View from A’s new stadium: ‘A magnificent backdrop’

OAKLAND — The elephant has left the room. After months of speculation, the A’s announced they want to leave their Coliseum home of 50 years for new digs near Laney College, promising fans a short walk to BART and stadium views of the Tribune Tower, the Oakland Hills and Lake Merritt. The historic baseball ballpark relocation toward downtown — something city leaders have talked about for decades — would leave the Coliseum empty; the Raiders and Warriors having already made plans to exit Oakland. An excited A’s President Dave Kaval, in a team video released Wednesday, said the franchise “wants to build a ballpark bigger than baseball, a gathering place… Read More

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View from A’s new stadium: ‘A magnificent backdrop’

OAKLAND — The elephant has left the room. After months of speculation, the A’s announced they want to leave their Coliseum home of 50 years for new digs near Laney College, promising fans a short walk to BART and stadium views of the Tribune Tower, the Oakland Hills and Lake Merritt. The historic baseball ballpark relocation toward downtown — something city leaders have talked about for decades — would leave the Coliseum empty; the Raiders and Warriors having already made plans to exit Oakland. An excited A’s President Dave Kaval, in a team video released Wednesday, said the franchise “wants to build a ballpark bigger than baseball, a gathering place… Read More

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Nick Kwiatkoski gets a chance to show off Bears’ depth vs. Buccaneers

When Nick Kwiatkoski made his first NFL start at inside linebacker in Week 3 against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium last season, he didn’t last long. He only played 18 of 68 defensive snaps. “It was something I wasn’t proud of. But you’ve got to start somewhere,” Kwiatkoski said. The fourth-round draft pick from West Virginia improved from there. He ended up starting the final six games of the season in place of Jerrell Freeman (suspension) and Danny Trevathan (knee injury) and was much better than his debut. He had five tackles-for-loss in the final five games. Now Kwiatkoski will get a chance to show just how much he’s improved… Read More

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Eskimos sign experienced defensive back A.J. Jefferson

The Edmonton Eskimos secondary has been the primary concern for general manager Brock Sunderland this week. After losing two defensive backs last week against the Calgary Stampeders, including cornerback Mercy Maston for the season with an Achilles injury suffered in pre-game warmups, the Eskimos found themselves parachuting in some reinforcements. While Ahmad Dixon and Devin Smith were added to the practice roster Tuesday, the Eskimos have announced the signing of former National Football League player A.J. Jefferson. “They’ve got some guys that went down, so they’re looking at me to probably fill some positions in the depth that they’ve got behind them and I’m just excited to be here,” said… Read More

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Utah Jazz announce staff hires, sign two players to contracts

The Utah Jazz on Wednesday formally announced two hires that have been in the works for nearly two months, as well as the promotion of a staff member to a new role. Justin Zanik and David Morway have been hired as assistant general managers, while Steven Schwartz has been promoted from a basketball operations assistant role to director of basketball operations. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Zanik’s and Morway’s impending hires on July 21. Zanik was the Jazz’s assistant general manager for nearly three years before leaving in 2016 for the same job with the Milwaukee Bucks. It was widely thought he was the GM-in-waiting in Milwaukee, but the Bucks… Read More

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