Stories for November 2019


Saturday, November 30

Delva Rae Hendrix Schank

Delva Rae Hendrix Schank April 21, 1930 - Nov 27, 2019

Nevada Wolf Pack falls to UNLV; brawl ensues after game

RENO —The Nevada Wolf Pack’s regular season ended Saturday afternoon with a sidelines-clearing brawl and another stunning loss to the UNLV Rebels that will leave the Fremont Cannon painted red for yet another year.

Raiders visit Chiefs with AFC West lead hanging in balance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jon Gruden was asked this week whether he thought his Oakland Raiders were looking ahead to their AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs when they were walloped by the New York Jets. “No, not with this team,” the Raiders coach replied. “Nuh-uh. No. Uh-uh.”

Carson High wrestling has high hopes for 2019-2020 campaign

Carson High wrestling will start the year with five empty weight classes, but that doesn’t mean any of the Senators’ goals have changed.

49ers next team up to try slowing Jackson and Ravens

BALTIMORE — The San Francisco 49ers certainly appear capable of putting the brakes on Lamar Jackson and the high-powered Baltimore Ravens. Then again, that’s what some of the so-called experts said about Seattle, New England, Houston and the Los Angeles Rams. All four of those teams reached the playoffs last year, and each one of them lost by at least two touchdowns to the Ravens (9-2) during their current seven-game winning streak.

Roger Diez: Formula One wraps up racing season

The 2019 racing season draws to a close Sunday, as Formula One holds their finale at Abu Dhabi. This will be the 11th annual race at the desert venue, and Mercedes has been the dominant team, winning the last five outings. Lewis Hamilton leads the driver stats with four wins, three with Mercedes and one with McLaren, while Sebastian Vettel has three victories, all for Red Bull.

Friday, November 29

If Nevada Wolf pack wins, reward Norvell, Joe Santoro says

Sports fodder... It is time for the Nevada Wolf Pack to show its trust and faith in Jay Norvell. If the Wolf Pack beats the UNLV Rebels on Saturday at Mackay Stadium the university should award Norvell with at least a three-year contract extension sometime before the start of the 2020 season.

Builder says Raiders stadium on track to be finished by July

LAS VEGAS — The $2 billion stadium being built near the Las Vegas Strip for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders is not expected to have a roof in place until April but should be finished in summer.

Thursday, November 28

Wednesday, November 27

Richard Kuehn

Richard Kuehn age 93, of Carson City, NV passed away on November 25, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. 775-882-2644.

Pressure defense will be Carson High boys basketball’s M.O.

Last season was a growing year for Carson High boys basketball, but head coach Jordan Glover was quick to point out the work his roster put in over the course of this past offseason.

Nevada Wolf Pack hosts UNLV with Fremont Cannon on the line

The UNLV Rebels will face an invigorated, bold, focused and self-assured Nevada Wolf Pack football team this Saturday.

Earl Wilkens Memorial Tournament kicks off wrestling season

What’s becoming the official kickoff to the wrestling season invades Fallon once again this weekend.

Tuesday, November 26

Dennis Paul Swain

Dennis Paul Swain December 7, 1944 – November 21, 2019

Maudie Long

MAUDIE LONG, 92, of Carson City passed away November 24, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Phillip Farnum

PHILLIP FARNUM, 84, of Carson City passed away November 23, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Stuart A. Stevens

Stuart A. Stevens, 93, died November 17, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial, 775-882-1766.

Sonna Settani

SONNA SETTANI, 70, of Carson City passed away November 17, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Joe Santoro: The Fremont Cannon returns and it had better stay

As the final seconds ticked off the Sam Boyd Stadium clock on Nov. 24, 2018, Jay Norvell felt he had one last lesson to teach his Nevada Wolf Pack football team.

Monday, November 25

Fernley upsets the Greenwave to win state 3A state football championship

CARSON CITY — The last 34 seconds of Saturday’s state 3A championship football seemed like eternity for Fallon.

Nevada Notes: Wolf Pack perfect in 4th quarter at Fresno

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team executed perfectly in the fourth quarter Saturday night at Fresno State. Special teams, defense, offense and coaching all came together as the Wolf Pack flawlessly orchestrated a 35-28 victory over the Bulldogs.

Mountain West rankings: Hawaii claims West Division title

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are going to play for the Mountain West football championship.

Sierra storm could bring 3 feet to high elevations; holiday travel discouraged

NWS is forecasting 8 to 18 inches at lake level, 1 to 2 feet above 7,000 feet and localized amounts up to 3 feet Tuesday through Thanksgiving. Up to 5 inches of snow are forecast in Carson City and valley areas.

