Offensive lineman Anthony Davis does not practice Saturday and at one point considers retiring for the second time in 15 months. Davis abruptly retired in June of last year, missed the 2015 season, and returned before training camp this year.
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The Oakland Raiders haven’t had a winning season since 2002, but coach Jack Del Rio has a team that appears to be sprinkled with up-and-coming stars who are trending up. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has taken notice. “They are extremely talented and they have a great quarterback, who I think we all look at and say this guy will be one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” Brees said, referring to Oakland’s Derek Carr.
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Kendall Graveman allows a career-high eight earned runs Saturday in a 14-3 loss to the visiting Seattle Mariners. Still, he has emerged this year as one of the A’s top starting pitchers. Graveman has a goal of pitching a career-high 180 innings this season.
Hunter Pence scores four runs and has three hits, including a solo home run, and Johnny Cueto pitches seven solid innings to lead the Giants to an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. Pence is the first major leaguer to score four runs in consecutive games since David Wright of the Mets did so in August 2005.
Manusamoa Luuga has a 90-yard touchdown run, tied for the second longest in school history, Ramon Vargas catches a 65-yard touchdown pass from Ben Scott and the UC Davis defense produces five turnovers in a 52-35 win over visiting Southern Oregon.
Sacramento State sophomore quarterback Nate Ketteringham, pulled late in the game, is held to 9-of-25 passing for 89 yards in a 31-3 loss to Fresno State.
It was yet another Denny Hamlin runaway for Joe Gibbs Racing in what turned out to be an anticlimactic end to NASCAR’s regular season. The fireworks came off the track at Richmond International Raceway, where Tony Stewart intentionally wrecked Ryan Newman, who later called Stewart “bipolar,” said the retiring race car driver had anger issues.
Angelique Kerber bookends her Grand Slam breakout year in dramatic fashion, winning the U.S. Open in three sets. The second-seeded Kerber fights back from a 3-1 deficit in the decisive set, beating No. 10 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Wilson Kneeshaw’s goal in the 83rd minute helps Republic FC draw 1-1 with LA Galaxy II and extend its unbeaten streak to nine matches.
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