Oakland Raiders Sign P Marquette King To Long-Term Contract Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed P Marquette King to a long-term contract extension, the club announced Monday.

Oakland originally signed the 6-foot, 195-pounder as an undrafted free agent in May 2012. After spending the 2012 season on the Reserve/Injured List, King has played in all 48 games for the Raiders over the last three seasons and has totaled 276 punts for 12,734 yards (46.1 gross average; 40.2 net average) with 94 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

Last season, King punted 83 times for 3,697 yards (44.5 gross average; 40.7 net average) and set a franchise record with 40 punts placed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. His 40 punts downed inside the 20 ranked second in the NFL in 2015.

In 2014, King set single-season franchise records for punts (109) and punting yards (4,930). He also became the only punter since 1976 with at least 100 punts, at least 30 placed inside the 20-yard line and three-or-fewer touchbacks in a season. In his first full season in 2013, he led the NFL in gross punting with a 48.9 average.

King played four years at Fort Valley State, where he earned first-team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior. A native of Macon, Ga., King attended Rutland High School in his hometown.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Sonoma County 4-0

Three second-half goals propel Republic FC past Sonoma County in their fourth preseason friendly of 2016.

Sacramento Republic FC came out of the gates strong, attacking the Sonoma County Sol defense relentlessly. In the 5th minute their pressure paid off when Octavio Guzman was brought down in the box trying to settle a rebound. Forward Thomas Stewart stepped up to the spot sending his shot to the right as Sonoma County keeper Arturo Orneales dove left. Stewart’s goal made the score 1-0.

Sonoma County would have their only clear chance of the match in the 30th minute when midfielder Pedro Guerrero got free in the middle of the park. Guerrero gathered himself before sending a 35-foot strike toward goal. Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek moved quickly to his right to make the save preserving the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC continued to pressure the Sonoma County defense and in the 36th minute they seemed to break through again when forward Mackenzie Pridham broke free on the left side. Pridham sent a low cross toward the middle that was parried away by Orneales, but fell right at the feet of Stewart who sent the ball into the net. However, Stewart was deemed offside, keeping the score 1-0 going into the half.

Republic FC continued to attack in the second half, scoring their second goal early in the half. In the 51st minute, Pridham received a lofted ball in the right side of the box. Pridham settled the ball and while keeping a defender on his back dropped the ball back to a streaking Emrah Klimenta who sent a rocket past substitute keeper Sean Taufer, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Republic FC would add another goal in the 62nd minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez used some fancy footwork to get open on the right side before crossing the ball toward Stewart in the middle of the box. Stewart volleyed the cross past Taufer increasing Republic FC’s lead to 3-0.

Defender James Kiffe would end the match on a high note for Republic FC with his goal in the 86th minute. Kiffe played the ball into the middle to trialist Manny Cazares who played the ball back to Kiffe who went one-on-one with Taufer. With the keeper rushing to close the gap Kiffe sent a left-footed chip that cleared Taufer’s reach and settled into the right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 4-0 for good.

“We certainly upped our game tonight,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the match. “We looked very good, we have not trained on astroturf, so to come here and perform that was really good. I am very, very pleased with the attitude of the players and our passing was excellent tonight.”

Republic FC will be back in action again on Thursday, Mar. 3 when they travel to Fresno, Calif. to take on the Fresno Fuego (PDL). Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at Chukchansi Park. Tickets to the match are available online at FresnoFuego.com

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Sacramento State 1-0

The match started quickly with the Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team trying to gain an early lead on Sacramento Republic FC.

In just the 4th minute Sacramento State forward Cylus Sandoval had the first real chance of the match. Midfielder Bert Corona found Sandoval on a looping cross from the right side to the top left corner of the box. Sandoval controlled the ball, beat a defender and sent a shot toward the right side of the goal, but his shot was just wide of the goal, keeping the match scoreless.

Republic FC took control of the half soon after and in the 13th minute gained a lead. Recently signed forward Harry Williams received the ball in the middle of the pitch, fought off a defender and sent the ball toward Max Alvarez. The midfielder quickly played a spinning one-touch pass that sprung Williams up the right side. Williams took a few touches, then buried a right-footed strike putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

In the 25th minute Republic FC would get their next chance on goal when Alvarez took the ball down the right side of the pitch. Alvarez sent the ball back to the middle to midfielder Joaquin Rivas who controlled the ball and send a looping left footed shot toward the upper left corner of the goal, but the shot went just inches over the bar keeping the score 1-0 at the half.

The second half started slowly, with neither team earning definitive control of the match. However, Republic FC had two back-to-back looks on goal in the 54th and 55th minutes when substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham got free at the top of the box, but neither ended in goals.

The Hornets best chance of the half came on Trevor Jackson’s free kick in the 75th minute. Jackson stepped up on a free kick just off the left corner of the box. Jackson took a strong shot on goal but it was right on a well positioned Dominik Jakubek, keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC looked as if they might double their lead late when defender Emrah Klimenta raced the ball up the right hand side of the pitch to the endline. Klimenta then sent a cross to the middle which found the head of trialist forward Richie Cardozo who connected on a diving header, but Bru was there again for the save keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC earned a free kick in the 89th minute, but Danny Barrera’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar ending the match as a 1-0 win for Republic FC.

Sacramento Republic FC are in action again on Saturday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Santa Rosa, Calif. to take on the Sonoma County Sol. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa High School. Tickets to the match are available on SonomaCountySol.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Forward Harry Williams

20-year-old forward comes to the United States after playing professionally in England.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with forward Harry Williams for the 2016 USL season. Williams played most recently with Cheltenham Town FC, a National League club in Gloucestershire, England.

“Harry is a young player that fits into our development group,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Already, he has proven that he is capable of playing at our level. He holds the ball up very well and he can finish. He is a very good prospect for our club.”

Williams appeared in 14 matches with Cheltenham Town after joining the senior team in 2013. Williams began with Cheltenham Town Academy as an 8-year-old, progressing through the academy system and joining the first team at 17 years old.

The forward spent most of his time with Cheltenham Town on loan to other clubs. Williams had two loan stints with Farnborough FC, appearing in a combined 17 matches and scoring 10 goals. He also had two loan stints with Gloucester City AFC, appearing in a combined 16 matches and scoring seven goals. Williams was also loaned to Evesham United FC, appearing in 11 matches and scoring five goals.

Sacramento Republic FC continue their preseason when they face Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team today, Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Hornet Field. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at csus.edu/hornettickets.

The USL regular season kicks off March 25 when Republic FC travel to Tukwila, Wash. to face Seattle Sounders FC 2. Single match tickets for Republic FC’s 2016 USL home matches at Bonney Field go on sale March 1. For more information, including Williams’ full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes 2

Sacramento Republic FC fell 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Bonney Field in their second preseason friendly of 2016.

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The Quakes enjoyed possession in the first few minutes of the match, but it was Republic FC who would get on the score sheet first when in just the 8th minute midfielder Max Alvarez sped up the right wing and sent in a flat cross for forward Mackenzie Pridham, who sent the ball into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 1-0.

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The Earthquakes responded by slowing down the pace of the match trying to break through Republic FC’s defense but Sacramento did well to absorb the pressure and stop any dangerous plays from San Jose.

In the 18th minute Republic FC had their second serious attack of the match. On a counter attack Pridham found midfielder Octavio Guzman with a through ball. Guzman then sent a cross to forward Thomas Stewart, but his shot was just wide of Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham. During the play, Earthquakes’ midfielder Cordell Cato went down with no contact and had to be subbed off in the 20th minute, with midfielder Tommy Thompson coming on in his place.

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In the second half, San Jose came out revitalized looking for the equalizer. The Earthquakes’ continuous pressure paid off in the 51st minute when Thompson shook off Republic FC’s defense and sent in a great cross to forward Quincy Amarikwa who tapped the ball past Republic FC goalkeeper Evan Newton to tie the game 1-1.

In the 55th minute, Thompson again slipped past the Republic FC defense, but this time the backline was able to clear the ball out of danger. Republic FC responded right after, with defender Emrah Klimenta finding an unmarked Guzman right outside the 18-yard box but Guzman’s shot went straight to Bingham.

Both teams had a few good looks on goal afterwards, with a great chance for Republic FC in the 71st minute when San Jose’s defense failed to clear a ball and Alvarez found himself unmarked just outside the 18-yard box but the Republic FC midfielder couldn’t get a good shot on goal.

The Earthquakes would take the lead in the 86th minute when Amarikwa sent in a powerful header past Newton after a cross from Earthquakes’ defender Kip Colvey. The score put the Quakes ahead 2-1 for good.

