Oakland Raiders Sign G Gabe Jackson To Five-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed G Gabe Jackson to a five-year contract extension through 2022, the club announced Friday.

The Raiders originally drafted Jackson in the third round (81st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. Over his first three seasons with the club, Jackson has become one of the Silver and Black’s most dependable players, appearing in 45 games with 44 starts since 2014. He has also started all 32 games for the Raiders over the last two years.

Jackson earned the starting job at left guard out of training camp in his rookie year of 2014, appearing in 13 games with 12 starts. In 528 passing plays, Jackson allowed just one sack and two quarterback pressures, ranking tied for seventh and tied for fifth among NFL guards, respectively, according to Pro Football Focus.

In 2015, the 6-foot-3, 335-pounder started all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career and finished the year without recording an accepted holding penalty. He helped the Raiders finish with a 1,000-yard rusher, 1,000-yard receiver and 3,000-yard passer in the same season for the fourth time in team history and first time since 2005.

Jackson was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2016 after moving from left guard and starting all 16 games at right guard. He was a member of one of the league’s top offensive lines, as the Raiders surrendered just 18 sacks on the season, fewest in the NFL. He also helped pave the way for 1,922 rushing yards and an average of 4.4 yards per carry, assisting an offensive unit that finished sixth in the league in total offense (373.3 yards per game).

A native of Liberty, Miss., Jackson played collegiately at Mississippi State, becoming one of the most decorated offensive lineman in school history. He started all 52 games of his career at left guard and was a two-time All-American selection and a two-time first-team All-SEC recipient.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Receive Midfielder Harrison Heath On Loan from Atlanta United FC 

Heath brings three years of MLS experience to Republic FC.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which the club will receive midfielder Harrison Heath on loan from Atlanta United FC (MLS). 

Heath brings three years of MLS experience to Republic FC, spending time with Orlando City SC before being traded to Atlanta United FC in Dec. 2016.  The midfielder spent his first three professional years with Orlando City SC, joining the Lions on July 17, 2014 when they were still playing in the USL. Heath made six career MLS appearances while at Orlando City, including five starts, and has made two appearances with Atlanta this season.

A native of Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, Heath spent his youth career with the Houston Dynamo and Norwich City before signing with Orlando. He is the son of current Minnesota United head coach and former English midfielder Adrian Heath.

Heath will be available for selection in Republic FC’s match on Saturday, Jul. 1 against San Antonio FC.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.­

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign First Academy Product, 16-Year-Old Roberto Hategan

Hategan becomes the first player to be signed from Republic FC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a two-year USL contract, with a club option for the 2019 season, with 16-year-old midfielder Roberto Hategan.  Hategan becomes the first player in Republic FC’s history to be signed directly from the club’s own U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

“Signing our first Academy player to a professional contract, especially at such a young age, shows just how much faith we have in Roberto,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We look forward to developing him as a player and have faith in his potential.  This signing is another positive step for the club and would not be possible without the investment and shared vision of our ownership group, led by Kevin Nagle, to provide the talented youth of our region a pathway to the professional game.”

Hategan has scored 20 goals in the last two seasons playing with Republic FC’s Academy teams. In addition, the midfielder was honored with a call-up in April 2016 to the U.S. National Team U-16 Boys’ Team. Hategan appeared in two matches with the National Team, including an appearance in the Delle Nazioni Tournament against England. 

“Hategan highlights the immense talent in the Sacramento region and will be one of many future Academy signings,” said Republic FC Owner Kevin Nagle. “Today’s signing is not just an accomplishment for our Academy coaches and staff, but is a tribute to the strength of the youth competitive leagues in the region. We’ve always known Sacramento to be a leader in youth participation, but signings such as Roberto also reaffirm our club’s commitment to develop this talent and grow the beautiful game to support our team now and at the MLS level in the future.”   

Hategan played with San Juan Soccer Club prior to joining Republic FC’s Academy in the 2015-16 season.  Sacramento’s youth soccer programs have developed numerous talented players that have gone on to play in Major League Soccer, and professionally around the world, including current MLS players: Jalil Anibaba (Houston Dynamo), Connor Hallisey (Sporting KC), Niko Hansen (Columbus Crew) Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas), Cameron Iwasa (Sporting KC), Adam Jahn (Columbus Crew), Amobi Okugo (Portland Timbers) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).

Current Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and former Republic FC players Iwasa, Thompson, Jahn and Matt LaGrassa are all players who grew up and played youth soccer in the Sacramento region before representing their hometown on the Republic FC roster. Hategan is the second Republic FC Academy player to sign a professional contract following Ryley Kraft who signed with Orlando City B prior to the start of this season.    

Hategan will be available for Republic FC’s next match on July 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets for the match are available at SacRepublicFC.com. Kickoff is 8 p.m. To view the entire Republic FC roster, visit sacrepublicfc.com/republicfc-roster.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Ace Madison Bumgarner To Join Sacramento River Cats

Four-time All-Star, three-time World Champ expected to start rehab Friday, June 30

West Sacramento, CA Three-time World Champion Madison Bumgarner is expected join the Sacramento River Cats Friday, June 30 as he begins his Major League rehab assignment. The Giants’ ace is scheduled to start Friday night as the River Cats host the Fresno Grizzlies.

Bumgarner is rehabbing a left-shoulder strain, an injury he sustained in a dirt biking accident in April. Bumgarner most recently pitched for the Giants’ rookie-level Arizona team Sunday, throwing three no-hit innings. Before that, he threw two innings in a simulated game at the Giants’ Spring Training complex in Arizona.

The 27-year-old was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (10th overall) of the MLB June Amateur Draft in 2007. He made his Major League debut on September 8, 2009 and was an important factor in the Giants 2010 Postseason run. Bumgarner made history during the 2014 Postseason, throwing a record-setting 52.2 innings, including a historic five-inning save in Game 7 to clinch the Championship for San Francisco.

Bumgarner’s rehab assignment in Sacramento is scheduled to begin this Friday, June 30 as the River Cats host the visiting Fresno Grizzlies at Raley Field. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. and gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Comeback Attempt Falls Short In Texas

Stratton cannot overcome home runs as Sacramento falls to El Paso

El Paso, TX – The Sacramento River Cats (30-46) mounted promising comeback attempts late, but each of them fell flat as they dropped Tuesday night’s game to the El Paso Chihuahuas (38-40) by a score of 5-2.

Chris Stratton allowed a season-high 11 hits tonight, as he was unable to get through the fifth inning. The Right-hander allowed five runs on 11 hits, a walk, and six strikeouts, while throwing 104 pitches (69 strikes).

The bulk of the damage on Tuesday night came from the two-three hitters for El Paso, as Jose Rondon and Christian Villanueva combined to go 6-for-8 with four runs scored, three RBI and five extra base hits, including a home run apiece.

The River Cats threatened a couple times late, but were unable to mount a serious rally against the Chihuahua bullpen. Juan Ciriaco punched an RBI single to center in the seventh and Mac Williamson hit a sac fly to the wall in the ninth, but it was too little too late for Sacramento.

The River Cats will look to bounce back behind left-hander Andrew Suarez (1-1, 5.40) for game three tomorrow night. The Chihuahuas will send right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-0, No ERA) to the mound on a rehab assignment from the San Diego Padres. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (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 Defeat LA Galaxy II 3-2

Sacramento Republic FC power past LA Galaxy II behind goals from Jeremy Hall, Tyler Blackwood and Trevin Caesar and a big save from Evan Newton.

 Sacramento Republic FC picked up right where they left off coming out strong against LA Galaxy II.  In just the 10th minute, Republic FC would earn their first chance in the form of a penalty.  Defender James Kiffe drove past his mark before taking the ball all the way down the left side to the touchline and sending a left-footed cross toward the middle.  Kiffe’s cross did not find a Republic FC player, but instead found the hand of a Los Dos defender, earning Republic FC an early penalty.  Midfielder Jeremy Hall stepped up to take the penalty, hitting a low driven shot toward the right side of the goal.  Los Dos keeper Eric López guessed right and was able to get his hand on the ball, but Hall hit the shot too hard, powering the ball past López and into the net, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0 early.

 Republic FC continued to press, doubling their lead just three minutes later.  Midfielder Agustin Cazarez found space on the left side of the field before sending a looping cross toward a streaking Tyler Blackwood in the middle of the box.  The cross bent around the Los Dos defense allowing Blackwood to just stick his foot out and poke the ball into the right side of the net to put Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Defender Elliott Hord helped set up Republic FC’s third goal of the night in just the 18th minute.  Hord drove past the defense on the right side before sending a ball into the box.  Forward Wilson Kneeshaw was able to run onto the ball, sending a one-touch backheel pass to Trevin Caesar, who was trailing the play.  Caesar one-touched his left-footed shot toward the near post past a diving López and into the back of the net to give Republic FC the 3-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff Los Dos looked to have struck back.  A long ball seemed to have played Raul Mendiola into a one-on-one situation with Evan Newton.  The Republic FC keeper beat Mendiola to the ball, but was only able to knock the ball.  Newton was quick to his feet and was able to deflect the ball off Tyler Turner who was following the play.  The deflection fell to Adonis Amaya whose shot was blocked by Chris Christian, but the ball found the feet of Justin Dhillon.  The forward’s shot was deemed to have touched the hand of Christian giving Los Dos a penalty.  Amaya stepped up to take the penalty, driving a low left-footed shot just to the left of Newton, but the keeper got down quick to make what proved to be a huge save in the match keeping the score 3-0, which would hold going into the half.

Despite Republic FC coming out strong again in the second half, it was Los Dos who were able to get a goal back in the 54th minute.  After a long clearance was batted around in the middle of the field, Amaya was able to recover the ball and play Dhillon free and into a one-on-one scenario with Newton.  Dhillon opted to keep his shot low, beating the on-rushing Newton and into the back of the net, making the score 3-1.

In the 70th minute, Jonathan Hernandez found space on the right side near the center circle before sending a long ball forward ahead of the defense.  Hord was unable to clear the ball away and substitute forward Adrián Vera ran onto the ball into the box, flicking it up and over Newton and into the goal making the score 3-2.

Republic FC looked as though they might put the game away in the 89th minute after substitute forward Gabe Gissie shook off a defender to put himself in a one-on-one situation with López.  Gissie unleashed a rocket shot that beat the keeper, but defender Jean Engola had recovered to cover the back post and was able to slide and deflect the ball away.

Republic FC would finish out the match and move into sole possession of third place in the USL standings.  Republic FC will remain in Southern California as they take on LA Galaxy (MLS) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wed. Jun. 28.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center Track Stadium.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Both Ends Of Double Header

Sacramento looks ahead to fresh start in El Paso on Monday
Fresno, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (29-45) were swept in their double header on Saturday, falling 6-2 in both games to the Fresno Grizzlies (38-38) at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.
In the first game, the River Cats scored in the first inning against Fresno, but they could not build much from there. Sacramento’s offense was stymied from there on as they managed to score just one run on three hits over the next six frames.
Roberto Gomez got the start for the River Cats and cruised through the first three innings before the Grizzlies busted things open in the fourth. Gomez allowed a season-high six runs in the fourth, all coming before the right-hander was able to record an out. He was relieved by Tyler Rogers who finished out the game with three scoreless innings in the 6-2 defeat.
Dusten Knight got the start for the River Cats in game two and was excellent for the first three innings. The Grizzlies used two home runs and a sixth inning rally to build their lead. DJ Snelten relieved Knight, but the damage was done.
The River Cats have an off day tomorrow in which they will travel to El Paso for a four-game set starting Monday. It will be the first series of the season for Sacramento against the Chihuahuas. The River Cats have yet to announce a starter, while the Chihuahuas will send LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 9.33) to the hill. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (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 Midfielder Adam Moffat Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery

Surgery repaired sports hernia that had occurred earlier this season.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC midfielder Adam Moffat underwent surgery earlier this week to repair a sports hernia.

