August 11, 2013 |
NAPA, Calif. - Terrelle Pryor, the last draft pick made by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, can now make a remarkable admission for an NFL quarterback. Until this year, he didn't really know how to throw a football. That may be a little extreme. He thought he knew how to throw, and he could pick up a ball and wing it. But his body mechanics were so inefficient and his tosses were so scattershot, he said, he had no future in the pros. "I look back on last year, and I just knew I wasn't ready," said Pryor, 23, entering his third NFL season and now an intriguing figure in the Raiders' quarterback mix, probably as a change-of-speed option to presumed starter Matt Flynn.
August 7, 2013
If "Fruitvale Station" is not yet on your must-see list, it should be. This emotionally potent, true story of the Bay-Area killing of a young African American man is a striking debut for writer-director Ryan Coogler. It is also a game-changer for Michael B. Jordan, who plays 22-year-old Oscar Grant with such nuanced complexity that there is already awards talk. Much has been written - and litigated - about who is responsible for those fateful final minutes of 2008 when a transit cop shot Grant at Oakland's Fruitvale subway station.
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August 7, 2013 |
A father and his 1-year-old son were shot to death inside an Oakland residence Wednesday morning, the second time a child has been gunned down inside a home there in less than a month. Police said the shooting occurred about 2:45 a.m. in East Oakland's Brookfield Village neighborhood. At least one person - police believe there may be multiple gunmen - fired into the rear of a home, hitting at least two people. The Oakland Tribune identified the victims as 20-year-old Andrew Thomas of Fresno and his 1-year-old son Drew Jackson.
August 6, 2013 |
Dirty. Dangerous. Dingy. Those were some of the insults leveled at L.A., Oakland, Sacramento and Anaheim in Condé Nast's least friendly cities list. Southern charm, it appears, beat out California cool in that Readers' Choice Survey , which also includes a listing of the nation's friendliest cities. Of Los Angeles , which ranked sixth in the travel magazine's list, readers said: "Too busy and too many cars. Don't like it. " Anaheim , at No. 9, is described as "dirty," "rough" and "a dangerous place for Mickey Mouse to hang out. " Oakland (also described as "dirty")
July 30, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Less than 24 hours before Wednesday's 1p.m. PDT nonwaiver trade deadline, rumors were flying about the Angels, who began Tuesday 14 games back in the American League West and in selling mode. The St. Louis Cardinals, with a surplus of young, high-end pitchers, have reportedly inquired about shortstop Erick Aybar ; the Kansas City Royals are hot for second baseman Howie Kendrick , and the Angels are pursuing Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy . And during the game against the Rangers, third baseman Alberto Callaspo was traded to the Oakland Athletics for triple-A infielder Grant Green . One person who seemed oblivious to it all before the game was Manager Mike Scioscia , who is not on Twitter, not on Facebook, and not really up to speed on many rumors.
July 26, 2013 |
NAPA, Calif., - For Matt Flynn, last season was a false start. Flynn, who had been backup to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, signed with Seattle during the 2012 off-season and was on track to start for the Seahawks. But Seattle selected Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in the third round of last year's draft, and the rookie phenom wound up claiming the starting job, making Flynn expendable. Fast-forward a year, and Flynn again has a chance to be an NFL starter, now with the rebuilding Oakland Raiders.
July 24, 2013 |
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season, the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30, and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
July 21, 2013 |
Two well-pitched, crisply played victories Friday and Saturday night yielded to an unsightly Sunday for the Angels, who put together an all-around clunker in a 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Angels didn't pitch well. Jerome Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings and has given up 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts. They didn't hit much of anything. Bartolo Colon, the Athletics' rotund right-hander who won an American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one, to improve to 13-3 with a 2.52 earned-run average.
July 20, 2013 |
That laborious 30-pitch, two-walk, multi-hit inning that has become a trademark of so many C.J. Wilson starts - even the good ones - never materialized Saturday night. The enigmatic Angels left-hander delivered his best game of the season, holding Oakland to three hits through 81/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two in a 2-0 victory that moved the Angels to within nine games of the first-place Athletics in the American League West. Wilson (10-6) escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by getting Grant Green to fly to center and Coco Crisp to pop to shortstop, and he was removed to a standing ovation after giving up a one-out single to Jed Lowrie in the ninth.