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49ers’ McDonald arrested on domestic violence charges

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

Seahawks falter in preseason finale to Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. – Russell Wilson and Seattle’s first-team offense needed just four plays to show they are ready for the regular season. Wilson ended his night after capping a quick opening drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson before the Seahawks lost the exhibition finale to the Oakland Raiders 41-31 on Thursday night.

Seahawks fall in preseason finale

Rookie Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland’s starting quarterback, and the Raiders wrapped up the preseason with a 41-31 victory Thursday night over the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL notes: Raiders confirm talks with San Antonio

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. “Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,” Davis said in a statement. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.”

Seahawks make trade for Pryor

Seattle has one of the most stable starting quarterback situations in the NFL, with Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title last season in only his second year in the league. The Seahawks, though, suddenly have lots of competition behind Wilson after making a trade Monday that surprised many around the NFL. Seattle acquired one-time Ohio State phenom Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for its seventh-round choice in the upcoming NFL draft, which is the 247th selection overall.

Raiders sign Taiwan Jones to 3-year extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year extension on Monday that keeps him under contract through 2017. Jones, the former Eastern Washington All-America running back, still had one year remaining on his rookie deal but was allowed to negotiate an extension for the first time this offseason.

Raiders sued by cheerleaders

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders are being sued by current and former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other unfair employment practices. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court alleges that the organization withholds all pay from the Raiderettes until the end of the season, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.

Chiefs clinch playoffs with 56-31 win vs. Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. – Jamaal Charles turned the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff-clinching party into a game-long celebration right from the start. Charles scored the first of his team record-tying five touchdowns on a 49-yard screen pass on the first play from scrimmage, sending the Chiefs to a 56-31 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday that clinched at least a wild-card spot.

Murray gets 3 TDs; Cowboys rally by Raiders 31-24

ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo was sick, and it wasn’t because he had just watched the Oakland Raiders return a fumble for a touchdown on the opening kickoff. After the Dallas quarterback caught a virus the night before Thanksgiving, his top two running backs were there to help out.

Hero not fearful

The man authorities say saved a woman’s life after she jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders’ stadium says he had no fear trying to catch her. Donnie Navidad said he urged the woman not to jump Sunday while he positioned himself to catch her. When she plunged about 45 feet at the Coliseum, Navidad ended up breaking her fall. The 61-year-old Navidad has been released from the hospital and is recuperating from a severely bruised arm at his home in Stockton. The woman remains hospitalized in critical condition. She jumped shortly after the Raiders’ 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans. – AP

Meriweather targets knees, Marshall

After saying he’s going to “take peoples’ knees out” to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather struck another blow – declaring that “people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league.” Meriweather’s comments were a retort referencing the checkered domestic violence past of Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who last week suggested that players such as Meriweather should perhaps be “taken out of the game completely” to make the game safer.

Pryor making bid for Raiders’ QB job

SEATTLE – Terrelle Pryor views his starting assignment against the Seattle Seahawks tonight as another step toward his eventual destiny. “Every day, I’m trying to get 1 percent better, and I won’t stop until I get to my goal,” Pryor said. “My goal is to be a starting quarterback, to lead this team to wins. I’ll keep pushing every day until it happens.”

Former EWU RB Taiwan Jones hopes to catch on at corner

NAPA, Calif. – Taiwan Jones’ NFL career got off to a slow start when a variety of injuries and the inability to hold onto the ball kept him off the field for much of his first two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Now the former running back with sprinter’s speed is getting a second chance at establishing himself as an NFL player following a position switch to cornerback.

Deal completed: Flynn to Raiders

NFL: The Seattle Seahawks are sending Matt Flynn to Oakland, not so much for what they’ll get in return, but rather what the move will allow them to retain. That became pretty clear when the trade, which was first reported Friday, became official Monday with the Seahawks announcing they have sent their backup quarterback to Oakland for a fifth-round pick in 2014, as well as a conditional 2015 pick.

Seattle nearing deal to send backup QB Matt Flynn to Oakland

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks may give Matt Flynn another chance to be a starting quarterback after all. Only this time, that chance would come in Oakland. The Seahawks are nearing an agreement to trade their backup quarterback to the Raiders. There was no announcement nor confirmation from either team, and the deal may not be finalized until next week, but the NFL Network reported Seattle had agreed to draft-pick compensation. Those pick(s), however, might not be until future years.

Manning leads Broncos past Raiders 26-13

OAKLAND, Calif. – Everyone on the outside might be focusing on Peyton Manning setting more records and the Denver Broncos getting an eighth straight win to move a step closer to a first-round bye. Manning is focused on much smaller goals, like showing improvement week to week.

Leinart the teacher

Matt Leinart has gone from being Carson Palmer’s protege at Southern California to his teacher with the Oakland Raiders a decade later. Leinart (pictured) signed with Oakland this month to back up his former college teammate and pass on tips based on his knowledge of the Raiders’ new intricate offense. Leinart spent the past two seasons in Houston, where new Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was his quarterbacks coach. “It just made perfect sense for me to come here and help out these guys with this offense because this is a brand new offense for almost everyone on the offensive side,” Leinart said. “It was a no-brainer, a great opportunity for me to come in here and help in any way I can.” – Associated Press

Raiders lose to Chargers, miss out on playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland was rallying, Denver was losing and the Raiders had the San Diego Chargers backed up inside the 1 midway through the fourth quarter. With the stage set for the Raiders to win the AFC West and end an eight-year playoff drought, Oakland’s defense once again failed.

Raiders’ Janikowski blossoms with age

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Sebastian Janikowski is finally living up to those lofty expectations placed on him when Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis made him the third kicker taken in the first round of a draft back in 2000. It’s only fitting that perhaps his best game as a pro came last weekend in Houston, the day after Davis’ death.