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Last Updated: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 - 2 p.m.

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.

 

A'S REINSTATE COOK FROM DL

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 7, 2014) - The Oakland A’s reinstated right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner to Triple-A Sacramento, the club announced today.
    Cook was placed on the DL March 29 retroactive to March 21 with right shoulder tendinitis. He had a two-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on Thursday and Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Cook did not appear in a Major League game this spring.
    Scribner was on the A’s Opening Day roster and did not allow a base runner in two appearances, retiring all four batters he faced in 1.1 innings. He compiled a 5.25 ERA and .286 opponents batting average in nine games during the spring.

 

RAIDERS ADD PUNTER DANIEL ZYCHLINSKI

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Apr. 4, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent P Daniel Zychlinski (zuh-KLIN-skee), General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    Zychlinski played at Stanford from 2008-12, seeing action in 41 games, and punted 97 times for 4,096 yards (42.2 avg.).
    He had his best season as a fifth-year senior in 2012, punting 66 times for 2,846 yards and a 43.1 average, the fifth-best total in school history.
    A native of Tampa, Fla., the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder was ranked as the No. 9 punter in the nation coming out of high school according to Scout.com.

 

A'S RECALL RHP LINDBLOM FROM CATS

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 2, 2014) - The Oakland A’s recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Sacramento, the club announced today.
    Lindblom was recalled following the day game and will start the night game tonight against Cleveland. He went 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in six games, including one start, with the A’s this spring before he was optioned to Sacramento March 23. The 26-year old right-hander was acquired from Texas along with Craig Gentry for Michael Choice and minor leaguer Chris Bostick on December 3, 2013. Lindblom was 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in eight games, including five starts, over three stints with the Rangers in 2013. He was also 8-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 20 games, 18 starts, with Triple-A Round Rock.
 

A'S RESCHEDULE TODAY'S RAINOUT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 1, 2014) - Tonight’s game between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians has been postponed due to inclement weather. All admission tickets to this evening’s home game are valid for the make-up game, which is scheduled for tomorrow, April 2, at 6 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader. Fans holding one of the following tickets can bring them to O.co Coliseum tomorrow night at 6 p.m. for the make-up contest:

Oakland Athletics Season Tickets, Group Tickets, and Suite Tickets
Individual tickets purchased at O.co Coliseum Box Office
Tickets purchased through the athletics.com website or charge-by-phone system
Tickets purchased via StubHub.com
   

While April 1 game tickets are now valid for entry April 2 at 6 p.m., tickets printed with tomorrow’s date will continue to be valid for the April 2 game scheduled at 12:35pm. Fans attending the afternoon game will have to buy an additional ticket for entry to attend the scheduled make-up game at 6 p.m.
    For more information on this rainout, 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.

 

THREE REPUBLIC PLAYERS EARN HONORS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr. 1, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, forward Justin Braun and defender Harrison Delbridge were named to USL PRO Team of the Week.
    Jake Gleeson was named to the Team of the Week after recording five saves in the match against LA Galaxy II. His five saves led the league last week and is second overall in total saves by any goalie in the USL PRO.
    Justin Braun scored Republic FC’s inaugural goal on a header in the 33rd minute of the match against LA Galaxy II. Braun was also a presence in the middle of the Republic FC offense often drawing two defenders.
    Harrison Delbridge received Team of the Week honors after playing strong defense in the match against Galaxy II. Delbridge helped preserve the tie late when he blocked a shot attempt in the 89th minute as well as stopping a run by Jack McBean who was streaking down the sideline in stoppage time.
    Republic FC midfielders Ivan Mirković and Rodrigo Lopez were also listed as Honorable Mentions for their strong play.
    Republic FC’s next match is Monday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. versus Chivas USA Reserves at the StubHub Center Track Stadium in Carson, Calif. Training for this week has been changed to 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cosumnes River College.

 

RAIDERS SIGN CARLOS ROGERS

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 31, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Carlos Rogers, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday.
    The nine-year veteran joins fellow defensive back Tarell Brown as former members of the San Francisco 49ers’ secondary to join the Raiders this offseason. He spent three seasons with the 49ers, starting all 48 games during his tenure. He was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2011. His career totals with the 49ers and Washington Redskins include 126 games played with 116 starts, 503 tackles (392 solo), 17 interceptions, 109 passes defensed, one sack, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
    Last season, the former first-round pick started all 16 games for San Francisco, posting 59 tackles (44 solo), two interceptions and eight passes defensed. He was inactive for the 49ers’ Wild Card and Divisional playoff games with a hamstring injury before returning to the lineup to face the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. His postseason career totals include eight games played with seven starts, 39 tackles (31 solo) and six passes defensed.
    Prior to joining the 49ers, the 6-foot, 192-pounder played six seasons with the Redskins, helping the team to playoff berths in 2005 and 2007.
    A native of Augusta, Ga., Rogers was originally selected ninth overall by the Redskins in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Auburn. As a senior, Rogers was named a first-team All-America selection, won the Jim Thorpe Award, was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award and helped the Tigers to an undefeated season.
 

KINGS SIGN CUNNINGHAM FOR 10-DAYS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 31, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today signed guard Jared Cunningham to a 10-day contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
    In his second NBA season, Cunningham totaled two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3pt, 0-2 FT), one rebound, three assists and 22 minutes in five games off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks before being waived on February 22.
    Cunningham was selected out of Oregon State in the first round (24th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded along with Jae Crowder and Bernard James to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Tyler Zeller and Kelenna Azubike.
    In his rookie campaign with the Mavericks, he recorded a total of 16 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes in eight contests off the bench.
    The 6-4, 194-pound guard has also spent time in the D-League, playing for the Texas Legends (2012-13) and Bakersfield Jam (2013-14). With the Legends, Cunningham averaged 15.3 points (.335 FG%, .257 3pt%, .721 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.5 minutes per game in 15 games, of which he started 13. Cunningham posted averages of 16.5 points (.394 FG%, .330 3pt%, .803 FT%), 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 31.1 minutes per game in 22 contests, starting 19 of those.

 

REPUBLIC TIES 1-1 IN OPENING MATCH

    CARSON, Calif. (Mar. 29, 2014) - Republic FC forward Justin Braun scored the first goal in Republic FC history with a header in the 33rd minute. The ball was dealt with poorly by the Galaxy II defenders allowing Braun to push through and head the ball into the net.
    LA Galaxy II came out strong pressuring Republic FC’s defense. A pair of big saves by Republic FC goalkeeper Jake Gleeson helped kick start the offense who responded by pushing against the Galaxy defense. Justin Braun led the attack along with newly acquired forward Mike Fucito.
    Republic FC went into halftime with the lead 1-1. Republic FC came out strong in the second half led again by Braun and Fucito. Republic FC’s biggest chance for another goal came in the 77th minute on a free kick by Max Alvarez. Alvarez took the kick from just outside the right corner of the box and curved the ball just over the crossbar.
    Galaxy II’s equalizer came in the 82nd minute when forward Chandler Hoffman hit a shot coming off the left side.
    “I thought it was a good showing,” said Republic FC forward Mike Fucito. “I think we can play a lot better and I think that is good.”
    Republic FC head coach Preki echoed Fucito’s sentiment, “I thought on a better day we walk away with the three points,” said Preki. “There is still a lot of room for improvement and I know that as the season goes we will get better and better.”
    Republic FC supporter group, The Tower Bridge Battalion had a good showing at the match constantly matching and exceeding the intensity of home supporter groups. “It reminded me of MLS,” said Fucito of the support. “Them seem to be very passionate fans and we really appreciated it and we enjoyed having them there.”
    Republic FC head back home for training before coming back to the StubHub Center to take on the Chivas USA Reserves on April 7.

