Raiders take a big step toward Vegas

FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. Nevada lawmakers convene Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, to consider raising taxes in the Las Vegas area to help fund a $1.9 billion football stadium, a $1.4 billion convention center expansion and more police officers to protect the additional tourists. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Raiders take a big step toward Vegas, but many hurdles await – NFL.com
The Raiders took a significant step this week in solidifying their future in Las Vegas, as both houses of the Nevada Legislature passed a bill to put $750 million in hotel tax money toward the funding for a new stadium to used by the Raiders. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will sign it on Monday.

Aztecs’ D.J. Pumphrey increases national rushing lead – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego State running back D.J. Pumphrey expanded his national rushing lead over the weekend, Pumphrey’s 220-yard performance against Fresno State providing a 169-yard lead over BYU’s Jamaal Williams.

Pumphrey now has 1,111 yards on the season, a 185-yard average per game for the Aztecs (5-1).

VIDEO: Dan & Joe – Chargers Finally Close Out A Win
Dan Sileo and Joe Tutino break down the Chargers 21-13 win over the visiting Denver Broncos, Mike McCoy’s job status as head coach, and Philip Rivers’ career-performance.

Kershaw silences Cubs and doubters with dominating performance in NLCS Game 2 – Sports Illustrated
The Dodgers’ ace lefthander rode to the rescue again for Los Angeles, tossing seven shutout innings in a 1–0 win that tied the NLCS at one game apiece.

SDSU basketball tries to crank up the tempo – San Diego Union-Tribune
According to metrics compiled by respected college basketball stat guru Ken Pomeroy, SDSU ranked 313th out of 351 Division I teams last season at 66.1 possessions per game. The season before, they were 333rd. The season before that, 300th.

Their average possession length last season was 18 seconds, 254th nationally. They were in the 200s for the previous two seasons as well.

This doesn’t mean Fisher and the Aztecs are going to race up and down the floor this season with a magical wave of the hand. It does mean, however, they’re going to try.

Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez refused to stay at Donald Trump’s hotel in Chicago – USA Today
Gonzalez, whose solo homer proved to be the difference in the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 2 victory on Sunday, wouldn’t explicitly name Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the reason he decided to go solo on the Dodgers’ last trip to the Windy City.

Report: Roethlisberger has torn meniscus in left knee, will undergo surgery – Sports Illustrated
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a torn left meniscus which will require surgery, Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette reports.

Roethlisberger left Sunday’s 30–15 loss to the Miami Dolphins with what the team called a left knee injury but returned for Pittsburgh’s first series of the second half.

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