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Sacramento County Sports Digest

Oakland A’s Are Relocating to Las Vegas


Three years after the NFL's Raiders abandoned Oakland for Las Vegas, MLB's Oakland A's announced they're moving there too. The owners of the teams unanimously approved the MLB team’s move.

Owners of San Jose Giants Acquire Fresno Grizzlies


The Fresno Grizzlies announced their sale to Diamond Baseball Holdings, a major operator of minor league clubs in the U.S., including the San Jose Giants.

Want a Piece of the Warriors? 10 Percent Ownership Stake Reportedly Up for Sale


The $700 million price tag sets a $7 billion mark that would make the Warriors one of the world’s most valuable sports teams.

Sacramento Republic Sign 13-Year-Old From Woodland


The Sacramento Republic FC has signed Da’vian Kimbrough from Woodland, making him the youngest athlete in American professional team sports.

Parks and Rec Waits for Impact of Field Reservation System


At its July 26 meeting, the Galt Parks and Recreation Commission discussed how to prioritize youth sports groups. Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis said his department has developed a way for sports groups to reserve fields online.

Rio Linda High School Sports to Open Aug. 11


The community is ready and eager for the ribbon cutting and dedication on the long-awaited Rio Linda High School Baseball and Softball complex.

Steph Curry Wins American Century Championship


Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry won the American Century Championship with a knuckle-biting last putt.

Should Student-Athletes Get a Slice of School Sports Revenue? California Bill Sparks Backlash.


A proposal to set up degree completion funds for California student athletes has met with stiff opposition from universities and the NCAA. College athletes could earn a share of the revenue they generate under the bill — as much as $25,000 for each year that they played their sport. But the bill’s author has delayed it until 2024 after opponents charged the fund would draw money away from less lucrative sports like gymnastics and swimming.

Sacramento Kings Reveal New ‘Statement’ Uniform


Days after a social media post from the Sacramento Kings star player De'Aaron Fox about “a purple shortage” in the new uniforms, the Kings unveiled the team's “statement” jersey. The statement? Purple.

The Murrays Have Basketball in Their Blood


The Sacramento Kings were one pick away from drafting Keegan Murray’s identical twin brother in the 2023 NBA Draft. If it wasn’t for fate and the Portland Trail Blazers, the Murray twins could’ve been teammates again.

Major League Baseball Seeks to Increase African American Participation


In recent years, MLB officials have faced a significant lack of African American representation within the sport. The 2022 World Series marked the first time since 1950 that no U.S.-born Black players appeared in MLB’s showcase championship.

Sacramento Kings Uniforms Unveiled for 2023-24 Season


The Sacramento Kings unveiled new uniforms for the 2023-2024 season and they feature a lot less purple. The uniforms are back to using black as the primary color, with purple as an accent.

Locals Keeping Alive Black Cowboy History, Lifestyle


Gregory Bradley Sr. founded Loyalty Riderz in 2019 with his wife Phyllis Bradley and three other couples. The group meets monthly and sponsors rodeos and riders in events in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Yolo’s Anthony ‘Fluffy’ Hernandez Fights His Way Into the UFC


A member of the El Dorado Hills’ MMAGOLD team, the local standout has a big fight on the horizon May 20.

Elk Grove Prospect Awaits NFL Draft


Kahlef Hailassie, who played high school ball at Cosumnes Oaks, is poised to hear his name called in the upcoming NFL draft after a stellar college career as a defensive back at Western Kentucky.

Kings’ Broadcast Team Is Among the Most Diverse in the NBA


In a field historically dominated by white men, the Sacramento Kings television team is composed entirely of people of color and women—one of few NBA markets to demonstrate this diversity at the announcers’ table.

Sacramento City Council Approves Naming of Tyre Nichols Skate Park


The North Natomas skate park honors Tyre Nichols, who grew up in Sacramento. The 29-year-old Black man was severely injured during a Jan. 7 confrontation with police and died of his injuries Jan. 10.

Vice Mayor Speaks Out on Youth Tackle Football Ban


Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Bret Daniels is hoping to gain enough support to oppose a youth tackle football ban.

Iconic Local Sports Retailer Closes Shop


For 45 years, The Sports Shop served the entire southern half of Sacramento County as the only sporting goods shop. Online retailers have reportedly made it too difficult to continue.

Bonds Throws Out First Pitch As River Cats Mark A New Era


The new relationship between the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Kings was celebrated at the final game of the River Cats’ season with a ceremonial first pitch delivered by Major League Baseball’s home run king, Barry Bonds.

A Final Farewell to ARCO Arena


In its 34-year life span, the arena in North Natomas became part in Sacramento lore. The WNBA Sacramento Monarchs won a championship there, and the Kings were arguably the best team in the NBA during the 2001-2002 season.

Mesa Verde High School Breaks Ground on New Stadium


Hundreds of Mesa Verde High School students, alumni and staff gathered Aug. 30, along with several Citrus Heights City Council members and school district board members, for the ground-breaking ceremony.

Sacramento’s First Pump Track Opens in Natomas


The city of Sacramento opened its first pump track and bike playground this week in Natomas. Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby was present for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new amenity is located at Regency Park.

Vail Resorts Announces Opening Dates for Tahoe Ski Areas


Vail Resorts has targeted opening dates for Lake Tahoe ski areas. Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California plan to open Nov. 18, with Kirkwood Mountain Resort targeting Dec. 2. This winter is the 50th anniversary of operations at Northstar and Kirkwood.

Folsom's Frick is 'Grand' as he Prepares for Folsom Pro Rodeo


Well known for his quick-witted commentary as an emcee and his Uncle Sam outfit, Adam Frick takes on a new role as the 2022 Grand Marshal when the event returns July 1, 2 and 3.

Steinberg Announces $50 Million Sports Complex in South Sac


Sacramento could get a new $50 million youth sports complex in Meadowview, Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Wednesday morning during his youth-focused State of the City address.

Folsom Resident Wins Big Bass Tournament


Luke Johns, 22, of Folsom, won the prestigious Wild West Bass Trail Apex Spartan 580 on the Columbia River in Oregon on May 20.

Hangtown Motocross One Week Away


No race is like it in California; the 53rd annual Carson City Motorsports Hangtown Motocross Classic is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park near Placerville from June 2 to June 4, with the pros racing on Saturday.

Massive Pickleball Complex Coming to Roseville


The Johnson Ranch Sports Club is set to open the largest pickleball facility in Northern California, a 24-court complex that will be established by converting existing tennis courts.

Lake Tahoe: Home to Breathtaking Golf Courses


There are dozens of golf courses around the Lake Tahoe basin that offer breathtaking views and challenging play. Avid golfers and pros weigh in on their favorite holes, whether it be best views, unique features or fun game play.

New Water Park Now Open in Natomas


The Natomas neighborhood now has a new water park and community center, after the grand opening event for the North Natomas Aquatic Complex. Amenities include a community center, water slides, a kids’ splash zone and several pools.

Rio Linda Elverta Recreation & Parks Announces Board Vacancy


The Rio Linda Elverta Recreation and Parks District has announced a vacancy on its board of directors. The board is looking to appoint a new director who will serve until Dec. 1 unless elected to a two-year term in the November general election.