Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Heyward-Bey pleads no contest to DUI charge

Heyward-Bey pleads no contest to DUI charge
By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 6:10 PM EDT

photo: courtesy of SFGate

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pleaded no contest on Monday to a misdemeanor DUI charge that resulted from an arrest in April, the Contra Costa Times reported.

Heyward-Bey was stopped by police around 2 a.m. on April 7 while returning from a nightclub, his attorney, Ivan Golde, told the newspaper. The California Highway Patrol said a chemical test administered at the scene indicated his blood-alcohol level was .13 percent.

Heyward-Bey, 25, agreed to plead no contest to the misdemeanor charge in exchange for three years' probation and three months of DUI classes. He also will pay fines.

Heyward-Bey had 64 receptions for 975 yards in 2011.

Oakland Raiders trade Louis Murphy to Carolina Panthers

By Jerry McDonald jmcdonald@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/23/2012 10:48:57 AM PDT

The Raiders traded wide receiver Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers on Monday, freeing up salary-cap room and a roster spot for one of a handful of promising youngsters.

The Panthers agreed to send the Raiders a conditional draft pick in exchange for Murphy. An ESPN report said the teams agreed on a seventh-round pick.

Murphy, 25, led all Raiders wide receivers in receptions and receiving yardage in 2009 and '10. His production dipped last season after a sports hernia injury caused him to miss most of training camp and the first five regular-season games.

Murphy could not be reached for comment. He took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to wish the Raiders well and thank his fans.

"Thanking God for this opportunity!" Murphy tweeted. "Super excited to be a part of the @Panthers organization! Can't wait! #letsgopanthers!"

Murphy entered last season as the Raiders' No. 1 wide receiver. He finished the season behind Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Chaz Schilens and Jacoby Ford on the depth chart and with 15 receptions for 241 yards and no touchdowns.

Moore's surprise ascension, the quantum leap in performance by Heyward-Bey, along with strong showings by fifth-round draft pick Juron Criner and undrafted free agent Rod Streater this offseason, made Murphy's grip on a roster spot tenuous.

Murphy caught 75 passes for 1,130 yards in his first two seasons after being a fourth-round draft pick out of Florida. He said in early June that this season is a "crucial" one for him in terms of showing that last season's drop-off was an aberration.

"I have a big chip on my shoulder," Murphy said at that time. "I have a lot to prove. I hear the outside talking, and it's just part of me, with my mentality, that I have a lot to prove. Even if I don't, I just feel like I do."

This marked the second deal between Carolina and Oakland this offseason. In late March, the Raiders received running back Mike Goodson for backup offensive lineman Bruce Campbell.

Heyward-Bey pleaded no contest Monday in San Francisco to a misdemeanor for allegedly driving drunk across the Bay Bridge in April.

Heyward-Bey took what his attorney, Ivan Golde, called "a gracious plea bargain" offer from the San Francisco District Attorney: He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge in exchange for a sentence of three years' probation, three months of DUI classes and some fines and fees.

Heyward-Bey "wants to put this behind him," Golde said.

Staff writers Steve Corkran and Sean Maher contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Reports: Oakland Raiders sign Tyvon Branch to multi-year deal

This man deserves the Multi-year deal, due to the level of play he showed up with last season. TB, you are staying here with the Nation. ConGratS By Jerry McDonald Bay Area News Group Posted: 07/14/2012 09:20:15 AM PDT
This is a photo of Tyvon Branch of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team. This... ( Anonymous ) The Raiders tied up one loose end heading into training camp with the reported signing of franchise free agent strong safety Tyvon Branch to a multi-year deal, according to the NFL Network and CBS Sports. Although not confirmed by the Raiders, Branch's deal according to the NFL Network, is for four years and has $17.1 million in guaranteed money. The team reports to training camp in Napa on July 29, with the first practice the following day. The Raiders had until Monday to sign Branch or have him play under the $6.2 million franchise free agent tender he had already signed. Finish reading the story here!

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