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Sat. Apr. 26 - Harrisburg, 7:30 p.m.*

Sat. May 3 - Orange County, 7:30 p.m.*

Sat. May 17 - L.A. Galaxy II, 7:30 p.m.*

Sat. June 7 - Arizona United, 7:30 p.m. *

Fri. June 20 - Colorado, 7:30 p.m.

Thu. June 26 - Arizona United, 7:30 p.m.

Mon. July 7 - Orange County, 7:30 p.m.

Thu. July 17 - Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

Sun. July 27 - Pittsburgh, 5:30 p.m.

* Hughes Stadium / All other Cal Expo

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KINGS PICK NIK STAUSKAS AT NO. 8

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 26, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings tonight (Thursday, June 26th) selected University of Michigan guard Nik Stauskas in the first round (8th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
    An early entry candidate, the 6-6, 205-pound Stauskas earned numerous All-American honors and was named the 2013-14 Big 10 Player of the Year after averaging 17.5 points (.470 FG%, .442 3pt%, .824 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 35.6 minutes per game in 36 appearances for the Wolverines during his sophomore campaign. In two seasons with Michigan, Stauskas helped the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament title game in 2013 and a Big Ten Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in 2014, finishing with career averages of 14.1 points (.467 FG%, .441 3pt%, .832 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 32.9 minutes per game in 75 contests. In the Michigan record books, he is ranked second all-time in career free throw percentage, fifth in three-point field goal percentage, eighth in three-point field goals made (172) and 10th in three-point field goals attempted (390).
    Stauskas becomes the first player to be selected out of Michigan by the Kings in franchise history. For the sixth consecutive Draft, the Kings selected an early entry candidate.
 

RUDY GAY EXERCISES OPTION WITH KINGS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 25, 2014) - Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has exercised his contract option for the 2014-15 season, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro announced today.
    “We’re thrilled that Rudy will return to Sacramento next season,” said Kings Chairman and Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé. “He quickly demonstrated consistency both on the court and in the community, and we regard him as a valuable member of our organization moving forward.”
    In his eighth NBA season, Gay was acquired by the Kings along with Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez on December 9, 2013. With the Kings, Gay averaged 20.1 points (.482 FG%, .312 3pt%, .836 FT%), 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.22 steals and 34.4 minutes per game in starting all 55 games he played in. Gay finished the 2013-14 season with averages of 20.0 points (.455 FG%, .330 3pt%, a career-high .822 FT%), 6.0 rebounds, a career-high 2.9 assists, 1.30 steals and 34.7 minutes per game in starting all 73 games he played with Sacramento and Toronto.
    Gay is averaging 18.2 points (.451 FG%, .342 3pt%, .784 FT%), 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.35 steals and 35.9 minutes per game in 585 career contests.

 

KINGS EXTEND OFFER TO THOMAS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 25, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today extended a qualifying offer to Isaiah Thomas, making him a restricted free agent, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
    Thomas, a three-year NBA veteran, has accrued averages of 15.3 points (.447 FGs, .360 3FGs, .857 FTs), 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.03 steals per game through 216 outings (started 153) with Sacramento after being selected No. 60 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
    In accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, in order for a team to retain its right of first refusal with respect to a restricted free agent, the team must tender the player a qualifying offer prior to June 30. A restricted free agent may sign an offer sheet with any team, but is subject to a right of first refusal with the team for which the player last played.
 

A'S REINSTATE REDDICK FROM DL

    OAKLAND, Calif. (June 24, 2014) - The Oakland A’s reinstated outfielder Josh Reddick from the disabled list and placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 23 with a strained left calf, the club announced today.
    Reddick was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 3 retroactive to June 1 with a hyperextended right knee. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento last Wednesday and went 7 for 16 (.438) with three doubles in four games, including a four-hit game Saturday at New Orleans. Reddick was batting .214 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 50 games at the time of his injury.
    Blanks was batting .378 with a .500 on-base percentage over his last 18 games and is hitting .333 with two home runs, seven RBI and a .446 on-base percentage in 21 games overall with the A’s. He began the season at Triple-A El Paso in the San Diego farm system and went 2 for 10 (.200) in five games with the Padres before he was traded to the A’s May 15 for minor leaguers Jake Goebbert and Ronald Herrera. Blanks is eligible to be reinstated July 8.
 

