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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown by running back Dion Lewis during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 6:01 P.M.

4 QBs left have unique talents – but they also have flaws

There’s a lot of talk heading into Sunday’s conference title games about the accomplishments, talents and legacies of the four starting QBs, which makes sense. New England’s Tom Brady, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan are as good as it gets today at the NFL’s most important position.

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UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 5:47 P.M.

Bay Area investors still working to keep Raiders in Oakland

Oakland civic leaders and deep-pocketed investors fighting to keep the Raiders from moving insist they are still in the game despite team owner Mark Davis formally applying to the NFL to relocate to Las Vegas. A local investment group that includes Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott said Thursday they continue to negotiate with government officials, the team and the NFL to build a $1.25 billion, 55,000-seat stadium in Oakland.

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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. The Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, that he spoke with the Raiders. (John Locher / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 5:23 P.M.

Jackpot! Vegas looks to score big win by landing Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. The NFL and officials in Nevada confirmed Thursday that the team is asking league owners to approve the move, although the team made no immediate comment and a group that wants to keep the team in Oakland vowed it was still in the game and “playing to win.” Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak made the filing of paperwork public on Twitter, and told The Associated Press he spoke with team officials.

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, right, congratulates Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin after winning their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Aaron Favila / Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 4:57 P.M.

Novak Djokovic out in 2nd round, loses to Denis Istomin in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic won’t be setting the Australian Open record for most men’s titles this year, losing to wild-card entry Denis Istomin in the second round. It was the earliest loss at a major since 2008 for the six-time Australian Open champion, who had never dropped a set against Istomin in six previous meetings.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 10:03 P.M.

On the air

Thursday’s TV highlightsBasketball, college men 4 p.m.: Davidson at La Salle ... CBS Sports 4 p.m.: Maryland at Iowa ... ESPN 4 p.m.: UConn at SMU ... ESPN2 4 p.m.: Richmond at Dayton ... ESPNU 6 p.m.: Arizona at USC ...

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Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic makes a forehand return to Russia’s Anna Blinkova during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Aaron Favila / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 9:07 P.M.

Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta continues winning runs in Australia

U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova has carried her title-winning form in the warmup tournament into the season’s first major, dropping just four games en route to the third round at the Australian Open. Pliskova was leading 6-0, 4-0 against Anna Blinkova in the second round on Thursday before the 18-year-old Russian qualifier, ranked 189th, held serve and later held up her arm to acknowledge the cheers from the crowd.

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John Blanchette

John Blanchette

Blanchette: Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, BYU continue to dominate WCC

We know well the numbing duration of Gonzaga’s dominance of the WCC. We know, too, that only once since Brigham Young joined the league has someone other than the Zags, Cougars or Saint Mary’s finished in the top three, and not since 2008 has another …


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