Category Archives: Bay Area Sports

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday.

SIGNED THE FOLLOWING FREE AGENTS:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE             6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE             6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Casher, Chris                          DE                   6-3      264     R          Faulkner

Enemkpali: Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft…Has appeared in 17 career games for the Jets and Buffalo Bills, totaling nine tackles…Spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/Inured List…Played in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons at Louisiana Tech.

Johnson: Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has appeared in one career game, which came in 2015 for the New England Patriots…Played in 20 games with 19 starts over two seasons at Tarleton State after transferring from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco Giants Return To Raley Field in 2018

Sacramento River Cats to host exhibition game with major league affiliate Saturday, March 24

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the return of the San Francisco Giants to Raley Field for the second ever Exhibition Game between the River Cats and Giants. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 of next year at Raley Field.

“Returning to Raley Field is something we’ve wanted to do since making our first trip to Sacramento in 2016,” said Giants President & CEO Larry Baer. “Our partnership with the River Cats and our shared fanbase in the Sacramento region have both grown stronger over the last three seasons and this is another opportunity for us to participate in that community.”

The first River Cats and Giants Exhibition Game took place at Raley Field in March of 2016. The game, which was played in front of a sellout crowd and also televised locally, was a major success on every level.

“The fan reaction in 2016 exceeded even our expectations and we knew we needed to host the Giants again,” explained River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson. “The opportunity to see the Giants of the future alongside your favorite San Francisco Giants in an intimate setting like Raley Field is unlike any other experience.”

In 2016, fans were treated to such Giants as three-time World Champion Buster Posey, Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford, and two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto. They took the field against River Cats favorites, including Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson, and Ryan Lollis.

The 2018 River Cats versus Giants Exhibition Game is scheduled for Saturday, March 24. Currently, the only way fans are able to guarantee tickets for the Exhibition Game is to become a River Cats Season Ticket Member or to renew a current membership. More information on the membership program can be found at rivercats.com, by emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or by calling 916-371-HITS.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim George Atkinson III Via Waivers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed RB George Atkinson III via waivers from the Cleveland Browns, the club announced Saturday.

Atkinson III was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 and spent parts of three seasons with the Silver and Black before being waived and picked up by the Browns in September 2016. For his career, Atkinson III has appeared in 21 games, totaling seven carries for 34 yards and one touchdown. As a returner, he has posted 15 kickoff returns for 271 yards.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder attended Granada High School in Livermore, Calif., before playing collegiately at Notre Dame. His father, George Atkinson, Jr., played for the Raiders for 10 seasons from 1968-77, helping lead the Silver and Black to the Super Bowl XI title.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Saturday.

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Conley, Gareon                      CB                   6-0      195     R          Ohio State

Feliciano, Jon                          G/C                 6-4      325     3          Miami (Fla.)

Ward, Jihad                             DL                   6-5      295     2          Illinois

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Edwards Jr., Mario                 DE                   6-3      280     3          Florida State

Irvin, Bruce                             LB                    6-3      250     6          West Virginia

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON RESERVE/DID NOT REPORT LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Penn, Donald                          T                      6-4      315     12        Utah State

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign First-Round Pick CB Gareon Conley

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick CB Gareon Conley, the club announced Friday. The Raiders’ entire 2017 draft class is now under contract.

Conley was selected by the Raiders with the 24th overall pick in April’s draft. He played in 42 games with 27 starts over three seasons at Ohio State, totaling 91 tackles (66 solo), six interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 0.5 sacks. He was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team by the league’s coaches and All-Big Ten Third Team as a junior in 2016, and helped the Buckeyes win the 2014 National Championship as a freshman.

The Massillon, Ohio, native attended Washington High School in his hometown, playing wide receiver and cornerback as a high schooler.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Andrew East; Release Austin Howard and Taiwan Jones

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Andrew East and released T Austin Howard and RB Taiwan Jones, the club announced Friday.

East was with the Raiders during the offseason program in 2016 and training camp, appearing in three preseason games with the team before being waived on August 29. Previously, he had spent time during the offseason program and training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and the offseason program with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

Howard joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and appeared in 40 games with 39 starts at guard and tackle over his three seasons with the Silver and Black.

Jones was originally drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Over six seasons with the club, he appeared in 66 games, seeing time on offense and defense while also playing a key role on all special teams units.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Second-Round Pick S Obi Melifonwu

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round draft pick S Obi Melifonwu, the club announced Wednesday.

Melifonwu was selected by the Raiders with the 56th overall pick in April’s draft. He played in 48 games with 47 starts over his four-year career at Connecticut, finishing with 351 tackles (224 solo), eight interceptions, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior, he recorded a career- and team-high 118 tackles with four interceptions, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery on his way to being named to the All-AAC First Team.

The South Grafton, Mass., native attended Grafton High School, where he played running back and defensive back in addition to competing in track and field. Melifonwu was born in London, England, before his family relocated to the United States.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Place Heeney, Helfet On Non-Football Injury List

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have placed the following two players on the Non-Football Injury List. Both players count against the 90-man roster.

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Heeney, Ben                           LB                    6-0      230     3          Kansas

Helfet, Cooper                        TE                    6-3      240     3          Duke

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Giants Postseason Hero Pablo Sandoval To Join Sacramento River Cats

World Series MVP, three-time World Champ expected to report to Sacramento this week
West Sacramento, CA – Three-time World Champion Pablo Sandoval is expected join the Sacramento River Cats for their upcoming homestand after being signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants. The signing was announced today by the Giants.
Sandoval is likely to join the River Cats during their upcoming homestand that begins on Tuesday, July 25 against the Round Rock Express.
An instrumental piece in San Francisco’s three world championships, Sandoval owns a career .344 batting average in the postseason. He was named the World Series MVP after the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
The 30-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants in 2002 and made his Major League debut in 2009. In seven seasons with the Giants, Sandoval hit .294 with 106 home runs and 462 RBI.
Tickets for the full homestand and the rest of the season are still available and can be purchased online at rivercats.com, by visiting the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office at Raley Field, or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Press Release Courtney of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following roster moves, the club announced Friday.

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    College

Kukwa, Anthony                     LS                    6-2      231     Lake Erie

Mulumba, Andy                       LB                    6-3      260     Eastern Michigan

WAIVED/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    College

Ball, Neiron                             LB                    6-3      235     Florida

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations