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Raiders defense comes up big in road win

Raiders defense comes up big in road win

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2016

After giving up 70 points in their first two games this season, the Oakland Raiders were lucky to be 1-1. However, it was the defense that finally came through for the silver and black on Sunday in Tennessee when they improved to 2-1 after a 17-10 road win over the Titans (1-2). The de...

As 49ers, Colin Kaepernick head to San Diego, safety becomes an issue

As 49ers, Colin Kaepernick head to San Diego, safety becomes an issue

Cam Inman,
East Bay Times

August 31, 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has made him a lightning rod for criticism, but that doesn’t have him fearing his safety when the 49ers visit the San Diego Chargers for Thursday’s exhibition-season finale. “No, because if something happened, you’d be proving my point,” Kaepernick sa...

Preseason begins for NFL

Preseason begins for NFL

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 18, 2016

For football enthusiasts, it is the best time of the year. The NFL preseason kicked off last week and both of our local teams, the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, finally got to hit another team after long couple months of training camp competing for roster spots with team- mates. ...

Expectations high for silver and black

Expectations high for silver and black

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 10, 2016

No more flying under the radar for the Oakland Raiders. For years, the silver and black expectations have been lower than my bank account around Christmas time. However, flying low will not be a luxury for the Raiders in 2016-2017 now that there are expectations. After a 7-9 finish last season,...

New SF coach no ‘Chip’ off the old block

New SF coach no ‘Chip’ off the old block

Brenda Brown,
Contributor

August 10, 2016

If you are a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan like I am, then you have already heard the bleak prediction from the experts: The 49ers will go 0-16 this season. No one is sure what to expect from new head coach Chip Kelly. Many characterized him as a “dictator” at the University of Oregon and with...

Oakland today, Las Vegas tomorrow?

Oakland today, Las Vegas tomorrow?

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

July 6, 2016

With no firm proposal for a new stadium in Oakland, the Raiders could be on the move. Owner Mark Davis, son of former owner Al Davis, has confirmed his interest in moving the team to Las Vegas or San Antonio. According to USA Today, Ron Reese, a senior vice president at the Las Vegas Sands Corp. sa...

49ers draft class full of potential: Chip Kelly era begins

49ers draft class full of potential: Chip Kelly era begins

Erik Khan,
Staff Writer

May 12, 2016

With all that they have endured as of late, the San Francisco 49ers needed this year’s draft to go as smoothly as possible. Hiring a new head coach and having a quarterback demand a trade has turned a respectable franchise into the laughingstock of the league. It’s safe to say that the 49ers made ou...

Raiders draft gets respect, questions

Raiders draft gets respect, questions

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2016

For the third consecutive year, the Oakland Raiders draft class is being praised. NFL draft guru and ESPN expert Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both spoke favorably of the former collegiate players the Raiders added to their squad over the weekend at the 81st NFL draft in Chicago. There was just one head-scratcher for all analysts and fans alike. Th...

Kaepernick trade not likely for 49ers

Kaepernick trade not likely for 49ers

Shomari Block,
Contributor

April 20, 2016

If you believe the reports, the San Francisco 49ers traded quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos every day for the last two weeks. This occurred after the 49ers traded Kaepernick to both the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. At this point, a Kapernick trade report should have as much credibility as a we...

Raiders cheesed by Packers

Raiders cheesed by Packers

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

December 23, 2015

There will be no playoffs for the Oakland Raiders this year, the Green Bay Packers made sure of that. For the thirteenth consecutive year the silver and black will miss out on the postseason after they fell to the Packers (10-4), 30-20 on Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders are 6-8 with just two games...

Chiefs spear Raiders in Oakland

Chiefs spear Raiders in Oakland

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

December 11, 2015

For most teams, a trip to Oakland and the black hole at the Coliseum is not how they want to spend their Sunday. However, for the Kansas City Chiefs and some of their defensive players, it was a homecoming of sorts. Rookie cornerback and the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Marcus Peters, ...

Raiders crushed in season opener

Raiders crushed in season opener

Louis LaVenture,
Sports and Campus Editor

September 16, 2015

During the entire 2015 NFL off season there has been a sense of hope and optimism surrounding the Oakland Raiders. Those feelings took a serious hit on Sunday when the silver and black were pummeled in their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals 33-13. The Raiders were down 24-0 at halftime and...

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