Sunday, November 24

Saturday, November 23

Juanita Hoffert

Juanita Hoffert Sept 20th, 1935 - Nov 18th, 2019

Rookie Maxx Crosby emerging as pass rusher for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden spent much of last season lamenting how difficult it is to find good pass rushers after trading away Khalil Mack.

Roger Diez: Busch secures second championship

The 2019 season finale at Homestead was the championship final for all three of NASCAR’s touring series, and all three featured repeat champions. On Friday, Matt Crafton scored his third title in the Gander Outdoor Truck series; Saturday’s Xfinity race crowned Tyler Reddick series champ for the second straight year. His two titles were won with different teams, and he has full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup ride with Richard Childress Racing for 2020.

Opponents focusing on stopping 49ers running game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nobody has been able to do much to stop the San Francisco 49ers this season but apparently opponents are now deciding that taking away the run is the way to go. Opposing defenses have been loading the box the past few weeks to attack the 49ers’ second-ranked rushing attack and force Jimmy Garoppolo to win the game.

Friday, November 22

Charlie Dale

CHARLIE DALE, 73, of Silver Springs passed away November 19, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Ardys Naylor

Ardys Naylor June 11, 1927 ~ Nov. 6, 2019

Harris scores 22 to lift Nevada Wolf Pack past Fordham

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Jalen Harris had 22 points as Nevada got past Fordham 74-60 in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Friday.

Life in the trenches: Greenwave’s starting ‘O’ has been a key factor in the team’s march to a state title game

Fallon’s success in a string of state football appearances the new millennium has been a story rooted in the trenches.

Thursday, November 21

Christine Diane Giusti

Christine Diane Giusti Nov 20th, 1946 - Nov 1st, 2019

Robert Lloyd

Captain Robert Lloyd Nov 24th 1921 - Nov 17th, 2019

Jo Anne Phillips

Jo Anne Phillips, 90 of Reno, passed away on November 21, 2019, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 888-6800

Geraldine Murphy

Geraldine "Gerri" Murphy age 86, of Carson City, NV passed away on November 17th, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. 775-882-2644

Joe Santoro: 9 wins a good year for Nevada Wolf Pack

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team, led by head coach Jay Norvell, is always quick to tell anyone that will listen that it hangs its silver and blue helmet on improving as the season progresses.

Wednesday, November 20

Janet L. Brees

Janet L. Brees, 87, died November 13, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Francis Anne Parks

Francis Anne Parks, 87 of Carson City, passed away on November 17, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals and Cremations 775-888-6800.

Nevada Wolf Pack’s remaining goals start with Fresno State

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team will not win the Mountain West championship this year. The Pack will not win the West Division title. The Wolf Pack’s goal this year, however, is still to feel like a champion when the season is over.

Carson High tennis duo named Northern Region doubles team of the year

After appearing in their first doubles state tournament together as seniors, Carson High’s Bradley Wiggins and Eric Tomita were named as the 4A Northern Region boys doubles team of the year.

Tuesday, November 19

Jane A. Lehrman

Jane A. Lehrman, 87, died November 19, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Michael Weeks

MICHAEL WEEKS, 65, of Yerington passed away November 16, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Jason "Jake" Maldonado

Jason "Jake" Maldonado November 6, 1970 ~ November 16, 2019

Patrick J. Paul

Patrick J. Paul, 82, died November 8, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Robert H. Lloyd

Robert H. Lloyd, 97, died November 17, 2019 in Reno, Nevada. Arrangements are in the card of Capitol City Cremation & Burial, 775-882-1766.

Davidson tops Nevada Wolf Pack, 91-71

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Kellan Grady had 24 points as Davidson defeated Nevada, 91-71, on Tuesday night.

Joe Santoro: That time a Nevada Wolf Pack freshman QB beat Fresno

David Neill really had no idea what he was getting himself into 21 years ago when he walked into Fresno State’s Bulldog Stadium.

Greenwave cleans up on league’s top awards

Hockey has its hat trick, basketball, the 3-pointer and baseball, the grand slam.

Fallon punches ticket to 3A state championship

Both teams won their respective divisions, manhandled most of their opponents, posted undefeated league records, relied on key players and proudly displayed their green and white school colors.

Monday, November 18

Floyd Bailey (Bucky) Smith

Floyd Bailey (Bucky) Smith Jan 2, 1936 - Nov 8, 2019

Laura M. Gish

Laura M. Gish, 72, died November 16, 2019 in Dayton, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Jack L. Ruppert

Jack L. Ruppert 1940 - 2019 Jack L. Ruppert died on Friday, November 1, 2019 at his home in Carson City, Nevada, at the age of 79.

Elmer G. Doege

Elmer G. Doege

Ronald Melvin Bardarson

Ronald Melvin Bardarson April 20, 1955 ~ November 4, 2019

Nevada Wolf Pack Notebook: Alford goes with youth movement

The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team got a whole lot younger last week.

Mountain West rankings: San Diego State discovers the forward pass

Rocky Long finally got the offense he has been waiting for from his San Diego State Aztecs.

Sunday, November 17

USC tops Nevada Wolf Pack, 76-66

RENO — The Nevada Wolf Pack made it easy for the USC Trojans Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Saturday, November 16

49ers seek to bounce back from 1st loss when hosting Cards

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After nothing but success the first eight games of the season, the San Francisco 49ers now are learning to deal with failure.

Roger Diez: NASCAR will crown its champion on Sunday

One of four drivers will be crowned 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR champion Sunday at Homestead. Three of them already have championship trophies and one is still looking for his first title in NASCAR’s premier division. Martin Truex Jr. won the 2017 championship, Kyle Busch was the 2015 champion, and Kevin Harvick won his title in 2014. Denny Hamlin is the only contender who has not won the grand prize. This year’s final is historic, because it is the first time one team has fielded three cars in the championship race since the playoff elimination system began in 2016.

Healthy and happy, Ferrell starting to pay off for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has felt a lot better about Clelin Ferrell’s play over the past two games, and it’s no coincidence.

Albert Weil

ALBERT WEIL, 83, of Dayton passed away November 9, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Friday, November 15

Carson High’s Luschar to play softball at Arizona State

Before Carson High’s Kailee Luschar put pen to paper and signed with Arizona State on Friday, athletic director Blair Roman and softball coach Carlos Mendeguia took a few minutes to describe the type of player and person Luschar has been while at Carson.

Reno Aces extend protective netting down to foul poles

RENO — The Reno Aces have announced plans to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole at the downtown stadium that serves as home to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.

Thursday, November 14

Jack L. Ruppert

Jack L. Ruppert 1940 - 2019 Jack L. Ruppert died on Friday, November 1, 2019 at his home in Carson City, Nevada, at the age of 79.

Elizabeth Anna Newby

Elizabeth Anna Newby, age 104, of Carson City, NV, passed peacefully away on November 8, 2019. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Joe Santoro: Of course Kaepernick’s workout is a publicity stunt

It appears that Colin Kaepernick is going to finally return to a NFL roster in the near future. The former Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback apparently will work out in front of more than a dozen NFL teams this Saturday in Atlanta.

Wednesday, November 13

Carolyn Ann York

Carolyn Ann York May 9, 1940 - Nov 9, 2019 On November 9, 2019, Carolyn Ann York, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 79, after a four-year battle with breast cancer.

Dale Lawson

Dale Lawson, 92, died November 12, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Robert H. Hildebrand

Robert H. Hildebrand, 67, died November 10, 2019 in Gardnerville, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Carson High’s Cami Larkin earns all-league volleyball honors

Carson High’s Cami Larkin was selected to the 2019 all-Sierra League volleyball team Monday as an honorable mention.

Jalen Harris leads Pack past Texas-Arlington

RENO — It didn’t take Jalen Harris long to show what he means to the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team.

Greenwave advances after defeating Spring Creek

The Greenwave returned a favor to one of their Northern 3A opponents … two years in the making.

Robinson makes history for Oasis

RENO — History was made on Saturday before the race even began.

Fallon’s season ends in sweep to Fernley

TRUCKEE — No high-scoring games or a five-set thriller this time.

Carson High soccer players named to all-league teams

Numerous members of the Carson girls and boys soccer teams were selected to the all-Sierra League team over the weekend.

Tuesday, November 12

Carmela Anne Porcella Inman

Carmela A Porcella Inman Feb 16, 1958 - Nov 8, 2019 Carmela A Porcella Inman passed unexpectedly on November 8th, 2019.

