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Suns Blow by Kings In Season Opener 124-95

SAC {0-1)
PHOENIX SUNS25293238124
Field Goal %39.150.0
Three Point %34.533.3
Free Throw %65.483.3
Offensive Rebounds129
Defensive Rebounds3535
Total Turnovers2714
Points Off Turnovers356
Fast Break Points1127
Points in Paint3468
Technical Fouls11
Flagrant Fouls00
Largest Lead1132
Dedmon 141–30–11–1156110233
Bagley III 286–160–02–446100111114
Barnes 305–111–31–30661014312
Hield 3110–196–122–22352005228
Fox 273–70–12–4011500558
Holmes 170–20–01–2145010131
Joseph 213–60–14–40114113210
Ferrell 41–21–20–0011000003
Bjelica 212–61–40–0134202105
Swanigan 20–00–01–2112010111
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Ariza 212–51–22–2123000127
Gabriel 20–00–01–2101000101
Bogdanovic 221–100–30–0022200122
Ayton 339–140–00–038110410218
Saric 212–71–42–2044011017
Oubre Jr. 308–171–64–42791212121
Booker 3210–172–40–102210013522
Rubio 304–120–23–424611044211
Johnson 00–00–00–0000000000
Johnson 174–82–40–00222122110
Carter 184–73–50–00113101511
Kaminsky 194–70–31–1224200009
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Sacramento Kings Sign Buddy Hield to Contract Extension

The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Buddy Hield to a multi-year contract extension, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Buddy has made tremendous growth each season since joining the team and we are thrilled that he will remain a King as we continue to build an exciting future here in Sacramento,” said Divac. “He has quickly established himself as an elite shooter in the league and is an important part of our young, dynamic core.”

Hield is entering his fourth season in the NBA and has accrued averages of 14.9 points (.446 FG%, .419 3pt%, .874 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 26.8 minutes per game in 244 games (149 starts) with the New Orleans Pelicans (2016-17) and the Sacramento Kings (2016-current). The sixth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Pelicans amassed 20.7 points (.458 FG%, .427 3pt%, .886 FT%), 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 31.9 minutes per game as he played all 82 games (all starts) during the 2018-19 campaign for the Kings. Hield set career-highs in points, rebounds and assists per game as well as free-throw percentage.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard also set a Kings single-season franchise record for 3-pointers made in 2018-19 with 278 made threes and is one of five players in NBA history with 275 or more 3-point field goals made in a single season. Hield was fourth in the NBA during the 2018-19 season in 3-point field goals made (278) and seventh in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.427%) while the Bahamian native participated in the 2019 Mtn Dew 3-Point Contest in Charlotte, NC as part of All-Star Saturday Night festivities.

In Kings annals, Hield ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage (.429), fourth in 3-pointers made (513) and third in free-throw percentage among franchise leaders.

Raiders Acquire Third Round Draft Pick In Exchange for Gareon Conley

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from the Houston Texans in exchange for CB Gareon Conley, the club announced Monday.

Conley was originally the Raiders’ first-round selection (24th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. He appeared in 23 games and made 20 starts for the Raiders during his tenure with the club, totaling 61 tackles (42 solo), four interceptions including one returned for a touchdown and 19 passes defensed. Conley started all six of his appearances for the Raiders in 2019.

Patrick Mahomes Injured; Appeared To Have Kneecap Popped Back Into Place On The Field OF Chiefs-Broncos game

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was helped off the field during Thursday nights football game against the Denver Broncos after suffering an apparent injury to his right knee.

Patrick Mahomes warming up pregame in Oakland September 15, 2019. Photo by Shawn Jonas

Video from the game appeared to show a member of the Chiefs’ medical staff popping Mahomes’ kneecap back into place.

The injury occurred in the second quarter as the Chiefs went for it on fourth down and short. Mahomes picked up a first down on a quarterback sneak. As the pile cleared, Mahomes was seen tossing his helmet aside and covering his face with both hands, in obvious pain.

Mahomes was helped off the field to the Chiefs sideline. As they walked to the locker room he began to walk on his own power with some discomfort.

He walked into the Chiefs medical facility in the stadium and into the x-ray room. After only a couple of minutes he came out and the Chiefs immediately ruled him out for the rest of the game, per Erin Andrews.

The Chiefs later said Mahomes would undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Mahomes himself let everyone know he was hopeful on Twitter.

Patrick Mahomes in Oakland September 15, 2019 Photo by Shawn Jonas

Before leaving the game, the NFL’s MVP was 10 for 11 with 76 yards.