“It felt good to get my first goal at Bonney Field in front of the fans,” said Pridham following the match. “I think our team put on a good performance and showed what we are building for the season.”

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Republic FC is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when they take on Sacramento State. The match will be played at Hornet Field on the campus of Sacramento State and kicks off at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at csus.edu/hornettickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Lease Extension At O.co Coliseum

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority have agreed to a one-year lease extension for the Raiders to play at O.co Coliseum, it was announced Thursday. The agreement includes an additional two years of team options following the 2016 season.

In addition, the Raiders will not raise ticket prices for the 11th straight season for season ticket members. Season tickets start at $225 for Raiders home games.

The Raiders have also retained consultant Larry MacNeil, a senior real estate executive, to the Oakland stadium development team. MacNeil spent 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco 49ers and was in charge of the development of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. He will represent the Raiders’ interests in negotiations with the City and County to explore opportunities for a new stadium in Oakland.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign S Nate Allen

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed S Nate Allen, the club announced Thursday.

Allen played in five games for the Raiders in 2015, starting three, and totaled 14 tackles (11 solo), one interception and two passes defensed. He missed 11 games on the year, suffering a knee injury in Week 1 and finishing the year on the Reserve/Injured List. He was released Tuesday before re-joining the team today.

The six-year veteran has played in 79 games with 72 starts over his career, totaling 394 tackles (268 solo), 11 interceptions, four sacks, 30 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Allen originally signed with Oakland as an unrestricted free agent in March 2015 following five seasons (2010-14) with the Philadelphia Eagles.

A native of Cape Coral, Fla., Allen played collegiately at South Florida and started 39-of-48 career games at free safety.

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Oakland Raiders Release Safety Nate Allen

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released S Nate Allen, the club announced Tuesday.

Allen played in five games for the Raiders in 2015, starting three, and totaled 14 tackles (11 solo), one interception and two passes defensed. He missed 11 games on the year, suffering a knee injury in Week 1 and finishing the year on the Reserve/Injured List.

The six-year veteran has played in 79 games with 72 starts over his career.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin Named Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

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San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, presented by Nationwide, on Saturday, February 6, becoming the first player in franchise history to win the esteemed accolade. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. As a part of the honor, Boldin’s Q81 foundation will receive a $50,000 donation, courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

“I’m beyond humbled to be selected as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year,” said Boldin. “I used to dream that I could play like Walter Payton when I was growing up, but he became even more of an inspiration to me as I learned about his legacy as a humanitarian. I commend the other 31 finalists throughout the National Football League who continue to use this platform to influence the lives of others in a positive way. May we continue to open our hearts and make an impact in our communities and throughout this world.”

Anquan Boldin is a tremendous example of a professional athlete who has used the platform the National Football League affords him to positively impact the lives of others,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “The diversity of his philanthropic efforts and the hands-on approach he takes to providing for those who cannot provide for themselves is widely respected throughout professional sports. Anquan has been a great ambassador for the San Francisco 49ers, and we congratulate him on being named this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.”

Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.

Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.

Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.

Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Safety Charles Woodson Named Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner

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Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders is the winner of the second annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by Mcdonald’s, it was announced today. The award recognizes the NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

The announcement of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Presented by McDonald’s was made at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally at 9 PM ET/PT tonight on CBS. The award was founded last year in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, SR.

Woodson will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

To commemorate the honor, Woodson was presented on-stage “The Art Rooney Trophy,” which represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for other players at all levels. The award design was inspired by the upward arc of a football in motion and contains a gold line embedded in glass that represents the path of sportsmanship throughout a career. Etched into the award are the words “integrity,” “honor,” “respect,” and “fairness,” the values that define excellent sportsmanship.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. In 2014, the players chose Larry Fitzgeraldof the Arizona Cardinals as the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney Award.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected eight finalists (four in the AFC; four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The panel of Legends Coordinators was comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg, Leonard Wheeler.

The eight finalists were listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award when players voted on December 18, 2015. From the eight finalists, each team’s players submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team could not vote for its own player.

The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, were running back JUSTIN FORSETT (Baltimore), running back MATT FORTÉ (Chicago), linebacker LUKE KUECHLY (Carolina), quarterback MATT HASSELBECK (Indianapolis), wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (Detroit), cornerback JASON MC COURTY (Tennessee), tackle JOE STALEY (San Francisco) and Woodson.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations