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Las Vegas Raiders Hire Austin King as Offensive Quality Control Coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Austin King has been named the offensive quality control coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced Wednesday. King brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience to the post including the last five years with the University of Dayton.

In 2019, King completed his fifth year with the Flyers’ and his third as the program’s offensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Flyers, King spent one season with Syracuse as an offensive quality control coach with a focus on the offensive line.

King began his coaching career at the University of Toledo in 2012, where he spent two seasons as the program’s offensive quality control coach. While tutoring the offensive line, King helped guide the team to an average of 240 rushing yards and 33 points per game. Additionally, the squad surrendered just six sacks in 361 pass attempts.

Before entering the coaching ranks, King was selected as an offensive lineman in the fourth round (133rd overall) by current Raiders and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden in the 2003 NFL Draft. King went on to play 34 games and make one start over his four-year career (2003-06) with the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, King earned his B.A. in secondary education from Northwestern in 2004. He was a three-sport captain and first-team All-Ohio football player at Purcell Marian High School before graduating and playing four years for the Wildcats as a starter and earning an honorable mention All-Big 10 selection three times.

Austin King’s Coaching Background

Years                     College/Pro Team                           Position Coached

2012-13                University of Toledo                        Offensive Quality Control Coach

2014                       Syracuse                                              Offensive Quality Control Coach

2015-16                University of Dayton                       Assistant Coach

2017-19                University of Dayton                       Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations

​​KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB PATRICK MAHOMES WINS PETE ROZELLE TROPHY AS SUPER BOWL LIV MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player

Mahomes led Kansas City back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, tied for the second-largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Chiefs became the first team to record three comebacks of at least 10 points in a single postseason in NFL history.

This is the 30th time that a quarterback has won the award and at 24 years and 138 days old, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback and third-youngest player to win the Super Bowl MVP award. 

The youngest players to win Super Bowl MVP:

PLAYERTEAMSUPER BOWLAGE
Marcus AllenHOFL.A. RaidersXVIII23 years, 302 days
Lynn SwannHOFPittsburghX23 years, 317 days
Patrick MahomesKansas CityLIV24 years, 138 days


Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown.

The award is chosen by a panel comprised of 16 media members and by fans interactively through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

CZARNIK LEADS STOCKTON HEAT TO 4-1 WIN OVER CONDORS

STOCKTON, Calif. – Led by a pair of goals from Austin Czarnik, the Stockton Heat used a big second period to overcome an early hole and win the club’s first game back from the All-Star break by a 4-1 final over Bakersfield.

Both of Czarnik’s markers came in the second period as Stockton turned a 1-0 deficit into a two-goal advantage through 40 minutes, with Alex Gallant punctuating the frame with an insurance goal just 13 seconds after Czarnik’s second score of the frame. Luke Philp then pushed Stockton’s lead to three with his 16th goal of the season late in the third, pulling the rookie into a tie with Buddy Robinson for the Heat team lead for the campaign. Stockton will hit the road for the next three games before returning home on Friday, February 14 against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (33 shots, 32 saves)

L: Shane Starrett (37 shots, 33 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Austin Czarnik (2g), Second – Jon Gillies (32 svs), Third – Alex Gallant (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 37, BAK – 33

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, BAK – 0-2

Austin Czarnik registered his 10th and 11th goals of the season, coming in his 18th game. The game was his second multi-goal effort of the season (last on January 12).

Byron Froese’s helper on Czarnik’s first strike extended his scoring streak to four games, with two goals and four assists in that span.

–  Alex Gallant’s goal to put Stockton ahead 3-1 came just 13 seconds after Czarnik’s second strike. It was his first point against Bakersfield in his six games played against the Condors this season.

Luke Philp pulled into a tie with Buddy Robinson for Stockton’s team lead with 16 goals on the season after lighting the lamp in the third.

– The Condors have scored first in four of Stockton’s six wins over Bakersfield.

UP NEXT

The Heat hit the road for three-straight games before returning home on Friday, February 14 to play host to the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS DEFEAT MEMPHIS HUSTLE 137-126

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (16-13), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, defeated the Memphis Hustle (23-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzles, to snap the Hustle’s three-game winning streak. Memphis guard Dusty Hannahs led the game in scoring with 26 points. Stockton saw three players score 24 points each. 

Stockton saw as much as a 14-point lead in the first quarter and headed into the second quarter ahead 38-25. Stockton scored 32 of their 38 points inside the paint. In the second quarter, Stockton shot 6-of-9 (.667 percent) from three-point range. Guard Isaiah Canaan went 3-of-4 from beyond the arch, while Memphis guard Marquis Teague scored 15 of his 25 points. 

In the first half, center Eric Mika scored 18 of his 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Teague added 17 points for the Hustle. Stockton led the Hustle 74-64 to head into the second half. 

Stockton started the second half hot, sinking their first three three-pointers. They would maintain the lead and bring it to as much as 21 points with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Stockton kept a significant lead in the fourth quarter, and Memphis would bring it down to as close at 10 points with three minutes remaining in regulation but would fail to catch up.

Mika, Canaan and guard Kyle Guy scored 24 points each for Stockton with Canaan shooting 6-of-10 from beyond the arch. Forward DaQuan Jeffries added 14 points and ten rebounds, with nine of them coming from the defensive end. 

Hannahs led the game with 26 points, while Teague followed with 25 points and eight assists for Memphis. Forward Shaq Buchanan added 24 points and nine rebounds. 

Stockton will head on a two-week road trip for the next five games. They will face the Northern Arizona Suns on Wednesday, February 5, at 5:30 p.m. The road trip will wrap up against the Delaware Bluecoats on Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m. Stockton will be back home on Wednesday, February 19, to host the Agua Caliente Clippers, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at StocktonKings.com/Tickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

NFL FOUNDATION, THE MIAMI DOLPHINS AND THE MIAMI SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTE $2.4M FOR FIVE CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROJECTS

Huddle for 100 Volunteer Project Followed Ribbon Cutting at NFL Youth Education Town


Each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city, through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, by giving an annual $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation. This year, a $2.4 million grant – supported by funding from the NFL Foundation, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee and the Miami Dolphins – has gone to five different capital improvement projects in several different regional focus areas of South Florida including downtown Miami, Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach and Broward County. Additional support for the projects was provided by South Florida-based partners – the Downtown Development Authority, City of Miami, Miami Foundation, City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami-Dade County, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the Memorial Foundation and Broward County Parks and Recreation.

The Super Bowl Legacy Grant projects will provide children with three youth field refurbishments that converted grass fields to synthetic fields, at Gwen Cherry Park, Goulds Park and Miami Beach Senior High School, new lighting in Bayfront Park as part of downtown Miami’s Baywalk along Biscayne Bay and the creation of an Outdoor Fitness Zone at Plantation Heritage Regional Park in Broward County.  

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer TOM GARFINKEL, Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman and President RODNEY BARRETO, Miami-Dade County Mayor CARLOS A. GIMENEZ, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman AUDREY EDMONSON, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 2 Commissioner JEAN MONESTIME, Gwen Cherry Park Foundation Chairman H.T. SMITH, Miami Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Director MARIA NARDI, Miami Dolphins WR ISAIAH FORD and Legend NAT MOORE and Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver T.Y. HILTON were present for the press conference and ribbon cutting Thursday at Gwen Cherry Park.  

“It’s important for us leave a lasting impact in Miami after Super Bowl LIV concludes,” said NFL Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of NFL Foundation, ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “In partnership with the Super Bowl Host Committee and Miami Dolphins, the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program allows us to positively affect the South Florida community for years to come. We’re proud to partner on a Huddle for 100 project here today as well, as the league has now surpassed 300 million minutes volunteered in celebration of 100 seasons of the NFL.”

The NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, made possible each year by a $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation and matched by the Super Bowl Host Committee. This year, the NFL and Miami Super Bowl Host Committee’s grants are focused on creating opportunities for youngsters to play football and engage in athletic competition on improved athletic fields, and residents and visitors alike in South Florida to participate in exercise and outdoor activities in safe and upgraded walking paths and park facilities.  

The ribbon cutting ceremony was immediately followed by a Huddle for 100 volunteer event at the NFL Youth Education Town (YET) at Gwen Cherry Park. Huddle for 100 is the NFL’s season-long initiative to inspire people to donate 100 minutes of their time in honor of the league’s 100th season, with a goal of reaching 100 million minutes of service. Commissioner Goodell announced today that the NFL family has surpassed 300 million minutes volunteered, after surpassing the original goal on Thanksgiving Day. The NFL partnered with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces and the Mission Continues, to beautify and revitalize areas surrounding the park and community center. NFL Legends and players participated alongside 150 volunteers in activities including mulching, gardening, bench building, painting and more. The students in attendance took part in a NFL PLAY 60 clinic on the newly refurbished field as well as spent time giving back through the community activities. 

Commissioner Goodell also did a Super Bowl ticket giveaway for two very deserving brothers – Wallace Aristide, principal of Miami Northwestern Senior High and William Aristide, principal of Booker T. Washington Senior High. The Aristide’s are well-known and beloved leaders in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and are also the first brothers to oversee schools that each took home football state championship titles in different classes at the same time.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

NFL TO RETURN TO MEXICO IN 2020 AND 2021

Building on the tremendous success of NFL games in Mexico, the league will return to Mexico for one game in each of the 2020 and 2021 seasons at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in Miami in advance of Super Bowl LIV.

The date and time of the 2020 Mexico City game, along with the details of the NFL’s 2020 London games, will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring.  The continued success and growth of the NFL’s Mexico initiative is further testament to the league’s commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

A look at the previous regular-season games played in Mexico:​

DateOpponents & ScoreAttendance
November 18, 2019Kansas City 24, Los Angeles Chargers 1776,252
November 19, 2017New England 33, Oakland 877,357
November 21, 2016Houston 20, Oakland 2776,473*
October 2, 2005San Francisco 14, Arizona 31103,467**

* first Monday Night Football game to be played outside the U.S.

** first regular season game to be played outside the U.S.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS FALL TO WISCONSIN HERD 107-101

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (15-13), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, fell to the Wisconsin Herd (23-5), the NBA G League affiliate of the Wisconsin Milwaukee Bucks, by a score of 107-101. Wisconsin guard Jaylen Adams had a game-high 28 points. Stockton was led by guard Daquan Jefferies who scored 23 points.

The game started with two 24-second shot clock violations to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant. The Heard then jumped to an 11-0 lead. Stockton guard Isaiah Canaan’s free throws at the seven-minute mark would be the first points of the game for Stockton. Stockton then recovered to tie the game at 17 with two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

In the first half, Wisconsin forward D.J Hogg scored 10 of his 13 points and Stockton center Eric Mika scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wisconsin ended the first half with a tight lead 52-48.

Adams scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. The two teams were tied at 95 with 2:48 remaining in regulation. Wisconsin would then score the next five points to keep the lead, winning the game 107-101. 

Stockton saw five players in double figures. Led by Jefferies with 23 points as forward Kevin Young added 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Mika finished the game with 14 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Marcus Graves added an additional 14 points and eight assists. 

Wisconsin was led in scoring by Adams with 28 points, five rebounds and six assists. Center Jemerrio Jones grabbed 14 rebounds with 12 of them from the defensive end and added eight points. 

The Stockton Kings are back home on Friday, January 31, to host the Memphis Hustle at Stockton Arena with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. At this game, fans can enjoy the Friday Family Feast menu featuring $1 sodas, $1 beer, $2 hot dogs and $4 unlimited popcorn. Tickets can be purchased at StocktonKings.com/Tickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

CALGARY FLAMES RECALL BUDDY ROBINSON

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announce today they have recalled forward Buddy Robinson from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

Robinson, a native of Bellmawr, New Jersey has a team leading 16 goals in 40 games for the Heat this season. The 28-year-old forward was signed by the Flames on July 2, 2018 after spending the previous season with the Winnipeg Jets organization. In Robinson’s first season with the Heat in 2018-19 he scored 14 goals and added 28 assists for 42 points in 65 games. 

BUDDY ROBINSON – FORWARD

BORN: Bellmawr, NJ                         DATE: September 30, 1991

HEIGHT: 6’6”                                     WEIGHT: 225 lbs.

SHOOTS: Right

ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on July 2, 2018

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

GAWDIN POTS A PAIR AS STOCKTON HEAT EARN POINT FRIDAY

STOCKTON, Calif. – Glenn Gawdin struck for a pair of goals, including the game-tying strike with just 3.7 seconds left in regulation to help the Stockton Heat earn a point in the club’s final game before the All Star Break, a 4-3 overtime defeat against Ontario at Stockton Arena.

The Heat were able to take a pair of one-goal leads, Gawdin lighting the lamp first for a 1-0 edge and Alan Quine finding the back of the net to put Stockton ahead 2-1 in the second frame, but Ontario was able to counter each time and eventually take a 3-2 lead with just 2:32 left in the contest. After Gawdin’s late marker pushed the game to overtime, Ontario captain Brett Sutter was able to light the lamp shorthanded for the winning goal. Artyom Zagidulin made 35 saves in the contest. Stockton returns to action next Saturday, February 1 at home against the Bakersfield Condors.

GOALIES

W: Cal Petersen (40 shots, 37 saves)

OTL: Artyom Zagidulin (39 shots, 35 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Brett Sutter (gwg), Second – Cal Petersen (37 svs), Third – Glenn Gawdin (2g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 40, ONT – 39

Power Plays: STK – 0-2, ONT – 0-3

Glenn Gawdin opened the scoring with his first shorthanded goal of the season, his 14th marker overall. It was Stockton’s first shorthanded goal since December 31, a shutout win over San Jose. He has four goals in Stockton’s last four games.

– Assists on Gawdin’s marker went to Buddy Robinson, his team-leading third shorthanded point of the season, and Rob Hamilton, his first. 

Alan Quine hit double digits for goals on the year, potting his 10th during the game’s second period to put Stockton up 2-1. He heads into the break on a three-game point streak (2g,2a).

– Stockton has points in 20 of 21 games (16-1-2-2) this season when scoring the first goal.

– The Heat are now 3-3-1-0 against Ontario on the year.

UP NEXT

Heat forward Glenn Gawdin will participate in the AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday in Ontario, and Stockton will resume play next Saturday, February 1 against the Bakersfield Condors.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Las Vegas Raiders Sign Nevin Lawson to Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders signed CB Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Lawson first joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent last season after playing five years with the Detroit Lions (2014-18). A fourth-round selection (133rd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Lawson has appeared in 74 contests and made 59 starts over his career, tallying 217 tackles (181 solo), one sack, 30 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In one postseason appearance with the Lions in 2016, he registered seven stops (five) as a starter on defense.

Last season, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound corner out of Utah State appeared in 11 contests and made five starts for the Silver and Black. Lawson logged 23 tackles (18) and registered five passes defensed. 

A native of Lauderhill, Fla., Lawson played four years (2010-13) with the Aggies. Anchoring the school’s secondary, Lawson played in 49 games and totaled 205 tackles (143), including 9.5 for loss, two sacks, six interceptions including one returned for a score, 34 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.