Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

29 November 2010

Raiders start fast, sputter out to lose second straight

The Oakland Raiders got off to an incredibly quick start on Sunday afternoon, scoring just 13 seconds into the game on Jacoby Ford’s 101-yard kickoff return, but were unable to overcome a well-balanced Miami offensive attack, and fell to the Dolphins, 33-17.

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23 November 2010

Warriors drop game to Denver Nuggets, fall to .500

Monday night’s Golden State Warriors game at Oracle Arena against the visiting Denver Nuggets got off to a sluggish start for both teams, with each shooting just better than 33 percent from the floor. The tight game improved with help from players off the bench, but key starters on both sides shot poorly, and by the end it was Golden State that couldn’t find the mark, losing 106-89.

That left the Warriors staring at a .500 record this season. Although their opening weeks had them 4-1 this year, the Bay Area team now lost six of their last nine games.

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21 November 2010

Big Game blowout, Stanford over Cal in annual rivalry

A noteworthy football game happened on Saturday at UC Berkeley. Too bad nobody bothered to invite Cal.

The University of California hosted the 113th edition of the Big Game—the storied bout between Cal and Stanford University—on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, but for Cal, this will be a memory to soon forget.

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19 November 2010

Hockey team puts alternative spin on puck for local league

The San Francisco Goaldiggers, a recreational league hockey team that plays at Oakland Ice Center, is out to win games, as well as change minds.

Originally founded by goalie Don Otvos as a gay team during the summer of 2007, when he moved to San Francisco, the organization has maintained an identity of being predominately composed of gay team members. Nonetheless, Otvos says his hope was always to simply show that the sport of hockey is for everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

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16 November 2010

Warriors Usher in a New Era, Narrowly beat Pistons

With new jerseys, a new coach, new players—and even a new group of owners, who were formally introduced to the fans at Monday night’s game—one of the hard-luck teams of the NBA may have broken finally from its afflicted past.

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13 November 2010

Oakland police, firefighters to face-off for charity

“Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for … Guns N’ Hoses!”

On Sunday, the Oakland Ice Center will host the third annual charity police versus firefighters hockey match between some of Oakland’s finest, titled “Guns N’ Hoses.”

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9 November 2010

City Council to decide fate of marijuana farm permits tonight

Now that the ash has settled on California’s latest marijuana ballot initiatives, Oakland’s industrial cannabis policy—the nation’s first—can move forward, beginning with the city council’s meeting tonight.

By the time the Council convenes at 6 o’clock this evening, the members’ Public Safety Committee hopes to have finished the complicated process of deciding who will receive the limited number of large-scale medical marijuana cultivation permits in Oakland.

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4 November 2010

Beards, panda hats and a citywide party

San Francisco threw a giant party Wednesday, as hundreds of thousand of Giants fans flooded downtown to celebrate their baseball team’s first World Series title since moving to the Bay Area more than a half-century ago.

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1 November 2010

Raiders ruin homecoming for Oakland Tech’s Lynch

Photo by Laith Agha

Photo by Laith Agha

Marshawn Lynch, the often written and talked-about NFL player who graduated from Oakland Tech High School, made his hometown pro football debut during a trip to Oakland this weekend as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

He was fresh off a trade that sent him from the Buffalo Bills to the Seahawks. But the visit home didn’t go quite as he had expected.

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Local boxing gym hosts weekend ‘Showdown in Oakland’

Photo by Laith Agha

Photo by Laith Agha

On Saturday, Showdown in Oakland II, a boxing event started last year by Pacific Ring Sports owner Michael Regnier drew a large crowd. Showdown is a sanctioned USA Boxing amateur competition that is well on its way to becoming an annual event. USA Boxing is the national governing body of the sport.

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