Oakland Raiders Retain Four Free Agents

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed the following four free agents, the club announced Monday.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT

Player                             Pos.   Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Autry, Denico                         DL       6-5      270     4          Mississippi State

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

Player                             Pos.   Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Holmes, Gabe                         TE        6-5      255     3          Purdue

Kirkland, Denver                    G         6-4      335     2          Arkansas

Roberts, Seth                          WR      6-2      195     3          West Alabama

Autry: Returns for his fourth season after making the squad as an undrafted free agent in 2014…Played in all 16 games with seven starts in 2016, posting 37 tackles (22 solo), 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, while adding a blocked PAT…In 2015, led the NFL with three blocked kicks on special teams (two PATs and one FG), posting the most blocks by a single player in a season since 2011…Career totals include 40 games played with 15 starts, 79 tackles (49 solo), 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.

Holmes: Enters his third season in Oakland…Suffered an injury in the preseason opener in 2016 and was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Aug. 29…Did not appear in a game in 2015, spending nine weeks on the active roster and seven weeks on the practice squad…Originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue, where he played in 49 games and caught 65 passes for 685 yards and six TDs.

Kirkland: Begins his second season with the Silver and Black after appearing in six games with four starts as a rookie in 2016…Played primarily as an extra offensive lineman…Signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in May 2016 out of Arkansas, where he appeared in 38 games with 34 starts.

Roberts: Enters his fourth season after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014…Set a career high with 38 receptions in 2016, and added 397 receiving yards and five TDs…Raiders are 9-0 when he catches a TD pass, and he has recorded four game-winning TD receptions over his career…Career totals include 32 games played with 11 starts, 70 receptions for 877 yards and 10 TDs.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Swope Park Rangers 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 in a hard fought match against Swope Park Rangers, completing a difficult early-season three-match road stretch.

The match started with Swope Park Rangers controlling most of the possession, but Republic FC’s defense was up to the task, keeping the Rangers offense quiet through the first half.  

Republic FC would have their first strong chance on goal in the 22nd minute.  Republic FC’s attack started with midfielder Danny Barrera finding forward Wilson Kneeshaw, who had beat his man down the right side of the field.  Kneeshaw ran onto Barrera’s long ball and fired a right-footed shot toward the near post.  Rangers’ goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was there to deflect Kneeshaw’s shot, but the ball went right back to Kneeshaw who found Daniel Trickett-Smith at the top of the box.  The midfielder took a shot, but his shot, like Kneeshaw’s, was deflected, keeping the match scoreless.

The Rangers had their best looks on goal successively in the 29th and 30th minutes.  The first look was started by Colton Storm who sent a grounded cross into the box that was parried away by Dominik Jakubek, but right to the feet of Christian Duke who made a centering pass to former Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa who fired toward goal only to have his shot blocked by his own teammate Mark Anthony Gonzalez.  The forward recovered the ball before turning and sending another shot toward goal, but it was saved by Jakubek before getting cleared off the line by Moffat.

However, the danger was not completely over as Storm would start the second wave of pressure again crossing the ball to the middle.  Storm’s cross found Iwasa who was cutting laterally in the box. Iwasa attempted a one-touch shot, but his shot was deflected again, but again found the feet of Gonzalez who took another shot, but a sliding Jakubek was there to clear the danger.  Duke would collect the clearance, however, firing a final shot toward goal, but a deflection allowed Hall to clear the ball as Republic FC’s defense held strong despite the flurry of opportunities for the Rangers, keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

Republic FC came out strong in the second half, controlling more of the possession and getting most of the chances. Republic FC’s first good chance of the second half came in the 54th minute on a break. Defender Elliott Hord sent a long through ball from the right side that was just beyond the reach of Tyler Blackwood who was making a near post run. A Swope Park defender attempted to clear Hord’s through ball, but his clearance went right to the feet of Blackwood who continued his run. Blackwood took a strong shot toward the right side of the goal, but the ball went just wide to the right of the goal keeping the match at 0-0.

The Rangers would break the deadlock in the 70th minute. Duke had the ball in the middle of the field before sending it to forward Kharlton Belmar on the right side.  Belmar touched the ball around his mark and hustled toward the end line before sending a strike toward the near post. Jakubek read the shot well, knocking the ball away, but his deflection was in the perfect place for Gonzalez as he followed the play.  Gonzalez nodded the ball into the back of the net, giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC seemed to be energized by the goal as they immediately looked for an equalizer. In the 74th minute midfielder Adam Moffat intercepted a pass in the attacking third, beginning a Republic FC break. Moffat took a few touches toward the middle, splitting the defense, before sending a left-footed shot toward goal, but his attempt was a little high and wide left. Republic FC would continue to press, getting multiple chances in the final 15 minutes, but were unable to find an equalizer, giving the Rangers the 1-0 victory.

