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Raiders open new Las Vegas stadium with 34-24 win over Saints



The Las Vegas Raiders initiated a shining new home, Allegiant Stadium, simply off The Strip.

Surprisingly better, they upset the New Orleans Saints, 34-24, to stay great.

What were the chances that Jon Gruden’s group would beaten two 10-direct shortages in the main half toward bring down an extended Super Bowl competitor?

Not very great, even at one of the club in the region.

However with quarterback Derek Carr playing a ready, immaculate game that was adjusted by a powerful hurrying assault drove by Josh Jacobs, the Raiders (2-0) served notice that they are enthusiastic for some new outcomes in their new burrows.

Carr finished 28 of 38 goes for 282 yards with three scores, while Jacobs scrambled for 88 yards on 27 conveys. Tight end Darren Waller was the most loved objective, accumulating 12 gatherings for 103 yards with a score.

The game was secured, however, with Daniel Carlson’s 54-yard field objective with 1:05 remaining.

Perhaps Raiders proprietor Mark Davis was correct. In any event for one night. Davis calls the new football royal residence “Death Star” – as in where rival groups die.

Well. Everything looks OK. Or on the other hand snake eyes. The Saints tumbled to 1-1.

Three different things they gained from the Raiders’ big victory:

1. Manufacture it and they will come — Although fans won’t be permitted to go to games at Allegiant Stadium all season, that didn’t stop two or three dozen individuals from the Raiders Nation from appearing at initiate the new home on Monday night – including one couple who stopped external the arena with a compact TV, table and seats. It wasn’t exactly similar to the closely following scene at the Oakland Coliseum parking area, yet there were a couple of goofy characters wearing Raiders clothing, horns blaring from vehicles with Raiders banners mounted on and individuals singing, “Raaaaid-ers!” as one.

2. The nonattendance of Michael Thomas is glaring — Never mind the following man-up business. You can’t remove the NFL’s driving collector from a productive offense and anticipate that the unit should continue moving along as though nothing occurred. Without Thomas, sidelined by a high-lower leg sprain, the Saints and Drew Brees experienced difficulty keeping up predictable musicality. Also, when a modest bunch of Brees’ passes hit the turf in light of drops, the absence of a definite gave go-to target truly hit home. Alvin Kamara is perilous in space, Emmanuel Sanders is a cunning veteran and Tre’Quan Smith is rising. Yet, they are generally good when Thomas is in the blend drawing additional consideration from guards.

3. Carr may have even satisfied the Boo Birds in the Black Hole — When the frequently insulted quarterback played his last game in Oakland last season, he was booed vigorously by a portion of the Black Hole supporters after the Raiders had a second-half emergency in losing to Jacksonville. All things considered, if there was a Black Hole on Monday night, they would have cherished Carr for keeping his cool in the midst of twofold digit shortfalls in the primary half. In addition to the fact that Carr threw for the three scores without a turnover, he played brilliant football. To put it plainly, he looked significantly more agreeable in Gruden’s offense than we’ve found before.


Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract



Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season



Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons



The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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