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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- ESPN reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, criticizing Oakland's solution to keep the Raiders in their city while NFL owners are preparing to vote on whether to allow the franchise to move to Las Vegas.

In the letter Goodell sent Friday, which was obtained by ESPN, the NFL commissioner claims:

"The material that we reviewed earlier today ... confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time... and in that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable time frame and free of major contingencies."

ESPN reports Goodell sent the letter on the same day Oakland and its partners submitted a revised financial plan to fund a new stadium. In the proposal, the city would construct a $1.3 billion mixed-use stadium on the southern edge of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which the Raiders and Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball currently share.

Goodell added that he has concerns about Oakland having two professional teams, saying, "The long-term nature of the commitment to the A's remains a significant complication, and the resolution of that issue remains unknown."

Other cities, such as Seattle, Baltimore, and Arlington, Texas, have multiple professional clubs with similar set ups to what is being proposed by Oakland.

The Raiders need two thirds of NFL owners to vote yes (24 of 32) to receive approval for a move. Owners can vote as early as Monday on Raiders' owner Mark Davis' application to move the team to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas has already pledged $750 million in public funding to build a new stadium for the team.

The Raiders moved back and forth from Oakland to Los Angeles over its 58 season-franchise history, spending 45 of them in Oakland.

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Eddie Perlas/ESPN Images(BLOOMINGTON, Indiana) -- The Indiana Hoosiers have hired Archie Miller to become the next head coach of their men's basketball team according to an ESPN report.

Miller will leave the University of Dayton, where he served as head coach for the past six years. He brought the Flyers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his final four seasons with the school, leading the program to a surprise Elite Eight appearance in 2014.

ESPN reports Miller agreed to a seven-year deal worth $3.5 million annually.

Miller released a statement on Saturday, saying:

"I am honored to be the head coach at Indiana University. IU is one of the greatest basketball programs and academic institutions in the country, and I cannot wait to get started. With peerless fan support, outstanding facilities and tradition, a beautiful campus, and located in one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country, IU is a dream destination for me and my family."


Miller replaces Tom Crean, who the Hoosiers dismissed on March 16 after nine seasons.

Dayton says it is already searching for Miller's replacement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Oregon and Gonzaga won their Elite Eight matchups to become the first two teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament to reach the Final Four. No. 1 Gonzaga first defeated No. 11 Xavier 83-59 to win the West Region, and No. 3 Oregon upset No. 1 Kansas 74-60 to win the Midwest Region.

The Bulldogs (36-1) reached the Final Four for the first time in the history of the program by dominating the lowest-seeded team remaining in the tournament. ESPN notes Gonzaga is also the first team from the West Coast Conference (WCC) to reach the Final Four in 60 years.

Gonzaga played efficient offense, converting 50% of their three point shots in the game, and held Xavier (24-14) to under 60 points for the first time in the tournament.

Xavier star Trevon Bluiett, who was held to 10 points, told reporters, "They were just locked in."

Head coach Mark Few said after his team's victory, "Just an incredible feeling of elation and satisfaction. It's been a long, hard journey to get this program here."

Gonzaga will face the winner of Sunday's South Carolina-Florida Elite Eight matchup in the Final Four next week.

Coming off an Elite Eight loss last season, the Oregon Ducks (33-5) handily beat Kansas (31-5), one of the top-performing teams in the tournament.

The victory marks the Ducks' first Final Four appearance since the 1938-39 season, nearly 80 years.

Ducks' guard Tyler Dorsey was the game's top scorer, notching 27 points in 35 minutes, and forward Jordan Bell was a force defensively, blocking eight shots and nearly recording a triple-double.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman told the media after the victory, ""You feel so good for so many people. It's a team effort. You feel good for a lot of people."

Oregon will take on the winner of Sunday's Elite Eight matchup between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky.

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Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been suspended by the NBA for 20 games afer violating the league's anti-drug policy.

Noah tested positive for selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, an over-the-counter supplement banned by the league.

The 32-year-old center has been out since Feb. 4 because of knee surgery. The NBA said Noah's suspension would start when he is "eligible and physically able to play" in either a regular season or playoff game, according to ESPN.

The National Basketball Players Association said in a statement neither the union nor Noah would appeal the suspension and he "has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction," according to ESPN.

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Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 70 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the most by an NBA player this season.

Booker becomes only the sixth player in NBA history to score 70, joining Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant.

Booker shot 21-of-40 from the floor, hit four three pointers and sank 24 free throws on the night.

