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Raiders begin camp with spotlight of high expectations

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, a Bakersfield Christian graduate, works with a group of young fans after a training camp workout on Friday in Napa.

NAPA — For the much-ballyhooed 2016 Raiders season, it’s officially time to talk about football.

“Buzz? We play a little buzz coverage,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio deadpanned after his team had completed its first full day of training camp Friday at its Napa Valley facility.

Del Rio knew what the question meant, however. The Raiders have been one of the NFL’s offseason darlings, praised by pundits for their transactions and their potential after a 7-9 season in 2015.

“The Raiders are on the uptick,” said Steve Mariucci, a

The Dodgers' Chase Utley, right, and Scott Van Slyke celebrate after Utley hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Five-run seventh carries Dodgers past Diamondbacks

LOS ANGELES — Joc Pederson and Chase Utley homered to spark a five-run rally in the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-7 on Friday night before 50,966 at Dodger Stadium. Yasmani Grandal's run-scoring single in the seventh was the difference as the

Robert Streb cleans his club on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday. Streb shot a 63 to grab a share of the lead.

Streb shares second-round PGA lead after 63

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Robert Streb became the 30th player in history to shoot a 63 in a major tournament and is tied for the lead with Jimmy Walker at 9-under-par 131 after Friday's second round of the 98th PGA Championship on the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club. Streb rolled in a

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