Sacramento Republic FC Fall In Opener To The Seattle Sounders FC 2 4-2

March 21, 2015 10:46 PM

Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media

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Sacramento Republic FC drop their first match of the USL 2015 season following six second-half goals, including four for S2.

The match started slowly for both sides, which is not unheard of for the first match of the season. Republic FC soon got into a rhythm and became the stronger side for the remainder of the half, constantly challenging the S2 defense.

In just the 3rd minute, Republic FC saw one of their best chances when newly signed forward David Estrada found a streaking Gabe Gonzalez on the right side of the box. Gonzalez sent a quick cross to the back post where Justin Braun was waiting, but the cross went just over his head.

Republic FC were at it again in the 22nd minute, when Estrada found James Kiffe wide open in the middle of the field. Kiffe balanced himself at the left corner of the box and took a strong shot that beat the keeper but skipped harmlessly off the side netting. The match was scoreless at the half.

The second half began quick and stayed that way. In the 49th minute, S2 struck first when forward Andy Craven received the ball in the middle of the field from Damion Lowe. Craven took the ball down then fought off Republic FC defender Mickey Daly before flicking a chip shot over a leaping Patrick McLain, putting S2 up 1-0.

Republic FC seemed energized by the goal and found the equalizer in the 64th minute. Midfielder Octavio Guzman took a corner for Republic FC that was deflected back to him. Guzman then sent the ball back in front of the net where it was deflected a few more times before finding Braun at the top of the box. Braun sent a low liner into the bottom left side of the net to even the score 1-1.

Just six minutes later, forward Sam Garza subbed on for S2 and on his first touch of the match put S2 ahead 2-1. Garza received a pass near the middle of the field from Pablo Rossi, chested the ball down then fired a shot past McLain.

Five minutes later S2 struck again, this time off a free kick. In the 74th minute Republic FC defender Kiffe received a yellow card, setting up a free kick about 25 yards out. In the 75th minute Rossi stepped up and sent the free kick bending over the wall and into the upper left corner of the net putting S2 ahead 3-1.

In the 89th minute S2 would find the net for the fourth and final time of the night when midfielder Victor Mansaray beat the Republic FC defense down the left side of the field. Mansaray then send a low cross to Cristian Roldan at the right side of the box who sent the ball past McLain, putting S2 up 4-1.

One minute into stoppage time Republic FC would salvage a final goal from a free kick. Guzman stepped up to the ball from about 5 yards outside of the box and sent a knuckleball the outsretched hand of Charlie Lyon and into the top right corner of the box. The match would end with a score of 4-2 in favor of S2.

“We weren’t as good as we could have been,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “We have to find a way to regroup and get better.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, March 28 when they take on LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Match will be stream live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 4:2 Sacramento Republic FC
USL League Match
Starfire Stadium – Tukwila, WA
March 21, 2015 – Attendance: 2,951

Scoring Summary: SEA – Andy Craven (Damion Lowe) 49, Sam Garza (Pablo Rossi) 70, Pablo Rossi 75, Cristian Roldan (Victor Mansaray) 89; SRFC – Justin Braun 64, Octavio Guzman 90

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Justin Braun (caution) 59, Derek Foran (caution) 65, James Kiffe (caution) 74

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Octavio Guzman, Ivan Mirković, Gabe Gonzalez, Joaquin Rivas (Cameron Iwasa 72); Justin Braun, David Estrada (Adnan Gabeljic 84).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Gabe Gissie, Alfonso Motagalvan.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Oniel Fisher (Aaron Long 45), James Ockford, Damion Lowe, Dylan Remick; Victor Mansaray, Amadou Sanyang (Cristian Roldan 63), Giuliano Frano, Aaron Kovar (Sam Garza 69); Pablo Rossi (Darwin Jones 86), Andrew Craven (Duncan McCormick 75).

Subs Not Used: Saif Kerawala, Nicholas Miele,

Stats: Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 0, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 2.