REPUBLIC HOSTS WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC FOR TWO MATCHES

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 23, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC will host Barclays Premier League’s West Bromwich Albion FC on July 21 and July 25 in friendly matches at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. Kickoff time for both matches is 7:30 p.m. The matches will be presented by Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air and Rooter Service.
    Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on July 1 via www.Ticketmaster.com. Republic FC Season Ticket Holders will receive tickets to the match on July 21 through their season ticket package. Pricing and additional details on the match to be released later this week. The match will be broadcast live via www.YouTube.com and www.SacRepublicFC.com.
    The matches are part of an 11-day training trip to U.S. for the Baggies from Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 27. It is the second time in four years the Baggies have headed stateside during pre-season, after a successful trip to California and Oregon ahead of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign.
    The matches versus West Bromwich Albion FC will be one of at least four friendlies hosted by Republic FC during the 2014 season. Other dates include Atlas FC on July 6 and Rangers Football Club on July 19. Future friendlies to be announced in the coming weeks. For a full schedule and tickets visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.

 

KINGS TO PLAY IN SUMMER LEAGUE

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 12, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings will field a team to compete in the 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 11-21 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Sacramento will play at least five games, beginning with its first contest on Friday, July 11, against the San Antonio Spurs.
    This summer’s event will again feature the tournament-style format first debuted last year that will crown the Samsung NBA Summer League Champion on Monday, July 21. The 24 teams – 23 NBA teams and one NBA Development League Select team – will compete in three preliminary round games from July 11-15 before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 21. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games. Seeds 1-8 earn a bye in the first-round games played on Wednesday, July 16.
    The team will provide comprehensive coverage of Summer League at Kings.com. NBA TV will televise Samsung NBA Summer League games from Las Vegas with a complete schedule of games and broadcast information to be released at a later date. Additionally, fans will once again be able to watch, via a subscription-based package, every Samsung NBA Summer League game live on NBA.com and on the NBA Summer League app.
    Tickets for the NBA Summer League 2014 are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets to the Samsung NBA Summer League by visiting NBATickets.com, a comprehensive online ticketing destination for NBA fans or by calling 702-739-FANS. Dedicated customer service for NBATickets.com is available at (866) 357-1136 and by email at www.NBATickets.comResaleSupport@ticketmaster.com.

 

KINGS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Friday July 11 vs. San Antonio 7:00 p.m. Cox Pavilion
Sunday July 13 vs. Charlotte 3:00 p.m. Cox Pavilion
Monday July 14 vs. D-League Select 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center
Game #4 - To be determined after seeding
Game #5 - To be determined after seeding
 

REPUBLIC HOSTS ATLAS FC JULY 6

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 11, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC will host Mexican Liga MX members Atlas FC on July 6, 2014 in a friendly match at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm.
    Tickets will go on-sale for the general public on June 17 via www.Ticketmaster.com. Republic FC Season Ticket Holders will receive tickets to the match through their season ticket package. The match will be broadcast live via www.YouTube.com and available for viewing on www.SacRepublicFC.com.
    “The opportunity that the match versus Atlas FC provides for our fans should not be underestimated,” said Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. “A different brand of football, played by a diverse group of international players, who will be in their final preparatory phase for the start of the Mexican season should ensure an interesting and entertaining night.”
    Atlas FC was founded on August 15, 1916 by a group of young men with the objective of bringing professional soccer to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Atlas FC won the 1951 Mexican League, four Mexico Cup titles and operates one of the most important soccer academies in Mexico for the development of young talent. Atlas FC plays at the 60,000-seat Jalisco Stadium that has hosted matches in both the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups. Brazil’s semi-final and quarterfinal victories in 1970 World Cup were played in Jalisco Stadium. In 2013, Grupo Salinas acquired the club. Atlas FC is currently a member of Liga MX, the first division of the Mexican football league system.
    The match versus Atlas FC is one of at least three friendlies hosted by Republic FC during the 2014 season. Future friendlies to be announced. For a full schedule and additional details, visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.

 

KAEPERNICK GETS SIX-YEAR EXTENSION

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (June 4, 2014) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed QB Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season.
    “Colin’s hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “His work ethic, leadership and on-field production have positively influenced our team, and we look forward to his continued growth in all areas.
    “Our organization always looks to reward our players for their contributions and commitment to the team. Colin’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, along with Paraag Marathe and Brian Hampton, should be commended for working diligently to reach an agreement.”

 

REPUPLIC TO HOST SCOTTISH TEAM JULY 19

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 29, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC will host Scottish League One Champions Rangers Football Club on July 19, 2014 in a friendly match at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. The match will be presented by Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air and Rooter Service.
    Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on June 12 via www.Ticketmaster.com. Republic FC Season Ticket Holders will receive tickets to the match through their season ticket package. The match will be broadcast live via www.YouTube.com and available for viewing on both clubs’ websites.
    “Rangers Football Club is steeped in tradition with a rich and proud history and thousands of supporters around the globe,” said Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. “We are honored to host a club with over 142 years of football tradition as Republic FC embarks on its inaugural season and the creation of what it hopes will be as successful a Club history as Rangers.”
    Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the Rangers are one of the most successful clubs in world football with a record-breaking 54 top flight League Championships, 33 Scottish Cup Final wins, 27 League Cup Final victories and one European Cup Winners’ Cup Final. The club is also the first to win 100 major trophies, which it accomplished the feat following its defeat of Moscow Dynamos in 2001/2002 season. Recently the Club won Division 3 and the Scottish League One title following administration.
    “The trip to America and Canada is a fantastic opportunity to re-introduce Rangers to the North American fans,” said Rangers Manager Ally McCoist. “I am confident the tour will be a success on a number of levels.”
    The match will be one of four friendlies for Rangers during a 12-day preseason tour of North America. It is the Club’s first visit to the U.S. in seven years when it visited in 2007 and played LA Galaxy. Prior to their visit to Sacramento, Rangers will play Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College on July 15.
    The match versus Rangers will be one of at least three friendlies hosted by Republic FC during the 2014 season. Future friendlies to be announced in the coming weeks. For a full schedule and additional details, visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.
 

STRAILY NAMES PCL PITCHER OF WEEK

    WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 26, 2014) - River Cats pitcher Dan Straily has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 19-25—the second such award of his career.
    Straily won both of his starts last week, striking out 15 batters and allowing only one run in his 14 innings pitched. In his first start of the week on May 19 against the El Paso Chihuahuas, Straily permitted just one run on two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work for his first Triple-A win of the year. In his second start of the week, Straily struck out seven Las Vegas 51s, allowing three hits and three walks in seven innings, improving his record to 2-0 on the year.
    Straily is now 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts with the River Cats in 2014. The right-hander was optioned by the Oakland Athletics on May 13 after making the big league club’s Opening Day roster. In three seasons with the River Cats spanning 19 starts, Straily is 11-4 with a 1.99 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 117.1 innings of work. Straily was last named the PCL Pitcher of the Week in 2012 for the week of July 9-15.
    Straily’s next start is scheduled for Thursday, May 29, at Raley Field when the River Cats host the Albuquerque Isotopes at 7:05 p.m.
 

USSA PARTNERS WITH SACRAMENTO KINGS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 20, 2014) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the Sacramento Kings ownership group – Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC, have announced a unique partnership where the Kings will serve as a sales representative for the USSA’s popular Sprint U.S. Grand Prix freeskiing and snowboarding tour. The deal includes global sponsorship sales representation to market and sell property and intellectual rights within Grand Prix, one of the world’s longest running action sports series’. The series is run under the USSA’s U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding brands and this past season served as the Olympic qualifying series.

 

REPUBLIC ANNOUNCES MAY 17 SELLOUT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 16, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC announced today their match on Saturday, May 17 at Hughes Stadium is sold out. Hughes Stadium attendance capacity for a soccer event is 20,231. The sell out is the second by Republic FC this year, tying the record for a USL PRO regular season also set by Republic FC. The sell out falls just short of the USL PRO all-time attendance record of 20,886.
    Republic FC will host the Los Angeles Galaxy II at Saturday’s match. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. There will be no ticket sales on site or walk-up tickets available due to the sell out. Prematch activities include food trucks, BBQ, beer garden, face painters, inflatables, live music by Bell Boys and games for all ages. Tailgating is not permitted on campus or in the parking lot.
    Because of limited parking on site, Republic FC highly recommends that fans take public transportation or carpool to the match. Regional Transit Light Rail will be operating until at least 11 PM at City College Station. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) will be operating two free bike valets; one on campus and one in Curtis Village. Bike riders are encouraged to avoid Freeport Blvd. Bike Maps available at www.SacRepublicFC.com.
    Parking is $10 with limited availability on campus and operate in three locations. Parking is also will be made available in Curtis Village. Parking lots open at 5 p.m.
    Will call will open at 4 p.m. for fans wishing to pick up tickets prior to the match. Access to campus will be available from 12th Street and Sutterville Rd. Additional details on matchday activities, including parking and bike maps, are available on www.SacRepublicFC.com.
    Republic FC will host a fourth match at Hughes Stadium against Arizona United SC on June 7. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, May 20. Tickets may be purchased online with no additional service fees at www.Ticketmaster.com.
 

