Exclusive: Dabo Swinney explains why ex-Clemson stars are good Raiders fit

Lots of glitz and glamour goes with the NFL draft. It is, after all, a production. TV cameras line the red carpet as the league’s future stars take their last walk before achieving their dreams. Along with the flashing bulbs and army of microphones, there's a Plinko board. It’s a fun final way for players, family members and friends to drop their chip and see where the draft gods will whisk them off. Normally, the token lands far away from the team that actually calls their name. But for Clems

Raiders hoping injection of Clemson culture leads to berth of 'New Raiders'

Two thousand five hundred and ninety-four miles separate Clemson, South Carolina, and Oakland, California. The gap between the Raiders and Dabo Swinney's Tigers feels even larger. Since Swinney had the interim head coach title lifted at the end of the 2008 season, he has transformed Clemson into college football royalty. Since 2009. Clemson is 112-27. The Tigers have won seven ACC Atlantic Division titles, five conference championships and two national titles in that span. Swinney is an ace r

Gay Woodland achieves Father's Day dream with U.S. Open win at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH -- When Gary Woodland awoke Sunday morning holding the 54-hole lead at the 2019 U.S. Open, he did what any other father would when he's away from his family on Father's Day: FaceTime with his wife and kid. Then, he received a message from his swing coach Pete Cowen. Every man dies, but not every man lives, and you live for this moment. Leading a pack of major champions to begin the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach would be enough to rattle anyone's nerves. One look at

Tiger Woods makes Pebble Beach roar with finishing birdie flurry at U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH -- Through six holes Sunday at Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods had people doubting if he wanted to be there. If the achy back he mentioned Saturday could hold up when it's not 75 and humid. There he was, walking off the sixth green after tapping in for the fourth bogey in his first six holes. He looked like he would rather be anywhere else than at a course he toyed with half a lifetime ago. But Woods, who couldn't get anything going all week, finally gave the crowd something to cheer ab

Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle lead USWNT to historic World Cup win

The United States Women's National Team wanted the pressure. They welcomed it. In France, they thrived on it. Seeking to win back-to-back Women's World Cup titles for the first time in their country's history, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the most dominant soccer force on the planet asked for the pressure of playing host nation France in the quarterfinal. Rapinoe specifically hoped it would be a "s--show." Facing the team with the best shot to knock them off, Rapinoe buried two goals to lead

Brooks Koepka's bid for U.S. Open history comes up short at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH -- It was like a scene from an old horror movie. The giant beast rises from the water, prepared to destroy everything in his path. Nothing can stop it. Such was the scene at Pebble Beach on Sunday. With the late tee times going off, golf's Godzilla emerged on the first tee clad in a blue Nike pullover, a wad of chewing tobacco packed in his lip. There Brooks Koepka stood, ready to add Pebble Beach to a list of courses he's eviscerated en route to a major championship. A list that

Damian Lillard gets final shot at 'storybook moment' in Oakland, Oracle

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you ask Damian Lillard where he's from the answer comes quick and with a sense of pride. "East Oakland," Lillard said with a smile Monday at his Western Conference finals media availability. "Brookfield." So, it's fitting that the Warriors' last season in Oracle Arena -- a building Lillard grew up frequenting to watch a much-less exciting Dubs team -- the two-time defending champions will have to go through the Oakland native and the Portland Trail Blazers to make their fif

Megan Rapinoe's heroics propel USWNT past France, into semifinals

Billed as the de facto Women's World Cup championship match -- the quarterfinal fit for a final -- USA versus France lived up to hype Friday. Facing a crisp opponent locked on knocking the queens off their throne en route to what would be a historic win on home soil, the USWNT knew they'd need a memorable performance to get past the French. A sloppy opening few minutes showed the Americans might not have their A-game, but Captain American arrived early at Parc des Princes. But instead of a shi

Tiger Woods misses opportunity to jump into contention at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. -- Tiger Woods' game plan appeared the be paying off for most of Friday at Pebble Beach. The 15-time major champion was plodding away, playing conservatively and hoping to give himself some putts from below the hole to take advantage of. Those opportunities likely would come during Woods' back nine -- the course's front -- but he was unable to vault himself into contention. Woods missed makeable birdie putts on holes 1, 2, 4 and 6 and was sitting at 1-under-par for the day and

Warriors last playoff battle with Kawhi Leonard set stage for 2019 NBA Finals

These are the words the supervillain Thanos imparts on Tony Stark in Marvel's latest blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame." But they very well could have been Kawhi Leonard's parting phrase to the Warriors the last time the dynastic force saw the two-way star in the playoffs. It was Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals. The Warriors' first playoff run with Kevin Durant in the fold had been flawless through the first two rounds, as Golden State swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first r

Tiger Woods fights Pebble Beach, survives up-and-down first round at U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. -- Tiger Woods might not want to admit it, but he missed an opportunity Thursday at the 2019 U.S. Open. With the wind almost non-existent and the cloud cover keeping Pebble Beach soft, a number of players went out and posted low numbers, taking advantage of a front nine that was scoreable. Woods, however, didn't take advantage of a gettable course. The 15-time major champion opened with three straight pars before getting to red numbers with a birdie at the Par-4 fourth. Wood

Bill Belichick’s Defensive Masterclass Cements Patriots’ Dynasty As Best In Sports

Bill Belichick’s Defensive Masterclass Cements Patriots’ Dynasty As Best In Sports If the showdown between the old genius and young wunderkind was a boxing match, they would have called the fight. For two weeks Bill Belichick gushed about Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams’ explosive offense in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIII, and for two weeks he likely snickered into his coffee knowing exactly how he planned to stymie the NFL’s hottest offensive mind on the game’s biggest stage. Offense was

Tiger Woods ready to face familiar U.S. Open test at Pebble Beach

MONTEREY, CA -- Two months ago, Tiger Woods sent roars echoing through the pine trees at Augusta National when he won his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship. When he tapped in for bogey on the 18th hole to punctuate the win, he let a primal roar and a weight appeared to be lifted from his legendary shoulders. He was back -- for real and in full. After letting his Masters win wash over him, Woods' first quest for major No. 16 didn't last long at the 2019 PGA Championship. Ailing f

Hunter Renfrow showing slot role is his to lose at Raiders training camp

NAPA -- When discussing the Raiders' receiving corps early on in training camp, three names continue to be grouped together. The fifth-round draft pick and College Football Playoff National Championship Game hero might not look the part of NFL slot receiver, but make no mistake, the former walk-on has an uncanny ability to get open against anyone. He proved that during his time at Clemson, and he's shown it early on in training camp as head coach Jon Gruden and the staff have matched him up aga

U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods, seven others who can win at Pebble Beach

For the first time since 2010, the U.S. Open returns to iconic Pebble Beach during the 100th anniversary of the famed course. The world's best will descend on Monterey this week in the third installment of what has been an exciting major season. First, Tiger Woods roared at Augusta National, overcoming Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele to win his 15th major championship and first since 2008. Then, Koepka continued his major championship run at Bethpage, holding off Dustin

Tiger Woods won't be factor on U.S. Open Sunday at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH -- The roars that shook Augusta National to its core in April were replaced by the groans of throngs of fans hoping golf's big cat could re-discover old magic at Pebble Beach. But it was not meant to be. Tiger Woods will not be a factor Sunday at the 2019 U.S. Open. Entering Saturday, Woods found himself at even par, nine shots back of leader Gary Woodland. After putting woes and a late stumble cost him an opportunity to vault into contention Friday, Woods had to post a number on

Rajon Rondo Becomes Lakers Hero In ‘Surreal’ Moment At TD Garden

Rajon Rondo Becomes Lakers Hero In ‘Surreal’ Moment At TD Garden BOSTON — Rajon Rondo hadn’t hit a game-winning shot in his NBA career. He might have hit one in middle school, maybe. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard entered Thursday’s game against the Boston Celtics a dreadful 0-for-11 on potential game-winning shots over the course of his 12-plus seasons in the league. It only was natural that lucky No. 12 came on the same floor Rondo helped the Celtics win an NBA title on 11 years ago aga
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