 

RAIDERS SIGN C.J. WILSON

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed DL C.J. Wilson, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    “It feels great to be a Raider,” Wilson said. “I’m excited to help the team win and ready to come make some noise.”
    Wilson joins the Raiders after four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Last season, he played in eight games and totaled 10 tackles (four solo). His career totals include 50 games played with 11 starts, 103 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 sacks and one pass defensed.
    The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder turned in his best season in 2012, when he played in 11 games and made seven starts, posting 37 tackles (18 solo), 2.5 sacks and one pass defensed. Wilson played a key role on Green Bay’s defensive line during their Super Bowl run in 2010, playing in all four games – including starting Super Bowl XLV – and totaling six tackles (five solo) and one sack.
    The Pinetown, N.C. native was originally selected by the Packers in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of East Carolina. He finished his four-year career with 192 tackles and 27 sacks and was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, his junior and senior seasons.

 

REPUBLIC GETS FUCITO FROM QUAKES

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC announced today that it received San Jose Earthquakes forward Mike Fucito on loan, per its affiliation agreement with the Major League Soccer (MLS) club.
    Fucito, a five-year MLS veteran, was selected 46th overall in the 2009 MLS Super Draft by the Seattle Sounders FC. Fucito has spent time with Sounders FC, the Montreal Impact, Portland Timbers and most recently the San Jose Earthquakes. Fucito has appeared in 43 matches in his career scoring 3 goals and recording 2 assists.
    "Mike is a tenacious competitor who can create chances with his athleticism," said Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson. "He's a smart player and always gives you maximum effort. We hope to see him do well in Sacramento."
    Fucito has joined the team and made the trip for Republic FC’s first match versus the LA Galaxy II. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 at StubHub Center Track Stadium in Los Angeles. For a full schedule or to watch Republic FC matches live visit SacRepublicFC.com.

 

RAIDERS ADD MAURICE JONES-DREW

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    Following eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones-Drew joins the Raiders having been selected to three Pro Bowls (2009-11) in his career. His career totals include 114 games played with 70 starts, 1,804 carries for 8,071 yards (4.5 avg.) with 68 touchdowns, 335 receptions for 2,873 yards and 11 touchdowns and 79 kickoff returns for 2,054 yards and two touchdowns.
    Last season, Jones-Drew rushed for 803 yards on 234 carries with five touchdowns in 15 games. He turned in his best performance of the season on Dec. 5 against the Houston Texans when he ran for 103 yards on 14 carries in the Jaguars’ 27-20 victory.
    The 5-foot-7, 210-pounder was selected to three straight Pro Bowls from 2009-11, rushing for over 1,000 yards each year and ranking second in the NFL during that time span with 4,321 rushing yards. In 2011, Jones-Drew had his most productive season, setting career and franchise highs for rushing yards (1,606) and yards from scrimmage (1,980) and adding 11 total touchdowns. Additionally, he earned Associated Press All-Pro first-team honors.
    A native of nearby Antioch, Calif., Jones-Drew was originally drafted by the Jaguars in the second round (60th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of UCLA. He finished his three-year career with 2,503 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns and set a school record with 4,688 all-purpose yards. He prepped at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., where he produced a standout career in football and as a sprinter in track.
 

GIMINEZ CLAIMED BY TEXAS RANGERS

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2014) - The Oakland A’s announced today that catcher Chris Gimenez was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers.
    Gimenez was claimed off waivers by the A’s from Tampa Bay on December 20, 2013. He batted .242 with no home runs and three RBI in 25 games with the A’s this spring. The 31-year-old right-handed hitter spent nearly the entire 2013 season with Triple-A Durham in the Tampa Bay organization, batting .224 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 95 games. Gimenez also went 1 for 3 with a walk in four games with the Rays in September. He is a .199 career hitter in 143 games in five seasons with Cleveland (2009-10), Seattle (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13).
 

