The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.
JACKSON, RAIDERS GET BY BEARS
The Raiders (7-4) are in first place for the first time in December since 2002, when they advanced to the
Against Chicago, Oakland intercepted three passes and received a team-best six field goals from
"Our two kickers are fantastic," Jackson told the Associated Press. "There's not another punter or kicker in the National Football League I would ever want to have on the football team.
"I said to the team when this was over, those were the two men who were here the last time this team was 7-4. Those guys have a lot to do with it. They did a tremendous job."
REID, EAGLES LOSE BIG TO PATRIOTS
After seemingly getting back on track with a victory against the
To complicate matters, Philadelphia will have an abbreviated week to prepare for its next game. The Eagles will travel to Seattle for a 5 p.m. PDT Thursday contest.
Philadelphia entered the season with great expectations, including being picked to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004. The Eagles, who brought in several high-priced free agents, are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
Even the boisterous Philadelphia fans vented their frustration during the second half, calling for Reid to be fired.
"The way we played, I can understand," Reid told the Associated Press.
Several Philadelphia players defended Reid, including reserve quarterback
"Andy's a tremendous guy," Young who completed 26 of 48 passes for a career-best 400 yards, told the Associated Press. "I have the utmost respect for him.
"Fans don't understand some of the situations that goes on during the game. You can't put it all on Andy. We're going to always continue to keep fighting hard, playing hard for him."
VAQUEROS EARN CONFERENCE HONORS
Though the Glendale Community College women's volleyball team finished 9-16 and 4-8 in the Western State Conference, five Vaqueros showed improvement and earned all-conference accolades.
Sophomore middle blocker/setter Cami Martin was named to the first team, while sophomore outside hitter/middle blocker Sara Kert and sophomore libero Racquel Valenzuela earned spots on the second team. Freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Angela Gaignard and freshman setter Laila Souktani received honorable mention.
Martin, a La Cañada High graduate, finished with 184 kills, 103 digs and a team-best 74 blocks in 70 games played.
Kert contributed a team-high 214 kills and 43 aces in 82 games. Valenzuela, a Holy Family graduate, collected a team-best 514 digs in 90 games.