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Raiders file paperwork to move to Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) First the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders.

Once looked on with disdain by major sports leagues, this gambling city is now just 24 votes away from cashing in on one of the biggest sports jackpots ever.

The Raiders made it official Thursday by filing for relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the culmination of a whirlwind romance to bring an NFL team to a city that the league had previously gone out of its way to shun because of sports betting fears.

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Falcons WR Jones: I'll be ready to go

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones missed his second day of practice Thursday with a sprained left toe.

He said it's no big deal. Jones is confident he will be ready Sunday when Atlanta faces Green Bay in the NFC championship game.

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Falcons OC Shanahan, 49ers to meet again

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Kyle Shanahan remains focused on helping the Falcons win their first Super Bowl championship.

No matter what happens, Atlanta's offensive coordinator appears certain to land his first head coaching job.

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Ex-Jet Gastineau battling brain diseases

NEW YORK (AP) Mark Gastineau is trying to help sack safety issues in football.

And the former New York Jets sack-dancing star wants to use himself as an example of the dangers of playing the game.

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Pack WR Adams may be game-time decision

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams has missed a second day of practice with an ankle injury, and the receiver may not know until warmups before the NFC championship game on Sunday whether he'll be able to play against the Atlanta Falcons.

Adams hurt the ankle during the 34-31 win last week against the Dallas Cowboys. He said that he's feeling better, though he was unsure whether he will feel well enough by Saturday to take part in Green Bay's final practice of the week.

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Colts QB Luck has surgery on shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has undergone surgery on the right shoulder that's bothered him the past two seasons.

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Thursday on Twitter that Luck was recovering from successful outpatient surgery. Irsay says Luck will be ready for the 2017 season.

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Browns nearing contract with LB Collins

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns let several of their top free agents slip away last year. They've got their arms wrapped around a new one now.

Cleveland is close to finalizing a multi-year contract with talented linebacker Jamie Collins, who joined the team midway through its 1-15 season but showed the Browns that he's a player worth keeping for a long time.

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Trump tabs Jets owner Britain ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) President-elect Donald Trump appears to have announced that billionaire New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will become the next ambassador to Britain.

Trump was speaking at a luncheon in Washington when he introduced a guest as "sitting next to the ambassador Woody Johnson, going to Saint James."

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Bills to hire Dennison to run offense

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Newly hired Bills coach Sean McDermott is placing his trust in former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to oversee Buffalo's run-heavy attack.

And it might help, too, that Dennison has a connection to quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whose long-term future has been in question in Buffalo.

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Raiders GM McKenzie named PFWA top exec

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) General manager Reggie McKenzie got rewarded for orchestrating the rebuild of the Oakland Raiders that got them back into the postseason for the first time in 14 years.

Next up for McKenzie after winning the Pro Football Writers of America Executive of the Year award on Thursday is figuring out how to get the Raiders closer to the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title.

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