tuesday, 6 p.m. CT), @ Alabama (Saturday, 1:15 p.m. CT)

Have the Sooners been solved?

On Tuesday, Oklahoma was routed in Manhattan by Kansas State. That was followed up by a Bedlam loss to Oklahoma State.

Both games were on the road, so there’s some leeway earned there. But Trae Young had a very inconsistent week.

Against the Wildcats, he committed 12 turnovers while scoring 20 points on 21 shots. Then against the Cowboys, he did drop 48 points but needed 39 shots to get there.

Young is 22-of-60 (60 shots!) over those two games, including 10-of-30 from 3-point range. He also has 19 turnovers in Oklahoma’s last two games. His usage rate is starting to see diminishing returns, and that’s a problem for the Sooners — a problem that needs to be solved quickly as they host Kansas before travelling to Alabama, where Collin Sexton is waiting for Young.

6. Oklahoma State

Record: 13-6, 3-4 Big 12

Last Week: loss to Baylor 76-60, def. Oklahoma 83-81

This Week: @ Texas Tech (Tuesday, 6 p.m. CT), @ Arkansas (Saturday, 5 p.m.)

It was certainly an up-and-down week for the Cowboys.

A 16-point loss to Baylor had Oklahoma State fearing a downhill slide, but those fears were quelled for the time being on Saturday as they upset in-state rival Oklahoma at home.

Oklahoma State has proven it can hang with anybody in the Big 12 — let’s see if that holds up on Tuesday’s trip to Lubbock before a reprieve on the road at Arkansas.

7. TCU

Record: 14-5, 2-5 Big 12

Last Week: def. Iowa State 96-73, loss to Kansas State 73-68

This Week: vs. West Virginia (Monday, 8 p.m. CT), @ Vanderbilt (Saturday, 3 p.m. CT)

TCU appeared to get back on track with a 23-point win over Iowa State.

That confidence was derailed though with a road loss to a hot Kansas State team — a game that saw Jamie Dixon get ejected.

The loss of Jaylen Fisher, who is out for the season with a torn meniscus, is brutal for a Horned Frogs team that’s lost 5 Big 12 games by a total of 16 points.

It doesn’t get easier for Dixon and Co., though, as West Virginia storms into Fort Worth on Big Monday then TCU hits the road to Vanderbilt on Saturday.

8. Iowa State

Record: 11-7, 2-5 Big 12

Last Week: loss to TCU 96-73, def. Texas Tech 70-52

This Week: @ Texas (Monday, 6 p.m. CT), vs. Tennessee (Saturday, 3 p.m. CT)

After an 0-4 start to the Big 12 season, the Cyclones have gone 2-1 in league play since.

A 23-point loss to TCU was surprising because of the margin, but so was Iowa State’s 18-point beatdown of Texas Tech in Ames.

The Cyclones are starting to play the role of spoiler in the Big 12 while clinging to any hopes of an NCAA tournament berth. A trip to Austin then a home matchup against a ranked Tennessee team could do wonders for that resume.

9. Texas

Record: 12-7, 3-4 Big 12

Last Week: def. Texas Tech 67-58, loss to West Virginia 86-51

This Week: vs. Iowa State (Monday, 6 p.m. CT), vs. Ole Miss (Saturday, 1 p.m. CT)

The Longhorns scored an upset of Texas Tech at home, but turned around and were embarrassed by 35 points to West Virginia.

Texas has shown an ability to compete in the league with wins over TCU and Texas Tech, but losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor haven’t shown consistency. Perhaps the Longhorns can find stability with a homestand against Iowa State and Ole Miss.

10. Baylor

Record: 12-7, 2-5 Big 12

Last Week: def. Oklahoma State 76-60, loss to Kansas 70-67

This Week: vs. Kansas State (Monday, 8 p.m. CT), @ Florida (Saturday, 11 a.m. CT)

A 16-point win over Oklahoma State, then a strong showing at Allen Fieldhouse seems like a decent week for Baylor — and it was.

But the Bears are still at the bottom of the Big 12 standings as they’ve struggled to find any sort of consistency with losses to the likes of Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

Baylor hosts Kansas State, which beat two ranked teams last week in Manhattan, before traveling to face Florida. Both games are a chance for the Bears to add some marquee wins to their postseason resume.

Leonard Fournette gets emotional on the field after tough playoff loss

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

You can tell that Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots meant a lot to former LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

After the game, while hugging former LSU Tiger Ricky Jean Francois, Fournette was in tears on the sideline.

