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Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was arraigned Friday for violating his probation in an incident stemming from a prior conviction.  CSNBayArea.com reported the news Thursday. The report cites the Santa Clara County criminal case index as the source of information and also states Smith will argue a motion to suppress evidence. That legal issue stems from an August 2015 incident involving multiple charges including a DUI and hit-and-run. On Saturday, Hannah Knowles of the Bay Area News Group reported Smith's attorney, Joshua Bentley, is seeking to have the alleged violation of his probation due to driving while drunk last year dismissed, arguing that the ...
Player: A.J. Puk Position: LHP DOB: April 25, 1995 (21 years old) Height/Weight: 6'7", 230 lbs Bats/Throws: L/L School: Florida Previously Drafted: 2013 (35th Round, DET)   Background A.J. Puk possesses the all the tools to be a front-line starter at the highest level, which has made his inconsistent play at the University of Florida that much more confounding. Ranked as the No. 85 prospect in the 2013 draft class by Baseball America, he slipped to the 35th round due to signability concerns and ended up in Gainesville. After being used primarily out of the bullpen during his freshman season, he joined the Gators rotation as a sophomore and quickly established himself as one to watch at the top ...
Rich Hill's surprising resurgence has hit a snag, as the Oakland Athletics left-hander is dealing with an injury to his groin. Continue for updates.  Hill Lands on DL  Thursday, June 9 Per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Hill was placed on the disabled list Thursday.  It became apparent the A's would have to make a decision about Hill's status when he was scratched from his next scheduled start after reinjuring his groin Wednesday while throwing a bullpen session, per Jane Lee of MLB.com.  The 36-year-old Hill hasn't appeared in a game since May 29, throwing 6.1 innings with nine strikeouts in a 4-2 win over the Detroit ...
Rich Hill doesn't dwell on things that aren't important. Even if that means shrugging at his status as one of baseball's best pitchers and, in all probability, a likely first-time All-Star at the age of 36. With a 2.25 ERA through 11 starts, the Oakland Athletics left-hander has indeed been one of the American League's elite starters in 2016. Add in what he did in four starts with the Boston Red Sox late last season, and MLB's ERA leaders over the last calendar year line up like this: Jake Arrieta: 1.32 Clayton Kershaw: 1.46 Rich Hill: 2.03 But when this was tossed at Hill as he ...
Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin appears confident about his new team's playoff chances this upcoming season, as he sees his team breaking out in 2016. Irvin, who signed with Oakland during the offseason, said he was brought in to be a leader for a young team. The former Seattle Seahawks defender feels the Raiders are ready to take the next step, per ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez: You have a lot of guys who are willing to listen to the older guys, so that’s the greatest thing about coming to a situation like this ... I have to say, it’s a bunch of guys ...
Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack would routinely exceed 20 sacks if not for illegal play from opposing offensive linemen, according to his quarterback, Derek Carr. Carr told Adam Schein on Sirius XM Radio that Mack has the ability to set records (via CBS Sports' Will Brinson): 20 sacks for Khalil is easily attainable. ... He could have 30 if he just didn't get held all the time. I'm not kidding you. I go back and watch him, because me and him are close, close friends. So I go back and watch him and those things I'm not kidding you, this guy gets held more ...
Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick suffered a fractured thumb during his team’s 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday. He's been placed on the disabled list, and it's unclear when he will return. Continue for updates. Reddick Placed on 15-Day DL Friday, May 20 The Athletics announced they recalled Jake Smolinski from Triple-A to take Reddick's spot on the active roster. Latest on Reddick's Recovery Timeline Thursday, May 19 Jane Lee of MLB.com reported the Athletics will need to wait for the outfielder to see a hand specialist before they determine how long he will be out. However, she noted that "Reddick believes he’ll be out at least four to six ...
Under normal circumstances, a struggling pitcher with an ERA north of 5.00 wouldn't inspire feverish trade speculation. But the Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray isn't a normal struggling pitcher. And these aren't normal circumstances.  Stephen Strasburg signed a seven-year extension with the Washington Nationals on May 10. Just like that, the only legitimate ace in next season's shallow free-agent pool and one of the biggest possible trade-deadline prizes disappeared. The demand for pitching, however, isn't going anywhere. Toss a rosin bag—particularly in the wide-open American League—and you'll hit a flawed contender with holes in its rotation. Enter Gray and his 5.84 ERA. That's an ugly number, and it ...
Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark Canha was diagnosed with a hip impingement Friday, three days after the team placed him on the disabled list because of hip and back issues, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Continue for updates. Canha Could Miss Rest of Season Friday, May 13 Lee reported that Canha could face season-ending surgery as a result of his injury, although there is no labral damage to his hip. Canha also suffered a mild back strain. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle added that Canha may not have many options aside from surgery: The 27-year-old has struggled this season after breaking out in 2015 as a ...
There was a time, as recent as a few years ago, when if you asked NFL owners or executives if the league would ever have a team move to Las Vegas, the answer you almost always got was: "No effing way."  As the months have passed since, and as the NFL's dance with Vegas continued, people began to tell me the odds were increasing, like a thermometer reading from the fall to the spring. The percentages of the chances rose from 0 to 10, then 10 to 20, then higher. Then just recently, in a conversation with an NFL owner about the ...