The future is taking shape in the concrete pillars and sloped canopy roof of a transformative new stadium that will serve as home to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers when the world’s most expensive sports complex opens in 2020.,[Rams-Patriots Super Bowl guide] Moreover, after decades in which taxpayers shouldered much of the cost of new sports arenas, the privately funded stadium is being closely watched as a potential new model for first-rate NFL venues built without public subsidies.,It is the vision of Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke, a Missouri-born billionaire developer and sports mogul, who took to heart NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s insistence that any new stadium built for pro football’s return to Los Angeles must be iconic and serve as home to two teams.,(Allison Zaucha/For The Washington Post) NFL's most expensive stadium Though the Kroenke organization won’t confirm the cost or provide details of its privately funded financing plan, NFL owners in March agreed to raise their debt waiver to accommodate the Los Angeles project.,[Sally Jenkins: Gifting Daniel Snyder any money or land for a new Redskins stadium would be absolute madness] Just a decade ago, it seemed the Dallas Cowboys had set a spending mark that wouldn’t be topped when they opened ATT Stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion, with the city of Arlington helping team owner Jerry Jones finance the project with tax hikes and bonds.

The Dallas Cowboys will play in their 63rd postseason game, the most in NFL history, when they face the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC Divisional Playoff on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.,Dec. 19, 1976 - Rams won 14-12, NFC Divisional

Texas Stadium — The Rams beat the Cowboys for the first time in the playoffs in what was an ugly, low-scoring game.,Dec. 30, 1979: Rams won 21-19, NFC Divisional read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.,NFL read more

Two years to the day after McVay became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, he will attempt to earn his first playoff victory Saturday night when the Rams (13-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (11-6) for a trip to the NFC championship game.,LaFleur was on McVay's staff with the Rams last year, while Kingsbury is a good friend and like-minded offensive innovator.,Two of McVay's current assistant coaches — Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and passing game coordinator Shane Waldron — also landed recent interviews for head coaching jobs.,LaFleur was a longtime quarterbacks coach until McVay hired him as his offensive coordinator in 2017.,Kingsbury is coming off three consecutive losing seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech, but he improbably landed right next to McVay in the NFC West as the Arizona Cardinals' head coach.

January 7 Soccer fans wanting to watch D.C. United this season will not find matches on WJLA 24/7 News, where they were shown for three years.,United programming will be available to subscribers on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and laptops — mobile access that club officials said was a high priority for fans they surveyed.,“The decision was very much based on what our options were and what was going to be best for our fans to really connect with the team,” said Sam Porter, United’s senior vice president for business and legal affairs.,MLS on Monday announced the full schedule, which, for United, will include 13 matches on national TV, including the March 3 opener against defending champion Atlanta on ESPN.,Last year, in its inaugural season, Los Angeles FC bypassed local TV stations to become the first U.S. pro sports team to align with a streaming service: YouTube TV.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

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Des Bieler Sports reporter covering national topics, including fantasy football, as well as supporting coverage of D.C.-area teams read more

JJ Redick had a game high 24 points, while teammate Ben Simmons recorded his fifth triple-double of the season with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.,NCAA confirms failed drug test by Clemson DL

The NCAA has confirmed that Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been suspended for Saturday’s CFP semifinal game against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl following a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.,Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes, who lost their third out of four games.,— The Penguins won for the ninth time in 13 games this month as Phil Kessel scored two power-play goals in a 5-2 victory against the Red Wings.,Blake Coleman scored twice, Damon Severson tallied 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal in New Jersey’s fourth victory in 19 road games. read more

The Saints clinched homefield advantage throughout the conference championship game with a wild 31-28 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and that could ultimately be the determining factor in which team represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.,Things are even more volatile in the AFC where four teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and Texans — have punched their playoff tickets, but no seeds have been clinched.,Four teams — the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Steelers — are fighting for the final two playoff spots.,The Colts and Titans will play the final game of the regular season Sunday night with the winner earning a playoff berth.,Considering both Indy head coach Frank Reich and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel have lost games this season when they gambled instead of accepting likely ties, I don’t like Pittsburgh’s chances.

Sixty years ago this week, Maury Povich sat shivering in a mezzanine box down the third base line at the old Yankee Stadium, as the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants played deep into the winter twilight.,For Povich, all these years later that game remains window into a previous life, one where he imagined himself as a sports broadcaster.,Povich's father, Shirley, was a sports columnist at The Washington Post, who covered the 1958 championship game, too.,Povich worked as a news anchor around the country — in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and back in Washington — before Rupert Murdoch called him up to New York in 1986 to offer him a job at a tabloid news show, "A Current Affair.",Povich has been in New York for more than 30 years now, but he remains a die-hard Washington sports fan.