Clay Howard Hill

Clay Howard Hill July 28, 1930 ~ November 7, 2019

Joyce Crook Wadsworth

Joyce Crook Wadsworth Feb 2, 1944- Nov 2, 2019

Julia Proctor

Julia Ann Proctor Jun 29, 1941 ~ Nov 5, 2019

Barbara Herlan

Barbara Alice Herlan Jul 19, 1932 - Nov 6, 2019

Daniel Suppe

Daniel Suppe June 25, 1984 - Nov 16, 2018 He was taken suddenly and unexpectedly from menningitis,but left the gift of life to others in the donation of His big heart and other organs.

Albert Porter

Albert S. Porter Jun 22, 1946 ~ Oct 21, 2019

Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams Saturday

Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta. The exiled former Pro Bowl quarterback posted on Twitter: “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager

SAN FRANCISCO — Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.

Joe Santoro: Perfect is boring. Mountain West football is neither

Jay Norvell said it best. “It wasn’t perfect,” the Nevada coach declared late Saturday night after his Wolf Pack’s homely, plain and downright sleep-inducing 17-13 victory at San Diego State.

Monday, November 11

Nevada Wolf Pack Notebook: Trick play works again

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team pulled one of its favorite tricks out of the bag just in time last Saturday night.

Mountain West rankings: Rolovich’s gamble pays for Hawaii

Nick Rolovich took a huge risk this past weekend and it paid off.

Sunday, November 10

Drew leads Nevada Wolf Pack to 72-67 win over Loyola Marymount

RENO — Lindsey Drew is quickly making up for lost time.

Cooks, Lee lead Nevada to 17-13 win vs. No. 24 San Diego St.

SAN DIEGO — The Nevada Wolf Pack didn’t flinch against No. 24 San Diego State and came away with an impressive victory.

Saturday, November 9

Seahawks-49ers rivalry returns to center stage after dormant stretch

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Trash talking between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree. Barbs traded between coaches Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh. Incredible plays from Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. The once-fierce rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco had a bit of everything during a heated stretch early this decade capped by Seattle’s epic win in the NFC title game in January 2014.

Roger Diez: Desperation time for NASCAR drivers

The state of Texas was the place to be for motorsports fans last weekend. NASCAR was racing at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth while Formula One competed at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin. There was even a crossover, as Gene Haas, who owns teams in both series, brought a two-seater stock car for his F1 drivers to play with. Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean got some coaching from Haas’s NASCAR co-owner, Tony Stewart, who knows a little about stock car driving, before giving each other rides in the two-seater.

Friday, November 8

Reed ends Douglas High’s season in first round of playoffs

SPARKS – A first half slugfest turned into Reed continuing to fire in the second half as the Raiders ended Douglas’ season, 63-21, in the opening round of the 4A Northern Region playoffs on Friday.

Clay H. Hill

Clay H. Hill, 89, of Gardnerville passed away November 7, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Thursday, November 7

Michael Dee Williamson

Michael Dee Williamson November 15, 1977 ~ April 11, 2019

Three Senator girls golfers take home postseason all-region awards

Carson High’s Karen Beglin was named the 4A Northern Region girls golfer of the year, following the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Spanish Springs' second half downs Carson boys soccer, ends playoff run

Carson High boys soccer knew it was going to have a tough task against last year's state semifinalist in Spanish Springs, who came into Thursday's contest unbeaten (12-0-3).

Joe Santoro: No identity for Nevada Wolf Pack offense

Head coach Jay Norvell revealed this week that he is now calling the plays for his Nevada Wolf Pack football team. Is that a good or bad thing?

Wednesday, November 6

Marie Aurelie Laxalt Bini

Marie Aurelie Laxalt Bini 1928 - 2019

Nevada Wolf Pack seeking rare win at San Diego State

Rocky Long expects more out of his San Diego State Aztecs.

Prep roundup: Qualifications for the state cross country meet, postseason play begins

Hannah Kaiser and Zachary Sever qualified as individuals for the state cross country meet at the 4A Northern Regional meet Saturday.

McCormick says he’s Idaho-bound

Tommy McCormick, one of the Northern 3A’s most dominant players on both sides of the ball, has verbally committed to play football next season at the University of Idaho.

Fallon, Oasis Academy qualify for state cross country meet

The Fallon and Oasis Academy cross country teams each qualified one runner for this Saturday’s state championship at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.

Round 2: Fallon hosts Spring Creek

Two strong football programs with a storied past link up again on the gridiron Friday night for the second round of the Northern 3A playoffs.

Fallon enters playoffs with split, Oasis finishes season with sweep

After getting a critical and playoff-clinching win at Spring Creek last week, the Lady Wave volleyball team split its final two regular-season matches as it enters the regional tournament for the first time in three years.

