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The Oakland Raiders have teamed up with the United States Marine Corps once again to brighten the holidays for thousands of children through the Toys for Tots program.

Running back Mike Goodson, wide receiver Rod Streater, defensive back Matt Giordano and quarterback Matt Leinart will sign autographs in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation valued at $20 or more at The Raider Image at Southland Mall in Hayward on Monday, December 10 from 6–8 p.m.

Another contingent of Raider players will be signing at The Raider Image at Southland Mall in Hayward on Monday, December 17 from 6–8 p.m. Those names will be announced at a later date.

Both events will be first come, first served.

About Toys For Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conduct

Portland, OR - The Sacramento Kings are rolling right now and riding the wave of great play from center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds. The Kings were playing on a back-to-back after a 91-82 win Friday over Orlando and were kicking off a four-game road trip. The 0-6 start to the season was Sacramento's worst road start since going 0-9 on the road to begin the 2007-08 season.

Tyreke Evans sat out the game because of a sore knee, but John Salmons stepped up his game scoring 19 points and dropping 11 dimes.

"It feels good," Salmons said. "Especially coming off two home wins, to go on the road and get that third win. Hopefully, we can continue doing that."

The Kings outscored the Blazers by 17 points in the second half on way to the 99-80 victory.

Sacramento will travel to Dallas to play the 10-10 Mavericks on Monday.

Washington - The Warriors (13-7) would need to dig down deep and pull out some reserve energy to beat the Wizards (2-15) 101-97. David Lee dominated the game scoring 24 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. Shooting guard Klay Thompson pitched in 23 points, 6, rebounds and 5 assists. Steph Curry scored 22 points and 5 assists.

"Physically playing in this league is draining. Fatigue sets in and the good teams have a way of telling their bodies: 'Hold off until later. We've got to find a way to get a win,' " Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.

The Warriors have won 10 of their last 12 and are 6-1 against the Eastern Conference.

"We have one agenda -- to win and make a deep run in the playoffs," Thompson said. "Last year we talked about playing defense. This year, we're actually out there doing it."

Oakland, Ca. - The Oakland Raiders (3-10) once again laid down the red carpet for Peyton Manning and welcomed him to the Coliseum with open arms. Manning excepted the invitation and threw for 310 yards against a porous Raiders defense. Manning completed 26 of his 36 attempts and connected on a 1st quarter touchdown to TE Joel Dreesen, it was Manning's 30th TD toss of the year in the 26-13 victory.

The Raiders played the game with heavy hearts as coach Dennis Allen's father, Grady, died earlier in the week from cardiac arrest. Allen was away from the team for two days but returned Wednesday and coached the game.

The Raiders came out flat even after rallying around the first year coach and his tragic loss. Carson Palmer threw for 273 yards and a pair of TD's but was also intercepted once.

Denver RB Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a score on a career-high 32 carries, and Broncos kicker Matt Prater booted four field goals to help the Broncos (10-3) move a half game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC.

The Raiders have now lost 6 games in a row, their longest streak since 2007.

Darren McFadden returned after missing 4 games with a right ankle sprain and looked good running the ball, but was held to just 11 carries for 52 yards because the Raiders were playing catch-up the entire game.

The Raiders will host Kansas City next week. It will be interesting to see how the raiders play out the remaining 3 games. Lay down and call it quits or step up and rally as a team. Coach Allen's job just may come down to the team's performance over the next 3 weeks.

University of the Pacific is thrilled to announce that the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, will speak on the Stockton campus Feb. 26, 2013 as part of the University’s Black History Month celebration.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) all-time leading scorer, a best-selling author and historian, will speak at University of the Pacific as part of the 2013 Black History Month Celebration. He will discuss lessons he learned as a professional athlete, his accomplishments since he retired from playing basketball and his love of history which inspired his latest book, “What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American inventors."

The event will be held in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, 06 December 2012 07:31

DREW STAYING IN OAKTOWN?

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Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has been linked to multiple teams as a potential super utility player, but it appears he may be staying in Oaktown after all.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted that a major league executive told her that he believes Drew will sign with the the A's for one year and a player option for 2014.

Drew's market hasn't really developed much and that may be a result of injuries cutting his 2011 and 2012 short and clubs being weary of a major issue in that manner. Drew can reset his value in 2013 and hit the market again next year with such a one-year contract.

This could potentially solve the A's hole at shortstop, but Drew must remain healthy for the contract to pay off.

Sacramento, Ca. - Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 48 points as the Kings (5-12) defeated the Toronto Raptors (4-15) 107-100. The Kings had lost 9 of their last 11 games and were embarrassed last Sunday as the Clippers beat them by 35 points.

With the game tied at 95, Tyreke put the Kings on top for good with a 3-pointer, then connected on another one from the same spot 30 seconds later, giving Sacramento a 101-95 lead with 1:43 remaining. Evans had missed the two previous games with a knee injury but looked fully healthy playing into the 4th quarter.

"Tyreke made two huge 3s and pretty much put the game away," Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. "He's just coming off an injury, so I know he's not 100 percent. But those 3s showed how he is a big-time competitor. And Cousins is just a bull. He's very talented and everyone knows that."

Having Evans and Cousins both contributing in big ways is the key for this Kings team. When both players are on it's tough to stop them. It's just been rare that both players have played up to their potential on the same night.

"That's very important. I think it starts with us two. DeMarcus in the post and me in the pick-and-rolls getting into the paint," Evans said. "That's one of the things I wanted to do tonight, drive the ball and get fouled."

The Kings will host the Orlando Magic on Friday and look to keep their momentum going.