Raiders' home finale avoids blackout


Raiders' home finale avoids blackout

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders have sold out Sunday's home finale, the team announced Friday, and Oakland's divisional game against Kansas City will be televised locally.

It will be the seventh of eight home games to avoid a blackout this season, the 15th of 16 over the past two years as the lone blackout was Dec. 2 against Cleveland, snapping a streak of 13 straight televised home games. The Raiders had received an extension to sell enough tickets to broadcast the game in the Northern California area.

At 3-10, the Raiders have lost six straight games -- their last victory came at Kansas City, 26-16, on Oct. 28 -- and are attempting to avoid losing at least 11 games in a season for the eighth time in the past 10 years. Oakland was 8-8 in both 2010 and 2011.

The 2-11 Chiefs, meanwhile, have won eight of the past nine games in Oakland.

This summer the Raiders took to the NFL's new 85 percent threshold rule, meaning they do not have to sell out every seat in the Coliseum. It's seating capacity of 63,132 is the second-smallest in the NFL.

This will mark the 64th televised home game for the Raiders since they returned from Los Angeles in 1995, along with 80 blackouts.

CBS will broadcast Sunday's game, with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots in the booth. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. PT.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table


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


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.