Raiders formally announce McKenzie hire

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Raiders formally announce McKenzie hire

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch the entire press conference live next Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet California or follow it online with CSNCalifornia com.

The Raiders have made official late Friday morning what was reported late Thursday night -- they have "reached an agreement" with Reggie McKenzie to become the team's new general manager.

The Raiders distributed the release at 11:22 a.m. Friday. Eight minutes earlier team owner Mark Davis texted CSNCalifornia.com the following message: "We Have Come To An Agreement With Reggie McKenzie To Be The General Manager Of The Oakland Raiders !!!"

McKenzie will join the Raiders immediately, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, meaning the 47-year-old will depart Green Bay before the Super Bowl champion Packers play their first playoff game on Jan. 15. Green Bay has a first-round bye this weekend.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson issued the following statement on Friday:

I would like to thank Reggie McKenzie for all that he has done for the Green Bay Packers over the last 18 years. Reggie is a tremendous talent, but more importantly, he is a good friend and great family man. His contributions to our organization are numerous and he is ready for the opportunity to be a general manager in the National Football League. Its been a privilege to work with Reggie, he is a good man.

Official press release:
The Raiders Have Reached An Agreement With Reggie McKenzie To Become The General Manager Of The Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders will hold a press conference on Tuesday, January 10th at 2:00 pm, at which time additional information will be provided.

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.