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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Russell's return to Oakland is TKO

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Weird story out of Oakland.

The Oakland Tribune reports that former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell showed up to a boxing match Saturday night at the arena adjacent the Oakland Coliseum. He reportedly arrived for the bout very late and the former LSU star was dressed in Alabama garb and wore sunglasses in the arena.

Fans quickly recognized Russell and he was roundly booed and heckled. Clearly, if Russell thought Oakland fans have forgotten about his 7-18 tenure in Oakland, which ended in May when the Raiders cut him, he was wrong.

Other AFC West Sunday notes:

The Oakland Tribune makes a pitch for the Raiders to sign veteran center Kevin Mawae. Why not? It wouldn’t hurt Oakland, which needs experience and toughness on the offensive line.

The Kansas City Star pumps up the Chiefs' rookie class. Everything I’ve heard about this class has been positive. It will be fun to see how the class fares this season.

Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has offered to do his part for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is trying to make a few more cents than Asomugha.

The Chargers’ website has an insightful look into what makes general manager A.J. Smith tick.

Mark Schlereth offers some photo fun from John Elway’s 50th birthday party. Yes, Elway is turning 50 next week.