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Raiders lease keeps team in Oakland for now ...

Owner Mark Davis hires former 49ers executive Larry MacNeil, who helped spearhead Levi's Stadium deal in Santa Clara. 
No more free Coliseum BART parking for A's, Warriors and Raiders games
BART board votes to formalize a fee structure for charging game day parking at its Coliseum parking lot from between $7 and $30. The agency has charged on and off over the years, depending on the popularity of teams. 

BART parking fees may rise as much as $30 for O.co Coliseum, Oracle Arena events
The BART board of directors will take up a policy at its meeting Thursday to charge between $7 and $30 on an event-by-event basis, BART officials said. 

Guest commentary: Residents must be involved in any stadium deal with Raiders, A's
San Francisco is beaming with pride as the site for the Super Bowl. On our side of the bay, we are proud, too -- for our Oakland teams, but also for the pride we take in our good union jobs at the Coliseum and Oracle Arena and for the East Oakland neighborhood surrounding the stadiums. 

A's catcher Vogt has elbow surgery, will miss start of spring training
Stephen Vogt had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove a bone chip and could be sidelined for up to six weeks. 

A's Gray accepts leadership role at 26
A's right-hander Sonny Gray was unable to persuade left-hander Scott Kazmir to re-sign with Oakland, meaning the A's rotation will rely more than ever on Gray to carry the banner for a team that lost 94 games last year, the most in the American League.  

A's rotation a mystery behind Sonny Gray
At Oakland A's FanFest on Sunday, manager Bob Melvin admitted that rotation 'isn't settled.' 

Development rights no cure-all for Raiders stadium shortfall
The Raiders insistence on preserving most of the 120-acre Coliseum site for tailgating and pressure to build affordable housing could limit the value of development rights that both the team and city hope can help pay for a new stadium 

Oakland A's giving away Sean Doolittle gnome that plays Metallica
The A's have raised the giveaway bar by announcing a Sean Doolittle gnome that actually plays a Metallica song. 

As trial was to start, settlement reached in MLB TV dispute
Just as a trial was to begin, Major League Baseball and a group of its fans who had sued reached agreement Tuesday to expand the menu of online packages for televised games and lower prices. 

St. Louis Cardinals GM fears National League moving toward designated hitter
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says momentum has changed as NL front-office personnel soften their opposition to the DH. 

A's sign Reddick, Rodriguez to one-year deals
The Oakland A's have cleared all the potential salary arbitration cases off their books by agreeing on one-year contracts with right fielder Josh Reddick and right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez on Friday. 

A's, Valencia agree to one-year, $3.15 million contract
The Oakland A's agreed to terms with infielder Danny Valencia on a one-year contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration.  

Griffey, Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016, while Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get closer.
 

Cleveland Browns hire former baseball executive DePodesta
Former A's assistant general manager Paul DePodesta hired by Cleveland Browns as chief strategy officer.
 

Former A's pitcher Dan Haren tells much on Twitter
Haren retired after the 2015 season, and he's decided not to keep many secrets. 

A's Liam Hendriks flies the world to watch Canadiens
Reliever Liam Hendriks has monster journey to watch Montreal in NHL Winter Classic Friday. 

2015 was the year women invaded men's pro sports
In 2015, women broke down barriers to coach in the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as make other off-the-field gains in officiating and broadcasting. 

2015 Bay Area sports: Golden State Warriors dominated hardwood, headlines
From championship parades to league MVPs to 37-point quarters to encores to celebrity toddlers, no one could keep up with the Golde State Warriors. 

A's make Henderson Alvarez signing official
Right-hander Henderson Alvarez signs one-year deal that could be worth $5.6 million if he reaches all his incentives, but injuries might prevent him from starting season on time. 

Oakland A's dealing with death again
Eighteen months after Bob Welch died at 57, A's mourning Dave Henderson 

Former A's standout Dave Henderson dies at 57
Former A's standout Dave Henderson, known for his ever-present gap-toothed smile and postseason heroics, has died at age 57 

A's, Jarrod Parker agree to one-year deal
Oakland A's right-hander Jarrod Parker will try to win spot in rotation after missing the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. 

Former Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez says he's joining the A's
Henderson Alvarez, who is recovering from shoulder surgery in July, announces on Instagram that he has agreed to terems on a contract with the Oakland A's for the 2016 season. 

The force awakens in A's closer Sean Doolittle
Left-hander feeds his Star Wars geek side as new film debuts 

Suffering baseball withdrawal? These might help
For baseball fans suffering through their annual pangs of withdrawal caused by winter, there is still more than a month before the first pitchers and catchers report for the start of spring training. For those same fans, however, there are just two more weeks left until Christmas morning arrives with gifts that can help bridge the gap between the end of the World Series and the start of the 2016 season. 

A's make it official with relievers Madson, Axford
Ryan Madson and John Axford have closed in the past and give the Oakland A's a pair of experienced arms if Sean Doolittle has more shoulder woes in 2016. 

A's planning to expand Mark Canha's role
Mark Canha was a Rule 5 pick at last year's winter meetings who impressed the A's with his bat; he could play first base and left field in 2016. 

Baseball: Protective netting for fans recommended
The New York Mets filled a key spot by obtaining second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh for pitcher Jon Niese 

A's deal Brett Lawrie to Chicago White Sox for two prospects
Lawrie spent one year with Oakland after being obtained last off-season for Josh Donaldson, the American League's 2015 MVP. 

 
 
 
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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7