Fournette still had a wonderful rookie season, as he rushed for over 1,000 yards and had a wonderful set of playoff games. Fournette tied the rookie record for rushing touchdowns in the playoffs with 4. Fournette certainly lived up to the hype as the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The former Tiger had 76 rushing yards and a touchdown and had a great job in pass protection. With a number of young great players, led by Fournette, this most certainly won’t be Fournette’s last AFC Championship game. And Sunday showed this Jacksonville team isn’t too far away from a potential Super Bowl.

The 2018 Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 4.

WATCH: Danny Amendola makes incredible game winning TD catch in AFC title game

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

The New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl, and they can thank Texas Tech product Danny Amendola’s heroics for getting them there.

The former Red Raider made an incredible catch for the game-winning touchdown vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, putting New England up 24-20 in the closing minutes of the game.

New England trailed Jacksonville 14-3 in the first half before outscoring the Jaguars 21-7, continuing their quest to defend the Lombardi Trophy.

Amendola, who played at Texas Tech from 2004-2007, caught for 2,246 yards and 15 touchdowns during his collegiate career as a Red Raider. He was also a stand-out punt return specialist, earning him All-Big 12 first team honors as a freshman.

Amendola caught for a personal-best 1,245 yards as a senior in 2007. He went undrafted in 2008 before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. He arrived in New England after stops with the Eagles and Rams in between.

The Patriots will learn their Super Bowl opponent Sunday night upon the completion of the NFC Championship Game, featuring the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. Neither of the two NFC teams left have ever won a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, location, TV channel, time

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:45 AM

Super Bowl 2018 will have the New England Patriots playing the NFC winner in Super Bowl 52. Find the game date, location, TV channel and time information below.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most recent Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, game information

Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion (Philadelphia Eagles or Minnesota Vikings).

Super Bowl 2018: Location

The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Super Bowl 2018: TV channel

The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Al Michaels is doing the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth is the analyst. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox are the sideline reports.

Super Bowl 2018: Time

Super Bowl 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl: Scores, winners, results

I Green Bay Packers 35-10 Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles
II Green Bay Packers 33-14 Oakland Raiders Miami
III New York Jets 16-7 Baltimore Colts Miami
IV Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
V Baltimore Colts 16-13 Dallas Cowboys Miami
VI Dallas Cowboys 24-3 Miami Dolphins New Orleans
VII Miami Dolphins 14-7 Washington Redskins Los Angeles
VIII Miami Dolphins 24-7 Minnesota Vikings Houston
IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
X Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XI Oakland Raiders 32-14 Minnesota Vikints Pasadena, Calif.
XII Dallas Cowboys 27-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Los Angeles Rams Pasadena, Calif.
XV Oakland Raiders 27-10 Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans
XVI San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Cincinnati Bengals Pontiac, Mich.
XVII Washington Redskins 27-17 Miami Dolphins Pasadena, Calif.
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38-9 Washington Redskins Tampa, Fla.
XIX San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Miami Dolphins Stanford, Calif.
XX Chicago Bears 46-10 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXI New York Giants 39-20 Denver Broncos Pasadena, Calif.
XXII Washington Redskins 42-10 Denver Broncos San Diego
XXIII San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV San Francisco 49ers 55-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XXV New York Giants 20-19 Buffalo Bills Tampa, Fla.
XXVI Washington Redskins 37-24 Buffalo Bills Minneapolis
XXVII Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Buffalo Bills Pasadena, Calif.
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30-13 Buffalo Bills Atlanta
XXIX San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXX Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Pittsburgh Steelers Tempe, Ariz.
XXI Green Bay Packers 35-21 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXII Denver Broncos 31-24 Green Bay Packers San Diego
XXIII Denver Broncos 34-19 Atlanta Falcons Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV St. Louis Rams 23-16 Tennessee Titans Atlanta, Fla.
XXXV Baltimore Ravens 34-7 New York Giants Tampa
XXXVI New England Patriots 20-17 St. Louis Rams New Orleans
XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Oakland Raiders San Diego
XXXVIII New England Patriots 32-29 Carolina Panthers Houston
XXXIX New England Patriots 24-21 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville, Fla.
XL Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 Seattle Seahawks Detroit
XLI Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Chicago Bears Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLII New York Giants 17-14 New England Patriots Glendale, Ariz.
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Arizona Cardinals Tampa, Fla.
XLIV New Orleans Saints 31-17 Indianapolis Colts Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLV Green Bay Packers 31-25 Pittsburgh Steelers Arlington, Texas
XLVI New York Giants 21-17 New England Patriots Indianapolis
XLVII Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers New Orleans
XLVIII Seattle Seahawks 43-8 Denver Broncos East Rutherford, N.J.
XLIX New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks Glendale, Ariz.
50 Denver Broncos 24-10 Carolina Panthers Santa Clara, Calif.
51 New England Patriots 34-28 (OT) Atlanta Falcons Houston
52 Minneapolis