SEAHAWKS HAMMER SAN FRANCISCO IN THE EMERALD CITY
SEAHAWKS TOO MUCH FOR NINERS
(AP) — Marshawn Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and two yards and added a seven-yard TD reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter and the Seahawks dominated the San Francisco 49ers in a 29-3 win Sunday night.
The game was delayed 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the area. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.
Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, making up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.
RAIDERS WIN THEIR HOME OPENER
(AP) — Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland's defense held Jacksonville out of the end zone until the closing minutes, as the Raiders won their home opener 19-9 over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Terrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 in his first home start for the Raiders (1-1), and Marcel Reece scored on an 11-yard run to help Oakland bounce back from last week's late loss in Indianapolis. Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals.
Playing the depleted Jaguars offense sure helped the cause. Jacksonville (0-2) came within 2:53 of becoming the first team since the 2006 Raiders and Buccaneers to fail to score a touchdown in the first two games.
Oakland strong safety Tyvon Branch and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew left the Raiders' 19-9 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday with ankle injuries.
Branch got hurt rushing Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne in the first quarter and had to be helped off the field. Coach Dennis Allen said after the game the injury looks to be "significant."
Week 2 of the NFL season wraps up tonight at the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Both teams lost in week 1 and will look to avoid an 0-2 start.
ATHLETICS SWEEP TEXAS; EXTEND LEAD IN AL WEST TO 6.5
(AP) — Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win Sunday.
Oakland took a commanding 6½-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West's top two teams. The A's have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.
Texas is 2-11 in September after beginning the month with a two-game division lead. The Rangers lost their sixth in row, all at home — this was their first winless homestand of at least six games since moving to Texas in 1972.
The Rangers and Tampa Bay are tied for the two AL wild-card spots in a rapidly tightening race. Texas starts a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday.
GIANTS AND PENCE TAKE SERIES FROM PLAYOFF-BOUND DODGERS
(AP) — Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Sunday.
Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost three of four to San Francisco, and the magic number to clinch their first division title since 2009 remained at four after second-place Arizona won.
Pence has 19 RBIs in six games. He drove in three, a day after his grand slam and career-high seven RBIs led the Giants to a 19-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.
Jean Machi (3-1) pitched one inning. Sergio Romo closed for his 35th save in 39 chances.
Paco Rodriguez (3-3) gave up Pill's homer.
CHICO MEN SHINE ONCE AGAIN AGAINST DIVISION-I FOES
The Chico State men's Cross Country team had an impressive showing in the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle. The Wildcats Isaac Chavez was edged out at the tape and finished 2nd overall in a primarily Division I field. Chavez finished with a time of 23:52.43 seconds. Phil Graber finished in 5th place. Because of new Division I rules, the Wildcats were not scored as a team, but if they were there is a strong possibility they would have finished a close second to the University of Washington in the overall standings. The Chico State men are ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 4 in the nation.
The Chico State women's Cross Country team finished third in the Sundodger. Ayla Granados finished fifth to lead the way for the Wildcat women.
WILDCAT SOCCER TEAMS COMPLETE FIRST CCAA ROADIE OF THE YEAR
The Chico State men's soccer team stayed perfect by winning both of their matches over the weekend. Knocking off Cal State East Bay and Cal State Stanislaus to move to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in CCAA play. The Chico State women split their CCAA match-ups, upending East Bay, but falling to Stanislaus on Sunday. Both the men and women play in their home openers this weekend as they welcome both UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona this Friday and Sunday.
CHICO STATE VOLLEYBALL SPLITS THEIR FOUR MATCH-UPS AT SONOMA TOURNEY
The Chico State Volleyball team split their four matches at the Seawolf Spike Tournament. The Wildcats knocked off Dominican on Sunday 3-games-to-1 but then fell in straight sets to Hawaii Pacific. Chico State is now 3-4 on the season as they get ready for the CCAA openers this weekend.
ROADRUNNERS SHUT DOWN EAGLES; GEAR UP FOR KNIGHTS
The Butte College Roadrunners took awhile to get their offensive footing, but once they did the Eagles from College of the Siskiyous was in deep trouble. The Runners didn't score until mid-way through the second quarter, but it was the start of quite an onslaught as they ripped the Eagles 45-14. Butte is now 2-0 on the season and they get ready for a North State showdown against Shasta. The game will be played in Redding on Saturday night.