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  • NCAA Football The Axe stays on the Farm The Cardinal picks off Cal's upset bid and stay in the hunt for a PAC 12 North title. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NBA USF can't stay with Stanford The Lady Dons held a lead until the 3rd quarter before 11-second half 3's iced the game for the 16th ranked Cardinals who won 86-66 up on the Hill Top Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • High School sports Things heat up in prep football Marin Catholic scored the final 12pt. of the game in the 4th to beat Bishop O'Dowd in the NCS D3 semi's 25-20. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Photo by Eric Taylor GSW is getting schooled along the way Sure they are one of the nest teams in the NBA. The Warrior's losses at Boston & OKC show they work to do in defense of their NBA title. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String magazine
  • Indy Cars Are the Raiders imploding A high powered offense got it's coach fired last year and now Ken Norton Jr was let go. Few Super Bowl type squads fire both coordinator's in less then a year.


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Oakland Raider's make a last stand to make the NFL Playoffs

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As bad as Oakland has played this past month first place Kansas City has played worse. So at 4-6 the Raiders are very much alive to win the AFC West.

Oakland's next two games are against 3-7 Denver (Sunday) and the 2-9 Giants at home.

It will be interesting to see how the "home town" Oakland fans greet the team when they take the field Sunday against the rival Bronco's.

A loss to them and the Raiders season could be over. Oakland has little chance of winning any kind of a tie breaker to get into the post season and hoping KC keeps their slide going is a lot to ask.

Oakland's D has gone missing during several games this year and it has set a record for not getting an interception thru their first 10-games. That's hard to do. When you think of all the retreads playing QB in the NFL right now all you can do is shake your head.

And fire a coach. I would hate to see anybody lose their job, but you can't stop with a coach. A some point the players have top take some blame and a shake up in the secondary would help.

The Raiders fell apart down in Mexico City against New England after Seth Roberts fumbled away Oakland's only chance to stay in their 33-8 loss to the Patriots.

Down just 14-0 right before the half, Roberts fumbled at New England's five. The Pat's quickly converted that into 3pts and they followed it up with a quick TD to start the second half and just like that it was 24-0 with a half of garbage time football left.

There is no place for moral victories in the NFL and the way Oakland lost to the Pat's it can demoralize a team and their fan base. A good team will respond with a solid effort.

Take into account Denver loves few things more (winning a Super Bowl) then putting Oakland out of the playoffs and the Raiders know they better come with their A game Sunday at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

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Show me some Love - Cardinal ride the back of Bryce Love to win over Arizona St.

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Bryce Love put his Stanford cardinal on his back rushing for a Stanford record 301-yards in Stanford's 34-24 win at home against the Sun Devil's.

Scoring on touchdown runs of 61, 43 and 59-yards Love needed just 25-carries to reach the 301-yards against the Sun Devils.

Love is now over the 1,000-yard mark (1,088) in just five games and he is averaging a whopping 11.1-yards a carry.

Christian McCaffrey's school record of 284-yards lasted less then a year on the books..

Loves performance made life easy for QB KJ Costello who made his first start under center for the Cardinal. KJ was three for a TD (173-yards passing) with no turnovers.

Stanford (3-2, 2-1 in the PAC 12) seem to be back on track after back to back losses to USC and San Diego St. More click here


Earthquakes trying to right ship and make post season earn big home win Saturday night

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Their backs remain against the wall but after beating Portland 2-1 at Avaya Stadium over the weekend San Jose might find themselves backing in to the playoffs.

Valeri Qazaishvili and Danny Hoesen scored for the Earthquakes and held on to win after Portland's Sebastian Blanco got the Timbers back into the game with a goal in the 86th minute.

The 3pts moved San Jose into the 6th and final playoff spot (42pts) with two games left to play in the regular season.

If San Jose is going to break it's 4-year playoff drought they will need to score points in each game to finish out the season. San Jose travels to West leading Vancouver before closing out the regular season at home against Minnesota.




  • MLB Gatlin shocks the world Justin Gatlin hit a 2nd and 3rd gear to beat Usain Bolt and hold off Christian Coleman to win the 100m dash at the 2017 World Championships in London. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • US Open Tennis Prep Football set to start High school kids all over the place are excited that a new football season is heading their way. Teams across the nation will be trying to fullfill that dream of winning a state championship Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NCAA Final Four Carr looks good vs Rams Derek Carr threw two TD's in the Raiders loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the second pre season game of the 2017 season. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Photo by Eric Taylor Steph Curry holds his own Steph played well at the Web.com. He stayed a couple of shots out of last plus he played the back nine Friday at even par. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String magazine
  • World Cup Team USA comes up Gold The Gold Cup belongs to America after a 2-1 win over Jamaica at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. Jozi Altidore opened the scoring with a goal in the first half. Photo by Jason Reed/Field of Day Dreams

With football back fans around the world can't wait for the games to start

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

It is still hard to believe how New England won the Super Bowl.

They did and you have to give it up to them. Coming back against a very good Atlanta team was not easy.

Just about everything had to go right for them and it did.

Tom Brady's 5th ring. Can he get six. Until the Pats are knocked out of the playoffs you know they have a chance.

The Falcons must dust themselves off and comeback with a vengeance. No pissing about for Atlanta. If their young and fast defense can improve and Matt Ryan keeps his high scoring offense rolling Atlanta can make it back to the big dance.

That's a big if for the team that loses the big game. That Bills squad that made 4-striaght Super Bowls back in the day are looking more and more impressive every year.

The Oakland Raiders will be one of the most watched teams this season. A 12-5 campaign from a year ago left a bad taste in their mouth's because they needed more then a first round playoff exit. More click here



Golden St closes out the Cav's winning second title in 3-years

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

What can you say about them now. Warrior's fans are basking in the after glow of watching their beloved team do away with the pesky Cav's in 5-games and in front of their passionate hometown fans.

Kevin Durant did just what the Warrior's were hoping he would do. Create a situation were you can't double team Steph Curry. KD was a problem for Cleveland the whole series.

Except for game four when King James and Co. hit 23 three pointers to win going away the Warrior's withstood LeBron James averaging a triple double against them in the series.

Klay Thompson did everything he could to slow down Kyrie Irvin. You can't stop Kyrie and holding him to just a pair of 40pt games was enough for Golden St. to come away with their 3rd Championship in Oakland.

That ties them with the Oakland Raider's and puts them one behind the Oakland A's 4 World Series titles won since the team moved to Oakland in the 60's. More Click here



2018 Masters

The 2017 Pure Insurance Open at Pebble Beach

24hrs of Le Mans

IMSA returns to Laguna Seca

Indy 500

2017 GoPro Indy Car at Sonoma Raceway

Indy 500

2017 US round of the World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway

Indy 500

2017 Ferrari Challenge at Laguna Seca raceway

High School basketball

The 2017 Kobalt 400

High School basketball

The 2017 Dublin Distance Festival


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