A'S ACQUIRE BLANKS FROM SAN DIEGO

    OAKLAND, Calif. (May 15, 2014) - The Oakland A’s acquired outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the roster, the A’s designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment. Blanks will join the team in Cleveland tomorrow.
    Blanks began the season at Triple-A El Paso and was batting .265 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 27 games with the Chihuahuas when he was recalled by San Diego May 5. He was tied for second in the Pacific Coast League in home runs at the time of his promotion. The 27-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-10 (.500) in five games with the Padres before he was optioned back to El Paso May 13. Blanks was originally selected by San Diego in the 42nd round of the 2004 draft and made his Major League debut with the Padres in 2009, batting .250 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 54 games. He spent parts of the last six season with San Diego and is a .228 career hitter with 28 home runs and 98 RBI in 239 games. Blanks has appeared in 122 games in left field, 64 at first base and 59 in right field.
    Goebbert was batting .257 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 31 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He was acquired by the A’s from Houston for Travis Blackley April 4, 2013 and is a .278 career hitter with 59 home runs and 343 RBI in 613 games in six seasons in the minors.
    Barton was on the A’s Opening Day roster and was batting .158 with five RBI in 30 games with Oakland. He has spent parts of the last eight seasons with Oakland is a .247 career hitter in 551 games.

 

LEVI'S STADIUM TO HOST PAC-12 TITLE

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (May 15, 2014) - The Pac-12 Conference and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority announced today that the Pac-12 will stage its annual Football Championship Game at Levi’s® Stadium for the next three years. This year’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game will take place on Friday, Dec. 5, and will feature the Pac-12 North champion versus the Pac-12 South champion.
    The move to a neutral site follows three years of playing the game at the home stadiums of one of its participants, and gives the Conference the opportunity to host its biggest game in a state-of-the-art stadium that promises to offer fans the best experience possible.
    “Pac-12 football is among the deepest and best football conferences in the country and deserves the biggest stage,” said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference. “Our Football Championship Game is important for selecting a team for the Rose Bowl and possibly the College Football Playoff, and we are thrilled to offer student-athletes and their fans the ultimate venue to culminate a successful season.”
    Levi’s® Stadium opens for the 2014 football season as the new home for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and world-class events. The inaugural season will also see the venue host a Pac-12 regular season contest between Cal and Oregon on Oct. 24. The facility has already secured the rights to host WrestleMania 31 in March 2015, Super Bowl L in February 2016 and the annual San Francisco Bowl beginning this December, while featuring new and exciting ways for fans to experience live events.
    “The Pac-12 has a tremendous following in the Bay Area, which makes Levi’s® Stadium a fitting host for its marquee game,” said Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers. “We are excited to provide Pac-12 student-athletes, and their fans from across the region, an unparalleled experience for their Football Championship."
    The growing importance of this game makes it a must-attend event for all Pac-12 football fans. Tickets for the 2014 Pac-12 Football Championship Game go on sale to season ticket holders and donors of each Pac-12 institution and Levi’s® Stadium SBL owners starting May 19 at 10 a.m. PT, and then will open to the general public beginning on May 23 at 10 a.m. PT. All tickets will be available on Pac-12.com/tickets.
    Bringing the Pac-12 Football Championship to the heart of Silicon Valley provides the Conference a perfect platform to highlight its universities’ leadership in technology and innovation. As part of the championship game events, the Pac-12 is planning to host an innovation summit with leaders from its universities and titans of the technology industry.
    “This is a positive move for our institutions and fan bases,” said Scott. The neutral site location will allow us to showcase the Conference, our member institutions and important initiatives on a big stage, as well as treat fans to multiple events during championship week, concluded Scott.”
    Since its inception three years ago, Oregon, Stanford, and Arizona State have hosted the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, respectively, as the division winner with the best overall conference record. Last year, Pac-12 North champion Stanford defeated Pac-12 South champion Arizona State 38-14 to earn a berth to the Rose Bowl. It was the second win in a row for Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

 

