Sacramento Republic FC Ties Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC end their three-match losing streak as they battle Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to a scoreless draw in the first of three straight road matches. 

Sacramento Republic FC dominated much of the first half, controlling 55 percent of the possession and creating almost all of the chances. Republic FC forced Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Spencer Richey to make five saves in the first half, while Republic FC goalie Evan Newton was not required to make a single save.

Republic FC forced Richey to make his first save of the match in just the 6th minute.  Defender James Kiffe sent a free kick from near the centerline toward the top of the box that was cleared, but only as far midfielder Danny Barrera a few yards away.  Barrera nodded the ball down to Wilson Kneeshaw who touched the ball down before sending a shot on goal, but Richey was there for the save.

Republic FC would create three consecutive chances in the 13th, 15th and 16th minutes.  The first chance was created after a WFC2 giveaway in their half of the field.  Barrera intercepted the ball before playing forward Tyler Blackwood into a one-on-one situation with Richey.  Blackwood sent a low shot on goal, but he was unable to get the ball over the sliding Richey.  The second chance was again started by Barrera who laid the ball off to forward Sammy Ochoa who was at the top right corner of the box.  Ochoa unleashed a strike that looked destined for goal, but Richey was able to deflect the ball just enough that it skidded off the top of the bar and out.

The third chance for Republic FC came in the 16th minute after a cross by midfielder Agustin Cazarez was cleared.  Kiffe was sitting unmarked near the top left corner of the box and waited for the ball to make a perfect bounce before sending a left-footed curling volley toward goal, but a diving save by Richey kept the match scoreless, which would hold going into halftime. 

Republic FC continued to control the possession in the second half, holding 65 percent of the ball.  They would get their first chance of the second half in the 57th minute after Barrera again intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch. The midfielder then played a through ball to Ochoa who did well to keep his man at bay before sending a low shot toward goal.  Ochoa’s shot beat the sliding Richey, but skipped just wide left of the goal keeping the match scoreless.

Despite being virtually untested in the first half, Newton was ready when called upon in both the 62nd and 72nd minutes.  The first chance came as David Norman Jr. made a run down the left side of the field.  The midfielder then hit a curling ball that found a streaking Gloire Amanda near the top of the box.  Amanda attempted a volleyed shot that looked destined for goal, but Newton was able to make a tremendous diving save.

The second chance for WFC2 also came from the right side, but this time it was Andy Thoma making a curled pass to the middle.  Substitute forward Thomas Sanner was open as he tried to redirect the pass with his right foot toward goal, but Newton was again there for the save, sliding in at the last second.

Republic FC had a few late chances at goal, but none better than a shot by Kiffe in the 77th minute.  Kiffe had found space on the left side of the field before hitting what looked to be a cross toward the box.  The ball, however took a different trajectory as it began to travel toward the top left corner of the goal.  Richey was quick to recover and knocked the ball over the bar and safely away for WFC2.

The draw ends a three-match losing streak for Republic FC and earns them valuable points on the road as they begin their second three-match road stretch of the season.  Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, May 6 as they take on the USL Western Conference-leading San Antonio FC.  Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. at Toyota Field.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and in the USLSoccer.com Match Center.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Acquire RB Marshawn Lynch

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired RB Marshawn Lynch via a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the club announced Wednesday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive Lynch and a sixth-round draft choice in 2018 in exchange for Oakland’s fifth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Lynch joins the Raiders after nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. Over his career, Lynch has been selected to five Pro Bowls and two Associated Press All-Pro teams, while helping his teams to two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title. His career totals include 127 games played with 114 starts, rushing for 9,112 yards on 2,144 carries (4.3 avg.) with 74 touchdowns, and 252 receptions for 1,979 yards with nine touchdowns. In 11 career postseason games, Lynch recorded 937 rushing yards on 193 attempts with nine touchdowns. Lynch’s 51 rushing touchdowns since 2011 still rank first across the NFL despite not playing in 2016.

In five-plus seasons with the Seahawks, the Oakland, Calif., native was named to four Pro Bowls from 2011-14. From 2011-14, he led the NFL with 56 total touchdowns and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2012 and All-Pro Second Team in 2014. In 2012, he posted his best statistical season to date, setting career highs in carries (315), rushing yards (1,590), rushing average (5.0), 100-yard games (10) and total yards from scrimmage (1,786) to go along with 12 total touchdowns.

