There will be a 14-year-old in the U.S. Open

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There will be a 14-year-old in the U.S. Open

From Comcast SportsNet
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Paul Casey has withdrawn from the U.S. Open, paving the way for a 14-year-old from China to be what officials believe to be the youngest player in championship history. Andy Zhang lost in a playoff at a sectional qualifier in Florida. He was the second alternate when the week began at Olympic Club. Brandt Snedeker also withdrew Monday. Casey pulled out because of a recurring shoulder injury. Zhang has been part of the IMG Leadbetter Academy in Florida and is based in the Orlando area. Tadd Fujikawa previously was the youngest in the modern era. He was 15 when he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele spent Thursday morning in a Kansas City hospital with an undisclosed illness, and was unfit to play that night against Kansas City.

That was a big blow to the Silver and Black, who played a pivotal game against the Chiefs without their tone-setter up front.

The Raiders have depth along the offensive line, giving position coach Mike Tice options to fill Osemele’s spot. He took an unconventional route, having rookie Vadal Alexander take most of the snaps for Osemele.

Alexander, who has played tackle as a professional but spent most of his collegiate career at guard, took 66 snaps at left guard. That information comes from the official NFL game book.

Jon Feliciano, typically the first guard off the bench, rotated series with Alexander early on. That apparently stopped as the game progressed, with Feliciano taking just nine offensive snaps.

Alexander allowed four quarterback pressures including a hit on Derek Carr.

Safety Nate Allen played all 55 defensive snaps at strong safety for Karl Joseph, who missed Thursday’s game with a toe injury.

Denico Autry and Dan Williams also saw more action with Darius Latham and Stacy McGee out with ankle injuries.

The Raiders played out of the shotgun and pistol formations to protect Carr’s ailing right pinky, which generally kept a third receiver on the field. Seth Roberts played 71 snaps on Thursday, and didn’t do much with them. He had just two catches for 12 yards on nine targets. He also had two drops.

Let’s take a look at the entire Raiders snap count:

OFFENSE
75 – OL Donald Penn, OL Austin Howard, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
74 – WR Amari Cooper
71 – WR Seth Roberts
66 – OL Vadal Aleander
63 – WR Michael Crabtree
52 – RB Latavius Murray
44 – TE Clive Walford
23 – TE Mychal Rivera
18 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
9 – OL Jon Feliciano, OL Menelik Watson
7 – FB Jamize Olawale
2 – RB DeAndre Washington

DEFENSE
55 – S Nate Allen, LB Perry Riley, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, LB Malcolm Smith, CB David Amerson
52 – DE Khalil Mack
48 – DL Denico Autry, LB Bruce Irvin
25 – DT Dan WIlliams
23 – CB TJ Carrie
15 – DT Justin Ellis
10 – DE James Cowser
6 – DL Branden Jackson

SPECIAL TEAMS
25 – Daren Bates
21 – Keith McGIll
19 – Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale, Brenden Trawick, Cory James
18 – Taiwan Jones
15 – Nate Allen
13 – James Cowser, Marquette King, Jon Condo
11 – TJ Carrie
10 – Branden Jackson
8 – Sebastian Janikowski, Dexter McDonald
6 – Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, Bruce Irvin, Dan Williams, Justin Ellis, Tyrell Adams
5 – Jalen Richard
4 – Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Vadal Alexander, Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera, Menelik Watson, DeAndre Washington
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

NBA Gameday: Kings aim to split season series with Knicks

NBA Gameday: Kings aim to split season series with Knicks

After a long five-game road trip, the Kings return to Golden 1 Center Friday night to take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Sacramento is fresh off a win over the Mavericks and looking to make it two in a row.

Following the Knicks game, the road weary Kings fly to Utah to face the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back. Sacramento is 4-4 over its last eight games and trying to claw back towards the .500 mark on the season.

The Knicks were thoroughly embarrassed on their home floor by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, falling by a final of 126-94. Anthony scored just eight points in 24 minutes of action as New York saw their four game win streak fall by the wayside.

OPENING LINE

Kings by 4.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Darren Collison vs. Brandon Jennings -- Collison is quietly getting his game going after missing the first eight games of the season. After his 19-point performance against Dallas on Wednesday, the 29-year-old point guard is averaging 15 points and four assists over his last three games heading into Friday night. With Derrick Rose expected to miss Friday night’s game, Jennings is likely the starter at the point for New York. He dropped 19 points against Sacramento on Sunday, hitting 5-of-7 from the field in a reserve role.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 8-13, fourth place in Pacific

Knicks: 12-10, third place in Atlantic

INJURY REPORT

Kings: No injuries to report.

Knicks: PG Derrick Rose (knee) unlikely to play.

SERIES HISTORY

After losing in New York on Sunday afternoon, Sacramento trails the season series 1-0 to the Knicks. The Kings hold a 153-143 advantage over the Knicks all-time, but New York leads 34-29 during the Sacramento-era.