49ERS RE-SIGN PERRISH COX

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2014) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have re-signed CB Perrish Cox to a one-year deal.
    In 2013, Cox (6-0, 190) appeared in nine regular season games and all three postseason contests for the 49ers, while also playing in two regular season games for the Seattle Seahawks. In addition, he made his first career postseason start in the Wild Card matchup at Green Bay.
    In 42 career regular season games (nine starts), Cox has registered 76 tackles, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception. He’s also contributed on special teams, returning 12 kickoffs for 254 yards (21.2 average).
    A 27-year-old native of Waco, TX, Cox played collegiately at Oklahoma State University, where he appeared in 48 games (36 starts). As a senior in 2009, Cox started all 11 games and led the nation with 19 passes defensed.
 

KINGS SIGN WILLIE REED

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 28, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today signed forward-center Willie Reed for the remainder of the season, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Reed will report immediately to the Reno Bighorns, the team’s D-League affiliate.
    Reed, a 6-10, 220-pound forward-center, was averaging 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 this season for the NBA D-League Springfield Armor.
    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.
 

REPUBLIC RELEASES SINGLE GAME TIX

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 26, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC will release single game tickets to their first three home matches on Thursday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets may be purchased through www.Ticketmaster.com and www.SacRepublicFC.com.
    Single game tickets will only be available for the first three home matches scheduled to take place at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College. Available match dates include April 26 vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, May 3 vs. Orange County Blues FC and May 17 vs. LA Galaxy II. Ticket prices range from $6 to $30. No user, service or surcharge fees apply.
    “We are excited to play at Hughes Stadium and its capacity of approximately 20,000 seats so that we may grow the sport and share the experience of professional outdoor soccer with as many fans as possible,” said Republic FC President Warren Smith. “Cal Expo will be a tough ticket to obtain since we are already nearing capacity before our first game.”
    Sacramento Republic FC’s 2014 Inaugural USL PRO Home Opener on April 26 will feature a variety of entertainment and festive activities to celebrate the launch of the club’s first season. Gates will open two hours prior and feature a “Sacramento and Soccer Festival” that will include food trucks, BBQ, inflatable games, face painting, live music, give-aways and more. The Festival will also feature a beer garden showcasing at least eight local craft breweries. Gates will open two hours prior. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
    Due to the scarcity of single game tickets for the Cal Expo facility, fans seeking single game tickets are encouraged to buy for these first three home matches. The Cal Expo multi-use sports field facility, tentatively scheduled to open in June 2014, holds a capacity of approximately 8,000 seats. Season ticket holders currently occupy 64 percent of the available seating at Cal Expo with 5,094 season tickets sold-to-date. The result is a limited number of tickets available for single game sales and groups at the new facility.
    Sacramento Republic FC’s launches its USL PRO regular season this weekend when it plays LA Galaxy II on Saturday, March 29 at StubHub Center Track Stadium in Los Angeles. For a full schedule or to watch Republic FC matches live visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.

 

REPUBLIC ADDS MORE PLAYERS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2014) - The Sacramento Republic FC announced the signing of defenders Jack Avesyan and Jose “Cristian” Gonzalez and midfielders Ivan Mirković and Octavio Guzman, pending league approval.
    “This group are squad players in whom Preki has seen potential,” said Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. “If they realize their potential, they can stake a regular claim in the team.”
    Jack Avesyan joins Republic FC after spending last season with the Ventura County Fusion. Prior to playing with the Fusion Avesyan spent time with the Wilmington Hammerheads appearing in 29 matches and scoring four goals.
    Jose “Cristian” Gonzalez was a member of the Houston Dynamo Academy for the last three years. He was named Best Academy Player in 2011. Gonzalez started five of six matches on the Dynamo Academy U-17 team that competed in the Eurovoetball Tournament in the Neatherlands.
    Ivan Mirković joins Republic FC after appearing in 20 matches for the Ventura County Fusion last season. Mirković appeared and started in 39 matches for Fresno Pacific University, prior to playing for the Fusion.
    Octavio Guzman comes to Republic FC after spending the last three years playing for Chico State Men’s Soccer. Guzman scored 14 goals and recorded 15 assists while at Chico State. As a senior Guzman was First Team All-CCAA, All-West Region and CCAA Player of the Week.
    Sacramento Republic FC’s inaugural USL PRO match will be played versus LA Galaxy II on Saturday, March 29 at StubHub Center Track Stadium in Los Angeles. For a full schedule or to watch Republic FC matches live visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.
 

49ERS RE-SIGN WR KASSIM OSGOOD

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2014) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have re-signed WR Kassim Osgood to a one-year deal.
    Osgood (6-5, 220) originally signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and has played in 166 career games (17 starts). During his 11-year career, Osgood has registered 45 receptions for 766 yards and five touchdowns. He has also recorded 134 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one blocked punt and one touchdown on special teams.
    In 2013, Osgood appeared in 14 regular season games and all three postseason contests for the 49ers, and registered 12 special teams tackles. He recovered a muffed punt in the end zone at Tennessee in Week 7, marking the first fumble recovery for a touchdown in his career. Osgood also blocked his first career punt against Seattle in Week 14.
    A 33-year-old native of Boston, MA, Osgood began his collegiate career at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before transferring to San Diego State for his final two seasons.
 

WHAT'S NEW FOR RIVER CATS IN 2014

    WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2014) - New promotions, a new app, new food vendors, a new hospitality area, and a five-part Home Grown Garden Gnome giveaway highlight the new features that Raley Field has to offer for the 2014 River Cats season.
    The following is a brief synopsis of what’s new at Raley Field for the River Cats’ 15th season:
- Mobile ticketing & low ticket prices. We’re introducing mobile ticketing to give our fans a seamless, paperless way to enter the ballpark. River Cats ticket prices remain largely unchanged from a season ago, with prices starting as low as $8. This season, 74% of all available seats at Raley Field are priced at $22 or less on game day, with a $2-per-ticket discount for advance purchase.
- New app. The River Cats are excited to unveil a brand new application—available for iPhone and Android devices—for the 2014 season. With the free app, fans can purchase tickets, follow along live with streaming audio and/or game tracker, participate in contests at Raley Field during the game, and much more. Stay tuned to the rivercats.com, or follow the River Cats on Twitter or Facebook for a launch date.
- New recurring promotions. The River Cats have added a pair of recurring promotions: every Monday, fans will be treated to Baseball Bingo presented by Cache Creek, and every Wednesday fans can enjoy Wireless Wednesdays at the ballpark. For all promotional information, visit rivercats.com.
- New food options. Raley Field will see an expanded menu this season, with the addition of An Honest Pie—a food truck that specializes in both sweet and savory pies—and Broderick, which will offer its special brand of menu items in the Jack Daniel’s Solon Club.
- New hospitality area. The River Cats are unveiling a new area of the ballpark for fans to enjoy, known as the Home Plate Tailgate. In this area, fans have the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field with all-you-can-consume food and alcohol. We are also introducing Bell Bros. as the partner for the Bell Bros. Home Run Terrace, and K-LOVE will sponsor the K-LOVE corner—a section that will give its fans free gifts on special promotional nights. We’re also introducing a new 4Topps section behind home plate brought to you by Advanced Integrated Pest Control.
- Five Home Grown Garden Gnomes. At five games this season, the River Cats will give away a garden gnome of a former River Cats player who has, or will make a name for himself at the big league level. The giveaway dates are: Josh Donaldson on Friday, April 25, Sonny Gray on Friday, May 16, Eric Sogard on Friday, June 23, Brandon Moss on Friday, July 11, and Addison Russell on Friday, Aug. 1.
- Championship-caliber baseball. The River Cats’ Opening Day roster will likely feature several big-name players including former perfect-game pitcher Phil Humber, former first-round pick Drew Pomeranz, Nate Freiman, and a bevy of other former and future big leaguers.

