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Raiders rally taking place in Las Vegas (Video)

Raiders fans

The Raiders won’t begin play in their new home until 2020. However, fans in Las Vegas showed their enthusiasm around the city on Monday.

NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move with a 31-1 vote. They will play in Oakland for the 2017 season and potentially the 2018 season (if they renew the lease at the Oakland Coliseum). The Raiders will then have to find a home for 2019 before moving into a brand new stadium the follow year.

That last part is still a few years away, but fans in the Las Vegas area are already excited. On Monday afternoon, there was a Raiders Rally near the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

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The move will be the second for the Raiders away from Oakland as the team moved to Los Angeles 35 years ago. The news didn’t sit well with Oakland native Damian Lillard, who made a joke at the expense of Raiders owner Mark Davis. You can see it here. In an attempt to soften the blow, Davis said he would be willing to refund season tickets already paid for.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr wrote an emotional note about leaving the city, which he shared via social media. You can read that here.

Raiders fan Damian Lillard throws shade at Mark Davis after Las Vegas news

Mark Davis

Damian Lillard is an Oakland native and fan of his hometown sports teams, so it’s no surprise that he was not happy when news broke that the Raiders were approved by the NFL to move to Las Vegas.

Lillard, the star point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, sent the following tweet mocking Raiders owner Mark Davis:

It’s not as if Lillard’s the first person to make a joke about Davis’ hair. The Raiders owner’s ‘do hasn’t change much over the years, as this shows.

Davis is bound to be a hated figure after moving his team, and he knows that.

Davis is at least doing right by those fans in Oakland by giving them the chance to get a refund for their season tickets if they want one in light of the news. The bigger question is whether those fans like Lillard will stand by the team after the move to Vegas or drop them.

Report: Colin Kaepernick wants $9 million and chance at starting job

Colin Kaepernick

There may be a perfectly logical reason Colin Kaepernick remains jobless that has nothing to do with his activism — he’s simply asking for too much.

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, two sources have said that Kaepernick is currently seeking a deal in the $9-$10 million range in addition to the immediate chance to compete for a starting job. There aren’t many teams that can offer the latter, and those that do are probably balking a bit at the former.

There are definitely teams that will be scared off by Kaepernick’s political stances, but his contractual demands may also be a factor. There aren’t a ton of teams that need a starting quarterback.

Some players believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the league. The truth may not be that harsh, particularly if this report is accurate.

Trevone Boykin arrested after car crashes into bar in Dallas

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested early Monday morning after he was the passenger in a car that crashed into the side of a bar.

According to FOX 4 in Dallas, a woman who was later arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence injured five people when she crashed her vehicle into the Sidebar Bar in Uptown Dallas.

Boykin was a passenger in the vehicle at the time the woman allegedly hit four people on the sidewalk and a bartender inside the club when the car broke through a wall. Three people were taken to the hospital, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Boykin was in Dallas County jail as of Monday morning facing drug and public intoxication charges. The former TCU star was suspended for his final collegiate game in 2015 after he got into a scuffle at a bar (video here). Boykin could face disciplinary action from the NFL.

Luke Maye answers Malik Monk with game-winning shot

Luke Maye

Luke Maye may have been the hottest shooter on the floor in the fantastic Elite Eight game between Kentucky and North Carolina on Sunday, and he punctuated that with a clutch game-winning shot.

North Carolina was up 73-30 and Justin Jackson had a 1-and-1 free throw situation, but he missed. Kentucky got the ball and went the other way for a 3-pointer, which Malik Monk made to tie the game with 7.2 seconds left.

Although the Wildcats had improbably tied the game, they had no time to celebrate. The Tar Heels went the other way and Maye made a jumper from just inside the 3-point line to make it 75-73, which ended up being the final score.

Maye had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and he made all three of his free throws.

Darius Rucker cries as South Carolina clinches Final Four berth

Hootie South Carolina

South Carolina continued its historic run in the NCAA Tournament by reaching its first ever Final Four after defeating Florida in the regional finals on Sunday. One person who was on hand to witness the win was Darius Rucker, better known as “Hootie” from Hootie & the Blowfish.

Rucker was emotional watching the Gamecocks clinch their first ever Final Four berth. Take a look:

Rucker attended the University of South Carolina, which is where he founded his famed musical group.

The Charleston native is proud of his South Carolina upbringing and even named one of his music albums after the city and state. It’s cool to see how much this means to some of the school’s fans.

5 biggest takeaways from Saturday’s Elite Eight action

Jordan Bell Oregon

Saturday’s games marked the first which featured a truly brighter spotlight for the teams playing.

The Elite Eight, unlike the three rounds prior, only has one game played and televised at each interval. The entire college basketball world first focused its attention on San Jose, and then to Kansas City to see two teams advance to the Final Four.

Under a brighter light, flaws and successes stand out even brighter and show what can be expected as the tournament turns up the intensity. Here are five big things we saw.

1.) Gonzaga shouldn’t be satisfied with reaching the Final Four

For the first time in program history, Gonzaga is headed to the Final Four after beating 11 seed Xavier in the West Region final. For a school of Gonzaga’s size, with no football program and situated in the West Coast Conference, it is a huge achievement. No WCC team has played in the Final Four since Bill Russell was at San Francisco in 1957. Without a doubt, this is a milestone for the Gonzaga program.

But for this team, in this tournament, Gonzaga’s journey has no reason to stop now.

The Zags have been atop Ken Pomeroy’s rankings for the last two months, as they finished the regular season 29-1. Gonzaga features a top-15 offense in the country and the top-ranked defense in all the land.

With stars like Nigel Williams, Johnathan Williams, and Jordan Mathews, among a host of other scoring options, the Zags have so many ways to attack and win. Both of Mark Few’s centers, Zach Collins and Przemek Karnowski, battled foul trouble Saturday, but Gonzaga went smaller and found success in transition.

These Bulldogs are a cut above the Gonzaga teams of the past and capable of winning it all.

2.) Mid-majors crash the party again

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