Raiders make moves; McClain added to active roster


Raiders make moves; McClain added to active roster

The Raiders announced a quintet of roster moves Monday, releasing cornerback Ron Bartell and fullback Owen Schmitt while reinstating middle linebacker Rolando McClain from reserve/suspended by club to the active roster and promoting cornerback Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad. Also, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was re-signed to the practice squad.

And while the reinstatement of McClain from his two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team may seem somewhat surprising, the club said in a release that McClain "is not required to return to the team until he has an opportunity to meet with Coach (Dennis) Allen, in Texas for his father's Monday funeral. At some point after his return, Coach Allen will meet with McClain to discuss the linebacker's role."

Chekwa, meanwhile, was a fourth-round draft pick of the previous Raiders regime in 2011 and has spent the entire season on the practice squad. Last year, he played in four games with one start.

As for the former Raiders, Bartell signed a one-year deal for a reported $1.7 million on March 16 to shore up the secondary a year after missing 15-plus games with a broken bone in his neck suffered with St. Louis for the Rams' 2011 season opener. Then, in the Raiders' season opener this season, he broke a shoulder blade against San Diego and missed the next seven games on the NFL's new injured reserve/designated to return list.

In his return, his play was uneven as he was benched in the middle of the Raiders' loss to Cleveland last week.

Schmitt, meanwhile, had appeared in 12 games, starting one, and had two carries, for one one.

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.