The Oakland Raiders Add Free Agent Running Back Trent Richardson

March 17, 2015 10:03 AM PT

Shawn Jonas

Alameda, California – The Oakland Raiders signs free agent Running Back Trent Richardson. In old-school Raiders fashion, the former third overall draft pick, Richardson gets that much needed fresh start. This is an Al Davis type of move, nothing to lose.

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Richardson was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (third overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama. In helping the Crimson Tide capture national championships in 2009 and 2011, Richardson played in 38 games, totaling 3,130 rushing yards on 540 attempts (5.8 avg.) with 35 touchdowns. He left Alabama near the top of the school’s major rushing categories, including rushing yards (fifth), rushing touchdowns (third) and rushing average (second).

Richardson, 24, has played in 46 games with 37 starts over three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. His career totals include 614 carries for 2,032 yards (3.3 avg.) and 17 touchdowns to go along with 113 receptions for 912 yards (8.1 avg.) and two touchdowns.

Last season in Indianapolis, Richardson played in 15 games with 12 starts and finished with 159 carries for 519 yards (3.3 avg.) and three touchdowns. He also added 229 receiving yards on 27 receptions.

The 5-foot-9, 225-pounder rushed for 950 yards on 267 carries with 11 touchdowns as a rookie with the Browns in 2012. His 950 rushing yards set a Cleveland single-season rookie franchise record, passing Jim Brown’s previous mark of 942 set in 1957. Richardson did so by playing the majority of the year with broken ribs.

Richardson entered the NFL as one of the most heralded running backs in years after a successful college career at Alabama. Richardson is one of three backs since 1996 to go in the top three picks in the draft, joining No. 2 overall picks Reggie Bush in 2006 and Ronnie Brown in 2005.

Cleveland traded Richardson to Indianapolis after just two games in the 2013 season for a first-round pick. Thought to be the final piece needed to solidify an offense led by star quarterback Andrew Luck, Richardson never fit in with the Colts.

Richardson was inactive for a divisional playoff game against Denver and was suspended for the AFC championship game against New England because he didn’t contact the team when his girlfriend had pregnancy complications, and he missed mandatory functions.

That suspension voided his contract, the Colts argued. Richardson has filed a grievance to recover $3 million in salary.

”From the beginning, trying to fit into their program, it was different for me,” he said. ”For me, it was more of me being an all-time blocker. There’s nothing wrong with blocking, but I still want to be able to help the team in different types of ways. I don’t look at it as a bad thing. I just think it was a bad marriage.”

The Raiders needed to upgrade a running game that was the least productive in the NFL in 2014. Richardson was brought in to compete with Latavius Murray, who showed promise last season by rushing for 424 yards on 82 carries (5.1avg.) in limited action. The Raiders won three of their last six games with Murray getting the bulk of the carries, over Darren McFadden.

Last week Oakland added free-agent acquisition Roy Helu. Helu is expected to be more of a third down back and he’ll be used in passing situations.

One of the most needed upgrades for the Raiders this off season is to get Derek Carr more weapons, and to bolster the running game.  Former Chiefs Center Rodney Hudson was alsobrought in to help improve the offensive line.

Carr put this out on twitter to his new teammate.

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It looks as if Jack Del Rio is creating that three headed monster that many NFL teams do in this modern era of the game. Thunder and Lightning so to speak. Richardson is that physical runner possible short-yardage goaline back between the tackles. Murray is a big back, but has that 4.4 speed which is deceiving. An upright runner with subtle moves that gets him into the open field. Helu is a very good receiver and does well in pass protection. The knock on Richardson with the Colts, he wasn’t good in pass protection and he didn’t have enough of a burst to get thru the hole.

With Murray and Helu never being the featured back in their young NFL careers, Richardson will push the competition at the position. If Richardson can be the back he was his rookie year, the three headed monster looks complete.

Richardson believes he can earn the starting role in Oakland after going over the playbook with coach Jack Del Rio on Monday night. Richardson said the offense is similar to what he ran in college at Alabama.

