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March 7, 1996 |
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis announced Wednesday that the team will not return to train in Oxnard, as he expects to settle on a Northern California site for a training camp as early as next week. Oxnard officials learned last June that the Raiders planned to return to the Bay Area after 12 years of playing in Los Angeles, so Wednesday's news came as no surprise.
May 11, 2010 |
To celebrate its 30th anniversary last year, ESPN mounted "30 for 30," a still-unfolding series of new documentary films about sports over the last three decades. Installments already aired include Barry Levinson's "The Band That Wouldn't Die," about the Baltimore Colts; Peter Berg's "Kings Ransom," about Wayne Gretzky's trade to the Los Angeles Kings; Ron Shelton's "Jordan Rides the Bus," about Michael Jordan's adventures in minor-league baseball. "The Birth of Big Air" ( Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville on BMX rider Mat Hoffman)
August 16, 1996 |
Playing after only four practices, Jeff George completed 17 of 24 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in the first half Thursday, sparking the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-6 exhibition rout of the Oakland Raiders. George signed a one-year, $3.6-million contract last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. George connected with Eric Metcalf on an 11-yard scoring and hit Tyrone Brown on a 48-yard scoring play.
July 21, 2011 |
NFL owners have ratified a deal to lift the player lockout but it's unclear what that means for a collective bargaining agreement or when free agency might begin. According to NFL Network, the vote was 31-0 with the Oakland Raiders choosing to abstain, as they often do. While owners have been meeting at an airport hotel in Atlanta, representatives for the players are in Washington working on their next move.
August 21, 2013 |
While NFL quarterbacks are studying playbooks and jostling for jobs as the season approaches, Matt Leinart has been working out, spending time with his son, and, apparently, eating alone. A photo of a solo Leinart in a Manhattan Beach bar/restaurant has shown up on several websites recently, including bustedcoverage.com. "Unemployed Matt Leinart seems to be lonely," one caption read. Said another, "Over/under he's searching Craigslist for work?" Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner at USC and No. 10 pick by Arizona in the 2006 NFL draft, has been out of a job since the Oakland Raiders didn't re-sign him after last season.
June 18, 1989 |
Former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman John Matuszak was pronounced dead Saturday night after he was rushed to a hospital for an undetermined ailment, officials said. "He came into the hospital, and he has expired," said Karen Marlin, a nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The cause of death would be announced by the Los Angeles County coroner, she said. Ms. Marlin said additional information was being withheld, pending notification of family members.
October 26, 1990 |
Larry Todd, a former wide receiver and running back for the Oakland Raiders, died recently of cancer in an Oakland hospital, it was announced. He was 50. Todd was recently diagnosed with myeloidosis, a form of cancer, and died Oct. 17. Todd was troubled by injuries during his six seasons with the Raiders from 1965 to 1970. One of his best games came during his rookie season when he rushed 20 times for 134 yards and one touchdown against the Houston Oilers.
November 10, 2000 |
The Oakland Raiders tried out kicker Chris Boniol while rookie Sebastian Janikowski remained hospitalized for a bacterial infection in his foot. Boniol, who has played for three teams over a six-year career, was released by the Chicago Bears after last season when he was 11-for-18 on field goals. Earlier this week, the Raiders tried out Brett Conway. Gruden said the Raiders could sign a kicker to play in Monday night's game against Denver as late as that morning if Janikowski is not ready.
November 26, 1992 |
Hewritt Dixon, the No. 8 rusher and No. 10 pass receiver in Raider history, died at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long fight with cancer, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday. He was 52. Dixon was selected in the eighth round of the American Football League draft in 1963 by the Denver Broncos. He spent three years at Denver, then was traded to the Oakland Raiders.