Dellavedova relishing leadership role

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Dellavedova relishing leadership role

When the Gaels made their magical Sweet 16 run, Matthew Dellavedova was a freshman. Two years later, theres a similar energy on the Saint Marys campus.

"I think were still improving this year," Dellavodova said. "Room to grow and thats what happened two years ago...kept improving all the way to our last game, so I think if we can keep that going, turn out pretty well."

As a player, hes also continued to improve each season. Now a junior, Delly leads the team in scoring and assists, all the while serving as an extension of coach Randy Bennett on the floor.

"Its a bit of extra responsibility and playing a bit more point guard spot this year so Im enjoying that," he added.

With the departure of Omar Samhan two years ago, and Mickey McConnell last season, the Australian guard is sort of the big man on campus these days, and so far, hes embracing his leadership opportunity.

"Hes as good a leader as weve ever had," Bennett said. "And hes only a junior. I dont say that about anyone. Weve had some great leaders over the last ... Mills, Samhan, McConnell. Dellavedova is as good as any of them."

"They led by example," Dellavedova said of the former leaders. "They always brought it every night in games and in practices so it was great to be able to learn off them."

"Hes such a dedicated, intense leader," Rob Jones said. "On the court hes always so into the game, but also calm and knows how to take control. I learn from him everyday and he might learn from me. Probably not as much but Im really glad to have him on my team."

During his three seasons at Saint Marys, hes been a key part of an incredible story, one that is still being written.

"I havent really thought about that right now," says the guard. "Might think about that after Ive finished playing here. Were just focused on this season and trying to get better each day continue to improve throughout the season."

Multiple ways for Raiders to clinch playoff berth in Week 14

Multiple ways for Raiders to clinch playoff berth in Week 14

The Raiders can clinch a playoff spot this weekend. That sentence hasn’t been uttered since late 2011, and that season didn’t end so well.

There’s a far greater chance this one will. The Silver and Black sit atop the AFC and their own division, with significant space between them and other contenders for the conference’s final wild card spot. There’s three games space with four to play and, according to the NFL, the Raiders can lock up a playoff spot with a victory over Kansas City on Thursday and a little help.

Here are the scenarios where the Raiders can clinch a playoff spot this weekend:

1. Raiders win + Miami loss
2. Raiders win + Denver loss

There are two other scenarios that involve ties, but we won’t focus on those rare instances.

A victory on Thursday is all that will consume the Raiders focus. A loss would put them back in their own division, behind a Kansas City team that would own a tiebreaker based upon a season sweep.
 

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

“We had been playing good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction,” Modkins said.

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.