Raiders sell out, avoid TV blackout

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Raiders sell out, avoid TV blackout

The Raiders met the NFL-mandated 72-hour deadline and announced that Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets at the O.co Coliseum is a sellout, meaning it will be televised locally.It's a cause for celebration among area Raiders fans unable to make it to the stadium for the game."That's exciting," quarterback Jason Campbell said, anticipating a sold-out crowd. "I think our fans respect the way that we are playing. Its not like we lost last week because we didn't show up. We showed up and played hard. Buffalo just kind of caught fire at the end."(Our fans) understand we're laying it all on the line for them. We're trying to do everything we can to get this program turned around and get it going in the right direction. It's not a short process, but we're going to do everything we possibly can to keep this thing going in the right direction."Entering this season, the Raiders had to black out 14 of their previous 15 home games, only selling out the Nov. 7 game against Kansas City last season. Before that, it was the 2009 season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. In fact, since the team returned to Oakland from a 13-season sojourn in Los Angeles in 1995, the Raiders have been blacked out locally 83 times in 129 games, or 64.3 percent of the time.

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.