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San Jose beats Jacksonville 68-47 in ArenaBowl

Erik Meyer led San Jose to its fourth ArenaBowl victory, throwing four touchdown passes and running for two more scores in the SaberCats’ 68-47 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday night in Stockton, California. The SaberCats became the first team in league history to finish a season with 20 victories and joined Arizona, Detroit and Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay as the only franchises to win four Foster Trophies. The SaberCats (20-1) made Darren Arbet the second coach in league history to win four ArenaBowls, and he did it in his home state before a sellout crowd of 9,115 at Stockton Arena. The game was moved to Stockton because the SAP Center in San Jose was unavailable. San Jose used opportunistic defensive plays to score 21 points in a 2:35 span to lead 61-33 early in the fourth quarter. – AP Read more

SaberCats beat Rattlers 70-67 to advance to ArenaBowl

STOCKTON, Calif. – Erik Meyer threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Gay with 8 seconds left to give the San Jose SaberCats a 70-67 victory over the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday night in the Arena Football League’s National Conference championship game. The SaberCats advanced to the ArenaBowl next week in San Jose against the winner of today’s game between Jacksonville and Philadelphia. Read more

Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil buys into Arena League

Dick Vermeil is returning to pro football, this time as an owner in the Arena League. Vermeil, who took the St. Louis Rams to the NFL title in the 1999 season, joins former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski and current New Orleans Saints players Marques Colston and Jahri Evans as owners of the Philadelphia Soul. Vermeil will have a small stake, 2.5 percent of the franchise. “My main interest is in Ron Jaworski,” Vermeil said when asked why he was getting involved in the indoor game. “No matter how much money I invest in that team, I will be in debt to Ron for what he did for me.” That would be helping turn Vermeil’s Philadelphia Eagles from an also-ran into NFC champions; they lost the Super Bowl in 1981 to Oakland. Vermeil coached 15 seasons for three NFL franchises. – AP Read more

Andy Olson, Shock will part ways; Shackleford next up

Andy Olson has coached his last game with the Spokane Shock and the team is bringing back Adam Shackleford for a second stint as head coach. Shackleford confirmed Tuesday night he is returning to coach the Shock. Read more

Shock: Andy Olson out, Adam Shackleford in

Andy Olson has coached his last game with the Spokane Shock and the team is bringing back Adam Shackleford for a second stint as head coach. Read more

Shock: Olson out as coach, Shackleford in

The headlines keep coming regarding the Spokane Shock. They are expected to leave the Arena Football League in the near future and join the Indoor Football League. Head coach Andy Olson said Tuesday he believes he’s coached his last game, ending his four-year tenure. Next… Read more

Shock players go to social media to lament possible move to IFL

Spokane’s 2015 season ended Saturday night and the clock is ticking on the franchise to finalize a decision concerning 2016 and beyond. It doesn’t sound like the waiting game will last long. Close observers and several veteran Shock players expect the team will join the Indoor Football League, ending a six-year association with the Arena Football League. Read more

Shock moves closer to IFL, but players not happy with potential move

Spokane’s 2015 season ended Saturday night and the clock is ticking on the franchise to finalize a decision concerning 2016 and beyond. Read more

Shock lead early before season ends with thud

PHOENIX – Spokane finally fixed its habit of slow starts but the rest of the game proved to be problematic. The visiting Shock jumped in front by two touchdowns, but second-seeded Arizona stormed back and rolled to a 72-41 National Conference playoff victory Saturday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Read more

Rattlers rout Spokane, 72-41

Arizona ended Spokane’s season in the first round of the AFL playoffs with a 72-41 rout Saturday night in Phoenix. Spokane will probably spend the next few weeks determining its future path. Team owner Nader Naini said earlier this week that the franchise is considering… Read more

Underdog Shock face Rattlers

The Spokane Shock will line up against the Arizona Rattlers tonight in Phoenix as heavy underdogs. Most observers, including Las Vegas oddsmakers who list Arizona as a two-touchdown favorite, expect the three-time defending Arena Football League champions to have an easy time in the first round of the National Conference playoffs. Read more

Afif, McCullough want to delay departures

Patrick Afif and Kevin McCullough are in roughly the same situation as the Shock enter the postseason. Both AFL veterans are all but certain to call it a career when Spokane’s season ends. They’re trying to delay their exits as long as possible, which will… Read more

Shock veterans not quite ready to retire

Patrick Afif and Kevin McCullough want to make their arena football sendoff a long, drawn-out process. Both are guaranteed at least one more game when the third-seeded Spokane Shock (7-11) open the playoffs against No. 2 Arizona (14-4) on Saturday in Phoenix. Win and it’s on to the National Conference title game. Lose and a rollercoaster season is over – and Afif and McCullough will almost certainly remove their uniforms for the last time. Read more

Instability concerns Shock

The Spokane Shock will explore all available options after the Arena Football League playoffs, and they’re strongly considering a move to the Indoor Football League, team officials said. Spokane’s immediate attention is on Saturday’s playoff game against Arizona in Phoenix, but the long-term viability of the AFL is again in question following a tumultuous weekend in which two franchises ceased operations and Portland replaced defunct Las Vegas in the playoffs. Read more

Shock weighing league options

The next few weeks are going to be interesting for the Spokane Shock and the AFL. The playoffs begin this weekend with Spokane taking on Arizona on Saturday, but the AFL’s long-term health is under scrutiny again after a turbulent weekend in which Las Vegas… Read more

Shock weighing options for future league affiliation

The Spokane Shock will explore all available options after the Arena Football League playoffs, and they’re strongly considering a move to the Indoor Football League, team officials said. Read more

Shock lock up Outlaws, No. 3 seed to playoffs

LAS VEGAS – The Spokane Shock broke open a tight game with a 16-point flurry late in the first half and went on to a 51-34 Arena Football League victory over the Las Vegas Outlaws on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Spokane (7-11), which has won three of its last four, clinched the third seed and will visit No. 2 Arizona on Saturday in the first round of the National Conference playoffs. The Rattlers (14-4) won two of three meetings during the regular season. Read more

Shock wrap up third seed in National Conference

The Spokane Shock broke open a tight game with a 16-point flurry late in the first half and went on to a 51-34 Arena Football League victory over the Las Vegas Outlaws on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Read more

Shock defeat Outlaws, clinch third seed

Spokane got off to another slow start, but recovered quickly and handled Las Vegas 51-34 on Saturday. The third-seeded Shock (7-11) will meet No. 2 Arizona next Saturday in the first round of the National Conference playoffs. More below. Read more

Shock focus on Las Vegas

Quarterback Arvell Nelson didn’t like the Spokane Shock players’ demeanor when they lined up against Cleveland last Saturday. “I felt like we came out with the mentality that we’re already in the playoffs,” he said. “Can’t do that.” Read more

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