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November 18, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard died early Monday in a high-speed crash that also killed another man, according to media reports. A California Highway Patrol spokesman told KRON 4 News the accident occurred about 12:50 a.m., when Howard, driving a BMW sedan, was speeding on Interstate 880 in Oakland when he lost control and slammed into the back of a semi-truck, the station reported.
November 16, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
In boxing, you never know what you are going to get. Andre Ward beat Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday night at the Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena, and you got Greco-Roman wrestling. Ward, the WBA super-middleweight champion of the world, was given an obvious unanimous decision. The three judges had it 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108. Ward hadn't fought in 14 months, healing from a shoulder injury that required surgery. And this comeback for the star from Oakland, while a lopsided victory, was a tedious night.
November 13, 2013 | David Wharton
All it took was a glance. Just that quickly, with a moment's eye contact, UCLA guard Norman Powell let teammate Bryce Alford know that he wanted the ball. "I just cut to the basket," Powell said. "He threw it up and I went and got it. " The one-handed alley-oop dunk served to punctuate an easy Tuesday night for the No. 24 Bruins, who cruised to a 91-60 win over Oakland at Pauley Pavilion. This wasn't a high-quality opponent, but it was the kind of victory that UCLA needed after barely escaping an upset against Drexel in the season opener.
November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
The UCLA basketball team's biggest improvement in the early season involves one of its biggest players. Center Tony Parker had a career night against Oakland on Tuesday, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. Compare that to the season opener against Drexel when, hampered by early fouls, he finished with six points and five rebounds in only 20 minutes. "It felt great," Parker said of Tuesday's game. "Coach [Steve Alford] was really on me about keeping out of foul trouble.
November 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A parolee with a lengthy criminal record has been ordered to stand trial for murder in the death of Sandra Coke, an Oakland mother who worked as an investigator for the federal public defender's office and was entangled in a personal relationship with the defendant for years. At the conclusion Tuesday of a six-day preliminary hearing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon determined there was sufficient evidence presented to try 56-year-old Randy Alana on charges that he killed Coke, 50, stole her car and  bank cards.
November 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
Don't be surprised if the UCLA basketball team plays a fair amount of zone defense against Oakland on Tuesday night. The Bruins, who dropped two places to No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week, started out in man-to-man against Drexel in the season opener but had to switch as the game wore on. “In stretches, it was really good,” Coach Steve Alford said of the zone. “And it kind of saved us.” While UCLA has length, there have been doubts about the team's athleticism.
November 11, 2013 | By David Wharton
UCLA tonight VS. OAKLAND When: 6. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 1-0, Golden Grizzlies 0-1. Update: The No. 24 Bruins escaped with a 72-67 victory in their season opener against Drexel. They must work on improving the flow of their half-court offense and finding a reasonable balance between man-to-man and zone defense. With senior forward Travis Wear still recovering from an appendectomy, UCLA was thin up front and struggled when center Tony Parker got into early foul trouble.
November 11, 2013 | By Robert Greene
What do 200 or so bicycle advocates from all corners of California do over the course of a four-day summit in Oakland? Well, they ride, of course. They ride around Lake Merritt (on its new green super-sharrow bike path), into the hills and across a stretch of the new Bay Bridge -- but only part of the way, because much of the bridge doesn't accommodate cyclists. Yet. They're working on it. But they also talk -- about what they have accomplished, what they want to do next and how they want to do it. No doubt most people at the California by Bike summit who took part in the many conversations went home with mental lists of lessons learned, but as one of the few non-cyclists listening in, I have my own set of takeaways.
November 10, 2013 | By Angela Frucci
Welcome to the wild, wild East Bay, where coffee roasters smell the trends but don't follow them. In Oakland, you'll find a diversity of places, from taprooms such as Modern Coffee, which uses beans from several roasters, to minimalist independents such as Subrosa, which uses beans from a single roaster, San Francisco's Four Barrel. And, yes, you can have your ubiquitous Oakland-based Blue Bottle if you must. Or get your beloved Sightglass coffee precision-made at CRO Café in Temescal Alley.
November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Students and staff at a small Bay Area high school donned sarongs and skirts Friday to show support for their classmate whose skirt was set on fire as he slept on an Oakland bus. Luke "Sasha" Fleischman, 18, was asleep on the bus Monday when another teenager allegedly set his skirt on fire, authorities said. Fleischman suffered major second- and third-degree burns. "Within the last couple of days, the students got the idea to don skirts in support of Sasha," said Trevor Cralle, school director at Maybeck High School in Berkeley.
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