O.co Coliseum gets new operator, poaching threat?

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O.co Coliseum gets new operator, poaching threat?

Colin BechtCSNBayArea.comThe Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority gave approval to the Anschutz Entertainment Group to operate the stadium for the next five years.The agreement, reported by the Contra Costa Times, will inject millions of dollars into the Coliseum, potentially renovating the 45-year-old stadium in much needed ways. Although this seems to be a good deal for the inhabitants of the Coliseum and, by extension, the fans of those teams, it comes with one caveat. In addition to now holding a vested interest in the Coliseum, as well as several other stadiums and sports franchises, AEG is also working with the NFL on building a football stadium in Los Angeles. That project has led to concerns that AEG might try to poach the Raiders out of the Coliseum and into a new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Los Angeles. Asked directly by Coliseum authority commissioner Nate Miley if AEG intended "to try to poach our teams," AEG facility chief Chris Wright said, "Absolutely not." AEG will make at least 3 million in the agreement to operarate the Coliseum and would have to pay back at least 6 million if moved the Raiders, A's or Warriors. The Coliseum authority also included provisions that limit AEG from persuading any team to move to a city within 50 miles of Oakland, but antitrust laws halt provisions preventing any move altogether."We're trying to get something done up here, but if we can't, we've got to get something done somewhere because we need to be able to compete," Raiders owner Mark Davis said in January. "Los Angeles is a possibility." AEG has unveiled plans for a 1.7-million-square-foot football stadium next to the Staples Center and plans to invest 1 billion into the project if it can convince an NFL team to move to Los Angeles. The stadium already has a corporate sponsor and would be named Farmers Field. AEG's plan has come under scrutiny by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl over what he said was a lack of specifics on the proposed stadium's environmental impact. L.A. has not had an NFL team since 1995 when the Raiders and the Rams both left. Colin Becht is an intern with CSNBayArea.com and a senior at Northwestern University

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.