Republic FC finishes their arduous road stretch that saw the club travel almost 7,000 miles to play three matches in the span of seven days, their most difficult road stretch of the season. Republic FC will return home on Saturday, Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the match are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Broadcast 21 Matches On CW31 In 2017 Including Select Away Matches

Club also renews broadcast agreement to broadcast select home matches on Sports 1140 KHTK.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC renewed its broadcast partnerships with CW31 and Sports 1140 KHTK. At least 20 of the club’s remaining 28 USL matches, and a potential international friendly match will air on local TV. Republic FC’s broadcasts on CW31 will begin with the club’s first locally televised road match on Saturday, April 15. 

CBS13/CW31 and Sports 1140 KHTK serve as the official broadcast partners of Sacramento Republic FC.

“We are always striving to elevate the beautiful game and reach more people in the Sacramento region and we believe our broadcast partnership with CW31, CBS13 and Sports 1140 KHTK continues this mission,” said Republic FC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Erika Bjork. “The addition of away matches to this seasons’ broadcast schedule allows Republic FC fans a new way to watch our boys in Old Glory Red that was previously unavailable.”

Republic FC will broadcast 21 matches on CW31 in 2017, including 14 of Republic FC’s remaining 15 home matches and seven of the club’s road matches.  This will be the first season that Republic FC road matches will be broadcast on local TV. Broadcast production of the matches will be done by VISTA through the USL Television Network.

Home and road matches televised by CW31 will feature the duo of Rob McAllister and Kevin Goldthwaite, who return to the booth for their fourth season broadcasting the club’s matches. Good Day Sacramento anchor Julissa Ortiz will resume duties as sideline reporter for home matches to round out the television broadcast team.

 Republic FC will broadcast ten home matches on Sports 1140 KHTK in 2017. Select Republic FC 2017 U.S. Open Cup home matches will also be aired (dates to be announced). The radio broadcasts will have the team of Jason Lockhart and Carmichael Dave calling the action, returning for their fourth season. 

The first Republic FC TV broadcast of the season will be their away match against Swope Park Rangers on Saturday, Apr. 15. Kickoff is 5 p.m.  The match will be broadcast on CW31.

Sacramento Republic FC 2017 Broadcast Schedule:

Date

Time

Opponent

TV

Radio

April 1

7:30 pm

Orange County SC

 

Sports 1140 KHTK

April 15

5:00 pm

@ Swope Park Rangers

CW31

 

April 22

7:30 pm

Portland Timbers 2

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

May 13

6:30 pm

@ Real Monarchs SLC

CW31

 

May 20

7:30 pm

Tulsa Roughnecks FC

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

May 28

2:00 pm

@ Seattle Sounders FC 2

CW31

 

June 3

8:00 pm

Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

June 10

7:30 pm

@ Reno 1868 FC

CW31

 

June 17

8:00 pm

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

June 21

8:00 pm

Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

CW31

 

June 25

6:30 pm

@ LA Galaxy II

CW31

 

July 1

8:00 pm

San Antonio FC

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

July 23

8:00 pm

Seattle Sounders FC 2

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

August 5

8:00 pm

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

CW31

 

August 13

2:00 pm

@ Portland Timbers 2

CW31

 

August 19

8:00 pm

Reno 1868 FC

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

August 23

8:00 pm

Swope Park Rangers

 

Sports 1140 KHTK

August 26

7:30 pm

@ Phoenix Rising FC

CW31

 

September 2

7:30 pm

Colorado Springs Switchback FC

CW31

 

September 16

7:30 pm

LA Galaxy II *

CW31

Sports 1140 KHTK

September 23

7:30 pm

Oklahoma City Energy FC

CW31

 

September 27

7:30 pm

Real Monarchs SLC

 

Sports 1140 KHTK

September 30

7:30 pm

Phoenix Rising FC

CW31

 

TBA

TBA

International Friendly Match

CW31

 

*Delayed broadcast

**Radio will also broadcast select Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches and friendlies. 

For a full schedule of Republic FC matches, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations 

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Oklahoma City Energy FC 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC drop first match of the season 1-0 to Oklahoma City Energy FC after playing with just 10-men after receiving their first red card of the season.  Miguel Gonzalez’ bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference, despite Republic FC dominating possession.

 Republic FC started the match very strong, attacking the Oklahoma City Energy FC defense early and often.  Republic FC saw their first strong chance just 30 seconds into the match after a play down the left side where midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith received the ball around 30 yards out and unleashed a powerful shot.  Trickett-Smith’s shot looked destined for the near post, but Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi was there for the sliding save.

Despite Republic FC enjoying over 60 percent of the possession in the first half, it was Energy FC who would break through first in the 30th minute.  Defender Michael Harris made an impressive flip throw from near the centerline that deflected off the head of a Republic FC player toward the middle of the box.  Midfielder Miguel Gonzalez was in the right place at the right time as he redirected the deflection with a beautiful bicycle kick past Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving Energy FC the 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Republic FC continued their pressure on the Energy FC defense in the second half, seeing their first chance on goal in the 57th minute.  Defender James Kiffe threw the ball in to forward Tyler Blackwood on the left side of the box.  Blackwood immediately played the ball back to Kiffe who split the defense before laying it off to forward Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward chased the ball back toward the middle before playing it back to Trickett-Smith who hit a strong shot from about 25 yards out in the middle of the field, but Laurendi was there again for the save maintaining Energy FC’s 1-0 lead.

In the 82nd minute Republic FC was reduced to just 10-men.  Defender Chris Christian was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle on Miguel Gonzalez near the middle of the pitch.  The red card was the first for Republic FC in 2017, but their third in Oklahoma City since 2014.

Republic FC battled hard for the final eight minutes despite being down a man, getting one of their best looks at goal three minutes into stoppage time.  Kiffe made a good move down the left side of the field, splitting the two-man defense near the edge of the box, before sending a cross toward the back post.  Substitute forward Trevin Caesar made a good run to be in position, but his header went high.

Republic FC moves to 3-1-0 on the season and are still atop the Western Conference table.  They will continue their road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 15 when they take on Swope Park Rangers KC.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT.  Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2.  Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ preseason schedule will feature home games against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, with road contests at the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League announced Monday.

Dates                    Opponent                        Time

Aug. 10-14               @ Arizona Cardinals              TBA

Aug. 17-21                LOS ANGELES RAMS            TBA

Aug. 24-27                 @ Dallas Cowboys                  TBA

Aug. 31-Sept. 1        SEATTLE SEAHAWKS          TBA

The Raiders will open the preseason at the Arizona Cardinals for the second consecutive season. It will be the third straight year playing the Cardinals, as Arizona traveled to Oakland in 2015 before last year’s game in Arizona. The Raiders’ second game will be a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams, marking the first game between the two teams since the Rams moved back to Los Angeles.

 The Silver and Black will then play on the road for their third preseason game, travelling to Dallas in the preseason for the first time since 2010. Oakland will finish up its preseason slate against the Seattle Seahawks for the 12th straight season. Eight of those 12 games to close the preseason have come in Seattle, but this is the third time in four years – and second consecutive season – that the Raiders will host the Seahawks in Oakland.

All games will be broadcast locally on the Raiders radio flagship, 95.7 The GAME, and its affiliate stations.

Preseason times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats, Beede Makes It Two In A Row With 2-1 Win

Giants’ top prospect gets win in his Triple-A debut with six strong innings

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (2-0) won their second straight game with a 2-1 win over the visiting Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.

Tyler Beede (1-0, 1.50), the San Francisco Giants No. 1 prospect, made his first Triple-A start en route to his first Triple-A win. The 23-year-old right-hander threw six innings, giving up just one run on five hits while walking none and striking out three. He threw 80 pitches (51 strikes) in the outing.

 On the offensive side of the ball, Jae-Gyun Hwang put the River Cats on the board in the first, grounding into a run-scoring double-play. He gave the River Cats their second run with a two-out RBI-single in the sixth. Kyle Blanks put the game out of reach with a three-run blast – Sacramento’s first home run this season – in the eighth inning.

 The River Cats and Rainiers will play two tomorrow, with game one of the doubleheader to start at 4:05 p.m. Joan Gregorio (0-0, 0.00) and Ricky Romero (0-0, 0.00) are expected to start for Sacramento while Chase De Jong (0-0, 0.00) and Ryan Weber (0-0, 0.00) go for Tacoma. The game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Over Tacoma Rainiers For “Opening Day” Win

After two postponed games, Sacramento overcomes early deficit to beat Tacoma 6-5 

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) started off the 2017 season with a bang, coming from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (0-1) by a score of 6-5 Saturday night at Raley Field.