REPUBLIC ADVANCES IN U.S. OPEN CUP

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 14, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC defeated USL PDL team Ventura County Fusion 2-1 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday, May 14. The team will advance to the third round of play on May 28.
    It was a relatively quiet first 30 minutes of action, with play picking up in the latter stages of the first half. Republic FC had several chances early on and dominated possession, but fell behind in the 36-minute when Agustin Cazarez of Fusion found Jordan Rideout in stride giving the Fusion a 1-0 lead. The forward shot the ball past Republic FC keeper Dominic Jakubek into the back of the net, and held Republic FC scoreless in the first half.
    In the second half, key Republic FC substitutions brought new energy to the field. In the 59-minute, Republic FC capitalized on a free kick from Rodrigo Lopez who crossed the ball to the head of Harrison Delbridge. The defender broke through to score his first goal with the club, as he sent a redirected header into the left corner of the goal past a diving save attempt from Fusion keeper Trey Mitchell.
    Lightning struck again for Republic FC in the 78-minute. Initially, a shot from defender Emrah Kliementa was blocked by Fusion defense, followed by a left-foot bullet from match captain Chad Bartlomé, which was also blocked. However, Dakota Collins followed up the rebound and finished into the back of the net for a 2-1 Republic FC lead. Collins celebrated his second tally of the season, putting him into a five-way tie for the team lead in goals.
    The game got physical in the final minutes, culminating in a violent conduct red card scenario for Fusion defender Javan Torre in the 88-minute, leaving the Fusion to play with 10 players until the final whistle.
    Missing from tonight’s match was Republic FC Head Coach Preki, who is serving a two-match U.S. Open Cup suspension. Head Assistant Coach Rod Underwood instead led the match.
    Both teams had chances with Republic FC outshooting the Fusion 15-8 and winning the corner kick battle 7-1. Republic FC moves forward in U.S. Open Cup play with their 2-1 victory over the Fusion to the third round of the tournament.
    The U.S. Open Cup is a national tournament that includes amateur, semi-pro and professional teams from all leagues in the United States, including MLS, NASL and USL PRO. It is the oldest cup competition in the United States and one of the oldest in the world.
    Republic FC will take on Fresno Fuego FC, a USL PDL team, in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 28. Fuego FC celebrated their own U.S. Open Cup match 2-0 victory over the Orange County Blues FC tonight. The time and site of the Republic FC match against Fresno is TBD.
    Later this week, Republic FC will play a regular season match versus LA Galaxy II at Hughes Stadium on Saturday, May 17. The team is focused on this most immediate match before it resumes its U.S. Open Cup play in two weeks.

 

REPUBLIC MOVES BONNEY FIELD OPENER TO JUNE 20

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 14, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC and Ovations Food Service will open Bonney Field at Cal Expo for its first match on June 20 when Republic FC plays Colorado Rapids Reserve. As a result, Republic FC’s fourth home match on June 7 will be held at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College. Tickets for the June 7 match will go on-sale next Tuesday, May 20 via www.Ticketmaster.com.
    “Even before the first shovel was in the ground, we knew it would be a tight timeline to open a full pitch field at Cal Expo,” said Republic FC President Warren Smith. “Otto Construction, Cal Expo, various vendors and inspections agencies tied to the construction and development of the facility have been amazing. We still anticipate the completion of Bonney Field around the first week of June, but will be cutting it too close to provide the experience we want for our fans and players that are counting the days to that first match on our very own full pitch.”
    The June 7 match, originally intended as the home opener of Bonney Field, will instead take place at Hughes Stadium which has served as a temporary field for Republic FC during Bonney Field’s development. Republic FC smashed league records with a sold out crowd on April 26 and recorded another league-leading crowd of 17,414 on May 3. By hosting a fourth match at Hughes Stadium, soccer fans throughout the region will have an additional opportunity to attend a match at Hughes Stadium before the club moves into the more intimate Bonney Field at Cal Expo.
    Formerly known as the Cal Expo Multi-Use Sports Field Facility, Bonney Field will be an approximately 8,000-seat facility on the grounds of Cal Expo with a “full soccer pitch” or 120 x 80 yard field – one of the largest in the country for a professional soccer club. Construction of the facility began in March 2014 following approval by the Cal Expo Board of Directors.
    The revised opening date will not affect the June 21 USA Rugby vs. Canada Rugby match hosted at Bonney Field. The match is USA Rugby’s debut in Sacramento, Calif. and will position the region on an international stage when broadcasted live on NBC Universal. Additional details and tickets are available at www.usvcanadarugbymatch.com.

    Single match Republic FC tickets for Bonney Field will go on-sale June 12 through Ticketmaster.com. Based on the current capacity and large percentage of season ticket holders, less than 1,000 seats per match will be available for single match sales at Bonney Field.
    For a full schedule and additional details, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

 

SOCCER RETURNS TO RALEY FIELD JULY 9

    WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 9, 2014) - Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 16, at Raley Field’s Round Table Pizza Ticket Office for a July 9 friendly soccer match between defending Mexican Premier League Champion Club Leon and runner-up Club America.
    Club America—one of the most decorated clubs in Liga MX history—makes its Raley Field debut. Having won 11 Liga MX championships and six FIFA club trophies, Club America is one of the most famous and successful soccer teams in the world. Led by head coach Antonio Mohamed and captain Aquivaldo Mosquera, Club America features soccer phenom Raul Jimenez and standout midfielder Luis Angel Mendoza.
    Club Leon—the defending Liga MX Champions—defeated Club America by a score of 4-1 in the Liga MX Title game in December. The team’s leading scorer—Argentinian striker Mauro Boselli—will look to pilot his squad, led by head coach Gustavo Matozas, to another win over Club America, aided by top midfielder Carlos Pena.
    This clash of Liga MX first-division titans continues Raley Field’s tradition of providing world-class soccer. In 2006 Cruz Azul faced off against Monterrey, in 2007 Monterrey returned to face Preston North End of England, in 2010 the San Jose Earthquakes played against Chivas USA, in 2012 Club Morelia competed against San Luis FC, and a year ago, on Sac Pro Soccer Day, Norwich City played Dorados De Sinaloa at Raley Field, marking the first time an English Premier League team played a match in Sacramento.

 

A'S OPTION STRAILY TO SACRAMENTO

    OAKLAND, Calif. (May 9, 2014) - The Oakland A’s optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to Triple-A Sacramento and placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with a muscle strain in his right forearm, the club announced today. To take their spots on the roster, the A’s recalled right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez and left-handed pitcher Joe Savery from Sacramento.
    Straily was 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts with the A’s. He issued 15 walks in 38.1 innings and is tied for the Major League lead with nine home runs allowed. Straily was 0-1 with a 6.04 ERA over his last five starts after going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA over his first two starts.
    Cook was 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA and .140 opponents batting average in 12 relief appearances before straining his right forearm in the 10th inning of the first game of the doubleheader on Wednesday. He began the season on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and was reinstated April 7. Cook logged a 0.96 ERA over his first nine appearances before allowing three runs in 3.0 innings over his last three outings.
    Rodriguez began the season on the disabled list as he continued to recover from his March 27, 2013 “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow. He began a rehab assignment with Sacramento April 3 and appeared in eight games before he was reinstated from the DL and optioned to Sacramento April 29. The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in 11 relief appearances overall with the River Cats. Rodriguez held the opposition to a .217 batting average and did not surrender a home run in 12.1 innings. He did not allow a run over his final eight games and 9.1 innings. Rodriguez last pitched in a Major League game on Oct. 3, 2012 at Chicago for Houston.
    Savery was 4-0 with a save and a 3.86 ERA in 10 relief appearances with the River Cats. He recorded the win in four consecutive relief appearances from April 11 to 25 and is tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League in wins. The 28-year-old left-hander allowed a .319 batting average but had 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings, an average of 10.80 per nine innings Savery was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia Feb. 17, 2014. He compiled a 3-2 record and a 4.15 ERA in 41 appearances in three seasons with the Phillies from 2011-13.
 

A'S SEAN DOOLITTLE SIGNS FOR 5-YEARS

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 18, 2014) - The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle on a new five-year contract for the 2014 through 2018 seasons, the club announced today. The agreement also includes club options for both the 2019 and 2020 season.
    Doolittle, who was converted from a first baseman to pitcher late in the 2011 season, has flourished in his three seasons as a late-inning reliever for Oakland. He has registered a 7-6 record and 3.10 ERA with four saves in 122 career appearances out of the bullpen, allowing 100 hits and striking out 129 batters with a 0.99 WHIP in 125.0 innings. Last season he allowed only two of 32 (6.3%) inherited runners to score, which was the lowest percentage in Oakland history and the sixth best mark in Major League history since the statistic was kept dating back to 1974.
    Originally a compensation pick following the first round of the 2007 First-Year Draft out of the University of Virginia, Doolittle has posted a 0-0 mark with a 3.12 ERA with one save in eight appearances so far this season, yielding seven hits and fanning nine hitters in 8.2 innings of relief.
 

A'S MAKE-UP POSTPONED APR. 4 GAME IN MAY 7 DOUBLEHEADER

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 12, 2014) - The Oakland Athletics announced today that their postponed April 4 game against the Seattle Mariners has been rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader at the O.co Coliseum on Wednesday, May 7. The first game will start at 12:35 p.m. as scheduled and the second game will begin 30 minutes after completion of the opener. One ticket, dated May 7, 12:35 p.m., will be valid for admission to both games.
    Fans holding April 4 tickets can redeem the paid value to another A’s home game during the 2014 regular season, including the May 7 doubleheader, subject to ticket availability. As a thank you to fans that were inconvenienced by the postponed April 4 game, the A’s are offering four complimentary tickets per account to a game during the Seattle series May 5-7. Those ticket holders will be sent an e-mail outlining instructions for redemption. The deadline to redeem is Wednesday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
    Comcast SportsNet California will televise both games of the May 7 doubleheader.
    April 4 tickets can be redeemed at the O.co Coliseum A’s Box Office or mailed to the Oakland Athletics, Attention: Ticket Services/Rainout, P.O. Box 2220, Oakland CA 94621. Please include your name, address, phone number, original tickets and game and price level requested. Due to dynamic pricing, pricing may vary from game to game.
    For more information, including policies on group tickets, suite tickets, complimentary tickets, tickets purchased via StubHub, and parking, please view the Rainout Policy at www.athletics.com/rain.

 

A'S CLAIM WALDEN OFF WAIVERS

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 12, 2014) - The Oakland A’s claimed right-handed pitcher Marcus Walden off waivers from Toronto and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento, the club announced today.
    Walden was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in three relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo. He spent last season in the starting rotation at Double-A New Hampshire where he went 6-14 with a 3.71 ERA in 26 starts. The 25-year-old right-hander was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game and led the league in innings pitched (162.1 ip). Walden was originally selected by Toronto in the ninth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. The Fresno, Calif. native is 32-33 with a 3.73 ERA in 114 appearances, including 90 starts, in seven professional seasons. He has yielded just 23 home runs in 526.2 career innings, an average of 0.39 per nine innings.
 

KINGS RECALL REED FROM RENO

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 14, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today recalled forward Willie Reed from the Kings D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
    The Bighorns’ season came to a close Sunday night with a 115-93 playoff loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Reed averaged 9.5 points (.643 FG%, 1-2 FT), 8.5 rebounds, 2.00 blocks and 25.0 minutes per game in two postseason contests for Reno.
    Reed, a 6-10, 220-pound forward, averaged 13.6 points (.649 FG%, .800 FT%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists 2.4 blocks, and 25.0 minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Bighorns this season. He scored in double-figures in all five appearances and recorded two double-doubles.
    Earlier this season, Reed played for the NBA D-League Springfield Armor and averaged 14.8 points (.590 FG%, .612 FT%), 10.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.6 blocks per game in 31.8 minutes per game in 44 games, of which he started 33.
    Reed previously played with Sacramento during the 2012 preseason when he averaged 0.8 points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT), 1.0 rebounds, and 2.8 minutes per game in four preseason contests before being waived. He went on to play in his first stint for the Springfield Armor, earning Honorable Mention All-Development League Team honors after averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game before joining the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the season.
 

A'S RE-INSTATE GENTRY, ASSIGN FULD

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 12, 2014) - The Oakland A’s reinstated outfielder Craig Gentry from the 15-day disabled list and designated outfielder Sam Fuld for assignment, the club announced today.
    Gentry was placed on the 15-day DL March 29 retroactive to March 21 with a lower back strain. He did not play in a Major League game during the spring and began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton a week ago today. Gentry was transferred to Triple-A Sacramento Monday and went 6-for-12 (.500) with a double and four RBI in three games with both clubs. He started games at all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment. Gentry was acquired from the Texas Rangers December 3, 2013 with Josh Lindblom for Michael Choice and Chris Bostick after batting .280 in 106 games with Texas in 2013.
    Fuld was on the A’s Opening Day roster and was batting .200 with two triples, a home run and four RBI in seven games. He started games at all three outfield positions, including each of the last four in center field. Fuld was 2 for 17 (.118) on the road trip after going 4 for 13 (.308) on the first homestand.

 

SACRAMENTO HOSTS AMGEN TOUR

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 9, 2014) - In what is shaping up as the most competitive women’s cycling series ever staged in the U.S., the 2014 Amgen Tour of California will welcome 20 high-caliber teams from around the world to compete in a women’s circuit race on May 11, in Sacramento.
    For the circuit race, World and National Champions, Olympic medalists, and women from the top professional, national and composite teams will face off in Sacramento with the State Capitol as the backdrop following the start of the men’s eight-day stage race. The U.S. professional teams selected for the circuit race include: Team Specialized-lululemon, UCI’s second-ranked women’s team and World Team Time Trial Champions for two years running; UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, which has earned overall victories at the Tour de San Luis and the Tour of El Salvador in their debut year as a team; TWENTY16 Pro Cycling, the only U.S. women’s road team to earn medals in the London Olympic Games; Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, whose roster includes several riders for the U.S. national team as part of a Spring Classics campaign in Europe; and Team TIBCO, the top NRC-ranked team in the U.S in 2013, and the longest running women's team in North America.
    “We feel very privileged to have such exceptional women’s cycling talent in Sacramento as part of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “Hosting the overall start of the men’s race is something Sacramento is very proud of and adding a women’s race just makes the day all the more special.”
    This is the first time in race history the Amgen Tour of California will host both a women’s time trial and a circuit race, bringing fans more women’s competition than any other event of its kind. The women’s circuit race will be capped at 115 riders, a massive field that will add to the excitement as these stellar athletes race around California’s State Capitol building along a four-corner, 1.25-mile circuit course. The top three finishers will secure their team a coveted individual time trial position, allowing those teams to put their best time trial specialists in the mix the following day.
    For more information regarding the Amgen Tour of California overall start in Sacramento, visit www.sacsports.com/amgentour.

