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Inconsistency reigns on underperforming Raiders offense
Inconsistency reigns on underperforming Raiders offense

ALAMEDA - Johnny Holton has made dynamic plays this season. The second-year Raiders receiver has three touchdowns in nine catches, and averages 24.2 yards per reception. His straight-line speed's tough to match, which is why he has three catches of 40-plus yards. Holton's still developing

The Nationals expect Bryce Harper to test free agency
The Nationals expect Bryce Harper to test free agency

Scott Boras says he and the Nats have touched base. The Nats say there's no way Harper isn't hitting the market.

How Eagles receivers really feel about QB switch
How Eagles receivers really feel about QB switch

Nick Foles has spent most of the season throwing to the Eagles' scout team receivers. Now he must quickly build chemistry with the starters. By Reuben Frank

Bill Belichick praises the Steelers
Bill Belichick praises the Steelers

Patriots coach Bill Belichick could never be accused of looking past the Steelers. Or anyone else for that matter. "The more I've watched the Steelers this week, the more impressed I am," Belichick told reporters on Friday. "The way they play, they're really well-coached, they've had so many end-of-the-game

'Thursday Night Football' Ratings Tumble To Season Low With Broncos' Win

Perhaps adding to the chorus of criticism against the near end of week game, the stakes were pretty low for last night's Thursday Night Football with neither the Denver Broncos nor the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs running this season. At least with their 25-13 win, the NFL team from the Mile

WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz
WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz

The Celtics host the Jazz at TD Garden. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or on nbcsportsboston.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by Nissan, on the NBC Sports App.

Celtics-Jazz preview: Can Utah stop being a pushover?
Celtics-Jazz preview: Can Utah stop being a pushover?

The Utah Jazz, losers of their last four games, come to TD Garden -- where they've lost nine a row -- to face a Celtics team coming off its best offensive showing of the season.

Three Things to Know: LeBron James talks to Lonzo Ball and that means… nothing
Three Things to Know: LeBron James talks to Lonzo Ball and that means… nothing

Also, Kristaps Porzingis tweaks his knee, but it doesn't appear to be serious.

Wenger gives update on Ozil, Wilshere situation
Wenger gives update on Ozil, Wilshere situation

Arsene Wenger has given some intriguing updates on Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, who are both out of contract at Arsenal on July 1, 2018. Speaking ahead of Arsenal's clash against Newcastle United on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com), Wenger confirmed that there has been no interest from Manchester United in Ozil and contract talks will begin with Wilshere soon.

Bale, Mane or Dzeko? Vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Group Stage, presented by Nissan!
Bale, Mane or Dzeko? Vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Group Stage, presented by Nissan!

Gareth Bale's screaming volley verses Borussia Dortmund has been nominated for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Group Stage, presented by Nissan! The Real Madrid man struck during his side's emphatic 3-1 defeat of BVB in Germany, sending his first

Aljaz Bedene switches British alliance back to Slovenia

Aljaz Bedene says he is returning to play tennis for Slovenia after competing for Britain since 2015. The 49th-ranked Bedene says he has notified the International Tennis Federation that he will compete for his native country as of 2018. Bedene's decision was prompted by his desire to compete in

Friday morning one-liners
Friday morning one-liners

Celebrating DT Kyle Williams' career with the Bills. Dolphins QB Jay Cutler is coming off his best game of the year. DE Trey Flowers hopes to be in the Patriots lineup on Sunday. The Jets just wanted to take their ball and go home last weekend. The Ravens hope to do a better job on [ more]

Jerome Felton ready to retire, unless someone needs him soon
Jerome Felton ready to retire, unless someone needs him soon

If Jerome Felton doesn't get a call in the next few weeks, he's going to call it a career. The veteran fullback told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he was retiring after this season, one way or another. He isn't on a roster at the moment, which makes the process easier, [ more]

Should Cavaliers Be Worried By LeBron James
Should Cavaliers Be Worried By LeBron James' Encounter with Lonzo Ball and the Lakers?

NBA franchises-or well-run ones like the Cleveland Cavaliers, at least-don't tend towards undue panic. Even-or perhaps especially-in sport, good business decisions aren't made on emotions, where the heart so often overrides the head of otherwise shrewd investors.

Should Cavaliers Be Worried By LeBron James
Should Cavaliers Be Worried By LeBron James' Encounter with Lonzo Ball and the Lakers?

NBA franchises-or well-run ones like the Cleveland Cavaliers, at least-don't tend towards undue panic. Even-or perhaps especially-in sport, good business decisions aren't made on emotions, where the heart so often overrides the head of otherwise shrewd investors.

Bedene to switch allegiance from Britain back to Slovenia
Bedene to switch allegiance from Britain back to Slovenia

World number 49 Aljaz Bedene has finally given up on representing his adopted country Britain and will switch allegiance back to his native Slovenia next year. The 28-year-old became a British citizen in 2015 but his hopes of playing in the Davis Cup were thwarted by a rule change brought in by the

Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year
Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year

Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times. "It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen

British No 2 Aljaz Bedene announces he will represent Slovenia from January 1
British No 2 Aljaz Bedene announces he will represent Slovenia from January 1

British number two Aljaz Bedene will return to representing Slovenia from  January 1, he  has announced.  The 28-year-old, who lives in London, became a British citizen in March 2015 and among home players the world number 49 is only behind Andy Murray in the men's professional rankings. He has

Posta Rangers closing in on former AFC Leopards keeper
Posta Rangers closing in on former AFC Leopards keeper

The dreadlocked goalkeeper has revealed to Goal that talks are at an advanced stage for him to sign for the mailmen

Broncos hope win at Indy could be start of long road back
Broncos hope win at Indy could be start of long road back

The Denver Broncos know where they stand. Osweiler ran for one touchdown and threw for two more after replacing an injured Trevor Siemian, leading the Broncos back from a 10-point deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 25-13 and snap an eight-game skid away from home. ''It's just fun to

Broncos hope win at Indy could be start of long road back
Broncos hope win at Indy could be start of long road back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Denver Broncos know where they stand.

Bottom-dwelling Hawks and Grizzlies meet

Something will have to give Friday night when the struggling Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies meet at FedEx Forum. The Hawks (6-22) will take the Eastern Conference's worst record into the contest. The Grizzlies (8-20) were tied for the West's worst before the Dallas Mavericks lost to Golden

NBA - James ties Bird with 59th triple-double
NBA - James ties Bird with 59th triple-double

- Cleveland star LeBron James tied Larry Bird for sixth all time in NBA triple-doubles as the Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112. "King" James scored 25 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the 59th triple-double of his 15-season career. "He's one of the greatest

The Fast Break: Dec. 14th
The Fast Break: Dec. 14th

Whirl through a five-game Thursday night in the NBA in the Fast Break.

Top 5: Dec. 14th
Top 5: Dec. 14th

Count down the top five plays from Thursday night.

GAME RECAP: Warriors 112, Mavericks 97
GAME RECAP: Warriors 112, Mavericks 97

Kevin Durant goes off for 36 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Warriors blow out the Mavericks on Thursday night 112-97.

Dose: Denver Rolls Indy on TNF
Dose: Denver Rolls Indy on TNF

Jeff Brubach recaps the surprising return of Brock Osweiler in Denver's Thursday night win and other news from around the NFL in Friday's Daily Dose.

Eli Apple fined by Giants for tweeting during game
Eli Apple fined by Giants for tweeting during game

It's been a rough year for New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple. Apple was fined an undisclosed amount by the Giants for tweeting during last Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Apple was inactive for the game and not in uniform. However, tweeting from the sidelines

Pacers end homestand against Pistons

The Indiana Pacers were not ready for their prime-time close-up. In an ESPN nationally televised game, Oklahoma City knocked off the Pacers 100-95 on Wednesday night. Much of the attention was centered on Paul George's return to Indiana.

Raptors return home to host Nets

The Toronto Raptors already have put most of their heavy travelling for this season behind them. The Raptors will be back home Friday night when they play the Brooklyn Nets at Air Canada Centre. The Nets (11-16) will be playing the second half of a back-to-back.

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday

Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday: CRICKET The Ashes PERTH - England, who must avoid defeat to keep the Ashes series alive, collapsed with six late wickets to be dismissed for 403 at lunch on day two of the third test against Australia. (

NBA standings

Dec 15 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Thursday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 24 6 .800 - 2. Toronto 18 8 .692 4 3. NY Knicks 15 13 .536 8 4. Philadelphia 14 13 .519 8 1/2 5. Brooklyn 11 16 .407 11 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 21 8 .724 - 2. Milwaukee

LeBron
LeBron's 59th triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers

The Cleveland Cavaliers powered past the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a LeBron James triple-double.

FedEx Air and Ground winners of Week 14
FedEx Air and Ground winners of Week 14

Take a look at the FedEx Air and Ground winners of Week 14, as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Buffalo Bill running back LeSean McCoy outperform the rest of the league.

Brady vs Roethlisberger as Patriots, Steelers clash
Brady vs Roethlisberger as Patriots, Steelers clash

Tom Brady will aim to extend his record of dominance over Ben Roethlisberger as the New England Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a pivotal clash between the two NFL heavyweights on Sunday. For the first time in the history of the NFL, two starting quarterbacks will have a combined total of seven

NFL-N-Motion: How Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen have led Chargers
NFL-N-Motion: How Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen have led Chargers

Take a look at how the Los Angeles Chargers have been having success on offense.

The race for the NFC No. 6 seed
The race for the NFC No. 6 seed

NFL Network's David Carr breaks down the race for the NFC No.6 seed.

Winter Meetings: Day Four
Winter Meetings: Day Four

Dave Shovein breaks down the trades, signings, rumors and the Rule 5 draft from the final day of baseball's Winter Meetings in Orlando.

Jets offensive coordinator admits surrender in blowout loss to Broncos
Jets offensive coordinator admits surrender in blowout loss to Broncos

New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton just wanted to "get out" during a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Who are the most dangerous players for Steelers, Pats this weekend?
Who are the most dangerous players for Steelers, Pats this weekend?

The "NFL Total Access Endgame" crew talk about who the most dangerous players for the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 are.

Mooney, South Dakota hold off NAU 90-77 in busy 2nd half

Matt Mooney scored 22 of his 24 points after halftime as South Dakota held off a suddenly lively Northern Arizona 90-77 Thursday night, winning for the fifth time in six games. South Dakota (10-3) led 38-23 by halftime as two of Northern Arizona's best scorers had combined for just five points.

Report: Cardinals Place RB Adrian Peterson on IR Due to Neck Injury
Report: Cardinals Place RB Adrian Peterson on IR Due to Neck Injury

The Arizona Cardinals have placed running back Arian Peterson on injured reserve due to a neck injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Towns scores 30 as Wolves cruise to 119-96 win over Kings
Towns scores 30 as Wolves cruise to 119-96 win over Kings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his league-leading 23rd double-double, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and nine assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 119-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

LeBron Post Game Interview
LeBron Post Game Interview

Kristen Ledlow talks with LeBron James about what the Cavaliers did right to get the win over the Lakers.

Best of NBA: LeBron James triple-double lifts Cavaliers over Lakers
Best of NBA: LeBron James triple-double lifts Cavaliers over Lakers

LeBron James notched his 59th career triple-double in the Cavaliers' 121-112 win over the Lakers. That and more from Thursday's top NBA action.

Colts
Colts' Brandon Williams Carted Off Field With Head Injury

Colts tight end Brandon Williams was carted off the field with a head injury and will not return to Thursday night's matchup against the Broncos.

Aaron Judge can
Aaron Judge can't wait to play alongside Giancarlo Stanton

Aaron Judge can't wait to get to spring training and start learning from new teammate Giancarlo Stanton. What a sluggin' 1-2 punch in the middle of the New York Yankees' lineup - not to mention the daily entertainment during batting practice. Judge, who grew up in California's Central

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman fights off defenders on huge 54-yard TD
Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman fights off defenders on huge 54-yard TD

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler throws a perfect straight laser pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman for a 54-yard touchdown.

LeBron gets triple-double, Cavs beat Lonzo
LeBron gets triple-double, Cavs beat Lonzo's Lakers 121-112

LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double in front of Lonzo Ball and his brothers, Kevin Love scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the 16th time in 17 games, 121-112 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Love scored 13 in the third quarter, when the Cavs opened an

SE Louisiana wins 106-77 despite Brock's 43 points

HAMMOND, La. (AP) -- Jordan Capps scored 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting, Jabbar Singleton added 23 with five 3-pointers and six players reached double figures as Southeastern Louisiana got back on the winning track 106-77 over Southern-New Orleans on Thursday night

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