Both offenses came ready to play, scoring a combined eight runs in the first two innings. Sacramento starter Clayton Blackburn yielded two runs in the first frame but the River Cats offense answered back three runs of their own. Christian Arroyo doubled in the inning and Austin Slater highlighted the frame with a two-run double to make it a 3-2 game.

The scoring spree continued into the second inning when Blackburn gave up a three-run homer to Tacoma right fielder Tyler O’Neill. Blackburn lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits with a strikeout before the bullpen took over and shutdown the Rainiers the rest of the way.

 The two ‘pens traded zeros until the eighth inning when the River Cats offense roared back to life. Slater drove in another with an RBI-single and an error on Tacoma’s O’Neill allowed the tying run to also come home. Later in the frame, right fielder Orlando Calixte played hero by driving in Slater to give the River Cats the lead.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (0-0, 0.00) to the mound for Sunday’s matinee. Beede, the No. 1 prospect in the Giants’ organization, will be making his Triple-A debut and will square off against Rainiers’ right-hander Dylan Unsworth. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-1

Goals from Wilson Kneeshaw and Tyler Blackwood prove to be enough as Republic FC extend their record unbeaten streak to 14 consecutive matches and makes them 3-0-0 on the season. 

The match was very well contested from the start with neither team asserting their dominance over the other. Roughnecks FC would have the first good look at goal in the 11th minute.  Modou Jadama played Cristian Mata open down the middle of the pitch, giving Mata the one-on-one situation with Dominik Jakubek. Republic FC’s keeper did well though to cut off the angle and push Mata wide right, making the forward’s shot a difficult one.  Mata took a strong shot from the right side of the box, but it went into the side of the net keeping the match scoreless early.

Republic FC had their best chance of the first half in the 36th minute on a counter attack led by Tyler Blackwood and Wilson Kneeshaw.  Blackwood pushed the ball down the middle from the midline all the way to the top of the box before laying the ball off to Kneeshaw on his right.  The forward had a good look at goal from the right side, but a sliding Roughnecks FC defender was there to block the ball away.  A poor clearance gave Republic FC another chance however, with Danny Barrera attempting a header from the left side, but goalkeeper Bryan Byars was there for the save, keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

Republic FC came out quickly to begin the second half, scoring in the 48th minute.  Kneeshaw received the ball near the top right corner of the box before sending it out wide to Hord who was making an overlapping run.  Hord then sent a long ball into the box to Sammy Ochoa who jumped and headed back to top of the six-yard box where Kneeshaw chested down and slotted the ball past Byars and into the back of the net putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

 Republic FC continued their strong pressure in the second half and were rewarded again in the 67th minute.  Danny Barrera had the ball on the right side on the break before sending a cross toward the middle where Ochoa found himself open.  After a bounce, Ochoa hit a one-touch right-footed blast toward goal that looked destined for the near post, that Byars’ saved but only to the waiting feet of Blackwood who followed the play perfectly and the forward simply tapped the ball into the goal, giving Republic FC the 2-0 lead.

Roughnecks FC would pull back a goal in the 80th minute.  A corner by Juan Pablo Caffa was cleared after a play in the box, but only as far as Brady Ballew about 30 yards out in the middle of the pitch.  Ballew hit a strong shot that hit the right corner of the cross bar, but fortunately for the Roughnecks, fell right to the feet of Joey Callistri who hit a strong shot back across goal and into the right side of the net making the score 2-1.

 Despite a strong effort by Roughnecks FC to equalize, Republic FC’s defense held strong to see out the 2-1 victory and therefore remaining at the top of the USL Western Conference table.  Republic FC continue their road stretch as they travel to take on Oklahoma City Energy FC on Tuesday, Apr. 11.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT at Taft Stadium.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/match-guide. Updates will also be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC and using #OKCvSAC.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Game Suspended, To Resume Saturday, July 8, 2017

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats and Tacoma Rainiers were stopped by rain for the second straight night Friday at Raley Field after playing just half an inning.

Tonight’s suspended game will resume Saturday, July 8 when the Rainiers return to Raley Field. Additional details will be announced when they become available.

Tomorrow’s game will continue as scheduled with first pitch at 7:05 pm and gates opening to fans at 5 pm.

Single-game ticket buyers may exchange their tickets for tonight’s suspended game for any other regular season River Cats home game (excluding July 3). Tickets must be exchanged at the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office. Please contact the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) with questions. Season ticket members are encouraged to communicate with their individual representatives.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations