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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS​​

NEW FACES ON CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKENDThe NFL will have a new Super Bowl Champion for a 15th consecutive season as four teams vie to secure their place in Super Bowl LIV. In the AFC Championship Game, presented by Intuit TurboTax, the TENNESSEE TITANS (11-7) take on the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-4), while the GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-3) travel to Levi’s Stadium to take on the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (14-3) in the NFC Championship Game, presented by Intuit TurboTax. 

Of the teams appearing on Championship Sunday, three teams – Green Bay, San Francisco and Tennessee – missed the postseason in 2018, marking the sixth time that at least three teams have advanced to the Championship games after failing to make the postseason the previous year since the NFL instituted the 12-team playoff format in 1990 and the second time in the past three seasons.

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ON THE ROAD AGAINWith a 28-12 victory over the No. 1 seed Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, the TENNESSEE TITANS (11-7) became the sixth No. 6 seed to advance to a Conference Championship since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990 and first since the GREEN BAY PACKERS and NEW YORK JETS in 2010. 

With a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (3:05 PM ET, CBS), Tennessee would join the 2010 GREEN BAY PACKERS and the 2005 PITTSBURGH STEELERS as the only No. 6 seeds to appear in the Super Bowl since 1990 when the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format. Both the Packers and Steelers would go on to win the Super Bowl in those seasons.

The No. 6 seeds to reach the Super Bowl since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990:

SEASONTEAMCONFERENCEADVANCED TO
2010Green BayNFCWon Super Bowl XLV
2005PittsburghAFCWon Super Bowl XL
    
2019TennesseeAFC??

Additionally, Tennessee could also join the 2010 Green Bay Packers and 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only teams to defeat each of the top three seeds in their conference in a single postseason since 1990. 

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KING HENRY CONTINUES HIS REIGN: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for a postseason franchise-record 195 yards in the Titans’ Divisional Playoff win last week. After rushing for 182 yards and a touchdown on Wild Card Weekend against New England, Henry became the first player with at least 180 rushing yards in consecutive postseason games in NFL history.  

With at least 150 rushing yards on Sunday, Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (1998-99) as the only players with at least 150 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

With at least 123 rushing yards on Sunday against Kansas City (3:05 PM ET, CBS), Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN RIGGINS (610 rushing yards in 1982) and TERRELL DAVIS (581 in 1997) as the only players with at least 500 rushing yards in a single postseason in NFL history.  

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRUSHING YARDS
John RigginsHOFWashington1982610
Terrell DavisHOFDenver1997581
Terrell DavisHOFDenver1998468
Marcus AllenHOFLA Raiders1983466
Eddie GeorgeTennessee1999449
    
Derrick HenryTennessee2019377*
*Entering Sunday

Henry has 561 rushing yards in four career postseason games. With at least 112 rushing yards on Sunday, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (672 yards) for the most rushing yards through a player’s first five career postseason games in NFL history. 

Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in the regular season in 2019. With a win on Sunday, Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (1998) and EMMITT SMITH (1992-93, 1995), as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (2005) as the only single-season rushing leaders to reach the Super Bowl in the same season. 

The single-season rushing leaders to reach the Super Bowl in the same season:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRUSHING YARDSSUPER BOWL
Shaun AlexanderSeattle20051,880XL
Terrell DavisHOFDenver19982,008XXXIII
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas19951,773XXX
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas19931,486XXVIII
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas19921,713XXVII


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AFC GOES THROUGH CHIEFS KINGDOMThe KANSAS CITY CHIEFS advanced to their second consecutive AFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history with a 51-31 win over Houston in the Divisional Playoffs. In the victory, Kansas City became the first team to win a game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20 points in the same game in NFL history. 

Kansas City’s comeback in the Divisional Playoffs marked the second comeback of at least 16 points in the postseason this year after the HOUSTON TEXANS erased a 16-point deficit in an overtime win over Buffalo on Wild Card Weekend. This marks the second time in which there have been two comebacks of at least 16 points in a single postseason in NFL history (2002).

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES led the comeback with 321 passing yards and five touchdowns without an interception for a 134.6 passer rating and added 53 yards on the ground, becoming the first player with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes, and 50 rushing yards in a single postseason game in NFL history. 

If Mahomes, who has eight touchdown passes in three career postseason games, has at least three touchdown passes on Sunday against Tennessee (3:05 PM ET, CBS), he would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (11) for the most touchdown passes through a player’s first four career postseason games in NFL history. 

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first four postseason games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMTOUCHDOWN PASSES 
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams11 
Dan MarinoHOFMiami10 
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay10 
Alex SmithSan Francisco, Kansas City10 
    
Patrick MahomesKansas City8* 
*In three games

Additionally, with at least four touchdown passes, Mahomes would become the first player with at least four touchdown passes in consecutive postseason games in NFL history. 

Chiefs tight end TRAVIS KELCE recorded postseason career-highs in receptions (10), receiving yards (134) and receiving touchdowns (three) last week, becoming the third tight end with at least three touchdown receptions in a single postseason game in the Super Bowl era. 

If Kelce, who has three career postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards, has at least 100 receiving yards against Tennessee (3:05 PM ET, CBS), he would tie for the most such career postseason games by a tight end in NFL history. 

The tight ends with the most career postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES WITH 100+ RECEIVING YARDS
Vernon DavisSan Francisco4
Rob GronkowskiNew England4
Keith JacksonPhiladelphia, Miami, Green Bay4
Dallas ClarkIndianapolis3
Travis KelceKansas City3*
Greg OlsenChicago, Carolina3
*Entering Sunday

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HUNTING MORE TITLES IN TITLETOWN: The GREEN BAY PACKERS advanced to their first Conference Championship since 2016 with a 28-23 victory over Seattle in the Divisional Playoffs. With the victory, Green Bay tied the DALLAS COWBOYS (35 wins) for the third-most postseason victories in NFL history. 

With a win against the 49ers, who rank fifth on the all-time list with 31 postseason wins, on Sunday (6:40 PM ET, FOX), the Packers would tie the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (36 wins) for the second-most postseason victories in NFL history. 

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAMWINSSUPER BOWL WINS
New England376
Pittsburgh366
Dallas355
Green Bay354
San Francisco315


Green Bay head coach MATT LAFLEUR became the first head coach to reach a Conference Championship in his first season since JIM HARBAUGH led San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game in 2011. 

With a win on Sunday, LaFleur would become the sixth rookie head coach to appear in the Super Bowl.

The rookie head coaches to appear in the Super Bowl:

HEAD COACHTEAMSEASONRESULT
Don McCaffertyBaltimore Colts1970W 16-13, Super Bowl V
Red MillerDenver1977L 27-10, Super Bowl XII
George SeifertSan Francisco1989W 55-10, Super Bowl XXIV
Bill CallahanOakland2002L 48-21, Super Bowl XXXVII
Jim CaldwellIndianapolis2009L 31-17, Super Bowl XLIV
    
Matt LaFleurGreen Bay2019??


With LaFleur (40 years, 66 days old) and San Francisco head coach KYLE SHANAHAN (40 years, 36 days old), Sunday’s NFC Championship Game will be the first Conference Championship Game featuring two head coaches under the age of 41 since 1970.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns without an interception for a 113.7 passer rating last week, marking Rodgers’ sixth consecutive postseason game with at least two touchdown passes. 

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday, Rodgers would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW (seven games) and JOE MONTANA (seven), as well as DREW BREES (seven), for the second-longest streak of postseason games with at least two touchdown passes in NFL history. Only JOE FLACCO (eight games) had a longer such streak in league history. 

Additionally, with two touchdown passes, Rodgers would tie PEYTON MANNING (40) for the fourth-most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history. 

The players with the most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tom BradyNew England73
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco, Kansas City45
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, Minnesota44
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver40
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay38*
*Entering Sunday  

Rodgers, who has 4,700 passing yards in 17 career postseason starts, needs at least 300 passing yards on Sunday to become the sixth player with at least 5,000 career postseason passing yards in NFL history, joining TOM BRADY (11,388), PEYTON MANNING (7,339), Pro Football Hall of Famers BRETT FAVRE (5,855) and JOE MONTANA (5,772), and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (5,256).

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NEW GOLDEN ERA: With a 27-10 win over Minnesota in the Divisional Playoffs, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS became the fifth team since 1990 to advance to a Championship Game after winning four-or-fewer games the previous season, and the second team in three years, joining the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in 2017.

With a victory on Sunday against Green Bay (6:40 PM ET, FOX), San Francisco head coach KYLE SHANAHAN, whose father – MIKE SHANAHAN – won Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII as head coach of the DENVER BRONCOS, would become the first father-son duo to each appear in a Super Bowl as a head coach in NFL history. 

In their Divisional Playoff victory, the 49ers defense tallied six team sacks, tied for the second-most in a single postseason game in franchise history. 

With at least six sacks on Sunday against Green Bay, the 2019 San Francisco 49ers would join the 1984 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS as the only teams with at least six sacks in two consecutive postseason games in the Super Bowl era. 

49ers rookie defensive lineman NICK BOSA recorded two sacks in his postseason debut last week. With at least two sacks on Sunday, Bosa would join LAMARR WOODLEY as the only players with at least two sacks in each of their first two postseason games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Bosa would also become the first rookie to accomplish the feat since 1982. 

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS SLIDE PAST AUSTIN SPURS 126-121

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (15-9), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, defeat the Austin Spurs (15-10), the NBA G League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, by a score of 126-121. Austin forward Keldon Johnson had a game-high 30 points. Stockton center Eric Mika scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in tonight’s win. 

Stockton started the game outscoring Austin 13-2. In the second quarter, Stockton went 11-of-16 (.688 percent) from the field and saw their biggest lead, up by 15, at the seven-minute mark of the second quarter, leading Austin 47-32.

The first half ended with Stockton ahead 62-57, with Mika scoring 21 of his 26 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds.

Stockton entered the third quarter with a 12-point lead, which was chipped away as Austin Spurs forward Johnson scored 12 of his 30 points during the quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, Austin cut Stockton’s lead down to as little as one point with just under five minutes remaining in regulation, with the score 109-108. Free throws by Mika and guard Isaiah Canaan gave Stockton a five-point lead with 26.6 seconds remaining. Stockton would keep the lead. 

Mika led Stockton in scoring with 26 points, shooting 12-of-15 from the field and grabbing 11 rebounds with eight coming from the defensive end. Canaan, who scored 20 points in the second half, ended the night with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. 

For the Austin Spurs, Johnson had a double-double with a game-high 30 points, shooting 12-of-21 from the field and snagging 11 rebounds. Center Chimezie Metu added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Stockton Kings will be back in action at home on Friday, January 17 for Kings Collide Night. The Stockton Kings will wear special throwback Sacramento Kings theme jerseys that fans can bid on after the game. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA of San Joaquin County. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. Tickets can be purchased at StocktonKings.com/Tickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Sacramento KINGS ASSIGN WENYEN GABRIEL AND JUSTIN JAMES TO STOCKTON KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —- The Sacramento Kings today announced the team has assigned forward Wenyen Gabriel and guard Justin James to the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings

Gabriel is averaging 1.7 points (.353 FG%, 6-10 FT), .9 rebounds, and 5.6 minutes per game in 11 games for Sacramento this season. 

In 22 games for the Kings, James has accrued averages of 2.9 points (.403 FG%, .304 3pt%, 3-11 FT), 1.2 rebounds, and 8.7 minutes per game.

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs Named PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was named the Pro Football Writers of America’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, the PFWA announced Tuesday. Jacobs was selected in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Jacobs started in all of his 13 appearances, rushing 242 times for 1,150 yards and seven scores, adding 20 receptions for 166 yards. The 24th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Jacobs joined Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen as the only players in franchise history to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year after becoming the first rookie in Silver and Black to surpass the 1,000-yard barrier on the ground. Jacobs broke Allen’s rookie club record (697 yards) in just his first eight games, while also surpassing Allen for most 100-yard rushing performances (five) by a rookie in Raiders history.

Jacobs’ 1,150 rushing yards and seven scores in 2019 were both tops among rookie rushers. His 101.2 scrimmage yards per game also led his rookie class, while his 1,150 yards on the ground ranked sixth in the NFL this year overall and also rank sixth in Raiders lore among all single-season rushing performances. Among players 21-years-old or younger, Jacobs’ 1,150 rushing yards in his first 13 contests rank fourth all-time, trailing only Ezekiel Elliott, Edgerrin James and Barry Sanders.

With superb performances in the months of October and November, Jacobs became the first player in franchise history to earn Offensive Rookie of the Month honors and was the first player in the NFL to win the award multiple times since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. Per Pro Football Focus, Jacobs forced an incredible 70 missed tackles on runs this season, an NFL best among all rushers and the third-most since at least 2006, behind only Marshawn Lynch’s performances in 2013 and 2014. 

Jacobs proved to be more than just an elusive rusher during his rookie campaign, gaining 686 rushing yards after contact, the most by anyone in his draft class and sixth-most by a first-year rusher through the first 13 games of a season during the Super Bowl Era. Jacobs’ finished with 290 more yards after contact than the next-closest rookie, good for fifth overall in just 13 contests after missing three due to injury. 

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Jacobs appeared in 42 games over three years at Alabama. He totaled 251 carries for 1,491 yards with 16 touchdowns, adding 48 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, while helping the program capture a national title in 2017.

ABOUT THE PFWA: In its 56th season in 2019, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams daily. Bob Glauber, the national football columnist for Newsday, is the organization’s president for the 2018-20 seasons. The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones is the PFWA’s first vice-president, The Athletic’s Dan Pompei is the PFWA’s second vice-president and The Athletic’s Mike Sando is the PFWA secretary-treasurer. At-large members include ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold, ProFootballtalk.com’s Charean Williams, Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas and USA Today’s Mike Jones. Follow the PFWA at ProFootballWriters.org and on Twitter at @PFWAwriters.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Dave Brundage Returns As Sacramento River Cats Manager To Defend Title In 2020

New pitching coach Glenn Dishman will join returning hitting coach Damon Minor and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera

West Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome Dave Brundage back for his fourth season as manager of the River Cats as they defend their Triple-A National Championship during the 2020 season.

Brundage will be joined by Damon Minor, who will return for his fifth season as the River Cats’ hitting coach, and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera, who will enter his second season in Sacramento. One of two newcomers for 2020 will be pitching coach Glenn Dishman. The training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King who are each returning for their third seasonas well as athletic trainer Hiro Sato, who returns for his second year. Also joining the staff for 2020 is bullpen coach C.J. Picerni

In 2019, Brundage led the River Cats to the franchise’s 12th division title, fifth Pacific Coast League crown, and a record third Triple-A National Championship. An Oregon native, he joined the River Cats in 2017 and has compiled a 192-229 record in his three seasons at the helm in Sacramento. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A). 

Brundage, 54, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at the Double- and Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves Triple-A) for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners Triple-A). Brundage has a career record of 1,563-1,544 (.503) in 22 seasons as a manager including a 985-1010 (.494) mark at the Triple-A level.

Selected in the 4th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University, Brundage spent 10 seasons as a player in the minor leagues with the Phillies and Mariners organizations.

Minor, 44, returns to the River Cats for his fifth season as hitting coach. In his fourth year with the team, Minor worked closely with River Cats players Mike Yastrzemski, Jaylin Davis, and Zach Green, who would eventually go on to make their Major League debuts in 2019.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 before making his Major League debut in 2000. In 136 games over parts of four seasons, Minor hit .232 with 13 home runs. He set a career-high in 2002 when he played in 83 games and slugged 10 home runs, helping the Giants claim the National League pennant. While in the Giants farm system, he compiled a .277 batting average with 179 home runs and 648 RBI across nine seasons.

Cabrera, 47, is back with the River Cats’ coaching staff as fundamentals coach following managerial stints with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco Giants’ Class-A Short Season) in 2017, and Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class-A) in 2018. 2020 will be his fifth season with the San Francisco Giants as a coach.

As a player, Cabrera signed with the Montreal Expos in 1990, and played in the Major Leagues for the Cleveland Indians (1998-2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2003), Seattle Mariners (2004), and Cincinnati Reds (2008). Cabrera also played in 1,274 minor league games over the course of his career, and even visited Sutter Health Park in 2007 as a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies Triple-A). 

Glenn Dishman joins the club from Richmond, Va. after serving two seasons as pitching coach for the Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A). The former left-handed Major Leaguer will replace fellow lefty Steve Kline, who will swap clubs with Dishman and rejoin the Richmond staff where he had previously spent three seasons prior to his two-year stint in Sacramento.

Dishman, 49, grew up in the Bay Area and attended Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. He would go on to appear in 33 Major League games spread across three teams, most notably his rookie season in 1995 when he made 16 starts for the San Diego Padres totaling 97 innings pitched.

Sacramento’s training staff will return unchanged for the 2020 season. David Getsoff is back with the River Cats as athletic trainer in his 12th season with the Giants organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats’ strength and conditioning coach in what will be his seventh season with the Giants. Finally, Hiro Sato will work alongside Getsoff as athletic trainer for the second consecutive season. He spent 2018 with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and will be entering his sixth season with the Giants.

CJ Picerni, 27, rounds out the River Cats field staff for 2020. Picerni was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a catcher in 2016, and is entering his second season as a minor league bullpen catcher and coach for the San Francisco Giants.

The Sacramento River Cats will kick off 2020 by taking on the San Francisco Giants in an Exhibition Game on Sunday, March 22 at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento. The club’s PCL and Triple-A title-defense will officially begin on Thursday, April 9 in Reno, with Opening Night at Sutter Health Park coming on Tuesday, April 14 against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

CZARNIK, ZAGIDULIN GUIDE STOCKTON HEAT TO WEEKEND SWEEP OF SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Austin Czarnik notched a pair of goals and Artyom Zagidulin turned in 27 saves on 28 shots faced as the Stockton Heat completed a weekend sweep of the San Jose Barracuda with a 2-1 win Sunday at the SAP Center.

The Barracuda got the early lead, Trevor Carrick lighting the lamp 11:57 in to prevent the Heat from recording their third-straight shutout over San Jose. The second was all Stockton, though, as Austin Czarnik popped in a pair of goals in a snap of 8:28 to claim a 2-1 edge through 40 minutes, an advantage that held thanks to 13 Zagidulin stops in the final frame. The win improves the Heat to 8-0-0-0 on the year against San Jose, the longest-ever win streak for either team in the all-time series.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 27 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (19 shots, 17 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Austin Czarnik (2g), Second – Alan Quine (2a), Third – Trevor Carrick (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 19, SJ – 28

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SJ – 0-5

Trevor Carrick’s goal snapped Stockton’s shutout streak of San Jose at 140 minutes, 59 seconds.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to six games with two goals and six assists in that span.

Austin Czarnik recorded his first multi-goal game of the season and fifth multi-point effort with the Heat on the campaign.

Artyom Zagidulin finished the weekend with 53 saves on 54 shots faced in a pair of wins against San Jose.

Zac Leslie recorded his 19th assist of the season, most among Heat defensemen.

– Stockton has held San Jose to just two power play goals on 40 chances in the season series.

– The Heat have won eight straight against San Jose, the longest-ever win streak for either team in the all-time series between the clubs.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a Wednesday contest against San Diego at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS SHOOTING BEATS IOWA WOLVES 163-143

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (14-9), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, beat the Iowa Wolves (12-13), the NBA G League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves, by a score of 163-143. Iowa forward Kelan Martin had a game-high 39 points. Sacramento Kings assignment player, forward Wenyen Gabriel led Stockton in scoring with 37 points as the Stockton Kings shot .656 percent from the field in their win at Stockton Arena. Stockton’s 163 points tonight are the most points scored in a G League game this season.

In the first quarter, Gabriel posted 12 points for Stockton. Iowa forward Kelan Martin added 11 points for the Wolves. Sacramento Kings assignment player Justin James scored 15 of his 30 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field in the first half. In the second quarter, Stockton shot .625 percent from the field, heading into halftime ahead 71-62.

In the third quarter, Martin scored 22 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point range for Iowa. Stockton shot .818 percent from three-point range, shooting 9-of-11 from beyond the arch and .760 percent from the field as Gabriel added 15 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point range.

Stockton center Eric Mika’s 14 points in the fourth quarter helped Stockton reach their largest lead of the game – by 28 points. Mika shot 6-of-7 from the field. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Stockton went on a 15-0 run to give themselves a 28-point lead with two minutes remaining in regulation.

Stockton saw seven players in double-figures, including Sacramento Kings assignment players Gabriel and James, who both added 30+ points. Gabriel had a double-double tonight with 37 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. James added 30 points and five rebounds. Mika contributed 24 points shooting 10-of-15 from the field, and twelve rebounds with ten coming from the defensive end. Overall, the team had 31 assists demonstrating team effort.

Martin had a game-high 39 points and three rebounds. Guard Jaylen Nowell added 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Stockton will be back home next week to host the Austin Spurs on Tuesday, January 14, at 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, January 17, the Stockton Kings will host Kings Collide Night as they take on the Oklahoma Blue, wearing special throwback Sacramento Kings themed jerseys. Fans will be able to bid on the jerseys following the game with all proceeds benefitting the YMCA of San Joaquin County. Tickets can be purchased at StocktonKings.com/Tickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT ARTYOM ZAGIDULIN EARNS FIRST AHL SHUTOUT IN SATURDAY WIN

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Artyom Zagidulin made 26 saves in his first AHL shutout as the Stockton Heat bested the San Jose Barracuda for the seventh time this season by a 2-0 final Saturday at the SAP Center. The shutout was the second-straight blanking of San Jose for the Heat, who have held the Barracuda off the board for the last 129 minutes of head-to-head hockey.

Alan Quine gave Stockton a 1-0 lead late in the first, finding the back of the net on the power play with just 10 seconds left in the opening frame and Byron Froese doubled the advantage nearly 14 minutes into the second for the decisive 2-0 score. Austin Czarnik notched a helper on each of the Heat’s markers, the forward’s fourth multi-point game of the season. The Heat will look to make it 8-0 against San Jose Sunday afternoon at the SAP Center with a 3 p.m. puck drop.

GOALIES

W: Artyom Zagidulin (26 shots, 26 saves)
L: Zachary Sawchenko (22 shots, 20 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Artyom Zagidulin (26 svs, SO), Second – Alan Quine (1g), Third – Byron Froese (1g)
Shots On Goal: STK – 22, SJ – 26
Power Plays: STK – 1-3, SJ – 0-4

Artyom Zagidulin recorded his first AHL shutout with 26 stops.
– The Stockton have blanked San Jose in each of the last two games between the clubs and have held the Barracuda scoreless over the last 129:02 of game time. The Heat’s last three shutouts have all come against San Jose.
Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to five games with his goal in the first period. He has two goals and six points overall in that span.
Byron Froese notched his 12th goal of the season and third in the last four games with a backhand in the second period. He has five points (3g,2a) in the Heat’s last five games.
Martin Pospisil returned to the Heat lineup for the first time since October 19.
– Stockton is now 7-0 on the year against San Jose, matching the longest-ever win streak for either team in the all-time series between the Heat and Barracuda.
– Stockton concludes the first half of the regular season with an all-time team best 47 points.

UP NEXT

The Heat conclude the weekend set against San Jose Sunday at 3 p.m. and will return home on Wednesday against the San Diego Gulls at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Denzelle Good to Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders signed G/T Denzelle Good to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Good originally joined the Raiders after being claimed via waivers from the Indianapolis Colts prior to Week 14 during the 2018 campaign season. A 6-foot-5, 340-pound versatile lineman, Good was originally selected in the seventh round (255th overall) by the Colts in the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his five seasons with the Colts and Raiders, he has appeared in 46 contests at both guard and tackle and made 28 starts. 

In 2019, Good appeared in all 16 contests for the first time in his career and made five starts for the Silver and Black. He started three games at right guard and the final two contests at left guard, helping the team finish the year ranked eighth in the NFL in sacks surrendered (29).

A native of Gaffney, S.C., Good played three seasons at Mars Hill and was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First Team choice. Good did not allow a sack during his career with the Lions.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

NFL FOUNDATION/LISC GRASSROOTS FIELD GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDES $3 MILLION FUNDING FOR NEW AND REFURBISHED COMMUNITY FOOTBALL FIELDS IN 14 CITIES NATIONWIDE ​

Nearly $61 million in grants committed since 1998, resulting in 376 neighborhood fields ​

NEW YORK – Community organizations, schools and parks in 14 cities across the country will receive grants totaling $3 million from the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Pogram, which is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development support organization – to build or refurbish neighborhood football fields. 

Since 1998, the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program has provided nearly $61 million to support the creation or refurbishment of 376 fields nationwide. This funding cycle will include new fields, or field enhancements, in the following cities: Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Columbia, Miss.; Culver City, Calif; Dallas; Flint, Mich.; Harrison, Ohio; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Miami; San Diego; Springfield, Mass.; and Tempe, Ariz.

The fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as: irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

“We’re proud to team up with LISC yet again for the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program to make an impact in 14 communities across the country,” said ALEXIA GALLAGHER, the NFL’s Vice President of Philanthropy & Executive Director, NFL Foundation. “The benefits of these field grants are best shown through the over one million youth, families and community members who can come to these renovated areas and safely enjoy watching and playing sports.” 

LISC identifies local, nonprofit and community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, the local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their areas. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields. 

“Our work with the NFL Foundation fits perfectly with LISC’s mission to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America,” said MAURICE JONES, LISC President and CEO. “Local athletic fields are critical assets of opportunity. We look forward to bringing additional fields to neighborhoods throughout the country.”

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communication Media Relations