 

SACRAMENTO HOSTS RUGBY JUNE 21

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 9, 2014) - The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), in partnership with the Sacramento Republic FC, is pleased to announce USA Men’s Rugby will be matching up against the Canadian Rugby team on June 21, 2014 in Sacramento, CA. The match will take place at the new Cal Expo Multi-Use Sports Field and broadcast nationally on NBC Universal with a 3:00 p.m. start.
    “We are excited that a match of this caliber will take place at the new stadium at Cal Expo, especially since rugby has long been part of Sacramento’s sports history,” said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “Even better, this highly followed international match-up holds broad spectator appeal and also offers us the opportunity to showcase our beautiful city.”
    Although rugby is played at many levels in the Sacramento region, this is the first time that the USA Men’s Rugby team, the Eagles, will compete on a local pitch. The Eagles are currently ranked 18th in the World and have a fierce rivalry with Canada, currently ranked 15th.
    "The northern California region is a rugby hotbed and we're excited to have the Eagles play here in Sacramento," USA Rugby Events Director Jen Gray said. "The area has produced Eagles like Eric Fry, Blaine Scully and Louis Stanfill, with a number of others in the pipeline. The support from the Sacramento rugby community, along with support from our partners at the republic and Sacramento sports commission will ensure us a large turnout to help cheer on the Eagles."
    Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 15. For more information about the match taking place on June 21, please visit http://usvcanadarugbymatch.com/.

 

RICHMOND NAMED TO HALL OF FAME

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 7, 2014) - Mitch Richmond, the Sacramento Kings all-time leading scorer who played many of his most productive seasons with the team, was named on Monday to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He becomes the 14th player in franchise history and the first during the Sacramento-era to earn Hall of Fame induction. Enshrinement festivities are scheduled to take place on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 in Springfield, Mass.
    Richmond is joined in the Class of 2014 by Alonzo Mourning, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Nolan Richardson, Guy Rodgers, Gary Williams, David Stern, the Immaculata University teams of the 1970s and former Kings guard Sarunas Marciulionis.
    Selected fifth overall by Golden State in the 1988 NBA Draft, Richmond spent three years with the Warriors and was named Rookie of the Year following the 1988-89 campaign. He was then traded to Sacramento along with Les Jepsen and a second-round draft pick on Nov. 1, 1991, in exchange for Billy Owens.
    Richmond proceeded to make indelible marks on the franchise—impressions that remain strewn throughout Kings annals today. Known fittingly and admiringly by fans, teammates and opponents as “Rock,” the moniker described both a style of play and his monumental importance to the team. Coupled with an ability to score at will and shoot for high percentages, Richmond’s lock-down defensive intensity routinely stifled some of the best scorers in the game. It was this rare capacity to impact contests on each end of the court which landed him on six consecutive All-NBA Teams during his tenure in Sacramento, where he averaged 23.3 points per game. When asked to share thoughts regarding Richmond, Michael Jordan was oft-quoted as saying the Kansas State product was one of “the toughest players he ever guarded.”
    The basketball prowess long on display for Kings fans reached a national audience when Richmond was named MVP of the 1995 All-Star Game, registering 23 points in just 22 minutes off the bench. The following summer, he added an Olympic gold medal to his mantle when USA defeated future Kings great Vlade Divac and Yugoslavia at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He also won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
    “I would like to thank the Kings organization for seven unforgettable years in Sacramento,” said Richmond. “My time in a Kings uniform playing to the support of the most raucous and passionate fans in the NBA certainly played a significant role in making it to the Hall of Fame. I also want to express my appreciation to all of the terrific teammates, coaches, front office personnel and staff who helped make those seasons special.”
    Before his illustrious tenure in Sacramento came to a close following the 1997-98 season, Richmond’s name was emblazoned in the record book, a placeholder as the Sac-era leader in points (12,070), field goals made (4,230), field goals attempted (9,338) and free throws made (2,617) and attempted (3,088). He also stands second behind Peja Stojakovic in games played (517) and Doug Christie in steals (670). He trails only Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman in all-time franchise scoring and sits second behind Stojakovic in three-pointers made (993) and attempted (2,460).
    Richmond’s legacy and contributions to the franchise were celebrated on Dec. 5, 2003 when he became the first player in Sac-era history to have his jersey retired. With career averages of 21.0 points (.455 FG%, .388 3pt%, .850 FT%), 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over 976 contests, he is one of only 39 players on the NBA’s all-time scoring list to amass more than 20,000 points. He posted at least 21.0 points per contest in 10 consecutive seasons from 1988-89 – 1997-98. Additionally, he ranks 29th in league history with 1,326 three-pointers made, 34th in scoring average and 37th in points scored.
    He culminated a 14-year career by spending three seasons as a member of the Washington Wizards (1998-99 – 2000-01) and winning an NBA Championship in his final campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers (2001-02).
    Richmond currently serves as the Sacramento Kings Director of Pro Personnel.


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