Branch reflects on Connecticut tragedy

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Branch reflects on Connecticut tragedy

ALAMEDA -- Upon entering the Raiders locker room Friday, the talk was about the senseless and tragic events a continent away.

Players had just finished practiced and asked reporters for details about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., wondering if the shooter was in custody. They talked amongst themselves about the type of justice they would dole out if they could.

The numbers were stark -- 26 killed, including 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10.

Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch, who played college ball at Connecticut in nearby Storrs, may have had a different perspective than most in the locker room.

"Yeah, definitely," he said. "I don't care where it is, anytime you hear about something as tragic as kids being killed in school, all you can do is pray and hope everything, you know, hope the Lord works everything out."

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.