Richardson: ”He just said there is just a lot of opportunity out here,” Richardson said. ”He said he isn’t going to promise me anything, but if I come in and work, I can be that bell cow.”

The Oakland Raiders Media Conference Call Q & A

Q: When you got cut from the Colts, you had some quotes saying that you expect to be the starter elsewhere. Is that the mindset coming into Oakland?

Richardson: “Most definitely. If a guy is coming in and doesn’t expect to be a starter, why is that guy here? For me, I expect to be a starter wherever I’m at. I just can’t wait for the opportunity.”

Q: Why didn’t it work out in Indianapolis?

Richardson: “From the beginning, trying to fit into their program, it was different for me. For me, it was more of me being an all-time blocker. There’s nothing wrong with blocking, but I still want to be able to help the team in different types of ways. I don’t look at it as a bad thing. I just think it was a bad marriage. With that, I don’t blame the O-line or anybody else. At the end of the day, I can still get better and I’m going to be working my tail off and trying to be the best running back now.”

Q: When did all of this start to happen with the Raiders?

Richardson: “Really, I got up here last night, yesterday. I had a real good chat with them. We went over the offense and saw a lot of stuff that I saw in college. I know this playbook already, especially when it comes to the run. I know what they expect and how they’re going to spread the field, putting me in a position to be successful. With that, in talking to [Head] Coach [Jack Del Rio], he just said there is just a lot of opportunity out here. He said he isn’t going to promise me anything, but if I come in and work, I can be that bell cow.”

Q: After not averaging four yards a carry over your NFL career, do you think that this is a system that can change that?

Richardson: “Most definitely. In my first season, I think it was something close to it, but it is what it is. I played the whole season with broken ribs, and I rushed for like 950 and I played 14 games. Last year, just in Indy, that system just didn’t fit me. When I got there, started off kind of early this year, it was going good and then I ended up getting hurt and then stuff just kind of bagged off. Just looking back on it, that’s a taste that you never want to get in your mouth again. Hopefully this is my last stop, and I’m going to do whatever I can to make this my last stop. Until I’m ready to walk away from the game, I don’t want to leave here.”

Q: After having so much success in college, have the last few seasons been humbling for you?

Richardson: “Most definitely. The very first humbling experience I had was getting traded. I spent the whole year, just wondering, why in the world and how in the world did I get traded. Looking back at it, even if they said it was a business move, in my head, it’s still some type of, ‘OK, you still got traded.’ With that, these last few years, it’s been very humbling, being able to play with Ahmad Bradshaw and be able to play with guys like Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis and Andrew [Luck]. It just takes you back to the basics, you’ve just got to be able to just perform, no matter what. With that, I just go back to my old pedigree. I had the Julio [Jones], the Mark Ingram, the AJ McCarron and the Eddie Lacy all on one team. It’s just big for me to get back to the basics.”

Q: Are you aware of the Raiders reputation of being a place where guys come to jump start their careers and is that appealing at all?

Richardson: “Yeah, I didn’t really look at it like that though. I’m just coming in and looking for this opportunity. Not saying that I’ve got to start over, but right now, it’s just a fresh start for me. It’s something that I can build off of and know that I can lose. With my mindset and the chip that’s on my shoulder, it’s no looking back.”

Q: Does it blow you away that a guy, Chris Borland, your age would retire?

Richardson: “Yeah, it does, but in some ways, it doesn’t. Mental-wise, that’s all this game is. Physically, I think that when you get to this level you can play it, but mentally, when you sit and think about stuff or your mind is not into it, that can tear you down as a man. A lot of football players don’t realize stuff until it’s gone. Once you realize that – I’ve been playing football my whole life. I’ve been playing football since I was six years old. Coach asked me this yesterday, he said, ‘Trent, how long have you been playing football?’ I said, ‘Coach, I’ve been playing since six years old.’ He said, ‘So, what would you do without football? At your age, what would you do without football?’ It kind of hit me to where, ‘Yeah, you’re right, coach.’ That’s something that you don’t expect, that you don’t hear from everybody.”

