Roundup: Beast Mode comes home to the Oakland Raiders

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It’s official now: Formerly-retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been traded to the Oakland Raiders. He has a two-year deal for a base of $9 million with a max value of $16.5 million.


The NFL Draft is here, and ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay has the Los Angeles Chargers selecting Solomon Thomas with the No. 7 overall pick in his final mock draft. Other mock drafts have had Thomas going as high as No. 2.

Washington State

Required reading, if you haven’t already – make sure to set aside some time for Ryan Leaf’s letter to his younger self on The Players’ Tribune. Boy this is some real stuff.


Meanwhile, Kyle Goon catches up with former Utah football offensive lineman Garett Bolles as he waits to hear his name called (most likely) Thursday night. If he does go in the first round, he will be the first Ute to go in the top 32 since Star Lotulelei in 2013.


Brian Howell writes that former Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau is hoping for a shot with an NFL team. He likely won’t be drafted but there’s a good chance he could sign as a free agent after the draft.


Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star makes the NFL Draft case for Trey Griffey who caught 79 passes for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns for his whole career at Arizona.

Oregon State

Gina Mizell gives us an NFL Draft Preview of Oregon State wide receiver Victor Bolden. Mizell writes that Bolden is a borderline draft pick.


More good news for USC men’s basketball – Elijah Stewart is returning to USC. Two weeks ago, he declared for the NBA Draft but didn’t sign with an agent (Joey Kaufman, Orange County Register).


Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports writes this feature story on Lonzo Ball as he discusses the possibility of Ball playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers (though Ball says he’d play for any team). Also, congrats to UCLA for winning the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships and sophomore Lilia Vu for winning the individual title.


Markelle Fultz went on the 6 p.m. (ET) SportsCenter with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith Wednesday, and in this clip, he talks about playing against Lonzo Ball.

Arizona State

Jeff Metcalfe writes about the possibility of Arizona State baseball not winning 30 games this year. The Sun Devils have won at least 30 games 54 years in a row.


Oregon acrobatics and tumbling is competing at the national championships beginning Thursday at Azusa Pacific University. The top-seeded Ducks are looking for their fifth national title.

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