NAPA – The Raiders spent 18 days in isolation at the Napa Valley Marriott, pouring complete focus into season prep. Head coach Jack Del Rio considers his team better for the experience. The Raiders moved back to their Alameda facility after Thursday’s practice, the 14th of this training camp, ready to complete the preseason. The next milestone comes in Saturday’s exhibition against the Los Angeles Rams. “I think we came in with a purposeful mind going after things, accomplishing things,” Del Rio said. “In terms of installation, in terms of situational awareness and those things, we’re coaching and teaching. I think we were able to work and get guys either back or really close to being back and
With a 6-3 homestand that saw the Washington Nationals take three of four from the Miami Marlins, and two of three from San Francisco’s Giants, before splitting two with the Los Angeles Angels, Dusty Baker’s Nats wrapped up the nine-game stretch with a 35-25 record at home in the nation’s capital this season. “It went well,” Baker told reporters after the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Angels in the final game of the homestand, “but you tend to remember your last game. Away from Washington this season, the Nationals are 36-22, good for the second-best road record in the NL (behind only the LA Dodgers, 34-20), and third-best road record in the majors (behind only the Dodgers and Houston Astros, 40-21).
Dedric Lawson was accused of walking out on an $88 tab, according to a police report obtained by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, but the general manager of the restaurant released a statement clearing the player of wrongdoing. Here’s what was alleged to have happened: Lawson was at a restaurant in Overton Square in Memphis at 1:30 a.m. when he was handed a bill for more than $88 by a waitress. Appearing on 92.9 FM, an ESPN radio station in Memphis, he said that he ordered two drinks worth a total of $10.50 and gave the waitress $12, but she wanted him to pay for drinks that were ordered by other people for other people.