Raiders would play in Vegas rent-free
Pats-Chiefs matchup to open NFL season
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Oakland Raiders wouldn't pay rent at a proposed tax-funded stadium they want to call home in Las Vegas. That's according to the most recent version of a lease agreement unveiled Thursday during a meeting of the public entity overseeing plans for the $1.9 billion project.

The stadium authority board justified the lack of rent for the Raiders with the investment that the team is making on the 65,000-seat domed stadium. Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million through a room tax increase.


 Pats-Chiefs matchup to open NFL season

UNDATED (AP) - The NFL has released its 2017 schedule, and it begins with the Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 7.

The Pats earned that honor with their record comeback to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are the defending AFC West champions.

Week 1 of the schedule will conclude Monday, Sept. 11 with New Orleans at Minnesota and the Los Angeles Chargers at Denver. It will be the Chargers' first game as a Los Angeles franchise since 1960.

Week 1 also features a Sunday night matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and visiting New York Giants.

 In other NFL news:
  • The Raiders have exercised their fifth-year contract option on menacing pass rusher Khalil Mack, presumably keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. The reigning AP Defensive Player of the year had sacks in eight straight games during one stretch last season and finished with 11.

  • The Colts have signed inside linebacker Jon Bostic, who has played four seasons in the NFL and was with Detroit last year. The 6-foot, 245-pounder has recorded 140 tackles in 40 NFL games, including 18 starts.

  • Bills offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio was taken to the hospital for observation after police found him without any pants on in suburban Buffalo field. An Erie County Sheriff's spokesman says deputies were responding to a complaint of a suspicious person when they came upon Kouandjio around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The spokesman says the player was cooperative and no charges have been filed.

  • A top Massachusetts official says the medical examiner will release Aaron Hernandez's brain to Boston University for research as soon as the investigation into his death is completed. Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett says "no one is going to stand in the way of the family's wishes." Hernandez's lawyer has accused the medical examiner of "illegally" holding the brain of the former Patriots tight end. Hernandez was found hanging in his cell early Wednesday at a maximum-security prison where he was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.

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