 

A'S OPTION PLAYERS TO SACRAMENTO

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Mar. 23, 2014) - The Oakland A’s optioned right-handed pitchers Arnold Leon and Josh Lindblom and infielder Nate Freiman to Triple-A Sacramento, the club announced today.
    The A’s now have 35 players in camp. That includes 33 players on the 40-man roster, which is full, and two non-roster invitees. The breakdown includes 16 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders and seven outfielders.
 

RAIDERS ACQUIRE QB MATT SCHAUB

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have acquired QB Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans in exchange for a draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    Entering his 11th season, Schaub joins the Raiders after seven seasons with the Texans and three with the Atlanta Falcons. For his career, he has appeared in 128 games with 90 starts, throwing for 24,254 yards on 2,035-of-3,181 passing (64.0 percent) with 130 touchdowns, 84 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 89.8. One of the league’s most accurate passers, Schaub’s 64.0 percent career completion percentage ranks ninth in NFL history. He is the Texans’ franchise leader in every major passing category.
    The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder is a two-time Pro Bowler, having earned the honors in 2009 and 2012. In 2009, Schaub set career highs in completions (396), attempts (583), yards (4,770), completion percentage (67.9 percent), touchdowns (29) and quarterback rating (98.6). His 4,770 yards led the NFL that season, making him the first Texans quarterback to accomplish the feat. He was also named the Pro Bowl MVP that year.
    In 2011 and 2012, Schaub helped Houston to back-to-back AFC South titles, the franchise’s first and second division crowns. In 2012, he led the Texans to a franchise-best 12-4 record and an AFC Wild Card victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
    The West Chester, Pa. native was originally drafted by the Falcons in the third round (90th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Virginia. Schaub holds school career records for completions (716), attempts (1,069), passing yards (7,502) and touchdowns (56). He was also named the 2002 ACC Player of the Year.

 

WOODSON RE-SIGNS WITH RAIDERS

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed S Charles Woodson, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    Woodson, a veteran of 16 NFL seasons, is an eight-time Pro Bowler, including selections each of his first four seasons in Oakland and four of his final five seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
    The 6-foot-1, 202-pound defensive back has played in 222 career games with 219 starts, and ranks second among active players (Ed Reed) with 56 interceptions. His career totals also include 1,121 tackles (901 solo), 19 sacks, 33 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions returned for touchdowns, which is second-most in NFL history.
    The Raiders made Woodson the fourth-overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft following a record-setting career at Michigan. He was the recipient of the 1997 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first predominantly defensive player to win the award.
    Woodson played in 106 games with 103 starts with the Raiders from 1998-2005. He totaled 17 interceptions during his first in Oakland, and was named the 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording five interceptions and earning his first Pro Bowl selection in his first professional campaign. Woodson led the Raiders to three straight AFC West titles from 2000-02, and started for the Silver and Black and notched an interception in Super Bowl XXXVII.
    Woodson signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, and started 100 games in seven seasons in Green Bay. He recorded 38 interceptions and returned nine picks for touchdowns during his time with the Packers, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2009 and 2011. Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after tying for the NFL lead with nine interceptions and returning a career-high three picks for touchdowns.
    In 2013, Woodson re-joined the Raiders as a safety (having switched from cornerback in 2012) and played nearly every defensive snap for the Silver and Black. He totaled 133 tackles, which ranked second on the team, one interception, two sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown in Oakland’s 27-17 victory over San Diego on Oct. 6.

 

REPUBLIC SIGNS DELBRIDGE & MARTINEZ

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 20, 2014) - The Sacramento Republic FC announced the signings of defender Harrison Delbridge and Midfielder Carlos Martinez, pending league approval.
    Harrison Delbridge played last season with the Ventura County Fusion before joining to Republic FC. Delbridge was a four-year player at Appalachian State University appearing in 56 matches and scoring 8 goals as a defender.
    “Harrison Delbridge has a very imposing physical presence; he is a commanding figure,” says Sacramento Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. “He can be dangerous in set pieces in the opponent’s penalty area, particularly from corners and free kicks.”
    Carlos Martinez comes to Republic FC after spending the last two years with FC Energie Cottbus, a second tier German club. Martinez spent the first part of his career with FC Rot-Weiβ Erfurt. Martinez has also spent time on both the U-17 and U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team.
    “Carlos Martinez is a very interesting player, playing for both the U.S. National Team and in Europe,” says Graham Smith. “He is a very keen young man with good technical ability.”
    Republic FC’s first USL PRO regular season match will be on March 29, 2014 versus the LA Galaxy II at Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
 

LANDRY UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 20, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings announced today that forward Carl Landry underwent successful arthroscopic right knee surgery performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
    Landry is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2014-15 NBA campaign.
 

A'S CLAIM MATTHES FROM COLORADO

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Mar. 20, 2014) - The Oakland Athletics have claimed outfielder Kent Matthes off waivers from the Colorado Rockies, the team announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s have placed right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker on the 60-day disabled list. The A’s have optioned Matthes to Triple-A Sacramento and assigned him to their minor league camp.
    Matthes batted .278 with one home run and five RBI in 10 spring training games with the Rockies before he was reassigned to their minor league camp March 13. The 27-year-old had a .281 average, 20 home runs and 63 RBI in 115 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2013. The right-handed hitter batted .297 in 47 Triple-A games, including .364 against left-handers.
    Parker will undergo reconstructive revision surgery to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Monday, March 24. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. Parker likely will miss the remainder of the season. It will be the second “Tommy John” surgery of Parker’s career, having undergone the same procedure with Dr. Andrews on Oct. 28, 2009 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

 

RAIDERS SIGN KEVIN BOOTHE

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 17, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Kevin Boothe, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday.
    Boothe has started all 16 games in each of the past two seasons at various positions along the offensive line for the New York Giants. The eight-year veteran started 10 games at left guard and six at center last season. For his career, Boothe has played in 105 games with 62 starts at both guard positions, right tackle and center.
    Boothe was originally selected in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Raiders and played his first stint with the team in 2006. In his rookie season, the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder appeared in all 16 games, starting 14 at right guard.
    From 2007-13 as a member of the Giants, Boothe helped the team win two Super Bowls and reach the playoffs three times. He has also appeared in nine postseason games with four starts in his career.
    The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native attended Cornell, where he was a four-year starter along the offensive line. At Cornell, became only the fourth Cornell player to earn All-Ivy League honors three times.

 

A'S PARKER TO UNDERGO SURGERY

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Mar. 17, 2014) - The Oakland Athletics announced today that right-handed starting pitcher Jarrod Parker will undergo reconstructive revision surgery to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow next Tuesday, March 25. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. Parker likely will miss the remainder of the season.
    In addition, the A’s announced that left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir has been scratched from his scheduled start today against the Chicago Cubs at Phoenix Muni with left triceps stiffness.
    Parker, who has posted a 0-0 record and 10.61 ERA in three starts this spring, underwent a MRI and subsequent evaluation this morning in Pensacola. This will be the A’s pitcher’s second “Tommy John” surgery of his young career, having underwent the same procedure by Dr. Andrews on Oct. 28, 2009 while a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
    The 25-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind. native went 12-8 with a 3.97 ERA in 32 starts for the A’s last season, allowing only 178 hits while striking out 134 in 197.0 innings. In three starts in Arizona this spring, he had allowed 11 hits and 11 runs (all earned) in 9.1 innings, striking out eight batters and walking four.
    Kazmir, who has posted a 0-0 record and 0.00 ERA (7.0 ip, 3 h, 1 bb, 5 so) in two scoreless outings this spring, was signed to a two-year free agent contract by Oakland on Dec. 4 after registering a 10-9 mark and 4.04 ERA for Cleveland last season.

