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NFL won’t rule out a Raiders move to Sin City

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, laughs as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis talks to the media after an NFL owners meeting on Jan. 12 in Houston. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Empty suit, err, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell straddled the fence on Wednesday  when asked about a franchise (read: Raiders) potentially relocating to Las Vegas.

Mark Davis is appropriately looking at all his alternatives,” the commissioner said of the Raiders’ bowl-cutted owner.

Later, Goodell said, “I think their ultimate decision is a long ways off. There are several cities that have a tremendous interest in the Raiders. I’m hopeful also that Oakland will be one of those and that we can avoid any relocation to start with.”

In other words: this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.

MAKING MONEYBALL

Forbes released its always entertaining list of “Baseball’s Most Valuable Teams” on Wednesday to varying results for the Bay Area’s teams.

Worth $2.25 billion, The Giants ranked fourth behind the Yankees, Dodgers (partly owned by the Warriors’ Peter Gruber) and Red Sox.

The A’s, on the other hand, were the 28th-most valuable team at $725 million, and were noted as a top-5 “taker from Major League Baseball’s revenue-sharing system,”  using the Mitt Romney parlance.

WILLIAMS’ RESTRUCTURED DEAL

The 49ers signed nose tackle Ian Williams to a restructured one-year deal on Wednesday. The two sides had agreed to a longer deal a few weeks ago, but that was before Williams’ doctors disclosed an injury.

Under coach Jim Tomsula, Williams contributed 65 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

CALLING PUNISHMENT GLUTTONS

By now, pretty much everyone’s bracket has been busted. But for those who can’t get enough losing in their life,  sportsbook William Hill set new futures bets for the teams remaining.

The top seeds (Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Virginia) were all favorites to win their respective regions while the Tar Heels earned 3/1 odds of winning it all.

The Ducks, the only Pac-12 team to advance, have 12/1 odds.

THE WILDCAT SHUFFLE

Every single player on John Calipari’s Kentucky team Wednesday declared himself eligible for the 2016 NBA draft.

That’s not a joke: They are taking advantage of new rules that allow players to “test the NBA waters” before being deemed ineligible by the NCAA.

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