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Boat Crash Victim Identified

SKI BEACH – Authorities have identified the victim of Saturday night’s fatal boat crash near Woodward Island. Kelly Blake, a resident of Discovery Bay, was killed in the two boat collision that happened around 7:15pm. She was 24 years old. {loadposition banban}   At least five other boaters were injured in the crash. They were transported to hospitals in both San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties for care. The crash was initially investigated as a hit-and-run, however officials say the operator of the second boat was later found to have traveled to seek help for its passengers. One boat sank at the scene. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash, and are reminding boaters to be safe and sober on the water. The US Coast Guard also assisted in the response. {loadposition banbanlast}    

Legendary and beloved former coach John Ralston dies

John Ralston, a longtime and beloved Bay Area college and professional sports figure, passed away peacefully in Sunnyvale on Saturday. He was 92.Ralston’s influence spanned from when he was a Cal linebacker from 1947-1950 under legendary coach Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf” into the 21st century as a special assistant to the athletics director at San Jose State.He was best known as a football coach with a positive approach to life that took Utah State, Stanford and the Denver Broncos to success.Ralston began his coaching career as an assistant at San Lorenzo High in 1953, and spent two seasons at Mt. Diablo before returning to Cal, where he was on staff for the 1959 Rose Bowl.He was head coach at Utah State (1959-62), Stanford (1963-71), the Denver Broncos (1972-76), the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League (1983-84) and San Jose State (1993-96). His teams amassed a 140-126-7 record overall.Ralston’s coaching tree included the late Bill Walsh, Dick Vermeil, Jim Mora, Sr., Mike White, the late Rod Rust, the late Jack Christiansen and college head coaches, including the late Roger Theder, the late Tony Knap, Ed…

Kurtenbach: Don’t write off the Raiders after their lopsided loss to the Chiefs

OAKLAND — Remember all that Raiders’ momentum coming out of last Monday’s win over the Broncos? Well, forget all about it. That win over Denver wasn’t a mirage or a fluke, but neither was Week 2’s 28-10 loss to the Chiefs. Kansas City showed the Raiders the difference between good and great, Sunday, smacking the Raiders around and exerting their dominance in all three phases. The Raiders had no answer to the Chiefs’ preposterously talented quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and his never-ending stockpile of speedy receivers. The Raiders’ offense couldn’t get out of its own way and capitalize against Kansas City’s all-or-nothing defense, either — Kansas City ended up getting everything it wanted more than enough times to win. Mahomes and the Chiefs were on a different level. At times, it looked like they were playing a different game. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) As Ric Flair told us all: to be the man, you gotta beat the man. The Raiders merely teased him Sunday. But don’t write off Jon Gruden’s team after one underwhelming game against an elite opponent. Because while I know Raiders…

Takeaways from the Giants’ 2-1 victory over Miami on Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants still are scuffling to score runs, but Johnny Cueto delivered another pitching performance that made everyone feel better. Cueto pitched his second straight scoreless start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer, and the Giants closed out their homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. The Giants have scored just seven runs the past four games, but they took two of three from the National League’s worst team as they embark on a trip to Boston where Mike Yastrzemski will play for the first time at Fenway Park, where his Hall of Fame grandfather Carl spent his career. Yastrzemski was the offensive hero Sunday, dashing home from third on a wild pitch to break a tie score in the bottom of the eighth inning. Here are the takeaways from Sunday’s game: Cueto sharp again Cueto hadn’t pitched since July of 2018 and spent the past year rehabbing after surgery. But he has been spot-on in two starts, allowing no runs and just four hits in 10 innings, while striking out six and walking three. “I…

Why Derek Carr called out Richard Nixon, Clayton Kershaw, Raiders owner vs. Chiefs

Derek Carr’s name-dropping at the line of scrimmage Sunday kept things interesting but it couldn’t prevent a Chiefs onslaught in a 28-10 loss. Carr spiced things up early during their battle at the Coliseum by calling out Richard Nixon, Clayton Kershaw and even Raiders owner Mark Davis while audibilizing to a different play. Those fluent in the parlance of quarterback speak are used to hearing unique catch words from signal-callers — such as Peyton Manning’s “Omaha” and former Cal star Jared Goff’s “Halle Berry” call for the Rams. Still, one might argue Carr was only inviting trouble by evoking the names of a disgraced former president, an L.A. Dodger and the controversial man who’s taking the Raiders from the East Bay. Carr, though, couldn’t blame anyone but himself for two ill-advised throws that were intercepted and contributed to Sunday’s loss. Carr wasted little time in switching things up when he used the second play of the game to remind us of our 37th president. Faced with a second-and-3 play, Carr changed the play after surveying the Chiefs’ defensive alignment, shouting “Richard Nixon!” The play resulted…

Athletics break HR record, sweep Rangers

ARLINGTON — The A’s swept the Texas Rangers with a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon. They’ve now won six in a row. Matt Chapman’s home run in the ninth inning broke the A’s single season record for home runs with 244. The previous record was 243 in 1996. Marcus Semien hit his 30th home run of the season, closing a couple milestones for the A’s. It matched the single-season record and Semien became the third Athletic in the 30-homer club this season, joining Matt Chapman (33) and Matt Olson (34). The last time the A’s had three 30 home run hitters was in 2001 with Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada. Seth Brown continues to hit the ball on a semi-regular basis. With a two-double, two-RBI day, Brown has 20 hits, including seven doubles, in 16 games since his call up. Related Articles Athletics win 90th, Sean Manaea and Jesús Luzardo could be a potential wild card one-two punch Despite Mike Fiers’ scare on the mound, Athletics power out a win over Rangers Athletics near milestone in win over Texas; injury shortens Mike Fiers’…

California Woman Dreamt She Swallowed Her Engagement Ring; Turns Out She Did It In Her Sleep

(CNN) — Jenna Evans was having one of those dreams that felt too real to be true. The San Diego woman and her fiance, Bobby Howell, “were in a very sketchy situation involving a high speed train and bad guys,” Evans wrote in a Facebook post. “(Bobby) told me I had to swallow my ring to protect it; so I popped that sucker off, put it in my mouth and swallowed it with a glass of water,” Evans wrote. Evans awoke Wednesday morning to find her engagement ring missing. While the 007-like setup was a dream, it turns out Evans actually swallowed her engagement ring — a story she detailed in the now-viral post that has over 57,000 shares on Facebook. “We laughed pretty hard for about an hour and a half, called my mom, laughed until we were crying, googled ‘do other adults swallow rings’ because kids do it all the time, but apparently it’s less common for adults,” Evans wrote. She and Howell then drove to urgent care where she had to explain to various doctors what happened. “The doctor ordered an Xray and…

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