"This doesn't happen very often," Booker said after the game. "Especially against a really good defensive team like the Boston Celtics. I knew I was going to have to come in, lock in mentally tonight -- playing at Boston isn't easy all the time. They made it tough for me in the first half, and I tried to get it going. I was ultra-aggressive, my teammates started finding me, they started setting really good screens for me and the rest is history."

The Suns fell to the Celtics 130-120.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Bill Murray was seen cheering on No. 11-seed Xavier University in the team's victory over No. 2-seed University of Arizona in Thursday's NCAA tournament matchup.

Murray's son Luke Murray is in his second year as an assistant coach for Xavier's basketball team.

When the team pulled off the shocking 73-71 win over Arizona, Murray went crazy in the stands, high-fiving those around him and rubbing the head of Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the now-famous 77-year-old nun who makes sure all of Xavier's student-athletes meet the school's academic standards.

Murray, 66, hasn't missed a single tournament game, which has some suggesting he could be behind the team's winning streak.

"Tons of credit to Bill Murray," Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara tweeted after the win.

Murray is having a stellar sports year. Not only is his son's team on a roll, but last year, his favorite major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, clinched the World Series title for the first time in 108 years.

You can bet the actor will be in the stands when Xavier takes on No. 1-seed Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pat Kelsey has backed out of his contract to coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, just two days after signing the deal.

"For personal reasons, I have asked the University of Massachusetts to allow me to be released from the offer I accepted to be the head men's basketball coach," Kelsey said in a statement Thursday. "To be clear, this decision is entirely personal and in no way an assessment of the commitment UMass made to me personally or to the resources available at UMass to have a nationally-recognized program."

"I apologize to Chancellor [Kumble] Subbaswamy, Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford, members of the basketball program and the UMass community who embraced my appointment this week and made me feel welcome since arriving on campus yesterday," he added.

Kelsey, 41, announced later Thursday that he will instead head back to Winthrop University, where he has been the head coach since 2012.

"I realized that at this point in my career Winthrop and Rock Hill is the best place for my family and me," he said in a news release.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Three of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 games came down to the final shot, but it was 11th seeded Xavier’s David and Goliath upset over no. 2 seed University of Arizona that had people talking Friday morning. The Muskateers beat the Wildcats 73-71.

Meanwhile, Oregon topped Michigan to advance to the Elite 8 along with Kansas and Gonzaga.

Xavier will face no. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite 8 on Saturday.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Boston 10, Pittsburgh 7
Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 2
Chi. White Sox 4, Cincinnati 2
Cleveland 8, Colorado 3
Oakland 15, Milwaukee 5
San Diego 6, L.-A. Angels 2
Atlanta 2, Detroit 1
L.-A. Dodgers 10, Texas 2
Seattle 9, San Francisco 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N.-Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 1, N.-Y. Mets 0
St. Louis 5, Miami 3
Chi. Cubs 5, Arizona 5

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Brooklyn 126, Phoenix 98
Toronto 101, Miami 84
Dallas 97, L.-A. Clippers 95
San Antonio 97, Memphis 90
Portland 110, New York 95

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 6, Boston 3
SO/Washington 2, Columbus 1
Toronto 4, New Jersey 2
Carolina 4, Montreal 1
SO/Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1
Florida 3, Arizona 1
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1
Nashville 3, Calgary 1
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 1
SO/Chicago 3, Dallas 2
Edmonton 7, Colorado 4

 

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(11) Xavier 73, (2) Arizona 71
(1) Gonzaga 61, (4) West Virginia 58
(1) Kansas 98, (4) Purdue 66
(3) Oregon 69, (7) Michigan 68

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Michael Reaves/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – John Thompson III’s days at Georgetown University are over.

The school announced Thursday that it fired Thompson as head coach of its men’s basketball team.

"It is with profound regret and deep appreciation that I informed John Thompson III this morning that the university will no longer be retaining his services as our head men's basketball coach,"
university president John J. DeGioia said in a statement.

"For 13 years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball. His performance as a coach has been exceptional, and he has served our community with remarkable distinction and
integrity, sustaining our commitment to the academic performance of our students and providing them with the very best preparation for their lives beyond the Hilltop."

Thompson has spent the last 13 seasons at the school, winning 278 games to go along with eight NCAA tournament appearances.

"I am honored to have been the head coach at Georgetown University for the past 13 years, where I had the privilege of coaching and mentoring outstanding student-athletes," Thompson said in a
release provided by his attorney, David Falk. "I am proud of what my players have accomplished on the court and how they are thriving since leaving Georgetown."

"... I am grateful to the fans of Georgetown for their tremendous support. Georgetown basketball has been a part of my life since 1972, which makes this moment even more impactful, but I look
forward to my next chapter."

Thompson is the son of legendary Hoyas head coach John Thompson Jr.

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