SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 1,
2014) - Sacramento Republic FC will play a friendly match versus MLS club,
Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on September
30 at 7:30 p.m. MT.
Tickets to the friendly match will go on sale to the general public
Monday, August 4. Tickets are available at the Rio Tinto Stadium box
office, online at www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets or by calling (801)
The matchup marks the first-ever meeting between Sacramento
Republic FC and Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake is currently second in the
MLS Western Conference; five points behind the MLS leading Seattle
Sounders FC. The match will be the first friendly match of the season for
Real Salt Lake against a USL PRO club. The Real Salt Lake Reserves have
played two USL PRO clubs this season – Richmond Kickers to a scoreless
draw in Richmond on July 6 and falling 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 25.
The match will provide an opportunity for Republic FC forward
Justin Braun to play in his hometown. Braun appeared in two matches for
Real Salt Lake kit during the 2012 season. This will be the second time
that Braun will face Real Salt Lake since leaving there in 2013.
Republic FC will continue their USL PRO season on Saturday,
August 2 in Peoria, Ariz. where they take on Arizona United SC. The match
will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Updates will also be
provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #AZUvSRFC.
A'S ACQUIRE LESTER, GOMES FROM SOX
OAKLAND, Calif. (July 31,
2014) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired three-time All-Star starting
pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder/designated hitter Jonny Gomes and
received cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for
All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and the A’s 2015 Competitive Balance
Draft Pick, the team announced today. Corresponding 40-man and 25-man
roster moves will be announced at a later time.
Lester, a 30-year-old left-hander who starred on Boston’s World Series
championship teams in 2007 and last year, brings the second-best winning
percentage among American League active pitchers to Oakland. The Tacoma,
Wash. native has posted a 110-63 record (.636) and 3.64 ERA in 242 games,
241 starts in nine Major League seasons, allowing 1426 hits in 1519.1
innings. Lester went 76-34 (.691) from 2006-2011 for the Red Sox, which
was the sixth highest winning percentage by an American League pitcher in
their first six Major League seasons since 1901. His current 1,386 career
strikeouts are the most by a left-handed pitcher in Boston franchise
He has registered a 10-7 record and 2.52 ERA in 21 games, all
starts, for the last-place Red Sox this season. His ERA ranks fifth among
American League starting pitchers. Lester, named an AL All-Star in 2010,
2011 and this year, has fanned 149 batters and walked only 32 in 143.0
innings pitched. He has particularly shined in post-season play, having
compiled the third-best ERA (30 innings min.) in Boston history, with his
1.97 figure only trailing Babe Ruth (0.87) and Ernie Shore (1.82). Last
season, Lester recorded a 15-8 mark and 3.75 ERA in 33 starts, leading
Boston in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts. He is also an
author of a no-hitter against Kansas City May 19, 2008 in Fenway Park,
becoming the first Red Sox southpaw to accomplish that feat since Mel
Parnell in 1956.
Gomes, a fan favorite in Oakland in 2012, returns to the
Athletics for a second time . The 11-year Major League veteran is a .244
career hitter with 147 doubles, 14 triples, 155 home runs and 495 RBI in
1,074 games. Thus far in 2014, he is batting .234 (49-209) with six
homers, 32 RBI and 26 walks in 78 games. During Boston’s 2013 World Series
championship season, the Petaluma, Calif. native hit .247 with 13 homers
and 52 RBI in 116 games, and hit a game-winning three-run homer in the
sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against St. Louis.
The 33-year-old outfielder played a pivotal role in Oakland’s
turnaround season in 2012, hitting .262 with 18 home runs, 47 RBI and a
career-high .377 on-base percentage in 99 games for the AL West champions.
He led the Major Leagues with a .480 batting average (12-for-25) with two
outs and runners in scoring position, and his average of one home run
every 15.5 at-bats ranked 10th in the American League.
Cespedes, named to the 2014 American League All-Star team,
was batting .256 with 26 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs and 67 RBI
in 101 games for the A’s. He ranked among the AL leaders in extra-base
hits (46, 6th-tied) and RBI (9th-tied). The Cuban native has batted .262
with 72 doubles, 12 triples, 66 home runs and 229 RBI in 365 games during
his three seasons in Oakland.
A'S ACQUIRE SAM FULD FROM TWINS
OAKLAND, Calif. (July 31,
2014) - The Oakland A’s acquired outfielder Sam Fuld from the Minnesota
Twins for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, the club announced today.
Fuld was signed by Oakland to a minor league contract February 5 and was
on the A’s Opening Day roster. He went 6 for 30 (.200) with two triples, a
home run and four RBI in seven games before he was designated for
assignment April 12 when Craig Gentry was reinstated from the disabled
list. The 32-year-old left-handed hitter was claimed off waivers by
Minnesota April 20 and hit .274 with a home run and 17 RBI in 53 games
with the Twins. Fuld is batting .263 in 60 games overall, including 45 in
center field, 11 in left field and five in right field. He batted .358
with 16 walks and a .476 on-base percentage in 23 games in July.
Milone was on the A’s Opening Day roster and went 6-3 with a
3.55 ERA and .245 opponents batting average in 16 starts before he was
optioned to Triple-A Sacramento July 5 after the A’s acquired Jeff
Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. After going 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA
over his first five starts, Milone was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over his final
11 starts. The 27-year-old left-hander is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA and .318
opponents batting average in four starts with Sacramento. Milone was one
of four players acquired by the A’s from Washington following the 2011
season in the Gio Gonzalez trade and was 31-22 with a 3.84 ERA in 75
games, including 73 starts, in three seasons with Oakland.
KINGS SIGN ERIC MORELAND
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July
30, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland to a contract,
according to Kings
Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not
The 6-10, 218-pound forward-center averaged 3.5 points (.444
FG%, .500 FT%), 8.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, a team-high 2.7 blocks and 19.2
minutes per game in six games off the bench for the Kings Samsung NBA
Summer League 2014 Championship squad. Moreland led all players in Las
Vegas with 16 blocks and his blocks per game average was the highest among
all players seeing action in at least four games.
A two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention, Moreland
finished his career at Oregon State in 2013-14 as the Beavers’ all-time
leader in blocked shots (184) and blocks per game (2.07 bpg).
49ERS SIGN ALFONSO SMITH
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (July
29, 2014) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed RB
Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal. In order to make room on the roster, the
team has waived/injured G Fouimalo Fonoti.
Smith (6-1, 209) originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an
undrafted free agent in 2010. He spent four seasons with the Cardinals,
playing in 43 games and registering 48 carries for 156 yards and two
touchdowns, while adding 13 special teams tackles. In 2013, Smith appeared
in all 16 regular season games and registered 18 carries for 54 yards and
one touchdown and had six special teams tackles.
A 27-year-old native of Louisville, KY, Smith played
collegiately at Kentucky where he appeared in 49 games for the Wildcats
over four seasons and tallied 957 yards and eight touchdowns on 215
Fonoti (6-4, 310) signed as an undrafted free agent with the
49ers on May 12, 2014.
A'S REINSTATE CALLASPO FROM DL
OAKLAND, Calif. (July 27,
2014) - The Oakland Athletics have reinstated infielder Alberto Callaspo
from the 15-day disabled list and optioned first baseman Nate Freiman to
Triple-A Sacramento, the team announced today.
Callaspo was placed on the DL July 12 with a right hamstring strain. He
appeared in one game on a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton last
night, a start at second base (also appeared at third base). Callaspo is
batting .234 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 83 games. He has started
at least 10 games at four different positions, including 29 at designated
hitter, 18 at second base, 16 at first base and 13 at third base. He is
the first Athletic to start at least 10 games at four different positions
since Jason Giambi in 1996.
Freiman was batting .212 with one home run and six RBI in 14
games. He was recalled from Sacramento June 29 for his first stint with
the A’s this season and started eight of the A’s 23 games since then at
first base. Freiman was leading the Pacific Coast League and tied for
fourth in all of minor league baseball with 69 RBI at the time of his
promotion. He was batting .277 with 14 home runs in 76 games for
A'S ACQUIRE McGUIRE FROM TORONTO
OAKLAND, Calif. (July 25,
2014) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed pitcher Deck
McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations, the team
announced today. McGuire will be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
McGuire is 6-9 with a 4.21 ERA in 20 starts between Double-A
New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. McGuire, 25, began the season with New
Hampshire and was 3-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts before he was promoted
to Buffalo, where he went 3-5 with a 5.56 ERA. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder
was selected in the first round, 11th overall, by Toronto in the 2010
A'S RECALL SCRIBNER FROM SACRAMENTO
OAKLAND, Calif. (July 24,
2014) - The Oakland A’s recalled right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from
Triple-A Sacramento and designated right-handed pitcher Jim Johnson for
assignment, the club announced today.
Scribner was on the A’s Opening Day roster and tossed 1.1 scoreless
innings in two appearances before he was optioned to Sacramento April 7.
He returned for a second stint June 17 but did not appear in a game before
he was sent back to the River Cats June 20. The 29-year-old right-hander
is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and .243 opponents batting average in 31 games with
Sacramento and ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 14 saves.
Scribner has 57 strikeouts in 37.2 innings, an average of 13.62 strikeouts
per nine innings, and has walked just seven for a strikeout-to-walk ratio
Johnson was 4-2 with two saves, one blown save, a 6.92 ERA
and .353 opponents batting average in 38 relief appearances with the A’s.
The ERA is the highest among Major League relievers as is his .434
opponents on-base percentage. His opponents batting average is the highest
in the American League. Johnson has allowed 12 runs on 13 hits in 4.1
innings over his last five games.
A'S REINSTATE REDDICK FROM DL
OAKLAND, Calif. (July 22,
2014) - The Oakland A’s reinstated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day
disabled list, the club announced today. The A’s also announced that
infielder Andy Parrino was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following the
Reddick was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 29 with a
right knee strain. He began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton July
14 and went 9 for 21 (.429) with two doubles, three home runs and eight
RBI in five games with the Ports. This was his second stint on the DL this
season as he was also out from June 1-23 with a hyperextended right knee.
Reddick appeared in just four games between injuries, going 5 for 11
(.455), and is batting .229 with four home runs and 24 RBI in 54 games
overall with Oakland.
Parrino was recalled from Sacramento July 12 for his second
stint with the A’s this year and went 2 for 6 (.333) in three games. He
was batting .250 in five games overall with Oakland.
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
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
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
“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
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
KINGS EXTEND OFFER TO THOMAS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June
25, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today extended a qualifying offer to
Isaiah Thomas, making him a
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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