 

REPUBLIC FALLS TO U.C. DAVIS 1-0

    DAVIS, Calif. (Mar. 16, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC fell to the UC Davis Aggies 1-0 Sunday afternoon. Republic FC controlled the ball for most of the match and created many scoring opportunities but could not finish them with a goal.
    The lone goal in the match came in the 65 minute off of an Aggie corner kick. Forward Sam Hoeck came from the left side to head a ball that bounced into the right side of the net.
    Republic FC’s best scoring opportunity came in the 45 minute when Republic FC forward Justin Braun was fouled in the penalty box by Aggie goalkeeper Armando Quezada. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez took the penalty kick that was blocked. Lopez followed with a rebound shot that hit off the inside of the crossbar but did not cross the line.
    “I thought there were a couple of silly mistakes, we dominated the game,” Republic FC coach Predrag “Preki” Radosavljevic said following the game. “We had many, many chances but sometimes you jut don’t put them in and you get punished by your one mistake and that’s what happened”
    Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez echoed his coach’s thoughts. “We had good show but it is not good enough if we don’t win.”
    Republic FC goalkeeper Jake Gleeson put in another strong effort finishing with four big saves including a one-on-one breakaway and another on a shot inside the penalty box.
    A sellout crowd of 1,375 was on hand to watch the match. Republic FC will host a practice scrimmage against St. Mary’s College at Cosumnes River College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

 

A'S REASSIGN EIGHT TO MINOR LEAGUES

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Mar. 16, 2014) - The Oakland A’s reassigned right-handed pitchers Matt Buschmann, Deryk Hooker, Philip Humber and Fernando Nieve, catcher Luke Montz and infielders Jose Martinez, Darwin Perez and Addison Russell to their minor league camp, the club announced today.
    The A’s now have 39 players in camp. That includes 37 players on the 40-man roster, which is full, and two non-roster invitees. The breakdown includes 19 pitchers, four catchers, nine infielders and seven outfielders.
 

RAIDERS SIGN ANTONIO SMITH

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 14, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent DL Antonio Smith, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    Smith was originally selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He spent his first five years with the Cardinals before signing with the Houston Texans, where he has spent the past five seasons. Smith has played in 140 career games with 117 starts and registered 324 tackles (229 solo), 41.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed.
    In 2012, Smith was selected to his first Pro Bowl when he set career highs in tackles (51), sacks (seven), forced fumbles (two) and passes defensed (three), along with helping the Texans clinch their second consecutive AFC South crown. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 289-pounder posted 50 tackles (27 solo), five sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
    The Oklahoma City, Okla. native played collegiately at Oklahoma State after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. At Oklahoma State, Smith totaled 60 tackles (30 solo), 8.5 sacks, and three passes defensed in two seasons.
 

RAIDERS SIGN TARELL BROWN

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (Mar. 14, 2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent CB Tarell Brown, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.
    Brown comes across the Bay from the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. His career totals include 100 games played with 47 starts, 213 tackles (177 solo), 11 interceptions, 56 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. In 2007, Brown received the 49ers’ Tomas Herrion Award, honoring the rookie or first-year player who has taken advantage of every opportunity, turned it into a positive and made their dream come true. The award is voted on by the coaches.
    Since becoming a full-time starter and mainstay at cornerback for the 49ers in 2011, Brown has appeared in 45 games with 42 starts, 143 tackles (114 solo), six interceptions, 40 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.
    The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder has also come up big for San Francisco in the postseason. In eight postseason starts from 2011-13, Brown has posted 32 tackles (28 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
    The Mesquite, Texas native was originally drafted by the 49ers in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas. Brown played in 47 games with 35 starts for the Longhorns, totaling 169 tackles three interceptions, 20 passes defensed, one sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In 2005, he helped the Longhorns win the BCS National Championship.
 

KINGS RECALL WHITE FROM RENO

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Mar. 13, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today recalled forward Royce White from the Kings D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
    White, signed by the Kings to a 10-day contract on March 6, immediately reported to the Bighorns and averaged 8.8 points (.367 FG%, .333 3pt%, .625 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.50 steals and 24.8 minutes per game in starting four games. Twice White scored in double-figures.


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