Sacramento Republic FC Releases Statement To MLS “Going Beyond 24 Teams”

March 16, 2015 1:49 PM PT

Courtesy Of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC released the following statement in response to MLS news today on “going beyond 24 teams”:

“Less than a year ago, Sacramento wasn’t on the map for Major League Soccer,” said Sacramento Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “In that short time period, we have demonstrated a market, assembled one of the best ownership groups in sports and secured a site and funding for a downtown soccer specific stadium. We are in the best position of any market for the next MLS franchise and look forward to continuing our full pitch to MLS on why the time is right for Sacramento.”

 

Champs!

Sacramento Republic FC Won The 2014 USL Pro Championship

Photo By Shawn Jonas

The MLS Released This Statement on MLS.COM

MLS confirms “advanced discussions” with Minnesota on expansion, will evaluate going beyond 24 teams

Late last week, news broke in several outlets, including The Pioneer Press and SI.com, that Minnesota’s bid for a Major League Soccer expansion club had been accepted.

The league confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is in “advanced discussions” with representatives from Minnesota United FC, though the final decision is not ready to be announced.

“We are in advanced discussions with Bill McGuire and his partners in Minnesota to bring a Major League Soccer expansion club to the Twin Cities and are particularly excited about their plans for a new soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the club’s home,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released by the club. “We remain on track to announce the next MLS expansion market in the next 30-45 days, though no specific date for an announcement has been set.”

The Minnesota United bid is one of several vying for an MLS team, a list that also includes a second Minneapolis group backed by the NFL’s Vikings, and groups from Sacramento and Las Vegas. In addition, San Antonio and St. Louis have made pitches for future expansion.

Minnesota United, who currently play in the NASL, appear to have received a boost from their plans to build an outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis that reportedly could cost between $100 and $150 million.

“As announced by Major League Soccer, we are in discussions with the league and remain hopeful that they will award an expansion team to Minnesota,” Minnesota United FC said in a statement. “MLS leadership is well aware that the passionate soccer fans in Minnesota combined with a world-class, soccer-specific stadium make the Twin Cities and our state a perfect home for the next MLS expansion team.”

MLS, which this year grew to 20 clubs with the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC, has previously stated its plan to expand to 24 clubs by 2020. Along with Miami, the next MLS expansion club would fulfill the original plan.

However, on Monday, Garber stated that the league will evaluate its expansion plans.

“Over the course of 2015, we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs,” he said.

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Linebacker Chris Borland Is Retiring

March 16, 2015 8:33 PM PT

Berkeley, California – Rookie linebacker Chris Borland,  of the San Francisco 49ers, announced that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland, one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told “Outside the Lines” on Monday.

Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, and studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told “Outside the Lines.” “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

Borland: “I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been, for me it’s wanting to be proactive,” said Borland. “I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late. … There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise.”

After the retirement last week of All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis. Borland was expected to be a key part of the 49ers defense this season.

Borland had a four-year contract with the 49ers worth just under $3 million.

The decision to retire had nothing to do with the 49ers, Borland said. He said that his feelings toward the team and his teammates marked one of the hardest aspects of the decision.

“It’s an incredible organization, and they truly looked out for players’ best interests,” he said.

Borlands’ move to retire is a shocking one and it adds to a long list of quality 49ers players that have moved on from the team since  Jim Harbaugh’s departure.

Photo By Shawn Jonas

 

 

 

The Oakland Raiders Cut Ties With Veteran Quarterback Matt Schaub

March 16, 2015 7:44 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

After just one year the Oakland Raiders cut ties with veteran quarterback Matt Schaub.  The move was expected.

The Raiders had acquired Schaub originally to start.  The Raiders  first-string offense struggled scoring points with Schaub early in the preseason.

