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The win showed how far Shanahan’s team has come, and has far it still must go.
Jon Gruden wants to move on from the Mack trade, but the near future isn't very exciting.
You have probably either never seen a Spice Adams video or have seen dozens of them. He has more than 77,000 followers on YouTube and is kind of his own subculture.
Reading the future of Mack and Garoppolo, Belichick and Hue Jax, and so much more.
It isn’t the on-field opponent the Raiders are cheating. It’s the fans of Oakland. The past couple of years have been an exercise in fleecing the locals, and Monday night was the latest offense.
Oakland's flaws emerged, even as the A's proved they can hang with the AL's best.
The apparel company acted because it realized the quarterback was good for its bottom line.
Friday's win revealed the genius behind the team's attempt to hoard half of the relief pitchers in baseball.
Star running back said devotion to school and teammates made his decision.
Catching is bringing down his hitting, which leaves the Giants with tough decisions.
In his most substantial NFL action, the rookie offensive tackle held his own vs. Green Bay on Friday night.
From the nostalgic charm of spring training to the numbing boredom of the NFL in August.
Oakland dropped a game back in the AL West, but promises to hound the World Series champions.
The coach risks losing the support of fans and players if the Raiders don't pay Khalil Mack.
The finish line is still a ways off, but consider this week the burst from the starting blocks.
In the latest example, Yusmiero Petit couldn’t finish Brett Anderson’s gem against Seattle.
The most important goal of the NFL preseason is to stay healthy, and the Niners didn’t.
The slugger's legacy is complicated, but he earned the right to have his Giants jersey retired.
Martavis Bryant's status, Khalil Mack's holdout and other burning issues as Oakland takes on the Lions.
The A's hurler has learned to pitch instead of throw, and he has his team in the playoff hunt.
Are the 2018 Raiders ‘experienced,’ or simply ‘old’?
Gruden's return to Oakland may be the only thing that could have distracted Raiders fans from the regression of 2017, or the betrayal of the team’s impending move to Las Vegas.
From Newcomb to Manziel to Osuna, athletes are asking for forgiveness. So how should we respond?
The top Fuel driver won for the second time this year on Sunday, but his status as a part-time racer is a disadvantage.
Nothing in sports can match the visceral power of the NHRA starting line, Phil Barber writes.