Thomas leads No. 17 Huskies to win over Cal

Thomas leads No. 17 Huskies to win over Cal

Jan. 16, 2010

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Isaiah Thomasscored 18 of his season-high 27 points in the first half and No. 17Washington bounced back from a late loss at Stanford to beat California92-71 on Sunday night and salvage a split on its tough Bay Area trip.Thomas also dished out a career-high13 assists, including two in a row on 3-pointers by Justin Holiday tostart the second half as Washington quickly pulled away. Holiday scored23 points and Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 22 and 11 rebounds for theHuskies (13-4, 5-1 Pac-10), who shot much better than their coldperformance against the Cardinal three days earlier.Harper Kamp scored 20 points andfreshman Allen Crabbe followed up his season-best 30-point, 10-for-15performance against Washington State with 16 points for the GoldenBears (9-8, 2-3). Cal couldn't keep the momentum from its thrilling88-81 overtime victory against the Cougars on Thursday night.Washington shot 52.3 percent, going13 for 29 from long range, to pull off a rare win at Haas Pavilion. TheHuskies had won just twice in their previous 10 visits to Cal's homefloor, the last time an 87-84 victory on March 1, 2008.This nationally televised game was a rematch of last season's Pac-10 tournament final won 79-75 by Washington.Holiday shot 9 for 14 with five3-pointers after going 0 for 5 in the first half of the Stanford gameand missing a shot at the end of that one. Bryan-Amaning went 10 for 15from the floor and Thomas was 8 of 16 and made all eight of hisfree-throw tries.Thomas has 103 assists already thisseason after getting 202 in his previous two years. He broke intoWashington's top 10 on the career assists list with Sunday's outing.Thomas has seven or more assists in his last five games and eight ormore in four of those.The Huskies looked inspired and readyagainst the defending Pac-10 regular-season champions. Washington,which recently lost point guard Abdul Gaddy to a season-ending kneeinjury that required surgery Friday, had its 11-game winning streakagainst Pac-10 opponents snapped in a 58-56 loss at Stanford onThursday night. The loss also ended its school-record six-game roadwinning streak against the conference.The Huskies couldn't hold an 11-pointlead with 8:55 left against the Cardinal. They were held to theirlowest scoring total of the season and shot 36.2 percent from the fieldto have their six-game winning streak stopped. Washington coach LorenzoRomar made a lineup change by moving Scott Suggs into the starting fivein place of Venoy Overton, the Pac-10's active career leader in assistsand steals.Cal coach Mike Montgomery washonored before tipoff for his recent 600th career win Dec. 28 victoryover Hartford. Athletic director Sandy Barbour presented Montgomerywith a commemorative basketball and bottle of wine, then a videotribute showed on the main baseline scoreboards.Richard Solomon added 14 points for Cal, making all five of his shots.After Cal pulled within 23-22 onEmerson Murray's basket with 8:10 left in the first half, Washingtonresponded with a 13-2 burst to build a 36-24 lead. Bryan-Amaning scoredfive straight during the run and the Huskies led 48-33 at halftimeafter shooting 53.1 percent and making 7 of 14 from 3-point range inthe first half.Washington made eight of its first 12 shots to build a 19-11 lead.

Report: Ravens signing arena league QB over Kaepernick

Report: Ravens signing arena league QB over Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick still does not have an NFL team.

The Baltimore Ravens, who were linked to Kaepernick after praise from head coach John Harbaugh, have reportedly signed David Olson, according to nfldraftdiamonds.com

Olson, who played at Stanford and Clemson, most recently took snaps for the Kansas City Phantoms of the Champions Indoor Football League (CIF).

"He’s a great guy," Harbaugh said on Thursday about Keapernick, who remains an unrestricted free agent. "He’s a guy right now that’s being talked about. We’ll just see what happens with that. Only speculation right now. He’s a really good football player and as I said at the owners' meetings, I do believe he’ll be playing in the National Football League this year."

Starting quarterback Joe Flacco is expected to miss time due to a back injury.

With options at RT, Raiders to release veteran Austin Howard


With options at RT, Raiders to release veteran Austin Howard

The Raiders will release Austin Howard, one of their big free-agent signings from the 2014 offseason. The offensive lineman was informed of his release just before training camp, according to a league source.

Howard confirmed the separation on social media with an early Friday morning post: 

Howard was scheduled to make $4.9 million in base salary this season, with $2.4 million in dead money against the salary cap. The Raiders can afford the cap hit, but will enjoy the slowing salary cash flow in 2017.

Howard inked a five-year, $30 million contract with the Raiders early in the unrestricted free agent signing period. Howard played right guard in his first season, but moved to tackle in the following two years. He made 39 starts in three seasons in silver and black, mostly at right tackle.

Howard played 2016 under duress. He worked through an ankle issue early that year and had offseason shoulder surgery that impacted him throughout the Raiders offseason program.

He regained health recently after missing the offseason program, but the Raiders chose to part ways with the veteran and focus on other options at right tackle. Marshall Newhouse has pole position in the competition, but Vadal Alexander will challenge him for a starting spot. Rookie forth-round pick David Sharpe will also compete.

The crop of talent left Howard with too-high a salary entering a tight position battle, and expendable.

The Raiders will have two spots available on their 90-man roster following the release of Howard and running back Taiwan Jones. 

Here is Howard's full Instagram post: 

OAKLAND!!! A lifetime of memories have been made these past three years, and I am grateful for every single one of them. Unfortunately my time with the #Raiders has come to an end. To my OL dawgs, love y'all boys. #RaiderNation appreciate all your support, you guys are like none other. I came to Oakland my first year with a start of 0-10... through hard work and dedication we built a team that had more success it had in years, and thus we turned this group of players into a play-off bound and elite team. Starting on this Offensive line for the majority of that time is something that I'll never forget. One thing I can say is that no matter the situation, no matter if it was battling through injury, or political scrutiny that this business demands, I left it all out the for my teammates and always had and will always have their back. I will always be proud of that. Thank you to Mr. Davis and the Raiders organization/coaches that allowed me this opportunity. Thank you to my family, especially my parents, siblings, my friends, my agent Kevin Robinson, and last but DEFINITELY not least my beautiful wife Larissa who has been with me since the beginning, and through the thick and thin and has SELFLESSLY been the REAL reason that I've been able to do my job on the field for the passed seven seasons, for all your love, support, encouragement and prayers! To my baby girl, Daddy loves you and couldn't imagine this life without you! Having an opportunity and blessing to share all of this with you has been the biggest gift of all...As upsetting as it is, that "business" gets in the way of a good thing, I know that this is not the end of my NFL journey. Looking forward to what God has planned for me next... #DoubleSevens #NotDone #SomethingBigComingNext #NFL #DontBlink #Challenge #ImUpForIt #MovingForward #TrainsComin #GodIsGood #WatchThis #Oakland #YearEight #SeeYouSoon #UNI #Panthers

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