Derek Carr

Photos by Shawn Jonas

Ex-Head Coach Dennis Allen chose to start rookie Derek Carr over Schaub in the last preseason game against the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. Carr was almost perfect starting in place of Schaub, completing 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and led the Raiders to four touchdowns in four drives.

Carr was named the starter for the season opener. The second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft  was the only rookie quarterback to start every game in 2014.

Carr credited Schaub throughout the season for aiding him develop as quickly as he did. Schaub handled the situation with class.

The Raiders acquired Schaub  from Houston for a sixth-round pick.

Schaub  only threw 10 passes for Oakland and two of them were intercepted.

The Raiders paid Schaub $8 million last season. His release saves them $5.5 million in salary-cap room.

The Raiders have signed nine unrestricted free agents a league high. They still have $25.1 million remaining.

Schaub’s release became even more likely when Oakland signed Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder will compete with Matt McGloin for the back up position.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave,  coached Ponder in Minnesota. Ponder will aid in the process of Carr and McGloin learning Musgraves’ system.

The San Francisco Giants Shutout The Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0

March 15, 2015 11:04 PM PT

Scottsdale, ArizonaTim Hudson went 1 1/3 innings, faced eight batters, and allowed five batters to reach base. With all that said he didn’t give up a run to the Diamondbacks . San Francisco Giants shutout the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Sunday.

The World Champions Giants, finally got a win. They only had one win in it’s last 10 games.

Diamondbacks Archie Bradley also struggled. He allowed two runs and six hits through three innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t issue a walk.

 Ehire Adrianza had two hits and an RBI for the Giants. Matt Duffy hit an RBI tripleBrandon Crawford added a hit and scored a run. He played at shortstop. Juan Perez added two hits, including a double.

Ex-Giant Cody Ross had two hits for the Diamondbacks.

San Franciscos’ Center fielder Gary Brown threw  a runner  out at the plate in the first inning keeping the game scoreless.

Hudson:  “I need to work on release-point stuff, mechanical stuff,” he said. “The plate is moving around on me, but that will get better. From a workload standpoint I’m ahead of where I thought I might be. I didn’t think I would be out this early, but I am. You can’t look at numbers and say too much. The World Series MVP (Bumgarner) has given up a run this spring, ” Hudson added.

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ARI        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  8   0
SF           0  1  1  0  0  0  1  2  X  5 11 0


Roster Moves

Giants: San Francisco is moving OF Norichika Aoki to left field and will use Gregor Blanco or Juan Perez in right until Hunter Pence returns from injury.

Diamondbacks: Arizona released OF Ben Francisco and reassigned RHP Blake Beaven, RHP Aaron Blair, RHP Justin Marks, C Matt Pognozzi, RHP Braden Shipley and C Mark Thomas to minor league camp. LHPs Vidal Nuno and Andrew Chafin are no longer being considered for the starting rotation but remain in the bullpen mix.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) will miss his next scheduled start. He will pitch again on March 21.“I can’t force the issue,” he said. “It’s not the time to be a hero and try to power through it.”

Hunter Pence (broken right forearm) had his cast replaced. He will wear one for a month.

Diamondbacks: RHP Addison Reed (shoulder soreness) continues to throw bullpen sessions as he works himself into condition to open the season on time.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Randall Delgado starts Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton starts Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco reliever Sergio Romo is also expected to make his spring debut.

Zito Throws Four Scoreless Innings As The Oakland A’s Beat Milwaukee Brewers Split Squad 5-2

Phoenix, ArizonaSonny Gray threw the first four innings and gave up both runs while Barry Zito threw the final four. Zito retired 11 of the 12 men he faced.  The one hit he did give up was erased by a double play.  Zito, who is attempting a comeback after a full year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings for a save as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 in Maryvale Park on Sunday.

Brewers Ryan Braun is 0 for 10 in Cactus League Play. Braun had offseason thumb surgery and missed the last three games with the Flu.