 Dr. William Brown performed the successful surgery on June 21.  Moffat is expected to fully recover and made available within 8-10 weeks for play.

 Moffat has made six appearances, including four starts for Republic FC this season, playing 383 minutes.  Moffat joined Republic FC after playing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the New York Cosmos (NASL).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign QB Derek Carr To Five-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. –The Oakland Raiders have signed QB Derek Carr to a five-year contract extension through 2022, the club announced Friday.

The Raiders originally drafted Carr in the second round (36th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has emerged into one of the league’s top quarterbacks over his first three seasons, earning two Pro Bowl selections and numerous other individual accolades. He started the first 47 games of his career, throwing for 11,194 yards on 1,055-of-1,732 passing (60.9 percent) with 81 touchdowns and just 31 interceptions.

After earning the starting job out of training camp in his rookie year of 2014, Carr’s success over his first three seasons ranks among the great career starts by a quarterback in NFL history. He is one of only eight quarterbacks in league history to start their first 47 games, and ranks second in completions (1,055), third in attempts (1,732), eighth in passing yards (11,194) and fourth in touchdown passes (81) by a player in the first three seasons of their career.

As a rookie, Carr posted one of the most prolific rookie seasons in NFL history, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start all 16 games. On his way to earning a spot on Sports Illustrated’s All-Rookie Team and setting franchise rookie records in every major passing category, Carr finished the season ranked second all-time in completions (348) and sixth in touchdown passes (21) by a rookie.

Carr earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2015, helping the Raiders to a four-win improvement from 2014. He started all 16 games for the second consecutive year and finished with 3,987 passing yards on 350-of-573 passing with 32 passing touchdowns. His 32 passing touchdowns are second most in franchise history, trailing only Daryle Lamonica’s 34 in 1969. He also finished the year with the third most passing yards in a season in franchise history and became one of three Raiders to complete 350 passes in a season.

In 2016, Carr led the Raiders to a 12-4 record as the team earned its first trip to the postseason since 2002. He was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after recording a 96.7 passer rating in 15 games, and threw for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He finished second in the NFL last year with seven fourth-quarter comebacks and set the NFL record with five game-winning touchdown passes in either the fourth quarter or overtime. Among the individual accolades won during the year, Carr was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in the team’s Week 8 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he set a single-game franchise record by throwing for 513 yards. He was also named the NFL’s Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year.

Carr’s impact extends beyond the field, as he was voted by his teammates as the recipient of the franchise’s prestigious Commitment to Excellence Award in 2016, given to the Raider who best exemplifies hard work, leadership and excellence throughout the season. He was also the team’s nominee for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award in 2016, presented each year to the NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents and integrity in competition.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Put On Offensive Showcase In Win

Ruggiano, Jones, Williamson provide fireworks in 9-3 victory over Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (29-42) jumped out to an early lead Thursday night and never looked back, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies (35-38) by a final score of 9-3 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Justin Ruggiano, the second batter of the game, started the barrage with a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the River Cats an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew in the third inning as Sacramento added three more runs, thanks in part to an RBI double off the bat of Ryder Jones.

The scoring continued in the fourth inning as Sacramento piled on five more runs. Jones collected his second double, this time knocking in two, while Mac Williamson blasted a two-run home run that left the stadium. The home run capped the inning and put Sacramento up 9-1.

Andrew Suarez pitched six strong innings for the River Cats and picked up his first career Triple-A win. Behind him, the Sacramento defense turned a franchise record six double plays. Derek Law made his first appearance with Sacramento this season, throwing a scoreless ninth.

Game two between the River Cats and Grizzlies is tomorrow as Joan Gregorio (4-4, 3.04) faces off against Mike Hauschild (4-1, 5.15). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (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