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This Week In Sports: Raiders, Nelson Cruz, and More


The Raiders Win Their Last Game In Oakland

The Oakland Raiders won their game on Monday against the Broncos, 27-14. After a disappointing season, this win gave their fans a good show to end it. Currently, the Raiders are set to move to Vegas in 2020, but as Oakland is suing them over the move, this leaves Oakland without a place to play in 2019.

While the Raiders celebrated, the Broncos hit a low of having back to back seasons with losing records since 1972. During the game, Raiders wide receiver Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards into a touchdown, the third longest in NFL history. In addition, Oakland native Doug Martin ran for 107 yards and scored a touchdown.

Nelson Cruz Signs With The Twins

With their newest acquisition, the Minnesota Twins gained the 38 year old slugger Nelson Cruz. The Twins signed Cruz for a one year, $14M contract. They also gained an option for a $300,000 buyout in 2020.

One of the game’s most consistent power hitters over the past several years, Cruz averaged 37 homers and an .850 OPS in each of his past five seasons. His 203 homers in that time leads all Major League hitters. He bat .256/.342/.509 with 37 homers in 2018, and he gained his sixth American League All-Star nomination.

LeBron Will Miss Several Games Over Strained Groin

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss several of his next games because of his strained left groin. He recieved the injury during the game against the Warriors on Christmas. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the injury was just a strain. The strain is reportedly “significant” and will require a careful healing process.

New York Giants Fans Are Fighting For The Right To Curse Out Their Team

Two Giants fans filed a federal complaint that their free speech rights were violated when police officers at Levi’s Stadium arrested them for cursing and flipping off players. According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred Nov. 12, 2017, in a game between the Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. Brothers Kyle and Patrick Flynn gave the middle finger to Giants players and shouted “you f*****g suck” at them.

Police officers reportedly told them to stop, before they were ejected from the stadium. However, both brothers remained in their seats. Police officers then began to assault the brothers, and one fell ten feet down into the lower seats.

Two New Jersey Casinos Fined For Taking Wagers On College Football Games

Two New Jersey casinos were fined for taking illegal bets on college football games. Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Caesars Entertainment Corp took wages on several college football games.

The Golden Nugget casino forfeited $390 it accepted for wagers on “various New Jersey college football games in September.” The bets were taken from “unknown individuals” who were not repaid.