The 36-year-old Zito , the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out Bobby Crocker to end the ball game. Zito received a standing ovation from A’s faithful.

“You can look at results, but I have to look at the way the ball is coming out of my hand,” Zito said. “Right now it feels good.”

The A’s have deep competition for their starting pitchers. Zito could be playing for a spot on another team.

Zito: “I don’t think about things like that,” he said. “I have an agent. I’ve got an A’s uni on right now, I’ve just got to stay in the moment moment, give it my all to the team every time out, ” Zito added.

Billy Burns continued on his hot streak improving his batting average to .441 with two more hits against the Brewers. 

Zito had his famous curve going on Sunday, as catcher Luke Carlin was the first to attest.

“I thought his curve was better today than it had been other times I’ve caught him,” Carlin said. “I thought it was just better location, better arm speed, better finish with it.”

Gray gave up two runs, but it was still enough to get the win. He went mostly with the fastball. Gray was a little predictable, yet it was good enough to be effective when he needed it. He gave up a run in the second and had men in scoring position but was able to pitched out of it.

“I felt awesome,” he said of the second inning. “It was great to be able to get out of the second and limit the damage with men on second and third and one out. Today was night and day better than the last time. The fastball was good. I just threw a lot of strikes.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland is hoping OF Coco Crisp (right elbow) will be able to return to the lineup Tuesday when the A’s play San Diego in Mesa. 1B Ike Davis (back) could also be ready then or soon after.

Bob Melvin said he is “more encouraged” than ever that Josh Reddick will be ready to be in right field for opening day on April 6th. Reddick, expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering an oblique injury just after Cactus League play started.

Jarrod Parker will throw 30 pitches against live hitters Wednesday. To simulate a gamelike feel, Parker will throw 15 pitches, sit for a few minutes, then throw 15 more.

ROSTER MOVES

The A’s made their first roster cuts. Right-handers Arnold Leon and Chad Smith and left-hander Eury De La Rosa were optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Right-hander Raul Alcantara, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was optioned to Double-A Midland. Right-handers Matt Buschmann and Angel Castro, left-handers Jim Fuller and Rudy Owens, catcher Bruce Maxwell and infielders Alden Carrithers and Niuman Romero were reassigned to minor league camp.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Oakland will face RHP Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Monday. RHP Kendall Graveman continues his quest for a spot in the rotation.

Brewers: Milwaukee gets a day off on Monday. RHP Matt Garza will pitch against RHP James Shields and the Padres in Peoria on Tuesday.

Former 49ers Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson To Visit Patriots On Monday

March 15, 2015 3:15 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

The former 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson will visit the Patriots on Monday.

The New England Patriots lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to the New York Jets.  It makes sense that the Patriots would be interested in a receiver who traditionally does well against Revis.

Johnson was cut by the 49ers on Thursday, and he visited the San Diego Chargers on Friday.

The Jets also have interest in Johnson, which makes sense given that his former coach in Buffalo Bills coach is now the offensive coordinator of the Jets.

The San Francisco 49ers Snag Former Detroit Lions Running Back Reggie Bush

March 14, 2015 5:49 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – The number two overall pick in the 2006 draft, legendary USC Running Back Reggie Bush, agreed to undisclosed terms with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.  After visiting with  the 49ers on Wednesday and then the New England Patriots on Friday. Reports said that he left New England without a deal offered.

Bush is now a 30-year-old veteran who’s recently had a problem staying healthy in his last couple  seasons. He has missed 8-games over the past two seasons.  He has only played a full 16 game schedule twice in his NFL career. Bush joins a 49ers backfield that could use his multitalented skill-set. Possibly play the role of a 3rd-down running back and in most passing situations.

“The best is yet to come,” Bush posted on his Twitter account, 

Bush rushed for 297 yards and also had 253 receiving yards in 11 games last season for the Detroit Lions.  He was slowed by an ankle injury. He’s spent two years with both the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins after playing his first five seasons with the New Orleans Saints who drafted the Heisman Trophy winner. 

