Rolando McClain arrived in Oakland two years ago expected to be the impact middle linebacker who could transform a Raiders defense that had struggled for years to stop the run.
Less than halfway through his third season with the Raiders, McClain has been relegated to spot duty. McClain is now only being used in base defensive packages, playing a season-low 17 defensive plays last week in Atlanta. Read More
Linebacker Aaron Curry has returned to practice with the Raiders for the first time since May after dealing with nagging knee problems in recent months.
Curry began the season on the physically unable to perform list and was unable to practice for the first six weeks. He made his first appearance on the field with his team on Wednesday, starting a three-week window for Oakland to decide whether to activate him, release him or place him on season-ending injured reserve. Read More
Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Raiders rookie coach realizes it’s not enough.
Not even taking the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons to the wire before losing on Matt Bryant’s 55-yard field goal in the final seconds provided Allen with a sense that Oakland has turned the corner. Read More
Quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t want to hear that the Raiders nearly came back to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Raiders lost 23-20 after Matt Bryant’s last-second, 55-yard field goal, and Palmer put all of the blame on himself.
Palmer believes his lone interception, which Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel returned 79 yards late in the fourth quarter, was the game’s turning point. Read More
The A’s finally encountered the one hurdle too tough to overcome in this surprising season: Justin Verlander.
The A’s struck out 11 times against last year’s AL Cy Young winner and MVP and were unable to complete an improbable comeback in the AL Division Series, losing Game 5 to the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Thursday night. Read More
Raiders cornerback Michael Huff hasn’t had much time to rest since changing positions to help the Raiders’ injury-ravaged secondary.
He’s not likely to get a break this week either. Read More
Coming off their bye week, it’s business as usual for the Raiders heading into their matchup this weekend against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
Oakland is a team that seems in constant rebuilding mode and is a decade removed from its last winning season and on its third coach, Dennis Allen, in three years.
“Obviously, we didn’t start the season out like we hoped,” said the 39-year-old Allen, the league’s youngest head coach. “We’re not where we want to be right now.” Read More
These A’s never count themselves out — down and doubted is their dogma.
Brett Anderson outdueled fellow postseason first-timer Anibal Sanchez and the upstart A’s were stellar on defense all over the diamond, avoiding another playoff sweep by Detroit by beating the Tigers 2-0 Tuesday in their AL Division Series at the Oakland Coliseum.
The A’s cut their deficit in the best-of-five matchup to 2-1. Read More
Twenty people believed to be associated with the Black Bloc anarchist group that has launched several mini-riots in San Francisco have been unmasked following Saturday’s destructive demonstration in the Financial District, police said. Read More
Game 1 of their respective division series held dramatically different consequences — implied, imagined and in reality — for the Giants and A’s, and such circumstances represented perhaps the most clear reflection of the teams’ hold on the Bay Area’s collective imagination.
In short, the Big Brother-Little Brother dynamic was in full effect. Read More