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  • High School Football USA crashes out of Russia A 2-1 defeat atthe hands of Trinada & Tobago and the late winner for Panama means the US will miss next year's World Cup in Russia. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NBA The Big 4 aimimg for back 2 back titles A revapmed West has their sites on GSW as the Warrior's get set to defend their NBA Championship. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NCAA Final Four Schedule change for prep sports The devestating fires in the north bay forced several teams to cancel games. Sections affected by the smoke from the fires are trying to figure out how to play the games missed. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Photo by Eric Taylor Raiders and Chiefs clash on TNF We are not even to Holloween and Oakland's season might be on the bring of collaspe. At 2-4 they face KC on Thursday night football in a must win situation. A loss to KC and Oakland would be solily in last place in the AFC West. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String magazine
  • Indy Cars A Giant legend to make his last pitch Matt Cain helped bring World Series titles to San Francisco. He has seen the writing on the wall and will retire after making one last start for SF in the city by the bay.


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Oakland Raiders gets their mojo back in 31-30 win over the Chiefs

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The magic of Oakland's 2016 season when they finished 12-4 and made the NFL playoffs seemed to come back after three listless games that saw the Raiders fall into last place in the AFC West.

A loss to division leading Kansas City would have left Oakland at 2-5 with a loss to every team in the AEC West.

Playoff chances for a team picked to compete for a Super Bowl would have been dashed before Halloween.

In stepped their franchise quarterback Derek Carr who lit up KC for 412-yards passing and three TD's, wide receiver Amare Cooper who had over 200-yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns.

And we can't forget about Michael Crabtree who caught a pair of touchdowns in the last few seconds of the game but only one counted.

Oakland won th egame despite running back Marshawn Lynch getting ejected while protecting KC cornerback Marcus Peters from his own Raiders teammates.


Show me some Love - Cardinal ride the back 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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