After visiting with Bush, general manager Trent Baalke called him a “great guy, great guy. We had a very good conversation.” 

Baalke envisions a running back-by-committee approach.

Bush will complement Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter in a 49ers backfield that will be without Frank Gore for the first time since 2004. Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher, signed a three-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts last week after pulling away from the Philadelphia Eagles offer.

The 49ers lost a sixth starter from last season: cornerback Perrish Cox, who agreed to join the Tennessee Titans (three years, $15 million, according to the Baltimore Sun).

The 49ers also added veteran cornerbacks Chris Cook and Shareece Wright who agreed on one-year deals.

Wright led the league in pass interference penalties during his final season with the Chargers. He spent the last four years in San Diego.  He reportedly got a $4 million deal that includes $1 million in incentives. 

 

 

A’s Score Four Runs On Matt Cain In Less Than Two Innings Beat Giants 5-2

Saturday March 14, 2015

Shawn Jonas

MESA, Ariz. –After a two-run start by the Giants offense in the top of the first inning they were shutdown for the rest of the game.  Athletics Jesse Chavez settled down after the first inning and only gave up five hits over 4⅓ innings.  Matt Cain had a rough outing giving up for four runs in 1⅔ innings.  The Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday in a split-squad game.

Cain, in only his second appearance following elbow surgery, allowed six hits.  He struck out one,  and did not walk a batter.

“I got my pitch count up and worked every scenario, I just didn’t make pitches,” Cain said. “Now it’s making sure my arm is able to repeat it and being able to get up and down.”

Cain’s day was a short one due to him not being able to locate as well as he wanted. His arm felt great,and he thought he had good stuff. He’s on schedule to be ready in time for the start of the season.

Cain will go through his normal routine as h e prepares for his next start in five days.

“The nerves were still there, which is good,” Cain said. “This one felt more like a normal start.”

Billy Burns is is in a nice rhythm as he collected three more hits for a second straight game.

Ben Zobrist doubled and drove in two runs while Eric Sogard collected a hit and drove in a run for the A’s as well. Burns has three triples this spring.

Casey McGehee doubled twice and drove in both of the Giants’ runs. He’s 10-for-20 in exhibition play.

Jesse Chavez gave up two runs, both in the first inning, on five hits over 4⅓ innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Athletics: Chavez was able to make an adjustment after a rough first inning and ended on a solid note.

“I was rushing a little bit with my mechanics, throwing my hip out too quickly,” he said. “It was a matter of me trusting myself to know what I needed to do. I started driving the hill.”

Chavez was allowed to start the fifth inning, something that was important to him after failing to go three innings his last outing.

“Today the whole goal was to go four innings and being able to go back out for the fifth was nice, and not even reaching my pitch count.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

A’s: OF Josh Reddick (strained right oblique) took part in the team stretch and threw from 60 feet. … INF Ike Davis (back) and OF Coco Crisp (sore left triceps) are taking an extra day or two off and should be back in action in the next few days. … RHP Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery) threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday and will do so again on Wednesday.

Giants: RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen on Friday and will see game action Sunday. … C Buster Posey got a routine day off. … RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) has shown no improvement.
4:05 PM ET, March 14, 2015
HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa, Arizona

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SF           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  6   1
OAK     1  3  0  0  0  0  1  0  –  5  12  0

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Tim Hudson makes his second start of the spring Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A’s: RHP Sonny Gray will start for the A’s at the Milwaukee Brewers, with LHP Barry Zito also scheduled to see action.

A’s Up Next: The A’s will be back together as one unit Sunday after a split-squad trip to Las Vegas, and it will be right-hander Sonny Gray taking the mound for the second time this spring, meeting the Brewers at Maryvale at 1:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Gray will be followed by veteran non-roster invitee Barry Zito. Gray allowed two earned runs on five hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut, and Zito has allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in one start and one relief appearance thus far.