 After being selected by the Bills in the first round (12th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, he played in 45 games with 37 starts in three-plus seasons with the club. He was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team in 2007 and earned his first Pro Bowl honor in 2008 after becoming the first running back in franchise history to record 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons.

 After attending Oakland Technical High School, Lynch played three seasons at California (2004-06), leaving ranked second in school history with 3,230 rushing yards in 35 games. In 2005 and 2006, he posted consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drops Back And Forth Battle With LAs Vegas 51s 7-6

Hwang, offense come to play but River Cats drop game three


West Sacramento, CA 
– The Sacramento River Cats (6-12) jumped out to an early lead Monday night against the Las Vegas 51s (10-9) but couldn’t sustain the early momentum in their 7-6 loss.

The River Cats’ bats came alive in the second inning against 51s starter Tyler Pill, pushing five runs across on five hits. Starter Tyler Beede did his part through his first four innings, holding the 51s scoreless while allowing just four hits. The trouble started for Beede in the fifth the however, as Las Vegas saw the River Cats five runs and matched them with five of their own, three of which were earned.

After the River Cats scored another run in the seventh to retake the lead thanks to a Jae-Gyun Hwang RBI single, the 51s put up a run in the eighth and ninth innings to claim the lead for good.

Game four tomorrow afternoon will feature River Cats right-hander Joan Gregorio (0-2, 2.93) up against 51s right-hander Wilfredo Boscan (0-1, 3.75). First pitch is set for 12:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Christian Arroyo Walks Off Against Las Vegas 51s 7-6

Sacramento overcomes 4-0 deficit, snaps eight-game losing streak


West Sacramento, CA 
– The Sacramento River Cats (6-11) rallied back from a 4-0 deficit to walk off against the Las Vegas 51s (9-9) 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Raley Field. Christian Arroyo provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th, snapping the River Cats eight-game losing streak.

Arroyo had four hits on the afternoon, going 4-for-6 with two RBI while raising his batting average to .446 for the season. He now has two four-hit games on the season and a team-leading 12 RBI.

The River Cats scored all of their runs against the Las Vegas bullpen starting in the sixth inning. Mike Morse, in his second game with the River Cats, played seven innings in left field and went 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-double. Drew Stubbs also had two RBI, including a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that nearly left the ballpark.  

Tyler Beede (1-0, 3.78) will take the mound tomorrow for the River Cats as Las Vegas sends right-hander Tyler Pill (0-0, 0.00) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Las Vegas 51s 2-3

Sacramento suffers eighth straight loss, fall 3-2 to 51s


West Sacramento, CA 
– The Sacramento River Cats (5-11) dropped game one of their four-game series to the Las Vegas 51s (9-8) by a score of 3-2 in front of a packed Raley Field crowd Saturday night.

Leadoff hitter Drew Stubbs got things going early for Sacramento, hitting a solo home run in his very first at bat of the ballgame for the River Cats. Las Vegas countered by scoring in their half of the second and third innings against River Cats starter Michael Roth, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Roth gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out two and walking one over 4.2 innings on the hill tonight. Sacramento’s only other RBI came courtesy of third baseman Ryder Jones, who drove in shortstop Christian Arroyo in the sixth, tying the game at two. Salt Lake then scored what proved to be the game-winner in the eighth off reliever Chase Johnson.

Game two will feature River Cats right-hander Dan Slania (0-2, 7.45) up against 51s right-hander Rafael Montero (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 1:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Fall To Portland Timbers 2 0-2

Goals from Villyan Bijev and Victor Arboleda help Portland Timbers 2 hand Sacramento Republic FC their first regular season home loss since Jul. 6, 2016.

Sacramento Republic FC and Portland Timbers 2 played a back and forth first half of the match. Republic FC came closest with a few scoring opportunities off set pieces. Midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith nearly scored on a direct free kick in the 4th minute, but just couldn’t quite get the ball over the defensive wall. A few minutes later it was Trickett-Smith again, this time linking up with Republic FC captain Danny Barrera to try to beat the T2 defensive line with some layoff passes, but unfortunately the attack was again foiled by the T2 defense.

T2 would jump on the score sheet first in the 40th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul called in the box on Republic FC defender Jeremy Hall. Midfielder Vilyan Bijev calmly stepped up to the spot in front the imposing north bleacher and Tower Bridge Battalion, who were screaming down on him, and coolly sent a chipped penalty kick that beat Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and put the visitors in front 1-0 going into halftime.

Republic FC came out of halftime strong with a couple threatening crosses from defender James Kiffe, but neither was converted into a goal. Wilson Kneeshaw was able to get his head to one of Kiffe’s spectacular services a few minutes later, but just couldn’t steer it on frame. Trickett-Smith also had a chance for a strike in the 53rd minute after a perfect drop-off pass from forward Trevin Caesar, but the T2 defense was able to block the shot away.

T2 would add to their lead in the 68th minute after Newton came off his line to stop a streaking attack. Newton made the initial stop, but the rebound was collected by midfielder Victor Arboleda who took the ball a few touches to his right before sending a grounded shot into the bottom left corner of the goal giving T2 the 2-0 lead.

Republic FC nearly pulled one back in the 84th minute when defender Chris Christian sent a long-looping ball into the box which found the head of Trickett-Smith. The midfielder redirected a header on net, but T2 keeper Wade Hamilton stretched out to make a crucial save to essentially secure the visitors’ two-goal victory.

 “We gifted them the game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We had our chances in the match. It wasn’t about tactics; we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net. We were our own worst enemy.”

Republic FC begin another three-match road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 29 when they travel to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. Kickoff is 3 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and YouTube.com/USL.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2017 Schedule Announcement

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ regular season schedule is below, as the National Football League announced Thursday.

Date                      Opponent                                 Time (PT)     TV

Sun., Sept. 10              at Tennessee Titans                           10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Sept. 17              NEW YORK JETS                               1:05 p.m.        CBS

Sun., Sept. 24              at Washington Redskins                    5:30 p.m.        NBC

Sun., Oct. 1                 at Denver Broncos                             1:25 p.m.        CBS

Sun., Oct. 8                 BALTIMORE RAVENS                       1:05 p.m.        CBS

Sun., Oct. 15               LOS ANGELES CHARGERS               1:25 p.m.        CBS

Thu., Oct. 19               KANSAS CITY CHIEFS                       5:25 p.m.        CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sun., Oct. 29               at Buffalo Bills                                   10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Nov. 5                at Miami Dolphins                              5:30 p.m.        NBC

                                    BYE WEEK

Sun., Nov. 19              NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS#           1:25 p.m.        CBS

Sun., Nov. 26              DENVER BRONCOS                          1:25 p.m.        CBS

Sun., Dec. 3                 NEW YORK GIANTS                         1:25 p.m.        FOX

Sun., Dec. 10              at Kansas City Chiefs                         10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Dec. 17              DALLAS COWBOYS                          5:30 p.m.        NBC

Mon., Dec. 25             at Philadelphia Eagles                        5:30 p.m.        ESPN

Sun., Dec. 31              at Los Angeles Chargers                   1:25 p.m.        CBS

# – in Mexico City

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Exercise Fifth-Year Option On DE Khalil Mack

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have exercised the fifth-year option on DE Khalil Mack, extending his contract through the 2018 season, the club announced Thursday.

The Raiders originally drafted Mack in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has emerged into one of the league’s premier defenders over his first three seasons, earning Associated Press First Team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons (2015-16), while adding an Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 among numerous other individual accolades. For his career, Mack has started all 48 games, totaling 240 tackles (173 solo), 30 sacks, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception returned for a touchdown and 12 passes defensed.

Last season, Mack was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America after recording 77 tackles (56), five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception returned for a touchdown and four passes defensed. On his way to becoming the second Raider to win the AP Defensive Player of the Year award and first since 1980, Mack was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November and also won two AFC Defensive Player of the Week awards. He also tied an NFL record by notching a sack in eight consecutive games from Oct. 16-Dec. 8.

A native of Fort Pierce, Fla., Mack played collegiately at Buffalo, starting all 48 games in which he appeared. He set a career NCAA record with 16 forced fumbles while setting a school record with 28.5 sacks. Mack also garnered first-team All-MAC honors three seasons in a row from 2011-2013.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign K Giorgio Tavecchio

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent K Giorgio Tavecchio, the club announced Wednesday.

Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last three training camps, including the 2015 and 2016 offseason program, and has connected on a combined 6-of-7 field goal attempts in preseason action for the Silver and Black.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder had stints in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers (2012), Green Bay Packers (2013) and Detroit Lions (2014) prior to joining the Raiders in 2014. Tavecchio played in 46 games for at the University of California and finished his career with 256 points, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list and fourth among kickers. He converted 48-of-64 (75 percent) field goal attempts and 112-of-120 (93.3 percent) PATs during his three years, ranking third in both all-time made field goals and extra points made.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations