The Sloan Sports Conference awarded the Raiders a big trophy for trading away the star pass rusher by Will Brinson @WillBrinson Mar 19, 2019 at 11:29 am ET • 3 min read Way back before the 2018 NFL season, the Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Bears, a deal that would have a wide-ranging impact on the outcome of various football games. Chicago thrived, winning its division on the back of its defense, while the Raiders struggled to generate any pass rush and limped to a four-win season. Universally, the deal was panned. Until the Sloan Sports Conference anyway, when a bunch of analytically-minded folks in the sports space decided to hand the Raiders a giant trophy as part of being named winner of the "Best Transaction" award.Yes, the trade of Khalil Mack -- largely ripped by everyone, including yours truly right here on this website -- was considered the Best Transaction in all of sports in 2018 from an analytical perspective.So, uh, why? … [Read more...] about Raiders receive ‘Best Transaction’ award at analytics conference for trading Khalil Mack to Bears
By Eric Ting, SFGATE Updated 7:50 pm PDT, Monday, March 18, 2019 Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears encourages the crowd to cheer during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Bears defeated the Packers 24-17. less Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears encourages the crowd to cheer during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Bears defeated the Packers ... more Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears encourages the crowd to cheer during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The … [Read more...] about Raiders win analytics award for trading Khalil Mack to the Bears
Qatar punished unwelcoming hosts United Arab Emirates 4-0 in a politically charged clash marred by disgraceful behaviour from shoe-throwing fans Tuesday to reach their first Asian Cup final. The Qataris, whose national anthem was drowned out by boos before the game, face Japan in Friday's final after goals from Boualem Khoukhi, Almoez Ali, Hasan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismaeil sealed victory for the 2022 World Cup hosts in Abu Dhabi. As they celebrated a famous win and record sixth clean sheet at a single Asian Cup, plastic bottles rained down from angry local fans -- as they had for each Qatari goal, with midfielder Salem Al-Hajri even hit on the head after their third. "It wasn't an easy situation," admitted Qatar coach Felix Sanchez. "The players were aware there was going to be a lot of pressure but they managed their emotions quite well -- I'm very proud of them." A match bristling with regional tension over the long-standing Gulf blockade of Qatar quickly burst into life as a meaty … [Read more...] about Sports Qatar pelted with shoes as they stomp UAE to reach Asian final Vietnam to beef up prevention following rapid spread of African swine fever
By Jerry McDonald | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 28, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: February 28, 2019 at 6:02 am The new league year begins March 13 with the start of free agency, but the 2019 season unofficially started this week with the NFL Scouting Combine. Beat writers Matt Schneidman (Raiders) and Cam Inman (49ers) have got you covered in Indianapolis for their respective teams. Here are some other issues to be sorted out in a league-wide sense between now and free agency, the draft, minicamps, training camps and finally the playing of games. The Donald/Mack effect Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, the NFL’s top two defensive talents got paid in a huge way last season, getting a cool $174 million or so guaranteed between them. Donald got his contract with the Los Angeles Rams the conventional way, while Mack staged a holdout while still under contract with the Raiders and agent Joel Segal orchestrated a trade to the Chicago Bears. And … [Read more...] about How will Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald deals affect potential D-line free agents?
By Jerry McDonald | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 21, 2019 at 5:30 am | UPDATED: February 21, 2019 at 5:31 am ALAMEDA — If we learned anything about the Raiders last season it’s that that they’re going to be conscious of their budget. How else do you explain trading away Khalil Mack because his asking price on a new contract far exceeded what the Raiders were willing to pay? With that in mind, go ahead and expect the Raiders to be wary of unrestricted free agents, even those at a position of need. Free agency doesn’t get underway until March 13, but NFL teams were able to place franchise and transition tag designations on players Tuesday, although none have been applied as of yet. The good news is there are at least four players with the ability to rush the passer that who could help an area that has been a problem for the Raiders even when Mack was on the roster. The bad news is all four — DeMarcus Lawrence … [Read more...] about What the Khalil Mack trade tells us about Raiders in free agency