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.
May 24, 2013 |
The WNBA is riding high these days, eagerly awaiting the debut of college megastar Brittney Griner in her first pro game Monday. Then it will fold in a handful of months. At least that's the thought process of financial website 24/7 Wall St, which is picking the WNBA as one of 10 U.S. entities to disappear by next year. It cites circumstantial evidence -- NBA Commissioner David Stern, long a protectorate of the WNBA, is retiring next February -- and also looks at some unfavorable trends.
July 25, 2010 |
From the backyard of his hillside home outside San Diego, Ben Davidson can look out and enjoy nearly two dozen fireworks displays on the Fourth of July. "I'm kind of ruined now for gyms," notes the former Oakland Raiders defensive end, motioning toward a stack of weights nearby, "because I can stand here and, while I'm doing my curls, make sure everything's all right in Tijuana and San Diego." Football, in short, has accorded Davidson a pleasant, comfortable lifestyle, not to mention a breathtaking view.
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.
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)
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.
December 8, 1995 |
The Oakland Raiders plan to go with Billy Joe Hobert, but are cautiously optimistic that regular starter Jeff Hostetler might be healthy enough to be the backup Sunday against Pittsburgh. Hostetler, who has missed two straight starts and most of a third game with a strained muscle in his left shoulder, was able to throw the ball and worked with the scout team in practice Thursday. It is the first time he has done any significant throwing since he was knocked out of the Dallas game Nov. 19.
September 18, 1996 |
Look for the Oakland Raiders to again use a no-huddle offense when they play host to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. They used it several times in the first half of last Sunday's 17-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Coach Mike White promises it will be used a lot more. But White said the no-huddle scheme will be used almost exclusively at home because it's too hard to hear signals on the road. * Former Ram Jerome Bettis is off to a strong start with the Pittsburgh Steelers.