Fallon senior places 3rd in state tennis tournament

Fallon senior Alvaro Trillo didn’t let a second-round loss derail his chances of medaling.

Despite Drew’s 30-point game, Alford, Nevada Wolf Pack drop season opener to Utah

RENO —Lindsey Drew is back better than ever. The Nevada Wolf Pack can’t say the same thing right now.

Tuesday, November 5

Suzanne "Sue" Laxalt

Sister Mary Robert, Suzanne "Sue" Marie Laxalt 1925 ~ 2019

Ronald Gutzman

Ronald Gutzman 1935 - 2019

Joseph F. Ricco

Joseph F. Ricco, 90, died November 3, 2019 in Gardnerville, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Nadeen Ruth Crawford

Nadeen Ruth Crawford March 12, 1926 ~ November 3, 2019 Nadeen Ruth Crawford of Carson City, NV passed away on November 3, 2019 at the age of 93, with family by her side.

Gary J. Santora

Gary J. Santora, 65, died October 25, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Jesse Norton Pickett

Jesse Norton Pickett, 89, died November 2, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Senator boys soccer survives Hug behind excellent goalkeeping and a 'hail mary'

For two consecutive years Carson High boys soccer had seen its season conclude at the hands of the Hug Hawks.

Joe Santoro: We’ll see how tough the Nevada Wolf Pack is on Saturday

Jay Norvell would like his Nevada Wolf Pack football program to grow up and become the San Diego State Aztecs someday.

Monday, November 4

Nevada Wolf Pack notes: Norvell takes over play-calling

The Nevada Wolf Pack offense has quietly implemented a drastic change. Head coach Jay Norvell is now calling the plays.

Mountain West rankings: No. 1 Boise State survives San Jose State

The San Jose State Spartans nearly turned Mountain West football upside down Saturday night.

Sunday, November 3

Joseph Franklin Enos

Joseph Franklin Enos August 27, 1964 - September 22, 2019

Nevada football knocks off New Mexico, 21-10

RENO — The Nevada Wolf Pack isn’t worried at this point in the season about piling up any style points.

Saturday, November 2

Robert Schroeder

Robert (Bob) Schroeder Sept 23, 1928 - Oct 2, 2019

Carson, Douglas, Sierra Lutheran and Dayton to all send runners to state

RENO – Carson, Douglas, Dayton and Sierra Lutheran will all have runners striving for the best possible outcome next week at the NIAA State Cross Country Meet at Rancho San Rafael Park after qualifying through Northern Regionals Saturday.

Roger Diez: Truex lining up second championship

Is Martin Truex Jr. on his way to his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship? If his performance last Sunday is any indication, the rest of the field might as well stay home. Truex has always professed to be bad at the short tracks, but he absolutely dominated at the .526-mile Martinsville “paperclip.” He led 464 of the 500 laps, won both stages, and scored the maximum number of points, 60. But most importantly, he punched his ticket to the season finale at Homestead on Nov. 17.

Friday, November 1

Douglas High keeps The Rivalry Trophy with win over Carson High

MINDEN — The Carson and Douglas football game Friday night had a little bit of everything.

Roy Hatch

ROY HATCH, 70, of Carson City passed away October 25, 2019. Arrangements are in care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, (775) 882-4965.

Carson High doubles team wins 4A Northern Regional tennis title

RENO — It was several years in the making, but the Carson High doubles pairing of Eric Tomita and Bradley Wiggins is headed to the state tournament.

Raiders happy to return home after 7 weeks and 20,000 miles

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Raiders have taken nine long flights, traveled about 20,000 miles and overhauled the bottom portion of their roster since last playing a game at the Oakland Coliseum. Having survived the nearly seven-week odyssey by winning two of five games to remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race, the Raiders (3-4) are excited to return for a three-game homestand that will determine how long they will stay in contention.

49ers reach midpoint at 8-0 just 2 years after 0-8 start

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Two years to the day that Jimmy Garoppolo arrived in San Francisco to join an 0-8 team, he played perhaps his best game with the 49ers to improve the team to 8-0. It’s been quite a remarkable turnaround in coach Kyle Shanahan’s third year.

Pack downs Colorado Christian 86-55 in exhibition

RENO (Nevada Athletics) — The University of Nevada men’s basketball team had five players score in double figures on Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center as the Wolf Pack defeated Colorado Christian 86-55 in an exhibition contest. The Pack is 2-0 in exhibition play and host Utah on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the regular season home opener.