The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.
JACKSON, RAIDERS FALL INTO TIE FOR FIRST
Miami (4-8) limited the Raiders to 304 yards of total offense. The Dolphins held the Raiders to 46 yards rushing.
"We didn't play well. That's on me," Jackson told the Associated Press. "I didn't get them ready.
"We couldn't run. We couldn't stop the run. We didn't pass very well. Just a bad day at the office."
Things don't figure to get easier for the Raiders, who will next travel to face the defending
BARDEN COMPETES AGAINST CHAMPIONS
After missing the first half of the season recovering from a broken ankle he sustained last season, former Flintridge Prep standout
Barden grabbed a nine-yard pass from quarterback
Barden spent the beginning of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He was activated Nov. 5.
In five games, Barden has caught seven passes for 84 yards. In 14 career games with the Giants, who drafted the former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo star in the third round in 2009, Barden has caught 13 passes for 184 yards.
The Giants have lost four straight games to drop to 6-6 in the
VICK DEFENDS EAGLES' COACH
With things haven't gone as planned for the
The Eagles, who are coached by former Glendale Community College offensive lineman
Vick, who said he intends to play against the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday, defended Reid on Monday pertaining to speculation that Reid's job might be in jeopardy.
"I'm not concerned about coach Reid's situation," Vick told the Philadelphia Daily News on Monday. "I think everything's going to be just fine.
"We've had our bad breaks, games we should have won. We've put ourselves in awesome positions to be in the ball game, and then just couldn't pull it out, whether on offense or defense. Honestly, I just don't think Coach Reid had anything to do with that.
"To hear [speculation about Reid] really upsets me ... I just know everything's going to be fine."
The Eagles, whose playoff hopes are dwindling, are 1-4 in their last five contests. Philadelphia suffered a 31-14 road loss against the
FOUR AREA TEAMS RANKED
A quartet of area high school teams received rankings after the CIF Southern Section office unveiled its latest polls Monday afternoon.
In girls' soccer, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Flintridge Prep are ranked No. 1 and No. 6 in Division I and Division III, respectively.
The Crescenta Valley girls' water polo team is ranked fourth in Division V and Glendale is eighth.