Mahomes has thrown 15 touchdown passes and one interception this season. 

He was replaced by Matt Moore, 35, who was signed by the Chiefs on Aug. 27 after an injury to Chad Henne.

The Chiefs went on to win 30-6. The Chiefs Defense sacked Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco nine times including returning a strip sack fumble for a touchdown shortly after Patrick’s injury.

A couple big named NFL Quarterbacks chimed in on Twitter shortly after the news got out.

WEEK 7 – Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers By The Numbers

Team StatsRaiders Packers
Points Per Game20.623.7
Points Allowed Per Game24.619.2
Total Yards357.8370.8
Yards Passing223.4265.0
Yards Rushing134.4105.8
Yards Allowed368.2384.3
Pass Yards Allowed276.2259.8
Rush Yards Allowed92.0124.5


+200MONEY LINE-240
Derek Carr Photo by Shawn Jonas

Season Leaders


OAK Derek Carr 118-161, 1117 YDS, 6 TD, 3 INT

GB Aaron Rodgers 137-219, 1590 YDS, 8 TD, 2 INT

RB #28 Josh Jacobs Photo by Shawn Jonas


OAK Josh Jacobs 88 CAR, 430 YDS, 4.89 ATT 4 TD

GB Aaron Jones 89 CAR, 349 YDS, 3.92 ATT 8 TD


OAK Darren Waller 37 REC, 359 YDSGB

GB Devante Adams 25 REC, 378 YDS

Clelin Ferrell Photo by Shawn Jonas

Maurice Hurst Photo by Shawn Jonas


Team Rankings

Home Record2-1-03-1-0
Away Record1-1-02-0-0
Record vs. Spread3-2-04-2-0
Points Scored/Game20.6 (19th)23.7 (14th)
Points Allowed/Game24.6 (21st)19.2 (9th)
Takeaway Diff.-1 (19th)+4 (7th)
Pass Yds/Game213 (24th)249 (13th)
Rush Yds/Game134 (8th)105 (17th)
Def. Pass Yds/Game263 (22nd)239 (13th)
Def. Rush Yds/Game92 (10th)124 (23rd)

Injury Report

LARMARCUS JOYNER SQuestionableOct 16
TRENT BROWN OTQuestionableOct 16
DWAYNE HARRIS WRQuestionableOct 16
CLELIN FERRELL DEQuestionableOct 16
TYRELL WILLIAMS WRQuestionableOct 16
DAVANTE ADAMS WRQuestionableOct 16
AARON RODGERS QBQuestionableOct 16
JIMMY GRAHAM TEQuestionableOct 16

Oakland Raiders Acquire WR Trevor Davis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired WR Trevor Davis via a trade with the Green Bay Packers, the club announced Thursday.

As part of the trade terms, Oakland will send an undisclosed 2020 draft pick to the Packers in return for Davis.

Originally a fifth-round selection (163rd overall) by the Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound speedster out of Cal has appeared in 31 games over his first four seasons, recording nine receptions for 122 receiving yards and one touchdown, while primarily being used as a return special list, logging 40 punt returns for 449 yards (11.2 avg.) and 35 kick returns for 791 yards (22.6 avg.).

In 2018, his year was cut short due to a hamstring injury that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List two times, allowing him to only appear in two contests throughout the campaign. In 2017, Davis appeared in all 16 contests for the first time in his career, serving as the primary returner for both kickoffs and punts. He tallied 24 punt returns for 289 yards (12.0 avg.) and 31 kickoff returns for 707 yards (22.8 avg.). His 12.0-yard punt return average ranked third in the NFL and sixth in club annals for a single season. Davis’ average of 12.1 yards per punt return since entering the NFL in 2016 ranks second league wide.

A native San Francisco, Calif., the former Cal Bear played two seasons at his local program, totaling 2,300 all-purpose yards, including 1,071 receiving yards and seven touchdown scores on 64 receptions, 1,110 yards and two touchdowns on 45 kickoff returns and 115 yards on 14 punt returns. During his senior year in 2015, Davis notched a team-best 1,407 all-purpose yards including 672 receiving yards on 40 receptions for a 16.8-yard average that ranked second on the team.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived DB Juston Burris.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Honor Linda Sanchez Through NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards

The Oakland Raiders selected Linda Sanchez, co-founder of Casa Sin Fronteras, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the ninth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2019 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Raiders honored Sanchez during a pregame ceremony last Sunday, September 15, before the Silver and Black played the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Sanchez, 28, is from Oaxaca, Mexico. Her activism started while organizing for the Federal Dream Act when she was a high school student. While attending UC Berkeley, she co-founded Casa Sin Fronteras (formally known as Dream House), was the coordinator of Entre Familia, a scholarship platform for undocumented youth pre-CA Dream Act and most recently founded Fuerza Indígena, a social enterprise to politically and economically uplift Fruitvale’s indigenous Mam population. She is deeply committed to uplifting migrant youth voices and working in collaboration with them to find their voice and power.

Each award recipient selects an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.  Sanchez has chosen the UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association- Undocumented Student program to receive this donation. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats finish 2019 season as Triple-A National Champions

Sacramento becomes the first team to win Triple-A Championship three times

Memphis, TN — The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A National Champions after shutting out the International League Champion Columbus Clippers by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Behind a stellar outing from left-hander, and eventual Most Valuable Player Caleb Baragar, the River Cats became the first franchise to take home their third Triple-A National Championship.

Baragar was nothing short of magnificent for a second straight time this postseason, compiling a combined 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, and dominating the Clippers’ offense over his five frames on Tuesday night. Baragar gave up just two hits while fanning five batters to earn MVP honors.

The River Cats jumped on the Clippers early, knocking out Columbus starter Kyle Dowdy in the first inning and tagging the right-hander for three runs. Francisco Peña delivered an RBI-groundout, then a couple batters later Jacob Heyward delivered a two-RBI single to right field. 

Peter Maris would add a solo blast in the sixth inning to expand the lead to four. The swing of the bat was his second home run of this postseason. Levi Michael and Abiatal Avelino would finish the night with three hits apiece to pace the Sacramento offense from the top of the order.

The Sacramento bullpen was nearly perfect on their way to the first shutout of the playoffs from the River Cats. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto delivered two perfect innings while striking out four. Flamethrowing righty Melvin Adon contributed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit to start the ninth. Then lefty Steven Okert would come on to induce a double play and strikeout the final batter to clinch the Championship for the River Cats.

The Sacramento River Cats finished off their 2019 regular season with a 73-67 record – the first winning record since becoming a San Francisco Giants’ affiliate in 2015. The club won their first Pacific Northern division title since 2012, and became the first Giants Triple-A club to win their division since 1998. The River Cats went on defeat to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators in five games, then the Round Rock Express in a sweep to claim their first Pacific Coast League crown since 2008. In a year in which 85 players appeared Sacramento, the River Cats 20th season came to an end on September 17 with a Triple-A National Championship.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats sweep Express to capture PCL Championship

Franchise’s fifth title sends club to Triple-A National Championship Game against Columbus

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats are headed to Memphis. A three-run eighth inning, fueled by three consecutive walks and a clutch hit from shortstop Abiatal Avelino, paved the way for a 7-5 victory and a sweep of the Round Rock Express to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The title is the franchise’s fifth in its 20-year history, and first since 2008.

The River Cats and Express went back and forth in the first three innings, with Sacramento twice answering Round Rock’s run with two of their own in the next half inning. The contest entered the bottom of the seventh still knotted up at four when Drew Ferguson’s solo shot gave the Express a slim lead.

But it was a slew of singles and walks for the River Cats on Friday night, who managed to score seven runs without the aid of any extra-base hits. After drawing three straight walks in the eighth inning, Avelino’s soft liner ricocheted off pitcher Ralph Garza’s glove and scooted past a diving second baseman into right field as two runs scored. Mike Gerber’s groundout plated an insurance run before Enderson Franco would emerge once again from the bullpen, this time for an impressive five-out save.

Memphis, Tenn. will be the setting for Tuesday night’s Triple-A National Championship matchup between the River Cats and the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. It will be the third appearance for Sacramento, and fourth for Columbus. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the ballgame. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on FS1. Or listen to all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Burris; Place Abram on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DB Juston Burris, the club announced Friday.

Burris joins the Raiders for his first season with the club after originally being selected in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Burris appeared in 34 games with the Jets before being waived in 2018 and joining the Cleveland Browns from the Jets’ practice squad. Over his first three seasons with the two clubs, Burris has appeared in 38 games with two starts, recorded 28 tackles (27 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Last season, the 6-foot, 212-pound defensive back appeared in eight games, four with the Jets and four with the Browns, appearing primarily on special teams and recording two tackles on the unit.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed S Johnathan Abram on the Reserve/Injured List.

Abram was selected 27th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started in his first NFL contest in the Week 1 victory and recorded five tackles (one) and logged one pass defensed. Abram played two years at Mississippi State before joining the Silver and Black, appearing in 26 contests and making 18 starts, compiling 170 tackles, including 14 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the program.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations